Monday, June 23, 2008

Min Onkel fra Ronongo

Thanks to René Aagaard I can show you a great set of SUPER durium records released by the Danish Durium firm Nordisk. It is a set of three records, recorded somewhere in the second half of 1934, by Otto Lingstons Orkester and the Henning Elbirks Drengekor, titled Min Onkel fra Ronongo.
The set of three cardboard records contain a boys light opera ( a Drengeoperette) with Poul Vendelbo as the main character Onkel Anthon. In the set is a text book and a kind of puppet-theatre (in good Danish a Dukketeater).
There are three acts (and four scenes) in the story and the puppet theater contains four sets - one of a ship at the quay, one inside the ship, one on the beach of an tropical island and one inside the room of a house. Each set has an open square where you can show one of the characters that are on a separate disc.
I posted two of the four scenes.
This is the room and below are the characters that pop-up in the square whole if you turn the discs.
René Aagaard says that the Danish SUPER durium records D100 onwards were recorded in the Nordisk Tonefilms Atelier (later and today just Nordisk Film A/S) in Valby (a surburb to Copenhagen). The orchestra on 196abc is Lington's no doubt, but only a handfull of musicians not the whole orchestra. Lington himself is playing the violin. My guess is that the composer and lyricist are playing the two grown ups on the records. There are no mentioning of names for the boys.
This is the complete discographical info as it should be in my Durium (GB) Discography - Hans Koert.
OTTO LINGTONS ORKESTER OG DRENGEKOR: Otto Lington dir., Henning Elbirks Drengekor. Poul Vendelbo vo ( as Onkel Anthon)
Recorded: Nordisk Tonefilms Atelier.Valby ( Copenhagen) ca. autumn 1934
D-112-B MIN ONKEL FRA RONONGO DRENGEOPERETTE AF H. BUCHHAVE OG H. ELBRIRK – NCB ( PV - HED choir )
= SUPER durium SC-196a
D-113-A MIN ONKEL FRA RONONGO DRENGEOPERETTE AF H. BUCHHAVE OG H. ELBRIRK - NCB ( PV - HED choir )
= SUPER durium SC-196c
D-114-B MIN ONKEL FRA RONONGO DRENGEOPERETTE AF H. BUCHHAVE OG H. ELBRIRK - NCB (PV - HED choir )
= SUPER durium SC-196b
SUPER durium SC-196abc: 3 records with a textbook and a dolls theater. Cover: drawing of a ship with sails, the sea and three records? Text: <> and the name of the artist. Textbook: <> <> <> <>
Thanks René for this great contribution !!
Keep swinging
Hans Koert

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Unknown Italian Card Board Record

I received two scans of a two-sided cardboard record from Franco Malatesta from Italy. The record is made of ( Durium-like) card board and both sides are well illustrated.

Franco writes: This is the A side: "Faccetta Nera". For both record I don't know who the singer is, and even the band that plays. The matrix number is visible: for this is C 8652 (stamped as typing machine)

The woman, framed behind the banjo player, seems to me Josephine Baker and the banjo player looks like a vaudeville artist with blacked face. ( Hans Koert)


On this one, Franco continues, the matrix number is hand written: 6525.
The other information is that the ink stamp says: " Fox Trott OCCHIONI BLU - Canzone Cantata - Savini Zerboni - side" (translated as "Fox Trot BIG BLUE EYES - vocal song - Savini Zerboni side").
At this side of the record the card board looks like the Durium card board, but Durium only used black and white drawings on its reverse and never colourfull ones. Durium records always had a label and not, like this one, a picture disk on the front. The matrices are not used by Durium.
It seems logically that this record was not a 1930s Durium card board record, but what Italian record company made this kind of records?
Information wanted. Hans Koert keepswinging@live.nl
Thanks Franco for sharing this rare Italian card board record.
This contribution will be posted too at my Flexible Records web log and in Dutch and English at the daily Keep Swinging web log.
Keep swinging
Hans Koert