Saturday, January 30, 2010

Don Voorhees and his Orchestra - Painting The Clouds With Sunshine

DON VOORHEES Orchestra: Fred "Fuzzy" Farrar tp, (Red Nichols tp), Bill Trone tb-mell, Charlie Butterfield tb, Joe Tarto tu, unknown male vo.


Matrix number: 1015 C
Recorded in New York City ca. December 1929. This seems to be a test recording. (Source: online Durium Discography - Hans Koert)

This is another test record that should be mentioned, although it seems to be gone now and lost forever. I've never seen a copy or even a proper scan of the label. It was a cardboard record, although this isn't confirmed too and it had a Broadway label. It must have been recorded probably during the same recording session ( December 1929) as Back In Your Own Backyard. The matrix number is 1015, which suggests that it must have been one of the last test records, before the first commercial Hit of the weeks were released in February 1930, now 80 years ago.

Click on the article to enlarge. ( in negative for better lay out)

This small record, ca. 7-inch ( = ca 18 cm), was mentioned in Howard Waters' article The Hit-of-the-week Record - a history and discography ( Record Research Jan/Feb. 1960)) Don Voorhees and his Orchestra
Don Voorhees, born around the turn of the century and passed away in Cape May Court House NJ January 1989, was one of those numerous dance band leaders of the 1920s, better known as the Roaring Twenties. In his band musicians like Red Nichols, Miff Mole, Arthur Schutt and Dick McDonough found a place. During the 1930s his band was to be found in the ( radio ) studios more often to play popular and semi classical music. Don Voorhees is to be heard on several Hit of the week recordings of 1930. During the late 1940s and 1950s Don Voorhees orchestra had a popular radio program titled Bell Telephone Hour.
The tune Painting The Clouds With Sunshine, written by Al Dubin and Joe Burke, was a hit in the summer of 1929 and was presented in the film Gold Diggers of Broadway. It was first recorded by Roy Fox and his Montmartre Orchestra in Los Angeles May 1929 and by all the great dance bands of that times, like the California Ramblers and Jean Goldkette's band and sung by Smith Ballew, a popular crooner in those day.
Love to give you an impression of this tune as the background music of a video with an old 1930s car, a Morris Cowley Sports Special -Hope you like it.

If someone can obtain me a proper copy to insert in the online discography ( or the tune itself of course) plaese contact me:

Hans Koert
author of the Hit of the week Discography

In December 1929 the DURIUM PRODUCTS CORPORATION prepared the start of a new unbreakable record, made of cardboard. The well known weekly issues, called the Hit of the Week, were released in a weekly schedule, which started in February 1930. The Hit of the week blog and the Keepswinging blog will follow the development of these 80 years old records in an unique series of blogs. If you love to be informed about these contributions, and you love to make a chance to receive an original Hit of the Week record, ask for the newsletter


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