Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bert Lown and his Hotel Biltmore Music - Hello Baby

BERT LOWN AND HIS HOTEL BILTMORE MUSIC: Frank Cush tp, Ed of Eddie Farley tp, Al Philburn tb, Lou Bode cl-as or Fletcher Hereford cl-as, Paul Mason cl-ts, Sherry McGhee cl-as (or Mace Irish cl-as), Buddy Falco v, (or Mac Ceppos v), Chauncey Gray p, Tommy Felline g, Ward Lay b, Adrian Rollini bs vib, Stan King dm, Smith Ballew vo.
"HELLO BABY" Fox Trot Magidson Washington Cleary
New York City, ca Jan. 1930
Matrix number 1021 A
Released Thursday the 20th of February, 1930 in the streets of New York City as Hit of the Week 1021. It was released in France, somewhere in the early 1930s, as MP 1021 -
It was reissued on several contemparary issues ( source: online Hit of the week Discography - Hans Koert (2004-2010) )

Label of the Hit of the week 1021 ( collection: Hans Koert)

This Hit of the week, in fact the second one to be released, has been listed for years as the first one found on the streets of New York City. Wrong ..... Through, listed last week and released on the 13th of February, 1930 was the first one; Hello Baby, although from the same recording session, was released on the 20th of February, 1930.

The "Hello Baby" label has the blue - yellow - blue lettering like the first one and was sold in a display at the news dealers in the streets of New York City.

Sheet music of Hello Baby as played in the 1929 film "The Forward Pass"

The tune Hello Baby, credited to Herb Magidson, Ned Washington, Michael H. Cleary, was sung in a film The Forward Pass, published in 1929, with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Loretta Young, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams and Bert Rome. As the title suggests it has to do with football. A football stars wants to stop his active career just before an important match, but thanks to a beautiful girl, he stays in to the team and wins the game.
Bert Lown was the leader of the house band of the Biltmore Hotel in New York City. I read somewhere that he had a friend, hotel manager of the Biltmore Hotel, who gave him this gig. It started the 3rd of December, 1929 and lasted up to June 1932. When this record was made the Hotel Biltmore Music directed by Bert Lown must have
survived the busy December month and recorded these tunes prob. in
the first month of 1930.

Label of the MP 1021 ( collection: Dimitri Marheineke)

In the early 1930s unsold stocks of Hit of the Week records were brought to Europe. Most Hit of the week records found in Europe were sold in dime stores all around Europe. In France the record label were cleaned and printed with "French" labels, like Sefono, ABC or MP. MP comes from Metro le Pelletiers, which was a department store at the Rue de la Victoire in Paris ( France). These early Hit of the weeks are hard to find in Europe, which learns that unsold stocks of the first range of Hit of the week, must have been rather small ......
Love to finish with a fragment of a film which shows daily life in the streets of New York City in 1930. Enjoy it.

Hans Koert

Thursday the 6th of February, 1930:
"Tip-Toe Through The Tulips With Me" - Don Voorhees Orchestra ( HOW 1019).
Thursday the 13th of February, 1930:"Through" - Bert Lown and his Hotel Biltmore Music ( HOW 1020)
Thursday the 20th of February, 1930: "Hello Baby" - Bert Lowan and his Hotel Biltmore Music (HOW 1021)

Next week, at this blog, the next Hit of the Week to be sold in the New York news stands ............ 80 years ago !!


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1 Comments:

Anonymous Tom F. said...

Thanks for the embedded NYC movie. It was shot later than the 1930 date given at the beginning. For one thing, the George Washington Bridge was not open in 1930. It opened to traffic in 1931. For another, I'm not positive that the parkway system was as complete as shown in that film in the very early 30's. I would date that film to perhaps mid-30's although it could be 1932-ish. In any case, amazing to see how thing have changed and haven't changed. I'm well familiar with most places shown in that film.

Tom F.
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