Saturday, February 06, 2010

Don Voorhees Orchestra - Tip-Toe Though The Tulips With Me

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 (1019) 2D
Released in New York City ca. 6th of February, 1930 (Source: online Hit of the Week Discography - Hans Koert)

Hit of the week 1019: Demonstration Record ( Collection: Hans Koert)

This was the first Hit of the Week record released as a DEMONSTRATION RECORD, as the label reads, distributed in large quantities, to promote the new series of weekly issues that was scheduled to start in the second week of February, 1930. It was distributed for free at news stands in the streets of New York City early February, 1930.
New York City: 5th Avenue (1930)

This first Hit of the Week record has, for its first time, its well known label design, printed in two colors. This first one has the blue - yellow - blue
lettering, although the colors may be faded.
The record starts with a promotional announcement, which introduced the new cardboard record made of Durium. It lists its plus-points like the clear tone, the fact that it was unbreakable and its low price: fifteen cents. This is the spoken introduction to the letter:

This is the new Hit-of-the-week record. It is made of Durium, the great invention of a Columbia university professor. Its tone is as rich and clear as the costliest record made. It is guaranteed to play perfectly longer than any other record. It won't break if you drop it. It brings you the latest dance hits every week played by Broadway's best orchestras, at the sensationally low price of fifteen cents! Each week, our music jury, composed of Florenz Ziegfeld, Eddie Cantor and Vincent Lopez, selects the outstanding dance hit of the hour for a Hit-of-the-week recording. A new Hit-of-the-week record is on sale at all news-stands in this city. Get yours today.- fifteen cents! Stand by while Don Voorhees famous orchestra plays for you Tip-toe Through The Tulips.
After the spoken introduction, Don Voorhees plays Tip-Toe Through The Tulips, written in 1926 by Joe Burke and Al Dubin, and a hit tune during the 1929, which was introduced in the Broadway musical The Gold Diggers of Broadway, sung by Nick Lucas. He recorded it for Brunswick in May 1929. Love to show you a fragment from Nick Lucas singing Tip-toe Through the Tulips in the 1929 Gold Diggers of Broadway revue.

It seems that a version of this first Hit of the week record, now a sought after for record collectors, must have exist. It seems as if this record was exported to Europe months later, where the label was cleaned and reprinted with the French SEFONO-label. Years ago the French radio producer Jean-Christophe Averty handed me a list he had received from a widow of a late Parisian taxi driver, who wanted to sell records. Her late husband had once found a bunch of cardboard records in his cab - he was a Parisian taxi driver - lost by a client, who never asked his lost collection back. On this list the SEFONO 1019 was mentioned.

The originally version, sung by Nick Lucas, presented in this blog, doesn't justice to the music on the disc, which has a more straight dance tempo. Nick Lucas' version, which he sung at his 80th birthday in 1977 fits better. I love to show you that frament too:

This record was reisued on several LPs and CDs: BR 107 / IAJRC CS1002-1 / Swingtime 9802 / NLRCD-32CD202-1 / ARCH 3002 / ASA-101

Hans Koert
author of the (online) Hit of the week-Durium Discography

Thursday the 6th of February, 1930:
"Tip-Toe Through The Tulips With Me" - Don Voorhees Orchestra ( HOW 1019).

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

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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