Recorded in New York City, ca January 1930
Matrix number: 1023-A
Released, maybe around Thursday the 6th of March, 1930 as Hit of the Week 1023-A (sic) for distributing in the streets of New York City, or maybe in other parts of the US or in Europe or Japan (?). It was reissued, together with the other take at the Complete Hit of the Week Recordings volume 1 ( Arch 3002) by Archeophone. ( source: online Hit of the week Discography - Hans Koert)(2004-2010)
Label of the Hit of the Week 1023-A (Collection: John Little)
VINCENT LOPEZ ORCHESTRA: ? Pete Gentile tp, Frank Munn vo. Rest unknown
"MY SWEETER THAN SWEET" Fox Trot Marion Whiting
Recorded in New York City, ca January 1930
Matrix number: 1023-B
Released Thursday the 6th of March, 1930 as Hit of the Week 1023-B (sic) in the streets of New York City. It was reissued, together with the other take at the Complete Hit of the Week Recordings volume 1 ( Arch 3002) by Archeophone. ( source: online Hit of the week Discography - Hans Koert)(2004-2010)
Label of the Hit of the Week 1023-B ( collection: Hans Koert)
On Thursday the 6 of March, 1930 the second Vincent Lopez Hit of the week recording was released: My Sweeter Than Sweetheart. There are two versions showed above - two takes with different labels. Both labels do have the blue - yellow - blue lettering, like all early Hit of the Week labels. During a recording sessions normally several versions of the same tune were made. From the best versions, test pressings were made ......... Finally the sound operators made a final choice which take should be used for the recording. In this case two takes have been used for the production of these releases, not unusually. Normally each record has the matrix number etched or printed into the Durium surface, somewhere near the spindle. This Durium record has too, but, and that’s rather weird, the take numbers are also mentioned printed on the label as 1023-A and 1023-B, which suggests that they belong to two diferent releases. It is unknown why these two takes were used ...... There are no clearly audible differences in the recordings. It is unknown too, if both version were released early March 1930 – it is possible that one of the takes was used for "export" to other parts of the States ( The first Hit of the Weeks were released at the east coast only) or made for Europe or Japan, as Durium started to export records to other countries starting March 1930. As 1023-A seems to be less common, this one might have been made for a limited attempt to export.
Fact is that this record, like the previous one and the HOW 1029 have a strange cut to the groove which creates a unique rumble surface noise ( Doug Benson - private message (2003)), but as both takes have this slight rumble, it doesn’t seem that this is the reason to use two different takes and to make two different labels. …………
This tune, which was originally launched in the 1929 film Sweetie, and became a hit played by bands like the California Ramblers (Harmony), Vincent Lopez ( Banner) and Frank Trumbauer ( Okeh). In January 1930 Vincent Lopez recorded the tune again for Durium.
Vincent Lopez directed in those days one of the leading dance bands of the country and he was very popular in radio programs like the Durium Hour. This program was promoting the cardboard Durium records of course. When he was on the radio with his band he always opened with the quote: “Lopez speaking ... ". As I told in last contribution he was a radio star since the radio was introduced, early 1920s. He was selected by Durium to participate in a so-called music jury to select the latest dance hits for Durium.
Richard A. Whiting was responsible for the tune. He was born in Peoria (Il) in 1891 and started his career when he left the Harvard Military School in Los Angeles as a staff writer for music publishers. In the 1920s he lived in Hollywood and made several film scores and wrote for famous Broadway productions. In My Sweeter Than Sweet he cooperated with George Marion Jr. ( 1899-1968), also a very prolific writer in the 1920s.
Love to finish with the November 1929 version by the Vincent Lopez Orchestra with Irving Kaufman as the vocalist. Mind that Frank Munn sung at the 1930 Hit of the Week version.
I love to have pictures of a ( New York) news dealers who has the Hit of the week display or a promo of the Hit of the week records in the 1930s. I hope someone loves to share that with me and the visitors of this blog.
Hans Koert ( author of the (online) Durium-Hit of the week discography
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