Saturday, March 27, 2010

Vincent Lopez Orchestra - There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie!

VINCENT LOPEZ ORCHESTRA: [2tp-tb-2cl as-cl ts-2v-p-banj-tu-dm-vo] Pete Gentile (?) tp, Frank Munn vo
THERE'S DANGER IN YOUR EYES, CHERIE! Fox-Trot Richman Meskill Wendling
Recorded in New York City, mid-January 1930
Matrix number: 1029 C

Label of the Hit of the Week 1029 ( collection: Hans Koert)
Released on Thursday the 27th of March, 1930 in New York City and prob. in the major cities of the States. It completes a series of three Vincent Lopez Durium sides:
My Fate Is In Your Hands - My Sweeter Than Sweet and this one There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie!
The colours of the label are still blue - yellow - blue. It was reissued on only one contemporary album: The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings volume 1 (Arch 3002) ( source: Online Hit of the Week discography - Hans Koert (2004-2010)
Flyer of the film Puttin' on the Ritz
The tune There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie! was originally sung in the "All-Talking" picture Puttin' On The Ritz by tenor James Melton. Vincent Lopez recorded it twice, probably within a few weeks. The Hit of the Week version was the most early ones, recorded mid January 1930 and the second version was for Perfect, recorded a few weeks later in New York City on the 10th of February 1930. I love to share with you a fragment of the latter.

There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie! - Vincent Lopez and his Orchestra ( originally on Perfect, here reissued on a 1940s Imperial (2356).
Some people wondered why artists recorded the same song for various record labels - well, mind that in those days records were sold in gramophone shops, affiliated to the major record labels. like Victor, Edison or Pathé. In a Pathé shop you could obtain Pathé gramophones and the records to play on it ( e.g. Pathé records). These records were sold for US$ 0.75 up to US$ 1.25 each. Since Durium and other record companies started to release cheap records, these major record labels started to make cheap records too. Pathé sold its records also with the cheap Perfect label, which were sold in so-called dime stores. Durium, as we know, made cardboard records released at the news dealers, who sold newspapers and magazines on the streets. So you couldn't buy a Victor record in a dime store nor a Perfect in a news paper stand. So it isn't strange that There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie! was released on various record labels; Sam Lanin and his Troubadours recorded it, for example, on the 10th of February, 1930 for Supertone, another obscure cheap record label. Fact is that all three bands used stock arrangements, so all version sound (almost) similar.
The matrix number: 1029 ( matrix number) C ( take number ) 14 ( stamper number)
Vincent Lopez (1898-1975), born of Portuguese parents in Brooklyn, NYC on the 30th of December 1898, was a very popular dance band leader in those days, but due to the financial crisis he had to take all kind of gigs to make a living for him and his band members. Making recordings for Durium should be seen in the light of making cash money. He became well known due to his numerous sponsored radio programs and was active until the 1950s directing the New York Taft-Hotel house band for 27 year........
Doug Benson, audio engineer, who was responsible for the transfers of the Complete Hit of the Week recordings wrote me, that the three Vincent Lopez recordings have a similarity in
sound - a strange cut to the grooves which creates a unique surface noise. This could mean that the this There's Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie!, My Fate Is In Your Hands and My Sweeter Than Sweet were produced in the same period. It seems as if Durium was experimenting with different shapes of the groove. A serious 78rpm collector can tell you that each record label needs his own record needles to play back. Well, it was rather difficult for Doug, to find the right needle to transfer these early Hit of the Weeks with the best possible sound quality. But he succeeded !! You can hear it on The Complete Hit of te Week Recordings volume 1 ( Archeophone 3002 )

Next week another Hit of the week ............. at your news dealer and the Hit of the week blog !!

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 Lown and his Hotel Biltmore Music (HOW 1021)
Thursday the 27th of February, 1930: "My Fate Is In Your Hands - Vincent Lopez Orchestra ( HOW 1022);
Thurday the 6th of March, 1930: My Sweeter Than Sweet - Vincent Lopez Orchestra ( HOW 1023-A)(HOW 1023-B)
Thursday the 13th of March, 1930: I'm Following You - Ben Pollack Orchestra ( HOW 1026)
Thursday the 20th of March, 1930: Cryin' For The Carolines - Ben Pollack's Orchestra ( HOW 1027)
hursday the 27th of March, 1930: There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie! - Vincent Lopez Orchestra ( HOW 1029)

Next week, at this blog, the next 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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