Saturday, April 24, 2010

The New York Twelve - A Cottage For Sale

THE NEW YORK TWELVE [2tp-tb-2cl as-cl ts-2v-p-banj-tu-dm-vo4]: Phil Spitalny dir., Bob Effros (?) tp, Tommy Thunen tp, Scrappy Lambert vo.
A COTTAGE FOR SALE Fox-Trot Conley Robison
Recorded in New York City ca. February 1930
Matrix number: 1041 D
This Hit of the Week was released on the 24th of April, 1930 at the news dealers of the major cities in the US.

Label of the Hit of the Week 1041 ( Hans Koert collection)

This record has the regular blue - yellow - blue lettering. From now on the record labels will be released with different coloured letterings, up to the end of 1930, when they get its silver lettering.The tune A Cottage For Sale was composed by Willard Robison and the lyrics by Larry Conley. It was written in 1929 and became a hit in the first quarter of 1930. Again, Durium uphold to its label name: Hit of the Week. The singer was Scrappy Lambert - a well known crooner in those days. It became a hit song for The Revellers, a Victor recordings vocal quintet ( four singers and a piano player). The tune A Cottage For Sale became a standard in American music and not only recorded in 1930, but also in the 1940s and next decades by musicians like Don Byas, Erroll Garner, Coleman Hawkins, Jackie Gleason, Billy Eckstine, Howard McGhee, Cannonball Adderley, Teddy Wilson and Earl Hines. The New York Twelve was a pseudonym for the studio band led by Phil Spitalny with Scrappy Lambert as its vocalist. The band contained, indeed, twelve musicians: two trumpets, one trombone, three reeds, two violins, one piano, one banjo, one tuba and drums. Unofrtunally, like on so many durium studio recordings, most of the musicians will stay anonymously.

A 1930s news-stand. Can someone obtain me a photo with a Durium of hit of the Week display?

The four tunes, With You, A Cottage For Sale and the two versions of the University of Maine Stein Song ( one is a promo) all seem to be recorded on the same recording session. The matrices however suggest as if two more tracks were recorded, e.g. matrix number 1038 and 1039. As the original ledger of Durium never have been found, it will stay a mystery if these matrices were rejected or reserved for advertisement or custom records. Fact is that Phil Spitalny recorded two tunes with his Orchestra for Victor ( Any Time's The Time To Fall In Love and The One I Love Just Can't Be Bothered ) on the 6th of February 1930 both sung by ...... Scrappy Lambert ( as Burt Lorin).
Enjoy Any Time's The Time To Fall In Love by Philip Spitalny and his Orchestra with Burt Lorin (!) vocal for Victor.

A Hit of the Week wind-up gramophone

Durium started in 1930 to sell a series of wind-up gramophones. This is a black version, but also a brown one has been traced. There is but few information about these relics. Durium also produced needles to play its records. more about that later.

Hans Koert
keepswinging@live.nl


PREVIOUS HIT OF THE WEEK RELEASES
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
Thursday, the 3rd of April, 1930: Congratulations - Bert Lown and his Biltmore Music ( HOW 1032) Thursday, the 10th of April, 1930: University of Maine Stein Song - Hotel Pennsylvania Music (HOW 1036)

Thursday 17th of april, 1930: With You - Statler Pennsylvanians ( HOW 1037) April 1930: University of Maine Stein Song ( promo) - Statler Pennsylvanians ( HOW 1040) Thursday the 24th of April, 1930: A Cottage For Sale - The New York Twelve ( HOW 1041)

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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