Sunday, April 18, 2010

Statler Pennsylvanians - University of Maine Stein Song ( promo)

STATLER PENNSYLVANIANS: [2tp-tb-2cl as-cl ts-2v-p-banj-tu-dm-vo4]: Phil Spitalny dir., Bob Effros (?) tp, Tommy Thunen tp, unknown vo-4 (with Scrappy Lambert).
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE STEIN SONG Fox-Trot Colcord Fenstad
Recorded in New York City February 1930 ( prob. later then the 10th of February)
Matrix number: 1040 B
This is a promo record and reissued on the Complete Hit of the Week Recordings volume 1 by Archeohone ( ARCH 3002) ( source:
Online Hit of the Week discography - Hans Koert (2004-2010)
Label of the Hit of the Week 1040 SAMPLE RECORD ( Hans Koert collection)

This Hit of the Week 1040 record was a free sample record as a promo record for the weekly Hit of the Week series. Around this time Hit of the Week stretched its wings from coast to coast and it seems that this record was used to promote it in all major cities outside the east coast of the States.

The record has the regular early Hit of the Week label with the blue - yellow - blue lettering. It contains a spoken promo talk and a short version of the University of Maine Stein Song. This tune, very popular in those days, was also released in this period as a regular Hit of the Week ( HOW 1036) which makes it credible that this record was released in the first half of April 1930.

This is the promo talk as spoken on the record:
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 each 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 hits of the hour for the Hit-of-the-week recording. A new Hit-of-the-week record is on sale each Thursday at all news-stands in this city. Get yours today - fifteen cents! Stand by while Phil Spitalny's famous orchestra plays for you the UNIVERSITY OF MAINE STEIN SONG.
A 1930 - 1931 Hit of the Week display
A new Hit-of-the-week record is on sale each Thursday at all news-stands in this city.
The Hit of the Week records were sold each Thursday, pay-day in the States, at the news stands in the city. They were sold in a display which could contain ca. 8 - 10 records. These Hit of the Weeks were sold without a sleeve or cover.
Each week, our music jury, composed of Florenz Ziegfeld, Eddie Cantor and Vincent Lopez, selects the outstanding dance hits of the hour for the Hit-of-the-week recording.

Durium suggests in his promo talk that three notable men made their choices each week what hit would become the new "hit" of the week. This jury contained three names: Florenz Ziegfeld, Eddie Cantor and Vincent Lopez. To start with the latter: Vincent Lopez was one of the most popular dance band leaders of the moment and performed for Durium in previous Hit of the Week recordings like My Fate Is In Your Hands, My Sweeter Than Sweet and There's Danger In Your Eyes. Later he was present at some more recordings for Durium.
Florenz Ziegfeld ( 1867-1932)
Florenz Ziegfeld, nicknamed Flo, was a Broadway impressario. He was known for the Follies musicals. He had opened the 1600-seat Ziegfeld Theatre on 6th Avenue in 1927. Although a very wealthy man, he lost much of his money in the stock market crash.

Eddie Cantor was known as a crooner, nick names Banjo Eyes, because of his eye-rolling song-and-dance routines. He was a very popular radio star and could have been the major star in The Jazz Singer is he hadn't cancel it ( Al Jolson got the lead in The Jazz Ssinger, which was released in 1927). Eddie Cantor recorded for Durium and this record
Cheer Up was released late 1931 as a DURIUM DE LUXE sought after by record collectors, due to its complete different label
and colourfull sleeve.

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 Main Stein Song ( promo) - Statler Pennsylvanians ( HOW 1040)

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

1 Comments:

Anonymous Barbara said...

Thank you for confirming the story told by my grandfather, Bob Effros : How "Hit of the Week" was determined!

Your site is compelling and beautiful contribution to keeping the "Swing Years of Jazz" alive.

March 15, 2014  

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