Friday, April 16, 2010

Statler Pennsylvanians - With You

STATLER PENNSYLVANIANS [ 2tp-tb-2cl as-cl ts-2v-p-banj-tu-dm-vo4]: Phil Spitalny dir., Tommy Thunen tp, Scrappy Lambert vo.
WITH YOU Fox-Trot Berlin
Recorded in New York City February 1930
Matrix number: 1037 B
This rather unknown Hit of the Week was reissued on a few contemporary items
( see Online Hit of the Week discography - Hans Koert (2004-2010 )

Label of the Hit of the Week 1037 ( Hans Koert collection)

This record was released in New York City and other major cities on Thursday the 17th of April, 1930. It has the regular blue - yellow - blue lettering.

The tune With You was written by Irving Berlin and, as far as I know, never became a big hit. It was recorded three times during the first quarter of 1930 by Annette Hanshaw in March 1930 for Okeh and Carl Webster a few weeks before that for Odeon and, of course, this Phil Spitalny one for Durium. That's all ..... to quote the former. Love to share with you Annette Hanshaw singing With You from March 1930.

The Statler Pennysylvanians was the same band as the Hotel Pennsylvanians labeled on the Hit of the Week 1036. Mind that the The Statler Hotel company was one of the United States' earlies chains of hotels and its hotel in New York City was called the Hotel Pennsylvania.
Phil Spitalny ( 1890 - 1970)
Phil Spitalny was the most important band leader to record for Durium. This times I love to give you some personal info about him.
He was born as Philip Spitalny in Odessa ( Russia) on the 7th of November 1890. He passed away in Miami Beach Fl. on the 11th of October 1970 - aged almost 80 years old.
His father and mother were Jacob and Rachel and he had two brothers: H. Leopold, who also was a musician and Maurice.
Phil Spitalny maried two times, although I don't know the name of his first wife - he had one daughter with her: Norma ( Norma Rein)
He married with Evelyn Kaye Klein in the mid 1940s.

So far so good - later more info about Phil Spitalny.

Hans Koert
Author of the online Hit of the Week-Durium discographies


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)

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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