Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Harlem Hot Chocolates - Sing You Sinners

HARLEM HOT CHOCOLATES [3tp-2tb-cl as ss-cl ts-cl as bars-p-banj-b-dm-vo]: Duke Ellington dir. p. Arthur Whetsel tp, Freddy Jenkins tp, Cootie Williams tp, Joe Tricky Sam Nanton tb, Juan Tizol tb, Johnny Hodges cl-as-ss, Barney Bigard cl-ts, Harry Carney cl-as-bars, Freddie Guy banj, Wellman Braud b, Sonny Greer vib dm, Irving Mills vo
SING YOU SINNERS Fox-Trot Harling Coslow
Recorded New York City, March 1930
Matrix number: 1045 C
This famous Hit of the Week was released on the 8th of May, 1930. It has been reissued on numerous LPs and CDs, which are to be found in
the online Hit of the Week Discography. (Hans Koert)

Label of the Hit of the Week 1045 ( Hans Koert collection)

The label has the regular blue - yellow - blue label. It is one of the best known and sought after by hundreds of (Duke Ellington) collectors. When I tell a fellow collector about my fascination for Hit of the Week records, nine times out to ten, they will mention that the record label is not very interesting from a jazz point of view, except ........ the Ellington's. If you sell a bunch of Hits, most collector's will ask: Does it contain the Ellington's? These records are sought after 80 year old relics.
The tune Sing You Sinners was first published in the 1930 film Honey, in which
Lillian Roth sung the song Sing You Sinners. Don't mix this film up with the 1938 film Sing You Sinners featuring Bing Crosby as the leading character. Enjoy a fragment from the tune Sing You Sinners as sung by Lillian Roth in the 1930 film Honey.

Biltmore 1014 - one of the first Hit of the Weeks to be reissued ( or bootlegged if you like) (Hans Koert collection)
The tune Sing You Sinners was recorded several times during 1930 and 1931 by bands like the Charleston Chasers, featuring the Dorsey Brothers, Smith Ballew and Adrian Schubert, the Boswell Sisters and Phillips' Louisville Jug Band. This Ellington was reissued on numerous contempo
rary isseus - most LPs and CDs, but also on a 1940s Biltmore 78rpm record. This record, a 78rpm pirate label, was released late 1949 - early 1950 as Biltmore (Bm 1014). The reverse is the tune My Old Flame, sung by Mae West for the 1934 film Belle of the Nineties, with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

In a previous blog I wrote about
Duke Ellington during the first months of 1930, in which he recorded these two tracks.
In 1927 Irving Mills became his manager and impresario. He would make the band into an international attraction. He became a wealthy man thanks to the numerous compositions in his name. Irving Mills organised numerous recording sessions and as moth bands and musicians had a very tough time to make a living due to the Depression, it seemed that Duke Ellington's popularity was still growing in 1930.In 1930 he made numerous recordings, thanks to Irving Mills, who organized recording sessions for all major record labels, like Victor, Okeh ( Harlem Footwarmers), Brunswick (Jungle Band), but also, under all kinds of pseudonyms, for budget labels like Hit of the Week ( Harlem hot Chocolates), Conqueror ( Ten Black Berries) Diva and Clarion ( Mills' Ten Black Berries). The former, Sing, You Sinners (HOW 1045)by the Harlem Hot chocolates is presented today.

Love to share with you a fragment with this Harlem Hot Chocolates in Sing You Sinners.

The next record to be released by Duirum was Hit of the Week 1046 - the second Harlem Hot Chocolates record with the tune St. James Infirmary.

Hans Koert
author of the (online)
Hit of the Week-Durium discographies
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) Thursday the 1st of May, 1930: Lazy Lou'siana Moon - Jan Garber's Orchestra ( HoW 1043) Thursday the 8th of May, 1930: Sing you Sinners - Harlem Hot Chocolates ( HoW 1045)

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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