Saturday, February 27, 2010

Vincent Lopez Orchestra - My Fate Is In Your Hands

VINCENT LOPEZ ORCHESTRA: ? Pete Gentile tp, Frank Munn vo
"MY FATE IS IN YOUR HANDS" Fox Trot Razaf Waller
Recorded in New York City ca. January 1930
matrix number: 1022 B
Released Thursday 27th of February, 1930 as Hit of the Week 1022 in the streets of New York City. It was reissued at only one contemporary issues.
( source:
online Hit of the week Discography - Hans Koert)(2004-2010)

Label of the Hit of the Week 1022 ( collection: Hans Koert)

The Hit of the week label has the blue - yellow - blue lettering as most early Hit of the weeks.

The tune My Fate Is In Your Hands was a late 1929 hit by Gene Austin and Fats Waller. Fats recorded it twice, first in November 1929 with Gene Austin singing the tune ( in an orchestra featuring Fats Waller) and a week later as a piano solo interpretation by Fats Waller himself. Fats Waller was responsable for the composition and Andy Razaf for the words. Lyricist Andy Razaf was born Andrea Paul Razafkeriefo in Washington DC on December 16, 1895 and the son of Madagascar nobleman and a nephew of Queen Ranavalona, III, of Madagascar. He started to write lyrics for nightclub revues during the 1910’s. During the 1920s he was responsable for a lot of hit tunes ( Let's list a few ......Ain’t Misbehavin’, Honeysuckle Rose, In the Mood and of course this My Fate Is In Your Hands) for musicians like Eubie Blake, James P. Johnson, and “Fats” Waller. In the 1950’s Razaf began working as a newspaper columnist and continued in that profession until his death in 1973.

Durium released this record on Thursday the 27th of February, 1930, the day that Jack Sharkey lost the fight against Phil Scott with a KO in the third round. The tune was played by Vincent Lopez Orchestra with Frank Munn doing the vocals. Frank Munn was born in New York City February 1895 and was a popular, although now complete forgotten, crooner. He made a lot of recordings during the 1920s up to the 1940s, until he stopped singing in 1947. He is to be heard with a lot of dance bands like Roger Wolfe Kahn, Nat Shilkret, Bernie Cummins, Ben Selvin and Jean Goldkette. He passed away in October 1953. Vincent Lopez was also born in 1895 and directed a sweet dance band for almost 50 years. He became famous during the 1920s playing with his bands in in revues and on the radio ( it was his band that played for the very first time on radio in 1921 ).

Doug Benson who did the sounds restoration of the great series The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings noted that this record seems to have some sound problems. It has a strange cut to the grooves which creates a unique rumbly surface noise, different than any other Hit of the Weeks. They have the same thin sound with a “tinny” tuba (Doug Benson - ( private message) 2003).

Love to finish with the 1929 hit as sung by Gene Austin ( Tenor with Orchestra) in November 1929 My Fate Is In Your Hands. Fats Waller plays the piano on this Victor recording.

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)

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

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bert Lown and his Hotel Biltmore Music - Hello Baby

BERT LOWN AND HIS HOTEL BILTMORE MUSIC: Frank Cush tp, Ed of Eddie Farley tp, Al Philburn tb, Lou Bode cl-as or Fletcher Hereford cl-as, Paul Mason cl-ts, Sherry McGhee cl-as (or Mace Irish cl-as), Buddy Falco v, (or Mac Ceppos v), Chauncey Gray p, Tommy Felline g, Ward Lay b, Adrian Rollini bs vib, Stan King dm, Smith Ballew vo.
"HELLO BABY" Fox Trot Magidson Washington Cleary
New York City, ca Jan. 1930
Matrix number 1021 A
Released Thursday the 20th of February, 1930 in the streets of New York City as Hit of the Week 1021. It was released in France, somewhere in the early 1930s, as MP 1021 -
It was reissued on several contemparary issues ( source: online Hit of the week Discography - Hans Koert (2004-2010) )

Label of the Hit of the week 1021 ( collection: Hans Koert)

This Hit of the week, in fact the second one to be released, has been listed for years as the first one found on the streets of New York City. Wrong ..... Through, listed last week and released on the 13th of February, 1930 was the first one; Hello Baby, although from the same recording session, was released on the 20th of February, 1930.

The "Hello Baby" label has the blue - yellow - blue lettering like the first one and was sold in a display at the news dealers in the streets of New York City.

Sheet music of Hello Baby as played in the 1929 film "The Forward Pass"

The tune Hello Baby, credited to Herb Magidson, Ned Washington, Michael H. Cleary, was sung in a film The Forward Pass, published in 1929, with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Loretta Young, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams and Bert Rome. As the title suggests it has to do with football. A football stars wants to stop his active career just before an important match, but thanks to a beautiful girl, he stays in to the team and wins the game.
Bert Lown was the leader of the house band of the Biltmore Hotel in New York City. I read somewhere that he had a friend, hotel manager of the Biltmore Hotel, who gave him this gig. It started the 3rd of December, 1929 and lasted up to June 1932. When this record was made the Hotel Biltmore Music directed by Bert Lown must have
survived the busy December month and recorded these tunes prob. in
the first month of 1930.

Label of the MP 1021 ( collection: Dimitri Marheineke)

In the early 1930s unsold stocks of Hit of the Week records were brought to Europe. Most Hit of the week records found in Europe were sold in dime stores all around Europe. In France the record label were cleaned and printed with "French" labels, like Sefono, ABC or MP. MP comes from Metro le Pelletiers, which was a department store at the Rue de la Victoire in Paris ( France). These early Hit of the weeks are hard to find in Europe, which learns that unsold stocks of the first range of Hit of the week, must have been rather small ......
Love to finish with a fragment of a film which shows daily life in the streets of New York City in 1930. Enjoy it.

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 Lowan and his Hotel Biltmore Music (HOW 1021)

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

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Bert Lown and his Hotel Biltmore Music - Through

BERT LOWN AND HIS HOTEL BILTMORE MUSIC: Frank Cush tp, Ed of Eddie Farley tp, Al Philburn tb, Lou Bode cl-as or Fletcher Hereford cl-as, Paul Mason cl-ts, Sherry McGhee cl-as (or Mace Irish cl-as), Buddy Falco v, (or Mac Ceppos v), Chauncey Gray p, Tommy Felline g, Ward Lay b, Adrian Rollini bs vib, Stan King dm, Smith Ballew vo.
"THROUGH" Fox Trot McCarthy Monaco
New York City, c Jan. 1930 1020 A -
Matrix number: 1020 A

Released (as the first regular Hit of the week): Thursday 13th of February, 1930 as HOW 1020 (Source: online Hit of the Week discography - Hans Koert)


Label of the Hit of the week 1020 ( collection: Hans Koert)

The first regular Hit of the week release appeared for sale at the news dealers in New York City only. Through was released on Thursday the 13th of February, 1930. We don't know if this first "Hit" was a "hit" already, fact is that it is now a collectors item. Isn't it weird that it wasn't even mentioned in the first Hit of the Week discography compiled by Howard Waters in 1960 or in Brian Rust's American Dance Band discography. It was, in fact, listed for the very first time in the (online) Hit of the week Discography.

Early Hit of the week display.

The label of "Through" has the blue - yellow - blue lettering. It was not sold in a cover, sleeve or envelope, but in a display. The photo shows what has left from one of these early displays - I hope to publish a more decent copy later.

Sheet music of ( How Can You Say We're) Through? by Joe McCarthy and Jimmy Monaco.

The tune was first recorded by Ted Lewis for Columbia in August 1929 and became a small hit in the fall of 1929 as (How Can You Say We're ) Through? During 1929 several versions of the tune were released, played by Roger Wolfe Kahn ( for Brunswick ), Jimmie Noone (Vocalion) and even Virginia Willrich and her Texas Rangers ( for Okeh). It was also a small hit in Europe thanks to bands like Lud Gluskin and Jack Hylton. It was also released on the short-lived card board label Worldecho, by Norman Sissel and his Rhythm Twisters ( rec. London, October 1929.) This label also used a kind of Durium acetate on its surface, but the thick card board layer easily split into two halves ...... . This short-lived "novelty-type" label seems to be known as a forerunner of the cardboard Durium record, or should I say as its European nephew ..... The Biltmore hotel in New York City

Bert Lown was one of those numerous dance band leader, now complete forgotten, who found a job playing dance music in hotels and clubs. He was born in June 1903 in White Plains NY and learned himself to play the piano. Thanks to Rudy Vallee, a popular crooner in those days, he came into the music business. He played in several bands, like Fred Hamm's, before he founded his own dance orchestra in which he played the violin. He got a job at the Biltmore-Hotel in New York City, which was stripped to the frame and turned into an office building about 30 years ago. Known members of the band were Miff Mole ( not on this rcord), drummer Stan King and Adrian Rollini who played the bass sax and vibraphone. He made a lot of recordings for Columbia, Harmony, Perfect, Victor, Bluebird and some for the Hit of the week label, but his music is now hard to find on reissues. During the mid-1930s he started as a booking office for bands. During the 1950s he became involded in CBS TV untill he passed away in Portland Or. November 1962.

Lounge of the Biltmore Hotel (NYC).
Enjoy the tune Through played by Bert Lown and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra as recorded on the first Hit of the week released at the news dealers in the streets of New York City now 80 years ago. The vocal is by Smith Ballew.



Thanks Taylor Bowie ( Seattle) USA for your additions according the Hotel Biltmore Hotel.

Hans Koert
author of the online Hit of the Week-Durium Discography
keepswinging@live.nl

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)

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

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Don Voorhees Orchestra - Tip-Toe Though The Tulips With Me

DON VOORHEES ORCHESTRA: Fred "Fuzzy" Farrar tp, Red Nichols tp), Bill Trone tb-mell, Charlie Butterfield tb, Joe Tarto tu, unknown male vo.

"TIP-TOE THROUGH THE TULIPS WITH ME" Fox-Trot Dubin Burke
Matrix number (1019) 2D
Released in New York City ca. 6th of February, 1930 (Source: online Hit of the Week Discography - Hans Koert)


Hit of the week 1019: Demonstration Record ( Collection: Hans Koert)

This was the first Hit of the Week record released as a DEMONSTRATION RECORD, as the label reads, distributed in large quantities, to promote the new series of weekly issues that was scheduled to start in the second week of February, 1930. It was distributed for free at news stands in the streets of New York City early February, 1930.
New York City: 5th Avenue (1930)

This first Hit of the Week record has, for its first time, its well known label design, printed in two colors. This first one has the blue - yellow - blue
lettering, although the colors may be faded.
The record starts with a promotional announcement, which introduced the new cardboard record made of Durium. It lists its plus-points like the clear tone, the fact that it was unbreakable and its low price: fifteen cents. This is the spoken introduction to the letter:

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 every 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 hit of the hour for a Hit-of-the-week recording. A new Hit-of-the-week record is on sale at all news-stands in this city. Get yours today.- fifteen cents! Stand by while Don Voorhees famous orchestra plays for you Tip-toe Through The Tulips.
After the spoken introduction, Don Voorhees plays Tip-Toe Through The Tulips, written in 1926 by Joe Burke and Al Dubin, and a hit tune during the 1929, which was introduced in the Broadway musical The Gold Diggers of Broadway, sung by Nick Lucas. He recorded it for Brunswick in May 1929. Love to show you a fragment from Nick Lucas singing Tip-toe Through the Tulips in the 1929 Gold Diggers of Broadway revue.

It seems that a version of this first Hit of the week record, now a sought after for record collectors, must have exist. It seems as if this record was exported to Europe months later, where the label was cleaned and reprinted with the French SEFONO-label. Years ago the French radio producer Jean-Christophe Averty handed me a list he had received from a widow of a late Parisian taxi driver, who wanted to sell records. Her late husband had once found a bunch of cardboard records in his cab - he was a Parisian taxi driver - lost by a client, who never asked his lost collection back. On this list the SEFONO 1019 was mentioned.

The originally version, sung by Nick Lucas, presented in this blog, doesn't justice to the music on the disc, which has a more straight dance tempo. Nick Lucas' version, which he sung at his 80th birthday in 1977 fits better. I love to show you that frament too:

This record was reisued on several LPs and CDs: BR 107 / IAJRC CS1002-1 / Swingtime 9802 / NLRCD-32CD202-1 / ARCH 3002 / ASA-101

Hans Koert
author of the (online) Hit of the week-Durium Discography
keepswinging@live.nl

Thursday the 6th of February, 1930:
"Tip-Toe Through The Tulips With Me" - Don Voorhees Orchestra ( HOW 1019).

Next week, at this blog, the first 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