Saturday, March 27, 2010

Vincent Lopez Orchestra - There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie!

VINCENT LOPEZ ORCHESTRA: [2tp-tb-2cl as-cl ts-2v-p-banj-tu-dm-vo] Pete Gentile (?) tp, Frank Munn vo
THERE'S DANGER IN YOUR EYES, CHERIE! Fox-Trot Richman Meskill Wendling
Recorded in New York City, mid-January 1930
Matrix number: 1029 C

Label of the Hit of the Week 1029 ( collection: Hans Koert)
Released on Thursday the 27th of March, 1930 in New York City and prob. in the major cities of the States. It completes a series of three Vincent Lopez Durium sides:
My Fate Is In Your Hands - My Sweeter Than Sweet and this one There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie!
The colours of the label are still blue - yellow - blue. It was reissued on only one contemporary album: The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings volume 1 (Arch 3002) ( source: Online Hit of the Week discography - Hans Koert (2004-2010)
Flyer of the film Puttin' on the Ritz
The tune There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie! was originally sung in the "All-Talking" picture Puttin' On The Ritz by tenor James Melton. Vincent Lopez recorded it twice, probably within a few weeks. The Hit of the Week version was the most early ones, recorded mid January 1930 and the second version was for Perfect, recorded a few weeks later in New York City on the 10th of February 1930. I love to share with you a fragment of the latter.

There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie! - Vincent Lopez and his Orchestra ( originally on Perfect, here reissued on a 1940s Imperial (2356).
Some people wondered why artists recorded the same song for various record labels - well, mind that in those days records were sold in gramophone shops, affiliated to the major record labels. like Victor, Edison or Pathé. In a Pathé shop you could obtain Pathé gramophones and the records to play on it ( e.g. Pathé records). These records were sold for US$ 0.75 up to US$ 1.25 each. Since Durium and other record companies started to release cheap records, these major record labels started to make cheap records too. Pathé sold its records also with the cheap Perfect label, which were sold in so-called dime stores. Durium, as we know, made cardboard records released at the news dealers, who sold newspapers and magazines on the streets. So you couldn't buy a Victor record in a dime store nor a Perfect in a news paper stand. So it isn't strange that There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie! was released on various record labels; Sam Lanin and his Troubadours recorded it, for example, on the 10th of February, 1930 for Supertone, another obscure cheap record label. Fact is that all three bands used stock arrangements, so all version sound (almost) similar.
The matrix number: 1029 ( matrix number) C ( take number ) 14 ( stamper number)
Vincent Lopez (1898-1975), born of Portuguese parents in Brooklyn, NYC on the 30th of December 1898, was a very popular dance band leader in those days, but due to the financial crisis he had to take all kind of gigs to make a living for him and his band members. Making recordings for Durium should be seen in the light of making cash money. He became well known due to his numerous sponsored radio programs and was active until the 1950s directing the New York Taft-Hotel house band for 27 year........
Doug Benson, audio engineer, who was responsible for the transfers of the Complete Hit of the Week recordings wrote me, that the three Vincent Lopez recordings have a similarity in
sound - a strange cut to the grooves which creates a unique surface noise. This could mean that the this There's Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie!, My Fate Is In Your Hands and My Sweeter Than Sweet were produced in the same period. It seems as if Durium was experimenting with different shapes of the groove. A serious 78rpm collector can tell you that each record label needs his own record needles to play back. Well, it was rather difficult for Doug, to find the right needle to transfer these early Hit of the Weeks with the best possible sound quality. But he succeeded !! You can hear it on The Complete Hit of te Week Recordings volume 1 ( Archeophone 3002 )

Next week another Hit of the week ............. at your news dealer and the Hit of the week blog !!

Hans Koert


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 ( HOW 1027)
hursday the 27th of March, 1930: There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie! - Vincent Lopez Orchestra ( HOW 1029)

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, March 20, 2010

Ben Pollack's Orchestra - Cryin' For The Carolines

BEN POLLACK'S ORCHESTRA: Rudy Weinstein tp, Charlie Teagarden tp, Jack Teagarden tb, Gil Rodin cl-as-ss-f, Larry Binyon cl-ts-ss-f, Matty Matlock cl-as, Ed Bergman v, Alex Beller v, Vic Briedis p, Dick Morgan banj g, Harry Goodman tu, Ray Bauduc dm, Ben Pollack vo.
"CRYIN' FOR THE CAROLINES" Fox-Trot Lewis Young Warren
Recorded in New York City, mid-January 1930
Matrix number: 1027 C

Label of the Hit of the Week 1027 ( collection: Hans Koert)
Released on Thursday the 13th of March, 1930 in New York City and probably in more major cities outside New York. It has the normal early Hit of the Week label colours: blue - yellow - blue. It was reissued on several contemporaty issues
(
online Hit of the week Discography - Hans Koert)(2004-2010)

Label of the MP 1027
This record was also exported to Europe too and must have been released somewhere in the early 1930s, but. normally, Hit of the Week records were released in Europe with its original label, but in France the labels were ( wholly or partly) cleaned and printed with a new label. In this case only the label name had been changed. MP 10 Rue de la Victorie, Paris INCASSABLE. MP means Metro le Pelletiers and here, along the 10 Rue de la Victoire in Paris was a department store where these records were sold. Incassable means unbreakable. On the reverse of the record the words: Incassable 10 Rue de la Victorie, Paris.

Ben Pollack and his Central Park Hotel Orchestra, early 1929: f.l.t.r. (back row): Eddie Bergman - Larry Binyon - Jack Teagarden and Al Beller. ( front row): Al Harris - Harry Goodman - Jimmy McPartland - Benny Goodman - Dick Morgan - Vic Breidis and Gil Rodin. Ben Pollack is seated in front.
The Ben Pollack band was a very famous band during the late 1920s, with a lot of great names in it - an all-star band itself. What to think about names like Larry Binyon, Jack Teagarden, Benny and Harry Goodman, Al Harris and Jimmy McPartland. During the early 1930s even this great band had to make money. It had just finished a stand at the Park Central when they recorded one session for Durium. Benny Goodman had left the band and played with Red Nichols, before he found a seat in the Don Voorhees Orchestra.
Sheet music of "Cryin' For The Carolines" (1929)
The tune Cryin' For The Carolines was used in the now forgotten film: Spring Is Here and made to a hit by Ruth Etting ( December 1929 for Columbia); Words by Sam H. Lewis and Joe Young. Music by Harry Warren. It is one of the two tunes recorded by Ben Pollack for Durium. its first one, I'm Following You was discussed before and this one, Cryin' for The Carolines, sung by Ben Pollack himself, is the better one of the two, but not by much ( I copied a commend somewhere). It does feature solos by Jack Teagarden and Matty Matlock, and while these are not the best work of either man, they are certainly worth hearing at least once.
Well - no problem this time. I found a fragment of this Hit of the Week 1027 for you. Enjoy it, it's worth hearing at least once!!
CHORUS
Where is the song I had in my heart
That harmonized with the pines,
Anyone can see what's troublin' me,
Cryin' for the Carolines.
Where is the brook that kisses the lane,
Covered with "Glory Vines."
Anyone can see what's troublin' me.
I'm crying for the Carolines.
How can I smile mile after mile, There's not a bit of green here.
Birdies all stay far far away, They're seldom ever seen here.
Where is the gal that I used to meet
Down where the pale moon shines.
Anyone can see what's troublin' me,
I'm crying for the Carolines.

Cryin' For The Carolines by Ben Pollack's Orchestra.(HOW 1027)

Hans Koert

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

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, March 13, 2010

Ben Pollack Orchestra - I'm Following You

BEN POLLACK ORCHESTRA: Rudy Weinstein tp, Charlie Teagarden tp, Jack Teagarden tb, Gil Rodin cl-as-ss-f, Larry Binyon cl-ts-ss-f, Matty Matlock cl-as, Ed Bergman v, Alex Beller v, Vic Briedis p, Dick Morgan banj g, Harry Goodman tu, Ray Bauduc dm, Ben Pollack vo.
I'M FOLLOWING YOU Fox-Trot Dreyer Macdonald
Recorded in New York City, mid-January 1930
Matrix number: 1026 D
Released on Thursday the 13th of March, 1930 in New York City and probably in some major cities outside New York City. It was reissued on several contemporary issues.
( source: online Hit of the week Discography - Hans Koert)(2004-2010)

Label of the Hit of the Week 1026 ( collection: Hans Koert)

On the 13th of March, 1930, on the day that Clyde Tombaugh announced that he had found a new planet, later named Pluto, the fifth regular weekly Hit of the Week record was released. It seems that, around this date, the records were "exported" to other major cities in the country. The label still has the blue - yellow - blue lettering. The catalogue number is HOW 1026, which suggests that no records were made with the catalogue numbers HOW 1024 and HOW 1025. As the layers of Durium Products Corporartion haven't been found yet, or don't exist anymore, we don't know why these records are missing. It could be that these project were rejected before recording or that these "catalogue numbers" refer to projects with private- or advertisement records.

1929 sheet music of I'm Folllowing You, which became a small hit sung by the Duncan Sisters.
The tune selected was I'm Following You,written by Dave Dreyer ( 1894 - 1967 ) and Ballard MacDonald (1882 - 1935) and originally used in the 1929 film: It's a Great Life. It was recorded by the sweet dance bands of that time: Adrian Schubert, Arthur Schutt and sung by Annette Hanshaw and the Duncan Sisters, who made it to a little hit.
Ben Pollack (1903 - 1971)
The Ben Pollack orchestra recorded it mid-January 1930 for Durium and was released 80 years ago as a card board Hit of the Week record. Love to share with you a version of this tune as played by the Hollywood Dance Orchestra, which recorded it originally on the 26th of November, 1929 for Imperial. The Hollywood Dance Orchestra was a pseudonym for Adrian Schubert and his Orchestra. The vocalist is Smith Ballew, who is also to be heard on the first two Hit of the Week releases ( Through and Hello Baby ) and it seems aas if the arrangements used for this recording are equal to the one used for the Ben Pollack Ht of the Week recording.

The Ben Pollack Orchestra Ben Pollack was one of those extreme popular dance band leaders of the late 1920s and although he directed a dance band, a lot of jazz musicians found a living in his band. Some of them became great band leaders or swing musicians them selves like Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden and Bud Freeman to list a few. In today's recording you can find the Teagarden brothers, Jack and Charlie , the great reed player Larry Binyon and Benny Goodman's brother Harry on the tuba. In the early 1930s the music of these dance bands changed - the Roaring twenties had gone - the music became sweet, smooth and romantic - Swing music was ahead .... . So don't expect "a hot dance tune" when you play this I'm Following You record on tour turn table.

Hans Koert
author of the (online) Hit of the week-Durium Discographies

keepswinging@live.nl

THE PREVIOUS HIT OF THE WEEKS
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)

Thursday the 6th of March, 1930: My Sweeter Than Sweet - Vincent Lopez Orchestra ( HOW 1023 A) (1023-B)

Thursday 13th of March, 1930: I'm Following You - Ben Pollack Orchestra ( HOW 1026)

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, March 06, 2010

Vincent Lopez Orchestra - My Sweeter Than Sweet

VINCENT LOPEZ ORCHESTRA: ? Pete Gentile tp, Frank Munn vo. Rest unknown "MY SWEETER THAN SWEET" Fox Trot Marion Whiting
Recorded in New York City, ca January 1930
Matrix number: 1023-A
Released, maybe around Thursday the 6th of March, 1930 as Hit of the Week 1023-A (sic) for distributing in the streets of New York City, or maybe in other parts of the US or in Europe or Japan (?). It was reissued, together with the other take at the Complete Hit of the Week Recordings volume 1 ( Arch 3002) by Archeophone.
( source:
online Hit of the week Discography - Hans Koert)(2004-2010)

Label of the Hit of the Week 1023-A (Collection: John Little)

VINCENT LOPEZ ORCHESTRA: ? Pete Gentile tp, Frank Munn vo. Rest unknown
"MY SWEETER THAN SWEET" Fox Trot Marion Whiting
Recorded in New York City, ca January 1930
Matrix number: 1023-B
Released Thursday the 6th of March, 1930 as Hit of the Week 1023-B (sic) in the streets of New York City. It was reissued, together with the other take at the Complete Hit of the Week Recordings volume 1 ( Arch 3002) by Archeophone.
( source:
online Hit of the week Discography - Hans Koert)(2004-2010)

Label of the Hit of the Week 1023-B ( collection: Hans Koert)

On Thursday the 6 of March, 1930 the second Vincent Lopez Hit of the week recording was released: My Sweeter Than Sweetheart. There are two versions showed above - two takes with different labels. Both labels do have the blue - yellow - blue lettering, like all early Hit of the Week labels. During a recording sessions normally several versions of the same tune were made. From the best versions, test pressings were made ......... Finally the sound operators made a final choice which take should be used for the recording. In this case two takes have been used for the production of these releases, not unusually. Normally each record has the matrix number etched or printed into the Durium surface, somewhere near the spindle. This Durium record has too, but, and that’s rather weird, the take numbers are also mentioned printed on the label as 1023-A and 1023-B, which suggests that they belong to two diferent releases. It is unknown why these two takes were used ...... There are no clearly audible differences in the recordings. It is unknown too, if both version were released early March 1930 – it is possible that one of the takes was used for "export" to other parts of the States ( The first Hit of the Weeks were released at the east coast only) or made for Europe or Japan, as Durium started to export records to other countries starting March 1930. As 1023-A seems to be less common, this one might have been made for a limited attempt to export.

Fact is that this record, like the previous one and the HOW 1029 have a strange cut to the groove which creates a unique rumble surface noise ( Doug Benson - private message (2003)), but as both takes have this slight rumble, it doesn’t seem that this is the reason to use two different takes and to make two different labels. …………

1929 sheet music for the film Sweetie

This tune, which was originally launched in the 1929 film Sweetie, and became a hit played by bands like the California Ramblers (Harmony), Vincent Lopez ( Banner) and Frank Trumbauer ( Okeh). In January 1930 Vincent Lopez recorded the tune again for Durium.

Vincent Lopez directed in those days one of the leading dance bands of the country and he was very popular in radio programs like the Durium Hour. This program was promoting the cardboard Durium records of course. When he was on the radio with his band he always opened with the quote: “Lopez speaking ... ". As I told in last contribution he was a radio star since the radio was introduced, early 1920s. He was selected by Durium to participate in a so-called music jury to select the latest dance hits for Durium.
Richard A. Whiting was responsible for the tune. He was born in Peoria (Il) in 1891 and started his career when he left the Harvard Military School in Los Angeles as a staff writer for music publishers. In the 1920s he lived in Hollywood and made several film scores and wrote for famous Broadway productions. In My Sweeter Than Sweet he cooperated with George Marion Jr. ( 1899-1968), also a very prolific writer in the 1920s.

"Sweets" for everybody who comes to see the film ( advertisement 1929)
Love to finish with the November 1929 version by the Vincent Lopez Orchestra with Irving Kaufman as the vocalist. Mind that Frank Munn sung at the 1930 Hit of the Week version.

I love to have pictures of a ( New York) news dealers who has the Hit of the week display or a promo of the Hit of the week records in the 1930s. I hope someone loves to share that with me and the visitors of this blog.

Hans Koert ( author of the (online) Durium-Hit of the week discography


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)

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