Saturday, April 24, 2010

The New York Twelve - A Cottage For Sale

THE NEW YORK TWELVE [2tp-tb-2cl as-cl ts-2v-p-banj-tu-dm-vo4]: Phil Spitalny dir., Bob Effros (?) tp, Tommy Thunen tp, Scrappy Lambert vo.
A COTTAGE FOR SALE Fox-Trot Conley Robison
Recorded in New York City ca. February 1930
Matrix number: 1041 D
This Hit of the Week was released on the 24th of April, 1930 at the news dealers of the major cities in the US.

Label of the Hit of the Week 1041 ( Hans Koert collection)

This record has the regular blue - yellow - blue lettering. From now on the record labels will be released with different coloured letterings, up to the end of 1930, when they get its silver lettering.The tune A Cottage For Sale was composed by Willard Robison and the lyrics by Larry Conley. It was written in 1929 and became a hit in the first quarter of 1930. Again, Durium uphold to its label name: Hit of the Week. The singer was Scrappy Lambert - a well known crooner in those days. It became a hit song for The Revellers, a Victor recordings vocal quintet ( four singers and a piano player). The tune A Cottage For Sale became a standard in American music and not only recorded in 1930, but also in the 1940s and next decades by musicians like Don Byas, Erroll Garner, Coleman Hawkins, Jackie Gleason, Billy Eckstine, Howard McGhee, Cannonball Adderley, Teddy Wilson and Earl Hines. The New York Twelve was a pseudonym for the studio band led by Phil Spitalny with Scrappy Lambert as its vocalist. The band contained, indeed, twelve musicians: two trumpets, one trombone, three reeds, two violins, one piano, one banjo, one tuba and drums. Unofrtunally, like on so many durium studio recordings, most of the musicians will stay anonymously.

A 1930s news-stand. Can someone obtain me a photo with a Durium of hit of the Week display?

The four tunes, With You, A Cottage For Sale and the two versions of the University of Maine Stein Song ( one is a promo) all seem to be recorded on the same recording session. The matrices however suggest as if two more tracks were recorded, e.g. matrix number 1038 and 1039. As the original ledger of Durium never have been found, it will stay a mystery if these matrices were rejected or reserved for advertisement or custom records. Fact is that Phil Spitalny recorded two tunes with his Orchestra for Victor ( Any Time's The Time To Fall In Love and The One I Love Just Can't Be Bothered ) on the 6th of February 1930 both sung by ...... Scrappy Lambert ( as Burt Lorin).
Enjoy Any Time's The Time To Fall In Love by Philip Spitalny and his Orchestra with Burt Lorin (!) vocal for Victor.

A Hit of the Week wind-up gramophone

Durium started in 1930 to sell a series of wind-up gramophones. This is a black version, but also a brown one has been traced. There is but few information about these relics. Durium also produced needles to play its records. more about that later.

Hans Koert
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)

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

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

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

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)

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, April 10, 2010

Hotel Pennsylvania Music - University of Maine Stein Song

HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA MUSIC [ 2tp-tb-2cl as-cl ts-2v-p-banj-tu-dm-vo4]: Phil Spitalny dir., Tommy Thunen tp, unknown male vo-quartet (with Scrappy Lambert).
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE STEIN SONG Fox-Trot Colcord Fenstad
Recorded in New York City ca. February, 1930
( prob. later then the 10th of February)
Matrix number: 1036 C
It was reissued on three contemporary albums ( source:
Online Hit of the Week discography - Hans Koert (2004-2010)
Label of the Hit of the Week 1036 ( with the regular blue-yellow-blue lettering) ( collection Hans Koert)
Released on Thursday the 10th of April 1930. It has the ( up to now) regular Hit of the Week label with the blue - yellow - blue lettering. Mind that it has, like all Hit of the Week labels in the first half of 1930, the manufacturers identification in two straight lines.
Label op the Hit of the Week 1036 ( with the green-yellow - green) lettering ( collection: Doug Benson)
This label has a green-yellow-green lettering, unusual for this period. The manufacturers identification is in a curve, which became regular somewhere in the fall of 1930. I think this record was reissued not earlier then October 1930 to complete the so-called Hit of the Week library in a period that the Hit of the Weeks were sold nation wide and also started its promotional campaign in Canada.

This Hit of the Week release is the first one with Phil Spitalny, who directed this Hotel Pennsylvania Music. Phil Spitalny (1890-1970) would become the most recorded band leader for Durium, together with Bert Hirsch. More information about Phil Spitalny, who became known for his all-women bands during the late 1930s and 1940s here and in future blogs. The name of this band, the Hotel Pennylvania Music refers to a well known New York hotel ( 7th avenue 32d. & 33d. ) a hotel which seemed to have been exclusively for the rich. In the early 1930s Jack Albin played here with his Hotel Pennsylvania Music. Brian Rust labels this Hit of the Week 1036 Hotel Pennsylvania Music as a Jack Albin band. The interior of the Hotel Pennsylvania
The tune University of Maine Stein Song is in fact a rather weird tune. In was originally composed in 1901 by E. A. Fenstad and ten years later Lincoln Colcord added the lyrics. It's a drink song ( a Stein is a German drinking vessel). In 1929 Rudy Vallee, a Maine alumnus himself, introduced the song in his popular the Fleischman Radio Hour on NBC and made this song to a hit in February 1930 : 350,000 copies of the sheet music were sold and half a million records. Mind that Durium releasing this Hit of the Week really had a "Hit of the Week" with this song and it must have been sold very well. That's why I suggested before that this Hit of the Week version was recorded after the 10th of February 1930.


I love to share his version of Stein Song, by Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees recorded on the 10th of February 1930 for Victor.

Isn't it strange that a drink song became a number one hit for eight weeks in the mids of the Prohibition period?
This University of Maine Stein Song became a standard for US swing bands all through the 1930s and it even became a hit in Europe, as played by Jack Hylton. Of course the British had never heard of the University of Maine so Hylton changed the lyrics a bit and filled the steins for Auld Lang Syne, which was a Scottish university.

Mind that another University of Maine Stein song was released on a Hit of the Week promo record as Hit of the Week 1040 played by the Statler Pennsylvanians, which was just another name for the same band. This record was a so-called Sample Record and will be discussed later ................
Hans Koert
author of the Hit of the Week discography ( 2004-2010)

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

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, April 03, 2010

Bert Lown and his Biltmore Music - Congratulations

BERT LOWN AND HIS BILTMORE MUSIC [2tp-tb-2cl as-cl ts-v-p-g-bs-tu-vo]: Frank Cush tp, Ed Farley tp, Al Philburn tb, Lou Bode cl-as, Fletcher Hereford cl-as, Paul Mason cl-ts, Mac Ceppos v, Chauncey Gray p, Tommy Felline g, Adrian Rollini bas-s, Merrill (Klein) Kaye tu, Frank Munn vo
CONGRATULATIONS Fox-Trot Pinkard Goetz Green Stept
Recorded in New York City ca January 1930
Matrix number: 1032 C

Label of the Hit of the Week 1032 ( collection: Hans Koert)

Released on Thursday the 3rd of April, 1930. It was Bert Lown's third release within a few weeks for Durium. He opened the series of weekly releases on the 13th of February 1930 with Through, followd by Hello Baby a week later. It is possible that these two records were recorded during the same recording session as Congratulations - unfortunally there are no ledgers by Durium left to confirm. The colours of the label are still blue - yellow - blue. It was reissued on two contemporary album: Hit-Of-The-week Record vol. 1: Sixteen toe tapping tunes ( CD202-1 ) and The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings volume 1 (Arch 3002) ( source: Online Hit of the Week discography - Hans Koert (2004-2010)

Frank Munn was a popular radio star during the 1930s

Bert Lown (1903-1962) was one of those numerous dance band leaders that could earn a living during the 1920s, but came into troubles due to the depression. His band made name as the house band of the Hotel Biltmore in New York between December 1929 and June 1932. I wrote about him in the previous contributions Through and Hello Baby. The vocalist of the band in Congratulations, also recorded in this same period by the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra ( for Cameo and Banner ( a dime-store label) was Frank Munn.
Frank Munn, born in February 1895 was a very popular crooner in those days, who was often heard for the NBC radio networks. He became known thanks to the sponsored radio program, entitled The Palmolive Hour, which was broadcasted from December 1927 up to July 1931. It was a critically acclaimed radio concert hour in the USA released by The Palmolive Musical Stock Company. Each program opened with a duet by Frank Munn and soprano Virginia Rea. Frank Munn became the leading artist in American Album of Familiar Music up to the mid 1940s.

As the program was sponsored by Palmolive, they were announced as Paul Oliver and Olive Palmer. Gus Haenschen led the orchestra with Frank Black at the piano.
Frank Munn would record several times for Durium with the Phil Spitalny's Music and the Hit of the Week Orchestra.

In July 1931 the series of sponsored Palmolive programs stopped. A few month later Frank Munn and most of the former Palmolive crew continued in a series of programs entitled The American Album of Familiar Music. Frank Munn was replaced in 1945 by Frank Parker when he retired.

Hans Koert

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)

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