Saturday, May 08, 2010

Harlem Hot Chocolates - St James Infirmary

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
ST. JAMES' INFIRMARY Fox-Trot Primrose
Recorded in New York City, March 1930
Matrix number: 1046 D
This Hit of the Week record was released on Thursday the 15th 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 1046 ( Hans Koert collection)

The label of the Hit of the Week has a black - green - black lettering and that's for the very first time. The regular labels had the blue - yellow - blue lettering. Record labels during this period normally have the same lay-out and colours and contain the information of the music as played on the label. Durium tried to attrack attention with these different coloured labels, I guess. Mind that these early Hit of the Week records were sold in a display - not in a sleeve or cover. Only the label information was visible for the passer-by and had to attrack his attention.
A 1930 Hit of the Week display

Duke Ellington recorded two records for Durium - this is the second one: St. James Infirmary. It is, like the first one, Sing You Sinners, a sought after record. It is one of the few records that should be listed in the jazz discographies, as most of the other Hits of the Week belong to the sweet dance music hits of the 1930s. It is a remarkable one, as this is one of the few, if not the only black band that recorded for Durium. One of the other exception that proves the rule is Eva Taylor who sung on a Durium Junior. The regular Hit of the Week studio bands contained white musicians only. The Duke recorded this tune also on the 29th of January 1930 for some budget labels like Cameo, Perfect and Banner as the Ten Blackberries - Irving Mills recorded it too, two days later, for Harmony as the Mills' Merry Makers. This learns that there are wheels within wheels thanks to the Depression.
Sheet music of St. James Infirmary.
The tune St. James Infirmary was originally recorded by Louis Armstrong and his Savoy Ballroom Five (1929). It is a sad song about a man who dies from syphilis while on the stairs of St. James Hospital. ( As I lay dying on the stairs of St. James' Hospital). When it became popular in the States, it was telling the story of the youth "cut down in his prime" (occasionally her prime) as a result of some morally questionable actions, like gambling and alcohol, which became common causes of the youth’s death. Although the song originally was an English 18th century ballad it was registered by Joe Primrose, which was a pseudonym for ........ guess ..... Irving Mills. Well, this explains why Mills sings this tune on so many 78rpm recordings from this period.

Irving Mills ( aka Joe Primrose) ( 1894 - 1985)
In 1927 Irving Mills became his manager and impresario of the Duke Ellington orchestra. 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 most 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.( source: Duke Ellington early 1930: The Year of the Depression )

Duke Ellington ( 1899-1974)
The tune was recorded hundred times between 1929 and 2010, not only by jazz musicians, but also by numerous popular groups into an icon of American Music. For me, this Louis Armstrong version is the best - It was recorded 3eptember-October 1959 in los Angeles by Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars. ( thanks to Tom Fine) Enjoy it.

Max Fleischer used the tune in a famous 1933 Betty Boop cartoon entitled Snow White, in which Cab Calloway sings St. James Infirmary. Hope you like it.

The next Hit of the Week, Springtime In The Rockies by Vincent Lopez was a less spectacular issue and was released on the 22nd of May, 1930.

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) 15th of May, 1930: St. James Infirmary - Harlem Hot Chocolates ( HoW 1046)

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



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

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Jan Garber's Orchestra - Lazy Lou'siana Moon

JAN GARBER'S ORCHESTRA [2tp-tb-2cl as-cl ts-2v-p-banj-tu-dm-vo]: Jan Garber v dir. ? Frank Munn vo
LAZY LOU'SIANA MOON Waltz Donaldson - vo
Recorded New York City ca. March 1930
Matrix number: 1043 C
This Hit of the Week was released as Hit of te Week 1043 on the 1st of May, 1930 at the news dealers of the major cities in the US. It was also issued in Europe with the MP 1043 label.
This Hit of the Week is to be found at one contemporary issue:
The Complete Hit of the Week recordings - volume 1 ( Arch 3002)
( see Online Hit of the Week discography - Hans Koert (2004-2010 )

Label of the Hit of the Week 1043 ( Hans Koert collection)

This tune was reissued on the first of May, 1930 and the label has, for the first time, the green - yellow - green lettering. The record must have been issued in Europe too and it seems that it was released as an MP 1043, although I've never seen a copy. I love to have a scan.

Most Hit of the Week records were released in Europe too, months later then in the US of course. In France the labels seemed to be cleaned and re-printed with French label names and, sometimes, even gallicized tune names. Jan Garber ( 1897-1977)

This Hit of the Week 1043 was recorded by Jan Garber, who had a very popular dance band for five decades. This record was preceded by a recording session, scedulded on the last day of February 1930 by Don Voorhees and his orchestra. It is unknown what tunes were recorded. The Jan Garber side must have been recorded some days later in the intervening period between a contract for Columbia, which ended and a new contract for Victor.

Jan Garber's Orchestra

Jan Garber was born in Morristown Pa November 1897 and passed away seventy years later in Shreveport La. He became famous as a band leader who played the sweet styled dance music. During the 1920s his music was hot - hot dance band music, but around 1930 he changed his style into the sweet and dance music style as played by bands like Guy Lombardo's. Jan Garber was labeled as: The Idol of the Airwaves.
Personally I prefer his 1920s recordings, which were reissued on LP's like Jan Garber - 18 original 1923-27 recordings by the Garber-Davis Orchestra and Jan Garber and his Orchestra ( Grannyphone 03307).
Sheet music of the Walter Donaldson tune: Lazy Lou'siana Moon

The tune was written by Lou Donaldson, who was a well known writer of traditional tunes and so-called state-themed southern songs, like this one dedicated to the good life in the state of Louisana. It is, in my opinion, not his best one and that might be the reason that this Hit of the Week wasn't reissued, unless on the Archeophone Complete Hit of the Week Recordings volume 1 ( Arch 3002). Walter Donaldson wrote tunes, that became more famous like Yes Sir, That's My Baby, My Baby Just Cares for Me, You're Driving Me Crazy and Makin' Whoopee, My Blue Heaven and Kansas City Kitty - all jazz standard now.

The vocalist of this tune has been unknown for long, but now we believe it might have been Frank Munn, now almost forgotten, born in New York City February 1895 and passed away October 1951. He was a popular radio star during the 1920s up to the 1940s and recorded with bands like Roger Wolfe Kahn's, Nat Shilkret, Bernie Cummins, Ben Selvin and Jean Goldkette, to list some. He used the pseudonym Paul Oliver when he recorded under his own name (!) for Brunswick, Columbia and Victor.

I love to share with you the tune Lazy Lou'siana Moon as sung by Annette Hanshaw in the 10th of March 1930. She is my favorite 1920s - 1930s vocalist. I like the Hawaiian guitar in the first measures played by Tommy Fellini - a typical early 1930s gimmick.

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)

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

Don Voorhees Orchestra - unknown rejected tunes

DON VOORHEES ORCHESTRA [2tp-2tb-2cl as-cl ts-2v-p-banj-tu-dm]: Don Voorhees dir., Fred "Fuzzy" Farrar tp, Charlie Butterfield tb, Bill Throne tb.
(unknown tunes)
Recorded in New York City, 28th of February, 1930.

The Don Voorhees Orchestra

The Don Voorhees Orchestra visited the studio in New York city on the 28th of February, 1930, but it is unknown what tunes were recorded and why it was rejected.

Hans Koert

author of the Durium - Hit of the Week 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)

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