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Tony Bennett Rags To Riches
“While We’re Young – The Great Hit Sounds Of Tony Bennett”
Jasmine, JASCD 679
Judy Garland It's A Great Day For The Irish
“Judy Garland: The Amsterdam Concert 10.12.1960”
First Hand Records, FHR 18
Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra The Wearin' Of The Green
“Bunny Berigan – The Pied Piper 1934-1940”
RCA/BMG/Bluebird, 07863 66615 2
Bing Crosby McNamara's Band
“The Chronological Bing Crosby Vol. 41 – 1945-46”
Jonzo, JZCD 41
Dinah Shore Pakistan
“Haven’t Found It On A Cd Re-Issue… Yet”
HMV [78 Rpm], B 10730
Rosemary Clooney But Beautiful
“Rosemary Clooney – From Bing To Billie”
Concord, CCD2 2231 2
Marilyn Moore You're Driving Me Crazy
Betty Roche, Marilyn Moore – Sophisticated Ladies
Affinity, CD AFF 763
Joe Cohn Quartet with Kilgore & Erickson I've Never Been In Love Before
The Harry Allen-Joe Cohn Quartet Plus Play ‘Guys & Dolls’
Arbors Jazz, ARCD 19354
The Williams Sisters Sam, The Old Accordion Man
“1927” Famous LP Compilation Series From The 1970’s
Rca International (Lp), Nl 89465
Jackie Cain & Roy Kral Cheerful Little Earful
“Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: Concerts By The Sea”
Koch Jazz, KOC CD 8546
Phil Harris and His Orchestra Buds Won't Bud
“The Thing – About Phil Harris”
ASV Living Era, CD AJA 5191
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra That's Life I Guess
“Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra: It’s D’lovely - 1947 - 50”
HEP, HEP CD 75
Dick Haymes 'Twas Only An Irishman's Dream
“Dick Haymes – Till The End Of Time: Recordings 1940-1950”
Living Era, CD AJS 287/2
Our mention of the curious song-title “Twenty Swedes Ran Through The Weeds (Chasing One Norwegian)” by Billy Moll and Alfred Bryan caused a flurry of emails as to what it meant – and thanks for some highly imaginative and amusing suggestions! We’ve found it now– in a 1930 version by Harry Reser’s Six Jumping Jacks and it turns out to be a ‘20s college football song:
“The gang from Minnesota were down at Notre Dame – The Irish team was on the scene all ready for the game – then on the field stepped Rockne – The crowd all heard him call ‘Bring on your Swedish football team, the substitutes and all! It’s the Irish, the Irish – ra-ra-ra-ra-ra!’ Twenty Swedes ran through the weeds, chasing one Norwegian – Oh, how that Irishman could run! Twenty Danes ran down the lanes and tackled that collegian – But Notre Dame had just begun…” etc.
There ensues a description of a game including the names of some of the players. By the way, Rockne was the famous Notre Dame coach who regularly saw them (‘The Fighting Irish’) to victory. Ironically, 1930 was to be his last season: He died in a plane crash in March 1931.
The things you learn from Popular Song – maybe we’ll find room for “Twenty Swedes” in a future show.
Postscript about Hannah Williams and her sister Dorothea – it seems that, despite their popularity as Chicago night-club entertainers in the ‘20s, their recordings were very few: A couple with Charley Straight’s orchestra, a mere one with Ben Pollack and just two with Wayne Allen.
Featured In This Week's Show: Bing Crosby
Any new release by an artist as iconic as Judy Garland was is bound to be good news for many of our listeners: And “The Amsterdam Concert, 10th December 1960 is new to CD, never out before, so exciting stuff. And it’s good quality Judy, too with an excellent ensemble behind her – Jos Cleber’s Cosmopolitan Orchestra, conducted by Norrie Paramor. This is a 2 CD which reproduces the whole of the concert from the Tuschinski Theatre, complete with introductions and chat and in Dutch and English. And lots of Judy, singing and telling stories. There are also brief interviews with Norrie Paramor and Sid Luft. On three tracks in the second half Judy is accompanied just by David Lee’s piano. Suffice it to say Judy was on great form that day and this set will be much treasured by fans of “Miss Show Business”. It’s on First Hand records: FHR 18.
The Harry Allen-Joe Cohn CD of music from ‘Guys And Dolls’ with vocals by Rebecca Kilgore and Eddie Erickson came out in 2007 and is highly recommendable with fifteen tracks (they use not only the Broadway material but also the songs Frank Loesser wrote for the movie (‘Pet Me Poppa’, ‘A Woman In Love’, ‘Adelaide’). Six tracks are instrumental – ‘Take Back Your Mink’ and ‘Fugue For Tinhorns’ working especially well. The nine vocals are a joy, too. Becky’s was surely the voice that Loesser had in mind when he wrote “If I Were A Bell” and “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat” suits Eddie to a tee. Seventy plus minutes of fun, it’s on Arbors ARCD 19354.