1. Rum and Coca Cola by The Andrews sisters
Released in 1945 on Brunswick 03576. The Andrews Sisters were Laverne (July 6, 1911 – May 8, 1967), Maxene (January 3, 1916 – October 21, 1995), and Patty (February 16, 1918 – January 30, 2013). They began performing together in the mid ’20s but only really came to prominence in 1937, after being signed by Decca. During the ’40s they spent a lot of time entertaining the troops while the Second World War was on, and recorded many records with Bing Crosby. Patty left to start a solo career in 1953, which led to a temporary split, but the trio reformed in 1956 and went on to make many more records before Laverne’s death in 1967. The remaining pair of sisters, Maxene and Patty briefly re-united on Broadway in the ’70s but never really worked together professionally again.
2. Down at the hole in the wall by The Two Leslies
Released by Regal Zonophone (MR 3183) in 1939. (See Podcast 3 blog for more info)
3. A four ale bar concert by Boozy Bill and his pals
Released in 1932 by Regal (MR 732).
4. Don’t have any more, Mrs Moore by Jack Hay
Released on Imperial 1706 in 1927. Jack Hay was a pseudonym for music hall star Harry Fay, whose other recordings include “Captain Ginjah”(1911), “Take me back to Yorkshire”(1912), “It’s a long way to Tipperary”(1913), “Yes! We have no bananas”(1914), “Gilbert the Filbert”(1914) and “I do like an egg for my tea”(1920).
5. The drunkard song by Fred Hillebrand
Released in 1934 on the Panachord label in the UK (originally recorded for Decca in the US). Fred Hillebrand was born on 25th December 1893 in New York. He was known principally for musical comedy acting on the stage, and was active for many years. He is probably best known for the song “Home James and don’t spare the horses”(1934). He appeared in several short films in the ’30s including “Strange case of Hennessey”(1933), “The City’s slicker”(1936), and “Ups and downs”(1937), then went on to appear in ’50s TV series such as “Martin Kane”, “Armstrong Circle Theatre”, and “Man against crime”. He died on Spetember 13th, 1963.
6. Clink clink another drink by Spike Jones and his city slickers
Released by His Master’s Voice (B.D. 1099) in 1945. Spike Jones was born (as Lindley Armstrong Jones) on December 14th 1911.He started playing drums as a child and formed his own bands during this time, then in his 20s played with the Victor Young Orchestra and later the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, touring the US and appearing on radio programmes.Tiring of playing the same songs every night, Spike and the other musicians started making up parodies of popular songs in their spare time. A recording of these songs led to a recording contract for US label RCA Victor in 1941, and they continued recording for the label until 1955, some of their other hits being “Der Fuehrer’s Face”(1942), “Cocktails for two”(1945), “I dream of brownie with the bright blue jeans”(1946), “My two front teeth (All I want for Christmas)”(1948), and “Secret Love”(1954). After the RCA contract expired, Spike spent the later half of the ’50s appearing on TV shows, and in the early ’60s he recorded again as Spike Jones’ New Band. He died on May 1st 1965.
7. Cocktails for two by Duke Ellington and his orchestra
Released in 1933 by His Master’s Voice (B. 6497). Duke Ellington was born (as Edward Kennedy Ellington) on April 29th 1999 in Washington D.C..He began playing piano at the age of 7 and formed his own orchestra in 1923 which he lead until his death over 50 years later. His first recordings were made in 1924 and later successes included “I can’t give you anything but love”(1929), “Tiger rag”(1932), “East St. Louis Toodle-oo”(1936), “I got it bad and that ain’t good”(1942), and “Mood Indigo”(1950). By the mid ’50s Ellington’s career had waned and he was without a recording contract but an appearance in 1956 at the Newport Jazz festival introduced him to a new generation of fans and a live album of the Newport performance became a best seller. He went on to make many post 78-era albums, including “The Far East Suite” (1966), “New Orleans Suite” (1970), “Latin American Suite” (1972) and “The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse” (1971). In 1967 he made an album with Frank Sinatra, “Francis A. and Edward K.”. He died on May 24th 1974.
8. Drink brothers drink by Jack Payne and his BBC dance orchestra
Released on Columbia (CB 251) in 1930. (See Podcast 2 blog for more info on Jack Payne).
9. More Beer! By Primo Scala and his banjo and accordean band with the keynotes.
Released by Decca (F. 9073) in 1948. Many records were released by Primo Scala and his banjo and accordean band, but Primo Scala didn’t exist-it was a pseudonym used by Harry Bidgood, who was born in London in 1898. Bidgood released records under his own name, as well as Nat Lewis, Rossini and Don Porto. He was also musical director on several George Formby films. He was still broadcasting regularly as Primo Scala up to his death in November 1957. Other Primo Scala releases include “The man on the flying trapeze”(1935), “Why did she fall for the leader of the band?”(1936), “The echo told me a lie”(1949) and “Mockin’ Bird Hill”(1951).