Songs on the podcast are :
- Gorgonzola by Leslie Sarony
Released on Imperial 2379 in 1930, and written by Sarony himself (for more info on Leslie Sarony see first podcast blog).
2. I’ve never seen a straight banana by Fred Douglas
Released on the Regal label (G 8749) in 1927, one of several versions of this song written by Ted Waite. Fred Douglas had been recording for over a decade by the time of this release, his other records including “When Irish eyes are smiling”, “I’m knee deep in daisies”, “Everybody’s going to the dogs” and “That night in Araby”. He was also one half of The Two Gilberts.
3. Jelly Jelly by Erskine Butterfield and his blue boys
Released in 1945(but recorded in 1941) on Brunswick 03546. Erskine Butterfield was born on February 9th 1913 in Syracuse, New York and played piano from an early age. He made his first recording in 1937 and recorded on and off until 1956, his records including “Tuxedo Junction”(1940),”Blackberry Jam”(1941),”The devil sat down and cried”(1942) and “Monday’s wash”(1956). He died on July 11th 1961.
4. My very good friend the milkman by Jack Jackson and his orchestra
Released in 1935 by His Master’s Voice (B.D. 281). Fats Waller’s version of the song is better known, and more recently both Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton have released cover versions. (For more info on Jack Jackson see Podcast 2 blog).
5. Potato Pete by Harry Roy and his band
Released in 1941 on Regal Zonophone MR 3491. Harry Roy was born Harry Lipman on 12th January 1900 in Stamford Hill, London.In his teens he started performing with his brother Sidney, Harry playing clarinet and saxophone. They paid their dues in the ’20s playing venues like the Cafe de Paris and London Coliseum, also touring Germany, Australia and South Africa under a variety of band names. By the early ’30s Harry was fronting his own band and in 1931 co-wrote the notorious and much covered song “My girl’s pussy”. He made many records for Parlophone during the ’30s, including “Twelfth Street rag”(1933), “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”(1934),”Make funny faces at your neighbours”(1935) and “Beer barrel polka”(1939) before moving on to Regal Zonophone in the ’40s where his recordings included “He’s my uncle”(1940),”Mister Brown of London town”(1941),”Der Fuehrer’s Face”(1942), and “When you wore a tulip”(1943). His recording career ended in the early 50’s and he retired from music until 1969 when he was involved with the musical “Oh Clarence” at the Lyric Theatre in London. He died on 1st February 1971.
6. Bananas are coming back again by Tommy Handley
Released on Piccadilly 140 in 1928. Tommy Handley was born on 17th January 1892 in Liverpool. After serving in World War One, he became a radio broadcaster and is mainly remembered today for the radio programme ITMA (It’s that man again), also appearing in a film of the same name in 1943. He made several other records including “Ee-By gum”, “All by yourself in the moonlight”,”Misery Farm” and, in 1939 after the start of World War Two, “The night that we met in a black out”. He died on 9th January 1949. Tommy Handley can be seen HERE in a 1933 British Pathe Clip.
7. My wife is on a diet by Jack Payne and his BBC dance orchestra
Released on Columbia 5630 in 1929. (For more information on Jack Payne see second podcast blog)
8. One meat ball by Tony Pastor and his orchestra
Released in 1946 by His Master’s Voice (B.D. 5937). Tony Pastor was born on 26th October 1907. He began his music career playing tenor sax with various bands, among them those of John Cavallaro, Irving Aaronson, Vincent Lopez and Artie Shaw, before leading his own band from 1939-1959. His other records include “With a twist of the wrist”(1941),”Making Whoopee”(1944),”Red silk stockings and green perfume”(1947),”Indian love call”(1948) and “S’Wonderful”(1949).He died on 31st October 1969.
9. Miss Porkington would like cream puffs by The Two Leslies
Released in 1935 by Regal Zonophone (MR 1920). The Two Leslies comprised Leslie Sarony (See Podcast 1 blog) and Leslie Holmes. Holmes, like Sarony, was a singer of novelty songs (and covered many of Sarony’s compositions) although not as prolific or successful. His solo recordings included “I’ve gone and lost my little Yo-Yo”,”The old kitchen kettle”,”Ask me another”(all 1932),”What do you give a nudist on her birthday?”(1934) and “Winter draws on”(1935). The pair joined forces in 1935 and performed as a duo until 1946. British Pathe have several videos of The Two Leslies on You Tube, including This One from 1937.