78Man Favourites Volume 1

78Man Favourites Vol. 1 is an album of 20 remastered and restored 78s. It can be heard on Spotify HERE or can be downloaded at various download sites, including Itunes .

Tracks are :

  1. The Music goes ’round and around by Jay Wilbur and his band (1936)
  2. Barnacle Bill the sailor No. 2 by Bud and Joe Billings (1930)
  3. On her doorstep last night by The Rhythmic Troubadours (with vocal chorus by Tom Barratt) (1929)
  4. Captain Ginjah by Harry Fay (1925)
  5. My very good friend the milkman by Jack Jackson and his orchestra (1935)
  6. Painting the clouds with sunshine by Al Benny’s Broadway Boys (1929)
  7. Roger the lodger by Leslie Jerome (1929)
  8. By a waterfall by The Eight Piano Orchestra (1934)
  9. Song of the Emmenthaler valley by The Alpine Yodelling Choir (1929)
  10. The sunshine of your smile by Lilian Davies (1930)
  11. Get away, old man, get away by Frank Crumit (1927)
  12. The bushes at the bottom of the garden by Norman Long (1931)
  13. Put your worries through the mangle by Albert Whelan (1930)
  14. When moaning Minnie moans no more by Mr. Lovejoy, Enoch and Ramsbottom (1941)
  15. I’ve never seen a straight banana by Fred Douglas (1927)
  16. Mucking about the garden by The Two Gilberts (1929)
  17. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander by Ed Lloyd and his band (1934)
  18. The More we are together (The Froth blowers anthem) by Alfredo’s band (Vocal chorus by Peter Bernard) (1927)
  19. What do you give a nudist on her birthday? by Leslie Holmes (1934)
  20. Tiptoe thro the tulips by Honolulu Serenaders (1929)

(Note : Unfortunately due to copyright reasons, this compilation is not available in the USA)

78Man Presents Podcast No. 5

The Fifth 78Man podcast features songs that may be older than you think. You can hear it on Soundcloud HERE or on iTunes HERE

Songs on the podcast are :

 

1. Ain’t she sweet by Harry Bidgood and his broadcasters

Released on Broadcast 129 in 1927. “Ain’t she sweet” was written in 1927 by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics) and was immediately popular , being recorded by among others Paul Whiteman, Jack Payne, The Dixie Stompers, Roy Butler, The Blue Diamond Orchestra and Harry Bidgood in 1927 alone. The song’s popularity continued over the next few decades with many other versions recorded, including Lillian Roth (1933), Benny Goodman (1947), Sid Phillips (1950), Winifred Atwell (1955), Gene Vincent (1956), Frank Sinatra (1962) and Lena Zavaroni (1982). In 1961 a version of the song was recorded by a pre-fame line up of The Beatles (with Pete Best on drums rather than Ringo Starr). Unreleased at the time, it was issued as a single by Polydor in 1964 and reached number 29 in the UK charts in a 6 week chart run. Another version recorded during the “Get back/Let it be” sessions in 1969 remained unreleased until 1996 when it appeared on the “Anthology 3” album.

2. Are you lonesome tonight ? by Sam Lanin and his dance orchestra

Released in 1928 by Imperial (1920). Sam Lanin was born on September 4 1891 in Russia, one of ten children. The family emigrated to America in the early 1900s, and Sam started playing with the Victor Herbert Orchestra in 1912. In 1918 he moved to New York where he founded the Roseland Orchestra at the Roseland ballroom, making his first recordings in the early ’20s, recording prolifically under a variety of names over the next decade. However, his popularity waned and he retired from music in the late ’30s, never to return. He died on May 5 1977. His brother Lester was also a bandleader and had a much lengthier career in music.

“Are you lonesome tonight?” was written by Roy Turk and Lou Handman in 1926. It became popular the following year with versions by Vaughn De Leath, Henry Burr, Harmony Dance Orchestra, Stanley Kirkby, and Frank Munn. Later versions were recorded by Blue Barron Orchestra (1950), Al Jolson (1950), Frank Sinatra (1962), Pat Boone (1966), Doris Day (1967), Donny Osmond (1973), Merle Haggard (1977) and Bryan Ferry (1992) but it is Elvis Presley’s 1960 version which is the best known.

3. My resistance is low by Hoagy Carmichael

Released by Brunswick (04710) in 1951. The music was written by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics by Harold Adamson. Not initially a hit, the song became popular after being used in the 1952 film The Las Vegas Story (starring Jane Russell), but was a bigger hit in the UK than the US, and became a number 3 hit when covered by Robin Sarstedt (brother of “Where do you go to my lovely” hitmaker Peter) in 1976. Other cover versions include The Shadows (instrumental version, 1961), Georgie Fame and Annie Ross (1981), and Elvis Costello, Paul Riley & Pete Thomas (1994).

Hoagy Carmichael was born on November 22 1899, in Bloomington, Indiana. He started playing piano at 6 and started writing songs in the 1920s, writing the music to “Stardust” in 1927,  which became a hit after lyrics were added in 1929. In the ’30s he had success as a songwriter with hits such as “Lazybones”, “Heart and soul” and “I get along without you very well (except sometimes)”. In the ’40s he continued writing songs but also appeared in films including “To have and have not” (appearing with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall), “The best years of our lives” and “Young man with a horn”. Later he also acted in several TV series. He died on December 27 1981.

4. Spread a little happiness by Original Havana band

Released in 1929 on Broadcast 350. “Spread a little happiness” was written in 1928 by Vivian Ellis and Clifford Grey for the stage musical “Mr Cinders”. Binnie Hale appeared in the stage production and released a version of the song on the Columbia label, and there were also versions by The New Mayfair Orchestra and Raie Da Costa. Sting’s version was recorded in 1982 for the soundtrack of the film Brimstone and Treacle, and reached number 16 in the UK charts.

The Original Havana Band were previously known as The Savoy Havana Band. As The Original Havana Band they also released “Sweet Sue-Just you”, “Crazy Rhythm”, “Out of the dawn” and “Song of the sea”.

5. Smoke gets in your eyes by Turner Layton

Released by Columbia (DB 1574) in 1934. “Smoke gets in your eyes” was written for the 1933 musical Roberta by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach and was first recorded by Gertrude Niesen. The song was immediately popular and soon covered by Paul Whiteman, Tommy Dorsey, Chick Bullock and his Levee Loungers, Elsie Carlisle, Jack Payne, Lew Stone, and Carroll Gibbons and his Boyfriends. There have been hit versions in the UK charts (which only started in 1952) by The Platters (Number 1, 1959, Blue Cheer (32, 1972), Bryan Ferry (17, 1974), and John Alford (13, 1996).

Turner Layton was born on July 2 1894 and is best known as being half of the duo Layton and Johnstone. He was also one half of a successful songwriting partnership with Henry Creamer, their best known composition being “After you’re gone”, a hit for Sophie Tucker. He died on February 6 1978.

6. These foolish things by Jean Sablon

“These foolish things” was written in 1936 by Eric Maschwitz (lyrics) and Jack Strachey (music). Billie Holiday was one of the first people to record the song, and 1936 also saw versions by Lew Stone, Leslie Hutchinson, Roy Fox, Victor Young and Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans. Later versions were recorded by Nat King Cole (1957), Frank Sinatra (1945 and 1961), James Brown (1963), Sammy Davis Jnr (1965), Bryan Ferry (1974) and Michael Buble (2008), among many others.

Jean Sablon was born on March 25 1906 to a musical family-his father was a composer and his siblings were also musicians. He started as a pianist but switched to become a vocalist, making his debut aged 17 in cabaret in Paris. During the ’20s and ’30s he toured extensively, achieving fame in Brazil and the USA. He also appeared in several films including “The story of Vernon and Irene Castle” (1939), “Miranda” (1948), and “Je connais une blonde” (1963). He died on February 24 1994.

7. Way down yonder in New Orleans by Al Jolson & The Andrews Sisters

Released by Brunswick (04537) in 1951. “Way down yonder in New Orleans” was written in 1922 by Turner Layton and Henry Creamer and featured in the Broadway musical “Spice of 1922”. It was recorded by The Peerless Quartet in 1922, Paul Whiteman in 1923 and Layton and Johnstone in 1927, among others. The song remained popular through to the ’50s with a successful version recorded by Frankie Laine and Jo Stafford in 1953 and Freddy Cannon reached number 3 with his version in both the UK and US charts in 1959.

Al Jolson was born Asa Yoelson on May 26 1886 in Lithuania. His family moved to the USA in 1894 and he began his musical career in 1897 when he and his brother Hirsch (aka Harry) started singing for money on street corners. In 1911 he starred in his first musical revue and over the following years became one of America’s most popular and highest paid performers. It was during this period that Jolson started performing in blackface. He had huge hits in the ’20s with songs such as “Swanee”, “My Mammy” and “Rock-a-bye your baby with a Dixie melody”. In 1927 he starred in “The Jazz singer”, considered to be the first full length talkie. He went on to appear in other films such as “The singing fool” (1928), “Hallelujah, I’m a bum” (1933), “The singing kid” (1936), and “Rose of Washington square” (1939). In 1942 Jolson’s career was revived by the film “The Jolson Story” and he started recording again for Brunswick. A sequel, “Jolson sings again” was released in 1949 but Jolson’s renewed success was cut short by his death on October 23 1950, after appearing for the troops in Korea.

8. The sunshine of your smile by Lilian Davies

Released by His Master’s Voice (B 3599) in 1930. “The Sunshine of your smile” was written in 1913 by Leonard Cooke (lyrics) and Lilian Ray (music). Several versions were soon recorded, including those by Fred Douglas, Ernest Pike, Jessie Broughton, John McCormack, Gertie Dickeson and Norah Johnson. The song remained popular with later versions by Jussi Bjorling (1930), Frank Sinatra (1941), James Melton (1950) and Mike Berry (1980, number 9 in the UK charts).

Lilian Davies was an actress and singer who found fame on the London stage in 1923. She died in 1932 from complications arising from pleurisy aged 37.

9. Cry me a river by Marion Ryan.

Released by PYE Nixa (N 15018) in 1956. “Cry me a river” was written by Arthur Hamilton in 1953, and was originally intended for Ella Fitzgerald to sing in the film “Pete Kelly’s Blues” but was dropped (She released her version in 1961). Julie London released the first version of the song in 1955, which was used in the 1956 film “The girl can’t help it”. The song was also recorded by Shirley Bassey (1959), Barbara Streisand (1963), Joe Cocker (1970), Crystal Gayle (1978), Mari Wilson (1983), Diana Krall (2001) and Michael Buble (2009).

Marion Ryan was born on February 4 1931 in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, UK. She came to fame in the ’50s as a singer, her biggest hit being “Love me forever” in 1958. From 1956-1963 she was the resident singer on the TV show “Spot the tune”. She was the mother of twins Paul and Barry Ryan who had several hits in the mid ’60s before Barry went solo and had a huge hit in 1968 with “Eloise”. Marion Ryan died on January 15 1999.

78Man Presents Podcast No. 4

The fourth 78Man podcast features songs about Drink. You can hear it on Soundcloud HERE or on iTunes HERE

Songs on the podcast are :

 

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).

78Man Presents Podcast No. 2

The second 78Man podcast features songs which were covered in the ’60s by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. You can hear it on Soundcloud HERE or on Itunes HERE

Songs on the podcast are :

  1. My brother makes the noises for the talkies by Albert Whelan

This was covered as the “A” Side of the first Bonzo Dog Doo Dah band single released on Parlophone R 5430 in 1966. Albert Whelan’s version was released on Imperial 2490 in 1931. (See Podcast 1 blog for more info on Albert Whelan.)

     2. I’m going to bring a watermelon to my gal tonight by The Two Gilberts

This was the “B” side of that first Parlophone single. The Two Gilberts’ version was released in 1925 on Regal G 8292. (See Podcast 1 blog for more info on The Two Gilberts)

      3. Button up your overcoat by Nat Lewis and his dance band

The Bonzo’s second Parlophone single was a cover of “Alley Oop”, and the “B” side was a cover of this song, which was written by Ray Henderson, B.G. Desylva and Lew Brown in 1928. It was used in the Broadway musical “Follow thru”, which was then made into a film. The song became popular through recordings by Ruth Etting and Helen Kane. This version was released in 1929 on Broadcast 474. Nat Lewis was one of several pseudonyms used by Harry Bidgood.

      4. Jollity Farm by Jack Payne and his BBC dance orchestra

In 1967  the Bonzos signed to Liberty records and released their first album “Gorilla” which included a version of this Leslie Sarony penned song. There were several versions of the song recorded, including Sarony’s own version. This Jack Payne recording was released by Columbia (5729) in 1930.

Jack Payne was born on 22 August 1899 and began his musical career playing piano while serving in the Royal Air Force during World War One. During the ’20s he moved to London and joined a band which became the house band at London’s Hotel Cecil. Appearances on BBC Radio followed and in 1928 Payne became the BBC Director of Dance Music and the leader of the BBC’s first official dance band. They made many records, including “Riding on a camel” (1929), “On her doorstep last night” (1929), “Sittin’ on a five barred gate” (1930) and “Goodnight sweetheart” (1931) and also appeared in the films “Say it with music” (1932) and “Sunshine ahead” (1936). Jack Payne died on 4 December 1969.

5. Mickey’s son and daughter by Jack Jackson and his orchestra

Another song covered on “Gorilla”, this version was released on His Master’s Voice (B.D. 281) in 1935. Jack Jackson was born on February 20th 1906 in Barnsley. He began his dance band career aged 16 in 1922 and over the next few years played in several different bands, including Bert Ralton’s Havana band, Jack Hylton’s band, Ambrose’s band and the Howard Jacobs band, before forming his own band in 1933. After the war he moved into Radio and TV presenting, and spent some time living in Tenerife in the ’60s. He died aged 71 on January 14th 1978.

6. Little Sir Echo by Billy Cotton and his band

This song wasn’t released by the Bonzos during their ’60s heyday, but was often performed live and on TV. This version was released on Rex Records 9540 in 1939. Billy Cotton was born in London on May 6th 1899. He started playing drums during the Great War, and went professional in the early ’20s, starting his own band in 1925. His recording career started shortly after and he made many records over the years, including “The new Tiger rag” (1930), “Skirts” (1933), “Basin Street blues” (1936), and “I wish I could fish” (1941). In the ’50s and ’60s he presented “The Billy Cotton Band show” on radio and TV. He died on March 25th, 1969.

7. Ali Baba’s Camel (part one) by Cicely Courtneidge

For their second album, “The doughnut in Granny’s greenhouse” (1968) the Bonzos dropped the “doo dah” from their name to become The Bonzo Dog Band, and the album was all self penned. For their third album “Tadpoles” (1969) they went back to a mixture of originals and covers, including this 1931 Noel Gay song. Cicely Courtneidge was born on 1st April 1983 and first took to the stage in her producer father Robert’s musical comedies. She married Jack Hulbert in 1916 and they became professional as well as personal partners. During the ’30s she appeared in many films, including “Aunt Sally” (1934), “The Imperfect Lady” (1935), “Things are looking up” (1935), and “Everybody dance” (1936). During this time she also recorded for Columbia and HMV Records, including this recording from 1931 on HMV B 3984. She carried on acting on stage, TV and film into the 1970s, her most notable later appearance on film being “The L-Shaped room” in 1962, in which she sang “Take me back to dear old blighty” (this is the version sampled by The Smiths on their “Queen is dead” album title track). She died on 26 April 1980.

8. Doctor Jazz Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton’s red hot peppers

Also featured on third album “Tadpoles”, this Jelly Roll Morton original is from 1926. Jelly Roll Morton was born Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe on October 20th 1890 in New Orleans and became one of the early jazz pioneers, writing “Jelly Roll blues”, “King Porter stomp” and “New Orleans blues” around 1905 (the former acknowledged as the first published jazz tune in 1915.) He began recording for the US Victor label in the mid ’20s with his group The Red Hot Peppers but his contract was not renewed in 1931 due to financial difficulties stemming from the great depression, and during the ’30s he worked managing and playing piano in bars. In 1938 he was stabbed, sustaining chest and head wounds, and he died 3 years later on July 10th 1941, having never returned to full health.

9. Hunting tigers out in Indiah by Leslie Sarony

Again, this song is from “Tadpoles”. There are many versions of the song, this one being released on Imperial 2361 in 1930. (See Podcast 1 blog for more info on Leslie Sarony)

 

 

 

 

 

 

78Man Presents Podcast No. 1

78Man presents is a podcast series showcasing music released on 78RPM records between 1900 and the 1950s. Each podcast has a theme and the first is Novelty Records of the 1920s and ’30s. You can hear it on Soundcloud HERE or on Itunes Here

Songs on this podcast are :

  1. There’s a song they sing at a sing song in Sing Sing by Leslie Sarony.

Leslie Sarony was born in Surbiton, Surrey on 22 January 1897 and was Christened Leslie Legge Tate Frye. After serving in the first world war, he took his Mother’s maiden name as his surname and began a long career in entertainment, which took in radio appearances, appearances in films (the first being Hot Water and Vegetabuel in 1928), and recordings of mainly humourous songs, many of which he wrote himself. According to the sleeve notes of his 1980 album “Roy Hudd presents Leslie Sarony”, Leslie said “I recorded for every company in the country”, and there are a bewildering amount of 78s on a multitude of different labels to collect. The same sleeve notes state that there were over 350 Leslie Sarony recordings, but that he recorded many more under assumed names. Some of Leslie’s best known songs from this time include “Jollity farm” (later covered by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band), “Ain’t it grand to be bloomin’ well dead”, “I lift up my finger and say “Tweet Tweet”” (also recorded by Gracie Fields among others), “Fourteen Rollicking Sailors” and “Rhymes”. In 1935 he teamed up with Leslie Holmes to form The Two Leslies, a partnership which lasted until 1946. Apart from the previously mentioned Roy Hudd album, Leslie stopped recording in 1939 and later moved into acting, appearing in TV shows such as The Passing show (1951), Dial 999 (1959), Crossroads (1964), Steptoe and Son (1965), Z-Cars (1962 and 1969), Nearest and dearest (1969), The Sweeney (1975), I didn’t know you cared (1979), Minder (1982) and Victoria Wood as seen on TV (1985). He also appeared in the Monty Python short film “The Crimson Permanent Insurance” (1983). He died on February 12th 1985, aged 88. “There’s a song they sing at a sing song in Sing Sing” was released in 1936 on Regal Zonophone MR 2036. Here he is in a British Pathe film from 1932 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ywR6IqaVcU

2. Good ‘eavens Mrs Evans by Florrie Forde

Flora May Augusta Flannagan was born on 16 August 1875 in Melbourne, Australia and adopted the stage name Florrie Forde (Ford being the surname of her Step Father) when she first went on stage aged 16 in the Australian music Hall. She moved to the UK in 1897, and became an immediate star in the music halls. Her recording career began in 1903 and she made over 700 recordings over the next three decades. Some of her best known songs stem from World War One, such as “Take me back to dear old Blighty”, “Pack up your troubles in an old kit bag” “Goodbye-ee” and “It’s a long way to Tipperary”. She was also known for the songs “Hold your hand out, naughty boy”, “Has anybody here seen Kelly?” and “I do like to be beside the seaside”.  She also appeared in the films “My old Dutch” (1934), “Say it with flowers” (1934) and “Royal Cavalcade” (1935). Florrie Forde died on 18 April 1940, suffering a cerebral haemorrhage after singing for troops in Aberdeen, Scotland. She is buried in Streatham Park Cemetry, London. “Good ‘eavens Mrs Evans” is one of Florrie’s later recordings, being released in 1931 on Imperial 2554.

3.  I wonder how I look when I’m asleep by Waring’s Pennsylvanians

Waring’s Pennsylvanians were formed in 1918 by brothers Fred and Tom Waring. In 1925 they had a hit with the song “Collegiate” , and in 1929 appeared in the film “Syncopation”. Later they concentrated on radio and then TV work although they continued to record sporadically. Amazingly, they remained together until Fred Waring’s death in 1984. “I wonder how I look when I’m asleep” was released in 1927.

4.  Put your worries through the mangle by Albert Whelan

Albert Whelan was born in Melbourne, Australia on 5 May 1875 and had some success in his homeland before emigrating to the UK. He started his recording career in 1905 and made many recordings right up to 1960. He also appeared in many films, including “The Man from Chicago” (1930), “The girl in the Taxi” (1937), “Danny Boy” (1941) and “Candlelight in Algeria” (1944). He died on 19th February 1961. “Put your worries through the mangle” was released in 1930 on Imperial 2379.

5.  Turn ‘Erbert’s face to the wall mother by Gracie Fields

Gracie Fields was born 9 January 1898 in Rochdale and christened Grace Stansfield. She made her first stage appearance at the age of 7 and made her first recordings for His Master’s Voice in 1928, recording one of her biggest hits, “Sally” for them in 1931. In 1935 she moved to Rex Records, her first release for the label being “When I grow too old to dream”/”Turn ‘Erbert’s face to the wall, Mother” on Rex 8557. She recorded for both Rex and Regal Zonophone until moving to Decca in 1941. During this time, of course, she also appeared in several films, including “Sally in our alley” (1931), “Sing as we go!” (1934), “Look up and laugh” (1935), “Queen of hearts” (1936), and “Shipyard Sally” (1939). Gracie spent most of her later life living on the Isle of Capri where she died on 27th September 1979.

6. Everything is fresh today by Jack Hodges (The Raspberry King)

Released in 1933 on Regal Zonophone MR 1046, “Everything is fresh today” has remained a favourite among both children and adults ever since. The song was much liked by Spike Milligan, who used it for a sketch in his Q7 series, which can be seen here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1s5wXIbHXI When The Goons briefly reformed in 1978 they released a version of the song (as “The Raspberry song”), with a version of Leslie Sarony’s “Rhymes” on the other side. As for Jack Hodges himself, very little is known of him and his recording career was short lived.

7.  Oh! Mr Porter by Norah Blaney

Norah Blaney was born Norah Cardwell on 16 July 1893 in Fulham, London. She teamed up with Cellist Gwen Farrar and recorded many records, including “Shall I have it bobbed or shingled?” (1925), “I ain’t nobody’s darling” (1922),”Second hand Rose” (1926) and “Moanin’ for you” (1930). This version of “Oh! Mr Porter” was released in 1931 by Columbia. She also made many radio appearances in the ’20s and ’30s. As well as singing, she was also an actress, appearing in the pantomime Mother Goose in Leeds in 1930. Her singing career petered out during the ’40s and in later life she worked solely as an  actress, appearing in the 1956 film “Who done it?” with Benny Hill, and on TV in “Emergency-Ward Ten” (1961),”No Hiding Place” (1964), “Crossroads” (1964), “Angel Pavement” (1967), “Doctor at large” (1971), and “Within these walls” (1976). She also appeared in several “Afternoon Theatre” plays on BBC Radio 4 in the ’70s. She died on 7th December 1983, aged 90.

8.  What’s good for the goose is good for the gander by Ed Lloyd and his band

Released in 1934 on Rex 8127, “What’s good for the goose…” was the flip side of “Carioca”. Ed Lloyd and his band were American and their other records include “I cover the waterfront”, “Throw another log on the fire”, “Lullaby Lady” “I’ve got my eye on you” and “Honeymoon Hotel”.

9.  Wikki Wicki Wonky Woo by The Two Gilberts

The Two Gilberts were Fred Douglas and Leslie Rome and they recorded many comic songs in the 1920s, including “Do shrimps make good mothers?” (1924), “Yes! We have no bananas” (1923), “Ever so Goosey” (1929), “The Jolly Tinker”(1930), “Does the spearmint lose its flavour on the bedpost overnight?” (1924), and “Bah Bah Bah Bartholemew”(1925). “Wikki Wicki Wonky Woo” was released in 1923 on Regal G 7972.