The 24th 78Man Podcast is a second selection of music and songs used in films. It can be heard on Itunes Here and on Soundcloud Here . Tracks featured on the podcast are :
- Dreaming by Flanagan and Allen (Released by Decca (F. 5802) in 1945). (From the 1944 film “Dreaming”). Flanagan and Allen comprised Bud Flanagan (1896-1968), and Chesney Allen (1893-1982). They were both solo stage performers until paired together in 1926 in a Florrie Forde stage show, their career really taking off when they were booked to play the Holborn Empire by Val Parnell in 1929. Their fame grew over the next few years and in 1932 they signed to the Columbia label, releasing such records as “Do you recall”, “Oi!”, “Home Town” and “Down and out blues” over the next 7 years. In 1939 they moved to the Decca label and achieved even greater success with records such as “Run Rabbit Run”, (with its flip side “(We’re Gonna Hang Out) The Washing On The Siegfried Line”), “If A Grey Haired Lady Says How’s Your Father”, “Down Forget Me Not Lane” and “Underneath The Arches”. During this time they also appeared in several films, including “A Fire Has Been Arranged” (1934), “Underneath The Arches” (1937), “Gasbags” (1940) “We’ll Smile Again” (1942), “Theatre Royal” (1943) and “Here Comes The Sun” (1946). The pair were also part of The Crazy Gang, a group of six performers who appeared on stage and in films. Chesney Allen appeared less frequently with them after 1945 due to ill health and retired towards the end of the ’50s. Bud Flanagan carried on working until his death in 1968, ther last thing he recorded being the theme tune to the TV Series “Dad’s Army”, still popular to this day. Chesney Allen died in 1982. The Film “Dreaming” was directed by John Baxter, and as well as Flanagan and Allen, starred Hazel Court, Dick Francis and Philip Wade.
- I’ll String Along With You by Phyllis Robins (Released by Rex Records (8319) in 1934). (From the film “Twenty Million Sweethearts”.) Phyllis Robins was born in Sheffield (UK) in 1910. She became a singer and actress, her other records including “Little Man, You’ve Had A Busy Day”, “My Kid’s A Crooner (Boo-Boo-Boo-Boo)”, “His Majesty The Baby” and “Crash! Bang! (The Blackout Song)” and her films including “Murder at the Cabaret” (1936), “Cavalcade of Variety” (1940), “Gaiety George” (1946), and “They made me a fugitive” (1947). She died in 1982. “Twenty Million Sweethearts” was directed by Ray Enright and starred Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers, Pat O’Brien, and Allen Jenkins.
- Broadway Rhythm by Carroll Gibbons and The Savoy Hotel Orpheans (Released by Columbia (FB 1202) in 1936.) (From the film “Broadway Melody of 1936). Carroll Gibbons was born in Clinton, Massachusetts, US, in 1903, but became popular as a musician and bandleader in the UK, having studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He became the leader of the Savoy Hotel Orpheans in 1932 and remained so until his death in 1954. He recorded many records for Columbia with the Orpheans, including “On The Air” (1932), “Cocktails For Two” (1934), “These Foolish Things” (1936), “A Foggy Day” (1937), “Begin The Beguine” (1939), “I’m Gonna Get Lit Up” (1943) and “I’ll Remember April” (1945). Gibbons also appeared in several films, including “I Adore You” (1933), “Call me Mame” (1933), “Hello, Sweetheart” (1935), and “The Common Touch” (1941). “Broadway Melody of 1936” was directed by Roy Del Ruth and starred Jack Benny, Eleanor Powell, Robert Taylor and Una Merkel.
- I Could Have Danced All Night by Jeannie Carson (Released by Columbia (DB 4125) in 1958). (From the film “My Fair Lady”). Jeannie Carson was born in May 1928 in Yorkshire (with the rather splendid birth name of Jean Shufflebottom), and is one of the rare people featured on the 78Man podcasts who are still with us, living with her husband of 57 years in Los Angeles. She made her film debut in 1948, in “A Date With A Dream”, but her career really took off when she appeared in the stage musical “Love For Judy” in London in 1952. This led to her being offered TV work in the US-she appeared in the TV movie “Best Foot Forward” in 1954, and hosted her own TV Series “Hey, Jeannie!” in 1956. Over the next decade or so she worked in both the US and UK, before settling in America with second husband Biff McGuire, appearing in Seattle Repertory for 15 years. “My Fair Lady” was directed by George Cukor and starred Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway and Gladys Cooper. Jeannie Carson had a fleeting uncredited appearance in the film.
- Sleepy Head by Chick Bullock (Released by Rex Records (8281) in 1934). (From the film “Spy 13”) Chick Bullock was born in Montana, USA in 1898, and began his career in vaudeville before becoming a successful recording artiste in the early ’30s. His other records include “I’m in the market for you” (1930), “Let me sing and I’m happy” (1930), “The Night When Love Was Born” (1932), “Learn to croon” (1933), “She’s A Latin From Manhattan” (1935), “The Music Goes ‘Round And Around” (1936), “Stairway To The Stars” (1939), and “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)” (1941). His recording career petered out in the early ’40s and he retired from music, becoming involved in real estate. He died in 1981. “Spy 13” (also known as “Operator 13”) was directed by Richard Boleslawski, and starred Marion Davies, Gary Cooper and Jean Parker.
- I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Leslie Hutchinson (Released by Parlophone (F 670) in 1937.) (From the film “Born to dance”). Leslie Hutchinson was born in Grenada in 1900. As a child he took piano lessons, before moving to New York at the age of 16, initially to study medicine, but instead joined a band led by Henry “Broadway” Jones and began playing live. In 1924 he moved to Paris and then to the UK in 1927, where he became a huge star. Over the next two decades he made many records for the Parlophone and His Master’s Voice labels, including “Little Man You’ve Had A Busy Day” (1934), “Red Sails In The Sunset” (1935), “These Foolish Things” (1936), “Life Is Nothing Without Music” (1939), “Someone’s Rockin’ My Dreamboat” (1942), and “You Always Hurt The One You Love” (1946). He died in London in 1969. “Born To Dance” was directed by Roy Del Ruth and starred Eleanor Powell, James Stewart and Virginia Bruce.
- The ‘Amstead Way by Tessie O’Shea (Released by Columbia (DB 2232) in 1947 (From the film “London Town”). Tessie O’Shea was born in 1913 in Cardiff, Wales. She began performing as a child and by her teens was a regular on BBC Radio. During the 1930s she adopted “Two Ton Tessie From Tennessee” as her theme song, a reference to her larger size. She recorded the song for Parlophone in 1943, and her other records include “Wish me luck-Kiss me goodbye” (1938), “Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! What A Silly Place To Kiss A Girl” (1938) and “He Said “Kiss Me”” (1939). As time went by Tessie moved from singing to acting and her film appearances include “Holidays with pay” (1948), “The Shiralee” (1957), “The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!” (1966), “The Best House In London” (1969) and “Bedknobs And Broomsticks” (1971). “London Town” was directed by Wesley Ruggles, and, alongside Tessie, starred Sid Field, Petula Clark, Greta Gynt and Kay Kendall.
- Just You Just Me by Jack Hylton and His Band (Released by His Master’s Voice (B 5759) in 1929). (From the film “Marianne”). Jack Hylton was born in July 1892 in Bolton, UK. His Father was an amateur singer, and Jack learnt to play piano to accompany him. Later, Jack started singing himself, in his Father’s pub. In 1922 he released his first records under the name Jack Hylton’s Jazz Band for the Zonophone label, then the following year he moved to His Master’s Voice, where he released dozens of records until 1931, as Jack Hylton and his Orchestra, including “It ain’t gonna rain no mo’” (1924), “Chick, Chick, Chicken” (1925), “Ain’t She Sweet” (1927), “Forty-Seven ginger headed sailors” (1928) and “Mucking about the garden” (1929). In 1931 he moved to Decca Records, where he was a director, where he stayed until 1934, when he re-signed to His Master’s Voice. He continued recording until 1940, and after the war became an impresario, managing new talent and producing theatre, radio and film productions before forming his own TV production company. His TV production credits include “Summer’s Here” (1957), “The Music Box” (1957), “Before Your Very Eyes” (1957/8), “Jack Hylton’s Monday Show” (1958) and “Tell It To The Marines” (1959/60). He died in January 1965. “Marianne” was directed by Robert Z Leonard, and starred Marion Davies, Oscar Shaw and Fred Solm.
- Singin’ In The Bathtub by Alfredo And His Band (Released by Edison Bell Radio (1331) in 1930). (From the film “Show Of Shows”). Alfredo was Alfred Gill, born circa 1892. He began his career as Alfredo, the Vagabond Violinist, before forming his band and recording many records, mainly for the Edison Bell Radio label. These include “My Blue Heaven” (1928), “I’m Thirsty For Kisses, Hungry For Love”, “Mean To Me”, “My Song Of The Nile” (all 1929), “Now I’m In Love”, “Molly”, “King Of Jazz”, and “Cheer Up And Smile ” (all 1930). He split the group in 1930, and apart from a few more records for HMV under the name Alfredo and his Orchestra, didn’t record again. He died in 1966. “Show of shows” was directed by John G Adolphi, and starred Frank Fay, William Courtenay, H B Warner and Hobart Bosworth.
The Ninth 78Man podcast is slightly different as it is dedicated to my Uncle Jim, who bequeathed me his (rather large!) 78 collection, and all the records played are from his collection. It can be heard on iTunes Here and on Soundcloud HERE
Tracks heard are :
- Barnacle Bill the sailor by Bud and Joe Billings (Released by Zonophone (5725) in 1930. Bud and Joe Billings were actually Frank Luther and Carson Robison. Frank Luther was born in 1899 (as Francis Luther Crow), in Kansas. He was musical from an early age but was ordained as a minister in his teens; this was, however, short lived and from 1921 he devoted himself to music, joining the Revelers in 1927 and touring the UK. The following year, back in the US, he teamed up with Robison and began performing with him as Bud and Joe Billings. Despite their huge popularity and recording many records together, the pair parted in 1932. Although as Bud Billings he released some of the earliest “Hillbilly” (the precursor to Country ‘n’ Western) records, Luther went on to record in several styles- dance bands, children’s records and general popular music. As well as records, he appeared regularly on radio and in short films. He carried on recording right through to the 1970s and died in 1980. Carson Robison was born in 1890, also in Kansas. He was born into a musical family and became a professional musician at the age of 15, although he didn’t make his first recordings until 1924, and became hugely successful through his association with Vernon Dalhart, as a song writer, vocalist and musician in Dalhart’s band. They scored a million seller in 1924 with “The wreck of the old ’97”. The relationship with Dalhart broke down in 1928 after a dispute, and Robison teamed up with Frank Luther for the next four years. In 1932 he formed a new band, The Pioneers, who later changed their name to The Buckaroos. He continued recording and touring through the ’30s and ’40s, and died in 1957.
- Barney’s Boarding House by Albert Whelan (Released by Eclipse (154) in 1931.) (More info on Albert Whelan, a favourite of the 78Man podcast, can be found in the blog for the first podcast).
- Roger the lodger by Leslie Jerome (Released by Sterno (567) in 1929) Little is known about Leslie Jerome, although this record is on the Sterno label, a label which was only on sale at Mark’s and Spencer’s, and for which a lot of the recordings were by Nat Star’s band under pseudonyms, so maybe Leslie Jerome didn’t exist! “Roger the Lodger” was also recorded by The Two Gilberts. Sterno also released “Berlington Bertie from Bow” under the Leslie Jerome name.
- Sometimes I feel like a motherless child by Paul Robeson (Released by Columbia (D.B. 2506) in 1949.) Originally recorded by Robeson in 1926 and released in the UK on His Master’s Voice, this version is a re-recording from 2 decades later. The song is a traditional song which dates back to the days of slavery in the U.S. Paul Robeson was born in 1898 in Princetown, New Jersey to a religious family (his father was a Presbyterian minister, his mother was from a prominent Quaker family). Robeson was a gifted child, excelling in sports as well as acting and singing. He went to University to study law and graduated in 1922. By this time he had appeared on stage as both an actor and singer and he only briefly practiced law as his acting career began to take off. His recording career began in 1926, and in 1928 he appeared in “Showboat” in the UK at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane and stayed in the UK until 1932 when he returned to Broadway to appear again in “Showboat”. From then he split his time between the UK and the US, and began appearing in films, “Sanders of the river” in 1935 becoming his first major film hit. Robeson started to become increasingly politically active around this time, and was particularly affected by the Spanish Civil war of 1936-39. In 1946 Robeson founded the organisation American Crusade against Lynching and was vocal in his support for the Trade Unions. All this activity led to Robeson being blacklisted in the ’50s in America, and his passport revoked meaning he could not perform abroad. In 1958 he managed to get his passport reinstated, and he embarked on a World tour. Over the next couple of years his health deteriorated (he and his family believed there was CIA involvement in his health problems) and in 1963 he announced his retirement, spending much of the rest of his life living in seclusion. He died in January 1976 following a stroke.
- Laughing PC Brown by Charles Penrose (released by Winner (3717) in 1923). Charles Penrose was born in 1873 in Biggleswade, the son of a jeweller. He initially followed in his Father’s footsteps but developed a stage act using “laughing” songs, and became so popular locally that he gave up jewellery to become a full time entertainer. He began his stage and singing career in the 1890s and his first recordings were made in 1915, but it is “The Laughing Policeman” (first recorded for Regal in 1923, then Columbia in 1926, then Dominion in 1929) for which he is remembered. He recorded many other records, on many labels under several aliases (Charles Jolly, Andrew Merry, The Spoofums), many with his second wife, Mabel Anderson. Most of his songs were credited to Mabel as the writer, under the name Billie Gray. Later he appeared in films and on radio, and died in 1952, aged 79. (More of Penrose’s songs can be heard on the album “78Man presents Charles Penrose”, available for download or streaming at most digital sites).
- Buying a stamp by Fred Gibson (Released by Broadcast (287) in 1928). Fred Gibson was a popular comedian in the late ’20s and early ’30s on the London stage but is largely forgotten now. As well as this Broadcast release, he seems to have recorded “Buying a stamp” for at least two other labels-Regal and Unison.
- The more we are together (The froth blower’s anthem) by Alfredo’s band (Released by Edison Bell Winner (4553) in 1927.) Alfredo was born Alfred Gill in 1892. He learned to play the violin, and in 1925 formed his own band, which played at the New Princes Restaurant. The band soon won a recording contract with the Edison Bell label, and over the next 5 years recorded many records on the Edison Bell Winner, Edison Bell Electron and Edison Bell Radio labels. Largely forgotten now, Alfredo’s band made some great dance records and are well worth investigating. In 1931 Alfredo changed direction and started recording more gypsy flavoured music, to little success. His recordings seem to have petered out around this time. He died in 1966. An interesting piece of trivia-the trumpet player in Alfredo’s band was Alfie Noakes, father of ’60s/’70s “Blue Peter” presenter John Noakes!
- When Tommy Atkins taught the Chinese how to Charleston by Buddy Rose and his dance orchestra (released by Imperial in 1927)
- The Party’s Over now by Noel Coward (Released by His Master’s Voice (B 4270) in 1932.) Noel Coward was born in 1899 in Teddington. As a child he was interested in the stage and made his first professional stage appearance at the age of 11. His acting career continued throughout the first world war (he was deemed unfit when conscripted in 1918), and in 1920 wrote and appeared in his first play, “I’ll leave it to you”, which ran for a month with moderate success. His first real success as a playwright came in 1924, with “The Vortex” and the following year he wrote “Hay Fever”, an enduring success. From then on he was very prolific as a writer, with many successes including “Easy virtue” (1926), “Home chat” (1927), “This year of grace” (1928), “Bitter sweet” (1929) and “Private lives” (1930). In 1929 he signed to His Master’s Voice and made many records for them over the next 7 years. During the Second World Ward Coward largely gave up theatre and started working for British Intelligence, in an attempt to influence public opinion in the US to facilitate their joining the war. He did carry on recording during the war (mainly patriotic songs) and appeared in the film “In which we serve”. After the war Coward carried on as a playwright but was less successful but he carried on writing into the 1960s, also having a successful cabaret career, and appearing in several films. The 1960s saw a revival in his popularity, with many of his plays from the ’20s and ’30s being revived. He was knighted in 1969 and died in 1973.
78Man Favourites Vol. 2 is the second in an ongoing series of albums featuring restored transfers of 78s, available to download or stream at iTunes HERE or to stream on Spotify HERE
Tracks on this release are :
- The Music goes ‘Round and Around-The BBC Dance Orchestra
- Shut the door, they’re coming through the window-Roy Fox and his Band
- The Girl in the upstairs flat-Joe Loss and his Band
- Ali Baba’s Camel Pt. 1 & 2-Cicely Courtneidge
- Riding down from Bangor-Frank Crumit
- Banana Oil-Vaughn De Leath
- Betty Driver Medley Pt. 1 & 2-Betty Driver
- The Wibbly wobbly walk-Fred Eliot
- Mrs Rush and her scrubbing brush-Randolph Sutton
- Bye bye blues-Bert Lown & his Orchestra
- The Bum Song-Bud and Joe Billings
- Coo! Lovaduck! Crikey! Coo! Blimey!-The Two Leslies
- Singin’ in the bathtub-Alfredo & his Band
- Knitting-Arthur Askey
- Nero-Roy Leslie
- On a local train journey-The Commodore Grand Orchestra
- The Rain came pitter patter down-Mr Lovejoy, Enoch and Ramsbottom
- Potato Pete-Harry Roy and his Band
- Whoops! We’re broke again-Syd Roy and his R K Olians
- Tip toe through the tulips-Russ Hamilton