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78Man Podcast Number 33 : Nina Simone

The 33rd 78Man Podcast features versions on 78 of songs later recorded by Nina Simone. It’s available on Itunes and Podbean (Here)

Tracks are :

1. Mood Indigo by The Delta Rhythm Boys (1955) (Released by Brunswick (05353) in 1953) The Delta Rhythm Boys formed in 1934, and originally comprised Lee Gaines, Elmaurice Miller, Traverse Crawford and Essie Joseph Adkins. They were formed at Langston University in Oklahoma, and remained active under various line ups until 1987. They found success in the US in the ’40s through appearances on radio, TV and in films, and during the ’50s they gained more success in Europe, leading them to relocate. They made many records, including “Georgia on my mind” (with Mildred Bailey, 1941), “It’s only a paper moon” (with Ella Fitzgerald, 1945), “Dry Bones” (1946), “Sweetheart of mine” (1949), “Sentimental Journey” (with Ruth Brown, 1950), “Oo wee baby” (1952) and “Trop Trop Trop” (1953).

2. He needs me by Les Brown and his Band of Renown (1955) (Released by Capitol (CL 14350) in 1955) Les Brown was born in Pennsylvania in 1912. He studied music at the Conway Military Band School and the New York Military Academy, before attending Duke University in North Carolina, where he formed his first band, Les Brown and his Blue Devils, who undertook their first extensive tour in 1936. Two years later the band became Les Brown and his band of Renown, and carried on until 2000. In 1945 they released “Sentimental journey” with vocals by Doris Day, which was her first major success. The association with Doris Day continued and Les Brown became the orchestra leader on her radio programme during the early ’50s. The band also performed extensively with Bob Hope for many years, and also performed with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. The band’s records include “Turkey Hop” (1950), “Let it be” (1952), “Ramona” (1953), “The Gal from Joe’s” (1954), and “The Man that got away” (1955). Les Brown died in January 2001, but since then his son, Les Brown Jnr, has led his version of the Band of Renown.

3. Love me or leave me by Doris Day (Released by Philips (PB 479 in 1955) Doris Day (born Doris Kappelhoff) was born in April 1922 in Cincinatti, Ohio. She began her entertainment career as a dancer while still a child, but a car accident at 15 injured her leg and curtailed her dancing career. While recuperating, Doris listened to the radio and sang along, which spurred her mother to pay for singing lessons. She began singing live locally and appeared on local radio which led to her singing with Barney Rapp, Bob Crosby, Jimmy James and Les Brown. It was with Les Brown that she scored her first hit record in 1945 with “Sentimental journey.” She went on to make dozens of records, including “Pretty Baby” (1948), “I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed By Anyone But You” (1950), “I Love The Way You Say Goodnight” (1951), “I’ll see you in my dreams” (1952), “Mister Tap Toe” (1953), “Love me or leave me” (1955), “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)” (1956) and “The Tunnel of love” (1959). During this period Doris also began appearing in films, including “Romance on the high seas” (1948), “Tea for two” (1950), “April in Paris” (1952), “Young at heart” (1954), “The Man who knew too much” (1956) and “Pillow Talk” (1959). Her film career flourished in the early ’60s but by the end of the decade her popularity was in decline, although she did host her own TV show between 1968 and 1973. Consequently Doris  largely retired from the entertainment industry, with only occasional appearances and recordings. She became more involved with animal welfare charities, running the Doris Day Animal Foundation and the Doris Day Animal League. She died in May 2019, aged 97.

4. My Baby just cares for me by Somethin’ Smith and the Redheads (Released by Philips (PB 446) in 1955) A Three piece US group, Somethin’ Smith and The Redheads comprised Robert Robertson on vocals, banjo and guitar, Saul Striks on piano, and Major C Short on double bass. They had several US hits, including “It’s A Sin to tell a lie” (1955), “Red Head” (1955), “In a Shanty in old Shanty town” (1956) and “Heartaches” (1956). The band split in 1966.

5. You’ll never walk alone by Jane Froman (Released by Capitol (CL 14658) in 1956) Jane Froman was born in November 1907, in Missouri. She sang from an early age, playing at her college as a teenager, before studying at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. In 1929 she began appearing on local radio in Cincinnati, and made her national radio debut in 1931. Her radio career flourished and in 1934 she was voted the number one female singer on the radio. She appeared in three films during the 1930s but later screen appearances would be on Television, including her own TV show in the ’50s. In 1952, the film “With a song in my heart” was based on Froman’s life. She retired in the early ’60s and died in April 1980.

6. He’s Got the whole world in his hands by Laurie London (Released by Parlophone (R 4359) in 1959) Laurie London was born in East London in January 1944. He recorded “He’s Got the whole world in His Hands” as a 13 year old schoolboy for the UK Parlophone label (produced by George Martin). The record was picked up Capitol Records in the US and was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, but was his only big success. He retired from the music business at the age of 19, and went on to become a hotelier and restauranter.

7. Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday (Released by Commodore (7513) in 1944)

8. Fine and Mellow by Billie Holiday (Released by Commodore (7513) in 1944) Billie Holiday was born in April 1915 as Eleanora Fagan, in Philadelphia. Her parents were not married, and her Father, Clarence Holiday abandoned the family shortly after the birth. Eleanora was largely brought up by her Mother’s Half sister’s Mother in law, Martha Miller, in Baltimore. She had a difficult childhood, often playing truant and dropping out of school altogether by the age of 11. Shortly after leaving school she began work running errands in a brothel. Around this time she began taking an interest in music, having heard records by Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith. In early 1929, she moved to Harlem, joining her mother working in a brothel, which led to them both being imprisoned when the brothel was raided. After her release, she started singing in night clubs in Harlem, changing her name to Billie Holiday. In late 1932 she began singing at Covan’s night club and it was here she was spotted in early 1933 by record producer John Hammond, which led to her first recording session in November 1933, with Benny Goodman. In 1935 she signed to Brunswick where she recorded with pianist Teddy Wilson. Her recordings for Brunswick include “What a little moonlight can do”, “I Cried for you” and “Miss Brown to you”. In late 1937 she toured with Count Basie and was then taken on by Artie Shaw, with whom she toured and made radio broadcasts. In the late ’30s she began recording for Columbia and was attracting strong sales of her records. However, when she began singing “Strange Fruit” live in 1939, and wanted to record it, Columbia baulked at the song’s subject matter (the lynching of black men in the Southern states of the US) and she recorded it for the small Commodore label as a one off record. It became one of her biggest sellers. Her success continued in the 1940s, when she had hits with “God bless the child” (1941), “Lover Man” (1944) and “That ole devil called love” (1944). By this time she was addicted to heroin and the 1940s saw both huge success-in 1948 she broke box office records with a concert at Carnegie Hall-and several arrests for posession of narcotics. By the 1950s her drug use and drinking habits were affecting her health but she continued performing live and recording, as well as publishing her autobiography (ghost written by William Duffy) “Lady Sings the blues” in 1956. In early 1959 she was diagnosed as having cirrhosis of the liver, and died on July 17th of that year.

9. Nobody Knows you when you’re down and out by Graeme Bell and his Australian Jazz Band (Released by Esquire (10-016) in 1948) Graeme Bell was born in 1914, in Victoria, Australia, into a musical family-his Father was a music hall entertainer and his Mother a contralto recitalist in Dame Nelly Melba’s company. He learnt to play piano as a child, and in 1935 formed a band with his younger brother Roger, playing jazz locally. In 1941 he formed the Graeme Bell Jazz Gang, and made his first recordings in 1943. The band changed their name to Graeme Bell and his Dixieland Jazz Band (recording “Ugly Child” and “Tessa’s Blues” for Regal Zonophone in 1947 before becoming the Australian Jazz Band, under which name they made further records, including “Big Chief Battle Axe” (1948), “Chabby Gal Rag” (1949), “Irish Black Bottom” (1950), and “Muskat Ramble” (1951). Bell continued recording and touring throughout the 1960s and beyond (particularly in the UK during the trad jazz boom of the early ’60s) and was made an Ofiicer of the Order of Australia in 1990 for services to music. He died, aged 97, in 2012.

10. Falling in love again by Jack Payne and his BBC Dance Orchestra (Released by Columbia (CB 106) 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 for Columbia, including “Riding on a camel” (1929), “On her doorstep last night” (1929), “Sittin’ on a five barred gate” (1930) and “Goodnight sweetheart” (1931). After leaving the BBC, the band carried on as Jack Payne and his band, and moved to Imperial Records, where their releases included “Was that the Human thing to do?” (1932), “All over Italy” (1933), and “Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?” (1933) before moving to Rex Records where their releases included “Tiger Rag” (1934), “An earful of music” (1935) and “When the poppies bloom again” (1936). In 1939 they moved to Decca records and then in the mid ’40s to His Master’s Voice. The band also appeared in the films “Say it with music” (1932) and “Sunshine ahead” (1936). Jack Payne died on 4 December 1969.

78Man Podcast Number 28-Mothers Day

The 28th 78Man podcast commemorates UK Mothers day which fell on March 11th this year. It can be heard on itunes Here and on Soundcloud Here. Tracks heard are :

  1. Old Mother Hubbard by The Blue Mountaineers (released by Broadcast Four-Tune (502) in 1933.) The Blue Mountaineers recorded quite a few records for the Broadcast labels from 1932-1934, and consisted mainly of musicians from Ambrose’s band, often with Nat Gonella or Sam Browne on vocals. Other Blue Mountaineers recordings include “Bahama Mama”, “Say to yourself I will be happy”, “Sweet Sixteen and never been kissed”, and “Is I in love? I Is!”.
  2. Dear Little Irish Mother by Harry Bidgood and his Broadcasters (released by Broadcast (138) in 1927). Harry Bidgood was born in London in 1898. He studied at The Royal College of Music, and began a lengthy recording career in the mid ’20s. Bidgood released records under his own name, as well as Primo Scala’s Accordion band, Nat Lewis, Rossini, Don Porto, Manhattan Melodymakers and Al Benny’s Broadway Boys. Records released under his own name include “Por Ti (Gor thee)” (1926), “Moonbeam I kiss her for thee” (1927), “Our bungalow of dreams” (1928), “Misery Farm” (1929), and “Sunnyside up” (1930). He was also musical director on several George Formby films. His most successful pseudonym was Primo Scala, and he was still broadcasting regularly as Primo Scala up to his death in November 1957. His Primo Scala releases include “The man on the flying trapeze”(1935), “Why did she fall for the leader of the band?”(1936), “Meet me down in Sun valley” (1938), “Waltzing Matilda” (1940), “Tica-Ti, Tica-Ta” (1942), “The echo told me a lie”(1949), “Rudolph the red nosed reindeer” (1950), and “Mockin’ Bird Hill”(1951).
  3. Hello Mom by Bing Crosby (released by Brunswick (03510) in 1944). Bing Crosby was born in May 1903, in Tacoma, Washington, US (originally named Harry, he was nicknamed Bing as a child and the name stuck). As a teenager he saw singers while working at his local auditorium, but it wasn’t until he was 20 that he started singing in a band himself, called The Musicaladers. Two years later this band split and he started singing with a vocal trio, The Three Harmony Aces. He then formed a duo with Al Rinker, with whom he made his first record, “I’ve got the girl” in 1926. The act then expanded to a trio again, with the addition of Harry Barris, and were rechristened The Rhythm Boys. Several successful records followed before Bing was offered a solo recording contract in 1931 with Brunswick records. Over the next decade he became one of the most successful American singers worldwide, with hits such as “Stardust” (1931), “Please” (1932), “Let me call you sweetheart” (1935), “Basin Street Blues” (1937) and “My melancholy baby” (1939). It was during the ’30s that Bing also started appearing in films, such as “College Humor” (1933), “She loves me not” (1934), “Anything goes” (1936), “Sing, you sinners” (1938) and “East side of heaven” (1939). As well as appearing in films and releasing records, Bing also had his own US radio series. In 1942 Bing released what would become his most famous recording, “White Christmas”, which was also used in the film “Holiday Inn”. He re-recorded the song in 1947 after the original master became damaged and the record still sells every Christmas. Bing continued recording, appearing in films, radio and TV into the 1970s, right until his death in October 1977 (he gave his last live performance 4 days before his death, and recorded his last radio session and interview the following day.)
  4. My Mother’s Eyes by Maurice Elwin (released by Zonophone (5397) in 1929). Maurice Elwin was born in 1898 in Glasgow, his real name being Norman MacPhaill Blair. He moved to London and regularly appeared with the Savoy Orpheans in the ’20s and ’30s. He recorded for Zonophone, Decca, Imperial and Rex during the late ’20s and first half of the ’30s, his records including “You’re in my heart” (1929), “It happened in Monterey” (1930), “I surrender, dear” (1931), “Lullaby of the leaves” (1932), “The Gold digger’s song (We’re in the money)” (1933), “Everything I have is yours” (1934) and “Gloomy Sunday (The Famous Hungarian Suicide Song)” (1936). He later became a music teacher in Hampstead, and died in 1975.
  5. Mother from the Train by The Beverley Sisters (released by Decca (10832) in 1956). The Beverley Sisters were a UK trio comprising sisters Joy (1924-2015) and twins Teddie and Babs (born 1927) Chinery. They came to prominence after successfully auditioning to sing in an advert for Ovaltine, and then for BBC Radio in 1944. They made many appearances on BBC Radio during the late ’40s an early ’50s, and signed to Columbia Records in 1951, then to Philips in 1953 and finally Decca in 1955. They scored their first UK hit with “I Saw mommy kissing Santa Claus” in 1953 and had several other hits over the following years including “Willie Can” (1956), “I Dreamed” (1957), “Little drummer boy” (1959) and “Green Fields” (1960). The group’s hits dried up in the early ’60s and they rarely recorded after then, although they continued to sing live and appear on TV. As late as 2009 they were still making occasional live appearances, before retiring.
  6. Grandmother’s Wedding Dress by Ronnie Ronalde (released by Columbia (DB 2852) in 1951). Ronnie Ronalde was born (as Ronald Waldron) in 1923 in London, growing up in Islington. His family was poor and as a child he earned money by entertaining people with his singing, mimicry, whistling and bird song.As a teenager he joined Arturo Steffani’s Silver Songsters, and Steffani later became his manager, steering his career to success from the late ’40s onwards. He signed to Columbia Records, his 78 releases including “In a monastery garden” (1949), “Let me sing in echo valley” (1950), “Down by the old zuyder zee” (1951), “The Skye Boat Song ” (1953), and “The Yodellin’ Rag” (1956). After his initial success in the ’50s he continued making live, radio and TV appearances but slowly withdrew from the limelight. He moved to Guernsey in the ’60s where he bought a hotel, then to the Isle of Man in the late ’80s and finally to New Zealand and Australia in the ’90s. He moved back to the UK a few years before his death in 2015.
  7. Grandma’s Ball by Johnny Dodds’ Chicago Footwarmers (released by Columbia (Swing series 144) in 1953, recorded 1927). Johnny Dodds was born in 1892 in Waveland, Mississippi, but moved to New Orleans in his teens and started learning to play the clarinet. After a move to Chicago he joined Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, with whom he made his first recordings in 1923. In the next couple of years he also recorded with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers. In the late ’20s he recorded with his own bands, his records including “Oh Daddy”, “New St. Louis Blues”, “Clarinet wobble”, “Joe Turner blues”, “After you’ve gone” and “Wildman blues”. Ill health meant he only recorded twice during the 1930s, and he died in August 1940, aged 48.
  8. Your mother and mine by Doris Day and The Four Lads (released by Columbia (DB 3256) in 1953). Doris Day (born Doris Kappelhoff) was born in April 1922 in Cincinatti, Ohio. She began her entertainment career as a dancer while still a child, but a car accident at 15 injured her leg and curtailed her dancing career. While recuperating, Doris listened to the radio and sang along, which spurred her mother to pay for singing lessons. She began singing live locally and appeared on local radio which led to her singing with Barney Rapp, Bob Crosby, Jimmy James and Les Brown. It was with Les Brown that she scored her first hit record in 1945 with “Sentimental journey.” She went on to make dozens of records, including “Pretty Baby” (1948), “I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed By Anyone But You” (1950), “I Love The Way You Say Goodnight” (1951), “I’ll see you in my dreams” (1952), “Mister Tap Toe” (1953), “Love me or leave me” (1955), “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)” (1956) and “The Tunnel of love” (1959). During this period Doris also began appearing in films, including “Romance on the high seas” (1948), “Tea for two” (1950), “April in Paris” (1952), “Young at heart” (1954), “The Man who knew too much” (1956) and “Pillow Talk” (1959). Her film career flourished in the early ’60s but by the end of the decade her popularity was in decline, although she did host her own TV show between 1968 and 1973. Since then Doris has largely retired from the entertainment industry, with only occasional appearances and recordings. She is more involved with animal welfare charities, running the Doris Day Animal Foundation and the Doris Day Animal League. At the time of writing, Doris Day has recently celebrated her 96th birthday.
  9. Mama by David Whitfield (released by Decca (F 10515) in 1955). David Whitfield was born in Hull, UK, in 1925. As a child he sang in his church choir, then, while in the navy during World War 2, entertained his colleagues with his singing. After the war he entered Radio Luxembourg’s talent show “Opportunity knocks” which led to a recording contract with Decca Records. His records included “I Believe” (1953), “Answer Me” (1953), “Cara Mia” (1954), “Lady of Madrid” (1955), “My Son John” (1956), “The Adoration waltz” (1957), and “Love is a stranger” (1958). As well as having great success in the UK, he became the most successful British singer of the ’50s in the US, and his 1954 hit “Cara Mia” became the first record by a UK singer to top both the UK and US charts.Despite his huge popularity the hits had dried up by the end of the ’50s, although he carried on performing up to his death in 1980.