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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 24a-Same Title, Different Song

Podcast Number 24a is an extra podcast for November 2017, and features songs released on 78 which share their title with later hit songs. It can be heard on itunes Here and on Soundcloud Here . Tracks heard on the podcast are :

  1. Rambling rose by Billy Thorburn’s The Organ, The Dance Band And Me. (Originally Released by Parlophone (F 2308) in 1948). Billy Thorburn was born in 1900, the son of a church verger. As a child he learned to play the organ and became the church organist at the age of 9. After The Great War ended he began playing in bands, including one at the Regent Palace Hotel, and then went on to appear on radio from 1923 onwards as “Uncle Jazz”. A year or so later he joined The Savoy Orpheans, with whom he made his first recordings. After leaving The Savoy Orpheans in 1927, Billy spent the next 6 years with the Jay Wilbur band, recording with them for Dominion, Imperial and Eclipse, as well as playing piano on records from that period by Elsie Carlisle, Charles Penrose, George Formby and Tommy Handley among others. He then joined Jack Payne’s band for a couple of years before forming his own band and began recording for Parlophone as Billy Thorburn and his music in 1936. The following year the band began a regular radio programme, “The Organ, The Dance Band and Me” which became very popular, and led to the band being billed as such on record. The band recorded many records for Parlophone up to the late ’50s, including “There’s Something Wrong With The Weather” (1939), “Meet Mr Callaghan” (1942), “Hey Ho, It’s Love Again” (1943), “Down our way” (1945), “Among My Souvenirs” (1947) and “Saturday Rag” (1952). Billy retired from music in the late ’50s and during the ’60s ran a pub, The Green Dragon in Barnet with his wife Ivy (who he’d been married to since 1923). He died in 1971.
  2. Mona Lisa by Roma’s Accordion Band (Released by Imperial (2653) in 1932). Roma’s Accordion band was another band name used as a pseudonym by Harry Bidgood, alongside Primo Scala and Don Porto. Harry Bidgood was born in London in 1898. 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 releases as Roma’s Accordion band include “Leave me alone with my dreams” and “Same old Moon”.
  3. Yesterday by The Radio Imps (Released by Imperial (1732) in 1927) The Radio Imps were a duo, comprising Gerald Underhill Macy and Ed Smalle. Their recording career lasted for around four years between 1926 and 1930 and other recordings include “Where do you work-a John?” (1926), “Hello! Swanee, Hello! (1927), “Constantinople” (1928), “Big City Blues” (1929), and “Ain’t life a load of happiness” (1930). Ed Smalle (1887-1968) also recorded under his own name and with Radio Aces, The Arkansas Trio, The Merrymakers, The Revellers and The Singing Sophomores. Gerald Underhill Macy (1891-1961) also recorded with Duke Yellman’s Orchestra, and was in Radio Aces with Ed Smalle.
  4. Alone by Gracie Fields (Released by Rex Records (8768) in 1936.) 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. Other recordings for His Master’s Voice include “Like the big pots do” (1929), “Painting the clouds with sunshine” (1930), “Just One More Chance” (1931) and “Rochdale Hounds” (1932).  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”. Further Rex releases included “Red Sails in the sunset” (1935), “Did your Mother come from Ireland ?” (1936) and “Lambeth Walk” (1938). 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. Two years before her death she appeared on the Parkinson TV programme in a lengthy interview which can be seen on You Tube Here .
  5. Goodnight Vienna by Robert Chester (Released by Eclipse (291) in 1932.) Robert Chester recorded two other records for the Eclipse label,  “A King of the road am I”, and “You are my heart’s delight” but otherwise very little is known about him. Some sources say Robert Chester was a pseudonym for the actor Darroll Richards, however this is unconfirmed.
  6. Only You by Oscar Rabin and his Strict Tempo Band (Released by Decca (F. 8240) in 1942.) Oscar Rabin was born in Latvia in 1899, and his family emigrated to the UK when he was a child. He began learning music as a child, becoming a professional musician at the age of 15 and attended the Guildhall School of Music. After serving in the First World War, he formed The Romany Five with Harry Davis in 1922, playing violin. Over the next  few years the band expanded and took Oscar’s name, and he switched to playing bass saxophone. Records released by Oscar Rabin include “Hold me” (1933), “Deep in a dream” (1939), “Dancing in the dark” (1941), “Deep in the heart of Texas” (1943), “Moonlight Serenade” (1946), and “Cherokee” (1949). Oscar Rabin died in 1958.
  7. Sweet Fanny Adams by The Two Leslies (Released by Regal Zonophone (MR 1922) in 1935.) The Two Leslies comprised Leslie Sarony (See Podcast 1 blog) and Leslie Holmes (Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, 1902, died in Hove, 1960.). 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. The Two Leslies records included “The New Sow”, “The Campbells are coming”, “I’m a little prairie flower” and “So ‘Andsome”.
  8. Dinner at Eight by Jack Payne and His Band (Released by Imperial (2919) in 1933.) 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.
  9. Avalon by The Black Diamonds Band (Released by Zonophone (2115) in 1921.) The Black Diamonds Band were one of the first recorded acts, making records as early as 1904 (initially on one sided Zonophone releases). They had a lengthy career, into the early ’30s although it is unclear if the band remained the same throughout these years or whether the name was used for recordings by different bands. Other releases by The Black Diamonds Band include “El Capitan March” (1904), “Miss Dixie” (1908), “The Policeman’s Holiday” (1912), “We all went marching home” (1915), “Amazon River of Dreams” (1921), “In a Clockmaker’s shop” (1929) and “Washington Post March” (1932).
  10. Mama by Oscar Denes and Lizzi Waldmuller (Released by His Master’s Voice (B 3946) in 1931). Oscar Denes was born in Magyarkeszi, Austria-Hungary in 1891, and died in 1950. As an actor he appeared in “Ben Kolumbusz” (1921), “Victoria and her Hussar” (1931, from which “Mama” is taken) and “Roxy Und Das Wunderteam” (1938). Lizzi Waldmuller was born in Knittelfeld, Styria, Austria in 1904, and died in 1945. She appeared in many films, including “Love at first sight ” (1932), “Peer Gynt” (1934), “Bel Ami” (1939), “Traummusik” (1940) and “The Night in Venice” (1942).

78Man Podcast No. 18-Around the World Part 2

This podcast sees the conclusion of our trip around the world and can be heard on Itunes here or on Soundcloud here . Tracks heard on this podcast are :

  1.  Johnny, Tu N’es Pas Un Ange by Edith Piaf (Released by Columbia (DCF 140) in 1953) Edith Piaf was born on 19th December 1915 in Paris. Her father was a street performer of acrobatics, while her mother was a singer in cafes. She was abandoned by her mother soon after birth, and when her father enlisted in the army in 1916 he gave Edith to his mother, who ran a brothel in Normandy. In the late 1920s her father was again working as a street performer and she joined him, and began singing. In 1935 she started singing at Le Gerny’s club off the Champs- Elysees where she was given the nickname La Mome Piaf (The little sparrow). This led to her first recording contract. Over the next decade she became one of the biggest stars in France, and after the war ended in 1945 her fame spread internationally. Piaf had an eventful life, which has been dramatised in several films, most recently and successfully in 2007’s “La Vie en Rose”, named after one of her most famous songs. Piaf carried on working until her death in October 1963 and some of her most famous songs were from relatively late in her career-“Milord” in 1959, and “Non, Je ne regrette Rien” and “Exodus” in 1961.
  2. Shanghai by Robert English (Released by Parlophone (E-5360) in 1925) Little is known about Robert English, but he recorded other records such as “Where can I find a pal like Mother?”, “Tell all the world” and “Peggy O’Halloran”. He also recorded as Robert Howe in the 1910s.
  3. Royal Anthem of Roumania by Jumbo Military Band (Released by Jumbo (1449) in 1916.) The Jumbo label ran from 1908 to 1919 and released records by well known artistes such as George Formby (senior), Stanley Kirkby, The Two Filberts and Miss Jessie Broughton. The Jumbo Military band recorded several records for the label including a cover of Irving Berlin’s “Everybody’s doing it” “At a Georgia camp meeting” and “Selection of Pantomime melodies”.
  4. In Old Madrid by Jack Payne and his BBC Dance Orchestra (Released by Columbia (CB 321) in 1931. (see below)
  5. Moscow by Gracie Fields (Released by His Master’s Voice (B 3244) in 1929) 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. Among her other big hits are “Walter Walter (lead me to the altar”)”, “The biggest aspidistra in the world”, “Wish me luck”, and “Clogs and shawl”. Although often remembered for her comedic songs, she recorded many non comedic romantic and religious songs. 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. Watch Gracie singing “The sweetest song in the world” from the film “We’re going to be rich” Here
  6. Underneath The Russian Moon by The Rhythm Maniacs (Released by Decca (F. 1583) in 1929). Decca Records was founded in early 1929 by Edward Lewis, and he decided the label should have a “house” band, which was The Rhythm Maniacs under the direction of Philip Lewis, and featuring Arthur Lally on saxophone and Sylvester Ahola on Trumpet. They were active for around 3 years,until Philip Lewis’ premature death in 1931; Arthur Lally played with Ambrose’s band and The Savoy Orpheans, as well as recording with his own band The Million-aires. He died in 1940 aged 39. The Rhythm Maniacs other records include “The wedding in the ark”, “When it’s springtime in the Rockies”, “What good am I without you?” and “Keepin’ out of mischief now”.
  7. My Californian Girl by The Elliotts (Released by The Winner (3323) in 1919) The Elliotts released many records for the Winner label in the 1910s and early ’20s, including “Down Home in Tennessee”, “After you’ve gone”, “Pucker up and whistle” and “Last night on the back porch”.
  8. Hunting Tigers Out In Indiah by Jack Payne and his BBC Dance Orchestra (Released by Columbia (CB 151) in 1930) (See Podcast 2 blog for more info on Jack Payne). There’s a great clip of Jack Payne and his band performing “Tiger Rag” in Paris here
  9. Welsh Medley by Savoy Orpheans at the Savoy Hotel, London (Released by Columbia (3403) in 1924.) The Savoy Orpheans were the resident band at The Savoy Hotel in London between 1923 and 1927, and were formed by Debroy Somers (born 1890, died 1952). During this time they released many records, including “Madame Pompadour”, “Say it with a Ukulele”, “What’ll I do” and “Let’s all go to Mary’s house”. When their tenure with the hotel ended at the end of 1927 they disbanded, although in 1931 several ex members, including pianist Carroll Gibbons formed a new band under the name The Savoy Hotel Orpheans. Debroy Somers went on to lead a band using his own name, who recorded many records throughout the ’30s and into the early ’40s.