Collectors’ Corner • Some February Finds: 1920s Pop (Annette Hanshaw, Banjo Buddy, Al Jolson, Bernie Cummins, Cass Hagan, Baker & Silvers)
Some favorites from a recent estate-sale cache of late 1920s pop singers and hot dance bands:
PHIL BAKER, assisted by SID SILVERS: At the Theater (E)
New York: September 21, 1927
Victor 20970 (mxs. BVE 39117 – 1 / 39118 – 2) Victor files show only BVE 39117 – 3 as having been mastered.
HAROLD SANDELMAN (as BANJO BUDDY): Let’s Misbehave (E)
New York: March 7, 1928
Brunswick 3865 (mx. E 26855 or E 26856) William F. Wirges (conductor), “Mr. Daulton – monitoring,” per the Brunswick files; accompanying personnel are unlisted. The take used is not indicated in the files or visible in the pressing.
ANNETTE HANSHAW (as PATSY YOUNG) with THE NEW ENGLANDERS: I Want to Be Bad (EE+)
New York: March 14, 1929
Velvet Tone 1878-V (Columbia mx. [W] 148077 – 2) Accompanying personnel listed in Rust’s Jazz Records and similar works are speculative (not Columbia file data).
CASS HAGAN & HIS PARK CENTRAL HOTEL ORCHESTRA (Franklyn Baur, Lewis James, Elliott Shaw, vocal): The Varsity Drag (E–)
New York (Okeh studio): September 2, 1927
Columbia 1114-D (mx. W 144617 – 2) Personnel listed in Rust’s Jazz Records and similar works are speculative (not Columbia file data).
BERNIE CUMMINS’ ORCHESTRA (Bernie Cummins, vocal): When You’re with Somebody Else (E)
New York (Brunswick Room #2): January 7, 1928
Brunswick 3772 (mx. E 25875) Karl Radlach, arranger, per Brunswick files. Personnel listed in Rust’s American Dance Band Discography and derivative works are speculative (not Brunswick file data).
AL JOLSON with WILLIAM F. WIRGES’ ORCHESTRA: Blue River (E–)
New York: November 11, 1927
Brunswick 3719 (mx. E 25189) William F. Wirges (conductor / arranger); Harry Reser (banjo) present as an “extra,” per the Brunswick files; other personnel unlisted.
Photos from the Victor monthly supplements, courtesy of
John Bolig .
GEORGE M. COHAN: You Won’t Do Any Business If You Haven’t Got a Band (“A Little of Everything”)
Camden, NJ: May 4, 1911
Victor 60043 (mx. B 10268 – 1) With studio orchestra (conductor not credited in the Victor files)
NORA BAYES & JACK NORWORTH: Turn Off Your Light, Mr. Moon Man (“Little Miss Fix-It”)
Camden, NJ: April 24, 1911
Victor 70038 (mx. 9830 – 5) With studio orchestra (conductor not credited in the Victor files)
AL JOLSON: That Haunting Melody (“Vera Violetta”)
Camden, NJ: December 22, 1911
Victor 17037 (mx. B 11409 – 2) With studio orchestra conducted by Walter B. Rogers. Although Rogers is not credited in the Victor files, Jolson addresses him by name in “Asleep in the Deep (Parody),” recorded at the same session.
ELSIE JANIS: Fascinating Baseball Slide
Camden, NJ: October 22, 1912
Victor 60090 (mx. B 12527 – 1) With studio orchestra (conductor not credited in the Victor files)
DAVE MONTGOMERY & FRED STONE: Travel, Travel, Little Star (“The Old Town”)
Camden, NJ: January 24, 1911
Victor 70033 (mx. C 9845 – 1) With studio orchestra (conductor not credited in the Victor files)
DAVE MONTGOMERY & FRED STONE: Gay Paree
Camden, NJ: May 19, 1911
Victor 70042 (mx. C 9906 – 2) With studio orchestra (conductor not credited in the Victor files)
NAT W. WILLS: New York, What’s the Matter with You? (Ziegfeld’s “Follies of 1913”)
Camden, NJ: September 22, 1913
Victor 17461 (mx. B 13838 – 1) Frank N. Darling, conductor, per Victor files (Darling was the conductor of the “Follies” orchestra).