1929-1932

1929-1932

by Mildred Bailey
     
 
This is the first volume in the Classics label's chronological profile of vocalist Mildred Bailey. It documents the beginning of her recording career with 24 titles she waxed for the Parlophone, Okeh, Brunswick and Victor labels between October 5, 1929 and August 11, 1932. She was born Mildred Rinker on a wheat farm inside of an Indian reservation near the Idaho

Overview

This is the first volume in the Classics label's chronological profile of vocalist Mildred Bailey. It documents the beginning of her recording career with 24 titles she waxed for the Parlophone, Okeh, Brunswick and Victor labels between October 5, 1929 and August 11, 1932. She was born Mildred Rinker on a wheat farm inside of an Indian reservation near the Idaho panhandle in Tekoa WA on February 27, 1907. Mildred and her family were members of the First Nation Coeur d'Alene or Schitsu'umsh tribe. Mildred's mother Josie Rinker was an accomplished pianist who specialized in ragtime. In 1913, the family moved to Spokane, where Mildred and her brothers befriended a boy named Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby. By the age of 17, Mildred was living with relatives in Seattle and working as a singer demonstrating songs in a sheet music store. She entered showbiz using the surname of her first husband, Ted Bailey. After developing her skills by singing in speakeasies and over the radio in the Northwest, Mildred Bailey married a bootlegger named Benny Stafford and moved to Los Angeles where she began attracting a lot of attention by singing in nightclubs on the Sunset Strip. (Legend has it she also operated her own highly acclaimed illicit microbrewery.) In 1925, Bing Crosby and Al Rinker dropped out of college, hopped in a Model T and drove from Spokane to Hollywood where Mildred Bailey showed them around and hooked them up with her best showbiz contacts. By October 1926 Crosby and Rinker were working for society bandleader Paul Whiteman. Teamed with Harry Barris in a trio nationally recognized as The Rhythm Boys, they eventually expressed their gratitude by introducing Mildred Bailey to Whiteman in 1929. Whiteman hired her at once; her voice was soon heard on national radio broadcasts and by 1930 she was his highest-paid performer. (The ethical nadir of her discography occurred on November 30, 1931 when Whiteman had her sing "That's Why Darkies Were Born.") Apart from four attractive sides cut with the Casa Loma Orchestra in September 1931, most of the recordings making up this segment of Mildred Bailey's chronology involve either the Paul Whiteman Orchestra or smaller ensembles largely composed of musicians who were affiliated with the self-styled "King of Jazz." Mildred's first two session bands were led by guitarist Eddie Lang and saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer, with cornet passages by Andy Secrest that were carefully patterned after the style of Bix Beiderbecke, who had made his last recording with the Whiteman orchestra only weeks earlier on September 13, 1929. Beiderbecke's combined absence and presence are eerily evident. It's obvious why Mildred Bailey caught on so quickly as a vocalist; all of her best traits -- sweetness, charm, passion and poise -- were evident from the very beginning. Tougher than Annette Hanshaw and gutsier than Ruth Etting, sometimes Mildred let loose like a sassy American girl; on "I Like to Do Things for You" she even sounds like Helen Kane. At her best, Mildred Bailey was a gifted interpreter of ballads and topical amusements; her superb abilities as a jazz and pop vocalist are well represented by this first volume of her complete recorded works.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1999
Label:
Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC:
3307517106124
catalogNumber:
1061
Rank:
160379

Tracks

  1. What Kind 'O Man Is You?
  2. I Like to Do Things for You
  3. Blues in My Heart
  4. You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)
  5. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  6. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
  7. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  8. Can't You See
  9. My Goodbye to You
  10. Too Late
  11. Georgia on My Mind
  12. Concentratin' (on You)
  13. Home
  14. Lies
  15. That's Why Darkies Were Born [Medley]
  16. 'Leven Pounds of Heaven
  17. I'm Sorry Dear
  18. All of Me
  19. Dear Old Mother Dixie
  20. Hot-Cha Medley
  21. Stop the Sun, Stop the Moon
  22. Strangers
  23. I'll Never Be the Same
  24. We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mildred Bailey   Primary Artist,Vocals
Hoagy Carmichael   Piano,Cello
Glen Gray   Leader,Alto Saxophone
Joe Venuti   Violin
Pee Wee Hunt   Tuba
Frankie Trumbauer   Alto Saxophone
Tony Briglia   Drums
Kurt Dieterle   Violin
Joe Hall   Piano
Bill Rank   Tuba
Mischa Russell   Violin
Kenny Sargent   Tenor Saxophone
Roy Bargy   Piano
Casa Loma Orchestra   Track Performer
Pat Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Dennis   Bass
Jack Fulton   Tuba
Gene Gifford   Guitar
Harry Goldfield   Trumpet
Joe Hostetter   Trumpet
Mel Jenssen   Violin
Min Leibrook   Baritone Saxophone
Art Miller   Bass
Mike Pingatore   Banjo
Billy Rauch   Tuba
Andy Secrest   Clarinet,Trumpet
Charles Strickfaden   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Paul Whiteman Orchestra   Track Performer
Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Chester Hazlett   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Nat Natoli   Trumpet
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
Mike Trafficante   Bass
Izzy Friedman   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Bo Ashford   Trumpet
Fritz Hummel   Tuba
Henry Whiteman   Violin
George Marsh   Drums

Technical Credits

Paul Whiteman   Director
Irving Mills   Composer
Frankie Trumbauer   Director
Leonard Joy   Director
Harry Barris   Composer
Benny Carter   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Billy Moll   Composer
Leon René   Composer
Russ Columbo   Composer
Peter Van Steeden   Composer
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes
Ted Koehler   Composer
Seymour Simons   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Clarence Muse   Composer
Otis Rene   Composer
Harry Clarkson   Composer
Gladys Dubois   Composer
Paul Gregory   Composer

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