Chart-Toppers of the Twenties

Chart-Toppers of the Twenties

     
 
As with any "chart"-oriented compilation, Living Era's Chart-Toppers of the Twenties focuses upon numbers of units sold rather than, say, the most artistically important or innovative recordings from the time period in question. This sampling perfectly reflects the bigoted nature of U.S. culture during the early 20th century by presenting 25 recordings made by

Overview

As with any "chart"-oriented compilation, Living Era's Chart-Toppers of the Twenties focuses upon numbers of units sold rather than, say, the most artistically important or innovative recordings from the time period in question. This sampling perfectly reflects the bigoted nature of U.S. culture during the early 20th century by presenting 25 recordings made by white people for a clientele that was assumed to also be white. Even Wendell Hall's "It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'" seems to stop short of tapping into blackface minstrelsy, sticking instead with a straightforward standard of white rural entertainment. All of this being said, Chart-Toppers of the Twenties is a marvelous sampler of vintage popular music, beginning with Ben Selvin's lovely 1919 recording of "Dardanella," which occupied, according to the liners, a number one spot for 13 weeks, selling more than five million copies -- an extremely popular record in its day. Amidst the expected appearances by Paul Whiteman, Gene Austin, and Al Jolson there are delicious moments of great social import as Sophie Tucker, Vernon Dalhart, Eddie Cantor, Billy Jones, Ted Lewis, and Isham Jones each contribute to the overall charm of this interesting retrospective.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2001
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625529227
catalogNumber:
5292

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jolson   Track Performer
Ted Lewis   Clarinet,Vocals
Sophie Tucker   Track Performer
Eddie Cantor   Track Performer
Nick Lucas   Guitar,Vocals
Vernon Dalhart   Guitar,Violin
Gene Austin   Track Performer
Ben Bernie   Violin
Ben Selvin   Violin
Nat Shilkret & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Jack Fulton   Vocals
Franklyn Baur   Vocals
Fran Frey   Vocals
Wendell Hall   Ukulele,Vocals
Carmen Lombardo   Saxophone,Vocals
Jack Shilkret   Piano
Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians   Track Performer
Ted Weems & His Orchestra   Track Performer
George Olsen & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Brunswick Studio Orchestra   Track Performer
Frank Bessinger   Vocals
Bob McGimsey   Human Whistle
Del Staigers   Cello
Ted Lewis & His Band   Track Performer
Viola Klaiss   Pipe organ

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes
Mark Ranshaw   Cover Photo
Guy Massey   Composer
Louis Silvers   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Dave Ringle   Composer
Fred Meinken   Composer
Johnny Black   Composer

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