Hits of '25: Yes Sir, That's My Baby!

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Living Era's year-by-year compilations of hit recordings from the Roaring Twenties are well worth investigating. This volume, focusing upon the year 1925, is much better than the hideous cover photo suggests. Although the people posing artlessly with gaping smiles look positively idiotic (the hem of the woman's flapper dress still has pins holding it together), the music within provides an overview of recordings that sold well in their day. Gene Austin's amazingly funny vocal technique makes the title track a veritable masterpiece of silliness. Small wonder this one is referenced as a number one hit. Aside from arresting performances like Al Jolson's cloyingly sentimental...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Living Era's year-by-year compilations of hit recordings from the Roaring Twenties are well worth investigating. This volume, focusing upon the year 1925, is much better than the hideous cover photo suggests. Although the people posing artlessly with gaping smiles look positively idiotic (the hem of the woman's flapper dress still has pins holding it together), the music within provides an overview of recordings that sold well in their day. Gene Austin's amazingly funny vocal technique makes the title track a veritable masterpiece of silliness. Small wonder this one is referenced as a number one hit. Aside from arresting performances like Al Jolson's cloyingly sentimental "All Alone" and Vernon Dalhart's austere "The Prisoner's Song" (it sold seven million copies!), much of what's reissued here is either campy comedy or lively, upbeat dance music. Listeners in the 21st century may now access vintage recordings by Ben Bernie & His Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra, Isham Jones & the Ray Miller Orchestra, Vincent Lopez & His Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra, Nat Shilkret, Ben Selvin, Carl Fenton, Ted Lewis, and Paul Whiteman. Comedians and curios include Eddie Cantor, Cliff Edwards as "Ukulele Ike", and the vaudeville team of Billy Jones and Ernest Hare, popularly known as the Happiness Boys. As if to compensate for a massive glut of Caucasian showmanship, the producers tacked on Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong's January 1925 recording of "St. Louis Blues" with Fred Longshaw providing haunting accompaniment on the reed organ. The fact that this was a number three hit (presumably in the "Race Records" catalog) leads to speculation as to whether Living Era will issue a parallel series focusing upon hit records by people of color. Time will tell.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2006
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625552522
  • Catalog Number: 5525

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Yes Sir, That's My Baby (2:50)
  2. 2 All Alone (2:42)
  3. 3 Sweet Georgia Brown - Ben Bernie (2:59)
  4. 4 I'll See You in My Dreams - The Ray Miller Orchestra (2:52)
  5. 5 If You Knew Susie (2:52)
  6. 6 Oh, Katharina! (3:02)
  7. 7 The Prisoner's Song - Vernon Dalhart (3:14)
  8. 8 Brown Eyes, Why Are You Blue? (3:10)
  9. 9 I Want to Be Happy - Vincent Lopez & his Orchestra (2:40)
  10. 10 Tea for Two (3:05)
  11. 11 Yearning, Just for You (2:42)
  12. 12 Rose-Marie (3:00)
  13. 13 I Miss My Swiss - Happiness Boys (3:30)
  14. 14 Pal of My Cradle Days (3:29)
  15. 15 Manhattan (3:10)
  16. 16 When My Sugar Walks Down the Street (2:44)
  17. 17 Moonlight and Roses - John McCormick (2:59)
  18. 18 Sentimental Me (3:18)
  19. 19 Ukulele Lady - Vaughn DeLeath (3:18)
  20. 20 Don't Bring Lulu (3:48)
  21. 21 Oh, Lady Be Good (3:03)
  22. 22 Fascinatin' Rhythm - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (2:53)
  23. 23 Everybody Loves My Baby (3:22)
  24. 24 Remember (3:12)
  25. 25 St. Louis Blues (3:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Miller Banjo
Georg Brunis Trombone
Ted Lewis Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Miff Mole Trombone
Harry Reser Ukulele
Louis Armstrong Trumpet
Ben Bernie Violin
Rube Bloom Piano
Arnold Brillhardt Reeds
Bud Graham Trombone
Isham Jones Tenor Saxophone
Fred Longshaw Organ
John Lucas Drums
Frankie Quartell Trumpet
Dick Reynolds Piano
Harry Barth Tuba
Murray Kellner Violin
Lewis James Tenor (Vocal)
Harry Raderman Trombone
Walter Kahn Cornet
Tommy Satterfield Piano
Frank Bessinger Vocals
Dave Klein Cornet
Dan Yates Violin
Larry Abbott Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ward Archer Drums
Andy Sannella Steel Guitar
Ben Selvin Orchestra Track Performer
Billy Richards Tenor Saxophone
Rosario Bourdon & The RCA Victor Orchestra Track Performer
Al Mauling Clarinet, Oboe, Soprano Saxophone
Lew Cobey Piano
Billy Carpenter Ukulele
John Kuhn Double Bass
Carroll Martin Trombone
Leo Murphy Violin
Roy Johnston Trumpet
Earl Oliver Trumpet
Sol Klein Violin
Vic Carpenter Banjo
Frank Di Prima Banjo
Charles Rocco Trumpet
Dave Kaplan Piano
Roy Barg Piano
Louis Cassagne Tuba, Double Bass
Art Layfield Drums
Milton Sands Drums
Andy Sindelar Trombone
Artie Vanesco Soprano Saxophone
John McCormack Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Irving Mills Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Gene Austin Composer
Ben Bernie Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Martin Haskell Remastering
Mark Ranshaw Artwork
Guy Massey Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Kenneth Casey Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Benny Davis Composer
Abel Baer Composer
Ben Black Composer
Alfred Bryan Composer
Gerry Stonestreet Liner Notes
Al Piantadosi Composer
Edwin Henry Lemare Composer
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