Pals

Pals

by Eddie Cantor
     
 
In 1999, Original Cast recordings released Pals, a patchwork tribute to Eddie Cantor and Georgie Jessel in the form of a reissue of The Legend of Eddie Cantor (an album that contained passages from his historic Carnegie Hall Concert) and excerpts from the '50s television programs George Burns in the Big Time

Overview

In 1999, Original Cast recordings released Pals, a patchwork tribute to Eddie Cantor and Georgie Jessel in the form of a reissue of The Legend of Eddie Cantor (an album that contained passages from his historic Carnegie Hall Concert) and excerpts from the '50s television programs George Burns in the Big Time and The George Jessel Show, with a guest appearance by Dinah Shore. Eddie Cantor and Georgie Jessel first worked together while touring the Orpheum theater circuit during the years 1912-1914 with the Kid Kabaret, a vaudeville revue run by Gus Edwards, remembered today as composer of old-time melodies like "School Days," "In My Merry Oldsmobile," and "By the Light of the Silvery Moon." Cantor was older and more disciplined than Jessel, a sexually precocious youngster with an insatiable appetite for gin and cigars. Whereas Cantor conserved his money and played up just the right amount of naughtiness, Jessel was a notorious spendthrift with a knack for telling dirty jokes. Jessel starred in the 1925 stage production of The Jazz Singer but turned down the role in the motion picture version claiming that he was worth more than what was being offered by the Warner Brothers. After Jolson starred in the movie, Jessel became relatively marginalized in the industry, even while Cantor grew every bit as famous as Jolson. Cantor and Jessel did appear at the Palace Theater together in 1931 with Ben Meroff's orchestra, vocalist Janet Reade, and the comedy duo George Burns and Gracie Allen, who greatly benefited from the exposure. Cantor and Jessel, who came up in the heyday of vaudeville during which they performed together in blackface, generally put on a show consisting of perpetual putdowns and artful insults. Legend has it that during their appearance at the Palace, Cantor brought down the house by swatting Jessel over the head with his shoe. Had Jessel been heard on any of Cantor's studio-produced phonograph recordings, he would have been more consistently represented on Pals, which feels like a Cantor sampler strongly laced with tincture of Jessel. What the producers have cobbled together for this dual salute is a merry collage of nostalgic airs and medleys, comedic banter, and variations on the theme of "I remember when."

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/1999
Label:
Original Cast Record
UPC:
0741117991828
catalogNumber:
9918

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. (Introduction)
  2. If You Knew Susie
  3. Henry Street Recollection at Carnegie Hall
  4. Yes Sir That's My Baby
  5. I'm Sitting on Top of the World
  6. There's No Business Like Show Business
  7. If You Knew Susie
  8. Ida (Sweet as Apple Cider)
  9. W.C. Fields Story from Carnegie Hall
  10. Ma! He's Making Eyes at Me
  11. Al Jolson Story from Carnegie Hall
  12. Makin' Whoopee
  13. I Love to Spend Each Sunday With You
  14. Cantor With Burns & Allen
  15. [Plastic Surgeon Sketch With Cantor and Parkyakarkus]
  16. When I'm the President (We Want Cantor)
  17. [Publicity Man Sketch With Cantor & The Mad Bert Gordon]
  18. Row Row Row/Don't Fence Me In/How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm?
  19. If You Knew Susie
  20. [President Franklin D. Roosevelt Reads a Telegram from Eddie Cantor]
  21. [Citation from President Lyndon B. Johnson Read by Jessel]
  22. Pals
  23. The George Jessel Show
  24. Makin' Whoopee
  25. Cantor Baby Medley from the George Jessel Show: Pretty Baby/Baby Face
  26. Goodnight Little Fellow

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Cantor   Primary Artist
Georgie Jessel   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Joe Bushkin   Composer
Eddie Cantor   Composer
Brian Gari   Producer,Liner Notes
Con Conrad   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Bob Forman   Graphic Design
Ray Henderson   Composer
Harry Hirsch   Executive Producer
Tony Jackson   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Eddie Leonard   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
George Jessel   Composer,Author
John DeVries   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
William Jerome   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Sherman   Composer
Abel Baer   Composer
Frank Bresee   Producer
Eddie Munson   Composer

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