Pop Music: The Early Years 1890-1950

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To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony acquired Columbia and its various subsidiaries in the late '80s, purchasing one of the richest catalogs in pop history, as the box set proves again and again. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, no matter how impressive it was,...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony acquired Columbia and its various subsidiaries in the late '80s, purchasing one of the richest catalogs in pop history, as the box set proves again and again. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, no matter how impressive it was, so they simultaneously released a series of 12 genre-specific double-disc sets that culled highlights from the box. That left two discs exclusive to the box, which was appropriate, since anyone who spends over $300 on an album deserves a little bonus. As it turns out, the double-disc sets are every bit as impressive as the big box, perhaps more so, because they're easily digestible. Even so, the scope of the 50-track Pop Music: The Early Years 1890-1950 is impressive. Columbia was one of the biggest labels in the early days of the record industry, which is clear from the featured artists on this set. Many of the biggest names in pop and jazz recorded for Columbia at some point -- Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Kate Smith, Jack Teagarden, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, the Mills Brothers, Louis Prima, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Harry James, Ray Noble, Dinah Shore, Gene Autry, Frank Sinatra -- and they're all here, usually represented by their best-known songs. It's more than an effective collection -- it's educational, entertaining, and astounding, as it traces vaudeville through big band, jazz, and swing. Few other sets capture this period quite so well -- and it's all the more amazing when you realize that it all comes from the same label.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646578827
  • Catalog Number: 65788


Disc 1
  1. 1 The Washington Post March - United States Marine Band (2:01)
  2. 2 King of the Bungaloos - Gene Greene (2:41)
  3. 3 How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm? - Nora Bayes (2:29)
  4. 4 When the Moon Shines on the Moonshine - Bert Williams (3:00)
  5. 5 Swanee - Al Jolson (2:37)
  6. 6 Oh, Lady Be Good - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (2:57)
  7. 7 Yes Sir, That's My Baby - Lee Morse (2:53)
  8. 8 If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie) - Eddie Cantor (2:52)
  9. 9 Some of These Days - Ted Lewis & His Band (2:57)
  10. 10 My Blue Heaven - Don Voorhees & His Orchestra (3:24)
  11. 11 My Melancholy Baby - The Dorsey Brothers (3:03)
  12. 12 Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man - Aunt Jemima (3:04)
  13. 13 The Blue Room - Joe Blue Four Ventui's (3:18)
  14. 14 Makin' Whoopee - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra & Paul Whiteman Orchestra (3:15)
  15. 15 Ain't Misbehavin' - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:24)
  16. 16 Lovable and Sweet - Annette Hanshaw (2:54)
  17. 17 Happy Days Are Here Again - Ben Selvin Orchestra (3:20)
  18. 18 Ten Cents a Dance - Ruth Etting (3:17)
  19. 19 The Peanut Vendor - California Ramblers (3:42)
  20. 20 Black and Blue - Ethel Waters (3:03)
  21. 21 When the Moon Comes over the Mountain - Kate Smith & Her Swanee Music (3:03)
  22. 22 You Rascal You - Jack Teagarden (3:14)
  23. 23 Everybody Loves My Baby - The Boswell Sisters (2:22)
  24. 24 Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra (3:11)
  25. 25 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? - Bing Crosby (3:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Diga Diga Doo - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:09)
  2. 2 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues - Lee Wiley (2:49)
  3. 3 Easter Parade - Gene Austin (2:58)
  4. 4 The Object of My Affection - Pinky Tomlin (3:10)
  5. 5 The Lady in Red - Louis Prima & His Band (3:04)
  6. 6 The Music Goes 'Round and Around - Frank Froeba & His Swing Band (3:11)
  7. 7 I Can't Get Started - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (3:24)
  8. 8 These Foolish Things - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (3:20)
  9. 9 The Toy Trumpet - Raymond Scott Quintette (3:00)
  10. 10 Nightmare - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:51)
  11. 11 The Flat Foot Floogie - Slim & Slam (2:50)
  12. 12 My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra (2:57)
  13. 13 September Song - Walter Huston (2:55)
  14. 14 I Thought About You - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (2:35)
  15. 15 Down the Road a Piece - Will Bradley (3:09)
  16. 16 Prisoner of Love - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (3:23)
  17. 17 Why Don't You Do Right? - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:14)
  18. 18 Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition! - Kay Kyser & His Orchestra (2:34)
  19. 19 Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer - Golden Gate Quartet (2:53)
  20. 20 I'm Beginning to See the Light - Kitty Kallen & Harry James & His Orchestra (3:16)
  21. 21 Laura - Woody Herman & His Orchestra (3:22)
  22. 22 Linda - Buddy Clark (3:17)
  23. 23 Buttons and Bows (2:03)
  24. 24 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry & Pinafores (3:11)
  25. 25 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) - Frank Sinatra (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Philip Sousa Conductor
Gene Autry Vocals, Track Performer
Golden Gate Quartet Track Performer
The Boswell Sisters Track Performer
Bing Crosby Vocals, Track Performer
Annette Hanshaw Vocals, Track Performer
Peggy Lee Vocals, Track Performer
The Mills Brothers Track Performer
Louis Prima Trumpet, Vocals
Dinah Shore Vocals, Track Performer
Frank Sinatra Vocals, Track Performer
Mildred Bailey Vocals
Billy Bauer Guitar
Bunny Berigan Trumpet, Vocals, Track Performer
Will Bradley Track Performer
Cab Calloway Vocals
Eddie Condon Guitar
Eddy Duchin Piano
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Bill Harris Trombone
Woody Herman Clarinet, Vocals
Johnny Hodges Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Lena Horne Vocals
Harry James Trumpet
Al Jolson Vocals, Track Performer
Jonah Jones Trumpet
John Kirby String Bass
Kay Kyser Track Performer
Eddie Lang Guitar
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Mel Powell Piano
Pee Wee Russell Clarinet
Artie Shaw Clarinet
Slam Stewart String Bass
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Joe Venuti Violin
Fats Waller Piano
Ethel Waters Vocals, Track Performer
Lee Wiley Vocals, Track Performer
Teddy Wilson Piano, Track Performer
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Red Nichols Cornet
Dave Barbour Guitar
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Ralph Burns Piano
Joe Bushkin Piano
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Cozy Cole Drums
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Chubby Jackson String Bass
Carl Kress Banjo
Ted Lewis Clarinet, Violin, Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Lou McGarity Trombone
Ray McKinley Drums, Vocals
Miff Mole Trombone
Benny Morton Trombone
Tony Pastor Tenor Saxophone
Adrian Rollini Bass, Saxophone
Zutty Singleton Drums
Freddie Slack Piano
Charlie Teagarden Trumpet
Frankie Trumbauer Bassoon, Saxophone
California Ramblers Track Performer
Ruth Etting Vocals, Track Performer
Frank Froeba Piano
Slim & Slam Track Performer
Sophie Tucker Vocals
Eddie Cantor Vocals, Track Performer
Mary Martin Track Performer
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards Ukulele, Vocals, Track Performer
Marty Martin Vocals
Slim Gaillard Guitar
Kitty Kallen Vocals
John Mills Sr. Guitar, Vocals
Sonny Greer Drums
United States Marine Band Track Performer
Sam Allen Piano
Gene Anderson Piano
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Vocals
George Arus Trombone
Gene Austin Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Al Avola Guitar
Red Ballard Trombone
Bus Bassey Saxophone
Artie Bernstein String Bass
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Vic Berton Drums
Barney Bigard Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Billie Holiday Vocals
Rube Bloom Piano, Vocals
Pete Briggs Tuba
Arnold Brillhardt Alto Saxophone
Vernon Brown Trombone
George Brunies Trombone
Harry Carney Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Paul Cartwright Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Tony Colucci Banjo, Guitar
Bert Curry Alto Saxophone
Kurt Dieterle Violin
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey Trombone, Trumpet
Eddie Dougherty Drums
Duke Ellington Piano
Buff Estes Alto Saxophone
Nick Fatool Drums
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Doc Goldberg String Bass
Fred Guy Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet
Arville Harris Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Herbie Haymer Tenor Saxophone
Lennie Hayton Banjo, Piano, Celeste
J.C. Heard Drums
Homer Hobson Trumpet
Margie Hyams Vibes
Freddie Jenkins Trumpet
Stan King Drums
Manny Klein Trumpet
Nappy Lamare Guitar
Cliff Leeman Drums
John Lucas Drums
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
Sam Marowitz Alto Saxophone
Leroy Maxey Drums
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
Herbert Mills Guitar, Vocals
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Alto Saxophone
Chauncey Morehouse Drums
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton Trombone
Benny Payne Piano
Fred Petry Tenor Saxophone
Bob Poland Baritone Saxophone
Bill Rank Trombone
Don Raye Vocals
Dick Reynolds Piano
Les Robinson Alto Saxophone
Harry Rodgers Trombone
Arthur Rollini Tenor Saxophone
Mischa Russell Violin
Jack Ryan String Bass
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Arthur Schutt Piano
Raymond Scott Piano
Frank Signorelli Piano
Jimmy Smith String Bass
Jimmy Strong Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Edwin Swayzee Trumpet
Juan Tizol Trombone
Dave Tough Drums
Ted Vesely Trombone
Jon Walton Tenor Saxophone
Crawford Wethington Alto Saxophone
De Priest Wheeler Trombone
Arthur Whetsol Trumpet
Morris White Banjo
Bert Williams Vocals, Track Performer
Lammar Wright Sr. Trumpet
Sam Weiss Drums
Harry Barth Tuba
Sterling Bose Trumpet
Helvetia "Vet" Boswell Trumpet
Charlie Butterfield Trombone
Joe Catalyne Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Max Farley Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Tony Gerhardi Banjo
Garry McAdams Guitar
Dick McDonough Guica
Frank Pinero Piano
Joe Tarto String Bass
Roy Bargy Piano
Mickey Bloom Trumpet
Fuzzy Farrar Trumpet
Tony Faso Trumpet
Clint Neagley Alto Saxophone
Pete Pumiglio Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Hank Stern Tuba
Herb Weil Drums
Charlie Castaldo Trombone
Arnold Covey Guitar
Forrest Crawford Tenor Saxophone
Carroll Dickerson Violin
Harry Goldfield Trumpet
Jack Hansen Tuba
Charlie Kegley Drums
Matty Malneck Violin
Fulton McGrath Piano
Mike Pingatore Banjo
Jack Purvis Trumpet
Fred Robinson Trombone
Leonard Sims Tenor Saxophone
Charles Strickfaden Oboe, Baritone Saxophone
Harry White Trombone
Johnny Williams Drums, String Bass
Nora Bayes Vocals, Track Performer
Andrew Brown Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Seger Ellis Vocals
Elmer Feldkamp Vocals
Lee Morse Vocals, Track Performer
Harry Raderman Trombone
Donald Voorhees Track Performer
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra Track Performer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Track Performer
Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra Track Performer
Cab Calloway & His Orchestra Track Performer
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Track Performer
Harry James & His Orchestra Track Performer
Jack Teagarden Orchestra Track Performer
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra Track Performer
Paul Whiteman Orchestra Track Performer
Ted Lewis Orchestra Track Performer
Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra Track Performer
Woody Herman & His Orchestra Track Performer
Louis Prima & His Orchestra Track Performer
Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra Track Performer
Kay Kyser & His Orchestra Track Performer
Ray Noble & His Orchestra Track Performer
Frank Froeba & His Swing Band Track Performer
Don Voorhees & His Orchestra Track Performer
Mancy Carr Banjo
Walter Kahn Trumpet
Boyce Cullen Trombone
Harry Freeman Alto Saxophone
Malcolm Crain Trumpet
Wilbur Hall Trombone
Slats Long Clarinet
Charlie Margulis Trumpet
Walter "Foots" Thomas Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mike Trafficante String Bass
Izzy Friedman Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Chet Hazlett Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Red Mayer Flute, Bassoon
Leo McConville Trumpet
Otto Hardwick Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Mario Perry Violin
Bill Trone Mellowphone
Candy Candido String Bass
Bob Effros Trumpet
Fred Morrow Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Lou Shoobe String Bass
Pinky Tomlin Vocals, Track Performer
Carrol Walrond String Bass
Dave Wade Trumpet
Larry Abbott Clarinet
Andy Sannella Soprano Saxophone
Jim Cassidy Trombone
Ben Selvin Orchestra Track Performer
Aunt Jemima Track Performer
Max Terr Piano
Gene Greene Vocals
Pinafores Track Performer
Kate Smith & Her Swanee Music Track Performer
Joe Blue Four Ventui's Track Performer
Walter Huston Vocals
Louis Prima & His New Orleans Gang Track Performer
Raymond Scott Quintette Track Performer
Brad Wellman String Bass
Hymie Farberman Trumpet
Herb Spencer Tenor Saxophone
Clayton Duerr Guitar
Otto "Coco" Heimel Guitar
Lew Cobey Piano
Ward Ley String Bass
Cliff Hill String Bass
Dave Harris Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Lewis Trombone
George Marsh Drums
Phil Gleason Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Prince Charles Director
Will Bradley Director
Cab Calloway Director
Eddy Duchin Director
Benny Goodman Director
Woody Herman Director
Harry James Director
Thad Jones Composer
Kay Kyser Director
Mel Powell Arranger
Slam Stewart Composer
Ralph Burns Arranger
Jimmy McHugh Composer
John Mills Sr. Vocal Effect
Maurice de Abravanel Director
Irving Caesar Composer
Duke Ellington Arranger
Dorothy Fields Composer
John Hammond Producer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Kathryn King Editorial Production
Jack Lawrence Composer
Fud Livingston Arranger
Johnny Marks Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Herbert Mills Vocal Effect
Jack Palmer Composer
David Raksin Composer
Mike Riley Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Eddie Sauter Arranger
Raymond Scott Composer, Director
Ben Selvin Director, Producer
Bob Stephens Producer
Spencer Williams Composer
Victor Young Producer
Bernie Hanighen Producer
Max Farley Arranger
Harry Grey Producer
Justin Ring Producer
Tommy Rockwell Producer
Frank Walker Producer
Russ Columbo Composer
Eddie Farley Composer
Arnold Levine Art Direction
Ed Kirkeby Director, Producer
Moisés Simóns Composer
Janet Boye Art Direction
David Katzenstein Back Cover, Cover Photo
Randall Martin Label Design
Charlie Sarrica Graphic Design
Sandy Lorenzo Marketing
Morty Palitz Producer
Harry Coster Engineer
Rosemary Mulligan Marketing
Harold Adamson Composer
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Jay Gorney Composer
Harry MacGregor Woods Composer
Sam Theard Composer
Al Brackman Producer
Ferde Grofé Arranger
Artie Yeranian Graphic Design
Red Hodgson Composer
Ron Juliano Graphic Design
John Naatjes Tape Research
Judy Thomas Tape Research
Dianne Spoto Shattuck Marketing
Marni Elliott Marketing
Darren Salmieri Copy Coordination
Marguerite Hisen Marketing
Herman Rose Producer
Michelle Kerrigan Marketing
Doug McKeown Marketing
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
Bulee Gaillard Composer
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