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Charleston Era
     

The Charleston Era

 
"The Charleston" was composed by Afro-American Harlem stride piano legend James P. Johnson. He actually wrote about a half-dozen "Charlestons" and must have been amused when one of them became the theme song for an entire decade, guaranteeing him royalty payments for years to come. Living Era's Charleston Era compilation

Overview

"The Charleston" was composed by Afro-American Harlem stride piano legend James P. Johnson. He actually wrote about a half-dozen "Charlestons" and must have been amused when one of them became the theme song for an entire decade, guaranteeing him royalty payments for years to come. Living Era's Charleston Era compilation focuses almost exclusively upon popular music from the 1920s as performed by famous white entertainers in the U.S.A. and England. With the emphasis on popularity among the record-buying, radio-owning public, this parade of period pieces presents a sizable selection of U.S. dance bands (Paul Whiteman, George Olsen, Nat Shilkret, Isham Jones, Nathan Glantz, Art Landry, Johnny Hamp, the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks, Ace Brigode, Ben Bernie, Fred Rich, Victor Young, Leonard Joy, and Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians) and a healthy contingent from Great Britain (Bert Ambrose, Birt Firman, Reg Batten, Carroll Gibbons, and Jack Hylton). Vaudeville is well represented here by Al Jolson, Helen Kane, Nick Lucas, Fred and Adele Astaire (backed by pianist George Gershwin), Paul Whiteman's Rhythm Boys (including a young Bing Crosby), Whispering Jack Smith, and Ukulele Ike. Harlem, the immediate source of the jazz on which all of these white people based their acts, is represented on the last track by Duke Ellington & His Jungle Band, solid as ever if slightly burdened with Dick Robertson, who diligently mouths the words to "Runnin' Wild." A fabulous if sociologically skewed core sample of entertaining music recorded during the years 1924 through 1930.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2000
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625534221
catalogNumber:
5342

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Gershwin   Piano
Fred Astaire   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Jolson   Track Performer
Joe Venuti   Violin
Ambrose   Track Performer
Carroll Gibbons   Track Performer
Nick Lucas   Guitar,Vocals
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards   Track Performer
Leonard Joy   Track Performer
Gene Austin   Track Performer
Harry Barris   Vocals
Ben Bernie   Violin
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks   Track Performer
Duke Ellington   Track Performer
Isham Jones & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Helen Kane   Track Performer
George Olsen   Track Performer
Nat Shilkret & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Fred Rich   Track Performer
Deborah Brown   Vocals
Dick Robertson   Vocals
Savoy Havana Band   Track Performer
Ace Brigode   Track Performer
Fran Frey   Vocals
Johnny Marvin   Vocals
Joe Sanders   Vocals
Whispering Jack Smith   Track Performer
Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians   Track Performer
Paul Whiteman Orchestra   Track Performer
Victor Young & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Nathan Glantz & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Art Landry & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Jungle Band   Track Performer
Rinker   Vocals
Rhythm Boys   Track Performer
Adele Astaire   Track Performer
Johnny Hamp   Track Performer
Victor Orchestra   Track Performer
Reg Batten   Track Performer
Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra   Track Performer
Fourteen Virginians   Track Performer
Bert Firman   Track Performer
Carlton Hotel Dance Orchestra   Track Performer
Kentucky Serenaders   Track Performer
Hotel Astor Orchestra   Track Performer
Whispering Orchestra   Track Performer
New Mayfair Dance Orchestra   Track Performer
Jack Hylton & His Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Arthur Gibbs   Composer
Harry Richman   Composer
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes
Mark Ranshaw   Cover Image
Joe Young   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
Lew Pollack   Composer
Leo Wood   Composer
Joe Grey   Composer

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