Complete Hit of the Week Recordings, Vol. 1: 1930

The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings, Vol. 1: 1930

     
 
In 1930, Hit of the Week Recordings were both unique and popular. Made out of cardboard and only playable on one side, they sold for 15 cents. The performances were usually jazz-oriented dance music with the emphasis on melodic readings of the most popular hits of the period. The Archeophone label usually specializes in reissuing pre-'20s recordings, so this

Overview

In 1930, Hit of the Week Recordings were both unique and popular. Made out of cardboard and only playable on one side, they sold for 15 cents. The performances were usually jazz-oriented dance music with the emphasis on melodic readings of the most popular hits of the period. The Archeophone label usually specializes in reissuing pre-'20s recordings, so this double-CD, Complete Hit of the Week Recordings, Vol. 1: 1930, is a rare chance for the company to deal with more "modern" music. The 46 selections on this two-fer have performances by the orchestras of Don Voorhees, Bert Lown, Vincent Lopez, Ben Pollack (with trombonist Jack Teagarden), Jan Garber, and even Duke Ellington ("Sing You Sinners" and "St. James Infirmary"), but are mostly by an "anonymous" group called the Hit of the Week Orchestra. A band of studio players, the group sometimes included trumpeter Bunny Berigan and trombonist Tommy Dorsey, and has short hot solos by those very capable musicians. But more important than individual spots was the chance for the Depression-era audience to acquire inexpensive recordings of such new songs as "Tip-Toe Through the Tulips," "Back in Your Own Backyard," "Get Happy," "I'm Confessin'," "Bye Bye Blues," and other now-obscure numbers. Innovations like the Hit of the Week Recordings series helped to keep the recording industry alive. As is typical of Archeophone productions, the booklet is definitive, the recording quality is superior, and the programming is very logical. The second volume in the series concentrates on the later, five-minute Hit of the Week Recordings of 1931. Lovers of early-'30s dance music, historic jazz, and musical history are well advised to acquire this valuable first volume.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2005
Label:
Archeophone Records
UPC:
0777215107472
catalogNumber:
3002

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Back in Your Own Back Yard
  2. Tip-Toe Through the Tulips With Me
  3. Through
  4. Hello Baby
  5. My Fate Is in Your Hands
  6. My Sweeter Than Sweet
  7. My Sweeter Than Sweet
  8. I'm Following You
  9. Cryin' for the Carolines
  10. There's Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie!
  11. Congratulations
  12. University of Maine Stein Song
  13. With You
  14. University of Maine Stein Song
  15. A Cottage for Sale
  16. Lazy Lou'siana Moon
  17. Sing You Sinners
  18. St. James' Infirmary
  19. Springtime in the Rockies
  20. The Song Without a Name
  21. Give Yourself a Pat on the Back
  22. Mysterious Mose
  23. Song of the Dawn

Disc 2

  1. Get Happy
  2. If I Had a Girl Like You
  3. Across the Breakfast Table
  4. Ro-Ro-Rollin 'Along
  5. Dancing With Tears in My Eyes
  6. Cheer Up Good Times Are Comin'
  7. Anchors Aweigh
  8. Singing a Song to the Stars
  9. Swingin' in a Hammock
  10. You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
  11. Old New England Moon
  12. Just a Little Closer
  13. Confessin' That I Love You
  14. Little White Lies
  15. Here Comes the Sun
  16. Bye Bye Blues
  17. Go Home and Tell Your Mother
  18. I Still Get a Thrill
  19. What's the Use
  20. A Medley of Canadian Songs
  21. Betty Co-Ed
  22. Betty Co-Ed
  23. Souvenir from Phil Spitalny to the Northwestern University

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Jan Garber   Vocals
Johnny Hodges   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Ben Pollack   Vocals
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Ray Bauduc   Drums
Matty Matlock   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Irving Mills   Vocals
Adrian Rollini   Baritone Saxophone,Vibes
Charlie Teagarden   Trumpet
Wellman Braud   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums,Vibes
Edward Bergman   Vocals
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Larry Binyon   Clarinet,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Vic Breidis   Piano
Arnold Brillhardt   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
John Cali   Banjo,Mandolin
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Mac Ceppos   Vocals
Bobby Dixon   Vocals
Duke Ellington   Piano
Tommy Fellini   Guitar
Harry Goodman   Tuba
Fred Guy   Banjo
Freddy Jenkins   Trumpet
Stan King   Drums
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Sherry McGhee   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Juan Tizol   Trombone
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Alex Beller   Vocals
Frank Luther   Vocals
Charlie Butterfield   Trombone,Trumpet
Sam M. Lewis   Trombone
Dick McDonough   Banjo
Joe Tarto   Tuba
Hymie Wolfson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Dick Robertson   Vocals
Chauncey Gray   Piano
Philburn   Trombone
Lew Conrad   Vocals
Ward Lay   String Bass
Smith Ballew   Vocals
Eddie Farley   Trumpet
Elmer Feldkamp   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
George Hamilton Green   Xylophone
Irving Kaufman   Vocals
Frank Munn   Vocals
Frank Novak   Xylophone
Joe Green's Novelty Orchestra   Xylophone
Larry Tice   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Leo McConville   Trumpet
Bill Trone   Trombone,Mellotron
Bill Coty   Vocals
Bob Effros   Trumpet
John Helleberg   Tuba
Tommy Thunen   Trumpet
Phil Wall   Piano
Larry Abbott   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Andy Sannella   Clarinet,Guitar,Alto Saxophone
Norman Yorke   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Frank Cush   Trumpet
Fletcher Hereford   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Mace Irish   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Merrill Kline   Tuba
Hymie Farberman   Trumpet
Joe Meresco   Piano
Harold "Scrappy" Lambert   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jan Garber   Director
Jolson   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Larry Conley   Composer
Duke Ellington   Director
J. Neiburg   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Phil Spitalny   Director
Willard Robison   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Robert Sauer   Composer
Mary Hale Woolsey   Composer
Bert Hirsch   Director
Vincent Lopez & His Casa Lopez Orchestra   Director
Meagan Hennessey   Producer
Joe Primrose   Composer
Jack Meskill   Composer
Hans Koert   Liner Notes
Doug Benson   Liner Notes

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