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The Essential Ted Weems, 1923-1930

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Ted Weems is best known for having the hit "Heartaches" and leading a fine sweet-based big band during the 1930s and '40s that during one period featured the vocals of Perry Como. However, in the 1920s, Weems' orchestra was the definitive dance band, performing everything with a strong jazz flavor and concise solos, yet always being melodic and accessible to a wider audience. This two-CD set expertly sums up Weems' prime jazz period, starting with his 1923 hit version of "Somebody Stole My Gal," followed by nine songs from 1924-1925. The band really found its sound in 1926, and the second disc in this reissue covers Weems' peak period of 1928-1930. Along the way are such ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Ted Weems is best known for having the hit "Heartaches" and leading a fine sweet-based big band during the 1930s and '40s that during one period featured the vocals of Perry Como. However, in the 1920s, Weems' orchestra was the definitive dance band, performing everything with a strong jazz flavor and concise solos, yet always being melodic and accessible to a wider audience. This two-CD set expertly sums up Weems' prime jazz period, starting with his 1923 hit version of "Somebody Stole My Gal," followed by nine songs from 1924-1925. The band really found its sound in 1926, and the second disc in this reissue covers Weems' peak period of 1928-1930. Along the way are such songs as "Big Boy," "Siberia," "She's Got 'It'," "Miss Annabelle Lee," "What a Day" a gem, the hit "Piccolo Pete," "Miss Wonderful," "Harmonica Harry," and "A Girl Friend of a Boy Friend of Mine." None of the soloists best known was clarinetist Don Watt became famous, but their musicianship was high and the vocals of Parker Gibbs and Arthur Jarrett are not difficult to take.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2006
  • Label: Challenge
  • UPC: 608917903423
  • Catalog Number: 79034

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Somebody Stole My Gal (3:02)
  2. 2 Nine O'Clock Sal (3:13)
  3. 3 Blue Rose (2:44)
  4. 4 I'm All Broken Up Over You (3:08)
  5. 5 Big Boy! (2:52)
  6. 6 Savannah (The Georgianna Blues) (2:52)
  7. 7 Red Nose Pete (2:32)
  8. 8 Traveling Blues (An Indigo Wail) (3:02)
  9. 9 If I Ever Cry (You'll Never Know) (2:33)
  10. 10 Siberia (3:13)
  11. 11 Oh! If I Only Had You (3:06)
  12. 12 She Belongs to Me (2:46)
  13. 13 My Cutey's Due at Two To-Two To-Day (2:34)
  14. 14 That's My Girl (2:51)
  15. 15 I'm Going to Park Myself in Your Arms (3:00)
  16. 16 Chick, Chick, Chick, Chick, Chicken (Lay a Little Egg for Me) (2:41)
  17. 17 She's Got "It" (2:40)
  18. 18 Miss Annabelle Lee (Who's Wonderful, Who's Marvellous) (2:53)
  19. 19 Marvellous (2:40)
  20. 20 She'll Never Find a Fellow Like Me (2:49)
  21. 21 From Saturday Night 'Till Monday Morning (2:50)
  22. 22 Cobble Stones (2:40)
  23. 23 Everybody Loves My Girl (2:38)
  24. 24 He's Tall and Dark and Handsome (2:51)
  25. 25 Nothin' on My Mind (But the Moonlight, And the Starlight and You) (3:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Who Wouldn't Be Blue? (2:56)
  2. 2 You're Just a Great Big Baby Doll (2:51)
  3. 3 If You Want the Rainbow (You Must Have the Rain) (2:57)
  4. 4 Come on, Baby! (3:07)
  5. 5 Found You "Out" When I Found You "In" Somebody Else's Arms (2:55)
  6. 6 You're the Cream in My Coffee (3:04)
  7. 7 Me and the Man in the Room (3:02)
  8. 8 My Troubles Are Over (3:09)
  9. 9 Sophomore Prom (2:52)
  10. 10 I Don't Want Your Kisses (If I Can't Have Your Love) (2:50)
  11. 11 Good Morning, Good Evening, Good Night (3:12)
  12. 12 What a Day! (3:09)
  13. 13 Piccolo Pete (2:59)
  14. 14 Miss Wonderful (2:57)
  15. 15 Remarkable Girl (3:08)
  16. 16 Harmonica Harry (3:04)
  17. 17 The Man from the South (With a Big Cigar in His Mouth) (2:39)
  18. 18 Talk of the Town (3:12)
  19. 19 Collegiate Love (2:45)
  20. 20 Mysterious Mose (3:02)
  21. 21 Slappin' the Bass (3:03)
  22. 22 Washing My Dishes (With My Sweetie) (2:41)
  23. 23 Sing (A Happy Little Thing) (3:12)
  24. 24 You Never Did That Before (3:05)
  25. 25 A Girl Friend of a Boy Friend of Mine (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ted Weems Primary Artist, Trombone, Leader
George Braith Bass Saxophone
Mark Fisher Banjo
Joe Country Washburne Tuba, Vocals, Bowed Bass, String Bass
Harry Turner Trombone
Art Jarrett Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Don Watt Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Parker Gibbs Vocals
Charles Gaylord Violin
Dick Cunliffe Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Goofus, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, C-Melody Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Peck Horn
Dudley Fosdick Mellophonium
Sam Oliver Bowed Bass
Weston Vaughan Banjo
Carl Workman Trombone
Thales Taylor Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, C-Melody Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Dewey Bergman Piano
Art Weems Trumpet, Vocals
Bill Comfort Banjo, Vocals
Carl Agee Trumpet
Reuel Kenyon Piano
Thomas Parker Gibbs Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, C-Melody Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Francis Buggy Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Technical Credits
Oscar Levant Composer
Ted Weems Director
Andy Razaf Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Pete Beilmann Corrections
Rube Bloom Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Chester Cohn Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Peter Dixon Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Cliff Friend Composer
Jesse Greer Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Raymond Klages Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Walter O'Keefe Composer
Paul Van Loan Composer
Harry Archer Composer
Lou Gold Composer
Brian Rust Liner Notes
Wim Both Original Material
Charles Tobias Composer
Joe Young Composer
Harry Coster Original Material
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Harry Link Composer
Sidney Clare Composer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Benny Davis Composer
Paul Denniker Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
L. Wolfe Gilbert Composer
Lou Handman Composer
James V. Monaco Composer
Lew Pollack Composer
Abner Silver Composer
Leo Wood Composer
Maurice Abrahams Composer
Phil Baxter Composer
Dewey Bergman Arranger, Composer
May Singhi Breen Composer
Martin Broones Composer
Alfred Bryan Composer
Walter Doyle Composer
Max Freedman Composer
David Ringle Composer
Albert Von Tilzer Composer
Arthur Coleman Composer
Perry Alexander Composer
Ben Russell Composer
Tom Neely Composer
Phil Ponce Composer
Fred Phillips Composer
Archie Gottler Composer
Irving King Composer
Edward Ward Composer
Bobby Heath Composer
Joe Murphy Composer
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