Yes Sir That's My Baby: The Golden Years of Tin Pan Alley

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
It is a given that popular music is big business. This was not always the case, of course, and the roots of the current economic model can be found in the 1920s, when commercial recordings and the machinery needed to play them had recently become readily available to a newly affluent and youth-oriented American culture, and vaudeville and cabaret shows fueled huge sales of sheet music and player-piano rolls. Songs that have since passed beyond the status of classic and into the realm of cliché -- think of "April Showers," "My Blue Heaven," and "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" -- were written during this period and were performed and recorded by singers whose names have likewise ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
It is a given that popular music is big business. This was not always the case, of course, and the roots of the current economic model can be found in the 1920s, when commercial recordings and the machinery needed to play them had recently become readily available to a newly affluent and youth-oriented American culture, and vaudeville and cabaret shows fueled huge sales of sheet music and player-piano rolls. Songs that have since passed beyond the status of classic and into the realm of cliché -- think of "April Showers," "My Blue Heaven," and "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" -- were written during this period and were performed and recorded by singers whose names have likewise become cultural signifiers more than pop music referents: this was the era of Al Jolson, Rudy Vallée, and John McCormack. Many of them are represented in this wonderful collection, which includes Jolson's almost laughably bathetic "April Showers," a brilliant rendition of the Fats Waller classic "Ain't Misbehavin'" by Louis Armstrong, and Jack Smith's unintentionally hilarious "Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya, Huh?." This is one of those rare records that functions equally well as a genuine amusement and as a history lesson. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • Label: New World Records
  • UPC: 093228027928
  • Catalog Number: 80279
  • Sales rank: 296,831

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Whispering - Paul Whiteman (2:55)
  2. 2 April Showers (3:07)
  3. 3 Collegiate - Fred Waring (3:04)
  4. 4 Dinah (3:20)
  5. 5 A Good Man Is Hard to Find - Ted Lewis (2:49)
  6. 6 Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya, Huh? - Jack Smith (3:14)
  7. 7 'Deed I Do (2:50)
  8. 8 There'll Be Some Changes Made (3:02)
  9. 9 Sunday - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (3:02)
  10. 10 Yes Sir, That's My Baby (2:37)
  11. 11 Mississippi Mud - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (3:39)
  12. 12 My Blue Heaven (3:38)
  13. 13 Deep Night - Rudy Vallée (3:25)
  14. 14 Ain't Misbehavin' - Louis Armstrong (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Jolson Vocals
Ethel Waters Vocals
Red Nichols Cornet
Miff Mole Trombone
Ruth Etting Vocals
Sophie Tucker Vocals
Gene Austin Vocals
Vic Berton Drums
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Arthur Schutt Piano
Dick McDonough Banjo
Blossom Seeley Vocals
Ted Shapiro Piano
Phil Ellis Piano
Technical Credits
Nick Drake Composer
John Dildine Engineer
Nat Shapiro Liner Notes, Program Consultant
Lee Hulko Mastering
Chester Conn Composer
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