A vocalist of the prim and proper school. --with piano ca. early 1950's. Oh Doctor (Hazel Acker) JOY z10 A Oh What a Dream (Hazel Acker) JOY z10 B What a Beach (Hazel Acker) JOY z11 A Duck Soup (Hazel Acker) JOY z11 B French Fit (Hazel Acker) JOY z12 A Advice To the Bride (Hazel Acker) JOY z12 B Note: some copies read "Advise..."]
--The Johnny Allen Quintette with novelty vocal. (S2) Keep Looking Down (McKelvy-Williams) BILTMOR 2302A (S-102) (S3) She's Just a Girl Who Can't Say "No"! (Eric Walter) BILTMOR 2302B (S-103)
An African-American singer and pianist born in South Bend, IN. Former G.I. who recorded in Japan for the American troops. This album would have been the ideal sound track for the motion picture MASH. Album titled Clown Prince of the Keys; Golden Gate Club-Tokyo with Danny Labaya; Guitar: Pena, Bass: Andico --Japan, ca. 1953-4. (P4455-3) Maybe NIPPON COLUMBIA PR 1389 (P4456-2) Damned Ole Liar (Larry Allen) [parody of "Jambalaya"] NIPPON COLUMBIA PR 1388-1 (P4457-2) Ball of Fire (Lyrics by Gayda) [parody of "Kiss of Fire"] NIPPON COLUMBIA PR 1390-2 (P4458-2) Jezebel NIPPON COLUMBIA PR 1391-2 --with Guitar: Pena, Bass: Andico (P4459-2) Christine (Larry Allen) NIPPON COLUMBIA PR 1389 (P4460-2) Shimbashi Woman (Lyrics by Gayda) [parody of "Saint Louis Blues"] NIPPON COLUMBIA PR 1390-1 (P4461-2) The Wives' Tales (Lyrics by Gayda) NIPPON COLUMBIA PR 1391-1 (P4462-2) Lonesome Gal (Music & lyrics by Larry Allen) NIPPON COLUMBIA PR 1388-2 The Japanese were fairly restrictive when it came to domestic releases but these were intended for sale to American servicemen, so what the Hell. It has been suggested that Gayda might be read in Japanese as “I'm a G.I.”
--and Orchestra, Hollywood, 1936. (A 200) Roaming Lady TORCHIES FROM HOLLYWOOD unnumbered
The ARKANSAS TRAVELER
This orator introduces himself as “The Arkansas Traveler” on Signifying Monkey. In his book Pissing in the Snow and Other Ozark Folktales, Vance Randolph collected “Senator Johnson’s Great Speech” recited by one H. A. Converse in Little Rock, AR. It is noted that the gentleman had a manuscript copy in hand but delivered the speech from memory. Whether it is he or some other “razorback” on these records is not known but the recording of Mr. Speaker is very similar to the published speech of the mythical senator. It has been conjectured that this was a satire written by Samuel Clemens upon the occasion of the Arkansas legislature’s establishment of the official pronunciation of the state’s name in 1881. Arkans-ASS seems to have lost out in the early balloting ; as a consolation Mr. Buttbuster’s Complaint is recommended. -Monolog ca. 1945-6. All known issues are anonymous. Mr. Speaker ZEST unnumbered, LD unnumbered (102-A) (135), *** unnumbered (15), *** PL 102-B (PL-102-B) -as The Speaker OFF THE RECORD unnumbered (305), JOY 619, *** unnumbered (305) -as Speaker *** unnumbered (128) (PL 102-B), *** unnumbered (2073 P.P) (NX1-2) -Monolog. Mr. Buttbuster’s Troubles Part 1 *** PL 106-A Mr. Buttbuster’s Troubles Part 2 *** PL 106-B -with guitar accomp. Signifying Monkey Part 1 *** PL 107-A Signifying Monkey Part 2 *** PL 107-B
This is an unidentified female impersonator who appears on one side in an album otherwise devoted to Mae West. Men Mezzotone?
First name Ovron, born September 29, 1907. Starting out as a Jimmie Rodgers sound-alike, he went on to become one of the best known singing cowboys. Early in his career Autry certainly recorded suggestive songs in the Jimmie Davis mold like "Do Daddy Right Blues." He claimed to have written "You are My Sunshine" but did not. He never claimed the following but one listen will convince most collectors. -- Chicago, ca. 1932. (TO?) Bye Bye Cherry/Frankie and Johnny American Record Corp. Test Only Note: These two cuts were probably recorded separately in Chicago then dubbed together onto one matrix in New York. There is no reference to this recording in any extant files, there are no gaps in the TO matrix series where it might reasonably fit nor do the known pressings bear a legible matrix number. “...Cherry” is a parody of “Bye Bye Blackbird” with stanzas like “Put your ass against the wall/Here I come balls and all...” Whether this was actually distributed in some quantity or manufactured strictly for the amusement of record executives is still the subject of debate but there was a considerable amount of effort invested in creating this record and more than one copy is extant.
Vocalist and pianist who ran a large club called Bud Averill's Airport at 674 S. Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles in the 1930's. He played the Theremin in the Airport’s Paradise Café and later recorded an album of Stephen Foster songs for Tech-Art records. He had a bit part in the movie “The Devil's Mask” (1946) as well as soundies. Died in 1957 --and his Swing Band, Hollywood, Recordings, Inc. Studio ca. Fall 1936. (3896) Two Old Maids In a Folding Bed RACY RECORDS HS 418 (C4466), *** unnumbered (3896), HOLLYWOOD HOT SHOTS 316 A (HS 418) --and his Orch. (3906) The Girl From Atlantic City RACY RECORDS HS 416, HOLLYWOOD HOT SHOTS unnumbered (HS 416), *** unnumbered (3906) “The Girl From Atlantic City” (a.k.a. “She Swims Like a Duck”) was among the most successful of the 1930's party records. This and the Ben Light version continued to be pressed in jukebox format with the same matrix on both sides of the disc long after other Hollywood Hot Shots tunes were dispersed to the standard commercial format.