Bruce RAEBURN Born in Buffalo, NY. Sometimes billed as Bart Raeburn. Appeared at the Carousel in New York City in June of 1945 and the Hotel Sheraton in October. His main gig was at New York’s Monkey Bar where he replaced Johnny Payne and resided from 1944 through the early 1950’s. -with piano, guitar and string bass accomp. New York City, 1947. The Mailman With the Longest Route in Town BANG P500 A The Mating Call (Jane Douglas, Allen Laird) BANG P500 B Little Hotel (For Screwy People) BANG P501 A (P500 xx'd out in wax) Cowboy Song (Snake in the Grass) BANG P501 B Hilda Was a Damm'd Good Cook BANG P502 A -as “Hilda's a good cook” WHIZ unnumbered (EMP 52) (G) She Was Shot in Her Box (At the Opera) (Tony Saylor, Bruce Raeburn) BANG P502 B -as “Shot in her opera box “ WHIZ unnumbered (EMP 51) (G) Reta RAY Born in Cleburne TX June 19, 1909. Began her career as a radio singer at WEAP in Fort Worth. Inspired by Nan Blakstone’s success she turned to a spicier repertoire and seemed poised for major success until she quit show business to get married. Later opened a popular club in Hawaii. Died July 9, 2006. -Reta Ray accompanied by the Aristocrats, Los Angeles, Dec. 21, 1948. Bert The Jerk From Albuquerque (Reta Ray) Coast Records 8046 That's The Way He Does It Coast Records 8046 -Reta Ray The Naughty Nightingale. Blue labels are generally unnumbered, red labels show master numbers. With own piano acc., ca 1949. (A-9048R) Hot Rod RETA RAY PARTY RECORD RR-G1 (A-9049RR) Can't Say No To a Man RETA RAY PARTY RECORD RR-G2 (A-9067) Sniffing Song RETA RAY PARTY RECORD unnumbered -same. (A-9602) Chinese Women RETA RAY PARTY RECORD unnumbered (A-9603) "Street of Regret" RETA RAY PARTY RECORD unnumbered Note: above is a straight torch song. (A-9604) Mr. Babbit RETA RAY PARTY RECORD unnumbered (A-9605) Abie Is an Indian Now RETA RAY PARTY RECORD unnumbered (A-9606) Stinkin' at the Savoy [Walter Donaldson] RETA RAY PARTY RECORD unnumbered, PAR-DEE NF-1-A (A-9608) Rum and Coke RETA RAY PARTYRECORD unnumbered - Los Angeles ca. 1951. (A-11048) "They Can't Make a Lady Out of Me" RETA RAY PARTY RECORD unnumbered --Reta Ray accomp. by own piano. Circa 1951 unnumbered mail order sets in cardboard carrier. These were available as both conventional 10-inch 78’s and as 8-inch vinylite pressings. Record numbering follows no comprehensible system and sides are grouped as issued. Despite the similarity of titles with previous entries, all known releases on Par-Dee are new recordings except "Stinkin' at the Savoy" above coupled with: Can't Say No To a Man PAR-DEE NF-2-A
Chinese Women PAR-DEE NF-1-B Hot Rod PAR-DEE NF-2-B
I'm Just A Bad Girl PAR-DEE NF-1-C Telephone Blues PAR-DEE NF-3-A
They Can't Make a Lady Out of Me [Jaffe-Tobias] PAR-DEE NF-3-B Some copies coupled with: --with piano, violin, electric guitar, & bass. Bert the Jerk PAR-DEE NF-4-A Others with: Latin Love Is Not For Me PAR-DEE NF-2-C (RR-10-B)
Woman On The Couch PAR-DEE NF-5-B I Hate TV PAR-DEE NF-4-B
Why Should A Girl Say No PAR-DEE NF-6-B No Help Wanted PAR-DEE NF-6-C
Mr Babbit PAR-DEE NF-6-F The Sniffing Song PAR-DEE NF-6-E
-with Al DePaulis Orch. Rum And Coke PAR-DEE NF-6-D Sort Of In Between PAR-DEE NF-6-A John Charles RAYMOND (Jack Raynor) --Hollywood, 1942. (BS 064038-1) We're Very Fussy on the Radio STANDIRT PRODUCTION unnumbered --Jack Raynor, Toronto ca. 1947. (MRC 742) Freckle Song Monogram 145, AMBER unnumbered (MRC 743) You Can't Fool the Boys Behind the Desk Monogram 145, AMBER unnumbered Note: Monogram was a major label in Canada. Andy RAZAF Born Andrea Paul Razafkeriefo in Washington, DC. Dec. 16, 1895. One of the foremost black lyricists, his collaborations with Fats Waller and others dominated the early swing era. His risqué efforts enriched the blues catalogs of the 1920's and 1930's. His specialty material was recorded by Gladys Bentley, Cleo Brown, Ben Light and many others. Died Feb. 3, 1973 in North Hollywood, CA.
The vocal and piano style of the following anonymous performances strongly suggest Razaf performing his own composition: --vocal with piano, ca. early 1940's. If You Can't Get Five Take Two PARTY TIME No. 11 (HR 108; 112) –possibly from the same session. Keep Your Nose Out of Mama's Business TNT unnumbered, *** unnumbered [b/w "Radio Papa"] RED PEPPER BOYS -Probably the same group as the Seaside Ramblers. Hollywood, 1936. (C-1004) It's a Mean Looking Thing PARADISE PLATTERS unnumbered, HOLLYWOOD HOT SHOTS 367-A Jud REES Judson Rees was the stage name of Edward Jarvis, born in Hollywood. Started working professionally at the age of five in 1914. Extensive radio and television work including "Miracle on 34th Street." Performed in the show "Lost in the Stars" which premiered Oct. 30, 1949. --New York City, American Record Corp. studios July 24, 1934. (P15443-1) The King's a Queen at Heart (Rees) LIBERTY MUSIC SHOP L-164 (P15444-1) Flossie the Frog (Rees) LIBERTY MUSIC SHOP L-164 Chic ROBERTS Happy Yussel the platter spinner Part 1 & 2 HILARITY RECORDS HR 1A/B Baseball Game HILARITY RECORDS HR 2A Subway Ride HILARITY RECORDS HR 2B Dick ROBERTSON --and his Orchestra Dick Robertson, vocal. Ordinarily Decca popular series recordings were released in Canada in lockstep by the Compo Co. but someone in the organization took exception to this one, thus the one and only release on the National Record Co. label. For background on the tune see Johnny Messner. --with orch. including Frank Froeba, piano. New York City, Dec. 5, 1939. (66931-A) She had to go and lose it at the Astor (Doe-Doaques) Decca 2920 (66931-B) She had to go and lose it at the Astor (Doe-Doaques) National Record Co. 1 (Canada) Smokey ROGERS Born Eugene Rogers Mar. 23, 1917, he composed "Gone" performed by Ferlin Husky in 1952 and "My Chickashay Gal" popularized by Roy Rogers (no relation). Later recorded for 4 Star and Capitol. Rogers hosted a local TV show in San Diego and was last known to be running a pro music shop in El Cajon, CA. The politically incorrect “Sui Sin Fa” was recorded for Coral in the early 1950’s. --Anonymous, ca. 1947. possibly Joaquin Murphey on lap steel guitar. (DS-1) I Used To Work in Chicago *** unnumbered --above reported coupled with either one of the following recordings: (DS-2) When My Sunshine Goes Walking *** unnumbered (SR-3) Sui Sin Fa *** unnumbered Dorothy ROSS Born 1912- Real name Dorothy Roseblum died June 8, 1953 at the tender age of 49. A singer-pianist who appeared at the George Washington Hotel in New York City in 1942, she was associated with Eddie Cantor and George Olsen and was Paul Whiteman's personal secretary. Not to be confused with famous theatrical publicist of the same name. --New York City early 1940's mass-produced instantaneous discs. Willie Part 1 & 2 DOROTHY ROSS unnumbered Down Near the Navy Yard DOROTHY ROSS unnumbered Very Nice Girl/I'll Get Up DOROTHY ROSS unnumbered --New York City, mid-1940's. Sides are consecutively numbered. Men GALA 3551R That I Gotta See GALA 3552R Ain't Sin In Trinidad GALA 3553R That's Society GALA 3554R So You're the Guy I Left My Husband For (Evelyn Love Cooper-Frank Warren) GALA 3555R Do You Good and Help You Too GALA 3556R RUFF And REDDY --Hollywood, early 1937. All issues anonymous except original Hot Shots. (NRD 479) Tom and Jerry In Honolulu HOLLYWOOD HOT SHOTS 387 -as “Tom and Jerry” GOOD-HUMOR 3B, *** unnumbered (T-J) -later dubs retitled "In Hawaii” HIGH SOCIETY 509 A, NOVELTY 108A, *** unnumbered -later dub retitled "Honolulu” FRIVOLITY FR 1-A (NRD 480) Feelem Hotel HOLLYWOOD HOT SHOTS 388, GOOD HUMOR 6A -later dubs retitled "Grand Hotel" HIGH SOCIETY 510-B (BP), PARTY RECORD 507, PARTY PLATTERS 310-A, ***unnumbered (310A), *** unnumbered (17) (NRD 481) Stingy Girl HOLLYWOOD HOT SHOTS 389, LAFF RECORDS 13A -anonymous dubs retitled "Hard To Get” HIGH SOCIETY 502 A, *** 503 -anonymous dub retitled "He Couldn't Get It” PARTY PLATTERS 302-B (NRD 482) Hollywood Nite Court HOLLYWOOD HOT SHOTS 390, GOOD-HUMOR unnumbered Side No. 695, GOOD-HUMOR 12-A, PARTY NOVELTY'S 12-A, KICKS unnumbered (G-9), *** unnumbered -anonymous dubs retitled "Disorder in the Court" BURLESQUE 16-A, NOVELTY RECORDS NOV-19A Nipsey RUSSELL Born in Alabama in 1920. A performer since the age of seven, when Eddie Heywood, Sr. put him in one of his Atlanta shows. He managed to acquire a B.A. in English and rose to the rank of Captain during World War II. A fixture at the Baby Grand in Harlem since 1948. He toured with Billy Eckstein and appeared on the bill with Charlie Parker at the Apollo Theater in April, 1951. His literate chiding of racial inequality earned him great popularity on TV during the 1960's.--New York City ca. 1949. (BL5) School Days BORDERLINE B-103 Harry RYAN A vaudevillian song and dance man who worked as a straight man in Burlesque. Appeared at the Old Howard Theatre in Boston in 1950. Became M.C and comedian and toured with "This Was Burlesque" in 1965. -- and Co. New York City. Automobile Salesman BURLESQUE unnumbered (FL 17-3) Nuts & Cherries BURLESQUE unnumbered (FL 17-4), KICKS 34-A, *** unnumbered (62001A), *** unnumbered North Pole BURLESQUE 18 Honolulu BURLESQUE 18 John RYAN Real name Joe Rines, born Oct. 1, 1902 in Boston, MA. A society bandleader and commercial jingle composer, in the 1930's he recorded for Victor and Brunswick under his real name. A particularly risqué coupling is Victor 24155 Taboo, Taboo and My Love's a Country Girl (I Guess I'll Have To Marry Her). Several of his indigo Varsity sides migrated to party labels in the late 1940's and 50's and his entire Varsity output is listed here. He recorded as Ryan for Victor after World War II. --John Ryan with orchestra (incl. Irving Riskin on piano, and sometimes Willie Kelly, trumpet and vibraphonist Terry Snyder), New New York City, late Feb., 1940. (Issues on Kicks, Risqué and High Society are anonymous dubs.) (US 1434-1) She Tried It Last Night (Dawson-Donez-Dupree) Varsity 8229, JOHN RYAN RECORD 301, TOP HAT RECORDS 1004 A, RISQUE R-16A (US 1434-2) She Tried It Last Night Varsity 8229 --New York City, ca. July, 1940. (US 1823-1) Have You Heard What Happened To Susie (John Ryan) Varsity 8367, JOHN RYAN RECORD 302 (US 1824-1) The Hope Song (John Ryan)Varsity 8367, JOHN RYAN RECORD 302 --New York City, ca. Aug., 1940. (US 1893-1) I Wish I Were a Fairy (John Ryan) Varsity 8395, TOP HAT RECORDS 1005-A, HIGH SOCIETY 515 (US 1894-1) The Wave Song (Dawson-Donez-Ryan) Varsity 8395, TOP HAT RECORDS 1003-A, HIGH SOCIETY 516-A, KICKS 20-A, RISQUÉ R-16B --New York City, ca. late Sept. 1940. (US 1917-1) The Mustache Song Varsity 8413, TOP HAT RECORDS 1006-A, KICKS 19-B (US 1919-1) The Quiz Song Varsity 8413, TOP HAT RECORDS 1007-A *Note: US 1918 is untraced. Several U. S. R. C. recordings (not just risqué items) were manufactured with white test pressing labels and sold to jukebox operators. While less common than other issues, these should not be regarded as great rarities. When the John Ryan Records were produced, matrix numbers on each stamper had to be obliterated individually and some are still legible.