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Skinner’s Romancers - Pgm 3

September 28th, 2010

A couple of weeks back, we heard program 2 in this series of "hot jazz" done by an unidentified band and vocalists.  Sponsored by William Skinner & Sonds, a textile company specializing in silks, the show appears to have been syndicated around 1931.

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A astute listener noted in the comments for the show that two of the recordings featured on that program were actually commercial Columbia releases by Ben Selvin featuring Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.  So this was one of those shows assembled for a sponsor - a way to play records on the radio without actually saying they were "pho-no-graph re-cords", as per FCC instructions.

Program 3 of the series includes "You Got to Bend Down Sister" from the movie "Palmy Days", "Penny for Your Thoughts", and "You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)".  And, as usual, our mellow-toned early 30's announcer tells us all about the advantages of making your own clothing with Skinner fabrics.

The show was transferred from original single-sided Columbia Sound-on-Disc Division shellac transcription, matrix number 305130.  There's a "W" in circle just before matrix number, probably indicating that it was recorded on Western Electric equipment.

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  • Zorchman

    Unfortunately, I can’t download or open this show…

    Ben Selvin recorded a good “Bend Down, Sister” with a decent Goodman solo…I’m guessing that this program contains that recoed…but until I actually hear the show, I can’t be sure.

    Oct 19, 2010 at 8:43 am
  • Dave Dawes

    1st Title - BEND DOWN SISTER (vDR) by ROY CARROLL’S SAND POINT ORCH … 1397-H; Artist: ROY CARROLL’S SAND POINT ORCH; Tune: BEND DOWN SISTER (vDR); MX: 351138=2; Xref: VE2480; Ctrl: 405115; Date: 11/27/31 …

    2nd Title - WHAT ARE YOU THINKIN’ ABOUT BABY (vDR) by LLOYD KEATING’S ORCH (SELVIN) … LLOYD KEATING’S ORCH (SELVIN); Tune: WHAT ARE YOU THINKIN’ ABOUT BABY (vDR); MX: W351084=2; Xref: HA1367; Date: 8/18/31 …

    3rd Title - YOU CALL IT MADNESS (vSB) by SMITH BALLEW & HIS ORCH … Label: 3210A; Artist: SMITH BALLEW & HIS ORCH; Tune: YOU CALL IT MADNESS (vSB); MX: C1490=2; Xref: BD1488; Date: 09/??/31; Comp: …

    4th Title - SLOW BUT SURE (vDR) by THE KNICKERBOCKERS (SELVIN) … Label: 2502D; Artist: THE KNICKERBOCKERS (SELVIN); Tune: SLOW BUT SURE (vDR); MX: W151694; Date: 7/21/31 …

    Jan 5, 2011 at 3:36 am
  • John Leifert

    1st title is actually Columbia 2575-D, Selvin’s COLUMBIA version (rather than the Harmony). Rust did not identify the vocalist and he’s a mystery to me, but I believe that info is now in the new Columbia Master Book and new American Dance Band Discography.

    Vocalist on track 2 is not Dick Robertson, but rather one Jerry Solow (who later changed his surname to “Baker” and can be heard doing vocal refrains on Crown dance band sides around 1933). There are many errors in Rust re Selvin vocalists in the 1931 period, and this was one of them.

    Otherwise everything is as Dave Dawes mentioned. Thanks for posting!

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm