This Saturday Joe Bev presents 78 RPM Jazz with a Sense of Humor: "Follow the Bouncing Ball", including:
"The Sidewalks Of New York" - The Nat Shilkret Orchestra (1928)
"I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" - Nick Lucas (1927)
"It Had to Be You" - Isham Jones (1924)
"Baby Face" - Jan Garber (1926)
"As Time Goes By" - The Columbians / Freddie Rich Orchestra (1920s)
"Moonlight and Shadows" - Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (1936)
"Sing Song Girl" - Bob Haring's Colonial Club Orchestra (1930)
"Honolulu Baby" - Weintraub's Syncopators (1936)
"Managua, Nicaragua" - Guy Lombardo's Orchestra (1946) "Ac-Cent-Tchu-
"Dem Bones, Dry Bones" - The Delta Rhythm Boys (1930s)
"Well, Git It!" - Glen Grey & the Casa Loma Orchestra (1930s)
"Sidewalks Of New York" was written in 1894 by lyricist James W. Blake and vaudeville actor and composer Charles B. Lawlor in 1894. The song proved successful afterwards, and is often considered a theme for New York City. Many artists, including Mel Tormé, Duke Ellington, Larry Groce and The Grateful Dead, have performed this song. Governor Al Smith of New York used it as a theme song for his failed presidential campaign in 1928. The song is also known under the title "East Side, West Side" from the first words of the chorus.
Nick Lucas born Dominic Nicholas Anthony Lucanese was an American singer and pioneer jazz guitarist, remembered as "the grandfather of the jazz guitar", whose peak of popularity lasted from the mid-1920s to the early 1930s.In 1922, at the age of 25, he gained renown with his hit renditions of "Picking the Guitar" and "Teasing the Frets" for Pathe Records. In 1923, the Gibson Guitars proposed to build him a concert guitar with an extra deep body. Known as the "Nick Lucas Special," it has been a popular model with guitarists since. In the same year, he began a successful career in recording phonograph records for Brunswick and remained one of their exclusive artists until 1932. By the late 1920s, Lucas had become well known as "The Crooning Troubadour" due to the success of the recordings he made for Brunswick Records. In 1929, he co-starred in the Warner Brothers Technicolor musical, Gold Diggers of Broadway, in which he introduced the two hit songs "Painting the Clouds with Sunshine" and "Tiptoe Through the Tulips".
"It Had to Be You" is a popular song written by Isham Jones, with lyrics by Gus Kahn, and was first published in 1924. The song was performed by Priscilla Lane in the 1939 film The Roaring Twenties and by Danny Thomas in the 1951 film I'll See You in My Dreams. The latter film was based loosely upon the lives of Gus Kahn and his wife Grace LeBoy Kahn. It was also performed by Dooley Wilson in the 1942 film Casablanca, Betty Hutton in the 1945 film Incendiary Blonde, and by Diane Keaton in the 1977 film Annie Hall. It was also performed in the film A League of Their Own by Megan Cavanagh.
"Baby Face" is a popular song written by Harry Akst, the lyrics by Benny Davis. The song was published in 1926. That same year, Jan Garber had a number one hit with the song. It was covered by many recording artists of the time (and since then), including Al Jolson and The Revelers. The Buffalodians did a version in 1926 with Harold Arlen on piano. In 1943, an instrumental version appears in the Tom and Jerry short "Baby Puss".In 1958, Little Richard peaked at number twelve on the R&B chart and number forty-one on the pop chart with his version of the song.In 1962, American singer Bobby Darin recorded a version as a single. In late-1975, disco studio group Wing and a Prayer Fife and Drum Corps recorded a disco version of the song where it peaked at number two for two weeks on the disco chart.This version also went to number thirty-two on the soul chart and number fourteen on the Hot 100 during the winter of 1976
"As Time Goes By" is a song written by Herman Hupfeld in 1931. It became most famous in 1942 when it was sung by the character Sam (Dooley Wilson) in the movie Casablanca. The song was voted No. 2 on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs special, commemorating the best songs in film. It was used as a fanfare for Warner Bros. Pictures since 1998.
The Columbians is a nick of the famous Freddie Rich Orchestra. Smith Ballew, born in 1901 in Texas, was one of the first row crooners of the turn of 1920/30s. He sung for most of the leading orchestras (Leo Reisman, Ben Selvin, Sam Lanin, The Dorsey Brothers, Joe Venuti, Frankie Trumbauer, Ben Pollack) and record labels in New York. After the Great Depression he established his own dance band and since 1936 became famous also as a "singing cowboy" for 20th Century Fox B 'western' movies. The rest of the actors of this clip need not to be introduced.
Dem Bones, Dry Bones or Dem Dry Bones is a traditional spiritual song. The melody was written by African-American author and songwriter James Weldon Johnson.
The Delta Rhythm Boys were an American vocal group active for over 50 years in the 20th century. The group was first formed at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma in 1934 by Elmaurice Miller, Traverse Crawford, Essie Joseph Adkins and Otha Lee Gaines. In 1936 they moved to Dillard University in New Orleans, where they worked under Frederick Hall[disambiguation needed] under the names New Orleans Quintet and Frederick Hall Quintet. Clinton Holland (soon replaced by Carl Jones) and Kelsey Pharr (replaced by Hugh Bryant in 1962) replaced Miller and Adkins. Rene DeKnight became their pianist. Peter O'Toole sings the song in the 1972 film, The Ruling Class. The song "Dry Bones" was also featured as the second track on the Rain Man movie soundtrack.
Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) has been producing radio in many genres since 1971 when he was 12. At 19 in 1980, Bev became the youngest person to produce a radio show for public radio. He co-hosted The Jazz Show with Garret Gega in the early 80s, a four hour a week mix classic jazz and comedy. Bev also worked for WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ and produced documentaries for WNYC New York Public Radio on jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton.
Bev also produces, directs, writes and voices half of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, which is has been highest rated radio show on Cult Radio A-Go-Go! for many weeks. Joe Bev's other weekly radio show, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour debuted at #2.
Ten weeks ago, the veteran voice actor added his third hour for Cult Radio, called The Joe Bev Experience which airs right after The Jazz-O-Rama Hour.
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