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The Phonographic Yearbook: 1920 - Even Water's Getting Weaker

  • 1. I've Got My Captain Working for Me Now - The Orchestra/Al Jolson (Take 2)
    2. Wait Till You Get Them Up in the Air, Boys - The Orchestra/Bill Murray/Billy Murray (Take 3)
    3. Dardanella - Selvin's Novelty Orchestra (Take 3)
    4. Moon Shines on the Moonshine, The - The Orchestra/Bert Williams (Take 3)
    5. Let the Rest of the World Go By - The Orchestra/Elizabeth Spencer/Charles Hart (Take 8)
    6. Love Nest, The - Art Hickman (Take 1)
    7. When My Baby Smiles at Me - Ted Lewis
    8. Left All Alone Again Blues - The Orchestra/Marion Harris (Take 6)
    9. All the Boys Love Mary - The Orchestra/Van (Take 3)
    10. Alice Blue Gown - The Orchestra/Edith Day (Take 6)
    11. Yellow Dog Blues - Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra (Take 1)
    12. Swanee - Al Jolson (Take 2)
    13. Hold Me - Art Hickman & His Orchestra (Take 3)
    14. Prohibition Blues - The Orchestra/Nora Bayes (Take 2)
    15. Whispering - Paul Whiteman & His Ambassador Orchestra (Take 9)
    16. Rose of Washington Square - The Kentucky Serenaders
    17. You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet - The Orchestra/Al Jolson
    18. Love Nest, The - The Orchestra/John Steel
    19. I'll See You in C-U-B-A - The Orchestra/Billy Murray (Take 9)
    20. I'll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time - The Orchestra/Charles Harrison (Take 2)
    21. Tell Me Little Gypsy - Art Hickman (Take 2)
    22. You'd Be Surprised - The Orchestra/Eddie Cantor (Take 2)
    23. St. Louis Blues - The Orchestra/Marion Harris (Take 2)
    24. Chile Bean - Frank Crumit/Paul Biese Trio (Take 1)
    25. Japanese Sandman, The - Paul Whiteman (Take 4)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9001

  • Credits
    ProducerMeagan Hennessey; Richard Martin (Compilation); Meagan Hennessey (Compilation)

    Personnel: Frank Crumit (vocals); Edith Day (soprano); John Steel , Billy Murray, Charles Harrison (tenor); Al Jolson (baritone); Art Hickman (piano).
    Recording information: New York, NY (07/17/1919-08/23/1920).
    In 1919 and 1920, jazz had a major impact on pop culture in the United States -- and that impact is impossible to miss on The Phonographic Yearbook: 1920 - Even Water's Getting Weaker. It isn't as though jazz didn't exist before the late 1910s and early '20s; arguably, jazz started in New Orleans around 1895, when the seminal Dixieland cornetist Buddy Bolden (a big influence on King Oliver and Louis Armstrong) formed his first band. But unfortunately, no recordings of Bolden have survived -- a cylinder that he allegedly recorded in 1898 has never been found -- and the first commercially available jazz recording didn't come until 1917 with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's "Livery Stable Blues." Many of the 1919 and 1920 recordings on this 75-minute CD illustrate jazz's impact on pop culture during that era, including hits by Art Hickman's orchestra ("The Love Nest," "Hold Me," "Tell Me, Little Gypsy"), the Kentucky Serenaders ("Rose of Washington Square"), and Ted Lewis ("When My Baby Smiles at Me"). Nora Bayes' "Prohibition Blues" and Marion Harris' version of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues" are performed in the jazz-influenced classic blues style (as in Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith), and this compilation also contains two of the fox trot instrumental smashes that helped bring about the popularity of dance orchestras: "Dardanella" by Selvin's Novelty Orchestra and Paul Whiteman's "Whispering." Not all of the material is jazz-minded; hits by Billy Murray, Al Jolson, and other 1910s icons exemplify pop singing of the pre-crooner variety. One of the disc's best non-jazz offerings is Charles Harrison's arrangement of "I'll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time," which became much jazzier when the Andrews Sisters got their hands on it in 1940 and when Nat King Cole recorded a great version with Jo Stafford in 1946. From dance orchestras to pre-crooner pop, this compilation gives listeners a rewarding taste of the music that was popular at the start of Prohibition and the Jazz Age. ~ Alex Henderson

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