Anyhooooo...I said I'd post a couple of selections that I thought he'd like. I hope you do too.
Here is one of the few classical 78s I've kept...it's still a favorite. It's by Soprano Bidu Sayão with eight cellos (solo by Leonard Rose) ...from what I've been able to find on the web, Villa-Lobos originally scored his Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for violin and eight 'cellos, but Sayão suggested to Villa-Lobos that she sing the violin part, without words, and with humming on the last chorus. Though he was reluctant, he agreed to try it, and the crew assembled at a recording studio. According to Sayão, she and the cellos did the piece once and Villa-Lobos decided the result did not require a second take. (info borrowed from http://www.bassocantante.com/opera/sayao.html)
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 - Bidu Sayão, soprano, eight 'cellos conducted by the composer, Leonard Rose, solo 'cello - Columbia 71670-D
recorded in 1945
And now for something completely different...some early Cajun music!
Allons a Lafayette Joseph Falcon Columbia 15275-D
New Orleans, 27 April 1928: Joe Falcon, vocal and accordion; Cleoma (Breaux) Falcon, guitar. From the first Cajun recording session (at least the first session for general release...I've heard there was some Cajun music recorded around five years earlier, but came out on a private issue)...this song is still being performed...
I've always liked the following song...I remember hearing Marc and Ann Savoy doing it quite a few years back. The original version is just as pretty.
The Waltz I Love (La Valse J'Aime) Falcon Trio Bluebird B-2182
New Orleans, 20 February 1936: Moise Morgan, fiddle; Joe Falcon, accordion; Cleoma Falcon, guitar and vocal. http://www.box.net/shared/iv14xaek35
And finally, a somewhat weird one...The Little Sparrow rockin' and rollin'!
Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots Edith Piaf Capitol F3219
1956: Piaf belts out a cover of the big hit for The Cheers of the previous year. Apparently foreign issues use L'Homme a la Moto as the title. The American issue uses this title. http://www.box.net/shared/2jj4eymesn
A few friends and I attended the big Phonograph/Record show in Wayne, NJ last Sunday, and I found a few rather nice 78s...
Here's a fairly big seller in the Decca Race series, the slightly naughty Don't You Make Me High, by Blue Lu Barker.
Don't You Make Me High Blue Lu Barker Decca 7506
NYC 11 August 1938: Blue Lu Barker, vocal; with Danny Barker's Fly Cats: Henry "Red" Allen, trumpet; Buster Bailey, clarinet; Sammy Price, piano; Danny Barker, guitar; Wellman Braud, bass; Paul Barbarin, drums.
I got the next gem for the princely sum of one dollar...the Kentucky Grasshoppers (an Irving Mills-led contingent from the Ben Pollack band) Makin' Friends.
Makin' Friends Kentucky Grasshoppers Banner 6360
NYC 4 April 1929: Jimmy McPartland, cornet; probably Tommy Thuman, trumpet; Jack Teagarden. trombone & vocal; Jimmy Dorsey, Gil Rodin, Larry Binyon, reeds; Vic Breidis, piano; Dick Morgan, banjo; Harry Goodman, bass; Ray Bauduc, drums.
Here's its flip side:
I Get The Blues When It Rains Fred Rich Orch Banner 6360
NYC 29 March 1929: Large studio band, exact personnel unknown, but featuring Leo McConville, trumpet; Tommy Dorsey, trombone; Jimmy Dorsey, reeds, among others.
I'll end this section with a couple of pleasant Bob Haring sides, both with vocals by The Chickster:
Ho Hum Bob Haring Orch Banner 32162
Let's Get Friendly Bob Haring Orch Banner 32162
NYC 15 April 1931: Large studio band, Chick Bullock, vocal. Maybe I'm mellowing as I grow older (or perhaps I'm merely going soft in the head) but I find myself liking Bullock's rather ordinary singing more and more...it's a lot less mannered than most of the singing of the period.
After we were done with the show, seven of us sped off to the 88 Palace in Chinatown for a sumptuous dim sum feast...we filled up for $14 a person, including tip. Amazing...bargains like that do exist in NYC!
Do you get the impression I love this place?
I don't have any songs that specifically mention dim sum, but I do have this:
Ling Ting Tong The Five Keys Capitol F2945
NYC 30 August 1954: Maryland Pierce, Ulysses K. Hicks, Ripley Ingram, Ramon Loper, Bernie West, vocal quintet; Unknown Chinese percussionist, gong.
Tie-ess-a mo-cum boo-die-ay, indeed! I found a photo taken at this session: http://home.att.net/~marvy42/5Keys/5keys10.jpg and a good article about the Keys here http://home.att.net/~marvy42/5Keys/5keys.html .
Here's a rather hard-to-find side for a friend...the Mad Doughnut Man of Pennsylvania. I played it for him in NYC the day before the bash...it's a funny record, if a bit on the sick side:
The Last Blast of the Blasted Bugler Sonny Gianotta ABC-Paramount 45-10308
1961-62: Gianotta, narrator; Tommy Cardinale, trumpet.
Pain Set To Music Phil Cammarata ABC-Paramount 45-10308
The flip side, not quite as funny, but certainly almost as weird...or should I say sick: http://www.box.net/shared/ipe9xf9tjf
........And that's "thirty" for yours truly...later!