Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I'm Prayin' Humble



A while back I posted a couple of songs by Mitchell's Christian Singers, one of my favorite vocal groups. I promised myself that I'd post their version of I'm Praying Humble someday.

"Someday" has come...

Many of my friends in the 78-collecting community are familiar with the following record:

91534-A I'm Prayin' Humble Bob Crosby Orch Decca 2210
Chicago. 19 October 1938: Bob Crosby, conductor; Zeke Zarchy, Sterling Bose, Billy Butterfield, trumpets; Ward Silloway, Warren Smith, trombones; Irving Fazola, Matty Matlock, Joe Kearns, Eddie Miller, Gil Rodin, reeds; Bob Zurke, piano; Nappy Lamare, guitar; Bob Haggart, bass and arranger; Ray Bauduc, drums.
http://www.box.net/shared/w4rlnvboc0

Of course, you know that Bob was Bing's brother, right?

The standard Web resources say that "(Bob) Haggart had found an old record of the piece by a black gospel group in a second-hand shop and reworked it for the trumpet of Sterling Bose."

But that's all she wrote.

Here's the record he heard...

21485-2 I'm Praying Humble Mitchell's Christian Singers Vocalion 03180
NYC, 10 August 1937: Unaccompanied vocal quartet: William Brown, lead tenor; Julian Davis, tenor; Louis "Panella" Davis, baritone; Sam Bryant, bass.
http://www.box.net/shared/teyq48ow0s

Discographical note: I'm citing only the first major issue of these records...many of these Mitchell records were also issued on ARC's dime-store labels (Perfect, Melotone, Oriole, Banner, and Conqueror) at roughly the same time...and many also show up on post-war red Columbias as well.

Notice that the record really wasn't all that old at all...it came out the previous year. And, interestingly enough, the Crosby record substitutes an apostrophe for the "g" in "Praying."

Want some more Mitchell's? Here's something I got at the big phonograph/record show in Newark in 1991 (cost me only one dollar, too!):

19129-1 Standing By The Bedside Mitchell's Christian Singers Columbia 416-M
NYC, 28 April 1937: Same personnel.
http://www.box.net/shared/g8if2l2ww0


23879-1 My Poor Mother Died A Shouting Mitchell's Christian Singers Columbia 416-M NYC 28 December 1938: Same personnel.
http://www.box.net/shared/3zwfxo6go8

Question #1: Did anybody notice that this was issued in Columbia's pricier Masterworks series (usually reserved for classical music)? There's a good reason for it...hats off to the first person to tell me why (and that lucky person will also receive those Special Aged Peanut Butter Sandwiches from Uncle Eugene). Here's a (very) big clue: The next record in the series, Columbia 417-M (which I've never seen on 78) was issued by "Sanders Terry."

Here is another pair of sides, one by the Mitchells, and the other from the old double LP of The Fabulous Dorseys in Hi-Fi. The former was one I had posted a while back. I was reminded of it when I was transferring the Dorsey LPs and recognized the title.

23204-1 Judgment Is Coming Mitchell's Christian Singers Vocalion 04273
http://www.box.net/shared/6mkegshp5x
NYC, 7 July 1938: Same personnel.

Judgment Is Coming Tommy Dorsey Orch, featuring Jimmy Dorsey
1956: Personnel uncertain
http://www.box.net/shared/c1pv5pj0gc

Ethnic corner

Someone asked me why I call this International music "ethnic" but don't include jazz or blues under this heading. It's a personal thing...Jazz and blues have been assimilated into the mainstream of American music, and the music represented in this section really hasn't. And I never really liked the term "World Music." It reminds me of another term I don't like much..."New Age." I prefer to omit the space and combine the words...to rhyme with "sewage."

I was asked recently to post a label scan (and mp3) of the flip side of the Eddy Jahrl record I posted last month.

Here 'tis:

108584-1 On Board Jahrl's Swedish Novelty Quintette Columbia 38003-F
Eddie Jahrl, conductor
http://www.box.net/shared/mrev4by804
No Hawaiian guitars here, but some pleasant xylophones make up for the lack. At least they're not bagpipes, eh?

And here's another interesting record...it's rather haunting in its own way...but I'm not gonna tell you what it is (yet!)

MYSTERY RECORD!!!
http://www.box.net/shared/k6q0h598kk
Question #2: What can you tell me about this record? What's its nationality? Where was it recorded? When? What instrument is that, anyway? The person with the most correct answer gets to share those sandwiches with the winner of Quiz #1...unless, of course, one of you wants the Komodo Dragon.

~~~'til the next time...

5 comments:

Shalom said...

I'm pretty sure that's an ocarina, but no idea about any of the other data...

ZorchMan said...

And right you are! It's an ocarina, all right!

Interesting side, isn't it?

MM said...

Hi Zorchman,

First of all, I was very happy to see that someone else was posting some fantastic black gospel. Second, I have a blog devoted to vintage black gospel. I was wondering if there's any chance that you would let me use your Mitchell's Christian Singers label scan in a posting? I'll give you full credit for it, of course. If you want to take a look at my blog, here's the link:

http://blessmybones.blogspot.com/

Thanks for considering this. Marie

ZorchMan said...

NICE BLOG, MM!!!

Sure...go ahead (and thanks in advance for the plug!)!! I have a couple of their Vocalion 78s too, if you need 'em.

I also have a few obscure Columbia 14000-D Race things by quartets that I can share too.

I have a couple of very interesting sermon (with music) 78s I should post one of these days...

~z

MM said...

Hi ZorchMan, Thanks very much. It looks great now. I'll definitely keep your kind offer in mind for the next Mitchell's Christian Singers posting. I've added a link in the post to your blog and there's already one in my blogroll. Marie