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September 2002
September 26, 2002

This week's Hit of the Week is brought to you by
PATHEX Camera and Projector
Automatic Camera and Projector
made by Pathé
(from 1927 ad)


Audio File Updated September 11, 2004
Thinking Of YouClick on song title to stream or right clock on folder to download
Sam Lanin's Dance Orchestra
Charles Keene, vocal                           1926
(Banner 1884-A mx 6939-2)

My apologies for the lack of an update last week.  Last week started out hectic and I then caught a rather nasty flu-like bug of some sort that lingered on for several days.  Unfortunately, I was once again unable to work on the promised Leo Reisman recording.

Some of you may already be familiar with this week's recording as it is one that I put together a few weeks ago for the Radio Dismuke playlist.  Early in the recording you will hear some surface defects that the audio restoration software was able to minimize but not totally eliminate.

September 12, 2002

This week's Hit of the Week is brought to you by
Jazz Age - a new comic strip premiering 9/16/02 -

Here is something that I learned about recently and thought that visitors to my site might enjoy.  Ted Slampyak's Jazz Age Chronicles returns as a new weekly comic strip Jazz Age at starting this Monday.  Each week, the comic strip will take you back in time to Boston's Scollay Square in 1926 where you can follow the continuing adventures of Harvard archeologist Clifton M. Jennings, low-brow private eye Ace Mifflin, Prof. Carlisle and other characters.

Hello Montreal!Click on song title to stream or right clock on folder to download
Ted Lewis and His Band
Ted Lewis, vocal                              1928
(Columbia 1346-D)

I am posting this update a full day early because my schedule for the balance of the week is going to be very hectic.  Last week I promised that I would include a selection by Leo Reisman - but that is going to have to wait until I am a bit less busy.  Hopefully, I will have a chance by next week.  Instead, here is something that I already had ready and was planning to feature at a later date.

September 5, 2002

This week's Hit of the Week is brought to you by
Auto-Kamp Trailer Company
(From  1929 ad)


Huggable Kissable YouClick on song title to stream or right clock on folder to download
Bob Haring and His Orchestra
Eddy Thomas, vocal                              1929
(Brunswick 4359)

My apologies for being a couple of days late with this week's update.  I had much more difficulty than I anticipated with the audio restoration software when putting this week's selection together. 

The software can be quite frustrating at times.  On some recordings, one can get great results after just a few tries.  On others, nothing seems to work without the results sounding distorted and artificial.  Unfortunately, the users' guide is not particularly helpful beyond the basic "how to" procedures. 

Another problem I have encountered is that, if I spend too much time working on a given recording, my ear seems to adjust to the distortions that can be caused by the software.  I can finish up a recording thinking it sounds okay only to come back and listen to it a few hours later and realize that it, in fact, sounds quite horrible.

Anyhow, over the past couple of evenings, I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to get this recording to sound halfway decent. Every night I gave up in disgust and put it off until the next day when I could approach it with a fresh ear.  Finally, I just got to the point where I threw my hands up in the air and said "enough is enough."  What you hear in this week's selection is my "compromise" version where I have allowed some of the surface noise to remain.   A few days ago, I actually liked this song.  Now it will be a while before I will be  in any mood to listen to another recording of "Huggable Kissable You."

I don't have a lot of information about Bob Haring other than the fact that he made lots of records both under his name and various pseudonyms.  On Cameo and its various affiliate labels, his band was known as "Bob Haring and His Velvetone Orchestra" and  made records under pseudonyms such as "The Caroliners," "The Lincoln Dance Orchestra" and "The Society Night Club Orchestra."  On Brunswick, he recorded both under both his name and the "Colonial Club Orchestra" pseudonym.

The vocal on the recording is credited to an Eddy Thomas - but it sounds a lot like Smith Ballew


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