In the second outing for my old 78’s we had quite a mixed bag of lovely songs, comedy and the downright odd!
You can listen to the show here –
Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly – True Love
Written by Cole Porter and was published in 1956. The song was introduced by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in the musical film High Society
Billy Cotton and his Band – There’ll always be an England
Primo Scala and his Banjo and Accordion Band with The Keynotes – More Beer (1948?)
Ted Ellsworth – Eleven More Months and Ten More Days
Comedy from 1932
Harry Belafonte – Island in the Sun
Written by Harry Belafonte and Irving Burgie (Lord Burgess), and performed by Harry Belafonte for the 1957 film Island in the Sun
Dinah Shore – Buttons and Bows
The top-charting female vocalist of the 1940s This one from 1948
International Novelty Orchestra – Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Walter Schumann – The Ballad of Davy Crockett
Schumann was an American composer for film, television, and the theatre. This was his version of a very popular song of the time.
Betty Driver – The World Will Sing Again
During WW2 Vera Lynn was not the only British singer to sing uplifting songs for the nation. Betty Driver, who later found fame as Betty in Coronation Street had a big hit with this one.
Bing Crosby with The Andrews Sisters – Yodelling Jive
This was the first of many successful Bing/Andrews recording collaborations released in 1939
Frankie Laine – Your Cheatin’ Heart 1953
Frankie Laine’s career spanned 75 years, from his first concerts in 1930 with a marathon dance company to his final performance of “That’s My Desire” in 2005. Often billed as “America’s Number One Song Stylist”, his other nicknames include “Mr. Rhythm”, “Old Leather Lungs”, and “Mr. Steel Tonsils”.
Bill Haley and the Comets – Hot Dog Buddy Buddy
A 1956 rock and roll song composed by Bill Haley and released as a Decca single. The song appeared in the 1956 movie Don’t Knock the Rock.
Danny Kaye – Ballin’ The Jack
A popular song from 1913, written by Jim Burris with music by Chris Smith. It introduced a popular dance of the same name with “Folks in Georgia’s ’bout to go insane.” It became a ragtime, pop, and trad jazz standard, and has been recorded hundreds of times by many prominent artists. It was performed by Danny Kaye in the 1951 movie On the Riviera
Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra – Loose Lid Special
Composed and Arranged by Sy Oliver Recorded by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra
for Victor Records July 15, 1941 in New York
Bernie Blake and his Orchestra – Hitting The Ceiling
Broadway is a 1929 film from the play of the same name by George Abbott and Philip Dunning.
This was Universal’s first talking picture with Technicolor sequences. This was a song from the Soundtrack
Anton Karas – The “Harry Lime” Theme
The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed.
One night after a long day of filming The Third Man on location in Vienna, Reed and cast members Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli and Orson Welles had dinner and retired to a wine cellar.
In the bistro, which retained the atmosphere of the pre-war days, they heard the zither music of Anton Karas, a 40-year-old musician who was playing there just for the tips. Reed immediately realized that this was the music he wanted for his film. Karas spoke only German, which no one in Reed’s party spoke, but fellow customers translated Reed’s offer to the musician that he compose and perform the soundtrack for The Third Man.
Karas was reluctant since it meant travelling to England, but he finally accepted.
Karas wrote and recorded the 40 minutes of music heard in the Third Man over a six-week period, after the entire film was translated for him at Shepperton Studios
Guy Mitchell – Singin’ The Blues
Released in October 1956 and spent ten weeks at number 1 in the U.S and was also number 1 in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in early 1957, and was one of only four singles to return to number 1 on three separate occasions.
Frank Novak and his Collegians – Betty Co-Ed.
This is on The Imperial Lable with a record sleeve that gives the price as 1/3d – Thats about 7 pence in today’s money!
Spike Jones and his City Slickers – Mother Goose Medley.
This one features Dr Horatio Q. Bird – Bath and Chorus!