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7 new discs from Edison Diamond Discs and Needle Cut records

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Mickey Clark <[log in to unmask]>

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Hi-I just finished this 7 disc set of Edison diamond Disc dance bands - I
have included other instrumental tracks including four by Lou Chiha
"Friscoe" - one of the earliest vibraphone artists - here is a link to a
1927 electrical Diamond Disc track - enjoy- Mickey Clark

https://soundcloud.com/mickey-clark/the-calinda
I used a little science to get around the rumble issue with these vertical
cut Edison Diamond Disc records. I use a very special vintage tonearm made
by Pickering - the 190D. The arm has no vertical travel aside from a very
light assembly holding the cartridge. Because of enertia, when the record is
played at a low speed, the small assembly can move up and down with the
irregularities, reducing the rumble. However, the bass frequencies were
reduced due to the extremely low mass of the cartridge assembly. The
solution was adding some mass to the assembly, which, because of enertia,
the added mass serves to stabilize the cartridge, and extract the lower
frequencies. I started this project about 30 years ago, and had recorded
about 20 of my Edison Diamond Disc records and passed them on to other
collectors, so for those I had to rely on my original transfers. The rest
are fresh transfers from records still in my collection. The resulting
warmth and depth of sound is really amazing.

 

 

Edison Dance Bands #1 CD176A

 

 

 

I want to start my background of the Edison Phonograph Company with an
explanation of the technical challenges in transferring these early hill and
dale records. Dr. Jonas Aylsworth was a chemist at Edison and developed a
plastic material using phenol and formaldehyde, mixed with a sawdust filler.
When these records were new and had not been exposed to air, they were
totally flat and would play quietly. With sustained exposure to air, the
organic filler would absorb moisture and swell, resulting in the
characteristic rumble associated with these records. By slowing the transfer
speed and adapting a very special tone arm, I found an organic way to reduce
rumble and allow greater depth of fidelity while minimizing the rumble. Each
record played this way took 22 minutes to transfer.

I have catagorized my collections by dance bands, vocalists, military bands
and Opera, all recorded in separate sets. The first artist in this album is
by Jaudas' Society Orchestra - Edison's studio orchestra starting in 1900,
who accompanied many of the vocalists in the vocal set. Eugene Jaudas was
born in 1869 and had training as a violinist. Some of the very ealrist
records to incude the word "Jass" of course the spelloing changed to 'Jazz"
I have included four tracks by Lou Chiha "Friscoe" in this compilation. An
early soloist on both xylophone and vibrophone, his performance was used in
Edison's early tone tests - where he played in fornt of a curtain, then quit
playing, when the curtain was opened revealing an Edison Phonograph playiong
the same music to the astonishment of the audience. Pietro Frosini, born
1885- was playing the accordion at the age of six, and his records were very
popular. To this date, there is a Swedish based "Frosini Society"

 

 

 

Edison Dance Bands #1 CD176AN

TITLE ARTIST LAB SERNUM RECDAT MATRIX COMPOSER

1-MILLICENT-WALTZ JAUDAS SOCIETY ORCHESTRA ED 50226 01/01/15 3510 MCKEE

2-THE CARNIVAL-ONE STEP JAUDAS SOCIETY ORCHESTRA ED 50226 01/01/15 3509
POLLACK

3-LAKE OF THE WOODS-WALTZ JAUDA'S SOCIETY ORCHESTRA ED 50326 11/09/15 4263
BARRY

4-BRIDAL BLUSHES JAUDA'S SOCIETY ORCHESTRA ED 50326 11/09/15 4262 SCHMID

5-SEXTET-LUCIA LOU CHIHA "FRISCO" ED 50342 01/01/16 4452 DONIZETTI

6-SILVER THREADS AMONG THE GOLD LOU CHIHA 'FRISCO' ED 50342 01/01/16 4453
REXFORD-DANKS

7-A GAY GUSSOON VESS OSSMAN ED 50377 04/25/16 4644 KENDALL 96

8-KEEP OFF THE GRASS VESS OSSMAN ED 50377 04/25/16 4680 VON TILZER 96

9-NEW YORK BLUES FROSINI-ACCORDION ED 50454 09/01/16 4998 FROSINI

10-NIGHT TIME IN LITTLE ITALY FRISCO JAZZ BAND ED 50515 06/04/17 5602
FISHER-MCCARTHY

11-DRY TOWN BLUES LOU CHIHA "FRISCO" ED 50515 06/10/17 5631 CHIHA

12-SAXOPHONE SOBS RUDY WIEDOEFT ED 50454 08/01/17 5744 ERDMAN

13-MARY TUXEDO ORCHESTRA MALE VOCAL DUET ED 50549 03/20/19 6680 FREY

14-TEARS TUXEDO ORCHESTRA MALE AND FEMALE VOCAL DUET ED 50549 03/27/19 6688
WARREN-HENRY

15-RAINY DAY BLUES YERKES SAXOPHONE SEXTETTE ED 50632 03/28/19 6691
WARSHAUER

16-PETER GINK TUXEDO DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 50622 04/25/19 6749 COBB-GRIEG

17-FLUFFY RUFFLES GREEN BROTHERS MARIMBA BAND ED 50579 05/13/19 6786 GREEN

18-SAL-O-MAY BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 50874 10/18/21 8255 STOLTZ

19-WABASH BLUES BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 50874 10/18/21 8256 MEINKEN

 

Edison Dance Bands #2 CD176BN

The Louisiana Five first recorded Yelping Hound Blues as a 12"Emerson. This
Edison was recorded soon after, and because of the longer playing time, it
fit on a 10" record. Clarinetist Alcide Nunez was born in 1884, playing
first the guitar, then switching to clarinet by 1902. Pee Wee Russell
claimed that Nunez was the best jazz clarinetist in the world. By 1905, he
was playing with Papa Jack Laine's band but in 1916 left for Chicago with
Stein's Dixie Jass Band, later to be renamed the Original Dixieland Jazz
Band. Before their first recording, he left to join Tom Brown's band until
he, with drummer Anton Lada left to form the Louisiana Five. Trombonist
Harry Raderman, born in 1883 was a prolific recording artist but very little
is known about the musicians in his band. Pianist Vincent Lopez's first band
was formed with clarinetist Billy Hamilton. Tommy Gott-t/ Harold Geiser-tb/
Tony White-d was the rest of the ensemble. I have included two titles listed
in Rust's Jazz Records - Patches and Bo-La-Bo. Born in 1878, Julius Lenzberg
was musical director at B.F.Keith's Riverside Theatre by 1918 and was the
pit orchestra for the Broadway musical Nikki in 1931. Saxophonist Rudy
Wiedoeft performs the challenging "Saxema". He later recorded this at a
slower tempo for Victor I imagine to enable musicians to learn the piece.
The Tuxedo Dance Orchestra's first recording was Mary -included in volume
one of this set. It seems that the Dorsey Brothers recorded much later with
this band but little else is known, but Harry Reser directed some sides
around 1924.Recoerded in 1920 The Three Vagrants was one of the earliest
ensembles to feature the guitar. Nicolas Orlando recorded a number of sides
from 1919 - 1927 but little is known about his band.

1-YELPING HOUND BLUES LOUISIANA FIVE ED 50622 09/12/19 6929
LADA-NUNEZ-CAWLEY

Charles Panelli-tb/Alcide Nunez-cl/Joe Cawley-pKarl Berger-bj/Anton
Lada-d-ldr

2-WHO WANTS A BABY? LENZBERG'S RIVERSIDE ORCHESTRA ED 50632 11/21/19 7027
OLMAN-YELLEN

3-SWEET AND LOW TUXEDO DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 50643 12/02/19 7040 JOHNSON-LEIGH

4-JUST LIKE THE ROSE/FRECKLES ALL STAR TRIO ED 50643 01/08/20 7095
BRIDGES/TERRISS

5-MAKE THAT TROMBONE LAUGH HARRY RADERMAN'S JAZZ ORCHESTRA ED 50637 01/09/20
7102 SCHARF HD

6-YELLOW DOG BLUES HARRY RADERMAN'S JAZZ ORCHESTRA ED 50650 01/09/20 7103
HANDY HD6

7-DARDANELLA HARRY RADERMAN'S JAZZ ORCHESTRA ED 50637 01/13/20 7107
BERNARD-BLACK-FISHER HD

8-PATCHES LOPEZ & HAMILTON'S KINGS OF HARMONY ORCHESTRA ED 50650 02/03/20
7143 ROBERTS-CALLAHAN HD

9-MY ISLE OF GOLDEN DREAMS TUXEDO DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 50649 02/04/20 7145
BLAUFUSS

10-BO-LA-BO-EGYPTIAN FOX TROT LOPEZ AND HAMILTON'S KINGS OF HARMONY ORCH ED
50649 02/05/20 7146 FAIRMAN

11-SAXEMA RUDY WIEDOEFT ED 50862 02/13/20 7161 WIEDOEFT 89

12-SWANEE LENZBERG'S RIVERSIDE ORCHESTRA ED 50665 03/11/20 7208
GERSHWIN-CAESAR

13-VENETIAN MOON LENZBERG'S RIVERSIDE ORCHESTRA ED 50665 03/11/20 7209
GOLDBERG-MAGINE-KAHN

14-RETURN OF SPRING THREE VAGRANTS ED 50862 07/28/20 7469 WALTEUFEL

15-WHY DON'T YOU? LENZBERG'S RIVERSIDE ORCHESTRA ED 50733 12/07/20 7667
TIERNEY

16-AS GOOD AS GOLD MAX FELL'S DELLA ROBIA ORCHESTRA ED 50733 12/10/20 7674
KENDIS-BROCKMAN-HOFFMAN

17-PALESTEENA GREEN BROTHERS NOVELTY BAND ED 50725 12/11/20 7678
CONRAD-ROBINSON

18-HUMMING ORLANDO'S ORCHESTRA ED 50725 12/11/20 7680 BREAU-HENDERSON

19-PUCKER UP AND WHISTLE HARRY RADERMAN'S JAZZ ORCHESTRA ED 50789 04/12/21
7906 VINCENT-FRANKLYN

 

 

Edison Dance Bands #3 CD176C

Edison was one of the few companies to use a permanent stylus in their
Phonographs. Pathe used a sapphire ball for their vertical cut/hill and dale
recordings, but the width of the groove, they didn't allow for as much time
as the Edisons. Thomas Edison himself claimed that one of his records could
be played 1,000 times with no wear. In volume one liner notes I talked about
the issue of rumble due to the outside swelling of the organic core of
Diamond Disc records with exposure to moisture and air. I had tried years
ago to eliminate the rumble by slowing the transfer so that the cartridge
had time to move with the irregularities and reduce the rumble, but found
that the bass frequenies were compromised. The answer was adding additional
mass to my cartridge assembly, and adjusting tracking weight to compensate
for the additional weight. Because of inertia, the addional mass stabilizes
the cartridge, resulting in smoother bass response.The process was further
enhanced because of the Pickering 190D tone arm that I use that has no
vertical motion aside from the very light assembly holding the cartridge.
When the whole arm has to move vertically, as in a regular type tone arm,
the enertia will cause the rumble to be recorded. It is said that the
Broadway Dance Orchestra is a pseudonym for Vincent Lopez - but also have
information citing an augmented Original Memphis Five. Hazay Natzy's
Biltmore Hotel Orchestra was first directed by Natzy himself, in 1917 but
direction was taken over by Jack Green. Featuring William Scotti on ts,
little else is known about this band, which recorded extensively for Pathe,
Columbia, Emerson,Okeh, and Gennett, up till 1925. Don Parker was a well
known soprano and alto sax player from New York, recording for Pathe and
Edison till 1924. He played also with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

 


Edison Dance Bands #3 CD176C

1-PAPER DOLL GREEN BROTHERS MARIMBA ORCHESTRA ED 50789 04/12/21 7914 DAVID

2-JUST LIKE A RAINBOW HARRY RADERMAN'S JAZZ ORCHESTRA ED 50798 05/03/21 7957
EARL-FIORITO

3-YOU'RE THE SWEETEST GIRL IN ALL THE WORLD HARRY RADERMAN'S JAZZ ORCHESTRA
ED 50798 05/03/21 7958 STANFORD-DAVIS-ROBERTSON

4-CUTIE-MEDLEY HARRY RADERMAN'S JAZZ ORCHESTRA ED 50930 01/26/22 8351
RUDOLPH FRIML

5-VIRGINIA BLUES BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 50930 02/08/22 8362 MEINKEN

6-PICK ME UP AND LAY ME DOWN IN DEAR OLD DIXIELAND DON PARKER TRIO ED 50963
03/28/22 8398 KALMAR-RUBY-DA COSTA-JEROME

7-ON THE ALAMO HARRY RADERMAN ED 50963 04/03/22 8403 KAHN-JONES

8-SUPPOSE THE ROSE WERE YOU ERNEST STEVENS TRIO ED 50984 05/06/22 8445 DONNI

9-IDOLA HAZAY NATZY'S ORCHESTRA ED 50984 05/09/22 8446 WILKIE-BRADLEY

10-SWEET INDIANA HOME BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 50990 05/25/22 8467
DONALDSON

11-COO COO GREEN BROTHERS NOVELTY ORCHESTRA ED 50990 05/31/22 8472 JOLSON-DE
SYLVA

12-EVERYTHING IS K.O. IN K-Y DAVE KAPLAN'S MELODISTS ED 51073 02/03/23 8837
WHITING

13-ROSE OF BOMBAY RUDY WIEDOEFT'S CALIFORNIANS ED 51020 06/16/22 8495
WARD-DYSON

14-ROSE OF THE RIO GRANDE BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51066 03/14/23 8868
WARREN-GORMAN

15-RUNNIN' WILD BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51066 03/03/23 8869 GIBBS

16-BEALE ST.MAMA BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51069 03/07/23 8870
TURK-ROBINSON

17-DEAREST BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51069 03/07/23 8871 AKST

18-YOU'VE GOT TO SEE MAMA EV'RY NIGHT BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51073
03/14/23 8878 ROSE-CONRAD

19-WHEN JUNE COMES ALONG WITH A SONG BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 50941
06/28/23 9052 GEORGE M.COHAN

 

 

 

Edison Dance Bands #4 CD176D

It seems that Dave Kaplan played piano on at least a few of the records
labelled "Atlantic Dance Orchestra". Marcheta is labelled "McNalpak's D.O"
and is actually Kaplan's Melodists.

Al Burt's Orchestra featured Vic D'Ippolito-Billy Asmus-t/ Louis De
Sentis-tb/ Joe Wirshup-as/ Joe Dubin-ts/ Ray romano-p/ Frank Di Prima-bj/
Connie Traeger-bb/ Johnny Hoffman-d On Fuzzy Wuzzy Bird a slapped sax -
either bass or baritone plays toward the end. Pianist Ernest L.Stevens had
both a trio and full band. The trio featured himself, Frank Crum-as/ Neal
Litt-bj. The full band you hear on Dirty Hands Dirty Face is Red Nichols-c/
Chuck Campbell-tb/Frank Crum-as-ts/Bill Morse-vn/ Dusty Rhoades-d. Please
note that as Red Nichols was born in 1905, he was only 18 when this was
recordsd. Chuck Campbell's name is pencilled in in Rust's Jazz discography
for the "All Star Orchestra". He accompanied Gene Austin on "The Voice Of
The Southland" in 1928 and Without That Gal in 1931. A Brunswick session
with Campbell in 1934 featured the Boswell Sisters and musicians Bunny
Berigan-t/Jimmy Dorsey-cl/ Larry Binyon-cl. A session with Bix Beiderbecke
in 1928 by the Broadway Bell Hops for Harmony started off with Bix-c/ Bill
Rank-tb/ then for the final cut in the session the lineup was Mannie
Klein-t/ Chuck Campbell-tb/ along with a steller roup of musicians.He also
played with the California Ramblers, Colonial Club Orchestra, Grey Gull
Studio Bands, the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, backed up Jane Green on Vic
20509, the High Hatters, Sam Lanin's Ipana Troubadours, Johnny Johnson,
Roger Wolfe Kahn, George Olsen, Sid Phillips, Ben Selvin, Nat Shilkret, a
session for Gennett in 1922 with the Syncopating Seven, with Kay Thompson in
1937, the Varsity Eight, the Virginians, and played in the Victor Light
Opera medleys - a man to watch!!! ~ Mickey Clark

 

Edison Dance Bands #4 CD176D

1-WE TWO DAVE KAPLAN'S MELODISTS ED 50941 07/03/23 9057 FRIML

2-SAY IT WHILE DANCING BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA BILLY JONES? ED 51020
07/11/22 8528 DAVIS-SILVER

3-LONESOME MAMA BLUES FRED VAN EPS ED 51089 10/05/22 8618 BROWN

4-FROLIC OF THE COONS FRED VAN EPS ED 51089 10/12/22 8635 GURNEY

5-YOU ARE MY RAIN-BEAU ATLANTIC DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51094 11/10/22 8661
HIRSCH

6-BEES KNEES ATLANTIC DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51094 11/10/22 8662 LEWIS-LOPEZ

7-WHISPERING PINES AL BURT'S ORCHESTRA ED 51118 12/14/22 8693
CUNNINGHAM-IRVING WEILL

Vic D'Ippolito-Billy Asmus-t/ Louis De Sentis-tb/ Joe Wirshup-as/ Joe
Dubin-ts/ Ray romano-p/ Frank Di Prima-bj/ Connie Traeger-bb/ Johnny
Hoffman-d

8-FUZZY WUZZY BIRD AL BURT'S ORCHESTRA ED 51118 12/14/22 8694 WEEKS

9-CAROLINE ATLANTIC DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51150 03/20/23 8884 KUNNEKE-GOODMAN

10-SUN-KIST ROSE DAVE KAPLAN'S MELODISTS ED 51150 03/26/23 8891 DE VOLL

11-HI LEE HI LO BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA vocal ED 51211 07/12/23 9069
SCHUSTER

12-ROSES OF PICARDY ATLANTIC DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51205 07/17/23 9079
WOOD-WEATHERLY

13-IN A TENT ATLANTIC DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51205 07/17/23 9080
KOELER-MAGINE-LYONS

14-LOUISVILLE BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51211 07/20/23 9090 CAESAR

15-MARCHETA DAVE KAPLAN'S ORCHESTRA(MCNALPAK'S DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51225
08/02/23 9113 SCHERTZINGER

16-PRETTY PEGGY ADRIAN SCHUBERT(WILLIE CREAGER) ED 51225 08/03/23 9117
CARROLL

17-I LOVE YOU BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51249 09/13/23 9156 HARRY ARCHER

18-DIRTY HANDS! DIRTY FACE! ERNEST STEVEN'S DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51249
09/24/23 9176 MONACO

19-YOU DIDN'T WANT ME WHEN I WANTED YOU ERNEST STEVENS TRIO ED 51290
12/01/23 8798 STERN

Edison Dance Bands #5 CD176E

This album features two very early Leedy vibraphone Lou Chiha "Friscoe"
recordings from 1924. As a collector, I have only found British electrical
recordings of this instrument, by Ray Starita dating from 1930. However, it
would have been the later generation of vibes - with the damper pedal . They
both depended on an electric motor driving the butterfly valve, creating the
tremolo. First developed in 1921, it used steel bars and had no sustain
pedal. J.C. Deagan, Inc.'s Chief Tuner, Henry Schluter, introduced aluminum
bars and the pedal in 1927, creating the instrument as it is structured
today. Louis Armstrong used it in "Song Of The Islands" in 1929. The title
that inspired this re-visit to a project that started about 20 years ago
with a shorter compilation was "There's A Bend At The End Of The Swanee" By
Kaplan's Melodists. I didn't have that title and sourced the track from my
collegue Ben Roth - he also incuded Follow The Swallow Back Home - thanks,
Ben. The rest of the selections come from my personal collection. The Dave
Harman Orchestra recorded 2 sides for Columbia in 1924, 8 titles for Edison
in 1924 - 1925, followed by 5 titles for Bluebird in 1934. The personnel for
Prince Of Wails and Nancy is: Martin Gregor-John Robertson-t/ Dave
Harman-tb-ldr-v/ Joe Vanucci-ss-as/ Paul Knoff-cl-as/ Cy Christner-cl-ts/
Charles Young-vn-dir/ George Lewis-p/ James Barry-bj/ William Wyder-bb/
Ralph Livingood-d. The California Ramblers lineup is Frank Cush-Bill
moore-t/ Lloyd "Ole" Olsen-tb/ Jimmy Dorsey-Arnold Brihart-cl-as/ Freddy
Cusick-cl-ts/ Adrian Rollini-bsx/ Irving Broadsky-p/ Tommy Felline-bj/ Stan
King-d-kazoo

 

 

Edison Dance Bands #5 CD176E

1-YOU ERNEST STEVENS DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51290 12/21/23 9301 COOPER

2-OKLAHOMA INDIAN JAZZ TOP NOTCHERS ED 51297 01/03/24 9318 MURRIN-GUARI

3-HULA LOU NATHAN GLANTZ ED 51297 01/17/24 9335 MILTON CHARLES-WAYNE KING

4-HONEY BABE TOP NOTCHERS ED 51342 04/24/24 9479 LYMAN-JOHNSON-RAY LOPEZ

5-CIELITO LINDO TOP NOTCHERS ED 51342 04/24/24 9480 ASH-DOLIN-MILLS

6-PARADISE ALLEY HARRY RADERMAN'S DANCE ORCHESTRA ARTHUR HALL ED 51351
05/08/24 9502 ARCHER-CARLETON

7-BRINGIN' HOME THE BACON DAVE KAPLAN'S MELODISTS VERNON DALHART ED 51351
05/28/24 9536 BANNISTER-COLWELL-VAN-SCH

8-ALOHA OE LOU CHIHA 'FRISCOE' ED 51401 08/01/24 9634 LILIUOKALANI

9-GYPSY LOVE SONG LOU CHIHA 'FRISCOE' ED 51401 08/01/24 9690 HERBERT

10-FOLLOW THE SWALLOW BACK HOME ATLANTIC DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51386 08/06/24
9663 BREAU-TOBIAS

11-THERE'S A BEND AT THE END OF THE SWANEE KAPLAN'S MELODISTS ED 51386
08/07/24 9668 HENDERSON-ROSE-DIXON

12-NASHVILLE NIGHTINGALE CHARLESTON SEVEN ED 51446 11/24/24 9866
CAESAR-GERSHWIN

13-TOODLES CHARLESTON SEVEN ED 51446 11/24/24 9867 GREEN

14-PRINCE OF WAILS DAVE HARMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA ED 51458 12/10/24 9902
ELMER SCHOEBEL

15-NANCY DAVE HARMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA ED 51458 12/10/24 9903 BLACK-MORET

16-KEEP SMILING AT TROUBLE CALIFORNIA RAMBLERS ED 51491 01/19/25 9947
JOLSON-DE SYLVA-GENSLER 274

17-O MABEL CALIFORNIA RAMBLERS ED 51491 01/19/25 9948 KAHN-FIORITO 34

18-WALTZ IN THE MOONLIGHT AND YOU NATHAN GLANTZ ORCHESTRA HELEN
CLARK-CHARLES HART ED 51495 01/21/25 9937 PARISH-SOLMAN

19-DEEP IN MY HEART,DEAR POLLA'S CLOVER GARDENS ORCHESTRA ED 51495 01/21/25
9953 DONNELLY-ROMBERG

 

Edison Dance Bands #6 CD176F Recorded 1925 - 1926

Co-Ed was the first side recorded by Irwin Abrams-vn-ldr -Julian Hess-t/
Louis Harmin-tb/ Harold Marcus-Jules Towers-cl-ss-as/ Glenn
Wakeman-cl-ss-as-ts/ Fred Bilotti-vn/ Elliott Jacoby-p/ Joe Felline-bj/
Albert R.Smith-bb/ Fred Bauer-d. Plaza, Okeh, Pathe. On later recordings,
the Dorsey brothers and Joe Venuti also played with this band. A Reser
group, the Tennesee Happy boys featured Earl Oliver-Jack Stillman-t/ Sam
Lewis-tb/ Nathan Glantz-as/ Ken "Goof" Moyer-cl-as/ unknown cl-ts-bar/ Harry
Reser-bj/ Unknown-bb/ Unknown-d Benjamin Albert Rolfe was born in Brasher
Falls NY in 1879 and was known as "The Boy Trumpet Wonder". He was the son
of a music director, playing piccolo and trumpet, touring with his father's
band on the U.S. east coast and Europe at a young age. After graduating high
school, he was engaged as a musical clown befor joining the Majestic Theatre
Orchestra in Utica N.Y. He went on to head the brass department at the Utica
Conservatory of Music. He went on to producing shows, leading a band, and by
1914 started his own silent film production company Rolfe Photoplays Inc,
producing over 50 films distributed through Louis B. Mayer's Metro Pictures
Corporation. He collaborated with director/screenwriter Oscar A.C. Lund
producing the 1916 drama Dorian's Divorce starring Lionel Barrymore. His
final efforts was a 15 episode series - the Master Mystery in 1919, starring
Harry Houdini. After working with Vincent Lopez - another Edison recording
artist, in 1924 but left to lead "B.A. Rolfe (Trumpet Virtuoso) and his
Palais D'Or Orchestra," and was the orchestra for a radio show starting in
1928 when he was known as "B.A. Rolfe and his Lucky Strike Orchestra" Radio
transcriptions followed in the early thirties and in 1934 and 1935 he made
two Vitaphone shorts. By 1935 - 1936 he directed the The Goodrich Silvertown
Cord Orchestra. His broadcasting continued until the late thirties, and he
was the narrator for Ripley's "Believe It Or Not" radio series. During WWII,
he assembled an all-girl orchestra to perform patriotic songs.

 

 

Edison Dance Bands #6 CD176F Recorded 1925 - 1926

 

1-LITTLE DEVIL BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51513 02/24/25 10217 BIBO-LYMAN

2-LADY OF THE NILE BROADWAY DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 51513 02/24/25 10218
KAHN-JONES

3-MOONLIGHT AND ROSES POLLA'S CLOVER GARDENS ORCHESTRA HELEN CLARK-JOSEPH
PHILLIPS ED 51540 04/09/25 10308 BLACK-MORET

4-WHEN YOU AND I WERE SEVENTEEN POLLA'S CLOVER GARDENS ORCHESTRA CHARLES
HART ED 51540 04/09/25 10309 KAHN-ROSOFF

5-EVERYTHING IS HOTSY TOTSY NOW CALIFORNIA RAMBLERS VERNON DALHART ED 51551
04/22/25 10331 MCHUGH-MILLS 274

6-FLAPPER WIFE CALIFORNIA RAMBLERS ARTHUR HALL ED 51551 04/22/25 10332
BURTON-RUPP 274

7-AH-HA! HENRI GENDRON AND HIS STRAND ROOF ORCHESTRA BUD KENNEDY ED 51570
05/29/25 10385 CLARE-MONACO

8-SEMINOLA HENRI GENDRON AND HIS STRAND ROOF ORCHESTRA ED 51570 05/29/25
10386 KING-WARREN

09-I MISS MY SWISS HARRY RESER (TENNESSEE HAPPY BOYS) ARTHUR HALL ED 51587
07/07/25 10489 GILBERT-BAER

10-JUST A LITTLE DRINK HARRY RESER (TENNESSEE HAPPY BOYS) BUD KENNEDY ED
51587 07/07/25 10490 GAY

11-CO-ED IRWIN ABRAMS AND HIS KNICKERBOCKER GRILL ORCHESTRA ED 51633
09/24/25 10591 CON CONRAD-SAUL BERNIE

12-FRESHIE CALIFORNIA RAMBLERS ARTHUR HALL ED 51633 10/15/25 10637
GREER-BERG 274

13-DREAMING OF A CASTLE IN THE AIR JACK STILLMAN ORCHESTRA ED 51679 01/08/26
10758 CHICK ENDOR-E.WARD

14-LOVE BOUND JACK STILLMAN ORCHESTRA ED 51679 01/08/26 10759 KERR-RUPP

15-VALENCIA JACK STILLMAN ORCHESTRA CHARLES HART ED 51738 04/20/26 10934
BOYER-CHARLES-PADILLA

16-LULU BELLE JACK STILLMAN ORCHESTRA ED 51738 04/20/26 10935 ROBIN-MYERS

17-BYE BYE BLACKBIRD B.A.ROLFE AND HIS PALAIS D'OR ORCHESTRA ED 51757
05/14/26 10983 DIXON-HENDERSON

 

 

Edison Dance Bands #7 Recorded 1926 - 1929 CD176G

An electrically recorded Edison !!!!! The odd thing is that the first
electrically recorded Edison I acquired was a cylinder - "Me and the Man In
The Moon" by Vaughn De Leath and recorded in January 1929. It had to be one
of the last cylinders - alas destroyed in the fire at my shop. My Edison
Diamond Discs were stored near the ceiling and although the sleeves were
burning, the Diamond Discs were unscathed. The composition of Edisons was
phenolic - which has a much higher melting point than shellac. The lateral
"Needle Type" records didn't fare so well but I retrieved the sound from
them nevertheless. The "Needle Type" Edisons are the most hard to find. The
last 6 tracks are all Needle Type electrics. Thomas Edison resisted
electrical recording until long after all other labels had upgraded - aside
form the buget columbia series issued on Harmony, Diva, Velvet Tone etc. It
is said that because of his deafness, his personal phonograph has his teeth
marks in it because he clenched his teeth on the cabinet to hear it. He
disliked bass because of his hearing issues. Jazz pianist Oreste Migliaccio
was born in Naples, Italy in 1882 and moved to the U.S. in 1902. He first
started composing in 1908, with the "Gatling Gun Rag." By 1910, he was
working as a musician, directing a band at the "Peek Inn" by the early
twenties. By 1926, Oreste and his Queensland Orchestra graced the stage of
the Queensland Ballroom in New York . Personnel: Frank McNellis-Tom
Kells-Irving Peskin-t/ Jack King-tb/ Don Murray-Jimmy Dorsey-cl/ Hal
Stumkoff-ts/ Ralph Esposito-bj/ Joe Tarto-bb Known vocalists with this band
were Vic Hall and Ken Christie. It is said that Red Nichols-c also played
with his band but is not confirmed. Ralph Esposito's first instument was the
violin, and it seems that he was fairly accomplished as he played "The
Flight Of The Bumble Bee", but his solo in Hello Swanee Hello got my
attention, and the solos throughout the arrangement are first class to my
mind.

Edison Dance Bands #7 Recorded 1926 - 1929 CD176G

1-TALKING TO THE MOON B.A.ROLFE AND HIS PALAIS D'OR ORCHESTRA ED 51757
05/17/26 10986 LITTLE-BASKETTE

2-HELLO,SWANEE,HELLO ORESTE AND HIS QUEENSLAND ORCHESTRAARTHUR FIELDS ED
51886 11/19/26 11323 COSLOW-BRITT

3-SOME DAY DUKE YELLMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA JOHN RYAN ED 51886 11/20/26 11324
SPIER-POLLA

4-HERE COMES THE SHOW BOAT VAUGHN DE LEATH ED 52104 09/01/27 11890
ROSE-PINKARD

5-THE CALINDA LOUIS LILIENFELD AND HIS BILTMORE HOTEL ORCHESTRA ED 52128
10/05/27 11933 HUPFELD

6-MY BLUE HEAVEN AL FRIEDMAN AND HIS 'YOENG'S ORCHESTRA VAUGHN DE LEATH ED
52128 10/27/27 11986 DONALDSON-WHITING

7-WHEN YOU'RE WITH SOMEBODY ELSE FLORIDA FOUR ED 52231 02/17/28 18243
ETTING-BAER-GILBERT

8-RAMONA FLORIDA FOUR ED 52231 02/17/28 18244 GILBERT-WAYNE

9-THAT'S MY WEAKNESS NOW B.A.ROLFE AND HIS PALAIS D'OR ORCHESTRA JACK
KAUFMAN ED 52343 06/12/28 18574 GREEN-STEPT

10-JUST LIKE A MELODY OUT OF THE SKY B.A.ROLFE AND HIS PALAIS D'OR ORCHESTRA
ED 52343 06/12/28 18575 DONALDSON

11-A PRECIOUS LITTLE THING CALLED LOVECALIFORNIA RAMBLERS ED KIRKEBY ED
52547 03/16/29 19108 DAVIS-COOTS

12-DREAM TRAIN CALIFORNIA RAMBLERS ED KIRKEBY ED 52547 03/18/29 19110
NEWMAN-BASKETTE

13-HUGGABLE KISSABLE YOU CALIFORNIA RAMBLERS E.KIRKEBY ED 14005 05/02/29
N-870 BIBO

14-SPANISH DOLL B.A.ROLFE AND HIS LUCKY STRIKE DANCE ORCHESTRA ED 14020
05/23/29 N-914 LEWIS-SHERMAN

15-I GET THE BLUES WHEN IT RAINS ED KIRKBY ED 14005 05/28/29 925
KLAUBER-STODDARD

16-WISHING AND WAITING FOR LOVE CALIFORNIA RAMBLERS ED KIRKEBY ED 14020
06/04/29 N-938 CLARKE-AKST

17-SONG OF THE BLUES CALIFORNIA RAMBLERS PHIL DEWEY ED 14045 08/01/29 N-1053
JONES-GROSSMAN

18-BROKEN IDOL CALIFORNIA RAMBLERS ED 14045 08/01/29 N-1054 EGAN-SQUIRES

Too Rough

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ALABAMMY BOUND BILLY WYNNE'S GREENWICH VILLAGE ORCHESTRA ERNEST HARE ED
51501 02/05/25 9992 DE SYLVA-GREEN-HENDERSON

WHAT A SMILE CAN DO BILLY WYNNE'S GREENWICH VILLAGE ORCHESTRA CHARLES HART
ED 51501 02/05/25 9993 WALSH-PAGANUCCI


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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