Andrew B. Sterling
Born in New York City, after he graduated from high school, he began writing songs and vaudevilles. An important event was his meeting with the composer Harry Von Tilzer in 1898, the two began a songwriting partnership that lasted almost 30 years. He wrote the song Wait till the Sun Shines, Nellie in 1905, and he wrote On the Old Fall River Line with Von Tilzer and W. Jerome. He worked with Von Tilzer on the classic Pick Me Up, sterling died in Stamford, Connecticut on August 11,1955. With Arthur Lange, A Mothers Prayer for Her Boy Out There, New York, OCLC892504792 with Arthur Lange, Heres My Boy, New York, Joe Morris Music Co,1917. OCLC9892806 with Von Tilzer and W. Jerome, On the Old Fall River Line with Von Tilzer, Pick Me Up and Lay Me Down in Dear Old Dixieland Von Tilzer, New York, Harry Von Tilzer Music Pub. OCLC40708342 Wait till the Sun Shines, Nellie,1905 with Arthur Lange, New York, Joe Morris Music Co.1918. OCLC40913604 with Arthur Lange, Bernie Grossman, and Starmer, New York, Joe Morris Music Co,1918.
OCLC47374626 Von Tilzer and Andrew B, youll Have to Put Him to Sleep with the Marseillaise and Wake Him Up with a Oo-La-La. New York, Harry Von Tilzer Music Co.1918, OCLC892505011 Sheet music for his song Under the Anheuser Bush from the collection of the San Francisco Public Library
This Love of Mine
This Love of Mine is a 1941 song recorded by Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra featuring Frank Sinatra on vocals with The Pied Pipers. The music was credited to Sol Parker, the lyrics by Frank Sinatra, the song was released as a 78 single on RCA Victor. The Tommy Dorsey recording was released as a 78 RCA Victor B side single, 27508-B, the single reached #3 on the Billboard pop singles chart in 1941–42 in a chart run of 24 weeks. Sinatra re-recorded the song with Nelson Riddle in 1955 for the In The Wee Small Hours album, the song became a pop and jazz standard that has been recorded by other performers. Sessions with Sinatra, Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording, ISBN 0-7212-0935-1 Summers and Swan, Robbyn
Ted Lewis (musician)
Theodore Leopold Friedman, known as Ted Lewis, was an American entertainer, bandleader and musician. He fronted a band and touring show that presented a combination of jazz, comedy. He was known by the moniker Mr. Entertainment or Ted Is Everybody Happy, Lewis died of lung failure in August 1971. Born in Circleville, Lewis was one of the first Northern musicians to start imitating the New Orleans jazz musicians who came up to New York in the teens. He first recorded in 1917 with Earl Fullers Jazz Band, who were making an energetic if somewhat clumsy attempt to copy the sound of the citys newest sensation, at the time, Lewis did not seem to be able to do much on the clarinet other than trill. He improved a bit later, forming his style from the influences of the first New Orleans clarinetists to reside in New York, Larry Shields, Alcide Nunez, and Achille Baquet. By 1919, Lewis was leading his own band, and had a contract with Columbia Records. For a time Columbia gave him a record label featuring his picture.
At the start of the 1920s, he was considered by people without previous knowledge of jazz to be one of the leading lights of hot jazz. Lewis actually could play normally well, for years, his band included jazz greats Muggsy Spanier on trumpet and George Brunies on trombone. Lewis recorded for Columbia from 1919–1933 and he was on Decca 1934 into the 1940s. In 1932, Lewis recorded In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town and it was released on a 78 and reached number one on the charts where it stayed for 10 weeks. Through it all he retained his famous catchphrase Is everybody happy, Lewis adopted a battered top hat for sentimental, hard-luck tunes. Frequently he would stray from song lyrics, improvising chatter around them and this gave the effect of Lewis speaking the song spontaneously, When ma baby. When ma baby smiles at me, what a wonderful, wonderful light that comes to her eyes. Lewis and his band appeared in a few early-talkie movie musicals in 1929, the first of several films titled with Lewis catchphrase, Is Everybody Happy.
Also premiered in 1929, while 1935 saw Lewis and his band performing several numbers in the film Here Comes the Band, musical numbers cut from the feature were released by Universal separately on September 3,1941, in a short subject entitled Is Everybody Happy. There is a caricature of Lewis in the Warner Brothers short Speaking of the Weather, playing Plenty of Money
Thanks for the Memory
Thanks for the Memory is a popular song, with music composed by Ralph Rainger and lyrics by Leo Robin. It was introduced in the 1938 film The Big Broadcast of 1938 by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross, and recorded by Shep Fields and His Orchestra with vocals by Bob Goday. Dorothy Lamours solo recording of the song was popular, and has led to many mistakenly believing over the years that it was she, and Hope. In the film and Hopes characters are a couple who encounter each other aboard a ship. Near the films end they poignantly sing one of the versions of this song, recalling the ups. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and became Hopes signature tune, in 2004 it finished #63 on AFIs 100 Years.100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. Martha Tilton sang vocals with Benny Goodmans orchestra recorded on December 2,1937, RCA Camden Records CAL-872 Mildred Bailey recorded the song on January 10,1938 with a mixed group featuring Chu Berry doing a nice tenor sax solo. Bing Crosby recorded the song for his 1956 album, Songs I Wish I Had Sung the First Time Around, ella Fitzgerald recorded this with André Previn and his orchestra in 1955 and on her 1967 Verve release Whisper Not, with backing by Marty Paich and his orchestra.
Stacey Kent - included the tune on her 2001 Dreamsville album, harry Nilsson released a version on his album recorded with Gordon Jenkins, A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night. Susannah McCorkle - Thanks For The Memory - Songs Of Leo Robin, Most Requested Songs Frank Sinatra recorded a version of the song with altered lyrics for his 1981 album. Rosemary Clooney on her 1985 album Rosemary Clooney Sings Ballads, rod Stewart as the title track to his 2005 album Thanks for the Memory, The Great American Songbook, Volume IV. The song was performed by Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, and Desi Arnaz on the episode Lucy, the song was parodied as Thanks for the Medicare on one episode of the 1980s NBC-TV sitcom The Golden Girls. The song was used a version for the closing of NBC Nightly News as Tom Brokaw appears his final broadcast in December 1,2004. Connie Chung sang a rendition of it with her husband Maury Povich on the episode of her show Weekends with Maury. Judi Dench sang her own thank you version especially for Sir Michael Parkinson on his final show - The Final Conversation - in December 2007
Mona Lisa (Nat King Cole song)
Mona Lisa is a popular song written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the Paramount Pictures film Captain Carey, U. S. A. The title and lyrics refer to the renaissance portrait Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci, the song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1950. Musical arrangement was handled by Nelson Riddle and the backing was played by Les Baxter. The recording was originally the B-side of The Greatest Inventor Of Them All, the soundtrack version by Nat King Cole spent eight weeks at number one in the Billboard singles chart in 1950. Coles version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1992, Cole described this song as one of his favorites among his recordings. The Billboard sales charts of 1950 showed significant sales on versions by Dennis Day, Hit versions for Moon Mullican #4 and Jimmy Wakely #10 were featured in 1950. Bruddah Iz covered the song on the album Alone in IZ World, bing Crosby recorded the song for his album Songs I Wish I Had Sung the First Time Around in 1956.
Harry Connick, Jr. included the song on his 2009 album, a rockabilly version of Mona Lisa was released by Carl Mann on Phillips International Records in March 1959 and reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Conway Twitty recorded a version of Mona Lisa in February 1959, nevertheless, it peaked at number 5 in the UK Singles Chart in that year and in the top 30 in the United States. Sam Phillips signed Carl Mann to record his version of the song after the Twitty version began getting radio play in early 1959 and this was the most successful single in Manns career. The melody is different, and the lyrics are mostly the same as in the original version by Nat King Cole. Brian Setzer covered the Mann version in his 2005 Rockabilly Riot Vol.1, A Tribute to Sun Records, the singer Don Cherry recorded a version backed by the Victor Young Orchestra which reached number seven in 1952. Andy Williams released a version on his 1964 album, The Academy Award-Winning Call Me Irresponsible, in 1994, Alexia Vassiliou covered the song in the live album from Sony BMG Horis Revma.
Little Willie Littlefield recorded a version for his 1990 album Singalong with Little Willie Littlefield, phil Ochs, known for his protest songs in the 1960s, performed the song in 1970 at his infamous Carnegie Hall concert. The cover appears on the 1974 concert album Gunfight at Carnegie Hall, in the early 1950s, German bandleader Kurt Henckels recorded a big band version in the pre-WWII style on the East German Amiga label. Partygoers sing Mona Lisa in the background of one scene in Alfred Hitchcocks Rear Window, in 1986, the song was used as the theme to the British film Mona Lisa. The song was used in the scene of the NBC mini-series, Witness to the Mob. The song was used in the film by Andrew Bergman, The Freshman
Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo, known as Russ Columbo, was an American baritone, songwriter and actor. He is famous for romantic ballads such as his signature tune You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love and his own compositions Prisoner of Love, Columbo was born in Camden, New Jersey, the twelfth child of Italian immigrant parents and Giulia Colombo. He attended Everett Grammar School and started playing the violin at a young age. He sang and played violin in numerous nightclubs, by 1928, at the age of 20, Columbo began to participate in motion pictures, including a Vitaphone short in which Columbo appeared as a member of Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra. Eventually, he did obtain some feature work in front of the camera, at the time of his death, Columbo had just completed work on the film Wake Up and Dream, he was on his way to stardom when his life was cut short. Among Columbos other films are, Woman to Woman, Wolf Song, The Texan, Columbo ran a nightclub for a while, The Club Pyramid, but gave it up when his manager told him he had star potential.
In 1931, he traveled to New York City with his manager, songwriter Con Conrad, Conrad secured a late-night radio slot with NBC. This led to numerous engagements, a contract with RCA Victor records. Not long after arriving in New York, Columbo met actress Dorothy Dell at an audition for the Ziegfeld Follies, Conrad did his best to break the relationship up with a series of publicity-created ruse romances involving Columbo and actresses such as Greta Garbo and Pola Negri, it succeeded. The type of singing that was popularized by the likes of Columbo, Rudy Vallee, Columbo disliked the label, but it caught on with the general public. It gained popular credence, despite its use as a term of derision for the singers employing their low. Similarly, to reinforce his romantic appeal, he was called Radios Valentino, perry Como had a no.1 hit on Billboard with his recording. James Brown had a Top 20 pop hit and performed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show, on Sunday, September 2,1934, Columbo was shot under peculiar circumstances by his longtime friend, photographer Lansing Brown, while Columbo was visiting him at home.
Brown had a collection of firearms and the two men were examining various pieces, quoting Browns description of the accident, I was absent-mindedly fooling around with one of the guns. It was of a design and works with a cap. I was pulling back the trigger and clicking it time after time, I had a match in my hand and when I clicked, apparently the match caught in between the hammer and the firing pin. Russ slid to the side of his chair, the ball ricocheted off a nearby table and hit Columbo above the left eye. Surgeons at Good Samaritan Hospital made an attempt to remove the ball from Columbos brain
Milton Milt Gabler was an American record producer, responsible for many innovations in the recording industry of the 20th century. Milt Gabler was born in Harlem, New York, the son of Susie and his father was an Austrian Jewish immigrant, and his mothers family were Jewish immigrants from Russia. At 15, he working in his fathers business, the Commodore Radio Corporation. By the mid-1930s, Gabler renamed the business the Commodore Music Shop, Gabler started up a specialty label UHCA in about 1935 to reissue selected 78 r. p. m. Sides previously released by other companies and these reissues were from the original 78 stampers and were instrumental in spreading the concept of collecting classic performances from the past. A number of Paramount and Gennett sides were dubbed from clean copies and issued on UHCA, in 1937 he opened a new store on 52nd Street, and set up a series of jam sessions in a neighbouring club, Jimmy Ryans. Some of these he began recording, setting up his own record label and his role as a music producer soon superseded his other activities and he recorded many of the leading jazz artists of the day.
One regular customer, Billie Holiday, found her record company, resisting her appeals to release the song Strange Fruit, so she offered the song to Gabler. After getting the permission, he released her recording on Commodore in 1939, boosting her career and issuing what,60 years on. The success of Commodore Records inevitably led to an offer to join a major record label, Gabler was recruited to work for Decca Records in 1941, and left his brother-in-law Jack Crystal to run Commodore. In 1946 he produced and co-wrote Louis Jordan’s breakthrough single, Choo Choo ChBoogie, Gabler contributed a further slice of history when he signed Bill Haley and His Comets to Decca Records. He produced their initial recording session in April 1954, much of which was spent cutting a song which the thought the more likely hit of the two due to be recorded that day. Their efforts on 13 Women left only ten minutes for the second song, Rock Around The Clock was cut in two takes and changed the face of popular music.
Gabler commented, All the tricks I used with Louis Jordan, the only difference was the way we did the rhythm. On Jordan, we used a perfectly balanced rhythm section from the swing era, but Bill had the heavy backbeat. Commodore Records was wound up in 1954, Bob Shads Mainstream Records issued a series of albums of Commodore material in the early 1960s, keeping most of these recordings available. Gabler continued to all of the Comets recordings for Decca until they left the label in 1959. Milt Gabler produced all studio-albums in Hamburg for Bert Kaempfert and he wrote many lyrics for Kaempfert songs, like L-O-V-E, a very big hit for Nat King Cole, Danke schoen, etc
Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, opinion, events and it is known for its music charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular singles and albums in different genres. It hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows, Billboard was founded in 1894 by William Donaldson and James Hennegan as a trade publication for bill posters. Donaldson acquired Hennegens interest in 1900 for $500, in the 1900s, it covered the entertainment industry, such as circuses and burlesque shows. It created a service for travelling entertainers. Billboard began focusing more on the industry as the jukebox, phonograph. Many topics it covered were spun-off into different magazines, including Amusement Business in 1961 to cover outdoor entertainment so that it could focus on music. After Donaldson died in 1925, Billboard was passed down to his children and Hennegans children, until it was sold to investors in 1985.
The first issue of Billboard was published in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 1,1894 by William Donaldson, initially, it covered the advertising and bill posting industry and was called Billboard Advertising. At the time, billboards and paper advertisements placed in public spaces were the means of advertising. Donaldson handled editorial and advertising, while Hennegan, who owned Hennegan Printing Co. managed magazine production, the first issues were just eight pages long. The paper had columns like The Bill Room Gossip and The Indefatigable, a department for agricultural fairs was established in 1896. The title was changed to The Billboard in 1897, after a brief departure over editorial differences, Donaldson purchased Hennegans interest in the business in 1900 for $500, to save it from bankruptcy. That May, Donaldson changed it from a monthly to a paper with a greater emphasis on breaking news. He improved editorial quality and opened new offices in New York, San Francisco, London and he re-focused the magazine on outdoor entertainment like fairs, circuses and burlesque shows. A section devoted to circuses was introduced in 1900, followed by more prominent coverage of events in 1901.
Billboard covered topics including regulation, a lack of professionalism, economics and it had a stage gossip column covering the private lives of entertainers, a tent show section covering traveling shows and a sub-section called Freaks to order. According to The Seattle Times, Donaldson published articles attacking censorship, praising productions exhibiting good taste