Hits of '25: Yes Sir, That's My Baby!

Hits of '25: Yes Sir, That's My Baby!


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Living Era's year-by-year compilations of hit recordings from the Roaring Twenties are well worth investigating. This volume, focusing upon the year 1925, is much better than the hideous cover photo suggests. Although the people posing artlessly with gaping smiles look positively idiotic (the hem of the woman's flapper dress still has pins holding it together), the music within provides an overview of recordings that sold well in their day. Gene Austin's amazingly funny vocal technique makes the title track a veritable masterpiece of silliness. Small wonder this one is referenced as a number one hit. Aside from arresting performances like Al Jolson's cloyingly sentimental "All Alone" and Vernon Dalhart's austere "The Prisoner's Song" (it sold seven million copies!), much of what's reissued here is either campy comedy or lively, upbeat dance music. Listeners in the 21st century may now access vintage recordings by Ben Bernie & His Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra, Isham Jones & the Ray Miller Orchestra, Vincent Lopez & His Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra, Nat Shilkret, Ben Selvin, Carl Fenton, Ted Lewis, and Paul Whiteman. Comedians and curios include Eddie Cantor, Cliff Edwards as "Ukulele Ike", and the vaudeville team of Billy Jones and Ernest Hare, popularly known as the Happiness Boys. As if to compensate for a massive glut of Caucasian showmanship, the producers tacked on Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong's January 1925 recording of "St. Louis Blues" with Fred Longshaw providing haunting accompaniment on the reed organ. The fact that this was a number three hit (presumably in the "Race Records" catalog) leads to speculation as to whether Living Era will issue a parallel series focusing upon hit records by people of color. Time will tell.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2006
Label: Asv Living Era
UPC: 0743625552522
catalogNumber: 5525

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Miller   Banjo
Georg Brunis   Trombone
Ted Lewis   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Miff Mole   Trombone
Harry Reser   Ukulele
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet
Ben Bernie   Violin
Rube Bloom   Piano
Arnold Brillhardt   Reeds
Bud Graham   Trombone
Isham Jones   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Longshaw   Organ
John Lucas   Drums
Frankie Quartell   Trumpet
Dick Reynolds   Piano
Harry Barth   Tuba
Murray Kellner   Violin
Lewis James   Tenor (Vocal)
Harry Raderman   Trombone
Walter Kahn   Cornet
Tommy Satterfield   Piano
Frank Bessinger   Vocals
Dave Klein   Cornet
Dan Yates   Violin
Larry Abbott   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ward Archer   Drums
Andy Sannella   Steel Guitar
Ben Selvin Orchestra   Track Performer
Billy Richards   Tenor Saxophone
Rosario Bourdon & The RCA Victor Orchestra   Track Performer
Mauling   Clarinet,Oboe,Soprano Saxophone
Lew Cobey   Piano
Billy Carpenter   Ukulele
John Kuhn   Double Bass
Carroll Martin   Trombone
Leo Murphy   Violin
Roy Johnston   Trumpet
Earl Oliver   Trumpet
Sol Klein   Violin
Vic Carpenter   Banjo
Frank Di Prima   Banjo
Charles Rocco   Trumpet
Dave Kaplan   Piano
Roy Barg   Piano
Louis Cassagne   Tuba,Double Bass
Art Layfield   Drums
Milton Sands   Drums
Andy Sindelar   Trombone
Artie Vanesco   Soprano Saxophone
John McCormack   Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Gene Austin   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Mark Ranshaw   Artwork
Guy Massey   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Abel Baer   Composer
Ben Black   Composer
Alfred Bryan   Composer
Gerry Stonestreet   Liner Notes
Piantadosi   Composer
Edwin Lemare   Composer

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