Thursday, January 29, 2009

It's that time of year again. . .

. . .Beverly Kenney's birthday!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

All Ronnie Deauville, (Almost) All the Time!

Two more Ronnie Deauville tracks courtesy of: William Damm.

All of a Sudden

My Heart Is Out of Town

Here are some nice, thoughtful words about Ronnie Deauville at: recordshows.blogspot.com

By the way, the kind remarks at the above blogspot re: myself are much better directed toward SSJ Records head, Mr. Yasuo Sangu.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

It's Irene Kral's birthday!

Today is the birthday of singer Irene Kral. She died at an obscenely young age only a few months after she sang this version of "So Many Stars" on a 1978 radio broadcast. To the best of my knowledge, she never commercially recorded this song. At least it does not appear as such in the Kral discography I compiled a while back and, thus, is something of a rarity I would guess.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Yet more Ronnie Deauville











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. . .at Big 10 Inch Record .

"Gloria" was a hit recording for Deauville whose name, alas, was not "above the title" on the label and who had departed the band by the time this charted in 1949.
Five years after Ronnie recorded it in 1949 (other versions were by the Mills Brothers and Herb Jeffries), this Leon Rene song became a major doo-wop hit for the group The Cadillacs. Many other versions in that vein followed thus effectively overshadowing the song's original romantic ballad style.

There's also one other new R.D track at 10", which in this instance refers to 10 inch 78s and not that recommended site's usual staple of LPs of that configuration.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

New Ronnie Deauville upload










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Here is a new addition to our Ronnie Deauville collection. My guess is that Hi-Tone was one of those budget labels that specialized in low cost covers of hits of the day. The hit of "Comme Ci, Comme Ca" was by Frank Sinatra in 1949. The flip of this was "Candy Kisses" and sung by popular '40s and '50s singer Eugenie Baird. As for the backing group, the Bob Curtis Quartet, your guess is as good as mine.
The original condition of this 78 was so bad that it was nearly unlistenable. Now, thanks to Busterooni over at Big 10-Inch Record, it has been been cleaned up to an acceptable state. Most of those celery stalks at midnight are now gone. Thanks.


Monday, January 12, 2009

First re-run of the New Year

Today is the centenary of legendary Harlem Renaissance personality, Gladys Bentley . To catch her in action, go here.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

He Made It!

Jero already up on Youtube as seen on this year's traditional Japanese New Year's Eve TV event, Kohaku.