Chateau Dietrich

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This is not some come on. Just caution on my part. It costs nothing and there’s nothing to join. Just an email address. I have about a hundred people on my list at the moment. Come and join the musical fun.


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Friday, August 26, 2011

The Music Project – Tough to Find Songs #9

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For the last 5 years or so, Steve B. and I have been involved in a music project. We are trying to collect every song that was ever on the Billboard Charts from 1878 to present day. It has taken a while. We are now down to missing exactly 395 songs. (out of approximately 36,000.) As you can imagine, once you get to this point, finding the remaining tunes is a slow going process. Some of them (especially the missings from the 1800’s) may never be found. They may no longer exist. A very sad reality, for a couple of idiots who’ve spend 5 or 6 years trying to get them all.
You would think hit songs would be easier to find that songs that weren’t hits. This turned out not to be true. During our search, we’ve collected almost 200 songs by certain early artists but have yet to find the one that made the charts.
We still need a better version of a Barbra Streisand song and one by Jose Feliciano. Some Ray Charles has been tough to find in good shape.
Anyway, today I thought that I would post three of our latest finds. These are very rare recordings, even though they charted. It has taken us till today to get a hold of them.

These songs, as you will see by their placement on the year-end charts, weren’t gigantic hits, but they did appear on the hit parade and only about 36 thousand of the millions of songs recorded have ever done that.
So without further ado, are some hard to get gems,almost lost to the mists of time.

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Oscar Seagle and Orchestra – The Old Folks at Home (The 95th most popular song of 1919) This just sounds like it should have been a hit it 1819 and not a century later. To be fair, singers were still belting it out into big horns and not mics. This just sounds like any stuffy nut you’d see at your local charity event. Somebody must have liked it, though. And now, it’s been pulled from the mists of time and can once again be heard.



Loch Lomond (By Yon Bonnie Banks) This is a bonus track. At one point, it sounds like a squadron of world war two spitfires was flying overhead while he was recording in.


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Mischa Elman – Spanish Dance (140th post popular song of 1916) This must have been a very slow dance. One that you’d have time to take a nap in before you had to swing your partner round and round. Well, I suppose there was a war going on. Perhaps people thought it to unseemly to be enjoying themselves as they danced while brave soldiers manned the trenches.



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Walter Van Brunt & Mary Carson – Simple Melody (88th most popular song of 1915) My favorite of the songs. This was a song written by Irving Berlin. He wrote a lot of songs opining the modernization of the world. (as you’ll recall, he longed for a good old minstrel show in White Christmas) He Mary wants simple lyrics like her mother used to hum to. Walter doesn’t like long-hair music. He wants something snappy and popular, like the Darkies play.



Walter Van Brunt’s Wiki page is here:

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Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!




This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.





Thursday, August 25, 2011

Eleanor McEvoy – A Irish as Potatoes

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I first picked up an Eleanor McEvoy album at a dollar CD sale. I would buy hundreds of CD’s over the years this way. Eventually, I’d buy thousands for 10 for a dollar. Those days are gone, as are the days of CD’s. Sad. But it’s not sad that I discovered a wonderful artist like Eleanor. Luckily, the people on the other side of the pond have infinitely more taste that we do in this country.
I was fortunate enough to see her live, warming up for Richard Thomas. A delightful performance. I highly recommend trotting to wherever she’s playing, should she pass through your burgh.

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Please, Heart – One of those great pop songs. This kind of catchy brilliance only comes along once in a while and should be cherished.


Only a Woman’s Heart – A very pretty song. Those Celts sure have some pretty voices.


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When the Rain Falls – Nice song. She really sells it with that beautiful and sad voice of hers. That little plaintive piano figure also adds to the mood.


Whisper a Prayer to the Moon – She also has a nice turn of phrase, which is very evident in this charming little song.


I’d Rather Go Blonde – Eleanor has a sense of humor! Cute pop song.


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Eleanor’s Homepage is here:

Here Wiki page is here:

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Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!




This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.





Wednesday, August 24, 2011

In Praise of – The World’s Worst Records

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Occasionally I come upon a lot of musical sites as I troll around the web. Some of them deserve a mention. I found one just today.
The World's Worst Records is a magnificent site, dedicated to the absolute worst things that man has achieved on vinyl. A disclaimer: I love bad. I love very bad. This is wonderfully, horrific stuff. There isn’t anything that is even close to mediocre here. It’s all complete and utter shit in it’s most pure musical form. Bad ideas. Bad tunes. Bad singing. In less enlightened times, some of these people would probably have been executed. It is aural ambrosia.

Please visit this site. (Here) You won’t be disappointed. There are nice write-ups on these people and their crimes against humanity.

Here are some of his offerings. And this is just his most recent stuff. I did not have to go digging around.

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Cannon & Ball – Everybody's Makin' it Big but Me - The loathsome comedy team from Britain. I didn’t know these guys when I lived over there. I count myself lucky. It’s like Benny Hill had twin sons.



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Lieutenant Pigeon – Opus 300 – It’s sort of reminds one of Revolution Number Nine. These guys actually had a big hit in England. This wasn’t it. A bad acid trip put onto vinyl. At least it’s short.


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Jomar Gerona – Kisses – It starts out like Rock Me Amadeus but quickly devolving into absolute crap. He sings like someone has just kicked his teeth out and he’s begging for help from an alley. Nothing is right about this. I think at some point he starts calling for some Chinese good.



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Florence Foster Jenkins – This is for people with more refined tastes of awful. This woman makes Mrs. Miller sound like Barbra Streisand. It’s a good job she chose to sing classical music. At least all the composers who wrote the music she sang were dead at the time.



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Father Pat Berkery – A Soldier’s Plea – This is one of those spoken songs. A lot of the truly horrible songs are. Anti or pro war songs also tend to be more awful the more sincere they are. There’s this weird Blue Jay Way thing going on in the choral singers. This builds to the point where you wish you were a soldier, so you could shoot him. Wow!



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Bobby Goldsboro – A Butterfly for Bucky - Bobby has had some corkers in his time but this (as the host of the site says) is Mr. Goldsboro at his absolute worst. An absolute bucket of puke. You actually find yourself getting angry as you listen to this unrepentant piece of uber-schmaltz. He must have had to go into hiding with Salman Rushdie after he put this out.



Again, the site is called “The World’s Worst Records” is it kids you not. Please give it a visit here:

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Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!




This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.





Marsbar Playlist ~ 8 -20 & 21 - 2011

A special thanks to http://rave-and-roll.com/ for letting us repost their playlist and to David Marsden for allowing us to link to his great podcast. This is simply amazing music that you can download and listen to anytime. All you need to do is look at this list of tunes and you know there's no other radio show like it. Enjoy!

Here is a video from Mr. Marsden’s birthday bash last week. As Neil Young so eloquently sang, “Long My You Run.”


Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-20-2011
August 20, 2011
David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.
David premiered music from Violent Kin tonight. He also announced that he has a free download of one of their singles over at http://www.marsdenglobal.com, so wander on over and grab a copy for your enjoyment. Meanwhile, here is the list until 10 pm. If anyone is willing to help out on Saturday nights with the list from 10 pm until midnight, please let me know.
Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC2
Blancmange – Blind Vision
Cake – Sheep Go To Heaven
Dandy Warhols – Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth
Econoline Crush – All That You Are
Elbow – Audience With The Pope
Endgames – First, Last For Everything
Farm – Very Emotional
Fiat Lux – Blue Emotion
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Freedom Or Death – Inside
Fun Boy Three – The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum)
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Images In Vogue – Rescue Me
Japan – Transmission
Mighty Lemon Drops – Out Of Hand
Moist – Silver
Motors – Airport
New Order – True Faith
Prodigy feat. Pop Will Eat Itself – Their Law
Rammstein – Los
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Sinners Of Saint Avenue
Spoons – B Movie
Teenage Head – Let’s Shake
Third World – Try Jah Love
Tin Star Orphans – Men With Guns
Velvet Underground – Rock ‘N’ Roll
Violent Kin – The Honesty
Violent Kin – Under The Living Skies

Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-21-2011
August 21, 2011
David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.
Be sure to have a great week…and before you know it, it’ll be time to meet up once again in the Marsden Theater. And, as always, sincere thanks to JerusalemSlim for his efforts to fill in the last two hours of the playlist – you *rock.*
Bloomfield & Kooper – Albert’s Shuffle
Blue Peter – Take Me To War
Bob Geldof – This Is The World Calling
Box – My Dreams Of You
Carmen Twillie – Circle Of Life
Copyright – Radio (?)
Curtis Mayfield – Superfly
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Echo & The Bunnymen – The Cutter
Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson – Cleanhead Blues
Elton John & Leon Russell – In The Hands Of Angels
Empire Of The Sun – Without You
Eric Clapton – Another Ticket
Extras – Jealous Girl
Freedom Or Death – Nobody Listens
Garfield – Private Affair
Genesis – The Carpet Crawlers (original, not 1999 version)
Gentleman Reg – Rewind
Godley & Creme – Snack Attack
Howard Devoto – Rainy Season
Imaginary Cities – Calm Before The Storm
Jackie Shane – Any Other Way
Jim Pepper – Witchi Tai To
Joe Cocker – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
John Martyn – I’d Rather Be The Devil (Devil Got my Woman)
Kinks – Catch Me I’m Falling
Klaatu – Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft
Leonard Cohen – In My Secret Life
Muddy Waters – I’m A Man (Mannish Boy)
New Pornographers – Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk
Northern Pikes – Things I Do For Money
Patrick Dorie – Sleep Where The Dead Dogs Lie
Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party – The Solutionists
Pink Floyd – High Hopes
Procol Harum – In Held ‘Twas In I
Psychedelic Furs – Sister Europe
Rialto – Monday Morning
Robbie Robertson – Houdini
Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast – Science Fiction Double Feature
Rough Trade – B-Movie
Sam & Dave – Soul Man
Simply Red – Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)
Sly & The Family Stone – Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin
Southside Johnny & The Jukes – Walk Away Renee
Specials – Ghost Town
Streetband – Toast
TBA – Love Across The Nation
Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of Love
Tom Robinson – Listen To The Radio
Violent Kin – Certain Disaster

http://www.therock.fm/

Click on the Saturday part of the icon to download or stream the Saturday show and the same for Sunday.



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Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!





This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.






Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Music Project – Tough to Find Songs #8

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For the last 5 years or so, Steve B. and I have been involved in a music project. We are trying to collect every song that was ever on the Billboard Charts from 1878 to present day. It has taken a while. We are now down to missing exactly 400 songs. (Just 400 out of approximately 36,000.) As you can imagine, once you get to this point, finding the remaining tunes is a slow going process. Some of them (especially the missings from the 1800’s) may never be found. They may no longer exist. A very sad reality, for a couple of idiots who’ve spend 5 or 6 years trying to get them all.
You would think hit songs would be easier to find that songs that weren’t hits. This turned out not to be true. During our search, we’ve collected almost 200 songs by certain early artists but have yet to find the one that made the charts.
We still need a better version of a Barbra Streisand song and one by Jose Feliciano. Some Ray Charles has been tough to find in good shape.
Anyway, today I thought that I would post three of our latest finds. These are very rare recordings, even though they charted. It has taken us till today to get a hold of them.

These songs, as you will see by their placement on the year-end charts, weren’t gigantic hits, but they did appear on the hit parade and only about 36 thousand of the millions of songs recorded have ever done that.
So without further ado, are some hard to get gems,almost lost to the mists of time.

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Columbia Mixed Quartet – The Battle Hymn of the Republic (The 74th most popular song of 1912) Yes, they were listening to stuff as cornball as this, and loving it, in 1912. You have to remember that the phonograph was still a luxury item. (To be honest, there isn’t much out there about these guys. No wonder this was hard to find.)  All that being said...this still isn't very good.


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Riccardo Starcciari – There’s a Long, Long Trail (This made it to #129 in 1919) Riccardo had a big operatic voice. A bit slow and tedious for my tastes but I’m sure he had the girls throwing their underwear at him back in the day.


Riccardo’s (yes, that’s the way it’s spelled) Wiki page is here:

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Walter Van Brunt – Mary, You’re a Little Bit Old-Fashioned (this made it to the 81st most popular song of 1914) The world may have been on the precipice of the war to end all wars, but it didn’t mean you couldn’t have a cute little song about an old-fashioned girl. You can imagine what an old-fashioned girl would have been in 1914. By far my favorite of this batch or rare, rare songs.


Walter Van Brunt’s Wiki page is here:

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Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!





This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.




Monday, August 22, 2011

The Music Project – Tough to Find Songs #7

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For the last 5 years or so, Steve B. and I have been involved in a music project. We are trying to collect every song that was ever on the Billboard Charts from 1878 to present day. It has taken a while. We are now down to missing around 400 songs. (Just 400 out of approximately 36,000.) As you can imagine, once you get to this point, finding the remaining tunes is a slow going process. Some of them (especially the missings from the 1800’s) may never be found. They may no longer exist. A very sad reality, for a couple of idiots who’ve spend 5 or 6 years trying to get them all.
You would think hit songs would be easier to find that songs that weren’t hits. This turned out not to be true. During our search, we’ve collected almost 200 songs by certain early artists but have yet to find the one that made the charts.
We still need a better version of a Barbra Streisand song and one by Jose Feliciano. Some Ray Charles has been tough to find in good shape.
Anyway, today I thought that I would post three of our latest finds. These are very rare recordings, even though they charted. It has taken us till today to get a hold of them.

These songs, as you will see by their placement on the year-end charts, weren’t gigantic hits, but they did appear on the hit parade and only about 36 thousand of the millions of songs recorded have ever done that.
So without further ado, are some hard to get gems,almost lost to the mists of time.

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Stolen from here:

BILLY JONES (born 3-15-89, died 11-23-40) and ERNEST HARE (born 3-16-83, died 3-9-39) met in 1919 and formed a team at the suggestion of Brunswick recording executive, Gus Haenschen. They recorded for Brunswick and many other companies as Jones and Hare, The Happiness Boys. Jones is the tenor; Hare, the bass/baritone.
When they performed on a network radio show for Interwoven Socks, they called themselves The Interwoven Pair. They also made theater and club appearances. They reached the height of their popularity in 1929-30. They also recorded as Billy West & Bob Thomas, Thomas & West, Henry Jones & Billy West, Harry Blake & Robert Judson, Blake & Judson, Lester George & Walter Lange, and Scott & Lewis.
They became known as The Happiness Boys, because as radio entertainers they were sponsored, beginning in August 1923 on Manhattan New York station WEAF, by the Happiness Candy Stores. By 1924 they adopted "How Do You Do?" as their radio theme song. In 1928, Jones and Hare became the highest paid singers in radio, $1,250 a week.
William Reese Jones, a tenor, tried his hand at banking, mining, blacksmithing, and other occupations. He made his recording debut in 1918. He used several names: Billy Jones,Harry Blake, Billy Clarke, Lester George, Duncan Jones, Reese Jones, John Kelley, Dennis O'Malley, William Rees, Victor Roberts, Billy West, William West, and Carlton Williams. He recorded with Cleartone Four (Harmonizers Quartet), Crescent Trio, Harmonizers Quartet. Premier Quartet (replacing Billy Murray in late Premier groups for Edison recordings).
Thomas Ernest Hare, a bass/baritone, began his recording career in 1918. During 1919 and 1920 he was Al Jolson's understudy during a run of "Sinbad." Hare's Jolson style can be heard on Grey Gull 1166-B "Knock Wood and Whistle." As Hare recorded with partners such as Al Bernard and Billy Jones, he continue to work as a solo artist using names such as Bob Thomas, Wallace Daniels, Arthur Grant, Henry Jones, Robert Judson, Walter Lang, Walter Leslie, Roy Roberts, Bob Thompson, "Hobo" Jack Turner and Frank Mann. He recorded with Cleartone Four (Harmonizers Quartet), Crescent Trio, Harmonizers Quartet. Premier Quartet (replacing Billy Murray in late Premier groups for Edison recordings).

Billy Jones and Ernest Hare – Way Down Yonder – (This made it to #61 in 1921) A very train oriented song. This song is not very original but has a lot of spunk to it. Cute and light.



There’s more information on The Happiness Boys here:

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Johnny Marvin info stolen from here:

Johnny Marvin was one of the great crooners of the 1920s, and his ukulele accompaniment was unsurpassed. In the decade when the ukulele was enjoying its greatest popularity, Marvin was one of the premiere ukulele performers. Although his name is not as recognized today as a few other 1920s ukulele artists, in his day he was a well-known radio personality and recording artist. Marvin made dozens of records both under his own name and as "Honey Duke and his Uke" and "The Ukulele Ace". Many of these records document his talented strumming patterns, vocal jazz effects that imitate other instruments, and his smooth crooning.

Johnny Marvin – I Still Love You (This made it to #207 in 1928) It’s of its time. Not a bad little song. He was a crooner and this is definitely crooning. There isn’t a lot of ukulele in it though.



Lots more Johnny Marvin info here:

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Vaughn Deleath – Here Comes the Showboat (This reached #236 in 1928) This is to Showboats what the Jones/Hare song was to trains. This is half song half sketch. It has a certain bouncy charm.
Fascinating Vaughn Deleath Fact: One of her original hits was “Are You Lonesome Tonight” (yes, the Elvis Presley, Are You Lonesome Tonight)



Ms. Deleath’s Wiki page is here:

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Discount Romance is coming out with its very first single and video very soon.

This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.



The Music Project – Tough to Find Songs #6


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For the last 5 years or so, Steve B. and I have been involved in a music project. We are trying to collect every song that was ever on the Billboard Charts from 1878 to present day. It has taken a while. We are now down to missing around 400 songs. (Just 400 out of approximately 36,000.) As you can imagine, once you get to this point, finding the remaining tunes is a slow going process. Some of them (especially the missings from the 1800’s) may never be found. They may no longer exist. A very sad reality, for a couple of idiots who’ve spend 5 or 6 years trying to get them all.
You would think hit songs would be easier to find that songs that weren’t hits. This turned out not to be true. During our search, we’ve collected almost 200 songs by certain early artists but have yet to find the one that made the charts.
We still need a better version of a Barbra Streisand song and one by Jose Feliciano. Some Ray Charles has been tough to find in good shape.
Anyway, today I thought that I would post three of our latest finds. These are very rare recordings, even though they charted. It has taken us till today to get a hold of them.

These songs, as you will see by their placement on the year-end charts, weren’t gigantic hits, but they did appear on the hit parade and only about 36 thousand of the millions of songs recorded have ever done that.
So without further ado, are some hard to get gems,almost lost to the mists of time.

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Herbie Fields – Connecticut (This made it to #309 on the 1947 charts) – A harmonizing group sings an okay. It probably would have been better with a solo singer belting out. This sounds like it’s right out of a movie. (which for all I know, it might be)



Herbie Fields’ Wiki page is here:

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Stolen from here:

Dolly Dawn
Born
• February 3, 1921
• Montclair, NJ
Real Name
• Theresa Anna Maria Stabile
Dolly Dawn
Chubby, diminutive singer known for her rather large voice, Dolly Dawn began singing at New York's Hotel Taft with the George Hall Orchestra in 1935 while she was still in her early teens. She quickly became a popular attraction. Hall left the Taft in 1940, taking Dolly with him. In July of 1941 he grew weary of leading a band and turned over his orchestra to Dolly, renaming it Dolly Dawn and her Dawn Patrol. Dolly was successful leading the group, but the stress of the job soon got to her. Her singing career was doing quite well, and she found it easier to book herself solo than with the band. In March of 1942 she gave up the orchestra.
It has often been rumored that George Hall had adopted her. Dolly, though, let us know that the rumor wasn't true, saying ''I had my own parents, why would I want anyone to adopt me?''

Dolly Dawn and the Dawn Patrol – The Same Old Cry (This made it to 289 in 1948) – Dolly had quite a few hits around the war years. This is a little bland.



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Mark Warnow and his Orchestra – Who Put That Dream in Your Eyes (this made it to 344 in 1948) This is my favorite of the batch. A cute little song from a nice female (Lorry Raine) singer. Even in the 40’s, I had my issues with the musical tastes of the American record buying public!



Mark Warnow’s Wiki page is here:

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Discount Romance is coming out with its very first single and video very soon.

This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.



The Music Project – Tough to Find Songs #5

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For the last 5 years or so, Steve B. and I have been involved in a music project. We are trying to collect every song that was ever on the Billboard Charts from 1878 to present day. It has taken a while. We are now down to missing around 400 songs. (Just 400 out of approximately 36,000.) As you can imagine, once you get to this point, finding the remaining tunes is a slow going process. Some of them (especially the missings from the 1800’s) may never be found. They may no longer exist. A very sad reality, for a couple of idiots who’ve spend 5 or 6 years trying to get them all.
You would think hit songs would be easier to find that songs that weren’t hits. This turned out not to be true. During our search, we’ve collected almost 200 songs by certain early artists but have yet to find the one that made the charts.
We still need a better version of a Barbra Streisand song and one by Jose Feliciano. Some Ray Charles has been tough to find in good shape.
Anyway, today I thought that I would post three of our latest finds. These are very rare recordings, even though they charted. It has taken us till today to get a hold of them.

These songs, as you will see by their placement on the year-end charts, weren’t gigantic hits, but they did appear on the hit parade and only about 36 thousand of the millions of songs recorded have ever done that.
So without further ado, are some hard to get gems,almost lost to the mists of time.

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Jack Leonard info stolen from here:

Jack Leonard
One of the top male vocalists of the late 1930s, Jack Leonard was rivaled only by Bing Crosby in popularity. Leonard was working in Bert Block's orchestra in 1935 when Tommy Dorsey hired him away. Dorsey also took trumpeter Joe Bauer and arranger Axel Stordahl, then known as Odd Stordahl. Together the men formed a vocal group call the Three Esquires. It was as a soloist, though, that Leonard would achieve stardom, singing on such classics as ''Marie,'' ''All the Things You Are,'' ''Our Love,'' and ''Indian Summer.''
Leonard was a shy, handsome man who was liked by all. He was very near-sighted but refused to wear glasses in public so as not to spoil his romantic image. His departure from Dorsey's orchestra in November of 1939 was a surprise to his bandmates. The rumor was that Dorsey had grown suspicious of Leonard's intentions, fearing that he was going to leave soon for a solo career, and had forced him out, though Leonard himself tried to dispel it at the time, saying he just needed a break and would return soon. He never did. He was replaced in the band by Alan DeWitt, who failed to work out and was replaced after only one month by Frank Sinatra.
Leonard continued singing professionally throughout the 1940s and at least into the 1950s, though he never achieved the level of recognition as a solo artist that he had as a band vocalist. He had appeared in a few uncredited film roles in the 1930s, and in the late 1940s he returned to the silver screen three more times. He also hosted his own television program in 1949 and appeared as one of the hosts for Broadway Open House in 1951. In 1956 he performed at the memorial concert in tribute to Dorsey. Jack Leonard died from cancer in 1988.


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Jack Leonard – I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (The 230th most popular song of 1941) Jack has a nice smooth voice. A little bland, but then again, I think Sinatra was a little bland in a lot of his 1940’s catalogue. It was probably the style back then, not to put an ounce of emotion into the song you’re singing. It also sounds like he’s trying to be Bing Crosby here.



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Harry’s Tavern Band – Rock and Rye Polka (This was the 274th most popular song of 1941) It’s pleasant enough. It starts out like a cartoon instrumental and then goes straight polka. I have placed a picture of Billy Murray at the top of this because he was apparently a member. I have a number of other novelty songs by this band that do have singing but this one does not.



Jack Kilty – Sunflower (This made it to 288 on the 1948 charts) This has a ton of stolen bits in it. Very unoriginal. (There’s a bit of Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home in here) Not that that has ever stopped a song becoming a hit, even a minor one.



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Discount Romance is coming out with its very first single and video very soon.

This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.