Music from the New York Stage, Vol. 2: 1908 1913

Author: 
Patrick O'Connor

Music from the New York Stage, Vol. 2: 1908 1913

  • I'm Tired of Eating in the Restaurants
  • Fifty Miles from Boston, The Small Town Gal
  • Three Twins, Gunga Din (Rudyard Kipling)
  • (The) Pied Piper, Adam and Eve
  • (The) Pied Piper, Whose Baby Girl Are You?
  • Mr Hamlet of Broadway, Goodbye, Molly Brown (Jerome/Madden)
  • Mr Hamlet of Broadway, The Dusky Salome (Jerome/Madden)
  • Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay!
  • (The) Midnight Sons, Billiken Man (Gideon)
  • (The) Midnight Sons, I've Got Rings on My Fingers (Scott/Weston/Barnes)
  • I Don't Care
  • When you and I were young, Maggie
  • Oh, How That German Could Love
  • (The) Jolly Bachelors, Come Along, My Mandy
  • (The) Jolly Bachelors, Young America
  • (The) Jolly Bachelors, College Medley
  • (The) Jolly Bachelors, How Can They Tell That Oi'm Irish?
  • (The) Jolly Bachelors, Savannah
  • (The) Jolly Bachelors, Rosa Rosetta
  • That Beautiful Rag
  • Travel, Travel, Little Star
  • Moriah: A Scotch Medley
  • Ragged Robin, I Used to Believe in Fairies (Spink)
  • (The) Yankee Girl, The Top o' the Morning (Hein/Hobart)
  • (The) Yankee Girl, Nora Malone (Albert von Tilzer/McCree)
  • Molly May, Does Anybody Here Know Nancy?
  • (The) Summer Widowers, Red-Head (Green/Franklin)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1910, Constantly (Williams/Smith/Burris)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1910, I'll Lend You Anything (Von Tilzer/Havez)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1910, Play That Barber-Shop Chord (Muir/MacDonald/Tracey
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1910, Something You Don't Expect (Bert Williams)
  • Alma, Where Do You Live?, Alma
  • Alma, Where Do You Live?, Sail Home
  • (The) Spring Maid, The Three Trees
  • (The) Spring Maid, Two Little Love Bees
  • (The) Spring Maid, Day Dreams, Visions of Bliss
  • (The) Slim Princess, When Antelo Plays the Cello
  • (The) Slim Princess, Fo' de Lawd's Sake, Play a Waltz
  • (The) Slim Princess, Let Me Stay and Live in Dixieland
  • (The) Slim Princess, That's Ever-Loving Love
  • Barry of Ballymore, I Love the Name of Mary (Lyrics Graff)
  • Barry of Ballymore, Mother Machree (Lyrics Young)
  • (La) Belle Paree, De Devilin' Tune (Tours/Madden)
  • (La) Belle Paree, That Lovin' Traumerei (Stauffer)
  • Little Miss Fix-It, Strawberries
  • Little Miss Fix-It, For Months and Months and Months
  • Little Miss Fix-It, Turn Off Your Light, Mister Moon-Man
  • Woodman, Spare That Tree
  • Around the World
  • Gypsy Love, Melody of Love
  • Gypsy Love, There is a Land of Fancy
  • Gypsy Love, I Will Give You all for Love
  • Gypsy Love, Love is Like the Rose
  • Vera Violetta, Rum Tum Tiddle (Jean Schwartz/Jerome)
  • Vera Violetta, My Lou (Eysler/Atteridge)
  • Vera Violetta, In the Shadows (Finck)
  • Vera Violetta, That Haunting Melody (Cohan)
  • (The) Bird of Paradise, Aiaihea: Hula Shouting Song
  • Macushla, That's How the Shannon Flows (Lyrics Brennan)
  • Macushla, I'll Miss You Old Ireland, God Bless You, Goodbye
  • Macushla, 'Tis an Irish Gil I Love (music Brennan; lyrics Du
  • Macushla, Macushla Asthore (Lyrics Brennan)
  • (The) Whirl of Society, A Songologue
  • (The) Passing Show of 1912, The Wedding Glide (Hirsch)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1912, My Landlady (Williams/Mierisch/Brymm)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1912, On the Right Road (Bert Williams)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1912, Borrow From Me (Williams/Havez)
  • (The) Firefly, A Woman's Smile
  • (The) Isle o' Dreams, When Irish Eyes are Smiling (Lyrics Graff)
  • You Can't Play Every Instrument in the Band
  • Honeymoon Express, You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It) (Monhy)
  • Honeymoon Express, My Yellow Jacket Girl (Schwartz/Atteridge)
  • Honeymoon Express, The Spaniard that Blighted My Life (Billy Merson)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1913, Just You and I and the Mood (Stamper/Buck)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1913, New York, What's the Matter With You? (Hubbell/H
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1913, Hello, Honey (Hubbell/Hobart)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1913, If a Table at Rector's Could Talk (Hubbell/Cobb)
  • Look in Her Eyes
  • Sweethearts, Sweethearts
  • Sweethearts, Angelus
  • Sweethearts, The cricket on the hearth
  • Rob Roy, Who Can Tell Me Where She Dwells?
  • (The) Girl On the Film, Tommy, Won't You Teach Me How to Tango (Penso/Ross
  • Follow the Crowd
  • Shameen Dhu, Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral (James R. Shannon)
  • Shameen Dhu, Dream Girl of Mine (Freeborn/Olcott)
  • Shameen Dhu, My Little Dudeen (E. Ball/Graff)
  • (The) Midnight Girl, Oh! Gustave
  • (The) Midnight Girl, Your Eyes (Johnson/Anderson)
  • (The) Midnight Girl, Can't You Hear Me Calling, Caroline? (Roma/Gardn
  • When You're All Dressed Up and No Place to Go
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1914, The Darktown Poker Club (Williams/Havez)
  • Sister Susie's sewing shirts for soldiers
  • Dancing Around, When the Grown Up Ladies Act Like Babies (Abrahamslie)
  • Pretty Baby
  • Chin-Chin, Chin-Chin
  • (The) Lilac Domino, The Lilac Domino
  • Watch Your Step, I've Gotta Go Back to Texas
  • Tonight's the Night, Murders
  • Tonight's the Night, The Only Way
  • Tonight's the Night, Meet Me 'Round the Corner
  • Tonight's the Night, Boots and Shoes
  • Trilby, To the Lass We Love, a Toast
  • Trilby, A Breath o' Blooming Heather
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1915, I'm Neutral (Bert Williams)
  • (The) Princess Pat, Love is the Best of All
  • New York Hippodrome March
  • (The) Ladder of Roses
  • Alone at Last, Thy Heart My Prize
  • Alone at Last, Some Little Bug is Going to Find You (Hein/Burt/At
  • Katinka, Rackety Coo
  • Sybil, I Can Dance with Everybody But My Wife
  • Robinson Crusoe, Jr., Yaaka Hoola, Hickey Doola (Wendling/Goetz/Young)
  • Robinson Crusoe, Jr., You're a Dangerous Girl (Monaco/Clarke)
  • Robinson Crusoe, Jr., Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go with Friday (Meyer/Le
  • Robinson Crusoe, Jr., Tillie Titwillow (Schwartz/Atteridge)
  • Robinson Crusoe, Jr., Down Where the Swanee River Flows (Von Tilzer/McCate)
  • Robinson Crusoe, Jr., Now He's Got a Beautiful Girl (Snyder)
  • (The) Heart o' th' Heather, Don't Believe All You Hear in the Moonlight (Lang//Green)
  • (The) Heart o' th' Heather, In Scotland (Morse/MacFarlane)
  • My Castle in the Air
  • Betty, Sometime (Tierney/Jerome)
  • Betty, Here Comes the Groom (Burt)
  • So Long, Letty, Patrick Henry Must Have Been a Married Man
  • Century Girl, Hawaiian Sunshine (Morgan/Gilbert)
  • Follow Me, Oh! Johnny Oh! (Olman/Rose)
  • Follow Me, Lily of the Valley (Friedland/Gilbert)
  • Follow Me, What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For? (nson)
  • Follow Me, Love is a Wonderful Thing (Friedland/Gilbert)
  • Follow Me, Where the Black Eyed Susans Grow (Whiting/Radford)
  • Have a Heart, Napoleon, Parts 1 & 2
  • Dance and Grow Thin
  • Pom-Pom, Evelyn
  • Pom-Pom, In the Dark
  • Step This Way, If I Knock the 'L' Out of Kelly (Lyrics Young/Lewi
  • Step This Way, By the Sad Luana Shore (Lyrics Goetz)

These 12 CDs are a monument to the enterprise of collector/producer Jack Raymond, who has gathered what is claimed to be ''virtually every extant original cast performance'' from the decades covered. It is an astonishing survey of one of the most important eras in the development of musical theatre. The earliest recording, dated 1890, is of De Wolf Hopper singing a number from Castles in the Air by Gustave Kerker; the last is of Jack Norworth in My Lady Friends, made in June 1920. In between come 296 tracks taken from approximately 150 musical plays, ranging from still famous shows such as Kerker's The Belle of New York, Friml's The Firefly and Victor Herbert's Sweethearts, to those consigned to oblivion for nearly a century. Among the most fascinating are early works by Kern, Berlin and George M. Cohan; the latter two composers are both heard singing their own songs, as is Cohan's wife-Ethel Levey-and there are such great Broadway stars as Bert Williams and George Walker, Elsie Janis, Grace Cameron and the young Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson.
The quality of the recordings varies considerably; it is not always the oldest which prove hardest to decipher through a century's hiss and crackle. This is specialist material and not, of course, for those solely interested in the music. It is a historian's dream come true; one needs to listen to the whole sequence several times before one can come to grips with all the themes and cross-references, dealing with contemporary politics, fashion and changing ideas about gender and racial ethics which are all an important part of American popular song in this era.
Each volume contains several items recorded in London by soloists who had either come over here with a show (for instance Edna May in The Belle of New York) or, as in the case of Madge Crichton in Three Little Maids and George Grossmith Jnr in Tonight's the Night, transferred from the West End to Broadway. Another British hit which was a success at Daly's in New York in 1898 was Monckton's A Runaway Girl. Ethel Jackson, later to be America's first Merry Widow, is heard in what appear to be the second and third of a trio of Berliners giving the last four verses of ''The Soldier in the Park'', complete with drum effects and chorus. For years there was an unsubstantiated rumour that Grace Palotta, who created this famous number, had recorded it: now we have not second-best but something just as enthralling in Jackson's spirited rendition.
Other treasures in Vol. 1 include Marie Cahill singing ''Under the Bamboo Tree'' from Sally in Our Alley, originally done in 1902 but heard here in a really vivid 1917 Victor recording, also Bert Williams's first recording of his most famous song, ''Nobody'' from Abyssinia, made in 1906-in other volumes he is heard in several other shows (mostly editions of the Ziegfeld Follies) in such great numbers as ''Woodman, Spare that Tree'' and ''The Darktown Poker Club''. Then there is the really astonishing personality of May Irwin. Irwin was a kind of precursor of Mae West, and sang ragtime numbers with a vivid presence that can still be felt without any excuses for the somewhat offensive (to modern ears) lyrics of ''Moses Andrew Jackson-Goodbye!'' or ''If You ain't Got No Money, You needn't Come Around''.
Throughout the 12 CDs it is fascinating to hear the gradual erosion of the old vaudeville-style songs, as well as the Viennese waltzes and gipsy melodies being replaced by something faster and slicker, altogether American. Major rarities: Lillian Russell's (her only known recording) slightly unsteady but still characterful singing of ''Come Down Ma Evenin' Star''; Eva Tanguy-who was billed as ''The girl who made vaudeville famous''-in her signature-tune, ''I don't care'' from the Ziegfeld Follies of 1909. Other Ziegfeld stars include Jose Collins, Nat. M. Wills and Elizabeth Brice but not, alas, either of Ziegfeld's wives, Anna Held and Billie Burke, neither of whom seems to have recorded (although Burke, of course, made several talking pictures).
There are names quite forgotten, of performers whose style and vocal technique are formidable: Margaret Romaine in The Midnight Girl, Mizzi Hajos in Pom-Pom and Marguerite Sylva singing first in English and then in German (for the benefit of Yorktown patrons) four songs from Lehar's Gipsy Love (on 1911 Edison cylinders). History has not been altogether unjust, for when one hears the stars whose names are still known to us, namely Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Nora Bayes, Fanny Brice and charming Edith Day (in Irene), their individuality and personality are unmistakable. The whole enterprise is a feast and a joy.'

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