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Happy Holidays from Blast to the Past

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas to you from

 "Blast to the Past"



 May you have a Merry Merry Christmas!

Malice in the Palace (1949)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Malice in the Palace (1949)

Starring the Three Stooges

 


Mush and Milk - Little Rascals

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mush and Milk - Little Rascals
Description: When Capâs back pension finally comes, he treats the kids of Bleak Hill Boarding School to a day at the local amusement park

Ray Conniff Biography

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Biography
Conniff was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and learned to play the trombone from his father. He studied music arranging from a course book.[1] After serving in the U.S. Army in World War II (where he worked under Walter Schumann), he joined the Artie Shaw big band and wrote many arrangements for him. After his stint with Shaw he was then hired by Mitch Miller, then head of A&R at Columbia Records, as their home arranger, working with several artists including Rosemary Clooney, Marty Robbins, Frankie Laine, Johnny Mathis, Guy Mitchell and Johnnie Ray. He wrote a top 10 arrangement for Don Cherry's "Band of Gold" in 1955, a single that sold more than a million copies.
Among the hit singles he backed with his orchestra (and eventually with a male chorus) were "Yes Tonight Josephine" and "Just Walkin' in the Rain" by Johnnie Ray; "Chances Are" and "It's Not for Me to Say" by Johnny Mathis; "A White Sport Coat" and "The Hanging Tree" by Marty Robbins; "Moonlight Gambler" by Frankie Laine; "Up Above My Head," a duet by Frankie Laine and Johnnie Ray; and "Pet Me, Poppa" by Rosemary Clooney. He also backed up the albums Tony by Tony Bennett, Blue Swing by Eileen Rodgers, Swingin' for Two by Don Cherry, and half the tracks of The Big Beat by Johnnie Ray.
In these early years he also produced similar-sounding records for Columbia's Epic label under the name of Jay Raye (which stands for "Joseph Raymond") amongst them a backing album and singles with Somethin' Smith and the Redheads, an American male vocal group.
Between 1957 and 1968, Conniff had 28 albums in the American Top 40, the most famous one being Somewhere My Love (1966). He topped the album list in Britain in 1969 with His Orchestra, His Chorus, His Singers, His Sound, an album which was originally published to promote his European tour (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) in 1969. He also was the first American popular artist to record in Russia—in 1974 he recorded Ray Conniff in Moscow with the help of a local choir. His later albums like Exclusivamente Latino, Amor Amor and Latinisimo made him very popular in Latin-American countries, even more so after performing in the Viña del Mar International Song Festival. In Brazil and Chile he was treated like a young pop superstar in the 1980s and 1990s when he was in his 70s and 80s. He even played live with his orchestra and eight-person chorus in large football stadiums as well as in Viña del Mar.
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Ray Conniff Singers were also very popular back then especially for their Christmas Songs.

Perry Como - Papa Loves Mambo

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Artist: Perry Como with Mitch Ayres and his Orchestra and The Ray Charles Chorus
Title: "Papa Loves Mambo"

Label: RCA Victor
Cat No: 20-5857-A
Release Year: 1954

"My Time is Your Time" (Rudy Vallee, 1929)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

"My Time is Your Time" (Rudy Vallee, 1929) 

Rudy Vallee's second radio theme song, composed by Eric Little and Leo Dance...replacing "Heigh-Ho, Everybody!" for his national broadcasts on the Fleischmann's Yeast Hour.

MY TIME IS YOUR TIME

My partner, my partner,
it's dancing time.
The clock says ten--
won't you say when?

I'm ready, go steady
when we begin--
The time is right,
I think we might,
just chance it and dance it
away tonight...

My time is your time,
Your time is my time,
We just seem to synchronize
and sympathize,
we're harmonizing...

One steps and two steps,
Old steps and new steps,
There's no time like our time
and no one like you!

There's no time like our time and no one like you...




Here's Rudy's entry from the Farlex Web Dictionary:

Vallee, Rudy Hubert Prior (1901-1986)

US singer, actor, and bandleader. Establishing a clean-cut, college-boy image, he became one of the most popular crooners (indicating a smooth, intimate style) of the 1920s. He formed his band the Connecticut Yankees 1928 and hosted a radio programme with the theme song 'My Time Is Your Time' (recorded 1929). From 1929 he appeared in films and stage musicals.
Vallee was born in Island Pond, Vermont, and raised in Maine. After studying at the University of Maine and Yale, he travelled widely, making appearances in England and throughout the USA. In the 1920s he sang through a megaphone, which became a trademark. He served in World War I and in the Coast Guard in World War II. Vallee started as a saxophone player and toured with local bands throughout his teenage years. On leaving college he became a singer, making records like 'The Vagabond Lover' (1929) and 'Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?' (1932). In Hollywood and on Broadway he began as a romantic lead but turned to comedy in the 1940s; his films include George White's Scandals (1934), Palm Beach Story (1942), and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1966). His performing career lasted into the 1980s.

Impact (1949)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

 

"Wealthy businessman survives attempt by wife to have him killed, makes it look like she succeeded and starts a new life in small town as auto mechanic. Variation on idea elevated to noir importance by The Killers (1946), where victim of femme fatale tries to abandon the city and his past identity." - noir expert Spencer Selby


This movie is part of the collection: Film Noir

Audio/Visual: sound, b&w
Keywords: pdmovies
Creative Commons license: Public Domain

Till The Clouds Roll By (1946)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Till The Clouds Roll By (1946)

 


 

Musical biopic on the career of pioneering Hollywood composer Jerome Kern.

Starring June Allyson, Robert Walker, Lucille Bremer, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra


This movie is part of the collection: Feature Films

Director: Richard Whorf
Producer: Arthur Freed
Sponsor: MGM
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: musical; biopic; Jerome Kern; June Allyson; Robert Walker; Lucille Bremer; Judy Garland; Lena Horne; Frank Sinatra
Creative Commons license: Public Domain

Casper The Friendly Ghost in There's Good Boos Tonight (1948)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Casper The Friendly Ghost in There's Good Boos Tonight (1948)

 


 

Director: I. Sparber
Production Company: Paramount Pictures & Famous Studios Productions
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: casper; ghost; cartoon

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Heading for Heaven (1947)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

 

Stu Erwin is convinced he will die soon so crooks can buy his property. With Glenda Farrell.
You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.


This movie is part of the collection: Comedy Films

Director: Lewis D. Collins
Producer: George Moskov
Production Company: Eagle-Lion Films Inc.
Audio/Visual: sound, b&w
Creative Commons license: Public Domain

Road to Bali (1952)


Starring: Bob Hope, Bing Crosby,
Dorothy Lamour
"Road" picture set in the South Seas.


This movie is part of the collection: Comedy Films

Director: Hal Walker
Producer: Daniel Dare
Production Company: Paramount Pictures
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: Musical; Comedy; pdmovies
Creative Commons license: Public Domain

Spooks Run Wild (1941)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Spooks Run Wild (1941)

 


 

Starring: Bela Lugosi

The boys are sent to a mountain camp. Stranded in a small rural town, they hear about a "monster killer" roaming the countryside. At night, they sneak out. Peewee is shot by a grave-digger, and they are forced to seek aid at an old mansion. The owner of the mansion (Lugosi), insists that the boys spend the night. After seeing PeeWee walk around the house in a trance, the boys decide that the man turned him into a zombie. They gang up on him and tie him up. The nurse at the boys camp (Dorothy Short) sets out to find the missing boys with Von Grosch (Dennis Moore), who has come to rid the town of the killer- or has he?

Our Gang War Feathers 1926

Feature Comedy Short



 Our Gang War Feathers 1926

While on a cross-country train trip, the Our Gang kids drive the rest of the passengers crazy with a never-ending game of cowboys and Indians. During a stopover in the sleepy town of Red Dog, the kids disembark in hopes of savoring a taste of genuine Western life. They get more than they bargained for when a trio of bandits rides into town for a showdown with the local sheriff. Meanwhile, black youngster Allen "Farina" Hoskins tries to pass himself off as an Indian, but the members of a local tribe aren't amused. The silent, two-reel Our Gang comedy War Feathers was originally released on November 21, 1926~ Hal Erickson


Abe Lyman - Buy, Buy For Baby, 1928


Abe Lyman (August 4, 1897 - October 23, 1957) was a popular bandleader from the 1920s to the 1940s. He made recordings, appeared in films and provided the music for numerous radio shows, including Your Hit Parade.
His name at birth was Abraham Simon Lymon. Abe and his brother Mike changed their last name to Lyman because they both thought it sounded better. Abe learned to play the drums when he was young, and at the age of 14 he had a job as a drummer in a Chicago café. Around 1919, Abe was regularly playing music with two other notable future big band leaders, Henry Halstead and Gus Arnheim in California.
In Los Angeles Mike opened the Sunset, a night club popular with such film stars as Mary Pickford, Norma Talmadge, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. When Abe’s nine-piece band first played at the Sunset, it was a success, but the club closed after celebrities signed contracts stating they were not to be seen at clubs.
For an engagement at the Cocoanut Grove in The Ambassador Hotel on April 1, 1922, Abe added a violinist and saxophonist. Opening night drew a large crowd of 1500 guests in the Cocoanut Grove, plus another 500 more outside.
After the band cut their first record under the local label Nordskog Records, they moved a year later to Brunswick Records where they made many recordings. The Lyman Orchestra toured Europe in 1929, appearing at the Kit Cat Club and the Palladium in London and at the Moulin Rouge and the Perroquet in Paris. Abe Lyman and his orchestra were featured in a number of early talkies, including Hold Everything (1930), Paramount on Parade (1930), Good News (1930) and Madam Satan (1930). In 1931, Abe Lyman and his orchestra recorded a number of soundtracks for the Merrie Melodies cartoon series.
Notable musicians in the Lyman Orchestra included Ray Lopez, Gussie Mueller, and Orlando "Slim" Martin.
During the 1930s, the Lyman Orchestra was heard regularly on such shows as Accordiana and Waltz Time. Lyman and his orchestra sat in for Phil Harris on the Jack Benny program in 1943 when Harris served in the Merchant Marines.
When Lyman was 50 years old, he left the music industry and went into the restaurant management business. He died in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 60.
Reference Source

Artie Shaw - Stardust

STARDUST ARTIE SHAW

Artie Shaw - King of the Clarinet

Arthur Jacob Arshawsky (May 23, 1910 – December 30, 2004), better known as Artie Shaw, was an American jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader. He was also the author of both fiction and non-fiction writings.
Widely regarded as "one of jazz's finest clarinetists,"[1] Shaw led one of America's most popular big bands of the late 1930s and early '40s. Their signature song, a 1938 version of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine," was a wildly successful single and one of the era's defining recordings. Musically restless, Shaw was also an early proponent of Third Stream, which blended classical and jazz, and recorded some small-group sessions that flirted with be-bop before retiring from music in 1954.
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Time Traveler Cell Phone - Charlie Chaplin Time Traveler

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Lady from the Charlie Chaplin Film. Do you believe in Time Travel? Well we could now have possible evidence that it is real. Check out the video. A Blast to the Past could be evidence of the Future.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra & Marion Hutton

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Glenn Miller Orchestra & Marion Hutton -- The Jumpin' Jive

Marion Hutton, whose recordings included Chattanooga Choo-Choo and Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, died of cancer in 1987 at age 67 after spending the last two decades of her life helping other women alcoholics. Born in Battle Creek, Mich., the former lead vocalist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra also appeared in Universal Studios films with Abbott and Costello and the Marx Brothers. She retired from show business in 1954 and married composer and bandleader Victor Schoen. She was the elder sister of Betty Hutton, a star of Hollywood musicals and comedies of the 1940s and early 1950s. After seeking treatment for alcoholism, she helped found a treatment center for women alcoholics, performing with bands to raise money for the center and making radio and television appearances to discuss recovery from alcoholism.

Chattanooga Choo Choo - Glenn Miller Orchestra

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Chattanooga Choo Choo - Glenn Miller Orchestra

From the film "Sun Valley Serenade" (1941), featuring Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tex Beneke, Paula Kelly and The Modernaires.

Sing a Song of Six Pants (1947)

Sunday, July 10, 2011




Sing a Song of Six Pants (1947)
Starring the Three Stooges



Director: Jules White

Production Company: Columbia Pictures

Audio/Visual: sound, b&w

Keywords: comedy; short; three stooges

Harry Richman Biography

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Harry Richman (10 August 1895–3 November 1972) was an American entertainer. He was a singer, actor, dancer, comedian, pianist, songwriter, bandleader, and night club performer, at his most popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
Richman was born as Harold Reichman in Cincinnati, Ohio. He changed his name to "Harry Richman" at age 18, by which time he was already a professional entertainer in vaudeville. He worked as a piano accompanist to such stars as Mae West and Nora Bayes. With Bayes' act he made his Broadway debut in 1922. He appeared in several editions of the George White's Scandals in the 1920s to acclaim. He appeared in the 1931 Ziegfeld Follies.
He made his feature movie debut in Hollywood in 1930 with the film Puttin' on the Ritz, featuring the Irving Berlin song of the same title, which gave Richman a phonograph record hit that year. His film career was short lived due to his somewhat overpowering personality, and his limited acting skills. (Leonard Maltin wrote of Puttin' on the Ritz: "A songwriter drinks and goes blind - after seeing this you'll want to do the same".) This made little difference to his career as he remained a popular nightclub host and stage performer.
Richman was also an amateur aviator of some accomplishment, being the co-pilot in 1936, with famed flyer Henry Tindall "Dick" Merrill, of the first round-trip transatlantic flight in his own single-engine Vultee transport. Richman had filled much of the empty space of the aircraft with ping pong balls as a flotation aid in case they were forced down in the Atlantic, and after the successful flight he sold autographed ones until his death. They continue to turn up on eBay to this day.
He also made regular radio broadcasts in the 1930s. He married Hazel Forbes, show girl and Ziegfeld Girl, in March 1938, in Palm Springs, California. He and Forbes shared a sumptuous home in Beechurst, Long Island. Shortly after their wedding Forbes contracted pneumonia and was saved, in part, through the use of the drug sulfanilimide. The couple considered adopting a baby. By 1942 Forbes was divorced from Richman.
Richman largely retired in the 1940s, although he made irregular appearances, including on television, into the 1950s.
His autobiography A Hell of a Life was published in 1966.
Harry Richman died in Hollywood, California.

Wikipedia Source

"With you" , Harry Richman 1930

Harry Richman - Exactly Like You (1930)

Charted at #12 in 1930. Harry is pictured with Hazel Forbes on their wedding day. They were married from 1938 to 1942. This song was introduced by Richman and Gertrude Lawrence in "Lew Leslie's International Revue". Also #11 for Ruth Etting in 1930, #19 for Sam Lanin and His Orchestra in 1930, #14 for Don Redman and His Orchestra in 1937 and #9 R&B for Nat King Cole in 1949.

Recorded April 30, 1930. Written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh.

The other side of this record is "On the Sunny Side of the Street".

Till The Clouds Roll By (1946)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Till The Clouds Roll By (1946)

 




Starring: June Allyson, Robert Walker, Lucille Bremer,
Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra
Director: Richard Whorf
Producer: Arthur Freed
Sponsor: MGM
Film Length: 132 minutes
Audio/Visual: sound, color


Storyline

Light bio-pic of American Broadway pioneer Jerome Kern, featuring renditions of the famous songs from his musical plays by contemporary stage artists, including a condensed production of his most famous: 'Showboat' . Written by Stewart M. Clamen

Harry Richman - Puttin on the Ritz

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Harry Richman - Puttin on the Ritz 

Harry Richman Puttin on the Ritz
Number 1 in 1930
(Before Fred Astaire)

Al Jolson - Swanee (1920)

Al Jolson (May 26,1886 Oct.23,1950), born in Lithuania, Russian Empire, was a highly acclaimed American singer, comedian, and actor, and the first openly Jewish man to become an entertainment star in America.

His career lasted from 1911 until his death in 1950, during which time he was commonly dubbed "the world's greatest entertainer. Numerous well-known singers were influenced by his music, including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Judy Garland.


By 1920, he was Americas most famous and highest paid entertainer. Between 1911 and 1928, Jolson had nine sell-out Winter Garden shows in a row, more than 80 hit records, and 16 national and international tours.

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"Swanee" is an American popular song written in 1919 by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Irving Caesar. It is most often associated with singer Al Jolson.

The song was written for a New York City revue called Demi-Tasse, which opened in October 1919 in the Capitol Theater. Caesar and Gershwin, who was then aged 20, claimed to have written the song in about ten minutes riding on a bus in Manhattan, and then at Gershwin's apartment. It was written partly as a parody of Stephen Foster's "Old Folks at Home". It was originally used as a big production number, with 60 chorus girls dancing with electric lights in their slippers on an otherwise darkened stage.

The song had little impact in its first show, but not long afterwards Gershwin played it at a party where Al Jolson heard it. Jolson then put it into his show Sinbad, already a success at the Winter Garden Theatre, and recorded it for Columbia Records in January 1920. "After that," said Gershwin, "Swanee penetrated the four corners of the earth.". The song was charted in 1920 for 18 weeks holding No. 1 position for nine. It sold a million sheet music copies, and an estimated two million records. It became Gershwin's first hit and the biggest-selling song of his career; the money he earned from it allowed him to concentrate on theatre work and films rather than writing further single pop hits. Arthur Schwartz said: "It's ironic that he never again wrote a number equaling the sales of Swanee, which for all its infectiousness, doesn't match the individuality and subtlety of his later works.

Youtube Source

Al Jolson - About a Quarter to Nine

From The 1935 Movie "Go Into Your Dance"
featuring the song "About a Quarter to Nine"

Toot Toot Tootsie - Al Jolson

Toot Toot Tootsie - Al Jolson

Tootsie Goodbye

This is a fantastic song that has been covered by lots of great artists over the years. A few of them besides Billy Murray are Al Jolson, Brenda Lee, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Tony Bennett. The song was written by Gus Kahn, Ernie Erdman,Ted FioRito, and Dan Russo. Here's the lyrics for you to sing along with:

Well toot, toot, Tootsie, goodbye
Toot, toot, Tootsie, don't cry
That choo, choo, train that takes me
Away from you no one
Can tell how sad it makes me

Kiss me Tootsie
And then do it over again
Watch for the mail I never fail
If you don't get a letter
Then you'll know I'm in jail

Toot, toot, tootsie, don't cry
Toot toot Tootsie goodbye
Yeah, well now
Toot, toot, Tootsie, goodbye

Youtube Source

"Everybody Loves My Baby" (Boswell Sisters, 1932)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"Everybody Loves My Baby" (Boswell Sisters, 1932) 

 

The Boswell Sisters's take on Jack Palmer & Spencer Williams's best know collaboration...

EVERYBODY LOVES MY BABY

I'm as happy as a King,
Feelin' good n' everything
I'm just like a bird in Spring,
Got to let it out.
It's my sweetie, can't you guess?
Wild about her, I'll confess!
Does she love me?
Oh my, yes!

That's just why I shout:

Everybody loves my baby,
But my baby don't love nobody but me.
Nobody but me.
Everybody wants my baby,
But my baby don't want nobody but me
That's plain to see.

I am his sweet patootie and he is my lovin' man,
Knows how to do his duty,
Loves me like no other can.

That's why:
Everybody loves my baby,
But my baby don't love nobody but me.
Nobody but me!

Everybody loves my baby,
But my baby don't love nobody but me,
Nobody but me!
Everybody wants my baby,
But my baby don't want nobody but me
That's plain to see.

She's got a form like Venus, honest, I ain't talkin' Greek!
No one can come between us,
She's my Sheba, I'm her Sheik.

That's why:
Everybody loves my baby,
But my baby don't love nobody but me,
Nobody but me!
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More on the Boswell Sisters from Wiki:

The Boswell Sisters were a close harmony singing group that attained national prominence in the USA in the 1930s.

Sisters Martha Boswell (June 9, 1905 - July 2, 1958), Connee Boswell (December 3, 1907 - October 11, 1976), and Helvetia "Vet" Boswell (May 20, 1911 - November 12, 1988) were raised by a middle-class family on Camp Street in uptown New Orleans, Louisiana. Martha and Connee were born in Kansas City, Missouri. Helvetia was born in Birmingham, Alabama. (Connee's name was originally spelt Connie until she changed it in the 1940s.)

They came to be well known in New Orleans while still in their early teens, making appearances in local theaters and radio. They made their first recordings for Victor Records in 1925. However, the Boswell Sisters did not attain national attention until they moved to New York City in 1930 and started making national radio broadcasts. After a few recordings with Okeh Records in 1930, they made numerous recordings for Brunswick Records from 1931-1935. These Brunswick records are widely regarded as milestone recordings of vocal jazz. Connie's ingenious reworkings of the melodies and rhythms of popular songs, together with Glenn Miller's hot arrangements, and first rate New York jazz musicians (including The Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman, Bunny Berigan, Fulton McGrath, Joe Venuti, Arthur Schutt, Eddie Lang, Joe Tarto, Manny Klein, Dick McDonough, and Carl Kress), made these recordings unlike any others. Melodies were rearranged and slowed down, major keys were changed to minor keys (sometimes in mid-song) and rhythmic changes were par for the course. (Interestingly, the Boswell Sisters were among the very few performers allowed to make these changes to current popular tunes as during this era, music publishers and record companies pressured performers not to alter current popular song arrangements). Connee also recorded a series of more conventional solo records for Brunswick during the same period.

The name of their 1934 song "Rock and Roll" is an early use of the term. It is not one of their hotter numbers; it refers to "the rolling rocking rhythm of the sea".

In 1936, the group signed to Decca and after just 3 records, broke up (the last recording was February 12, 1936). Connee Boswell continued to have a successful solo career as a singer for Decca. She had changed the spelling of her name from Connie to Connee, reputedly because it made it easier to sign autographs. (It's interesting to note that Connee sang from a wheelchair - or seated position - during her entire career, due to an accident she suffered as a young child. Amazingly, when she tried to get involved with the U.S.O. during World War II, she was not given permission to travel overseas due to her disability.)

The Boswell Sisters chalked up 20 hits during the 1930s including the number one record "The Object of My Affection" in 1935.


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Sammy Davis Jr. sings 'Because of You'

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sammy Davis Jr. sings 'Because of You' 

The multi-talented Sammy Davis, Jr. sings "Because of You" in this 1954 television appearance. The number allows Sammy to do a number of celebrity impressions, such as Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, James Cagney, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, and Jerry Lewis. No doubt about it--Sammy was an amazing performer.