From the Record Shelves #211 - Dip Your Brush in the SunshineFrom the Record Shelves #211 – Dip Your Brush in the Sunshine – Ted Lewis (1892–1971) had a long career in the entertainment business, with his top hat and clarinet combined with great charm. In this period, at the beginning of the 1930s, he takes on the task of trying to (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #180 - My Kinda LoveFrom the Record Shelves #180 – My Kinda Love – This was probably the first record in the Vintage Series that I bought back in 1966. It is a retrospective compilation of trombonist Jack Teagarden’s participation on records from 1928 until 1957 (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #178 - MeFrom the Record Shelves #178 – Me – It’s rewarding for me to listen to American dance bands from the 20s and beginning of the 30s. We often get good melodies and fine inventive arrangements well played by the best musicians around, and then if (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #134 - Magnolia BluesFrom the Record Shelves #134 – Magnolia Blues. In 1937 a Broadway Musical called Babes in Arms with music by Rogers and Hart included songs like The Lady Is a Tramp and My Funny Valentine. Andrew Sisters had a hit with By Mir Bist Du Schön and Maxine Sullivan (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #103 - Let’s Get FriendlyFrom the Record Shelves #103 – Let’s Get Friendly. Today I listen to a Ben Selvin record for breakfast, which puts me in a good mood. Good sound thanks to transfers by Chris Ellis, good work at the original recording studios in New York and (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #88 - Just You, Just MeFrom the Record Shelves #88 – Just You, Just Me. Five minutes of bebop inspired jazz played in front of an enthusiastic audience in Hollywood. The clarinetist that is the centerpiece in Arnold Ross Quartet is the young swede Stan Hasselgard (Åke Hasselgård) (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #75 - Take It from MeFrom the Record Shelves #75 – Take It from Me. This must be one of the records that I found when I was on tour in England in the beginning of the 80s. I brought back a big pile even if I already was loaded with a lot of things. As I remember it I started out early in Birmingham (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #34 - We Were the Best of FriendsFrom the Record Shelves #34 – We Were the Best of Friends. The mysterious Blind Blake had a recording career with Paramount Records for six years between 1926 and 1932. “Mysterious” because nothing is known about the dates and places of his birth and death (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #21 - Somebody Loves YouFrom the Record Shelves #21 – Somebody Loves You. When USA went into the depression era one of the most popular orchestras led by Ted Lewis had to face a severe decline in record sales. Buying records became a luxury and then the competition from radio (…) read more and listenread more and listen