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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bea Wain, big band singers, Doris Day, end of summer, , ,   

    SUMMER SOUVENIRS 

    In a way, this post is a retroactive prequel to my EARLY AUTUMN post of Sept. 24, 2014 which recognized such classic old songs of the season as AUTUMN IN NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER SONG and (aptly enough) EARLY AUTUMN. I don’t know where you are, but where I am, tomorrow is the last day of summer, and I am off again on another seasonal trip to music’s halcyon days, before SUMMER HAS GONE:

    Doris Day, as some of you may remember, was a top movie star in the 1950s-60s. A native of my home town (Cincinnati), and still with us at age 92, she started as a big band singer in 1939. Though never one of my favorite vocalists, I think her rendition of the above is so spot-on that a FADED SUMMER LOVE curtain call is warranted:

    May your June-September memories be warm ones as autumn falls upon us, leaving behind SUMMER SOUVENIRS that live on (speaking of which, this song’s singer, 99 year old former big band vocalist Bea Wain, makes Doris Day look like a spring chicken):

     
    • Midwestern Plant Girl 6:27 am on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very beautiful autumn songs!

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    • linnetmoss 7:18 am on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Why do they all say “autumn” not “Fall”?

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      • mistermuse 8:07 am on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, if it must “fall” on me to answer that question, the songwriters probably thought “autumn” sounds classier and fits better in the lyrics (two syllables rather than one). 🙂

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    • arekhill1 9:41 am on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The leaves don’t fall off the trees until January here, Sr. Muse–the trees that do have falling leaves, palms and firs being the exception. Then they’re all greened up again by the end of March. Barely worth a tune.

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      • mistermuse 1:34 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        WINTER IN SAN DIEGO might make a good tune, Ricardo, but don’t color me green with envy, as I like spring and especially autumn too much to want to live there year-round.

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    • Cynthia Jobin 10:44 am on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      These days I can’t put Doris Day in mind without also thinking of PDQ Bach”s wonderfully sacrilegious “Agnes Dei and her sister Doris….”

      Summer is not my favorite season, so it’s okay with me that it’s coming to an end. On the other hand, I love the bittersweet fall and am much more attuned to September Song and Autumn in New York. I once saw a bit on the Johnny Carson show where he was trying to prove that if you hummed the opening bars of Autumn in New York you couldn’t possibly then remember the opening bars of Moonlight in Vermont, and vice versa.

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      • mistermuse 1:19 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        My late mother-in-law’s name was Agnes, but her last name was Haas — she was a Haaswife until the Dei she got divorced, which was extremely sacrilegious because she was Catholic….and her sister’s name was Alberta, which is pretty close to Doris if you don’t think about it, which I hope you don’t. 🙂

        Interesting bit about the bit on Johnny Carson. AUTUMN IN NEW YORK was composed by Vernon Duke in 1935, which I think was several years before MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT, so it appears the composer of the latter moonlighted as a Vernon Duke wannabe.

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    • Don Frankel 6:09 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Doris Day did the trick here Muse. Nice stuff.

      Bea Wain? Never heard of her before. But I just got done listening to her sing Heart and Soul. Really nice. She was born Beatrice Weisner in Da Bronx. I think I’ve heard of that place. Thanks for introducing her, That’s why you’re here Muse. Keep them alive.

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      • mistermuse 8:20 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Bea Wain is one of my favorite female vocalists of the big band era, Don. I own several dozen of her old 78 rpm records, but I didn’t know she is still living until I checked. Her late husband was André Baruch, a well known radio announcer whom you may have heard of — he and Bea were a famous disc jockey team known as Mr. & Mrs. Music on WMCA in NYC back in the day. He was also part of the Brooklyn Dodgers broadcast team on WMGM radio and WOR-TV from 1954 to 1956.

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    • BroadBlogs 8:27 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Bittersweet.

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    • mistermuse 9:01 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Indeed.

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    • inesephoto 4:33 pm on September 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Exquisite September post! I absolutely enjoyed the music – can listen to Doris Day for hours 🙂

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  • mistermuse 1:32 pm on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cyd Charisse, Doris Day, , , If I Didn't Care, , , Les Brown, , Modernaires, Nat King Cole Dorothy Dandridge, Ricardo Montalban, , , Stan Kenton   

    SOUNDIES — THE SEQUEL 

    For those who watched the Jukebox Saturday Night clip in my first SOUNDIES post and may not be familiar with The Ink Spots (the great 1930s-40s vocal quartet which was so humorously spoofed by the Modernaires in that clip), here is a clip of “the real thing”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvwfLe6sLis

    When the previously mentioned James Roosevelt became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1941, Tin Pan Alley great Sam Coslow (composer of many 1930s-40s hit songs) took charge of Soundies operations. As Coslow tells it in his autobiography COCKTAILS FOR TWO:

    “Panoram was a glorified juke box that ran films instead of records. Roosevelt decided to find someone who could produce a regular program of short musical films [and] decided that my background was right for the post. I had twelve years experience with musicals, writing songs and special material, recording and scoring, and, more recently, producing a feature film.”
    “Jimmy’s office was down the hall from mine in the Goldwyn studios, and we had a number of talks. He finally arranged for me to fly to Chicago to meet with [the] president of the Mills outfit. We agreed to set up a new production company called Roosevelt, Coslow and Mills, Inc., later shortened to R.C.M., Inc.”
    “I was named as production head….to turn out three shorts a week in Hollywood, plus another three a week at a studio in New York. One of the first things we did was a series with Louis Armstrong. At first I played it safe by using established musical names who happened to be around Hollywood or New York. Besides Armstrong, I hired Duke Ellington & his Orchestra, Spike Jones, and bands like Les Brown’s and Stan Kenton’s.”
    “What was more notable about the talent used in the Soundies, however, was an array of great performers who were destined to become top names in the entertainment world.  Like Doris Day, for instance….Nat King Cole….Cyd Charisse….Dorothy Dandridge….Gale Storm….Ricardo Montalban….Liberace.”
    “The concept of seeing as well as hearing popular performers had great novelty value for audiences of the day. Television was still in its experimental stage, and Soundies had the same kind of exotic appeal. The machine even makes a gag appearance in a Hollywood feature film, Hi Diddle Diddle (1943).”
    “But the machine was no joke to movie theater owners. People were spending their dimes in the Panoram, not at the box office. Theater operators banded together to combat the movie-machine menace. Several states proposed severe licensing and taxation measures to discourage the proliferation of film jukeboxes. Fortunately for Panoram owners, the proposed legislation was tabled upon the outbreak of World War II.”

    I could of course go on “Soundie-ing off,” but I need to wrap this up sooner or later, and found a clip that does so nicely:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeSlF2VDck8

     

     
    • Don Frankel 6:41 pm on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      When I started to read part one, I’m thinking James Roosevelt Marine Raider? Yup that was him.

      Now I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of Soundies. I know I’ve seen a lot of them but I never knew much about them. You’ve uncovered another gem. Great article.

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    • mistermuse 7:35 pm on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Don.
      My large collection of old books often proves invaluable when writing on a subject such as Soundies, providing more material than I could ever find online. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love it when that happens, because I can pass along interesting, little known story-behind-the-story stuff to readers who might appreciate it, such as yourself.

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