1937

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Recorded music has a centre of gravity, and it’s usually New York. Now and again, though, we have seen it temporarily shift – to New Orleans and to Chicago, and now, in one of the peak years of swing, we find ourselves in Paris, near to the closing moments of the Third Republic, with two Belgian-Romani guitarists, a French-Italian violin player, a French double-bass player and a French guitarist. This group of musicians recorded under a variety of names (and with a host of other musicians) but are best-remembered as Quintette du Hot Club de France.

The most well-known of this Quintette is almost certainly Django Reinhardt. Born to Romani-Belgian parents, Django played the guitar (initially a banjo-guitar) from the age of 12, but otherwise had little in the way of education. He was almost-completely illiterate until late into his life, and managed to spend a year in New York despite speaking no English. If that were not enough disadvantages to be dealing with, in 1928 he suffered severe burns after his caravan caught fire, and ended up spending 18 months in hospital, losing two of the fingers on his left hand. With only three fingers left to form chords, Django had to devise for himself an entirely new way to play the guitar. Inspired by Eddie Lang, the father of jazz guitar (sadly the two never played together as Lang died during a routine tonsillectomy in 1933) he was soon traveling throughout France, playing in any bar or club that could pay him. It was in one of these that he first met jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli.

I remember seeing Stéphane Grappelli on TV when I was very young, and was impressed enough to ask for an LP, which I did not really listen to. Nevertheless, it was my first introduction to jazz. Grapelli’s French mother died when he was five, and his Italian father was drafted into the army when he was six. He was passed first to Isadora Duncan’s dance school, then to a Dickensian orphanage, and only rescued when his father returned at the end of the war. Like Reinhardt, Grapelli had an instrument bought for him at the age of 12 – a violin bought by his father after pawning a suit – and while he did attend the the Conservatoire de Paris for a time, he was mostly self-taught. Aside from a short spell where he bafflingly shifted to piano, Grapelli’s life from the age of 15 was spent mostly playing violin professionally, first in a silent movie theatre, and after a few years in concerts put on by a student organisation for the promotion of jazz in France, the “Hot Club de France”

Reinhardt and Grapelli’s playing is still, 85 years later, without equal. Their antecedents are, naturally, Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti, but while that pair made some beautiful records, the way the Hot Club stretch this simple combination of instruments into such a vast array of styles, displaying such effortless virtuosity, well, it’s just breathtaking. Reinhard combines the melodies of Lang with the faster rhythms of Romani music, turning this formerly decorative, textual instument into the lead, the centre of the sound. At times his playing is dizzyingly avant-garde, but often also distinctly melodic in a very late-20th-century sort of way. Grapelli, meanwhile, grabs anything Reinhard throws at him, his improvisation described by Yehudi Menuhin as “like one of those jugglers who send 10 plates into the air and recovers them all.”

Well, I still haven’t written anything about Michel Warlop, or Josephine Baker, or Charles Trenet, or Rina Ketty, all recording in Paris this year, and yes, of course there was still a great deal going on elsewhere, and, well, you’ll just have to listen to find out.

January

0:00:00 Maurice Jaubert – Dream Sequence from Un Carnet De Bal
(Clip of Elizabeth Lomax)
(Clip from Double Wedding)
(Clip from On The Air)
0:00:52 Benny Goodman & his Orchestra – Sing, Sing, Sing
(Clip from Movietone Reviews A Memorable Year 1937)
0:04:22 The Raymond Scott Quintette – Powerhouse
(Clip from 1937-01-05 NBC Opening Day of 75th Congress)
0:06:52 Django Reinhardt Et Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France, Avec Stéphane Grappelli – Mystery Pacific
(Clip of NBC chimes)
0:08:52 The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet – Found A Wonderful Savior
(Clip of 1937-01-18 CBS March of Time)
0:11:20 Xavier Cugat – Bim Bam Bum
(Clip of 1937-01-18 CBS March of Time)
0:13:26 Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra – China Stomp (Chinatown, My Chinatown)
(Clip of 1937-01-18 CBS March of Time)
0:16:15 Ivor Moreton & Dave Kaye – Polly & Nola
(Clip of 1937-01-27 WFBR Xmitting WSM – Flood Coverage)

February

0:19:11 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Caravan
(Clip from Orson Welles Screen test)
0:21:52 Django Reinhardt – Improvisation / Sweet Georgia Brown
(Clip from 1937-02-06 MBS Kay Kyser Live from the Trianon Ballroom Chicago)
0:26:56 Jimmie Lunceford – For Dancers Only
(Clip from On The Air)
0:28:40 Udi Hrant – Huzzam Taksim
(Clip from On The Air)
0:29:51 Vulkana Stoyanova – Dimo Na Rada
(Clip from 1937-02-27 Seabiscuit – Santa Anita)
0:32:04 Jimmie Revard & His Oklahoma Boys – Fox And Hounds
(Clip from Movietone Reviews A Memorable Year 1937)

March

0:34:53 Atilla The Hun – Roosevelt In Trinidad
(Clip from 1937-03-04 FDR Second Inaugural Address)
0:37:43 Benny Goodman Quartet – Bei Mir Bist Du Schon – Part 2
0:38:33 Andrews Sisters – Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
(Clip from 1937-03-18 MBS Duke Ellington Live from the Cotton Club)
0:42:02 Cootie Williams (Ellington) – Pigeons And Peppers
(Clip from 1937-03-18 MBS Duke Ellington Live from the Cotton Club)
0:45:26 Billie Holiday – My Man
(Clip from The Shadow – Circle Of Death)
0:48:41 Robert Johnson – Me And The Devil Blues (Take 2)
(Clip from Marked Woman)
0:51:11 Artie Shaw – Blues Part 1
(Clip from A Day At The Races)

April

0:53:07 Peetie Wheatstraw – Peetie Wheatstraw Stomp
(Clip from The Cinnamon Bear)
0:55:40 Count Basie – Exactly Like You
(Clip from 1937-04-18 CBS We The People Dinosaur Tracks)
0:58:33 Ciro Rimac – Yo Me Ba
(Clip from 1937-04-18 CBS We The People Dinosaur Tracks)
1:01:40 Kucuk Nezihe Hanim And Sukru Tunar – Agladim Aci Cektim
(Clip from 1937-04-18 CBS We The People Dinosaur Tracks)
1:03:29 Michel Warlop – Taj Mahal (Orchestre + Django Reinhardt)
(Clip from 1937-04-19 PTT General Franco Cree La Phalange Espagnole a Salamanque)
1:07:02 Secco’s Gitano’s – Hora
(Clip from A Day At The Races)
1:09:10 Hoosier Hot Shots – Goofus

May

(Clip from Maytime)
1:11:57 Vanvakaris Markos – Taksimi Zeimpekiko
(Clip from Movietone Reviews A Memorable Year 1937)
(Clip from 1937-05-06 WLS Hindenberg Disaster Herbert Morrison)
1:15:31 Frank Churchill, Paul J. Smith & Leigh Harline – Magic Mirror
(Clip from 1937-05 RRG Cpt Hans von Schiller – Lakehurst Memorial Service)
1:16:36 Marlene Dietrich – Lili Marlene
(Clip of Charles Laughton)
1:18:19 The Caresser – Edward The VII
(Clip from Movietone Reviews A Memorable Year 1937)
1:20:18 Executor – Reign Of The Georges
(Clip of Charles Laughton)
1:21:51 Fats Waller – Tea For Two
(Clip of 1937-05-20 Tommy Woodrooffe on a Royal Navy Fleet Review)
1:25:15 Django Reinhardt – Swing Guitars

June

1:26:19 Frank Churchill, Paul J. Smith & Leigh Harline – I’m Wishing
1:27:34 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers – Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
(Clip from Pathe Gazette Presents The Derby 1937)
1:30:08 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Right Or Wrong
(Clip from Saratoga)
1:33:07 Harlem Hamfats – Root Hog Or Die
(Clip from Meet the Girl who Became a Man, Australian Cinesound newsreel)
1:35:17 Sosyete Boumba, Marileanne Joseph – Ezili Si Ou Mande Manje, Map Bayou Li
(Clip from Movietone Reviews A Memorable Year 1937)
1:36:38 Septeto Anacaona – Oh! Marambé Maramba
(Clip from Angel)
1:37:26 Peter Kreuder – Shall We Dance (Solisten)

July

(Clip from On The Air)
1:39:02 Rex Stewart And His 52nd Street Stompers – Back Room Romp
(Clip from Easy Living)
1:41:58 Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra – Sun Showers
(Clip from 1937-07-09 Red Barber – Joe Dimaggio Radio Call)
1:45:19 Ink Spots – Swing High, Swing Low
(Clip from 1937-07-20 MBS WOR Marconi Memorial Program)
1:46:56 T. V. Ramaswami Sastrigal, Vikatam Vidwan, Thiruvisalur – Sky Lark Squirrel Country Oil Mill Red Bird
(Clip from 1937-07-20 MBS WOR Marconi Memorial Program)
1:47:18 Elsie Carlisle – So Many Memories
(Clip from 1937-07-20 MBS WOR Marconi Memorial Program)
1:48:41 Loumé Fréice Of The Sosyete Viyolon – En Avant Simple
(Clip from Movietone Reviews A Memorable Year 1937)
1:49:14 Quintette Du Hot Club De France – Boléro

August

(Clip from Movietone Reviews A Memorable Year 1937)
1:52:16 Akasaka Koume – Asama No Kemuri
(Clip from Song at Midnight)
1:53:50 Zhou Xuan – When Will You Return?
(Clip From 1937-08-27 NBC KGU Interviews With Refugees From China Sino-Japanese War)
1:55:40 Koichi Sugii – Setsu Kagoshima Ohara
1:58:39 Amaunalik K’âvigak’ – Song In A Fable
1:58:48 Raymond Scott – War Dance For Wooden Indians
(Clip from The Shadow 37-11-28 Circle Of Death)
(Clip from Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs)
2:01:51 Count Basie – Boogie Woogie
(Clip from Dead End)
2:04:57 Jones-Smith Incorporated – Shoe Shine Boy

September

(Clip from Dime a Dance)
2:08:02 Nadezhda Zlateva – Slushai Malka Mome
2:09:59 Maurice Jaubert – Dream Sequence from Un Carnet De Bal
2:12:53 Charles Trenet – Je Chante
2:15:23 Josephine Baker – Toc Toc Partout (+ Rogers)
2:17:30 Lou Bandy – Conference Vakantie
2:17:49 Rina Ketty – Le Clocher D’ Amour
(Clip from Pepe le Moko)
2:19:07 Quintette Du Hot Club De France – Mabel

October

2:23:13 William Butler Yeats – The Lake Isle of Innisfree
2:24:20 Arthur Schnabel – Sonata No 4, E Flat Major, Op 7 Largo, Con Gran Espressione
2:26:24 Virginia Woolf – The Recorded Voice Of Virginia Woolf
2:26:45 Carroll Gibbons – There’s A Lull In My Life (Vocal – Anne Lenner)
(Clip from 1937-10-12 NBC Fireside Address FDR)
2:29:42 Django Reinhardt Et Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France, Avec Stéphane Grappelli – Chicago
(Clip from 1937-10-13 CBS Benny Goodman Live from the Hotel Pennsylvania)
2:33:24 Benny Goodman Quartet – Avalon
(Clip from Dime a Dance)
2:36:10 Rof Acuff – Steel Guitar Blues
(Clip from 1937-10-22 NBC Ben Davis Jr)
2:39:36 Ella Fitzgerald feat. Chick Webb And His Orchestra – When I Get Low I Get High
(Clip from Movietone Reviews A Memorable Year 1937)
(Clip of Amelia Earhart On The Future Of Women In Flying)
(Clip from Krazy’s Race of Time)
2:42:34 The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet – Golden Gate Gospel Train

November

2:45:03 Robert Johnson – Love In Vain Blues (Take 1)
(Clip from Angel)
2:47:32 Kemani Nubar – Bahriye Cifte Telli
(Clip from 1937-11-20 NBCB Believe it or Not Colonel Stoopnagle)
2:49:20 Markos Vamvakaris – Oli I Rembetes Tu Dunia
(Clip from One Hundred Men and a Girl)
2:51:42 Patsy Montana – I Wanna Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart
(Clip from Lost Horizon)
2:53;34 Group Of Haitian Men And Women, Saul Polinice, Louis Marseille, Ciceron Marseille – Papa Legba Ouvri Baryè-A
2:54:16 W.M. Stepp – Bonaparte’s Retreat
(Clip from Around The Corner – How Differential Steering Works)
2:56:00 Big Joe Williams – Rooting Ground Hog
(Clip from Way Out West)
(Clip from A Star Is Born)
(Clip from Stage Door)
(Clip from Marked Woman)
(Clip from Easy Living)
(Clip from Young & Innocent)
(Clip from Nothing Sacred)
(Clip from A Damsel In Distress)
(Clip from You Only Live Once)
(Clip from A Day At The Races)
(Clip from The Hurriicane)
(Clip from The Good Earth)
3:00:31 Yenz’ Inqab’ Intombi (Zulu; South Africa) – Evening Birds

December

(Clip from 1937-12-12 NBC TCSH Mae West)
3:01:57 Roy Rogers – Cowboy Night Herd Song
(Clip from 1937-12-12 NBC TCSH Mae West)
3:03:40 George Formby – Hi Tiddley Hi Ti Island
(Clip from 1937-12-12 NBC TCSH Mae West)
3:05:29 Bing Crosby – Sweet Lelani
(Clip from 1937-12-12 NBC TCSH Mae West)
3:08:10 Teddy Weatherford – Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Piano Solo)
(Clip from 1937-12-12 NBC TCSH Mae West)
3:10:20 A Jam Session At Victor – Honeysuckle Rose
(Clip from 1937-12-12 NBC TCSH Mae West)
3:13:25 Willie ‘ The Lion ‘ Smith – I’m All Out Of Breath
(Clip from 1937-12-12 NBC TCSH Mae West)
3:16:08 Michel Warlop – Christmas Swing (+ Django Reinhardt & Louis Vola)
(Clip of NBC chimes)

The Mid 1930s: The Symphony

A mix of classical / orchestral music recorded in the years 1934 to 1936, featuring solos from Sergei Rachmaninoff, Pablo Casals and Arthur Schnabel and musicians conducted by Nicolas Slonimsky and Leopold Stokowski.

0:00:00 Percussion Ensemble Cond. By Nicolas Slonimsky – Ionisation (1934)
0:05:30 Leopold Stokowski & Philadelphia Orchestra – Bach Toccata And Fugue In D-Minor (1934)
0:14:51 Sergei Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (1934)
0:36:59 Arthur Schnabel – Sonata No 21 In C Major, Op 53 ‘waldstein’ I Allegro Con Brio (1934)
0:46:50 Arthur Schnabel – Sonata No 29 In B Flat Major Op 106 ‘hammerklavier’ Iv Largo – Allegro Risoluto (1935)
0:57:52 Georges Boulanger – Avant De Mourir (My Prayer) (1935)
1:00:24 Georges Boulanger – La Trioletta (1936)
1:03:23 Pablo Casals – Suite No. 2 In D Minor (1936)
1:07:04 Busch Quartet – String Quartet No. 12 In E Flat Op. 127 – Ii. Adagio Ma Non Troppo, Molto Cantabile (1936)
1:23:45 Erna Berger, Tiana Lemnitz – Strauss (R)- Der Rosenkavalier – Ist Ein Traum, Kann Nicht Wirklich Sein (1936)

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1936

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As we journey through the 20th century, another parallel progression is taking place. In the now little remembered days of, 1901, this project involved collecting whatever meagre heavily-mediated artefacts survived and trying to knit them together into a narrative which felt like it made sense. For the long-forgotten years of the Edwardian era, this made sense, but as the devastation of the First World War started, the inadequacy of the sources available became suddenly stark. Who were these dance bands playing hot ragtime, and why were they so completely oblivious to the events going on in Europe? There was a forced myopia, and we just had to put up with it.

But then we had jazz, blues, country, electrical recordings, sound films, radio, newsreels; all expanding the pool of available sounds, cross-fertilizing, widening the pallet. As you know, of course, another war is now approaching. Perhaps it would be hyperbole to say the distant rumbles can be felt throughout these recordings, perhaps this is all in my interpretation and in yours, but this mix does feel to me like a picture of a year, not just a picture of a year’s music.

This, naturally, adds complications. I know very little of the lives of the musicians featured so far. Their contribution has been the joy their music can bring, and at this distant a perspective everything else about their lives – though likely very interesting – is not relevant to the project. This mix, on the other hand, includes the voices of Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin. To leave them out entirely would be to paint a sanitised picture of the year, but it is vital not to let them set the agenda. I have tried, to the best of my ability, to present them each briefly, with appropriate mournfulness or mockery. I can’t promise that I’ve always achieved this as well as I would like, but I promise I have tried.

This tracklisting has been divided up month-by month in order to be more easily digestible.

January – Swing Is Here

0:00:00 NBC Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 In A Major Op. 92. Ii. Allegretto
(Clips from 1936-01-03 Opening Day of 74th Congress)
0:00:34 Busch Quartet – String Quartet No. 12 In E Flat Op. 127
(Clip from My Man Godfrey)
(Clip from AT&T Archives Introduction to the Dial Telephone)
0:02:21 Gene Krupa – Swing Is Here (+ Benny Goodman)
(Clip from Rose Marie)
0:05:16 Ink Spots – Stompin’ At The Savoy
0:06:17 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra – Stompin’ At The Savoy
(Clip from Reefer Madness)
0:08:28 Memphis Minnie – New Orleans Stop Time
0:11:21 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Steel Guitar Rag
0:14:08 Ciro Rimacs Rumba-Orchester – Maxixe-Carioca

February – Nightmail

(Clip from Disorder in the Court)
0:15:58 Lion – Four Mills Brothers
(Clip from Le Vrai Jeu)
0:18:41 Charles Trenet – Tout Est Au Duc
(Clip from Anthony Adverse)
0:20:56 Django Reinhardt Et Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France, Avec Stéphane Grappelli – Limehouse Blues
0:23:38 W. H. Auden – On This Island
0:24:27 Benjamin Britten, Stuart Legg and John Grierson – Nightmail
0:27:35 The Benny Goodman Quartet – Tiger Rag (Take 1)
(Clip from Cain & Mabel)
0:30:37 Ella Fitzgerald feat. Chick Webb And His Orchestra – Sing Me A Swing Song (And Let Me Dance)
(Clip from Rose Marie)
0:32:24 Jones-Smith Incorporated – Lady Be Good
0:35:29 Slim & Slam – The Flat Foot Floogie

March – There May Be Trouble Ahead

0:38:15 Robert Johnson – Cross Road Blues (Take 2)
(Clip from 1936-03-01 King Edward VIII – The first broadcast to the Empire as King)
0:41:18 Fred Astaire – Let’s Face The Music And Dance (Soundtrack)
(Clip from 1936-03-01 King Edward VIII – The first broadcast to the Empire as King)
0:43:27 Barney Bigard And His Jazzopaters – Caravan
(Clip from 1936-03-07 PTT Albert Sarrault Proteste Contre Loccupation De La Rhenanie)
0:44:27 Josephine Baker – Mayari
0:46:20 Sukru Tunar – Suzinak Taksim
0:47:05 Sukru Tunar – Karslama
(Clip from 1936-03-xx Winston Churchill – The Loaded Pause)
0:49:09 Ramadan Lolov – Orientalski Kyuchek
(Clip from 1936-03-19 NBC ATMOTA – The Supreme Court and the Constitution)
0:50:49 Milton Brown – Somebody’s Been Using That Thing
(Clip from Pathe Review of 1936)

April – Will the Machine Dominate Man?

0:52:37 Phil Green – Nobody’s Sweetheart (Ballyhooligans)
(Clip from 1936-04-02 NBC ATMOTA – Will Unionization Promote Industrial Recovery)
0:54:31 Kōichi Sugii – Kiso Takashi
0:57:15 Walter De La Mare – Nod
0:58:15 Roy Acuff and his Crazy Tennesseeans – Great Speckled Bird
(Clip from 1936-04-16 NBC ATMOTA – Will the Machine Dominate Man)
1:00:14 Lonnie Glosson – Arkansas Hard Luck Blues
(Clip from 1936-04-16 NBC ATMOTA – Will the Machine Dominate Man)
1:03:11 Harlem Hamfats – Weed Smoker’s Dream
(Clip from 1936-04-17 PTT Maurice Thorez)
1:06:31 Edith Piaf – Je Suis Mordue
(Clip from John Wayne in The Lawless Nineties)
1:08:10 Sri Ma Keow & Chai Wat – Courting The Woman From Chiang Mai

May – Play Faster!

(Gennett Sound Effects – Rainfall and Thunder)
(Clip from 1936-05-01 Adolf Hitler Speech at Krupp Factory in Germany)
1:09:18 NBC Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 In A Major Op. 92. Ii. Allegretto
(Clip from 1936-05-09 EIAR Benito Mussolini – Vincere)
(Clip from 1936-05-09 EIAR Reports End Of Ethiopian War)
1:10:03 Pablo Casals – Excerpt from Suite No. 2 In D Minor
(Clip of Spencer Tracy in Fury)
1:10:59 Anestis Delias – Sura Ke Mastura
(Clip of Shirley Temple in Poor Little Rich Girl)
1:13:00 Septeto Anacaona – Despúes Que Sufras
(Clip from Dodsworth)
1:16:02 Meade ‘Lux’ Lewis – Celeste Blues
(Clip from Camile)
1:18:03 Mary Lou Williams – Corny Rhythm
(Clip from Reefer Madness)
1:21:15 Albert Ammons – Nagasaki
(Clip from The Story of Louis Pasteur)
1:23:05 Little Brother Montgomery – Farish Street Jive
1:24:23 W. H. Auden – May

June – Red Hot

1:25:17 Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra – Pennies From Heaven
(Clip from After The Thin Man)
1:28:35 Georgia White – Get ’em From The Peanut Man (Hot Nuts)
(Clip from 1936-06-12 Alfred M Landon Speech)
1:30:25 Fats Waller & His Rhythm – It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie
(Clip from 1936-06-26 CBS Democratic Convention)
1:34:54 Louis Armstrong – Mahogany Hall Stomp
(Clip from 1936-06-26 CBS Democratic Convention)
1:13:16 Bo Carter – Cigarette Blues
1:39:34 Robert Johnson – They’re Red Hot
(Clip from Rembrandt)
1:41:07 Lil Johnson – Sam The Hot Dog Man
(Clip from Tarzan Escapes)
1:43:12 Lead Belly – Pig Meat Papa
(Clip from The Story of Louis Pasteur)

July – Now You’re Singing With A Swing

1:44:34 Jesse James – Southern Casey Jones
(Clip from Green Pastures)
1:46:41 Hall Negro Quartet – I’ve Heard Of A City Called Heaven
1:47:30 Elder Otis Jones – O Lord I’m Your Child
1:49:30 Mahmut Celalettin And Udi Marko – Yuzu Pembe
(Clip from AT&T Archives Introduction to the Dial Telephone)
1:50:44 Cuarteto Marcano – Sucedio Lo Que Tenia Que Suceder
(Clip from Disorder in the Court)
1:52:39 Billie Holiday – Summertime
(Clip from 1936-06-30 Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia – Addresses League of Nations)
(Clip from Ten Year Old Boy Pilot)
1:55:50 Benny Goodman – Bugle Call Rag
(Clip from Mr Deeds Goes to Town)
1:58:48 Louis Prima And His New Orleans Gang – Sing, Sing, Sing
2:00:40 RCA – First Television Broadcast July 7, 1936

August – Quite Beyond the Reach of Young Women

2:04:28 Benny Goodman Trio – Tiger Rag
(Clip from 1936-07-28 DRF Jessie Owens Interview)
2:06:54 Johnny Rodríguez Y Su Orchestra – Mulatica
(Clip from 1936-07-31 RRG Radio – Olympic Fire Handed Over At The Czech-German Border)
2:10:01 Karlo – Vladaisko Horo
(Clip from 1936-08-16 Olympic Sports In Berlin)
2:11:59 Stuff Smith Onyx Club Boys – I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music
(Clip from 1936-08-16 Olympic Sports In Berlin)
(Clip fom 1936-xx-xx RRG Edgar Stahff – The Olympic Games And Foreign Germans)
2:14:50 Andy Kirk & his Twelve Clouds – Lotta Sax Appeal
(Clip from Sabotage)
2:18:08 King Radio – Texilia
(Clip from The World’s Tallest Man Robert Wadlow)
2:19:39 George Formby – When I’m Cleaning Windows
2:21:18 George Formby – Quickfire Medley
(Clip from Winterset)

September – My Hours Are Slumberless

2:21:42 Teddy Wilson – Blues In C Sharp
(Clip from 1936-08-30 Franklin D. Roosevelt – I Hate War Speech)
2:25:03 Hal Kemp – Gloomy Sunday
(Clip from 1936-xx-xx Leon Trotsky – On Stalins Moscow Trials)
2:27:36 Busch Quartet – String Quartet No. 12 In E Flat Op. 127
(Clip from 1936-xx-xx PCPT Josef Stalin – On Germany)
(Clip from 1936-xx-xx PCPT Josef Stalin – Will Do His Duty)
(Clip from 1936-xx-xx PCPT Josef Stalin – Workers Paradise)
2:28:42 Walter De La Mare – Song Of Shadows
2:29:15 Barney Bigard (Duke Ellington) – Clouds In My Heart
(Clip from Pathe Review of 1936)
2:31:16 Stellio Et Son Orchestre Creole – Encore Cinq Minutes Veux-Tu!
(Clip from 1936-xx-xx BBC Chamberlain On Tax Hikes For Armaments)
2:32:47 Ink Spots – Christopher Columbus
2:34:28 Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers – The Gypsy

October – Vote For Mr Rhythm

(Clip from 1936-10-01 FDR Speech DNC Pittsburgh)
2:38:02 Chick Webb And His Orchestra – Vote For Mr. Rhythm
(Clip from 1936-10-02 WCFL City Series Game 2 Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox)
2:40:41 Riki Miyagawa – Yume Miru Kokoro
(Clip from 1936-10-03 NBC World Series Game 3 NY Giants vs NY Yankees)
2:42:46 The Spirits Of Rhythm – My Old Man
2:44:28 Putney Dandridge – Skeleton In The Closet
(Clip from Hra Bublinek)
2:45:48 Márkos Vamvakáris – Mávra Mátia Mávra Frýdia
(Clip from Mon Père avait raison)
2:47:04 Charles Trenet – Vous Oubliez Votre Cheval
(Clip from 1936-10-28 FDR Fiftieth Anniversary Of Statue Of Liberty)
2:48:46 Georges Boulanger – La Trioletta7
(Clip from Disorder in the Court)
2:50:20 Lew Childre – It Don’t Do Nothing But Rain
(Clip from 1936-10-31 Franklin D. Roosevelt – I Welcome Their Hatred)

November – Isn’t Jazz Just A Lot Of Noise?

2:52:23 J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers – John Henry Was A Little Boy
(Clip from 1936-10-31 Houdinis Final Seance)
2:54:09 Henry Hall BBC Dance Orchestra – Rusty And Dusty
(Clip from 1936-11-02 The First BBC Programme)
2:56:03 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Basin Street Blues
(Clip from NBC ATMOTA)
(Clip from 1936-11-16 Winston Churchill – The Causes of War)
3:00:10 Hackberry Ramblers – J’ai Pas Bien Fey
(Clip from 1936-11-30 British Pathe – Crystal Palace Fire Aka Great Fire Destroys Crystal Palace)
3:01:46 Marian Anderson – Heav’n, Heav’n
(Clip from 1936-11-26 NBC ATMOTA – What Does the Public Want in Music)
3:02:43 Django Reinhardt Et Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France, Avec Stéphane Grappelli – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
(Clip from 1936-11-26 NBC ATMOTA – What Does the Public Want in Music)
3:06:18 Duke Ellington – In A Sentimental Mood
(Clip from 1936-11-26 NBC ATMOTA – What Does the Public Want in Music)
3:07:56 Mahmut Celalettin – Neva Ussak Gazel
(Clip from 1936-11-26 NBC ATMOTA – What Does the Public Want in Music)

December – No Regrets

3:09:45 Orchestre Del’s Jazz Biguine – Nain Cochon
(Clip from 1936-11-26 NBC ATMOTA – What Does the Public Want in Music)
3:12:45 Mildred Bailey – Long About Midnight
(Clip from 1936-12-11 King Edward VIII – Abdication Speech)
3:16:30 Blind Boy Fuller – I’m A Rattlesnakin’ Daddy
(Clip from Alastair Cooke on Katherine Hepburn)
3:18:13 Tino Rossi – Le Mur De Ton Jardin
3:21:10 W. H. Auden – A Bride in the 30’s
3:23:06 Busch Quartet – String Quartet No. 12 In E Flat Op. 127
(Clip from 1936-12-29 MBS First Coast To Coast Broadcast)
3:24:42 Futaba Akiko & Columbia Rhythm Boys – Biroudo No Tsuki
(Clip from The Petrified Forest)
3:27:07 Billie Holiday – No Regrets

1936 Preview Part 1

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January

0:00:00 NBC Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 In A Major Op. 92. Ii. Allegretto
(Clips from 1936-01-03 Opening Day of 74th Congress)
0:00:34 Busch Quartet – String Quartet No. 12 In E Flat Op. 127
(Clip from My Man Godfrey)
(Clip from AT&T Archives Introduction to the Dial Telephone)
0:02:21 Gene Krupa – Swing Is Here (+ Benny Goodman)
(Clip from Rose Marie)
0:05:16 Ink Spots – Stompin’ At The Savoy
0:06:17 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra – Stompin’ At The Savoy
(Clip from Reefer Madness)
0:08:28 Memphis Minnie – New Orleans Stop Time
0:11:21 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Steel Guitar Rag
0:14:08 Ciro Rimacs Rumba-Orchester – Maxixe-Carioca

February

(Clip from Disorder in the Court)
0:15:58 Lion – Four Mills Brothers
(Clip from Le Vrai Jeu)
0:18:41 Charles Trenet – Tout Est Au Duc
(Clip from Anthony Adverse)
0:20:56 Django Reinhardt Et Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France, Avec Stéphane Grappelli – Limehouse Blues
0:23:38 W. H. Auden – On This Island
0:24:27 Benjamin Britten, Stuart Legg and John Grierson – Nightmail
0:27:35 The Benny Goodman Quartet – Tiger Rag (Take 1)
(Clip from Cain & Mabel)
0:30:37 Ella Fitzgerald feat. Chick Webb And His Orchestra – Sing Me A Swing Song (And Let Me Dance)
(Clip from Rose Marie)
0:32:24 Jones-Smith Incorporated – Lady Be Good
0:35:29 Slim & Slam – The Flat Foot Floogie

March

0:38:15 Robert Johnson – Cross Road Blues (Take 2)
(Clip from 1936-03-01 King Edward VIII – The first broadcast to the Empire as King)
0:41:18 Fred Astaire – Let’s Face The Music And Dance (Soundtrack)
(Clip from 1936-03-01 King Edward VIII – The first broadcast to the Empire as King)
0:43:27 Barney Bigard And His Jazzopaters – Caravan
(Clip from 1936-03-07 PTT Albert Sarrault Proteste Contre Loccupation De La Rhenanie)
0:44:27 Josephine Baker – Mayari
0:46:20 Sukru Tunar – Suzinak Taksim
0:47:05 Sukru Tunar – Karslama
(Clip from 1936-03-xx Winston Churchill – The Loaded Pause)
0:49:09 Ramadan Lolov – Orientalski Kyuchek
(Clip from 1936-03-19 NBC ATMOTA – The Supreme Court and the Constitution)
0:50:49 Milton Brown – Somebody’s Been Using That Thing
(Clip from Pathe Review of 1936)

April

0:52:37 Phil Green – Nobody’s Sweetheart (Ballyhooligans)
(Clip from 1936-04-02 NBC ATMOTA – Will Unionization Promote Industrial Recovery)
0:54:31 Kōichi Sugii – Kiso Takashi
0:57:15 Walter De La Mare – Nod
0:58:15 Roy Acuff and his Crazy Tennesseeans – Great Speckled Bird
(Clip from 1936-04-16 NBC ATMOTA – Will the Machine Dominate Man)
1:00:14 Lonnie Glosson – Arkansas Hard Luck Blues
(Clip from 1936-04-16 NBC ATMOTA – Will the Machine Dominate Man)
1:03:11 Harlem Hamfats – Weed Smoker’s Dream
(Clip from 1936-04-17 PTT Maurice Thorez)
1:06:31 Edith Piaf – Je Suis Mordue
(Clip from John Wayne in The Lawless Nineties)
1:08:10 Sri Ma Keow & Chai Wat – Courting The Woman From Chiang Mai

May

(Gennett Sound Effects – Rainfall and Thunder)
(Clip from 1936-05-01 Adolf Hitler Speech at Krupp Factory in Germany)
1:09:18 NBC Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 In A Major Op. 92. Ii. Allegretto
(Clip from 1936-05-09 EIAR Benito Mussolini – Vincere)
(Clip from 1936-05-09 EIAR Reports End Of Ethiopian War)
1:10:03 Pablo Casals – Excerpt from Suite No. 2 In D Minor
(Clip of Spencer Tracy in Fury)
1:10:59 Anestis Delias – Sura Ke Mastura
(Clip of Shirley Temple in Poor Little Rich Girl)
1:13:00 Septeto Anacaona – Despúes Que Sufras
(Clip from Dodsworth)
1:16:02 Meade ‘Lux’ Lewis – Celeste Blues
(Clip from Camile)
1:18:03 Mary Lou Williams – Corny Rhythm
(Clip from Reefer Madness)
1:21:15 Albert Ammons – Nagasaki
(Clip from The Story of Louis Pasteur)
1:23:05 Little Brother Montgomery – Farish Street Jive
1:24:23 W. H. Auden – May

June

1:25:17 Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra – Pennies From Heaven
(Clip from After The Thin Man)
1:28:35 Georgia White – Get ’em From The Peanut Man (Hot Nuts)
(Clip from 1936-06-12 Alfred M Landon Speech)
1:30:25 Fats Waller & His Rhythm – It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie
(Clip from 1936-06-26 CBS Democratic Convention)
1:34:54 Louis Armstrong – Mahogany Hall Stomp
(Clip from 1936-06-26 CBS Democratic Convention)
1:13:16 Bo Carter – Cigarette Blues
1:39:34 Robert Johnson – They’re Red Hot
(Clip from Rembrandt)
1:41:07 Lil Johnson – Sam The Hot Dog Man
(Clip from Tarzan Escapes)
1:43:12 Lead Belly – Pig Meat Papa
(Clip from The Story of Louis Pasteur)

1935

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“Even to mention the 1930s is to evoke the period when human civilisation entered its darkest, bloodiest chapter. No case needs to be argued; just to name the decade is enough. It is a byword for mass poverty, violent extremism and the gathering storm of world war. “The 1930s” is not so much a label for a period of time than it is rhetorical shorthand – a two-word warning from history.” – Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian

I am not a historian, but I have a clear enough understanding of what The Thirties means. It starts with the great depression and ends with the world going to war. Bad stuff all round. But sound recordings preserve little of the buildup of fascism in Europe or the struggles of the dustbowl and Hooverville. At this time, more than ever, music seems to be an escape.

In the USA Ella Fitzgerald is singing with Chick Webb’s band, Billie Holiday is performing with Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman has made swing the universal music of American youth, Tommy Dorsey has turned jazz into mainstream entertainment. In France, Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grapelli are already recording in the Hot Club. In Hollywood, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rodgers are performing in Top Hat, The Marx Brothers in A Night At The Opera, and “Gold Diggers of 1935” introduces the Lullaby of Broadway.

This was a hard mix to make, too much good material and none of it really standing out from the crowd. In the end I jammed it all in and let it spread out. The result is surprisingly varied throughout (it was easier not to front-load with such a varied selection available) and I think it works, but will let you be the judge of that.

Is this an accurate picture of the mid 1930s? I cannot say, but it certainly doesn’t feel like a world of darkness and despair.

Track list

0:00:00 Centuries of Sound – 1935 Audio Collage Intro
(Clip of HMV Weather Effects – Wind)
(Clip from Hitler Youth Rally Speech from Triumph Of The Will)
(Clip from NBC Joe Louis vs Max Baer)
(MGM Lion Roar)
0:01:09 Tommy Dorsey & His Clambake Seven – The Music Goes ‘Round And ‘Round
(Clip from Top Hat)
0:05:31 Fred Astaire – Isn’t This A Lovely Day
(Clip of Carl Sandburg)
0:08:39 Lydia Mendoza – Palida Luna
(Clip of Robert Benchley – David O. Selznick ‘Your New Producer’ Short Film)
0:11:24 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – St. Louis Blues
0:14:28 Boswell Sisters – St. Louis Blues
(Clip of Groucho Marx in A Night at the Opera)
0:15:21 Fats Waller – Truckin’
(Clip from No Ghosts)
0:18:13 Mills Blue Rhythm Band – Harlem Heat
(Clip from Stoopnagle and Budd – If We Supervised Radio)
0:21:51 Hoosier Hot Shots – I Like Bananas Because They Have No Bones
(Clip from Review of 1935)
0:23:37 Kokomo Arnold – How Long How Long Blues
(Clip from NBC ATMOTA – Personal Liberty and the Modern State with Lawrence Dennis & Lena Madison Phillips)
0:26:07 Omolo Washiembu – N. Odera (Luo; Kenya)
(Clip from Review of 1935)
0:27:45 Benny Goodman Orchestra – Eeny Meeny Miney Mo
(Clip from Marihuana)
0:29:43 Memphis Minnie – Selling My Pork Chops
(Clip from Marihuana)
0:32:38 Leslie Hutchinson – Anything Goes
(Clip from NBC WEAF Let’s Dance – Benny Goodman)
0:34:15 Nat Gonella – Tiger Rag
0:36:32 Nakano Tadaharu & Columbia Rhythm Boys – Tiger Rag

(Shirley Temple Organ Grinder’s Swing Scene from The Littlest Rebel)
0:38:09 Chick Webb & His Orchestra – Down Home Rag
(Clip from Hollywood Extra Girl)
0:39:54 Chick Webb & His Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald – I’ll Chase The Blues Away
(Clip from Review of 1935)
(Clip from EIAR Benito Mussolini – Italy Invades Ethiopia)
0:42:34 Oum Kalthoum – Lehy Ya Zaman Kana Hawaya
(Clip from CBS Calling All Cars)
0:44:22 Udi Hrant – Hicaz Taksim
(Clip from James Weldon Johnson – The Creation)
0:44:50 Georges Boulanger – Avant De Mourir (My Prayer)
(Clip from Carl Sandburg – The People, Yes)
0:47:52 Professor Wali Ullah Khan – Sitar Instrumental
(Clip from Mad Love trailer)
0:49:22 Wingy Manone & His Orchestra – Black Coffee
(Clip from A Night at the Opera)
0:51:55 Tiger – Marabella Wedding
(Clip from CBS Calling All Cars)
0:53:23 Giorgos Batis – I Filakes Tu Oropu
(Clip from The 39 Steps)
0:54:44 Xavier Cugat – Mama Inez
(Clip from Review Of The Year 1935)
0:57:02 Hildegarde – Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
0:59:35 Jean Sablon with Django Reinhardt – Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup

(Clip from PTT Leon Degrelle Denonce Les Scandales En Belgique)
1:02:49 Josephine Baker – Reves
1:05:19 Maurice Chevalier – Les Mirlitons

(Clip from A Party On A California Isle Avalon, beside the bay)
1:07:26 Winnifred Shaw & Dick Powell – Lullaby Of Broadway
1:08:25 Boswell Sisters – Lullaby Of Broadway
1:09:10 Winnifred Shaw & Dick Powell – Lullaby Of Broadway

(Clip from Bing Crosby Studio Dialogue)
1:10:37 Bing Crosby – Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle
(Clip from Bing Crosby Studio Dialogue)
1:12:27 Stéphane Grappelli’s Hot Four – I Got Rhythm
(Clip from Review Of The Year 1935)
(Clip from Screen Interview With Sheffield Wednesday)
(Clip from Cup Final 1935)
(Clip from Interview With Captains)
1:17:08 Egbert Moore – M.C.C. vs. West Indies
(Clip from Review Of The Year 1935)
1:20:12 Henry Hall BBC Dance Orchestra (Vocal Dan Donovan) – Mickey’s Son And Daughter
(Clip from The 39 Steps)
1:22:40 Western Brothers – We’re Frightfully BBC
(Clip from W.C. Fields in David Copperfield)
1:25:29 Noel Coward – Don’t Put Your Daughter On The Stage Mrs. Worthington
(Clip from David Copperfield)
1:27:25 George Formby – Fanlight Fanny
(Clip from The Three Stooges in Uncivil Warriors)
1:29:41 Goebble Reeves The Texas Drifter – The Cowboy’s Dizzy Sweetheart
(Clip from Chevrolet Ad)
1:32:35 The Ink Spots – Your Feet’s Too Big
(Clip from A Night at the Opera)
1:36:10 Lucille Bogan – Barbecue Bess
(Clip from Financing The American Family)
1:38:48 Bunny Berigan – Chicken And Waffles
(Clip from Billy Costello – I’m Popeye The Sailor Man)
1:41:00 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Osage Stomp
1:43:32 Fănică Luca – Tudorițo, Nene

(Clip from Métodos Infalíveis Para Acabar Com A Insônia)
1:45:51 Michel Warlop Et Son Orchestre – Strange Harmony
(Clip from NBC ATMOTA – Has the New Deal Promoted or Retarded Business Recovery)
1:48:20 Petit Mirsha – Vieni Vieni (+ Django Reinhardt)
1:50:18 3 Flutes & Vocal – Kuadinkro Bessueba
1:50:49 Lawrence Tibbett – Summertime

(Clip from Carl Sandburg – The People, Yes)
1:53:12 He Zemin & Huang Peiying – Big Idiot Buys A Pig
1:54:02 Ms. Taeng, Ms. Sam, Ms. Huch & The Ensemble Of Mr. Soi Sang Wan – Cha Pi
1:55:06 Jesse Stacy Piano Solo – In The Dark

(Clip from Amelia Earhart – A Womans Place in Science)
1:56:46 Billie Holiday – I’m Painting The Town Red
(Clip from Down the Gasoline Trail)
1:59:04 Big Joe Williams – 49 Highway Blues
(Clip from Chevrolet Ad)
2:00:57 Louis Prima & His New Orleans Gang – Chinatown, My Chinatown
(Clip from ComiColor Balloon Land)
2:03:22 Benny Goodman – King Porter Stomp
(Clip from Review Of The Year 1935)
2:05:35 Django Reinhardt & The Hot Club De France Quintet W Stéphane Grapelli – Djangology
(Clip from Flash Gordon 27/04/35 – On the Planet Mongo)
2:08:50 Jorgos Batis – O Buffedsis
(Clip from Gangster Puts Underworld On Spot For You)
2:10:44 Cripple Clarence Lofton – Strut That Thing
2:13:23 Elizabeth Austin – Sail Gal (Ring Game)
2:13:37 David Pryor – Roll ‘im On Down (Bahamian Launching Song)
2:14:32 Harry Roy – Temptation Rag (Piano Duet – Ivor Moreton & Dave Kaye)

(Clip from Review Of The Year 1935)
(Clip from Emperor Haile Selassie delivers speech on Italian invasion)
2:16:02 Arthur Schnabel – Sonata No 29 In B Flat Major Op 106 ‘hammerklavier’ Iv Largo – Allegro Risoluto
(Clip from Huey P Long Share the Wealth speech)
2:18:53 Leo Soileau’s Four Aces – La Valse De Gueydan
(Clip from Review Of The Year 1935)
2:20:56 Giorgos Katsaros & Yorgos Katsaros – Mana Mou Ime
(Clip from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
2:24:10 The Carter Family – Can The Circle Be Unbroken (Bye And Bye)
2:25:39 The Lone Star Cowboys – Just Because
2:26:59 Milton Brown & His Brownies – Down By The O-Hi-O

(Clip from Huey P Long VFW Speech)
2:29:46 Meade Lux Lewis – Honky Tonk Train Blues
(Clip from Baldwin Speech – Himley Hall)
2:31:23 Duke Ellington – Showboat Shuffle
2:32:49 Duke Ellington & Billie Holiday – Symphony In Black; A Rhapsody of Negro Life

(Clip from Sylvia Scarlett)
2:36:05 Raymond Quecedo – Duke And Duchess Of Kent
(Clip from Hitler Youth Rally Speech from Triumph Of The Will)
(Clip from Jewish Demonstration Against Hitler in New York)
2:38:35 Samuel Malavsky – V’shomru
(Clip from The 39 Steps)
2:41:36 Big Bill Broonzy – Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down
(Clip from Como Dormir – Métodos Infalíveis Para Acabar Com A Insônia)
2:44:06 Leadbelly – Mr. Tom Hughes’ Town
(Clip from CBS Calling All Cars)
2:45:11 Xavier Cugat And His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra – Begin The Beguine
(Clip from Dangerous)
2:47:12 Septeto Machín – El Guateque
(Clip from Mad Love)
2:48:56 Len Fillis Hawaiians – Blue Hawaiian Sky
2:50:56 Adrian Rollini – Jazz O’ Jazz (Vocal – Jeanne Burns)

(Clip from Naughty Marietta)
2:52:59 Cleo Brown – Me And My Wonderful One
2:55:36 Teddy Wilson – What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Billie Holiday + Benny Goodman & Ben Webster)

(Clip from Henry Hathaway)
2:57:37 Louis Armstrong – You Are My Lucky Star
(Clip from British Pathé – Ten Stone Baby…Teased With Chocolate)
3:01:18 Coleman Hawkins & Ramblers – I Only Have Eyes For You
(Clip of White House Christmas Tree Lighting)
3:03:13 Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb and His Orchestra – Rhythm And Romance
(Clip from Les Miserables)
3:06:12 Wingy Manone – House Rent Party Day
(Clip of Groucho and Chico Marx in A Night at the Opera)
3:09:33 Willie ‘ The Lion ‘ Smith – Swing Brother Swing
(Clip from The 39 Steps)
(Clip from CBS Calling All Cars)
(Clip from Gangster Puts Underworld On Spot For You)
3:12:23 Fats Waller – Lulu’s Back In Town
(Clip from Roberta)
3:15:06 Ray Noble Orchestra – Top Hat
3:17:38 Fred Astaire – Cheek To Cheek

(Clip from Picnic Panic)
3:19:32 Frank Froeba & His Swing Band – The Music Goes Round And Round
(Clip from KNX Radio Revival Hour (12-29-1935) Charles Fuller)

1934

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Away with dull care, the day is set fair,
A wireless set near, to bring us good cheer
Olden days had different ways,
Their pleasures then were fewer;
Modern days will get my praise,
Our wireless ways are newer.
A sterling time, a whirling time,
A record time, or Father Time,
The daily times that Big Ben chimes
Are radio times.

Once upon a time they played that
But that was long ago
Then they started singin’ that
But they got tired of that, you know
Now here’s a little tune that’s goin’ ’round
You can hear it all over town
They’re singin’.

Hear this fat boy blowing his horn?
He’s been a bug since the day he was born
His favorite jittersauce is rye
We’ll drink it till the day he dies
Toot your whistle and ring your bell
Ol butchy wutchy time or tell
Dont you worry you just mug
You’ll always be a jitterbug.

I went down to the landing
To see if any boats were there
And the fareman told me
Could not find the boats nowhere
The big boat ease up the river
Are turnin’ ’round an ’round
Lord, I’m ‘on get me a good girl
Or jump overboard an drown

And you’ll find while you’re dancing
That there’s a rhythm in your heart and soul
A certain rhythm that you can’t control
And you will do the continental all the time
Beautiful music, dangerous rhythm
Beautiful music, dangerous rhythm.

Tracks

0:00:00 Percussion Ensemble Cond. By Nicolas Slonimsky – Ionisation
0:00:22 Malinke Musicans, Mali – War Song, Harp with Drums
0:01:15 Sukru Tunar – Huzzam Taksim
0:02:04 Dorothy Melton – I Want Jesus To Walk With Me
0:03:22 Sergei Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini
(Excerpt from WABC Twenty Crowded Years A Radio Review of the Years 1914-1934)
0:05:37 Hot Club De France – Tiger Rag
(Excerpt from Pathe Review of 1934)
0:08:19 Henry Hall BBC Dance Orchestra (Vocal – Dan Donovan) – Radio Times
(Excerpt from It Happened One Night)
0:10:27 Sexteto Pellin – A Goya Le Dio La Gripe
(Excerpt from Viva Villa!)
0:13:11 Trio Armonico – Ausencia
(Excerpt from Viva Villa!)
0:16:25 Big Bill Broonzy – Mississippi River Blues
(Excerpt from commentary on Yankees vs Tigers at Navin Field)
0:18:52 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Solitude
(Excerpt from Pathe Review of 1934)
0:22:10 The Delmore Brothers – Brown’s Ferry Blues
(Excerpt from Pathe Review of 1934)
0:24:59 Lucille Bogan – Shave ’em Dry
(Excerpt from Tarzan and His Mate)
0:26:44 Jimmy Durante – Inka Dinka Doo
(Excerpt from Alpha the Robot)
0:30:01 Blanche Calloway – Growlin’ Dan
0:32:46 Cab Calloway And His Orchestra – Jitter Bug
0:35:05 Chick Webb & His Orchestra – What A Shuffle
0:37:55 Gertrude Stein- If I Had Told Him; A Completed Portrait of Picasso
0:39:09 Arthur Schnabel – Sonata No 21 In C Major, Op 53 ‘waldstein’ I Allegro Con Brio
0:40:47 Robert Frost – Birches
0:43:47 Avro Kinderkoor Jacob Hamel – Kleppermarsch
(Excerpt from Pathe Review of 1934)
0:45:19 Billy Merrin’s Commanders – We’ll Make Hay While The Sun Shines (Vocal – Sam Browne)
0:47:23 Jack Buchanan and Geraldo – Brewster’s Millions Medley
(Excerpt from Colorful Ports of Call)
0:49:44 Django Reinhardt – Dinah
(Excerpt from Discours De Gaston Doumergue)
0:52:23 Maurice Jaubert – Underwater Dance from L’atalante
(Excerpt from Leopold III Roi Des Belges Prete Serment)
0:53:50 Hot Club De France – I Saw Stars
(Excerpt from Colorful Ports of Call)
0:54:52 Tuareg Musicans, Mali – Marriage Song
0:55:14 Bambara Kora Musican, Mali – Song for Chief
(Excerpt from Pathe Review of 1934)
0:56:34 The Lion – Wanga
0:58:08 Wilmoth Houdini – Blow Wind Blow
(Excerpt from Kid Millions)
1:00:25 Bert Ambrose – Let’s Make Love
(Excerpt from Of Human Bondage)
1:02:09 Carroll Gibbons – Let’s Fall In Love
(Excerpt from Of Human Bondage)
1:05:46 Márkos Vamvakáris – Koroido
(Excerpt from H. H. The Aga Khan)
1:08:26 Stellakis Papazoglou – I Lachanades
(Excerpt from Pathe Review of 1934)
1:09:49 D. Góngos Or Bayiadéras – Hash Smoking Chicks
1:11:08 Márkos Vamvakáris – Kápote Ímouna Ki Egó
(Excerpt from 4th Herald Tribune Womens Forum on Current Issues)
1:12:46 Henry Hall BBC Dance Orchestra – Wild Ride
(Excerpt from Newsreel of Krishnamurti in Sydney)
1:15:07 Pandit Omkarnath Prakur – Garawa Mayi Sang Lage Pt 1
(Excerpt from Newsreel of Krishnamurti in Sydney)
1:17:47 Udi Hrant – Cifte Telli
1:19:23 Munir Nurettin Selcuk And Sadettin Kaynak – Cikar Yuclerden
1:20:34 Mahmut Celalettin – Neva Hicaz Gazel
(Excerpt from Bright Eyes)
1:21:35 Ko Bok-Soo – Tahyangsal-i
(Excerpt from The Scarlet Pimpernel)
1:24:08 Kouta Katsutaro – Sakura Ondo
(Excerpt from Pathe Review of 1934)
(Excerpt from Dictators Meet Newsreel)
1:25:58 Joe Mccoy – Evil Devil Woman Blues
(Excerpt from The Black Cat)
1:27:17 Lucille Bogan – Pig Iron Sally
(Excerpt from It Happened One Night)
1:29:08 Papa Charlie Jackson – Scoodle Um Skoo
(Excerpt from Disney’s The Grasshopper and the Ants)
1:30:40 Memphis Jug Band – Gator Wobble
(Excerpt from The Barretts of Wimpole Street)
1:32:58 Benny Goodman – Cokey
(Excerpt from George Gershwin Radio Broadcast)
1:34:19 Boswell Sisters – Alexander’s Ragtime Band
(Excerpt from WWJ Ty Tyson NY Yankees vs Detroit Tigers)
1:36:48 Lew Stone And His Band – Canadian Capers
(Excerpt from George Gershwin Radio Broadcast)
1:38:14 Bing Crosby – I’m Hummin’ I’m Whistlin’ I’m Singin’
(Excerpt from Kid Millions)
1:40:19 Jimmy Grier – Goofus
(Excerpt from Disney’s The Grasshopper and the Ants)
1:42:34 Gid Tanner And His Skillet Lickers – Hawkins Rag
1:44:30 Edgar Lee Masters – Lucinda Matlock
1:45:20 Amedie Ardoin – Aimez-Moi Ce Soir
(Excerpt from Here Comes the Navy)
1:47:44 Benny Goodman & His Music Hall Orchestra – Bugle Call Rag
(Excerpt from Colorful Ports of Call)
1:51:00 Fats Waller – African Ripples
(Excerpt from Pathe Review of 1934)
1:54:27 Austin Coleman With Joe Washington – Good Lord (Run Old Jeremiah)
1:56:46 Sin Killer Griffin – The Man Of Calvary (Easter Service)
1:56:55 Leadbelly – Irene
1:58:05 Lightnin’ Washington – Black Gal
(Excerpt from Imitation of Life)
1:59:06 Sam McGee – Railroad Blues
(Excerpt from Twentieth Century)
2:00:58 Chick Webb’s Savoy Orchestra – Stompin’ At The Savoy
(Excerpt from The Thin Man)
2:02:48 Adrian Rollini (Vocal – Clay Bryson) – Got The Jitters
2:04:43 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – The Continental
(Excerpt from L’Atalante)
2:06:15 Ray Noble (Vocal – Al Bowlly) – You Ought To Be In Pictures
(Excerpt from Pathe Review of 1934)
2:10:02 Al Bowlly Accompanied By Small Orchestra – That’s Me Without You
(Excerpt from George Formby – John Willie At The Licence Office)
2:11:40 George Formby – Believe It Or Not
(Excerpt from George Formby – John Willie Goes Carolling)
2:13:26 Leslie Sarony – What Can You Give A Nudist On Her Birthday?
(Excerpt from Odor In The Court)
2:15:36 Michel Warlop – Presentation Stomp (Orchestre + Django Reinhardt)
(Excerpt from Pathe Review of 1934)
2:17:50 Luperce Miranda – Naquele Tempo
2:19:58 Robert Frost – The Road Not Taken
2:20:58 Joe Venuti’s Blue Four – Satan’s Holiday
(Excerpt from Pathe Review of 1934)
2:22:55 Boswell Sisters – Object Of My Affection
(Excerpt from The Scarlet Empress)
2:25:30 Fletcher Henderson – Hotter Than ‘ell
2:28:24 Edgar Lee Masters – Emily Sparks
2:29:07 Coleman Hawkins (Piano – Buck Washington) – On The Sunny Side Of The Street
(Excerpt from One Night of Love)
2:30:49 Elsie Carlisle – Show Is Over
(Excerpt from George Formby – John Willie At The Licence Office)
2:32:10 Malinke Musicans, Mali – War Song, Harp with Drums
2:32:53 Percussion Ensemble Cond. By Nicolas Slonimsky – Ionisation
(Excerpt from Sadie McKee)

The Early 30s: The Symphony

A two-hour immersive mix of classical / orchestral music recorded in the years 1930 to 1933, featuring solos from Yehudi Menuhin, Fritz Kreisler and Arthur Schnabel and orchestras conducted by Edward Elgar, Maurice Ravel and Leopold Stokowski.

0:00:00 The Philadelphia Orchestra, Conducted By Leopold Stokowski – Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, 1st Section
0:15:13 Arthur Schnabel – Beethoven Sonata No 31 In A Flat Major, Op 110 Moderato Cantabile Molto Espressivo
0:21:33 London Symphony Orchestra With Yehudi Menuhin, Conducted By Edward Elgar – Elgar Violin Concerto
1:11:13 Yehudi Menuhin – Paganini Kreisler Caprice No. 24
1:17:57 Georg Kulenkampff – Tambourin Chinois (Kreisler)
1:21:30 Fritz Kreisler – Liebesleid (Kreisler)
1:25:02 Joseph Szigeti – Bach Solo Violin Sonata No.1- 2nd Mvt
1:30:11 Grigoras Dinicu – Ca Pe Lunca
1:33:04 Lamoureux Orchestra, Conducted by Maurice Ravel – Ravel’s Bolero
1:48:45 Alexander Mossolov – Zavod, Symphony Of Machines
1:51:36 Wanda Landowska, Harpsichord – Variations 16-20
1:58:27 The Philadelphia Orchestra, Conducted By Leopold Stokowski – 1812 Overture Op. 49

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1933

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One of the most successful theatrical productions of the 1890s was a touring spectacle called “The South Before The War.” Here is how it was originally advertised.

Those of use who knew the “Souf befo’ the Wah,” as the children of Ham put it, and who know what plantation life really was [like] before our great internecine struggle, and such of us as have not had our opinions colored by the Harriet Beecher Stowe class of literature, but can recall the happy days and pleasant nights spent by the darkies in the cotton fields and cane brakes, will have an opportunity of seeing and living over again those happy times at—theatre by witnessing the inimitable performance given by Whallen and Martell’s big South before the War company.

From our lofty vantage point it’s easy to be appalled by this description. With our 130 years’ worth of hindsight, the debate is no longer about whether this show was right or wrong, but about exactly what mix of self-delusion and cynical self-interest went into it. In truth, the main difference between then and now is that we have learned not to say the quiet part loud. Nostalgia has its claws in us more than ever, from strictly-playlisted hits radio stations, to the obsessive sequeling and rebooting of movies and TV series, to politicians telling us they will make our countries “great again” – a phrase which is itself recycled from recentish history

Nostalgia is, almost by definition, a warm, comfortable thing. Life can be very stressful, and if people want to escape that by diving into a nostalgic pool filled with their best memories, then who can really blame them? It would seem pretty churlish to insist on shocking them out of their reverie with a difficult truth, they are surely in no mood to be lectured. The problem comes when this occasional retreat becomes an addiction, when it spills out of our personal lives into the world in general, and taints the way we see not just the past, but the present.

So far these mixes have concerned years which are generally beyond all living memory, and in 1933 this seems to have shifted profoundly. From a modern vantage point we are now in the lead-up to the Second World War, a time which still looms very large in British culture, and it is becoming difficult to find any kind of popular history which covers the time from any other perspective. In the real USA of 1933, the nostalgia industry is creating itself. These may be the darkest days of the great depression, but they are also the heady heights of the golden age of Hollywood. According to the artefacts I’ve gathered here, this was a nation as addicted to escapism as any other. The style and glamour of films and music this year are so sparklingly positive that at a glance there is no depression, no looming war, but a world in the full bloom of peace and prosperity.

Under the surface, though, there is a certain sadness lurking. This hedonistic escapism leaves open the question of – from what exactly are they escaping? Fred & Ginger’s relationship to music is an all-in, devotional ritual. Tex Ritter sings a tribute to whisky, Bessie Smith prefers a pigfoot and a bottle of beer. Al Bowlly compares his love to a decadent, unhealthy indulgence. For Ethel Waters, her disappointing love-life presents itself as stormy weather to be endured. Everywhere people are jumping head-first into pleasures and obsessions, and it’s left to a handful of country and blues singers to deal with the troubles of the world as it is now. Jimmy Rodgers is in the depths of despair, and Lightnin’ Washington is, literally, a prisoner working on a chain gang in Texas, during the dust bowl.

So here’s a year-long chunk of the past, then, a place which seems dead-set on creating its own nostalgia of the present, with little in the way of soul-searching or truth. It’s basically harmless, but let’s not pretend this is a real picture of how people were feeling in 1933, “how they wanted to feel” will just have to do.

Track list

0:00:30 Maurice Jaubert – If The Kids Are United (Zéro De Conduite)
(Clip from Employees Entrance)
0:01:18 Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra – Toby
0:04:36 Mae West & Cary Grant – Clip from “She Done Him Wrong”
0:05:01 Estrellas Hababeras – Buey Viejo
(Clip from Dinner at Eight)
0:08:20 Art Tatum – Tiger Rag
0:10:33 Lightnin’ Washington – Long John
(Clip from Design For Living)
0:13:21 Ethel Waters – Stormy Weather
0:16:14 Comedian Harmonists – Ohne Dich (Stormy Weather)
(Clip from The Little Rascals – Mush & Milk)
0:17:46 Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire – Music Makes Me
(Clip from 42nd Street)
0:20:02 Casa Loma Orchestra – White Jazz
(Clip from newsreel announcing the end of prohibition)
0:23:27 Tex Ritter – Rye Whiskey, Rye Whiskey
(Clip from Footlight Parade)
0:24:56 Bessie Smith – Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer
(Clip from Baby Face)
0:28:05 Clarence Ashley & Gwen Foster – Bay Rum Blues Roots
(Clip from Duck Soup)
0:32:18 Groucho Marx & Margaret Dumont – The Laws Of My Administration
(Clip from Burns & Allen Routine)
0:34:04 Billy Cotton – Skirts
(Clip from 42nd Street)
0:36:10 Sol Hoopii’s Novelty Quartette – Hula Girl
0:39:11 Kanui & Lula – Tomi Tomi
0:41:19 Noi Lane – Hawaiian Ripple
0:42:57 Carmen Miranda – Alvorada (Samba)
(Clip from Murders In The Zoo)
0:45:19 Enrique Bryon Y Su Orquesta – Las Maracas De Cuba
0:48:20 Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra – High Society / Dusky Stevedore
(clip from Bombshell)
0:52:02 Ray Noble – It’s Bad For Me (Vocal – Al Bowlly)
(Clip from Dinner at Eight)
0:53:47 Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra – Sophisticated Lady
0:57:21 Art Tatum – Sophisticated Lady
(Clip from Universal Newsreel about Cecil H. Dill doing hand-farts)
0:58:48 Rudi Schneider – Trance-Breathing
0:58:53 Maboudana & Badolo – Chant Dâ´invitation A La Danse
0:59:23 Kurt Engel – Xylophonismus
1:00:38 Miss Columbia – 19 No Haru
1:01:14 Ichimaru – Tenryuu Kudareba
1:03:40 Kouta Katsutaro – Tokyo Ondo
(Clip from Gabriel Over the White House)
1:05:03 Marianne Oswald – Complainte De Kesoubah
(Clip from Gabriel Over the White House)
1:07:10 Hoagy Carmichael – Cosmics
1:07:33 Robert Frost – Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
1:08:28 Georg Kulenkampff – Tambourin Chinois (Kreisler)
(Clip from The Invisible Man)
1:09:59 Fletcher Henderson – King Porter Stomp
(Clip from I’m No Angel)
1:11:53 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra with Billie Holiday – Your Mother’s Son-In-Law
1:13:32 Joe Robechaux – Jig Music
(Clip from Duck Soup)
1:17:15 Henry Hall B.B.C. Dance Orchestra – The Wedding Of Mr. Mickey Mouse
(Clip from Walt Disney’s Three Little Pigs)
1:20:25 Mae Questal & Cab Calloway – You Gotta Hi De Ho
(Clip from Burns & Allen Routine)
1:22:15 Boswell Sisters – Shuffle Off To Buffalo
1:24:19 Bing Crosby – Someone Stole Gabriel’s Horn
(Clip of Fiorello H. La Guardia Attacks Tammany Hall)
1:25:54 James ‘Iron Head’ Baker – Black Betty
1:26:29 Ashley & Foster – The Rising Sun Blues
(Clip of Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugural address)
1:27:44 Big Bill Broonzy – How You Want It Done?
(Clip from Franklin Roosevelt – Fireside Chat #1, On the Banking Crisis)
1:29:50 Salty Dog Sam – Lonesome Road Blues
1:30:47 Josh White – Blood Red River
1:32:40 Fernando Vilches – Flor De Petenera
(Clip of nazis burning books)
1:35:47 Paul Robeson – Swing Low Sweet Chariot
(Clip from Einstein Speech at the Royal Albert Hall London)
1:37:42 Arthur Schnabel – Sonata No 22 In F Major, Op 54 Ii Allegretto
(Clip from Morning Glory)
1:39:25 Ethel Waters – Don’t Blame Me
(Clip from Dinner at Eight)
1:42:41 Al Bowlly Acc. By Orchestra Directed By Carroll Gibbons – Night And Day
1:44:18 Ambrose & His Orchestra – Night And Day
(Clip from Calvacade)
1:45:32 Harry Roy – Bugle Call Rag (Piano Duet – Ivor Moreton & Dave Kaye)
1:48:09 Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra – Moten Swing
(Clip from Employees’ Entrance)
1:50:14 The Lone Star Cowboys – Just Because
1:51:28 Prairie Ramblers – Shady Grove
(Clip from The Private Life of Henry VIII)
1:53:02 Ashley & Foster – East Virginia Blues
(Clip from Calvacade)
1:54:53 Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band – Cold Iron Bed Dark
1:57:57 Rudyard Kipling – France
1:58:16 Guerino Et Son Orchestre Musette & Django Reinhardt – Brise Napolitaine
(Clip from Zéro De Conduite)
2:00:53 Eddie South – Nagasaki
2:02:43 Midge Williams – Lazy Bones
(Clip from The Bitter Tea of General Yen)
2:05:59 The Mills Brothers with Bing Crosby – My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms
(Clip from International House)
2:07:45 Dorsey Brothers – By Heck
(Clip from Duck Soup)
2:11:07 Cab Calloway And His Orchestra – Zah Zuh Zah
2:13:03 Spike Hughes And His Orchestra – How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
2:16:05 Wilmouth Houdini and his Humming Bird – Trinidad Hurricane
2:18:26 Lionel Belasco – The Treasury Fire
(Clip from The Mayor of Hell)
2:20:05 Blind Willie Mctell – Savannah Mama
(Clip from King Kong)
2:21:29 Jimmie Rodgers – Gambling Bar Room Blues
2:23:27 Cliff Carlisle – Mouse’s Ear Blues
(Clip from Burns & Allen Routine)
2:25:06 Carter Family – Gold Watch And Chain
2:26:32 Bradley Kincaid – Dog And Gun (An Old English Ballad)
(Clip from Calvacade)
2:28:52 Joseph Schmidt – Jetzt Spielen Hull Dich In Tand Nur (Pagliacci)
(Clip from The Testament of Dr Mabuse)
2:31:01 Wanda Landowska, Harpsichord – Variation 17
2:32:51 The Three Ginx – On A Steamer Coming Over
(Clip from Employees’ Entrance)
2:34:44 Eddie Condon – Madame Dynamite
2:36:35 Joe Robechaux – Ring Dem Bells
2:38:20 Joe Venuti & His Blue Six – The Jazz Me Blues
2:39:33 Benny Carter Orchestra – Swing It
(Clip from Laurel & Hardy – Sons of the Desert)
2:41:18 Cliff Edwards – It’s Only A Paper Moon
(Clip from Queen Christina)
2:43:22 Marta Eggerth – Ave Maria (Schubert)
(Clip from Employees’ Entrance)

1932

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Half a decade ago the United States was in the midst of an explosion in recorded music on a scale not heard before or since. The inception of that revolution – a change in recording technology allowing studios and record labels to spring up everywhere and anywhere – took a couple of years to filter through. In the same way, the death of that same revolution, the collapse of the recording industry at the start of the great depression and the closure of those studios and labels, also took a couple of years to fully filter through. Now we have arrived at 1932 and it’s all over. The wide variety of roots music, whether labelled country, blues or folk, is no longer being recorded, with the exception of a few of the biggest stars. Likewise, recorded jazz is now the preserve of the biggest bandleaders, or as backing groups for the resurgent movie business.

So why then is this mix one of the longest so far? The answer comes down more to the process of putting the thing together than the qualities of the year itself. With less to choose from in the USA, my attentions shifted to the rest of the world, and it turned out that there was plenty out there.
We start out on our trip in the Caribbean, where Calypso and other forms of music are now being recorded professionally and regularly for the first time, thanks to people like record-shop owner and entrepreneur Eduardo Sa Gomes in Trinidad.

Then we have a few tangos, first of course from South America, but then also from Eastern Europe, where artists like Jean Moscopol were blending this new music with traditional local flavours like klezmer and rembetika.

The UK has a greater representation in this mix than in any since 1907 (or maybe even 1888) – while the economic situation was nearly as bad here as in the USA, a couple of powerful record companies as well as the BBC ensured that music recording was actually experiencing something of a boom. The UK records here – including the marvelously sinister version of “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic” and Noel Coward’s “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” – are easily a match for anything made in the 20s.

All of this also seems to be the case for France, for whom 1932 seems to be a key year on compilations. Next we explore Arabic music, from Tunisia to Iraq, and India, where truly otherworldly traditional musics are being properly recorded for the first time.

It’s always been my intention to show the whole world in these mixes, but this last half-decade the music from the USA has understandably overwhelmed in its quality and variety. Let’s take this brief lull to appreciate that there was a whole world out there, much of it telling stories about the 1930s which are lost in the great narratives of the depression and the buildup to the next war.

Tracklist

0:00:30 The Philadelphia Orchestra, Conducted By Leopold Stokowski – Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder (Excerpt)
0:03:34 The Three Keys – Jig Time
William Butler Yeats – Introduction (Excerpt)
0:05:52 Cab Calloway And His Orchestra – Reefer Man
Jewel Robbery (Excerpt)
0:08:50 The Mills Brothers – Old Man Of The Mountain
John Barrymore – Clip from A Bill of Divorcement
0:10:38 Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra – It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
0:12:28 The Boswell Sisters – It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
The Most Dangerous Game (Excerpt 1)
0:14:51 Sidney Bechet and his New Orleans Feetwarmers – Shag
Trouble in Paradise (Excerpt)
0:18:10 Lew Stone with Al Bowlly – My Woman
0:21:18 Groucho Marx – I’m Against It
0:24:32 Fred Astaire with The Leo Reisman Orchestra – Night And Day
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (Excerpt 1)
0:27:31 Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra – Hobo, You Can’t Ride This Train
0:30:24 Jimmie Rodgers – Hobo’s Meditation
Amelia Earhart Radio Broadcast (Excerpt)
0:32:35 Mike Hanapi & The Ilima Islanders – Hilo Hula
0:34:37 Leona Gabriel – Liva
Scarface (Excerpt 1)
0:37:28 Lionel Belasco and His Orchestra – Depression (Pasillo)
0:38:46 L’orchestre Typique Martiniquais – Eugenie
0:40:44 Orchestre Typique Martiniquais Charlery-Delouche – Ti Roro
0:42:31 Orchestre Creole Delvi – Edamyso
0:45:11 Silvio Caldas – E Ela Não Jurou
The Most Dangerous Game (Excerpt 2)
0:46:16 Las Cuatro Huasas – La Papa Araucana
Tarzan the Ape Man (Excerpt)
0:48:35 Xavier Cugat – Carmen De Cabaret
Intimate Interviews – Bela Lugosi (Excerpt 1)
0:49:51 Jean Moscopol – Mai Spune-Mi Inca-Odata
Intimate Interviews – Bela Lugosi (Excerpt 2)
0:51:37 Aleksandr Vertinskiy – Klassicheskiye Rozy
Intimate Interviews – Bela Lugosi (Excerpt 3)
0:53:40 Carl Theodor Dreyer – Excerpts from “Vampyr”
Intimate Interviews – Bela Lugosi (Excerpt 4)
0:55:50 London Symphony Orchestra With Yehudi Menuhin, Conducted By Edward Elgar – Elgar Violin Concerto (Excerpt)
0:57:26 Ríta Abadzí – At Tsambíkous Teké
0:58:41 Giórgos Michalópoulos – Olympus And Kissavos
0:59:59 Ioannis Chalkias – Minore Tou Teke
1:00:55 William Butler Yeats – The Lake Isle of Innisfree
1:01:50 Arthur Schnabel – Beethoven Sonata No 31 In A Flat Major, Op 110 Moderato Cantabile Molto Espressivo
King George V The first ever Royal Christmas Message (Written by Rudyard Kipling) (Excerpt 1)
1:03:22 Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra – The Clouds Will Soon Roll By
David Lloyd George speech (Excerpt 1)
1:05:15 Henry Hall BBC Dance Orchestra – Teddy Bear’s Picnic
King George V The first ever Royal Christmas Message (Written by Rudyard Kipling) (Excerpt 2)
1:06:54 Noel Coward – Mad Dogs And Englishmen
Hilaire Belloc – Tarantella (Excerpt)
1:08:44 George Formby – Old Kitchen Kettle / I Told My Baby With The Ukulele / Let’s All Go To Reno
1:11:43 Henry Hall BBC Dance Orchestra – Here Comes The Bogey Man
A Farewell To Arms (Excerpt)
1:13:39 Ray Noble And His New Mayfair Orchestra, Vocal Al Bowlly – Love Is The Sweetest Thing
A Bill of Divorcement (Excerpt 1)
1:15:29 Josephine Baker – Ram Pam Pam
Boudu sauvé des eaux (Excerpt)
1:17:05 Damia – La Veuve
1:18:05 Madame Maiotte Almaby Et Orchestre Des Waddy’s Boys – Coeur Moin Dans Piment
1:20:39 Guerino Et Son Orchestre Musette & Django Reinhardt – Gallito
1:22:09 Medard Ferrero – Mazurka Fantasie
1:23:10 Mireille et Jean Sablon – Les Pieds Dans L’eau
1:24:33 Pills et Tabet – C’est Un Jardinier Qui Boîte
1:26:56 Lys Gauty – L’amour Qui Passe
A Bill of Divorcement (Excerpt 2)
1:29:35 Yehudi Menuhin – Paganini Kreisler Caprice No. 24
1:30:04 Cheikha Tetma – Ach Hal Men Ijarra
1:33:01 Musique Citadine De Tlemcen, Algerie – Musaddar
1:35:11 Musique Savante De Bagdad, Irak – Abûdhiyya
1:36:33 Musique Citadine De Tunis, Tunisie – Danse De La Ghayta
1:38:43 William Butler Yeats – The Fiddler of Dooney
1:39:17 Gajananrao Joshi Of Aundh – Violin Instrumental- Bihag
1:41:08 Mr. Musiri Subramania Iyer – Nagumomu Ganaleni (Part 1)
1:43:09 Desamangalam Subramania Iyer – Veena Instrumental- Sankarabharanam Part 1- Ragam
1:44:07 B.S. Krishnamurthi Sastrigal – Gottuvadyam Instrumental- Pullikalabamayeil Kavad I Chinthu
Shanghai Express (Excerpt)
1:48:00 Kouta Katsutaro – Shima No Musume
The Clairvoyant Record (Excerpt)
1:49:54 Joe Sanders – Southology
Herbert Hoover – Nomination Speech (Excerpt)
1:51:20 Mildred Bailey – Georgia On My Mind
Frankin D Roosevelt – Nomination Speech (Excerpt)
1:53:32 Rudy Vallee – Brother Can You Spare A Dime
Frankin D Roosevelt – Campaign Speech (Excerpt)
1:55:54 Paul Robeson – Ol’ Man River (+ Victor Young Orchestra)
Frankin D Roosevelt – Acceptance Speech (Excerpt)
1:59:05 Charlie Kunz Solo Medley – Lovely To Look At, Etc.
The Marx Brothers – Excerpts from Horse Feathers
2:02:33 Roger Wolfe Kahn – Fit As A Fiddle
The Marx Brothers – Excerpts from Horse Feathers
2:06:21 James & Martha Carson – I’ll Fly Away
Island of Lost Souls (Excerpt)
2:08:42 The Carter Family – Little Moses
Freaks (Excerpt)
2:10:43 Cab Calloway And His Orchestra – How Big Can You Get?
Love Me Tonight (Excerpt)
2:15:00 Glen Gray & His Casa Loma Orchestra – Black Jazz
2:17:33 Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra – Lot O’ Fingers (Fast And Furious)
Laurel & Oliver Hardy – Towed in a Hole (Excerpt 1)
2:19:43 Big Bill Broonzy – How You Want It Done?
Laurel & Oliver Hardy – Towed in a Hole (Excerpt 2)
2:22:59 Tommie Bradley – Nobody’s Business If I Do
2:24:35 Ruby Glaze & Hot Shot Willie – Searching The Dessert For The Blues
2:26:30 Pinetop And Lindberg – I Believe I’ll Make A Change
2:29:28 Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell – Gone Mother Blues
Oldest Recording of ABC Radio – 1932 Melbourne Cup (Excerpt 1)
2:31:23 Mississippi Sheiks – New Stop And Listen
Oldest Recording of ABC Radio – 1932 Melbourne Cup (Excerpt 2)
2:33:29 Don Redman & His Orchestra – I Got Rhythm
Red Dust (Excerpts)
2:35:50 Sidney Bechet And His New Orleans Feetwarmers – Maple Leaf Rag
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (Excerpt 2)
2:38:57 Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra – Take Me Away From The River
Scarface (Excerpt 2)
2:42:13 Earl Hines & His Orchestra – I Love You Because I Love You
Mae West – Night After Night (Excerpt)
2:45:10 Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra – The New Tiger Rag
If I Had a Million (Excerpt)
2:48:38 The Boswell Sisters – Everybody Loves My Baby
2:50:57 The Mills Brothers with Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra – Diga Diga Doo
2:53:23 The Mills Brothers – Goodbye Blues (Radio Broadcast)
The Old Dark House (Excerpt)
Intimate Interviews – Bela Lugosi (Excerpt 5)
British Pathe – Adolf Hitler’s presidential campaign (Excerpt)
British Pathe – Amidst A Nation’s Rejoicing (Excerpt)
The Mummy (Excerpt)
2:56:40 Joe Venuti – Beale Street Blues (+ Eddie Lang & Vocal – Jack Teagarden)
Grand Hotel (Excerpt)
2:59:55 Noel Coward – The Party’s Over Now / Let’s Say Goodbye
3:01:53 Bing Crosby – Let’s Put Out The Lights And Go To Sleep

2019

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I have spent the last month inhabiting 2019, and it was a strange, alienating, disconcerting, but also surprisingly peaceful experience. As you will hear, it was hardly a lost age of innocence, but for a year which only finished 12 months ago it felt very distant indeed. So much has happened in 2020, and so much has already gone on in these few days of 2021, that the events of this recent period seem already to have disappeared prematurely into the memory hole. Maybe this is all for very good reasons and 2019 is the least interesting of all years right now. Maybe this mix will be ignored, and with good reason, which is a shame, as I think it may be one of the best so far, but it may be a few years before anyone feels like listening to it.

I should put a brief warning here – the mix not only contains swears and raunchiness, there are also some parts from about 1:17 to 1:22 which may be upsetting to just about anyone. It felt wrong to leave them out. I may get around to making a PG version, but it depends on whether I can find the time. So for now, consider yourself warned.

0:00:00 Hildur Guðnadóttir – 12 Hours Before
0:00:36 Floating Points – Falaise
0:02:04 Clipping. – Blood Of The Fang
0:04:35 Шакке (Schacke) – Кислотный Пипл (Kisloty People)
0:05:57 Charlotte Adigéry – High Lights
0:08:43 Yung Baby Tate feat. Kari Faux – Hot Girl
0:10:21 Cate Le Bon – Daylight Matters
0:12:24 Neon Indian – Toyota Man
0:15:05 Algiers – Can The Sub_Bass Speak?
0:18:52 Black Country, New Road – Sunglasses
0:23:16 Scratcha Dva X Gage – Piffd
0:24:46 Charli XCX & Christine And The Queens – Gone
0:27:17 Roisin Murphy – Incapable
0:29:55 Fka Twigs – Cellophane
0:33:21 Little Simz feat. Cleo Sol – Selfish
0:34:56 Ocean Wisdom – Blessed (feat. Dizzee Rascal)
0:38:14 Sampa The Great, Ecca Vandal – Dare To Fly
0:41:13 Zlatan – This Year
0:43:30 Busy Signal – Balloon
0:45:44 Aldous Harding – The Barrel
0:47:31 Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) [Remix]
0:49:48 Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
0:51:29 Tom Blip & Swordman Kitala – Kitala Beat
0:53:20 Taso & Siete Catorce – 2 For $20
0:53:33 International Teachers Of Pop – The Ballad Of Remedy Nilsson
0:56:39 Dave – Streatham
0:57:38 Alessandro Cortini – Let Go
0:59:17 Snapped Ankles – Rechargeable
1:01:25 Cassetteboy – Boris Johnson
1:01:31 Ice Cream – Peanut Butter
1:03:37 Equiknoxx – Brooklyn
1:05:29 Peggy Gou – Starry Night (Original Mix)
1:07:48 Xhz – Jazz 2 Jazz
1:10:58 Four Tet – Only Human
1:12:06 Octo Octa – I Need You
1:14:20 Jocelyn Pook with Greta Thunberg – You Need To Listen To Us
1:15:54 W. H. Lung – Nothing Is
1:17:30 Hildur Guðnadóttir – 12 Hours Before
1:19:13 Caterina Barbieri – Fantas
1:21:00 Christopher Tignor – Your Slow Moving Shadow, My Inevitable Light
1:21:40 Purple Mountains – Nights That Won’t Happen
1:24:12 Sulli – Goblin
1:26:00 Gang Starr – Family And Loyalty (feat. J. Cole)
1:26:55 Von Bikräv – Casse Des Murs
1:27:37 Stormzy – Vossi Bop
1:29:22 Bas – Amnesia (feat. Ari Lennox & Kiddominant)
1:30:47 Brittany Howard – Stay High
1:33:22 Richard Dawson – Jogging
1:36:50 Lizzo – Juice
1:39:14 Whodat – Funeral Song
1:40:23 Nilufer Yanya – Paradise
1:42:38 Shura – Bklynldn
1:45:36 Bremer/Mccoy – Dråber
1:47:01 Celer – Our Dream To Be Strangers
1:48:06 Lingua Ignota – Do You Doubt Me Traitor
1:48:51 Rhyw – Biggest Bully
1:50:32 Jubilee – Disconnected
1:52:26 Kosh – Keep Hope Alive
1:55:52 DJ Seinfeld – Electrian
1:57:22 Squarepusher – Vortrack (Fracture Remix)
2:00:07 Jay1 – Your Mrs
2:00:54 Lady Leshurr – Your Mr
2:01:32 Denzel Curry – Ricky
2:02:46 Doja Cat – Rules
2:04:30 Jai Paul – Do You Love Her Now?
2:06:21 Greentea Peng – Mr. Sun (Miss Da Sun)
2:07:41 Hatchie – Stay With Me
2:10:01 Tame Impala – Patience
2:12:59 Shamba – Idgaf
2:14:41 Krept & Konan – Ban Drill
2:19:43 Precolumbian & Estoc – Cct02
2:19:55 Tzusing & Hodge – Electrolytes
2:12:44 Lady Lykez – Muhammad Ali Remix Ft Lioness
2:23:02 Megan Thee Stallion – Cash Shit (feat. Dababy)
2:24:15 Normani – Motivation
2:25:45 Ciara – Thinkin Bout You
2:27:47 Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
2:29:21 Rapsody Ft D’angelo & Gza – Ibtihaj
2:31:49 Bush Tea – Wiyah Waist
2:32:38 Luke Temple – Henry In Forever Phases
2:35:18 Devendra Banhart – Kantori Ongaku
2:37:14 M83 – A Bit Of Sweetness
2:40:33 Angel Olsen – Lark
2:42:44 Ose – Is It Love?
2:43:36 The Lasso – Oscillations
2:45:13 Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society – Finite
2:47:24 Anthony Naples – Benefit
2:48:47 Coldplay – Arabesque

There will shortly be a full tracklist with samples used for completionists posted in the comments below