Another surprising version

by Mark Gabrish Conlan

Another version: Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, Surprisingly hot guitar and clarinet.

I think I hear both guitar and banjo on the Willard Robison/Chicago Loopers version. Might it be one of those records on which Dick McDonough played banjo and Lang played guitar? Also, does anybody know what was on the flip side of this record? Only three songs were cut on the session and I think this was the "odd" release, backed by something from some other date.

The Original Memphis Five (not quite so original since the Dorsey Brothers replace Miff Mole and the awesome Jimmy Lytell) version is great hot jazz, and I liked the Larry Abbott version for the Rhythm Boys-ish vocal and Venuti's solid playing -- and who knew Murray Kellner could play hot enough to hold his own with Venuti in the two-violin passage towards the end? I also liked the guitar: Tony Colucci played quite differently from Lang but fit equally well with Venuti.

Posted on Aug 19, 2017, 4:48 PM

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