"Stardust" with vocal refrain

by James E. Parten

Actually, a version of "Stardust" with vocal refrain was cut eight days before the MBRB version.

On April 23, 1931, a Ben Selvin orchestra, including Mannie Klein and Benny Goodman, cut four sides for issue on the lower=priced Harmony, Velvet Tone and Clarion labels--with frequent co-issues on OKeh,as well Of the four, "Star Dust" was the last side cut that day.
The record follows one of the stock arrangements pretty closely. Smith Ballew takes the vocal, and, upon listening to it, you wonder if this is the first time he's seen the sheet music for the song. On his pat, it's an unpolished run-through.
The primary soloists are the two trumpeters--one of whom is probably Mannie Klein.

Posted on Aug 29, 2017, 8:53 AM

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