Welcome to Glenn Robison’s Rapidly Rotating Records, bringing you vintage music to which you can’t *not* tap your toes, from rapidly rotating 78 RPM records of the 1920s and ’30s.
On this evening’s show we’ll play some “nola” songs, fulfill a request, celebrate a birthday and play some more “nola” songs.
Enjoy the show!
Here’s the complete playlist:
Segment 1: Nola
What are “nola” songs, I hear you cry? Well, you’ll recall that last week I played the Revelers rendition of Felix Arndt’s composition “Nola” as part of a set celebrating his birthday. Now I’ve been accused in the past of using gimmicks to come up with playlistson this show, and that’s OK. So how’s this for a gimmick. As I was looking through the various recordings of Felix Arndt’s “Nola”, I came across a number of songs whose titles ended with “nola”, kind of like a suffix.
Pompanola – Broadway Nitelites (Selvin)
Saxonola – Clyde Doerr
The Londonola – Billy Merrin and His Commanders / Ken Crossley, v.
Seminola – The Original Indiana Five
Segment 2: More Nola
Well, we just heard Pompanola, Saxonola, Londonola and Seminola. How many more “nola” songs can there be? Well, at least 3.
Rubenola – Rudy Weidoeft
The Cubanola Glide – Billy Murray
Indianola – Wilbur Sweatman’s Original Jazz Band
Segment 3: Fats Waller
May 21 marked the birth in 1904 in Waverly, New York of Thomas Wright Waller, better known as “Fats”.
Do Me A Favor – Fats Waller and his Rhythm
After You’ve Gone – Fats Waller / Bennie Paine
Don’t Let It Bother You – Fats Waller and his Rhythm
Segment 4: Al Jolson
May 26 marked the birth in 1886 in Lithuania of Asa Yoelson, better known as Al Jolson. Actually that may or may not have been the real day or even the real year of his birth. It’s not known exactly when Jolson was born, but he chose May 26 as his birthday simply because he liked the idea of being born in the spring.
Blue River – William F. Wirges AHO (w/Harry Reser)
Back To The Carolina You Love – Al Jolson
One Sweet Kiss – Al Jolson
Segment 5: Requests
Listener Alvin sent an email last week with three requests, and I’m pleased to be able to play all three.
Now’s The Time (To Fall In Love) – Gene Kardos AHO / Dick Robertson, v.
Happy Rhythm – The Musical Stevedores
Collegiate Fanny – Kaye Kyser AHO
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