The Recording of Charlie Davis' Copenhagen by Kitty Irvin.

The Recording of Charlie Davis' Copenhagen by Kitty Irvin.

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

April 20th, 2018, 9:06 pm #1

The Wolverines were the first to record Copenhagen. The date was May 6 1924.  In the next several months several bands recorded the tune also as instrumental versions, generally.following the arrangement used by the Wolverines.

The first vocal version was the following:



Kitty Irvin (vcl) acc by Volly de Faut (cl) Walter Melrose (p)
Chicago, October, 1924
615 Daddy do Gen 5592, Clax 40393, Hist HLP25
616 Copenhagen   -          -           -
Note: Claxtonola issued as by "Trixie Wallace".
Both above titles also on Document (Au) DOCD1004 [CD] titled "Vocal Blues & Jazz (1929-30)".

Not only is Kitty Irvin's version vocal, but it is interpreted  with the"feel" of a blues. Listen:



Interesting, no?
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Joined: March 15th, 2018, 4:56 pm

April 21st, 2018, 12:19 am #2

De Faut seems to be one of the first players to regularly cross the 'color line' back in the twenties. Playing with Jelly Roll Morton and Muggsy Spanier etc.
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Joined: March 15th, 2018, 4:43 pm

April 27th, 2018, 12:43 am #3

What are the city photos of - Chicago or Copenhagen or some of each?   The outdoor café looks like ones I saw in Paris within the past 10 years (and assume they continue)
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Joined: March 29th, 2018, 12:06 pm

April 27th, 2018, 6:47 am #4

Early electrical recordings, done in the Marsh Labs.
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Joined: March 24th, 2018, 11:32 pm

April 28th, 2018, 7:14 pm #5

I was amused that the lyrics didn't have anything to do with Copenhagen (the city) but merely alluded to the name of a song.

Interesting instrumental version by the Oriole Orchestra:   Note the saxophonist is playing George Johnson's solo from the Wolverines version note for note; Johnson's solo was transcribed from the Wolverines' record and incorporated into the publisher's stock arrangement.
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