Toots Mendello.

Toots Mendello.

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

November 7th, 2011, 7:54 pm #1

Last edited by ahaim on November 8th, 2011, 12:21 am, edited 1 time in total.
Quote
Like
Share

Brad Kay
Brad Kay

November 7th, 2011, 11:59 pm #2

THANK YOU, Albert, for turning up some definite information on Toots Mendello. I've been curious about him ever since doing the Livingston set. I wondered how this guy Toots managed to round up all that first-class talent, to make records for a third-class company, and then disappeared without a trace. His early death certainly explains that. And what a nice picture.

By the way, you left some of the punctuation marks in my notes lying on the floor. I gathered them up for you: ' ' " " ( ) , , " ".

-Brad K
Quote
Share

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

November 8th, 2011, 12:24 am #3


There may some typos left. I am too impatient.

Albert
Quote
Like
Share

hal smith
hal smith

November 8th, 2011, 8:26 am #4

weird he and bix died in the same year. their apartment houses look similar.
Quote
Share

vince giordano
vince giordano

November 8th, 2011, 1:46 pm #5

THANK YOU, Albert, for turning up some definite information on Toots Mendello. I've been curious about him ever since doing the Livingston set. I wondered how this guy Toots managed to round up all that first-class talent, to make records for a third-class company, and then disappeared without a trace. His early death certainly explains that. And what a nice picture.

By the way, you left some of the punctuation marks in my notes lying on the floor. I gathered them up for you: ' ' " " ( ) , , " ".

-Brad K
I found this ad on the net for G.G.'s band

Harlem Valley Times Aug 22, 1929

Appearing at the Stuart Theatre, Lakeville, CT

ADDED ATTRACTION
G.G. Mendello and his Ben Bernie Orchestra
Through courtesy, Cedar Hills
Country Club, Mr. Mendello, who has
been a member o£ Ben Bernie's Orchestra
for eight years, will present
a seven piece orchestra.
Evening Adults 50c Children 25c

I think it's interesting that Ben Bernie had another trumpet man called Toots Bryan in his band in the 1920s, too.

toot, toot !
Quote
Share

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

November 8th, 2011, 1:57 pm #6

Quote
Like
Share

Glenda Childress
Glenda Childress

November 8th, 2011, 2:02 pm #7

Quote
Share

Glenda Childress
Glenda Childress

November 8th, 2011, 2:09 pm #8

Wow! What service. That link to "Dixie Drag" anticipating my request must have gone up while I was posting my comment. How does King Albert do it?

Seriously, Mendello did have a Bixian style, and the rest of the group is high quality. It was good to hear a Glenn Miller solo also.
Quote
Share

vince giordano
vince giordano

November 8th, 2011, 2:44 pm #9

Rob points out that the one of the titles in the Mendello discography I gave in my previous posting is listed incorrectly as <em>Dixie Rag</em>. As the record label shows,



the correct title is <em>Dixie Drag</em>. The discography I gave was a cut and paste job from Lord. Rust gives the correct title. You can hear the recording in youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcWzzdJi-fY

Excellent piano solo by Arthur "The Baron" Schutt and Fud sounding like Pee Wee. Toots obviously informed of what Bix was doing in the 1920s. And a good jazz contribution by Glenn (he was highly maligned as a guy who couldn't play jazz). Five Pennies sound.

Both Lord and Rust give <em>Blue Bottom </em>in parenthesis after <em>Dixie Drag</em>. I don't know what this means. The record labels do not.

The composer of <em>Dixie Drag</em> is Otvos. I was intrigued by he name and did a bit of googling. I think the full name was A. Dorian Otvos, born Oct 11, 1893 in Budapest, Hungary, died Aug 30, 1945 in Hollywood, CA. He came to the US in 1921. He was a writer and a composer. Several of his songs were featured in Broadway productions: Battling Butler, 1923-1924, Paradise Alley, 1924, Rufus Le Maire's Affairs, 1927, Calling All Stars, 1934 1935, George White's Scandals, 1935-1936. He also cowrote with Curt Goetz the play It's A Gift, 1945.

The only other song by Otvos in the 78 online discography is "I Don't Mind, You Don't Mind the Rain," recorded in 1927 by the Hollywood Dance Orchestra (Adrian Shubert).

Thanks to Rob for sending the scan of the record label.

Albert

<em></em>
 
hi...

I looked up Otvos in my data base and found one tune: FORGET ME NOT (1924)

and for research completeness: it lists Mr. Otvos' first name as:

ADORJAN

this tune was published by EDWARD B. MARKS NYC

sorry for the "caps"..that's the way it is in my data base
Quote
Share

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

November 8th, 2011, 3:29 pm #10

Quote
Like
Share