Was Nat Gonella's the first British recording of "Singin' the Blues"?

Was Nat Gonella's the first British recording of "Singin' the Blues"?

David Tenner
David Tenner

March 27th, 2017, 6:02 am #1

It's at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENvqHv2mgaM (which says it's from 1935, but Rust gives January 29, 1936 as the recording date). I haven't been able to find any earlier British (or indeed any non-US) versions.

Gonella is muted throughout, and seems determined not to copy Bix's solo.
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James E.Parten
James E.Parten

March 27th, 2017, 3:29 pm #2

On August 2, 1934, Marion Harris cut a vocal version of "Singin' The Blues" for Decca (matrix TB 1461-2, issued on Decca F.5160.

This is the version on which Miss Harris sang special lyrics set to first Bix's solo, then to Tram's--without singing any of Con Conrad's lyrics.
This, some eighteen years before the advent of Eddie Jefferson or King Pleasure.

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March 27th, 2017, 3:37 pm #3

It's at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENvqHv2mgaM (which says it's from 1935, but Rust gives January 29, 1936 as the recording date). I haven't been able to find any earlier British (or indeed any non-US) versions.

Gonella is muted throughout, and seems determined not to copy Bix's solo.
AFAIK, the first recording in England was:

Marion Harris (vcl) acc by unknown studio orch.
London, August 2, 1934
TB-1447-2 Singin' the blues Dec F-5160, BX Records BXCD13 [CD], Retrieval
(E)RTR79060 [CD]

It is a vocalese version where Marion sings Bix's solo.

There is a 1932 version in Sweden by Hakon Von Eichwald. I would love to hear this version. I wonder if Gosta Redig does an emulation of Bix's solo.

Albert


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March 27th, 2017, 3:39 pm #4

It's at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENvqHv2mgaM (which says it's from 1935, but Rust gives January 29, 1936 as the recording date). I haven't been able to find any earlier British (or indeed any non-US) versions.

Gonella is muted throughout, and seems determined not to copy Bix's solo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCtPfP1MCuc

Albert
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March 27th, 2017, 3:43 pm #5

AFAIK, the first recording in England was:

Marion Harris (vcl) acc by unknown studio orch.
London, August 2, 1934
TB-1447-2 Singin' the blues Dec F-5160, BX Records BXCD13 [CD], Retrieval
(E)RTR79060 [CD]

It is a vocalese version where Marion sings Bix's solo.

There is a 1932 version in Sweden by Hakon Von Eichwald. I would love to hear this version. I wonder if Gosta Redig does an emulation of Bix's solo.

Albert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWay42wPgxc

By Fields and McHugh.

Albert

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David Tenner
David Tenner

March 27th, 2017, 3:59 pm #6

On August 2, 1934, Marion Harris cut a vocal version of "Singin' The Blues" for Decca (matrix TB 1461-2, issued on Decca F.5160.

This is the version on which Miss Harris sang special lyrics set to first Bix's solo, then to Tram's--without singing any of Con Conrad's lyrics.
This, some eighteen years before the advent of Eddie Jefferson or King Pleasure.
Even though her version was recorded in London.
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James Kidd
James Kidd

March 27th, 2017, 5:47 pm #7

The best vocal version by far was by Connee Boswell, recorded by Decca in 1952
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March 27th, 2017, 8:07 pm #8

.... I don't like it at all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZF-j_JKZ6g

Albert
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James Kidd
James Kidd

March 27th, 2017, 8:19 pm #9

There's no accounting for public taste!
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David Sager
David Sager

March 27th, 2017, 9:31 pm #10

.... I don't like it at all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZF-j_JKZ6g

Albert
Coneee's style had become rather dramatic by that time. She still is a marvelous performer, but I must say I find this a little tough to listen to. Yank Lawson is wonderful, but I sense perhaps some unintended parody where he comes in towards the end.
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