I have great admiration and respect for discographers. Their painstaking work is invaluable. But sometimes, the errors can be annoying.
Case in point: Ben Bernie’s 1926 recording of “Cherie, I Love You.” Here is what Rust’s Dance Band Discography lists:
Note that “Cherie, I Love You” is listed as a waltz and that Paul Hagan and Jack Pettis are the vocalists.
Indeed, “Cherie, I Love You” is a waltz composed by Lilian Rosedale Goodman and published by Harms in 1926.
“Cherie, I Love You” was recorded by several artists in 1926. From https://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/song ... veyou.html
Annette Hanshaw - 1926
Ben Bernie & His Orch. (vocal: Paul Hagan & Frank Pettis) – 1926 Note a duet with Pettis’ first name given as Frank
Ross Gorman & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1926
Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians (vocal: Tom Waring) – 1926
Ben Selvin & His Orch. (vocal: Frank Munn) - 1926
Newport Society Orch. (vocal: Irving Kaufman) - 1926
Walter Scanlon (aka Walter Van Brunt) - 1926
Louis Katzman's Castilians (Instr.) - 1926
Grace Moore - 1926
More recordings are listed in DAHR:
Gladys Rice Female vocal solo, with piano – 1926
Jesse Crawford Pipe organ solo – 1926
Vincent Van Tuyl (pseudonym for Irving Kaufman) Male vocal solo with piano – 1926
The Harmonizers Male vocal quartet, with piano – 1926
OKeh Kut-Ups Male vocal duet, with piano (Ed Smalle and Jerry Macy) – 1926
More recently there were recordings by
Frankie Laine - 1947
Nat King Cole - 1958
Pat Boone – 1958
Several of the above are available in youtube and, as far as I know, all are done as waltzes.
Now comes the surprise. Here is the label of Ben Bernie’s recording.
You see that it is a fox-trot and the vocal is by a trio.
Listen to the recording
It is the same tune as the waltz played by, for example, Fred Waring.
Now, if I accept that Paul Hagan and Jack Pettis are two of the vocalists, who is the third?
The third vocalist is Ben Bernie himself identified. by David Garrick in his magnificent Jack Pettis' webpage:
"For the Bernie band Jack played his C-melody and tenor saxophones as well as clarinet. In a non-instrument role Jack appears as part of the vocal trio along with Paul Hagan and Ben Bernie on “Cherie, I Love You” (Brunswick 3170, April 13, 1926)."