1944 (Decca 23353-A mx L 3423)
Ethel Smith – Tico Tico]
“1 Lero Lero /2 Bem Te Vi Atrevido”
1944 (Decca 23353-A mx L 3425)
Ethel Smith – 1 Lero Lero 2 Bem Te Vi Atrevido]
“The Parrot (On The Fortune Teller’s Hat)”
1945 (Decca 23462-A mx 72963)
Ethel Smith – The Parrot]
1946 ( Decca 23549-B mx 73291)
Ethel Smith – Dinorah]
These particular recordings have a certain sentimental value to me. They come from a four 78 rpm album set entitled Ethel Smith Souvenir Album. The very first 78 rpm record purchase I made when I was a child was that album which contained three of the four original records plus a different Ethel Smith record that was not part of the album set. I purchased them in a charity garage sale and paid a grand total of ten cents for all of them. I still have the album book but all of the records in it managed to get broken over the years. Last year I obtained another copy of the album set with all four of the records. I can’t say that the Ethel Smith records were what spurred my interest in vintage recordings – a program on a local radio station is what started that. But I thought the records were very cool because someone told me that they were “antiques” and because I finally had something to play using the 78 rpm speed on my turntable which I had previously used only to make “normal” speed records sound funny.
Ethel Smith was an organist who became popular in the 1940s. Her recording of “Tico Tico” – a song which she performed in the 1944 MGM film Bathing Beauty – sold over a million copies. You can watch a clip from Bathing Beauty on YouTube of Smith performing “Tico Tico” at this link.