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July 2007



July 5
 
 

This week's Hit of the Week is brought to you by

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The Dog Food Supreme
(from 1932 ad)


 
 
 
 
Iím Sorry I Made You BlueClick on song title to stream or right clock on folder to download
Mills Blue Rhyhm Boys                                1931
(Brunswick 6229)

Savage RhythmClick on song title to stream or right clock on folder to download
Mills Blue Rhyhm Boys                                1931
(Brunswick 6229)
 
 

This week I take pleasure in presenting two tunes by Mills Blue Rhythm Band.

Although Mills Blue Rhythm Band formed in 1930, it began to be noticed in 1931 when Irving Mills took over management. Irving Mills also managed the bands of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway and initially used this band as a filler when Ellington or Calloway were absent. Mills Blue Rhythm Band recorded over 150 sides under a variety of names such as Blue Ribbon Boys, Blue Rhythm Boys, Blue Rhythm Band, Mills Blue Rhythm Band, King Carter and his Royal Orchestra, Baron Lee and his Blue Rhythm Band, and others. They recorded under a huge array of labels such as Brunswick, Columbia, Victor, Oriole, Melotone and others. While they had a distinct style, they never made a huge name for themselves because they switched leaders quickly and were forced to take a back seat to Ellington and Calloway by Mills. They did, however have an excellent style that remains fresh and enjoyable to this day.

The first tune you heard, "I'm Sorry I Made You Cry," is a slow and melodic number. It is full of beautiful harmonies and slow, jazzy solo work.  One could almost call this piece atmospheric. This is one of Mills Blue Rhythm Band's best and should be known by many more people.

Next Mills Blue Rhythm Band brings us "Savage Rhythm" which is a red hot jazzy tune. You can just see the people dancing wildly to this one !
 

 - Matt From College Station
 

 

EXTRA







This section will  present 78 rpm recordings that do not fall within the range of the vintage pop and jazz  fare that I usually  present.  Here I will feature recordings from a wide variety of eras, musical genres and nationalities as well as occasional spoken word recordings.
 
 

I Was Saying To The MoonClick on song title to stream or right clock on folder to download
George Hamilton directing The Veloz And Yolanda Dancing Music 
Lee Norton, vocal                                                                          1936
(Victor 25449-A)
 

Under Your SpellClick on song title to stream or right clock on folder to download
George Hamilton directing The Veloz And Yolanda Dancing Music 
Lee Norton, vocal                                                                          1936
(Victor 25449-B)
 
 

The music presented here by George Hamiltion directing a band called The Veloz And Yolanda Dancing Music is of a decidedly sweet flavor, but with Latin accents. A unique feature of this band is that all tunes (at least those that I have heard) open up with the same introduction. Accordion and percussion are featured heavily in these recordings.

Due to the title of the band, I must assume that it was formed to accompany the famed ballroom dancing pair of Frank Veloz and Yolanda Casazza. Veloz and Yolanda performed their dancing act at ballrooms and nightclubs on both the East and West coasts and even appeared in the occasional film.

I can't begin to speculate where this orchestra played live, but I would guess that they might have played at Chicago's Palmer House Hotel Empire Room, a nightclub in which Veloz and Yolanda frequently performed. 
 

- Matt From College Station


 
 

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