File Updated September 11, 2004
Sam Lanin's Dance Orchestra
Charles Keene, vocal
(Banner 1884-A mx 6939-2)
My apologies for the lack of an
update last week. Last week started out hectic and I then caught
a rather nasty flu-like bug of some sort that lingered on for several days.
Unfortunately, I was once again unable to work on the promised Leo Reisman
Some of you may already be familiar
with this week's recording as it is one that I put together a few weeks
ago for the Radio Dismuke playlist. Early in the recording you will
hear some surface defects that the audio restoration software was able
to minimize but not totally eliminate.
Bob Haring and His Orchestra
Eddy Thomas, vocal
My apologies for being a couple
of days late with this week's update. I had much more difficulty
than I anticipated with the audio restoration software when putting this
week's selection together.
The software can be quite frustrating
at times. On some recordings, one can get great results after just
a few tries. On others, nothing seems to work without the results
sounding distorted and artificial. Unfortunately, the users' guide
is not particularly helpful beyond the basic "how to" procedures.
Another problem I have encountered
is that, if I spend too much time working on a given recording, my ear
seems to adjust to the distortions that can be caused by the software.
I can finish up a recording thinking it sounds okay only to come back and
listen to it a few hours later and realize that it, in fact, sounds quite
Anyhow, over the past couple of
evenings, I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to get this recording
to sound halfway decent. Every night I gave up in disgust and put it off
until the next day when I could approach it with a fresh ear. Finally,
I just got to the point where I threw my hands up in the air and said "enough
is enough." What you hear in this week's selection is my "compromise"
version where I have allowed some of the surface noise to remain.
A few days ago, I actually liked this song. Now it will be a while
before I will be in any mood to listen to another recording of "Huggable
I don't have a lot of information
about Bob Haring other than the fact that he made lots of records both
under his name and various pseudonyms. On Cameo and its various affiliate
labels, his band was known as "Bob Haring and His Velvetone Orchestra"
and made records under pseudonyms such as "The Caroliners," "The
Lincoln Dance Orchestra" and "The Society Night Club Orchestra."
On Brunswick, he recorded both under both his name and the "Colonial Club
The vocal on the recording is credited
to an Eddy Thomas - but it sounds a lot like Smith Ballew