Sunday, April 29, 2012

Not My Victrola

This song reminds me that I haven't had the canoes out of the barn for many years. Video posted by 240252. on Jan 10, 2012.  His notes:
"Paddlin' Madelin' Home, Fox-trot from the Musical Comedy "Sunny" (Words & Music by Harry M. Woods) -- New Prince's Toronto Band, Columbia 1925 (UK)

NOTE: One of Roaring Twenties' trademarks - the evergreen fox-trot "Paddlin' Madelin' Home" (also spelled as "Paddlin' Madeleine Home") - was the first great hit written by Tin Pan Alley songwriter and pianist, Harry A.Woods. First presented in 1925 in the Musical Comedy "Sunny" it was then recorded by Cliff Edwards reaching No 3 on Billboard Chart. Other hits composed by Woods were of a comparable popularity, to mention only Al Jolson's "When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)" (1926), Rudy Vallee's "The Vagabond Lover" (1929) or, in later years (after H. Wood moved out from the US to London, in Europe) "Heigh-Ho, Everybody, Heigh-Ho", "I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover", "You Ought To See Sally On Sunday", "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" or "Side By Side".
New Prince's Toronto Band was a Canadian dance orchestra founded in Toronto in 1921 by alto-saxophonist and singer, Hal Swain. In 1924, they were contracted to perform at Rector's Club in London yet upon their arrival, the club turned out to be out of business. They found another job at New Prince's Restaurant in West End, where they played until 1926 when the band split into two groups. One, having put on the name of Caplan's Toronto Band travelled with the banjoist Dave Caplan to Berlin, others until 1928 continued their successful contract in London under the name of Hal Swain's New Prince's Band."

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