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If you are interested in the authentic sounds of the "Roaring Twenties" (and I know that I am) you could hardly find a better deal than this. We're talking about 18 cents per track, folks. Of course, that's assuming that you like or enjoy all 100 tracks.
My primary purpose here was to create a playist or playlists featuring the authentic orchestral sounds of the roaring twenties - the high-spirited, exuberant wow wow wow, doo wacka doo, jazzy melodies that are unique to this era. I was not interested in songs that did not fall into this category. Nor was I was particularly interested in vocals, although if the song had a vocal I did not exclude it for this reason. I found that fully half of the songs fit into the category I wanted.
There are a few legendary performers who are not primarliy associated with the "Roaring Twenties" such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians. Most of the great orchestras uniquely associated with this era are included, such as as Paul Whiteman. Ted Lewis, The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks, Ben Selvin, Isham Jones, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Kreuger, Jack Shilkret (but not Nat), George Olson, and Ben Bernie (who once played bridge with my father). Some of the lesser known bands of the twenties are featured, including Fred Rich and Hotel Astor Orchestra, Jack Hylton, Johnny Hamp and His Kentucky Serenaders, B.A Rolfe and His Lucky Strike Orchestra, Nathan Glantz, ArtLandry, Birt Firman and His Carlton Hotel Orchestra, and the Picadilly Players. And there are a few groups, I must confess, that I never heard of such as Lovie Austin and Her Serenaders, Ace Brigode and His Fourteen Virginians, and Thomas Morris and His Seven Hot Babes.
As I said I was not primarly interested in vocals so, for me, they were a bonus. Among those performers unique to the"Roaring Twenties" were Helen Kane (the Boop Boop A Doo girl), Eddie Walters, Johnny Marvin, Marion Harris, Charles Harrison, Aileen Stanley, Billy Murray (featured with Aileen Stanley on "Nobody's Sweetheart" but not credited), Ted Lewis, Josephine Baker, Gene Austin, and Cliff (Ukele Ike) Edwards. Some of the artists "spanned' into other eras such as the classsically trained John McCormick and Isabelle Patricola; Al Jolson whose career began before the turn of the century, reached its greatest height during the "Roaring Twenties" and experienced a "revival" in 1946 due to the movie "The Jolson Story"; and, finally Bing Crosby who, in 1929 was a 25 year singer with the group "The Rhythym Boys" who sing one chorus in the Paul Whitemen recording of "Happy Feet". Not only is Crosby not credited here, he is not credited in the original 78 rpm which lists only "vocal refrain by "The Rhythm Boys."