View Full Version : Off Topic, HTOTW #5, 'Lovable and Sweet', thats Annette Hanshaw.

Terry Porritt
16-01-2004, 03:59 PM
(HTOTW = Hot Tune(s) Of The Week), note the 's', with only one tune a week I dont have 200 years left to get through them.

Note: Most if not all of the websites that the links connect to use streaming Real Audio. If you dont have Real Player or one of its versions installed, then there are several solutions. The first is to either install Real One player here (http://www.real.com/freeplayer/?rppr=rnwk), or you may prefer an earlier Real Player version from here (http://www.oldversion.com/program.php?n=real), thanks Murray.p

Less invasive alternative players are UltraPlayer from here (http://www.ultraplayer.com/), or Real Alternative 1.11 from here (http://www.k-litecodecpack.com/), thanks JM.

Also note that since these links are to streaming audio sites the music may be interupted from time to time by net congestion.

My favourite singer of the 1920s and early 30s is without doubt Annette Hanshaw, a name largely forgotten today, but in her time the most popular female singer, and the radio program 'Showboat' she starred in, polled higher than the Bing Crosby radio program in 1935.

A distinctive characteristic of pop singers of that era was their 'enunciation', something that many modern pop singers have never heard about. That is, you can hear ever word that is sung, and every final consonant. Indeed 'modern' pop singers from the promos I've seen on Telly ads seem to compete for unintelligibility.

There is some confusion over her date of birth, some place it in 1901, others in 1911, but the evidence points to 1901, and some biographies that say she started singing professionally at 16 are ten years out.

She had a natural sense of rhythm and timing, with a strong swing element. She recorded with some of the top white dance bands and musicians of the day, including the Dorseys, Adrian Rollini, Phil Napoleon, Ben Selvin.

In 1929 she was signed up by Columbia records, the premier record company at that time, and became an even greater hit, so much so that it is said that gangster husband and manager of Ruth Etting, Martin 'Moe the Gimp' Snyder threatened to 'rub out' the head of Columbia unless Annette was removed from star billing. Accordingly Columbia relegated her to subsidiary labels and Hanshaw recorded under various alias's during her Columbia years.

She was a shy, extremely attractive person, a real charmer, and according to the musicians she recorded with, a professional in every way, a delight to work with.

She never regarded herself highly, and was never satisfied with her voice.
It was ten years from her first recording in 1926 to when she retired from singing and show-biz in 1936 to become a plain housewife. She died in 1985.

This week we go to the Red Hot Jazz site again to listen to a small selection of my favourites tunes.

First off is from 1929, 'Lovable and Sweet', this is one of my favourite "what if" tunes; what if Bix Beiderbecke had been on this recording. This was recorded in 1929 with the Dorsey brothers' band and featuring Tommy Dorsey playing a fine trumpet (in those days he used to double on trumpet and trombone, though today he is remembered mainly for his trombone work). We can only imagine what Bix would have made of the tune, and with Tommy Dorsey on trombone instead of the rather weak Charlie Butterfield, but it sure would have been even greater than this:
Click here (http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/hanshaw/lovable.ram)

Now hear Annette in 1927 with the swinging sounds of Adrian Rollini on bass sax and piano, Eddie Lang on guitar, Joe Venuti on violin and Vic Berton on drums.
Adrian Rollini was also noted for his playing of unusual instruments like the "hot fountain pen" and the "goofus":
Click here (http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/hanshaw/ILikeWhatYouLike.ram). Annette Hanshaw and the gang really swing here don't they?

From 1930, another favourite of mine 'Telling it to the Daisies', I havent been able to find out the exact personnel on this record, but Adrian Rollini is there with his bass sax and the goofus which sounds like a harmonica but played from a keyboard. Piano maybe Arthur Schutt.

Why can't present day pop singers swing it like this (http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/hanshaw/tellitto.ram) ?

Now, something for the emancipated ladies on PressF1, are you listening Susan B? :)
Women knew their place and what womens work was supposed to be in those days
When I'm Housekeeping For You (http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/hanshaw/whenimhouse3.ram)

To see the only example of Annette Hanshaw in films, visit this site (http://www.dgarrick.com/annettehanshaw/annettehanshaw.php) to play or download a short video clip. The file is over 6MB, so it takes a while to buffer or download.

As last year saw the celebrations of Bix Beiderbecke's 100th birthday had he been alive, next HTOTW, we will look at some of his music that arguably changed popular jazz forever, and influenced generations of musicians, even to this very day.

Then after that we will revert back to one hot tune each week, concentrating on Bix, and Bix with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra with Bing Crosby.

17-01-2004, 01:51 AM
Thanks Terry for introducing me to Annette Hanshaw - not just "largely forgotten" by me, but actually never heard of by me.

Although not a knowledgeable jazz fan, I thought I'd at least recognise the names of the early greats, so you taught me something tonight.

Having jiggled myself around the kitchen to the strains of "Lovable & Sweet " en route to bed, I'll keep this brief at this hour. But later I have questions about music players (Those you mention plus other names I hear of)

No, I don't want Real One Player back, as I spent some time getting rid of its bits & pieces ... Funnily enough, I got "Lovable & Sweet" on QuickTime via one weblink link you posted: others lead my machine to open new Word documents named after songs - complete with helpful paperclip waiting in the wings..

But that's stuff for later. Tonight I concur with you about the artist's talent - and her enunciation. Every word clear as a bell. A pity more don't follow that example..
Thanks again for the introduction.

Terry Porritt
20-01-2004, 06:50 AM
Hmm... it looks like the next Hot Tunes of the Week will be a couple of weeks away :(

Murray P
20-01-2004, 11:48 AM
Thanks again Terry.

The violin on I Like What You Like have shades of Stephan Grapelli like riff's. The jazz virtuoso was obviously influenced by the music of that era. I guess its like listening to the birth of his music.

Cheers Murray P

20-01-2004, 12:08 PM
Thought I was the only geriatic here. Looks like there are more of us out there.
I can't check your links as my speakers are amongst the dust behind my desk. I threw them out years ago when I got fed up with streaming (trickling) music. Has it improved or are you others on jetstream? I used to waste hours waiting for netradio.com to load.
Jack. :_|

Murray P
20-01-2004, 12:28 PM
Jetstart Jack.

I noticed on the Movie link Terry supplied there are some links on the right which head off to WMP and MP3 files.

BTW, a little less of the geriatric tag thanks ;), although relative to some here I guess I am. My interest stems from a boad interest in music from jazz to trip hop (or acid rock, if you like, which tends to have jazz undertones) with an education from my wife re swing and big band music. Its the sound that attracts, anything done well is good.

Cheers Murray P

Terry Porritt
20-01-2004, 12:50 PM
I've been on 128k since last March Jack, but before then 56k was ok for most of the streaming audio I listen to, not much bandwidth is needed for streaming mono low bit rate 78 rpm records :) Just a little more net congestion at times seemed to occur.

20-01-2004, 12:59 PM
Hi Murray, Sounds like your wife and I would get on fine.I used to love swing and big bands and what I call popular Jazz. That is entertaining, not trying to show how clever you were.
I gave up on music about the mid-sixties, when all of a sudden,talent became unnecessary. All you needed to make a record was a guitar and a complete lack of musical talent.
Today you can't understand a word of the lyrics, which is probably just as well.
Remember when lyrics were as important as the melody ?

Terry Porritt
20-01-2004, 01:04 PM
Actually Murray, Stephane Grappelli and Django Rheinhardt go back to the early -mid 30s, and their music was even hotter then than somewhat later. In the 1960s Grappelli recorded with Joe Venuti.

Though I like Eddie Langs guitar playing, , Django was technically far superior, brilliant in fact.

20-01-2004, 01:40 PM
I don't know how I missed this before.
Am going to give her a listen. Discovered Robert Johnson the other day, an interesting blues man from a long time ago.

20-01-2004, 06:47 PM
You know, I honestly thought that the '70s were much more swinging. But, alas, was never there, being born in the late '80s and all...

Terry Porritt
20-01-2004, 07:07 PM
Welcome to the musical time-warp Growly, you may find you like it :)

20-01-2004, 08:33 PM
Hi I never came on the scene untill 1947 but I rather like those, can you point me to more of the same?

Terry Porritt
21-01-2004, 07:02 AM
Hi nalla, the main site referenced in the links is the Red Hot Jazz site,

Another one Ive used is Dismuke:

Both the above have streaming audio, but you can only download files from Dismuke.

Another site at the top of my list is Martin's 78 Turntable, tunes from here can be downloaded as MP3 or Real audio, but not streaming:

There are many many hours listening on those three sites, enjoy :)