View Full Version : Off Topic: HTOTW#26 'Sun' Tunes Quiz.

Terry Porritt
21-08-2004, 09:04 AM
Name tunes from the 1920s-30s that contain the word 'sun' in their titles, or derivates such as sunlight, sunshine etc.

Here is an example "On The Sunny Side of The Street". I'll be along Sunday (there is another one!) evening with the music, and it will be just great I promise :)

Terry Porritt
22-08-2004, 10:18 PM
Well, not much response to 'sun' tunes, there must be fifty million or so to choose from.

Here's my list:
Give Me The Sunshine.
Homemade Sunshine.
Dip Your Brush in Sunshine.
On the Sunnyside of The Street.
Keep Your Sunnyside Up.
Red Sails In The Sunset.
It Was Only a Sun Shower

In September 1926, Bix Beiderbecke and Frankie Trumbauer along with other musicians from 'satelite' Goldkette bands joined together to form the now famous, classic Jean Goldkette Orchestra.

Quoting from David Garrick's 'Keller Sisters' web page:

>In October 1926 and January 1927 the Keller Sisters and Lynch were featured in recording sessions with the Jean Goldkette Orchestra. One recording from the October session stands out as the archetypical recording of The Jazz Age - Sunday (http://www.dgarrick.com/jazzage/kellersisters/audio/JeanGoldkette-Sunday-take-3.mp3). The song has all the elements of great Roarin' Twenties music: some of the best all-time session men like Bix Beiderbecke, Spiegle Wilcox, Frank Trumbauer, Joe Venuti, & Eddie Lang, and the Keller trio offering up a few vo-doe-de-o-doe's in the vocal refrain just for good measure. Although the Keller's make a brief appearence in this recording, it is their most famous performance on record.

More can be read about the KellerSisters (http://www.dgarrick.com/jazzage/kellersisters/kellersisters.php) here.

We can't really hear Bix on this record, he wasn't a featured soloist.

Incidently one of the trombonists with the Goldkette Orchestra, Spiegle Wilcox, died only in 1999 at the age of 96, and he was still playing trombone at Bix memorial concerts up until the very end. He was I think, the last living link with Bix Beiderbecke.

The next tune features Bing Crosby, with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra in February 1928, Sunshine (http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/whiteman/sunshine.ram). This is a great recording.

Another orchestra we have mentioned before is that of Roger Wolfe Kahn. He was the son of a rich banker who bought him an orchestra at the age of about 16!
Here they are in 1928 with Give Me The Sunshine (http://www.redhotjazz.com/Songs/kahn/givemethesunshine.ram).

A lot of 'sun' songs were written during the Depression as 'Cheer Up' songs, here is Johnny Hamp and His Kentucky Serenaders in 1929 playing, Keep Your Sunnyside Up (http://www.redhotjazz.com/Songs/hamp/KeepYourSunnysideUp.ram).

Another popular band of the 20s through to the fifties was that of Ted Lewis. Jazz critics tend to pour scorn on him as being corny and not playing true jazz, be that as it may, that is their problem, I like him and his fun entertaining. In fact that is what he was first and foremost an entertainer, but even so he had first class jazz musicians in his band like Benny Goodman, Muggsy Spannier, Jimmy Dorsey, Manny Klein, George Brunies.

Here is a selection of his 'Cheer Up' songs from 1930/31.
Homemade Sunshine (http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/lewis/homemade.ram).

Dip Your Brush in Sunshine (http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/lewis/dip.ram)

and his version of On The Sunny Side Of The Street (http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/lewis/onthesunnyside.ram).

Annette Hanshaw, what style she had. Apparently she was a musicians delight to work with, no hangups and a perfectionist. She was often backed by some of the hot bands of the day, although she sang 'sweet' tunes.
Here she is with It Was Only a Sun Shower (http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/hanshaw/ItWasOnlyASunShower1927.ram) and with Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang.

Now as the sun sinks slowly in the west we say farewell to real pop music and listen to Louis Armstrong sign us out with Red Sails In The Sunset (http://www.redhotjazz.com/Songs/Louie/lao/redsails.ram) from 1935.

Next HTOTW will feature tunes having Ain't', or 'Tain't in the title, eg Ain't Misbehavin'.
See how many from the 1920s/30s you can think of during the next week :)