Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Les Backer recorded for Brunswick and Gennett. He was part of the St. Paul, Minnesota Gennett sessions at the Lowry Hotel. I will post more about that in future, when I have all the audio files to share.
This record is not one I own, unfortunately. In my editing of his discography on Discogs, I did a lot of googling, and found this record in the archives of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill library. I sent them an email to request images and audio files. They provided them for a fee of $8. I edited them a little, turning up the gain (volume) and processing them with declicker. In the download folder you will find the files that were provided to me, as well as my edited versions.
I couldn't find much biographical information about Les Backer. These tracks were recorded in Chicago on July 18th, 1928. Les does his best Jimmie Rodgers impression on this disc. The 5000 series of Vocalion focused on country, even though all the other recordings I have of Les Backer are fox trots and vocal ballads.
Label location: Chicago, Il
Pressed by: Brunswick
Les Backer's Yodeling Blues
Downhearted Yodel Blues
Thursday, April 18, 2019
|George A. Whiting|
I couldn't find the lyrics to this song anywhere online, so I transcribed them.
Lyrics: George A. Whiting
Music by: Charlie Abbot & Rubey Cowan
Summer’s Coming, and my heart’s hummin’ a love songAnd I’m wondering if you’re hummin’ one too.It seems, when I was yessin’, you keep me guessin’It’s all wrong and you hear the bluebirds callin’ to youEach little star belongs to the skyAnd each little tear belongs to a cryIs It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)Now each little leaf belongs to a treeAnd each honey sip belongs to a beeIs It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)Birdie’s mate and then they build a nestThey know Best. Birdie’s never do go wrong.Everyone but you and me, seem to be, happy dear where they belongEach drop of rain belongs to the dewI’ve got a heart belonging to youIs It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)All our troubles will fade like bubbles, away dearWhen I take you and only make you my ownAnd dear then I’ll not worry, if you just hurry and say dearThat I’m yours and you’re mine aloneEach little yes belongs to a noEach little heel belongs to a toeIs It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)Each little eye belongs to a browEach little calf belong to a cowIs It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)Birdie’s mate and they build a nestThey know Best. Birdie’s never do go wrong.Everyone but you and me, seem to be, happy dear where they belongEach little trout belongs in a brookOld mother goose belongs in a bookIs It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)
Unknown who Chuck And Buddy Golden were. Sound like Jones and Hare?
Irving Kaufman credited as Horace Winters on his Champion issues.
Kaufman also recorded this for Columbia with the Lou Gold Orchestra, which was issued on the Diva / Velvet Tone / Harmony labels, but the lyrics are truncated. You can hear it here
Frankie Master's version on Victor
An instrumental version was issued on Columbia potato head label by Paul Whiteman: Youtube
If anyone else has a version I haven't covered, please share in comments. Thanks.
Label location: Richmond, Indiana
Pressed by: Gennett
That's My Weakness Now
Is It Gonna Be Long