Skip to comments.Happy Feet from the Paul Whiteman film : King Of Jazz 1930
Posted on 02/02/2013 8:25:48 AM PST by virgil283
Just for fun : "The beginning of the "Happy Feet" number from King of Jazz (1930). After setting the mood of the piece with some giant dancing shoes and the Rhythm Boys.This short video presents a song from the orchestra leader Paul Whiteman,..." --see if you can recognize the man in the middle....
He looks taller, probably just skinny.
OlLineRebel is old like me, and is right...it’s Bing Crosby.
Only old at heart. I miss those days I never knew!
Old in body, heart and mind here, but from the 40’s. You are more knowledgeable than many about days gone by.
"I Left My Sugar Standing in the Rain" (aka "Mississippi Mud") (1928)
"That's My Weakness Now" (1928)
"My Suppressed Desire" (1929)
Old Man River--Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (1928)
Thanks, I just love history, including every-day things. Soaked up my parents’ lives from their stories. I am a ‘69 baby.
Well, he Was part of Whiteman’s Rhythm Boys, so probably didn’t get much separate billing.
Muddy Water--Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (1927)
There was a series of LP’s by Jonzo Records (out of England) which were chronologically releasing a collection of every recorded Crosby item, and it starts with a 1926 Columbia recording of “I’ve Got the Girl” by one Don Clark and his LA Biltmore Hotel Orchestra. The second item is Paul Whiteman’s version of “Wistful and Blue.”
One of my favorite Whiteman/Crosby items is “Without a Song.” I’ve always liked Whiteman. He seems to get a lot of disparagement from some jazz buffs who like to deride his “King of Jazz” moniker. But frankly, it was reflective of how the term “jazz” in the 1920s had become rather broad in the public sphere, encompassing just about any particularly peppy dance-music. So I really don’t think Whiteman deserves the flak from modern-day buffs. And heck, he had some top-notch jazzmen in his band anyway, from time to time.
Dr. Demento once played “I’ve Got the Girl” on his radio program, and my cassette recorder was going at the time, so I had a recording of it—I may still have it somewhere.
My father was a choir director who also liked to perform solos, and “Without a Song” was in his repertoire.
Paul Whiteman’s influence even stretched into the rock and roll era. He helped to launch the career of Bobby Rydell by featuring him on “Paul Whiteman’s TV Teen Club,” a TV show that he hosted in the early 1950’s.
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