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Memories of Old Broadway

This collection offers samples of 60 selections from major Broadway Musicals and Revues covering a 30-year period from 1904 to 1934. All numbers are from vintage recordings made at the time of the musical—not later revivals. Our purpose is to give today's listener a clear sense of changes in compositions, arrangements and vocal styles in musical theatre over this interesting period—a span that covers the transition of sounds from ragtime to jazz and early swing.

The enduring show business classic Give My Regards To Broadway recorded in 1905 opens this set. This song was originally performed by George M. Cohan in Little Johnny Jones, but was not recorded by him so a contemporary performance by Samuel H. Rous is used instead.

However, several numbers are performed by the artist who introduced them in the original shows such as I'm Always Chasing Rainbows by Harry Fox in Oh, Look!, Birth Of The Blues by Harry Richman from George White's Scandals Of 1926, Doin' The New Low-Down, by Bill "Bojangles" Robinson from Lew Leslie's Blackbirds Of 1928, Heat Wave, by Ethel Waters in As Thousands Cheer and You're The Top by Ethel Merman in Anything Goes. In addition there are actual performances by composers Victor Herbert, Rudolph Friml, George Gershwin and Cole Porter.
  Track Song Title Artist Date Time
1 Give My Regards To Broadway Samuel H. Rous 1905 2:34
2 Yankee Doodle Boy Billy Murray 1905 2:37
3 You`re A Grand Old Flag Billy Murray 1906 2:46
4 Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life Victor Herbert 1911 4:03
5 Beautiful Lady Lucy Isabelle Marsh 1911 3:43
6 Sister Susie`s Sewing Shirts For Soldiers Al Jolson 1914 3:09
7 Hello, Frisco, Hello Olive Kline & Reinald Werrenrath 1915 2:52
8 I`ll Say She Does Al Jolson 1918 2:44
9 I`m Always Chasing Rainbows Harry Fox 1918 3:31
10 A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody John Steel 1919 2:36
11 Rose Of Washington Square Billy Murray 1920 3:23
12 A Kiss In The Dark Olive Kline 1923 3:04
13 Old Fashioned Love Noble Sissle & Eubie Blake 1924 2:40
14 Rose-Marie John McCormack 1925 2:43
15 Tea For Two Helen Clark & Lewis James 1925 3:04
16 Song Of The Vagabonds Rudolf Friml 1925 2:59
17 Who? George Olsen 1926 3:15
18 A Cup Of Coffee, A Sandwich And You Helen Clark & Franklyn Baur 1926 3:27
19 Birth Of The Blues Harry Richman 1926 2:49
20 Play Gypsies, Dance Gypsies Artists Ensemble 1926 3:25
21 Do, Do, Do George Gershwin, piano solo 1926 3:04
22 Lily Ted Lewis 1927 2:33
23 Sometimes I`m Happy Vaughn DeLeath 1927 2:47
24 Did You Mean It? Lee Morse 1927 3:23
25 Where Have You Been All My Life? Nat Shilkret 1927 3:01
26 The Best Things In Life Are Free George Olsen 1927 3:22
27 My Heart Stood Still Jessie Matthews 1927 3:20
28 Thou Swell Herbert Gordon 1928 2:34
29 Can`t Help Lovin` Dat Man Helen Morgan 1928 3:04
30 You Took Advantage Of Me Vaughn DeLeath & Irving Kaufman 1928 3:11
31 Doin` The New Low-Down Bill Robinson & Irving Mills 1929 3:04
32 I Must Have That Man Adelaide Hall 1928 3:18
33 I`m On The Crest Of A Wave Harry Richman 1928 2:24
34 Lover, Come Back To Me Evelyn Herbert 1929 3:40
35 Stout Hearted Men Perry Ascam 1930 2:41
36 Let`s Misbehave Irene Bordoni 1928 2:50
37 Watching The Clouds Roll By William F. Wirges 1928 3:07
38 Until You Get Somebody Else George Olsen 1929 2:55
39 Button Up Your Overcoat Zelma O`Neal 1929 2:29
40 Liza Al Jolson 1929 2:51
41 I May Be Wrong (But I Think You`re Wonderful) High Hatters 1929 2:53
42 Don`t Ever Leave Me Helen Morgan 1929 2:37
43 Great Day Roger Wolfe Kahn 1929 2:58
44 You Do Something To Me Chick Endor 1929 2:59
45 Exactly Like You Harry Richman 1930 3:15
46 Thank Your FatHer Al Goodman 1930 2:43
47 Fine And Dandy Dorsey Brothers 1930 3:07
48 I Got Rhythm Kate Smith 1930 2:45
49 Embraceable You Arden & Ohman 1930 3:11
50 Something To Remember You By Libby Holman 1930 3:16
51 Love For Sale Fred Waring`s Pennsylvanians 1930 3:36
52 You Said It Red Nichols & Harold Arlen 1931 3:06
53 White Heat Fred Astaire 1931 3:03
54 Ooh! That Kiss Arden & Ohman 1931 2:43
55 Of Thee I Sing Knickerbockers 1932 3:09
56 Soft Lights And Sweet Music Fred Waring`s Pennsylvanians 1932 3:28
57 I`ve Told Ev`ry Little Star Mary Ellis 1933 3:21
58 Heat Wave Ethel Waters 1933 3:03
59 Anything Goes Cole Porter 1934 3:10
60 You`re The Top Ethel Merman 1934 2:53
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