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Pioneers of the Theatre Organ

The theatre organ was the brainchild of a brilliant innovator named Robert Hope-Jones who, with the Wurlitzer Company, was able to modify the sound a traditional church organ into one that suggested the sound of a modern orchestra. They were originally used in silent movie houses to accompany films and became a concert instrument with the onset of sound films.

Jesse Crawford became the most innovative organist of his time and a popular recording artist. Twenty selections in this set are a tribute to him. When Day Is Done, I'd Love To Call You My Sweetheart (with orchestra) demonstrate his style. Lew White who played at the 6000-seat Roxy Theatre in New York. What Is This Thing Called Love is an early recording by him. Eddie Dunstedter played many movie houses and acquired a national recognition from his radio broadcasts.

Dick Leibert, a remarkable musician, was the chief organist at the renowned Radio City Music Hall for 40 years. His interpretation of perennial favorite Star Dust is included here. Two British giants of the theatre organ complete this collection. Choo Choo shows the considerable skills of Reginald Foort and I Hate Myself attests to Sidney Torch's talent as an organist.
  Track Song Title Artist Date Time
1 Amapola Jesse Crawford 1927 3:02
2 When Day Is Done Jesse Crawford 1927 3:19
3 Roses Of Picardy Jesse Crawford 1926 3:20
4 I`d Love To Call You My Sweetheart Jesse Crawford 1926 2:56
5 What Are You Waiting For? Mary Jesse Crawford 1927 3:19
6 High Hat Jesse Crawford 1928 2:57
7 Ten Little Miles From Town Jesse Crawford 1928 3:23
8 You`re The Cream In My Coffee Jesse Crawford 1929 3:05
9 Maybe Jesse Crawford 1926 3:18
10 It Happened In Monterey Jesse Crawford 1929 3:02
11 Cuban Love Song Jesse Crawford 1931 3:27
12 I`ll Get By Jesse Crawford 1929 3:19
13 Tip-Toe Thru The Tulips With Me Jesse Crawford 1929 2:57
14 Gypsy Love Song Jesse Crawford 1930 3:10
15 She`s A New Kind Of Old Fashioned Girl Jesse Crawford 1929 2:49
16 L'Amour, Toujours, L'Amour Jesse Crawford 1933 3:21
17 I Love To Hear You Singing Jesse Crawford 1929 2:40
18 My Love Song Jesse Crawford 1933 3:24
19 A Kiss In The Dark Jesse & Helen Crawford 1932 3:23
20 Stein Song Jesse Crawford 1930 3:06
21 Girl Of My Dreams Eddie Dunstedter 1928 3:12
22 If I Had You Eddie Dunstedter 1929 3:00
23 Ciribiribin Eddie Dunstedter 1930 3:21
24 Sweethearts On Parade Lew White 1929 3:24
25 I Get The Blues When It Rains Lew White 1929 3:13
26 What Is This Thing Called Love? Lew White 1930 3:00
27 Dream Kisses Milton Charles 1928 2:51
28 The Spell Of The Blues Milton Charles 1928 2:38
29 Angela Mia Emil Velazco 1928 2:49
30 It Made You Happy When You Made Me Cry Harold L. Reider 1927 2:45
31 My Blue Heaven Sigmund Krumgold 1927 3:16
32 Thou Swell Fats Waller 1928 3:00
33 Persian Rug Fats Waller 1928 3:31
34 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Dick Leibert 1940 3:33
35 Star Dust Dick Leibert 1940 3:19
36 Choo Choo Reginald Foort 1931 2:17
37 Memories Of You Reginald Foort 1931 3:01
38 Estudiantina Reginald Dixon 1937 3:14
39 I Hate Myself (For Being So Mean To You) Sidney Torch 1934 2:52
40 Love In Bloom Sidney Torch 1934 3:14
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