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When Kate Smith died on 17th June, 1986, America lost one of its best-loved radio personalities. Millions of fans would no longer hear the opening strains of 'When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain' coupled with that famous greeting, sincere, soft and slowly spoken 'Hello, Everybody.' Here, you will find her covers of many classics of the thirties and forties. [MORE]
Now it all seems so long ago. How many folks are still around who can remember first-hand the great era of the big bands? The atmosphere in the dance halls must have been electrifying, to hear and see in person a band hitherto only heard through the loudspeaker of a radio or coming out of the grooves of a phonograph record. It wasn't just the bands that were exciting - there were the girl and boy singers, but particularly the girls. ... [MORE]
There are two things for which Dorothy Lamour will probably be best remembered. The first is the famous sarong she sported in several of her fifty-two films, and the second the way she kept, or rather tried to keep, order between Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in the 'Road' pictures. She had lots of fun playing one off against the other, demonstrating how adept she could be at holding her own against the scheming pair. Look at any of her pictures now, moving or ... [MORE]
There are two things for which Dorothy Lamour will probably be best remembered. The first is the famous sarong she sported in several of her fifty-two films, and the second the way she kept, or rather tried to keep, order between Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in the 'Road' pictures. She had lots of fun playing one off against the other, demonstrating how adept she could be at holding her own against the scheming pair. Look at any of her ... [MORE]
If you're a newborn Eddie Cantor aficionado and wish to get a good sampling of his music, I would highly recommend starting right here. 'Whoopee' gives you a few of the hits Cantor is best known for ('Makin' Whoopee', 'Mandy', 'If You Knew Susie'), as well as a good dose of quality tunes that didn't make past compilation rounds that often. This is by no means a complete collection if you like Eddie Cantor, but I do consider this CD an ... [MORE]
Two great musical film scores in the original recordings from the pen of one of America's finest composers - Mr Irving Berlin. Not to be missed. [MORE]
By mid-1935, the time reached on the first volume of Bing Crosby's 'Going Hollywood' (JASCD 108), Bing had become one of the top stars of screen, radio and records. Crowds were flocking into cinemas across the nation to see 'Two For Tonight' and 'The Big Broadcast Of 1936'. Three records of songs from the former picture were in the best selling lists whilst his record of 'I Wished On The Moon' (from the latter film) was at the number two position, beaten ... [MORE]
For better or worse, the world has seen only a handful of truly successful all-harmonica ensembles. Arguably, the best of this bunch was Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals. From the late '20s through the '50s, Minevitch and a quintet of fellow harmonica powerhouses put Raymond Scott energy and Mickey Katz shtick into big band and pop tunes. It's hard not to feel blown away after hearing Borrah and his crew swing through 'Chinatown, ... [MORE]
In the 1930s two very talented young ladies helped save two of Hollywood's major film companies from the threat of bankruptcy. Universal Pictures were having a bad time when they took a gamble on Deanna Durbin in 1936 but after the success of her first film, 'Three Smart Girls', never looked back. A little earlier, Fox Films were also bouncing around 'in the red' when a cute little girl arrived at their front door. The year was 1934 and the ... [MORE]
There's a song in the air. What a wonderful title for a CD album of Allan Jones. 'Donkey Serenade' opens with that line and is synonymous with Allan Jones. The CD has some of the finest artists of our time. Jones had such a great Welsh tenor voice. Along with him can be heard such greats as Kitty Carlisle, Irene Dunne, Jeanette MacDonald, Judy Garland and Mary Martin. I think it would be hard to find another CD with so many big stars on it. ... [MORE]
Out on the West Coast of America, in Spokane, Washington, in 1925, two young men decided to 'up roots' and leave their home town. Of little significance except to the people involved, you might say there was nothing unusual about such an event. History was to prove otherwise. Outside of studying law and working afternoons in an attorney's office, Bing Crosby spent most of his time singing and playing drums in a local band called The Musicaladers. Soon ... [MORE]
Had it not been for the 20th Century-Fox film 'With A Song In My Heart', most people outside North America would have never heard of Jane Froman. In the hugely successful 1952 biopic starring Susan Hayward, it was Froman's voice that was heard on the sound-track, and it made her an international star overnight. Until then her career had been confined to American radio and night-clubs, with only occasional appearances on the Broadway stage and just two ... [MORE]
Blonde, cuddly, shapely, kind, she was not rated as one of the screen's great beauties. Detractors pointed to her forehead, saying it was rather high, that she had an upturned nose, her cheeks were prominent, almost plump and the chin was too long and jutted forward at an unflattering angle. She would often curl or twist her lip slightly whilst singing, which prompted a New York critic to write in 1938, 'We've had close-ups of Miss Faye whose inability to ... [MORE]
Thank God for modern technology. Here you have recordings that otherwise, you would only be able to listen to and view from screenings. What a gem she was , and through these sound recordings that capture her magic, an appreciation of her talent, beauty, and humor live on forever. Plus, it gives the listener a wonderful segment of musical history as the times encompassed the style of music presented here. A style, much forgotten but so much fun to listen ... [MORE]
'It's not what I do, but how I do it. It ain't what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it'.
This was the very essence of the baddest, sexiest, flamboyant lady of all time, on and off the stage and screen. She was a man-teaser, a witty, larger-than-life personality who became a legend in her own life-time. No publicity agent, no movie mogul or theatrical impresario created this exotic image - it was achieved entirely by ... [MORE]
1936 was a watershed year for Universal Pictures, for two reasons. It was the year in which the founder of the now ailing studios was swept aside, together with his family employees, and replaced by an entirely new management. It was also the year that heralded the arrival of a bright new star whose films were to be instrumental in saving the organization from complete bankruptcy. An immigrant from Germany, Carl Laemmle formed Universal in ... [MORE]
Due to popular demand Jasmine is proud to reissue the long forgotten 'I Love To Sing' by Al Jolson, who was arguably one of the biggest singers, comedians and actors of his era! This set focuses on his film soundtracks including 'Rose of Washington Square', 'Mammy' and the one for which he is best remembered 'The Jazz Singer', which was the first full length talking movie ever made. Al Jolson was in every sense of the word a true performer who influenced ... [MORE]
The Andrews Sisters came on the scene in 1938 with Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, and closed out their era (early fifties) with the dreamy balled, I Can Dream Can't I? and the monster smashes in between with Rum and Coca-Cola and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy to name just a few. Their blissful passion shines on through in this 4 disc collection of some of their most popular tunes. Disc One and Two are all their Top Ten hits in chronological order. Disc three and four ... [MORE]
Tracing the origins of the Four Ink Spots, one of the most distinctive of all vocal groups, is rather like compiling a family tree. It goes back to the early 1920s when dancer Orville 'Hoppy' Jones teamed up with 'Miff' Campbell to play in small time vaudeville. Joined in 1928 by Leonard Reed, they became The Peanut Boys. Elsewhere, Ivory 'Deacon' ( better known as 'Deek') Watson was playing in a 'coffee pot' band known as the Percolating Puppies whose ... [MORE]
BACK IN STOCK AT LAST!
96 Original tracks - including Kid Ory - turk Murphy - Louis Armstrong - Muggsy Spanier - Red Allen - Louis Prima and many more - Full Artist List and track listing inside
Jazz music is now a century old and any of the turbulent periods through which the art-form has passed could be accurately justified as having been a 'Golden Age'. The music's incubation in New Orleans, its travel up to Chicago, the Swing era, the ... [MORE]
'Some Sunny Day: The Songbook, The Energy and The Blend' is a one-of-a-kind box set from one of the most popular female vocal groups of the 20th Century! Bringing together studio recordings that have NEVER before been available, with five full early 1950s albums, never before collected in one set!
Included are collaborations with: Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Russ Morgan, Bing Crosby, Gordon Jenkins, Alfred Apaka, Al Jolson, Dick Haymes, Danny Kaye, ... [MORE]
The Good Ol' Boys Club is the box set to end all box sets, with more than 120 tracks by some of America's greatest! Featured are a wide variety of groups from The Mills Brothers to The Everly Brothers The Ames Brothers to The Four Lads The Four Aces to The Drifters The Four Freshmen to The Four Knights.
Many rare sessions from: Nat King Cole and Dean Martin Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra Gordon MacRae and Ray Anthony Artie Shaw and Don Cherry Bob Hope ... [MORE]
For more than 50 years, Rosemary Clooney was one of the best loved singers in America and a star of records, radio, television, films, night clubs and the concert stage. 'Mixed Emotions' box set is one of the most comprehensive collections covering her output of the 1950s and early 1960s, and all of her major hits are here: 'Come On-A My House', 'Mixed Emotions', 'Half As Much', 'This Ole House', 'Botch-A-Me', 'Mambo Italiano', 'Hey There' and many more! ... [MORE]
Margaret Whiting was one of the most respected pop singers of the 20th Century and 'There Goes That Song Again!' is the superb sequel to Jasmine's highly successful Margaret Whiting box set, 'My Ideal - The Definitive Collection' - JASBOX 17-4. Many tracks are appearing on CD for the first time along with rare tracks and her million sellers re-recorded in stereo. Featured are her collaborations with Jack Smith and trumpeter Billy Butterfield, as well as ... [MORE]
Every 1950s UK hit by the biggest selling British female singer in history including: 'The Shoemaker', 'Majorca', 'Suddenly There's a Valley', 'With All My Heart', 'Baby Lover', 'Alone' and more! Plus her first two studio albums: 'You Are My Lucky Star' and 'In Hollywood', which features Billy May's arrangements. Along with the hits are all of the recordings she made from 1955 to 1959 plus her debut French sides, rare alternate takes and all of her film ... [MORE]