Friday, August 12, 2005

Genuine, bona fide faux-Twenties/ragtime

And I thought the Twenties/ragtime revival started in 1947 with Art Mooney's I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover, followed closely by Pee Wee Hunt's 1948 Twelfth Street Rag. Boy, was I wrong--it happened much earlier. Here, to prove it, are three bona fide faux-Twenties/ragtime sides by Frankie Carle (pianist for Horace Heidt, bandleader, solo artist, and writer of Sunrise Serenade) recorded in 1940 and 1946. The man could play the piano! Twelfth Street Rag (Euday Bowman), Frankie Carle, 1940. Stumbling (Zez Confrey), Frankie Carle, 1940. I Want a Girl (William Dillon-Harry Von Tilzer), Frankie Carle, 1946.

For years, I've ignored Carle's LPs (which, of course, turn up by the score in thrift bins), never realizing what great sounds they contain. Now we know.



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