I’ve been eBaying once again — cyberspace’s version of going to antique stores in person — and I found four intriguing objects, all musical.
A song Mildred never recorded:
but the intriguing part of this cover (it might have been a very good song, given the credits of Isham Jones and Charles Newman) is the store listing, bottom right — a jewelry store that sold victrolas, records, and music in a town in Wisconsin. Evidence of a wondrous and now vanished past.
One year later, a song Lee Wiley should have recorded (music by her paramour Victor Young):
The jazz versions I know are Jack Teagarden and Art Tatum — both contemporaneous.
Now, two discs. Autographed ones, from the collection of Bill Thompson.
Mister Mercer and Mister Teagarden, if you please:
And the prize. Was George French or was Louis being Louis?
I think that is positively begging to be made into a t-shirt, but I picture people coming too close, squinting at it, and asking for explanations, so this idea may have to go in the basket where the almost-good ideas are kept.
May your happiness increase!