DISCRETION, PLEASE (January 1927)

Here’s a musical enactment about what academics call “discourse,” and what the rest of us call, at best, “gossip,” from January 1927. The singers are Joe Sims (sometimes Simms) and Clarence Williams; the impressive cornetist is the mysterious “Big Charlie Thomas”; the frolicsome young pianist is one Tom Waller:

Never has a lecture on good behavior swung so much — so take heed.

May your happiness increase!

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