I stumbled on this Red Nichols Brunswick record from 1929 on YouTube while searching for Red McKenzie vocals — a rewarding quest, except I am oddly discomposed by the idea of McKenzie providing part of the soundtrack for something (a computer simulation / game?) called Bioshock. Well, anything that lets people hear him sing THE TROUBLE WITH ME IS YOU shouldn’t be scoffed at.
Then I encountered this recording — charitably posted by “Atticus70” and when I looked closer, I saw it wasn’t the Gershwin WHO CARES? but a more self-pitying pop song by Yellen and Ager.
But look and listen to the personnel: all those “Chicagoan” ruffians who took their Nichols paychecks as long as he would put up with their (presumably) hard-drinking disdain for things like clean clothes and punctuality.
The band is Red Nichols, Mannie Klein, Tommy Thunen, trumpets; Glenn Miller, cornet, trombone; Jack Teagarden, ? Herb Taylor, trombones; Pee Wee Russell, clarinet; Bud Freeman, tenor sax; Joe Sullivan, piano; Tommy Felline, banjo; Art Miller, bass; Dave Tough, drums; Red McKenzie, vocal.
New York, June 12, 1929: for all its melancholy, this is pre-Crash pop music.
And the sounds of Teagarden, Russell, Sullivan, and Tough are elixirs. Condon isn’t there, but perhaps Nichols found him to be the primary ringleader; Tommy Felline (or is it Fellini?) was no doubt much more tractable. And McKenzie croons so beautifully, making even the odd lyrics work reasonably well.
But here’s the music!
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