23 January 2011

Goodson 132

A few days ago Heather H. asked for information about a Goodson flexible Record she found in her store. Love to share the discographical information for this Goodson Record nr. 132.

Goodson Record nr. 132 ( photo courtesy: Heather H.)
Conrad - Mitchel - Gottler
Fox-Trot with Vocal Chorus.
Broadway Merry Makers

Recorded ca. July - August 1929 by the Grey Gull studio in New York City. The A-take was released as Goodson Records No. 132 and as Radiex 1762.
Fox-Trot with Vocal Chorus
University Syncopators

Recorded August 1929 in New York City in the Grey Gull Studios. The B-take was released as Goodson Records No.132 and as The Syncopators on Radiex 1758.

The personel of these records is unknown, but Brian Rust gives a list of musicians that were available to make these records, most white men, that played in the numerous dance bands of the late 1920s, like Mike Mosiello, Andy Sannella, Al Duffy, Frank Banta, Charles Magnante, Tommy Dorsey and Charles Butterfield. The tunes were recorded by a studio band featuring the musicians "of the day" and were labeled with fantasy names like the High Society Seven, White Way Players, the Cotton Pickers Orchestra or the two names mentioned above. The masters of the recordings were used for other cheap record labels like Radiex, Madison or Grey Gull.

Previous blogs about the Goodson Records: Goodson Records : Pliable - Unbreakable - Featherweight Goodson and Boots Goodson 7001 Music on the Antarctic

Sources: The Goodson Record Discography - Arthur Badrock
and the American Dance Band Discography 1917-1942- Brian Rust

Hans Koert
Author of the Hit of the Week-Durium Discographies.

10 January 2011

Brian Rust ( 1922 - 2011 )

On the 5th of January, 2011 Brian Rust passed away, 88 years old. For most 78rpm jazz and jazz-related record collectors his name was connected with the extreme valuable discographies he compiled during his life.
Every record collector has a least one of his books within reach. Although he wasn't active in this field any more because of his age, his name is mentioned at least hundred times a day when collectors quarrel about their beloved records: Rust says .......
Among the books he compiled his best known is the Jazz Records 1897 - 1942. For me, as a teenager, it was the first book I could affort, although I had to make a hard decision, due to shortage of money: Rust or a pile of LPs. Later I bought the British Dance Bands On Record 1911 to 1945. The third important Rust was very difficult to obtain, as it had been out of print for a long time: The American Dance Band Discography 1917-1942. I remember that I had to make trips by train from Zeeland, the region where I live, to The Hague ( two hours by train) to consult Rust, as is was the nearest place to find a copy of the Dance Bands Discography. Thanks to a collector who finished record collecting, I found my own copy. The Complete Entertainment Discography was my last Rust - I copied it, page by page ( on a photocopier). I remember that I sent him a copy of my finished Hit of the week - Durium Record Discographies and that he sent me his congratulations and (new) information about the Goodson Records, for me a new discographical project. ( Source: Happy Birthday, Brian - Hans Koert ( blog for his 84th birthday))
Annette Hanshaw and Brian Rust (1959)
In December I posted two blogs according the 1920s vocalist Annette Hanshaw. Brian visited her late 1950s and reissued her records. Love to repost here the two links to these contributions

Annette Hanshaw: A great vocalist remembered

Annette Hanshaw: I Hated Those Records

This short contribution can be found in English at the Flexible-Records blog. and in Dutch at the Keep Swinging blog.

Hans Koert


Brian Rust, record collector, jazz historian, discographer passed away, 88