Clyde McCoy and His Orchestra / Frankie Trumbauer Orchestra

Today I'm featuring two well-known swing songs in unheard(?) versions. Jazum was a collector's label out of Pittsburgh, USA, and its first volume, 'Jazum-1', is chock-full of rare transcriptions by various swing bands from the 1930s.

Trumpeter Clyde McCoy led a popular dance band for almost seven decades, starting already as early as 1920. 'Sugar Blues' (1931 and also 1935) is their best-known song. Here they are performing 'Mr Ghost Goes to Town', first recorded by the Hudson–DeLange Orchestra and soon recorded by several other bands in 1936–37, including Tommy Dorsey's. The liner notes claim that it's Bunny Berigan playing the trumpet solo, but I'm not entirely convinced. (Berigan is soloing on Dorsey's version.) No recording data is given, and the song is not listed in Tom Lord's discography. The band recorded several other songs for Associated Transcriptions in 1936–37, so most likely this song is from that time period too.

Saxophonist Frankie "Tram" Trumbauer is of course most well known for his association with Bix Beiderbecke. They started out playing together in Jean Goldkette's and Paul Whiteman's orchestras in the 20s. After Bix's death, Trumbauer continued to play with Whiteman and also led his own band(s) until 1937, when he moved to California to form a new orchestra. This unit recorded a large batch of songs for Standard Transcriptions in Los Angeles, but very few of these have been reissued. Here they do a nice version of the classic swing number 'Don't Be That Way', although the sound quality is not perfect.

Discographical data from The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord:

Clyde McCoy and His Orchestra: prob. pers. Freddie Train, Duke Dervall, Tom Donio (tp) George Green (tb) Tom Ferguson, George Stone (as) Chet Lande (ts) Mickey Ashley (bar) Julie Stauer (p) Bart Roth (g) Artie Dunham (b) Davey Gray (d) Clyde McCoy (dir)

Associated transcriptions, New York, c. 1936–37
      Mr Ghost Goes To Town    

Frankie Trumbauer Orchestra: Mannie Klein, Joe Meyer, Bill Shaw (tp) Joe Yukl, Lank Menge (tb) Frankie Trumbauer, Len Conn, Len Kavash, Lyle Bowen, Jimmy Oliver (reeds) Al Goering (p) Bob Hemphill (g) Russ Morhoff (b) Ward Archer (d)

Standard Transcriptions, Los Angeles, CA, March 30, 1938
PMS-019183-1    Don't Be That Way

LP source: Jazum-1

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