10/16/16

Harry Rosenthal and His Orchestra / Lou Raderman and His Orchestra

This week I am sharing two songs from an interesting 5 LP compilation called 'Echoes of the Thirties', released by Columbia Special Products via the Nostalgia Book Club in 1977. The tagline of the box set is "70 immortal performances from the Golden Age of Popular Music and Jazz", and it has about a dozen rare tracks that cannot be found on other reissues or online. Have you heard about Arthur Schutt, Smith Bellew, Ruth Etting, Phil Napoleon, or Pinky Tomlin?

The box has quite an eclectic mix of musical styles, with many vocal numbers. Here I am featuring two songs on the sweeter side of swing by two obscure orchestras from the mid 30s. Composer and pianist Harry Rosenthal recorded only four songs for Columbia in 1934. If you study the line-up you see that it is to a large part Benny Goodman's band from 1934–1935 that is playing.

I have not been able to find much information about Lou Raderman. He recorded under the names of Lou Raderman and the Pelham Heath Inn Orchestra and the Pelham Inn Society Orchestra in 1928. He later cut four sides for Vocalion in 1937, of which only two were issued. The personnel is completely unknown, including the singer. The liner notes speculate that Toots Mondello may (again!) be playing the alto sax.

Discographical data taken from The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord:

Harry Rosenthal and His Orchestra: Red Ballard, Jack Lacey (tb) Benny Goodman (cl) Toots Mondello, Hymie Schertzer (as) Dick Clark, Arthur Rollini (ts) Fulton McGrath (p) George Van Eps (g) Harry Goodman (b) Sam Weiss (d) unknown accor, harp, vln's, Peter Cantor (vcl)

New York, November 14, 1934
16317-1    When Love Comes Swingin' Along (pc vcl)       Col 2982-D

Lou Raderman and His Orchestra: unknown personnel: 2 tp, tb, 2 as, ts, p, g, b, d and vcl

New York, May 10, 1937
M-454-1    Love Is Never Out Of Season    (Vocalion unissued)

LP source: Echoes of the Thirties (Columbia Special Products ‎– P5 14320)




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