I Love You So Much (It’s A Wonder You Don’t Feel It)

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Photo: Bert Wheeler and Dorothy Lee in “the Cuckoos” 1930.

I Love You So Much” is just about the cutest vintage song I’ve encountered.  When I first heard it played on Radiola about a year and a half ago, I found myself singing it around the house. It is not easy to find the lyrics, so I do not know why it has taken me so long to dedicate a blog to it.

I Love You So Much” comes from the pre-code movie “The Cuckoos,” which is a silly comedy released in 1930.

Here are links to help you enjoy this sweet song:
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hszjf_6gsgA
iTuneshttp://www.shazam.com/track/56092880/i-love-you-so-much-from-the-cuckoos

And here are the lyrics:
He:
Now that we’re alone my dear
With no one to interfere
I have something to say to you.
She:
Tell it Honey to be sure
But before you do, be sure!
That whatever you say is true.

He:
I’m one little bird that is funny that way-
I mean every word that I am going to say-
Chorus:
I love you so much, I can’t conceal it!
I love you so much, it’s a wonder you don’t feel it!
I love you so much, my eyes reveal it!
I love you so much, it’s a wonder you don’t feel it!
Verse:
I’ve decided that I am through with all this rambling about
I don’t know what I’d ever do without you! I’m telling you—
Chorus:
I love you so much, I can’t conceal it!
I love you so much, it’s a wonder you don’t feel it!
I love you so much, my eyes reveal it!
I love you so much, it’s a wonder you don’t feel it!
She:
I love you so much, I can’t conceal it!
I love you so much, it’s a wonder you don’t feel it!
I love you so much, my eyes reveal it!
I love you so much, it’s a wonder you don’t feel it!
I’ve decided that I am through with all this rambling about
He:
I don’t know what I’d ever do without you! I’m telling you—
Both:
I love you so much, I can’t conceal it!
I love you so much, it’s a wonder you don’t feel it!
I love you so much, my eyes reveal it!
I love you so much, it’s a wonder you don’t feel it!

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Beautiful, Unsigned Art in Scipio Utah

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Image 1 (above) – Appears to be an artist’s interpretation of Wouterus Verschuur’s “Horses and people in a courtyard.” (Dutch artist 1812 – 1874)

If you are ever passing through Scipio, Utah, you might want to pull off the Interstate and stop at the Scipio hotel to take a look at the oil painting collection in the lobby.

Scipio is a tiny town in the middle of Utah. By “tiny” I mean that it has a population of about 250 people. The town and its only hotel can be found just off Interstate 15 (South of Nephi and north of Holden).

We visited Scipio on August 8, 2015. I had never been here before, and so to satisfy my curiosity, we drove through the town before checking into the hotel for the night. On the drive, I noticed a few old homes from the pioneer era. They were interesting, but I initially concluded that there was just not much to see in this tiny town. So we drove back toward the Interstate to the hotel.

When we walked into the Scipio Hotel to check in, I discovered just how wrong I was! There in the lobby, I found myself surround by a collection of eleven unusually beautiful oil paintings. I have never seen such a high quality display in a budget hotel before! I was mesmerized.

I studied the canvasses. Nine of them were quite small and colorful. The other two were large, dark images of London – perhaps copies of well known paintings of London? I did not know. None of the paintings were signed. When I was a child, my mother had a friend who used to love to paint copies of famous paintings. I recall that she did a terrific job. So I wondered if there was someone there in Scipio who had a similar hobby? And perhaps produced these? Whatever they were, I wish they were labeled!

Then I had a thought: perhaps the owner of the hotel painted them? So I asked the man at the desk. It turned out that he was the owner, and – no – he had not painted them. He told me that the previous owner of the hotel had no use for them. And so when he purchased the hotel, he acquired the art as well. He had no idea who the artist was.

The next morning, an employee pulled one of the pieces off of the wall and turned it around for me. It had a price tag of $175 but no signature. Maybe they were purchased at an art show? In any case, I was tempted to go ahead and offer them $175 for it….

But instead, with their permission I took a photo of each piece. The photos are below (and one above). I have done a little bit of research and added a few notes. If I learn more, I will further update this post. If you know anything about these beautiful works of art and the artist(s), please let me know!

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Image 2 (above) – This is a hand painted copy of “Still Life with Figs” by Luis Meléndez, ca. 1760. ~ Thank you to D.G. Mister for sharing this in the comments!

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Image 3 (above)

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Image 4 (above) – appears to be an artist’s interpretation of Atkinson Grimshaw‘s “Liverpool Quay by Moonlight (1887).
~ Thank you to D.G. Mister for sharing this in the comments!

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Image 5 (above) is a close copy of Edouard Debat-Ponsan’s “The Well Kept Cow” ~ Thank you to D.G. Mister for sharing this in the comments!

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Image 6 (above)

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Image 7 (above) – Appears to be a hand painted copy of “Station and Saint Pancras Hotel on Pentonville Road, London sunset” by John S O’Connor, 1884.

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Image 8 (above)

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If you don’t want the peach, don’t shake the tree (Lyrics)

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This past June, Radiola played “The Goose Hangs High” by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians (1936). The song is about a woman leading a man on, and of course he complains about it. Classic. I loved it right away. But I cannot find it anywhere: no record, no sheet music, and no lyrics.

There are plenty of songs titled “The Goose Hangs High.” I even found an old book, and a silent film! (I need to see it…). But nothing linked to Lombardo.

So without further delay, I will gladly share these lyrics for anyone else who might wish they had them!

The song starts with over a minute of sweet & sassy music and then comes about 45 seconds of sweet & sassy lyrics:

Oh! The goose hangs high
But my heart hangs low.
Cause you’re giving me the run around Baby!

Oh it’s tough like this!
Waitin’ for a kiss.
All I get from you is the little word “maybe..”

There’s an old saying fits you to a tee.
“If you don’t want the peach, don’t shake the tree!”

Oh! The goose hangs high
But my heart hangs low.
Please stop giving me the run around Baby!

About the record (as described by Radiola): Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians (trio v) – The Goose Hangs High (1936) – Victor 25484 B

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The Audrey Hepburn Updo

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While on the Smooth Jazz Cruise last week (Entertainment Cruise Productions), I thought it would be fun to do a little Audrey Hepburn imitation for formal night.

I was not willing to do the bangs, nor did I make any effort to improve my eyebrows or add those big lashes. Add to the insult: I am much older than she was when she starred in the film. But nevertheless, people all over the ship made unsolicited “Hepburn” and “Breakfast at Tiffany” comments. 🙂

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As you can see, my wonderful partner took on the role of James Bond.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the get up was the hair. As you can tell: my hair was not QUITE the same. The hairdresser on the ship had never had a request such as mine, but she did a pretty good job when all was said and done! She used 28 hairpins and 32 cotton balls to create my look. The last photo in the collage below shows the cotton balls.

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What a fun night! I did not want it to end!

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Fat Shaming in 1925 – 1950 (lyrics)

Below are lyrics to what is supposed to be a cute or funny song.  But I consider it to be a very sad song, because it is about a man who fell in love with an overweight woman, and he was happy with her size until he started comparing her to other women!

Ouch.

Here are the lyrics (as published in 1950) to the shameful song “O’ Katharina!”
NOTE: I believe that only the CHORUS is recorded on the 1925 version of the song.

A G.I. Joe from Rotterdam,
He took a girl from Amsterdam,
To be his bride —
And by his side —
They took the ride —
Her wooden shoes and flaxen hair
To him was glamor over there,

When they arrived
Down at the dock,
He got a shock,
His friends and relatives were there,
To greet his buxom beauty.
When he beheld the Yankee gals,
Compared them with his cutie,
Tho still in love,
He shook his head —
And to his babe he said:

CHORUS:
O KATHARINA,

O KATHARINA,
To keep my love you must be leaner,
There’s so much of you
Two could love you,
Learn to swim,

Join a gym,
Eat farina
O KATHARINA,

Unless you’re leaner
I’ll have to build a big arena,
You’re such a crowd
my Katharine
I got a lot when I got you!

About the original 1925 record:

Orchestra: International Novelty Orch
Vocal: Arthur Hall
Year recorded: 1925
Label: Victor
Number: 19586
Price I paid: Sorry, I don’t own this one!
Lyrics courtesy of http://www.vintageukemusic.com/ (recorded by Teddy Phillips 1950 on London Records)

Want to hear it? Here is a link to the 1925 Victor version, which does not have all of the lyrics. You can hear the chorus, though, and get an idea of the nature of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBz3dz2UlPI

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Did Jimmy Dorsey Forge Tommy Dorsey’s Signature?

Signature on recordIt is definitely fun to buy a collection of records and later discover an autographed record amongst the batch.  I only have two such “finds” right now: Stan Kenton and this one (“Tommy Dorsey”). I found this one in a book of records that I purchased for $5 (9 records were in the book).

As you can tell by looking at the photo, the autograph is damaged.  But I was still pretty excited until I did a web search on Tommy Dorse’s signature and discovered that it did not look right.  Darn it!  What a disappointment!

Cleaning Up The Autograph
I cleaned up the autograph to get a better look at it.  This is how I did it:

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Compare to Real Tommy Signatures
Below is a composite of Tommy Dorsey’s autographs so you can compare them to the signature on my record:

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  • His “T” is different
  • His “Sincerely” is pretty different! It has a break in it after “Sin” and he tends to make the “C” big, like this: “Sin Cerely”
  • He doesn’t like to write the “m”s in “Tommy”
  • He writes more up-and-down rather than leaning

BUT… while looking at examples of Tommy’s signature, I noticed his brother, Jimmy, also signed a lot of autographs.  And Jimmy’s actually resemble my autograph more closely than Tommy’s does! (in my opinion)

Compare to Jimmy’s Signatures
Here are examples of Jimmy’s signature:

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Tommy was Jimmy’s younger brother, and they were in the same band together until they broke up 1935.  This record was a big hit for Tommy, and it was released in 1937.  Did Jimmy sign one of Tommy’s records as a joke?

I think it is fair to point out that neither man writes the “T” in the same fashion as the one found on my record.  Also, Tommy’s signature seems to vary. So perhaps he was just a little extra “varied” when he signed my record?

The bottom line is that I am not a qualified expert, and so I really don’t know. But it is definitely interesting enough to take the time to write about it 😉

About this record:
Date of purchase: Dec 1, 2014
Store Location: Calhoun, GA
Price I paid: .56 cents
Quality: looks very good.  Have not played it.
Artist: Tommy Dorsey
Side 1: Night and Day
Side 2: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Label: Victor
Date of recording: 1937
Speed: 78
Number: 25657

References for the autographs I used:
References to the photos:
http://marthasvintageattic.blogspot.com/
http://www.historyforsale.com/html/prodetails.asp?documentid=755&start=13&page=155
http://www.historyforsale.com/html/prodetails.asp?documentid=41645&start=53&page=155
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BIG-BANDS-TOMMY-DORSEY-autograph-5×7-b-w-photo-/331436629924?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d2b299fa4
http://www.historyforsale.com/html/prodetails.asp?documentid=178856&start=31&page=41
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Vintage-Jimmy-Dorsey-Hand-Signed-Autographed-Photo-5X7-Jazz-Big-Band-/200695763019?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eba66504b
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TOMMY-DORSEY-FRANCES-FAYE-Autographs-1940-41-/311239311534?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item48774f00ae
http://www.bookwormroom.com/2011/05/06/saturday-open-thread-5/
http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/14087248_jazz-clarinetist-jimmy-dorsey-photo-signed

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Andy Senior – The Real Deal

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Any of you who follow my blogging will know that Andy Senior (the radio DJ in Utica, NY), is the person that turned me on to collecting old records.  I just love his radio station “Radiola” on 365 Radio.  So when I planned my trip to New York, I contacted him to see if he would be willing to meet me and pose for a photograph.  He agreed!  So just this month, Dan and I met Andy and his wife for lunch in Utica!

I was thrilled to discover that Andy Senior really is the “real deal.” Not only is he genuinely likeable, but he is just as witty, knowledgeable, and kind-hearted in real life as he sounds on the radio.  To top off the experience, he surprised me by giving me a record from his collection: “Sweet Flossy Farmer”, Decca Label #5524.  Here is my earlier post about this recording. I have wanted it for a long time. I still can’t believe that Andy gave me this record! (Above is a photo of the two of us with the record.)

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More about this record:

Label: Decca “The Supreme Record” (manufactured in England)
Number: 5524
Artist: Elsie Carlisle
Songs:
A – Algernon Whifflesnoop John
B – Sweet Flossie Farmer (The lovely snake charmer)
Year: 1935

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Free Promo Soundsheets and Paper Records

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Yes, it is true: companies used to give away cheaply-made free records to promote albums. At one time you could find them stuck between the pages of magazines, or in your mailbox along with a lot of other junk mail, or even pressed onto the back of a breakfast cereal box!

I feel the need to document this fact after yesterday’s post prompted an interesting response from a young adult who was surprised to learn about soundsheets and flimsy cardboard promo records. It was before her time!

These records were usually “soundsheets,” pressed into thin, flexible vinyl.  But sometimes they were made out of paper or cardboard, which was laminated with grooved, clear plastic, as demonstrated by my Reader’s Digest record, above.

Note that my Reader’s Digest record is made of thin cardboard and was actually enclosed in a paper envelope and sent out as junk mail to a specific market demographic.

And just to make sure there is no confusion I have created a very short video clip of the Reader’s digest record so that you can see for yourself that it really is made out of thin cardboard.

Here is the clip:

These promo records were distributed a few different ways:

Sometimes they were mailed out in clear plastic sleeves, as demonstrated by the “Beethoven” Time Life record in the upper right hand corner of the photo above.  The plastic sleeve you see here has a postage mark and address on the other side: it was mailed out exactly this way.  The receiver never bothered to open it.  Likely he considered it to be “junk mail.”

Other times, a soundsheet would be included with a magazine, as demonstrated by the square record, which is in this photo.  I wrote about this one yesterday.  Read more here.

Occasionally, you could even find a paper record stuck to a cardboard insert in a magazine, on the back of a cereal box, or part of a fast-food restaurant promotion.  And you would either peel it off a paper backing or cut it out.  In these cases, it looked similar to my “Reader’s Digest” example.  (In the future I may post a blog featuring several cardboard records I own that were originally cut out of the backs of cereal boxes.  But that is for another time.)

About these records:

Life Magazine Beethoven Record
Date of purchases: December 15, 2013
Store Location: Walnut, IA
Price I paid: $1.00
Quality: new, unopened
Originally from: Time Life Company actually mailed this record out by itself, in the plastic sleeve shown in the photo.
Date of distribution: 1980
Speed: 33.3

Reader’s Digest Record
Date of purchases: October 28, 2013
Store Location: Montgomery, AL
Price I paid: $.99
Quality: Plastic is peeling up on the edge where someone probably accidentally damaged it while trying to remove it from it’s backing.
Originally from: Reader’s Digest junk mail
Date of distribution: 1966
Speed: 33.3

Square Record: Read more about this one here: LINK

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Lesbian 1992 Square Record

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Here is yet another obscure record that I have in my collection.  The song “I’ll Be A Homo For Christmas” pretty much explains the essence of this record.  It is clearly a piece of history from the same-sex revolution era here in the United States.  I think this is the only square-shaped record I own, too.

Actually, this is not technically a “record.”  As you may glean from the photo, this is a what some people call a “flexible record.”  It is literally called a “Flexi-disc” Soundsheet, and it was manufactured by Eva-Tone Soundsheets in 1992.  Apparently this soundsheet was distributed in the Hot Wire Magazine (Journal of Women’s Music and Culture) in 1992.

Unfortunately, I found this record completely unprotected, under a bunch of junk and bent and stuffed behind a shelf in an antique shop.  And I cannot get it to make any discernible sounds.  I do store it flat, in the hopes that someday I will run into somebody who might be able to eek some sound out of it.

About this record:
Date of purchase: November 13, 2013
Store Location: Benson, NE
Price I paid: $.50
Quality: Label is quite legible, but the condition of the record is quite poor: I cannot get sound out of it.
Label says:

  • Songs on Side 1:  Co-Dependency Polka, Dykes, Rainbow
  • Artists on Side 1: Monica Grant, Lynn Thomas, Wimmin On The Edge
  • Songs on Side 2: I’ll Be A Homo For Christmas, Prayer Flags, Half-A-Glance
  • Artists on Side 2: Venus Envy, Karen Pernick, Ellen Rosner

Label: No label, but manufactured by Eva-Tone
Date of recording: ca. 1992
Speed: 33.3

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“Nigger” in Old Music..(Lyrics)

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People of my generation have been raised to consider the word “nigger” to be one of the most offensive words in the English language: perhaps THE most offensive.  From the time I was a child, I have been programmed to NEVER utter this word.  Now that I think about it, I may never have actually spoken the “n-word” out loud.

However, seventy, eighty…ninety.. one hundred years ago, “nigger” was a commonly used, non-offensive word.  In fact both the words “coon” and “nigger” were regularly used to refer to members of the black community. And you can find them in lyrics of songs that were intended to be funny or cute.  I honestly get the willies when I run across one of these songs.  It is quite ironic to consider that so many of today’s lyrics (lyrics that drop the F-Bomb, or address topics like murder and prostitution for example) would have been considered terribly offensive eighty years ago, and yet the words “coon” or “nigger” were not.

I actually have a great example of just such a song: “His Parents Haven’t Seen Him Since” performed by Chubby Parker.  Scroll down to see the lyrics.

I found this song on a Silvertone 78 record that looked like it was in GREAT shape!  See the photo (click on photo to enlarge).  It was clean and completely chip-free.  I was so excited to find such a beautiful Silvertone!  I had wanted one for months, and the only one I could find up to this point looked just terrible and had a large chip on one side.  So to make a long story short: I bought this Silvertone for the “Silvertone” label, not the songs. I had absolutely no idea what “His Parents Haven’t Seen Him Since” was all about.

About this record:
Date of purchase: Feb 22, 2014
Store Location: Rogers, Arkansas
Price I paid: $1.00
Quality: although it looks great, it doesn’t sound that great.
Artist: Chubby Parker
Side 1: Darling Nellie Gray
Side 2: His Parents Haven’t Seen Him Since
Label: Silvertone / Sears Roebuck & Co.
Date of recording: ca. 1927
Speed: 71 (Although Silvertones are supposed to play at 80, this one definitely does not!)

These are the lyrics, as sung by Chubby Parker on the record that I have:

His Parents Haven’t Seen Him Since, as performed by Chubby Parker in 1927

A great big watermelon was a growing in the garden
An beneath the garden fence there was a hole
A skinney little nigger he was sneakin through the fence
An his shiny eyes were bigger than a bowl
Said the skinny little nigger if I was a little bigger
I’d clamber up that old garden wall
But I’ll creep in like a rabbit through that little hold an grab it
An thar’ll be no watermelon there at all
Now this coon began a fillin himself with water-million
‘Till his stomach it swelled up like a toad
He was eating like a hog
When a big sarcastic dog
came approachin him along the garden road
The dog began a growlin and the little nigger howlin
But he couldn’t squeeze his body through the fence
For he’d ate the water-million so the dog he made a killin
An his parents haven’t seen him since.

There was a little chicken he was roostin in the garden
On the top limb of a tall apple tree
A long and lanky coon saw this chicken mighty soon
An he said “ah, you are just the size for me!”
So as happy as could be the coon began to climb that tree
An he said I’ll eat this pullet I suspect
For I’ll boil it in a pot an I’ll eat him while he’s hot
Just as soon as I have wrung his little neck
So he kept a climbin higher the chicken gettin nigher
An he said “my honey come and join de troupe
For I’m very fond of pickin
At a little bone of chicken
an like others you will soon be in the soup”
But the top most limb was rotten so that nigger hit the bottom
His coffin it cost sixty seven cents
He’s a playin seven ‘lven now way up in nigger heaven
An his parents haven’t seen him since.

There was a little Billy Goat a lookin for his dinner
When one day he spied an old tin can
He never raised a question on the strength of his digestion
But he ate it like a nigger does a yam
Then he ran around the corner with his stomach growin warmer
For the can was full of dynamite
An the dynamite exploded for that little goat was loaded
An he disappeared forever out of sight
They have advertised forever.  They searched woods an river
They have search the big Atlantic with a boat
They have searched both night an mornin
To police they’ve given warnin
but they’ve never found a section of that goat
He has gone to join de seraphs dey can’t find him with a sheriff
But they’re sparin neither trouble or expense
He’s anatemized in sections for he went in all directions
An his parents haven’t seen him since.

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