“Eddie My Love” was a huge song in 1956. RPM records released it all the way to #14

on the American Billboard charts. It was recorded by the sister-duo group

The Teen Queens, Betty and Rosie Collins. They sang the song which was written by their

brother, Aaron Collins. It was their only hit, which was great for a debut single! They

would try for additional success over a few years’ time, but it couldn’t be repeated, and

the sisters hung it up, quietly, in 1961. It is interesting, too, that the Chordettes (of “Mr.

Sandman” fame) also recorded “Eddie My Love” in 1956, and also had a chart hit with it in

the same year. Anyway, this tune is so catchy, and the harmonies are so tight, that I will

sometimes be humming it for days.

The Teen Queens – Eddie My Love < < PLAY

I ran into a pile of Brazilian 78s at a house-sale in Ravenswood Manor last summer. This one is Narcisos, a ritmo de samba side, by Waldir Calmon, on the Star label out of Rio de Janeiro, 1952. He made many recordings in his long career as a musician and innovator.

Mr. Calmon (1919-1982) was the first performer in Brazil to use the solovox, a small keyboard instrument that was the forerunner to the synthesizer. His plaintive single note runs were widely imitated by the next generation of Bossa Nova and Samba: and particularly by the iconic Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Nerd note: this take is doubly-so great because the shellac is in pristine condition and there is the most minimal of hiss/surface noise.

Waldir Calmon – Narcisos <<<PLAY

A lucky cheap find on the Internet. From the obscure Dum Dum, India label The Twin. The legendary and revered female singer Ascharyamoyee Dasi singing a traditional Urdu ghazal: Ham jaayenge kasade dile divaannaa jahaan ho. This is devotional music: in praise of the Most High: with a backing band of harmonium, hand drums, hand claps, and voices: this music seems to be related to the later art of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948 – 1997), master singer (genius) of Pakistani quawwali music.

Super rare in any format: a document as much as a song about a different time in India.

I cannot determine the year of this recording. No idea. Maybe between 1935 and 1955?

Ascharyamoyee Dasi – Ham jaayenge kasade dile divaanaa jahaan ho <<PLAY

One of my all-time favorite Satchmo sides: both with the singing & trumpet beauty. Just a fine lyric, too. Recorded on October 16,1947, right here in Chicago, with his All Stars:

Jack Teagarden , trombone

Barney Bigard , clarinet

Dick Cary , piano

Arvell Shaw , bass

Big Sid Catlett , drums

Louis Armstrong – Before Long <<<PLAY

Red Foley was born in 1910 to  a musical family from Blue Lick,Kentucky, and by 1930 he was touring around America as a singer with the John Lair Cumberland Ridge Runners. His 1951 version of “Peace in the Valley” was one of the first-ever-million-selling gospel hits. Throughout his recording life he sold more than twenty-five million 78s and is an important figure in the history of country music.

He was also a big inspiration for a couple of future rock n’ rollers named Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley, both playing many of Red’s songs; and both absorbing Red’s country boogie style which would be the foundation of all that 50s Sun Records rock-a-billy.

Lately, I havin’ been really digging his version of the little remembered Bob Russel tune “Church Music.” On the Decca label from 1950, the melody is catchy and Foley’s baritone/tenor voice sounds so good around this simple, genuine ditty.

Red Foley – Church Music <<PLAY

Maggie Teyte (1888-1976) is one of my favorite singers of all time, and although her interpretation of Debussy’s songbook is one of my all time favorite works, I decided to post this song: L’heure Exquise by Reynaldo Hahn.

Together with Gerald Moore, who is regarding the piano accompaniment most tenderly, she sings this beautiful tribute to “the exquisite hour”. This one is dedicated to my beautiful Venus, with whom I have listened to this side over & over again all throughout these last couple seasons.

Maggie Teyte – L’Heure Exquise <<<PLAY

Dear Most Honorable Tomomi Stankiewicz,                                                                                                                                                                             

I found this amazing 78 rpm folk recording, on the Japanese Victor label, at some junk store on Lincoln Avenue.

The song is entrancing, so musical & overwhelmingly meaningful, but I do not know what the record label says or what the lyrics hope to reveal. Will you help out with the translation and interpretation? so that we can all better understand this beautiful music??

Best & Regards,

K.J.

Japanese Victor 78 rpm – 52016-A <<<PLAY

UPDATE: Courtesy of Lucy (Akiyoshi) Dierks

The singer of this song is Koume Akasaka (1906-1992). She was a geisha in her young life and

later on became a renowned songstress, also appearing in movies. The title of this Victor side

alludes to a Japanese city, Sasebo. The stringed instrument heard is the shamisen, common in

Japanese folk and classic works.

Miss Akasaka’s version of the Kuroda Bushi is her most famous recording.

Thank you to Lucy for her insight, kampai!