Boswell Sisters: selected recordings of 1931

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1931

Wha’ Dja Do To Me (Milton Ager)

3/19/31 — House Orchestra: Jack Purvis (tpt) Tommy Dorsey (tbn) Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as) unknown (ts) vln) (p) (g) (sb) Chauncey Morehouse (d) Connie Boswell (rice shaken in covered wooden bowl) New York

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When I Take My Sugar to Tea (Fain, Kahal, Norman)

3/19/31 — House Orchestra: Jack Purvis (tpt) Tommy Dorsey (tbn) Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as) unknown (ts) vln) (p) (g) (sb) Chauncey Morehouse (d) Connie Boswell (rice shaken in covered wooden bowl) New York

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Roll On, Mississippi, Roll On (West, McCaffrey, Ringle)

4/23/31 — House Orchestra: Mannie Klein or Jack Purvis (tpt) Tommy Dorsey (tbn) Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as) Joe Venuti (vln) Arthur Schutt (p) Eddie Lang (g) Joe Tarto (sb) Chauncey Morehouse (d, vib) Victor Young (cond) New York

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I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store) – (m. Harry Warren, w. Mort Dixon, Billy Rose)

5/22/31 — Victor Young And The Brunswick Orchestra: two unknown (tpt) Tommy Dorsey (tbn) Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as, bar) unknown (cl, as) Vernon Hayes (ts) Joe Venuti, three unknown, (vln) Arthur Schutt (p) Eddie Lang (g) Joe Tarto (sb, tu) Larry Gomar (d, vib) Victor Young (cond) New York

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It’s You (Waller, Razaf)

7/8/31 — Victor Young’s House Orchestra: Mannie Klein or Jack Purvis (tpt) Tommy Dorsey (tbn) Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as) Joe Venuti (vln) Arthur Schutt (p) Eddie Lang (g) Joe Tarto (sb) Stan King (d) New York

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It’s the Girl (m. Abel Baer, w. Dave Oppenheimer)

7/8/31 — Victor Young’s House Orchestra, New York; same musicians as It’s You (above)

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Makin’ Faces at the Man in the Moon (Hoffman-Washington-Rich-Smith)

8/17/31 — The New Yorkers: Frank Guarente or Charlie Margulis, Mannie Klein, Billy Moore (tpt) Tommy Dorsey, unknown (tbn) Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as) two unknown (as) Larry Binyon (ts) Joe Venuti, two unknown (vln) unknown (p) Eddie Lang (g) Joe Tarto or Artie Bernstein (sb) Chauncey Morehouse (d) Victor Young (cond) New York

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I Can’t Write the Words (Gerald Marks, Buddy Fields) aka (With You On My Mind I Find) I Can’t Write the Words

8/17/31  — The New Yorkers, New York; same musicians as Makin’ Faces at the Man in the Moon (above)

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Shine On Harvest Moon (m. Nora Bayes-Norworth, w. Jack Norworth)  — authorship is in dispute

8/27/31 — Dorsey Brothers Orchestra: Mannie Klein (tpt) Tommy Dorsey (tbn) Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as) unknown (vln) Martha Boswell (p) Eddie Lang (g) Joe Tarto (sb) Stan King (d) New York

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Heebie Jeebies (Boyd Atkins) – Additional words and music by Connee Boswell

8/27/31  — Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, NY; same musicians as Shine On Harvest Moon (above)

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River Stay ‘Way from My Door (m. Harry Woods, w. Mort Dixon)

11/5/31 — Dorsey Brothers Orchestra: Bunny Berigan, (tpt), Tommy Dorsey (tbn), Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as), Joe Venuti (vln), Arthur Schutt (p), Eddie Lang (g), Artie Bernstein (sb), Stan King (d), Victor Young (cond) New York City

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An Ev’ning in Caroline (Walter Donaldson) 

11/5/31 — Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, New York; same musicians as River Stay ‘Way from My Door (above)

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I Thank You, Mister Moon (Abel Baer, Dolly Morse, Dave Oppenheim)

12/4/31 — Dorsey Brothers Orchestra: Bunny Berigan, (tpt), Tommy Dorsey (tbn), Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as), Joe Venuti (vln), Arthur Schutt (p), Eddie Lang (g), Artie Bernstein (sb), Stan King (d), Victor Young (cond) New York City [NIT&T][1] SAYS MARTHA BOSWELL, JOE TARTO INSTEAD OF SCHUTT AND BERNSTEIN

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Nothing Is Sweeter Than You (Charles)

12/4/31 — Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, New York; same musicians as I Thank You, Mister Moon (above)

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1[NIT&T] The Boswell Sisters, Never-Issued Tunes & Takes: 1930-1935 [raw sound quality; surface noise, dropouts], Vintage Music Productions, VMP 0011

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