Boswell Sisters: selected recordings of 1932

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Got the South in My Soul (m. Victor Young, w. Lee Wiley, Ned Washington)

9 April 1932 recording with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra: Tommy Dorsey (tbn), Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as), Babe Russin (ten), Martha Boswell (p, cel), Eddie Lang (g), Artie Bernstein (sb), Stan King (d), New York

Lyric adapted from heptune.com:

When the dark night starts to falling
And the moon starts to roll
What is this thing that keeps calling
It’s the South in my soul

How I long for the delta
It’s my home, it’s my goal
For to be safe in its shelter
Got the South in my soul

Too long I’ve lingered in the darkness
No matter what I’ve won
I want to say good-bye to darkness
And spend all my days in the sun

Let me lie on that levee
Let me burn black as coal
I know my heart won’t be heavy
With the South in my soul

I know my heart won’t be heavy
With the South in my soul

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Crazy People and Heebie Jeebies were filmed for the Paramount feature film The Big Broadcast (1932). McAfee reports that the two songs were filmed on the same day in Queens, New York, for the film, but that only “Crazy People” appears in the film.

Crazy People (m. James V. Monaco, w. Edgar Leslie)

live performance filmed for The Big Broadcast

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Heebie Jeebies (Boyd Atkins) – First recorded by the sisters in 1931 (see Boswell Sisters: selected recordings of 1931). Additional words and music by Connee Boswell.

live performance filmed for, but not used in, the The Big Broadcast

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Sleep, Come On and Take Me (w. m. Boyd Bunch & Joe Young)

6 August 1932 recording with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra: Manny Klein (tpt), Tommy Dorsey (tbn), Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as), Larry Binyon (cl), Fulton McGrath (p), Carl Kress (g), Artie Bernstein (sb), Stan King (d), Glenn Miller (arr), New York City[OA]1

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Was That the Human Thing to Do? (m. Sammy Fain, w. Joseph Young)

With the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, 5 February 1932. I’ve left off the musician credits because Guy McAfee’s discography indicates major disagreement between two authorities on the lineup for the session (different people credited on four instruments). This is a rejected (unreleased) recording. In McAfee’s discography, it’s referred to as “Rejected experimental take A.”

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Boswell Sisters with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra — This is the released version, which is one of two recordings made during a 19 February 1932 session.

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), Glenn Miller (arr)

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Everybody Loves My Baby (Spencer Williams, Jack Palmer)

2/24/32 Dorsey Brothers Orchestra: Bunny Berigan, unknown (tpt), Tommy Dorsey (tbn), Bennie Krueger (as), Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as), Harry Hoffman (vln), Martha Boswell (p), Dick McDonough (g), Joe Tarto (sb), Larry Gomar (d, xyl), Victor Young (cond), New York City

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If It Ain’t Love (Fats Waller, Andy Razaf, Don Redman) – A lot of sites have the date listed as September 4. But McAfee orders the dates with the month first, so the recording in this case took place on April 9, 1932.

4/9/32 Dorsey Brothers Orchestra: Tommy Dorsey (tbn), Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as), Babe Russin (ten), Martha Boswell (p, cel), Eddie Lang (g), Artie Bernstein (sb), Stan King (d), New York

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When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (Leon René, Otis René and Clarence Muse)

Excerpt from the 1932 animated Max Fleischer short Sleepy Time Down South

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The full Fleischer short. I’ve only included this because the quality is much better than the one above and other extracts I’ve seen. The switch from animation to footage of the Boswell Sisters performing comes at about 3:37.

Video to be replaced

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Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia (m. Frank Perkins, w. Mitchell Parish)

9/13/32 Manny Klein (tpt), Tommy Dorsey (tbn), Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as), Larry Binyon (fl, ts), Martha Boswell (p), Dick McDonough (g), Artie Bernstein (sb), Stan King (d), New York City. Lyrics provided by  O Sister!’s Notes at facebook.com. They seem to be very accurate; omitting only a brief section of scatting near the finish.

Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia
(m. Frank Perkins, w. Mitchell Parish)

Sentimental gentleman from Georgia, Georgia
Gentle to the ladies all the time
When it comes to lovin’ he’s a real professor, yessir
Just a Mason Dixie valentine

Oh see those Georgia peaches hangin’ round him now
‘Cause what this baby teaches, nobody know just how, oh
Sentimental gentleman from Georgia, Georgia.
Gentle to the ladies all the time.

Hey, hey,
no doubt,
you’ve heard
about
The sweetest man in Dixielaaand…

I’ll say
he’s hot,
he’s got
just what
it takes to make a lady’s man!

He’s just a sentimental gentleman from Georgia, Georgia
Gentle to the ladies all the time
He’s gentle to the ladies all the time
When it comes to lovin’ he’s a real professor, yessir
Just a Mason Dixie valentine
Valentine…

Sentimental gentleman from Georgia, yowza, yowza, Georgia
Georgia, yowza, yowza, Georgia.
He’s gentle to the ladies all the time.
When it comes to lovin’ there’s
not a thing that he don’t know.
I’m talkin’ about that man from Georgia.

Sentimental gentleman from Georgia, yowza, yowza,
Georgia, Georgia, yowza, yowza, Georgia

I’m talkin’ about that man from Georgia.

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There’ll Be Some Changes Made (W. Benton Overstreet, Billy Higgins)

3/21/32 Dorsey Brothers Orchestra: Mannie Klein (tpt), Tommy Dorsey (tbn), Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as), Babe Russin (ten), Martha Boswell (p), Eddie Lang (g), Artie Bernstein (sb), Stan King (d), New York City

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(We’ve Got to) Put That Sun Back in the Sky (Joseph Meyer, Irving Kahal)

2/19/32 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), Glenn Miller (arr)

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Minnie the Moocher’s Wedding Day (m. Harold Arlen, w. Ted Koehler)

11/22/32 Victor Young (ldr), Bunny Berigan, Manny Klein (tpt), Tommy Dorsey (tbn), Jimmy Dorsey (cl), Larry Binyon (ts), Harry Hoffman (vln), Martha Boswell (p), Carl Kress (g), Artie Bernstein (sb), Stan King (d), New York City

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1 [OA] LISTS DICK MCDONOUGH (G) INSTEAD OF KRESS; [NIT&T] SAYS BUNNY BERIGAN (TPT) TOMMY DORSEY (TBN) JIMMY DORSEY (CL, AS); JOE VENUTI (VLN) MARTHA BOSWELL (P) EDDIE LANG (G) JOE TARTO (SB) STAN KING (D) — See key to sources at bottom of guymcaffee.com

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. aadjuijn
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 15:33:58

    The version “Was That The Human Thing To Do?” (Above) is the rejected version Feb 5 1932 (bad quality) Here is a better one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSVbs6TYL5E&feature=channel_video_title
    Also Feb 19 1932 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQXijs8cr3U You`ll find more vids of the Bozzies in my playlist…You have a great site here! Kind Regards, Aad (the Netherlands)

    Reply

    • doc
      Jun 04, 2011 @ 01:43:02

      Aad, Thanks very much for the info and the links, as well as the kind words. Will certainly include those videos here. McAfee has info on the three recordings. I’ll try to respond more fully in the next day or two. Very busy day today. — Jim

      Reply

  2. doc
    Jul 31, 2016 @ 08:42:36

    I’ll try to put these recordings in chronological order, and otherwise improve this page and the other Boswell Sisters pages, ASAP.

    Reply

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