maandag 20 juni 2016

Souvenirs (1927) / Among My Souvenirs (1928) / Ein bißchen Seligkeit (1928)

In 1914, Edgar Leslie was a charter member of ASCAP and served as a director from 1931 through 1941 and again from 1947 through 1953. He formed his own publishing firm in the mid-1920’s and in 1927, he traveled to England were he began a collaboration with composer Horatio Nicholls (pseudonym for publisher Lawrence Wright). During this time, the pair would produce “Among My Souvenirs” (a Connie Francis hit in 1959), “Mistakes” (a Vera Lynn hit recording) and “Shepherd of the Hills” (a hit for the Jack Hylton Orchestra).
The song was published by co-composer Lawrence Wright Music Co. London.


The first recorded version seems to be: 

Arthur Briggs' Savoy Syncopators Orchestra 1927 (as "Souvenirs")
With Al Bowlly (vocals)
Recorded August, 1927 in Berlin

http://www.memorylane.org.uk/file/AB_Disco_S-Z.html

http://www.memorylane.org.uk/discography.htm

http://grammophon-platten.de/page.php?216.1

Released on (Deutsche) Grammophon 21122 and Polydor 211222

B-side of  "Geh!  Bubi (Do The Black Bottom With Me)"

Matrix 684bd; B-41884

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4 months later Al Bowlly recorded another version in Berlin, this time with Fred Bird.

Fred Bird  The Salon Symphonie Jazzband

(Fred Bird = Felix Lehmann) SEE: http://grammophon-platten.de/page.php?437

With Al Bowlly (vocals)

Recorded December, 1927 in Berlin

http://www.memorylane.org.uk/discography.htm

Released on Homocord Electro 4-2496

Matrix M-19749

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Layton & Johnstone 1927
Recorded about Oct/Nov 1927 ?????
Released on Columbia 4533
Matrix A-6482

http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/4533uk

https://www.discogs.com/Layton-Johnstone-Souvenirs-Charmaine/release/3498167

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The version by The Kit-Cat Band was probably released after the version by Layton & Johnstone
But, according to the matrix-numbers, recorded before.
Untill now the version below by the Kit-Cat Band is considered as the very first recording.

THE KIT-CAT BAND directed by Al Starita
Al Starita-cl-as/dir. Tom Smith/Edwin Knight-t/Ted Heath-tb/Billy Ternent-as/George Smith-cl-ts/Eric Siday-Jean Pougnet-Vivian Dunn-vn/Harry Berly-vl/D. Cameron-vc/Sid Bright-p/Len Fillis-bj,g/Alfred Field-bb/Eric Little-d, -v, vocal Eddie Collis and Al Starita
Recorded Sept 19, 1927 Piccadilly Hotel Ballroom, London
Released on (British) Columbia 4563
Matrix A-6189-2

http://www.jabw.demon.co.uk/fillis.htm

https://www.discogs.com/The-Kit-Cat-Band-Paul-Ash-And-His-Orchestra-Souvenirs-Aint-That-A-Grand-And-Curious-Feeling/release/5422652

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Within 1 month The Kit-Cat Band recorded another version, this time with Joe Leigh on vocals

THE KIT-CAT BAND directed by Al Starita 
Piccadilly Hotel Ballroom, London, Oct 13, 1927
Al Starita-cl-as/dir. Tom Smith/Edwin Knight-t/Ted Heath-tb/Billy Ternent-as/George Smith-cl-ts/Eric Siday-Jean Pougnet-Vivian Dunn-vn/Harry Berly-vl/D. Cameron-vc/Sid Bright-p/Len Fillis-bj,g/Alfred Field-bb/Eric Little-d 
WA-6189-3 Souvenirs  Col 4653 

-v, vocal Joe Leigh MT-TMR

http://www.jabw.demon.co.uk/fillis.htm



Ronnie Munro's Orchestra 1927
Vocal trio
Recorded September 1927 in London
Released on Parlophone E-5901
Matrix E-1551-4 (Souvenirs)
Matrix E-1552-3 (Old Names Of Old Flames)
E-1551-3 features a vocal trio which may include Eddie Collis

Also released on Ariel 4250 (as ARIEL DANCE ORCHESTRA).

http://www.jabw.demon.co.uk/collis2.htm

http://www.turnipnet.com/mom/ronniemunro.htm

http://www.mgthomas.co.uk/Soundfiles/British%20Dance/British-Dance-Soundfiles.htm

The 3 subsequent Parlophone releases also contained a version of "Souvenirs" and "Old Names Of Old Flames".


Parlophone E-5902 The Singing Serenaders - Souvenirs
Parlophone E-5902 The Singing Serenaders - Old Names of Old Flames
Matrix E-1538-2  .  Souvenirs
Matrix E-1539-2  .  Old Names Of Old Flames

Given the matrix number (#1538-2), this could very well be the FIRST RECORDED version of "Souvenirs" (but the evidence has yet to pop up)

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The same recording (matrix 1538-2) was also released on the Ariel-label (#4253)

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Parlophone E-5903 Ronnie Munro and Barry Mills (Pianos) - Old Names of Old Flames
Parlophone E-5903 Ronnie Munro and Barry Mills (Pianos) - Souvenirs
Matrix E-1555-4  .  Souvenirs
Matrix E-1556-4  .  Old Names Of Old Flames

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Parlophone E-5904 Frank Westfield's Orchestra - Souvenirs
Parlophone E-5904 Frank Westfield's Orchestra - Old Names of Old Flames

http://www.78rpmcommunity.com/beta/wiki/print-view/pageId/70



(c) Jack Hylton 1927  (as "Souvenirs")
Vocals Jack Jackson, Billy Ternent, Chappie d'Amato
Recorded September 21, 1927 in
Released on HMV B-5356

http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/b5356

http://www.78source.co.uk/jack-hylton-orchestra-souvenirs-hmv-b5356-78-rpm.html

http://www.jackhylton.com/discography-1927-1930/

http://www.jackhylton.com/mp3-downloads/

Listen here:

http://www.petefaint.co.uk/jackhylton/souvenirs.mp3



Len Fillis (guitar solo with Syd Bright at the piano)
Recorded October 21 21 1927 in London
Released on Columbia 4678
Matrix WA-6430-1

http://www.jabw.demon.co.uk/fillis.htm



The first US version seems to be: 

Nick Lucas 1927
Recorded October 12, 1927 in New York
Released on Brunswick 3684
Matrix E24720/1

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Astorites  (= Fred Rich Orchestra)
Vocals Scrappy Lambert
Recorded October 21, 1927 in New York
Released on Harmony 528-D

http://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/talent/detail/76086/Fred_Rich_Hotel_Astor_Orchestra_Musical_group

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Also released on Diva 2528-G

https://www.discogs.com/Astorites-Brown-Morris-Orchestra-Among-My-Souvenirs-Rose-Of-Monterey/release/4544625



Ben Selvin 1927
Vocals: Cyril Pitts
Recorded October 24, 1927 in New York
Released on Columbia 1188-D

http://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/objects/detail/195255/Columbia_1188-D

https://www.discogs.com/Ipana-Troubadours-Ben-Selvin-And-His-Orchestra-Dream-Kisses-Among-My-Souvenirs/release/4371812

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Caroliners (= Sam Lanin Orchestra)
Vocal Scrappy Lambert
Recorded November 5, 1927 in New York
Released on Cameo 1258

and Lincoln 2723

 https://www.discogs.com/Little-Club-Dance-OrchestraCaroliners-Kiss-of-Spring-Among-My-Souvenirs/release/7628055

and Romeo 492

https://www.discogs.com/The-Caroliners-Little-Club-Dance-Orchestra-Among-My-Souvenirs-Kiss-Of-Spring/release/4705597






Golden Gate Orchestra ( = California Ramblers)  1927
Vocal Ed Lloyd (= John Ryan)
Recorded November 18, 1927
Released on Perfect 14895  and on Perfect 36714
Matrix: 107913

Also released in the UK on Perfect P-315 (as by Meyer's Dance Orchestra)

“Souvenirs” is also issued on Pathe Actuelle 11508 as Casino Dance Orchestra. Some copies of P-315 use an American master by The California Ramblers. It is not know which masters are used on the PA issue.

http://mgthomas.co.uk/Records/LabelPages/Perfect-UK.htm

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Regent Club Orchestra ( = Bob Haring Orhestra) 1927
Vocal: Lewis James
Recorded November 14, 1927 in New York
Released on Brunswick 3723

http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/3723

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Justin Ring's Okeh Orchestra (= Sam Lanin Orchestra)
Vocal Scrappy Lambert
Recorded November 21, 1927 in New York
Released on Okeh 40945

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The Revelers - Among My Souvenirs (1927)
Recorded November 23, 1927 in New York
Released on Victor 21100

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http://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/800015337/BVE-41106-Among_my_souvenirs

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Roger Kahn 1927
Vocal: Scrappy Lambert
Recorded November 23, 1927
Released on Victor 21084

http://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/800015335/BVE-41104-Among_my_souvenirs

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James Melton (1927)
Recorded December 14, 1927 in New York
Released on Columbia 1238-D

http://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/2000035122/145407-Among_my_souvenirs

https://www.discogs.com/James-Melton-Among-My-Souvenirs-Dear-On-A-Night-Like-This/release/7923577

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Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - Among My Souvenirs (1927)
Recorded November 22, 1927
Released on Victor 35877

https://www.discogs.com/Paul-Whiteman-And-His-Orchestra-Among-My-Souvenirs-Washboard-Blues/master/510439

http://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/800015165/CVE-40934-Among_my_souvenirs

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http://www.jazz-on-line.com/a/mp3a/VIC35877.mp3



Markel's Society Favorites 1927
Vocal Irving Kaufman.
Recorded November 25, 1927 in New York
Released on Domino 4059
Also released on Banner 6121 (as by Gotham Society Orchestra)

http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/6121us

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Abe Lyman 1927
Vocals Phil Neely
Recorded December 15, 1927
Released on Brunswick 3753

http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/nc742307us

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Orchestra Dobbri 1928 ( as "Ein bißchen Seligket") (German lyrics: Fritz Rotter)
Recorded in Berlin on February 18, 1928
Released on Parlophon B.7545

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Irene Ambrus "Ein bißchen Seligkeit" ((German lyrics: Fritz Rotter)
Irene Ambrus (S), Otto Dobrindt (cnd), 'Lindström' (orch)
Recorded April 28, 1928 in Berlin
Released on Beka B 6426-II (mx. 34871)

http://www.truesoundtransfers.de/Titellisten/TT3082.htm

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Comedian Harmonists - Ein bißchen Seligkeit - 1928
Recorded August 18, 1928 in Berlin
Released on Odeon O-2586 (matrix Be7120)

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Jan Garber 1936
Vocal Lew Palmer
Recorded July 1, 1936 in Los Angeles
Released on Decca 1007

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Benny Carter 1940
Recorded January 30, 1940
Released on Vocalion 5458

http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/nc270706us

Listen here:

http://www.jazz-on-line.com/a/mp3d/OkeM-1126-1.mp3



Eddy Howard 1940
Recorded June 28, 1940 in Chicago
Released on Columbia 35949

http://www.honkingduck.com/discography/artist/eddy_howard



Louis Armstrong 1942
Louis Armstrong (tp, vcl), Frank Galbreath, Shelton Hemphill, Bernard Flood (tp), George Washington, James Whitney, Henderson Chambers (tb), Rupert Cole, Carl Frye (cl, as), Prince Robinson (cl, ts), Joe Garland (cl, ts, arr), Luis Russell (p), Lawrence Lucie (g), John Simmons (b), Sid Catlett (d), Sy Oliver (arr).
Recorded April 17, 1942 in Los Angeles
Released on Decca 4327A,

https://www.vmauctions.com/items/item_details.php?id=11086&ItemType=

Listen here:

http://incoming.jazz-on-line.com/a/mp3c/DECDLA2975.mp3



Etta Jones 1946
Etta Jones (vcl) acc by George Treadwell (tp) Dickie Harris (tb) Budd Johnson (ts) Jimmy Jones (p) Al McKibbon (b) J.C. Heard (d)
Recorded June 11, 1946 in New York
Released on RCA Victor 20-1998

http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/201998

Listen here:

http://www.jazz-on-line.com/a/2016/CA499899.mp3



Frank Sinatra 1946
Recorded July 1946
Released on Columbia 37161

http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/37161

https://www.discogs.com/Frank-Sinatra-Among-My-Souvenirs-September-Song/master/407405

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Bing Crosby and Russ Morgan's Orchestra 1946
Recorded August 22, 1946,
Released on Decca 23745A,

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Alvino Rey 1946

http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/338

https://www.discogs.com/Alvino-Rey-And-His-Orchestra-Among-My-Souvenirs-Save-Your-Sorrow-For-Tomorrow/release/7771923



In 1946 Hoagy Carmichael plays the tune in a barscene in the movie "The Best Years Of Our Lives".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Best_Years_of_Our_Lives

Release dates November 21, 1946 (United States)

Watch it here at 3 min and 15 seconds in the next clip:

http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/314754/Best-Years-Of-Our-Lives-The-Movie-Clip-Among-My-Souvenirs.html



Judy Garland 1957

http://www.45cat.com/record/eap1835us





In 1959, Connie Francis recorded the song peaking at number seven on the Hot 100.
The Connie Francis version also peaked at number ten on the R&B charts.
In the United Kingdom, the song reached #11.

https://www.discogs.com/Connie-Francis-Among-My-Souvenirs/master/766083

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Imca Marina (1960)  (as "In mijn herinnering") (Dutch lyrics: Dick Das)
Released on the B-side of Imperial HI 1024

https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imca_Marina

http://www.45cat.com/record/hi1024



In 1976, Marty Robbins had his 16th and last number one on the country charts with his version of the song.

http://www.45cat.com/record/310396

https://www.discogs.com/Marty-Robbins-Among-My-Souvenirs-Shes-Just-A-Drifter/master/638726

https://www.discogs.com/Marty-Robbins-El-Paso-City-Among-My-Souvenirs/release/4986123






More versions here:

https://secondhandsongs.com/work/89361/versions#nav-entity

http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=186

http://nummer1hits.nl/?page_id=1313