This is post #1001, thank you very much. Let’s celebrate!
In this clip from the movie Hellzapoppin’ (1941), The Slim and Slam AllStars (a band of the great Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart) provide the soundtrack to the most insane, physics-defying example of extreme swing dancing that you are likely to ever see.
TODAY’S FEATURED ITEM: There is so much great music for free on the Internet Archive… today we have one of my favorite bands introduced to me by The Old Codger on WFMU (which, incidentally, is the greatest radio show of all time… and is all available for download). I bring you the one and only Hartman’s Heart Breakers, for your listening pleasure… there are two pages of music here and here.
1) Dumba dum-a dumba dum-a dumba dum-a dum.
2) Guy with high voice sings verses.
3) Guy with low voice talks same lines with some mild funny added.
4) Guy with high voice comes back for one more run of the verses.
Another excellent, surreal Betty Boop cartoon… I love the Jabberwocky in this. The featured song in it, “How Do You Do,” is an altered version of the song “Everyone Says I Love You.” Below is Groucho Marx’s wonderful version of that song from Horse Feathers (1932) (starts at 36 seconds in or so). There are other great versions of that song in Horse Feathers as well… note that you can see the entire movie on YouTube starting here. I’ve exported the music from both movies as mp3’s for your listening pleasure… you can grab those here.
Rare footage of Hank Williams on the Kate Smith Evening Hour… this footage includes Cold, Cold Heart and I Can’t Help it if I’m Still In Love With You (with Anita Carter). Before that, Roy Acuff opens with Livin’ on the Mountain, Honey Babe.