Monday, 18 February 2013

The Revelers "Oh Miss Hannah" 1925

Lowry refers to the above song in a letter to Carol Brown dated May 1926; "Talking about Hannahs. There's another tune, "Oh Miss Hannah!" on the other side of "Collegiate", sung in the most original manner by the Revellers on HMV. It's absolutely the world's best sung tune, and they sing it in Fox Trot Time as though they were a band. (Collected Letters Vol 1 Pg. 27). Note Lowry's mis-spelling of the Revelers.

Oh, Miss Hannah Fox Trot (Hollongsworth-Deppen) played by the Revelers Victor Record Company with Orthophonic Scroll label 19796-A Electrically Recorded in 09.15.1925 with the A-side Dinah. The 78 playing record was issued in England on the HMV imprint. The 78 would appear to have been a hit with the young Lowry while at the Leys School in Cambridge.

The Revelers were an American quintet (four close harmony singers and a pianist) popular in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The Revelers' recordings of "Dinah", "Old Man River", "Valencia", "Baby Face", "Blue Room", "The Birth of the Blues", "When Yuba Plays the Rumba on the Tuba", and many more, became popular in the United States and then Europe in the late 1920s. Read more on Malcolm Lowry @ 19th Hole

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