Sunday, October 16, 2016

Soundie - Daddy

"Daddy," published in 1951, features the Bobby Troup Trio and Virginia Maxey

Robert Wesley Troup, Jr. (October 18, 1918 – February 7, 1999), aka Bobby Troup, is better known for his composition "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66," a popular rhythm and blues standard, Troup got his first success with "Daddy", written for a Mask and Wig production, a regional hit in 1941. Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra recorded "Daddy", and it was number one for 8 weeks on the Billboard Best Seller chart and the number five record of 1941 Other artists also recorded it in 1941, including Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, The Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby and Kay Kyser. You can hear "Daddy" can be heard in the 1941 film "Two Latins from Manhattan."

Virginia Maxey, aka "Ginny," was born 4 September 1923, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Singer, composer and author, educated in public schools and a singer with the orchestras of Charlie Barnet, Tony Pastor and Ziggy Elman, and with the Modernaires. She appeared on television, in night clubs and on records. Her chief musical collaborator was her husband, Matt Dennis who died in June of 2002, and her popular-song compositions include "We've Reached the Point of No Return", "Snuggle Up, Baby", and "You Can Believe Me".

In 1949, Louis D. Snader, a real estate entrepreneur, started "Snader Telescriptions." Television was still new in those days and the stations need a lot of filler between the shows. Snader rightly thought there was a market for short music videos.

They shot about a thousand titles featuring many of the top musicians of the time, including Mel Torme, Charlie Barnet, Frankie Carle, The DeCastro Sisters, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Burl Ives, The King Sisters, Steve Lawrence, Sarah Vaughan, The McGuire Sisters, Tony Pastor, The Pied Pipers, Gale Storm, June Christy, Peggy Lee, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, The Four Aces featuring Al Alberts, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, The Weavers with Pete Seeger, The Ink Spots, The Four Freshmen, Lawrence Welk, George Shearing,

Nat King Cole and Teresa Brewer. These were shot mostly by Duke Goldstone between 1950 and 1952 using 35mm black and white film which had to be converted to 16mm for the TV stations. Done on the cheap in California studios, in one take with no editing, an eight hour run might yield ten or more films.

When the price of British movies and "B" films rose, Roger Clip at WFIL-TV 6 in Philidelphia bought the rights to Snader Telescriptions.They created a show hosted by Tom Moorehead, the stations sports director who was succeeded by Bob Horn. The show morphed into "Parade of Stars," and thence to "Bandstand," but the Snader films were not used after Parade of Stars.

The footage we've used here is from the Prelinger Archives associated with the Internet Archive.

do sljedeći put, blagoslov - until next time, blessings,
David Byler a.k.a. Canovals
17. listopad 2016

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