1930s

Mills Brothers: I Ain't Got Nobody - 1930's

An authentic, rare classic version of the standard "I Ain't Got Nobody," sung by the Mills Brothers, shot in the early 1930's.

Sing along by following the bouncing ball!

The Mills Brothers, sometimes billed as The Four Mills Brothers, were an American jazz and pop vocal quartet of the 20th century who made more than 2,000 recordings that combined sold more than 50 million copies, and garnered at least three dozen gold records. The Mills Brothers were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998.

The Brown Sisters: Underneath the Harlem Moon - 1930's

In this clip, the undocumented Brown sisters sing the number "Underneath the Harlem Moon." The soulful trio starts the song slow and syncopated. But this gives way to an almost swingy up-tempo rhythm more than worthy of being captured on film.

Wish there was more ...

The song was originally composed Mack Gordon and Harry Revel,

Jimmy Durante: Give a Man a Job - 1933

Anticipating Obama’s stimulus package by over seventy years, Jimmy Durante captures the mood of the nation as perfectly now as he does then.

It is almost as if you could replace all references to Roosevelt with Obama and the short would be just as powerful as it is hilariously entertaining.

Jimmy Durante was an American singer, pianist, comedian, and actor. His distinctive clipped gravelly speech, comic language butchery, jazz-influenced songs, and large nose helped make him one of America's most familiar and popular personalities of the 1920s through the 1970s.

Bill Powers: Caroline - 1930's

In this re-discovered clip, the classically trained Bill Powers sings an operatic rendition of the song Caroline. A performer with with few if any informative references online, he is accompanied by the similarly under-appreciated member of the Brown Sisters on piano.

A nice complement to the Brown Sisters.

Esso Extra - 1950's

"Everyone likes that little something extra …

A dozen rolls and the baker tosses in an extra one to make it a baker’s dozen.

The butcher throws in an extra bone for the bow wow.

Every locality has a different name for it.

Way down in east in New England they call it 'something to boot.'

In the Deep South they call it 'lanya'
At your neighborhood service station they call it Esso."

AKA Exxon.

And the little “something extra” today?

The exorbitant price of gasoline, while the oil companies make record profits.

Whistler & His Jug Band: Foldin' Bed - 1930's

Whistler & His Jug Band came up out of  Louisville, Kentucky, and became the first recorded jug band, according to R Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country.  They recorded at least twenty-one songs  between 1924 and 1931. The names of the musicians remain unknown.

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