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Tal Henry and His North Carolinians (1929)

The title orchestra play three popular tunes of the day.


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Tal Henry and His North Carolinians is a small band led by front man and violinist Tal Henry who often uses his bow to conduct and who acts as emcee to introduce the songs they perform. Their first number, "Come On, Baby!", is an upbeat honky-tonk styled piece, featuring clarinet and trumpet solos. They move to a romantic ballad, "Shame on You", as their next number, which also features soloists, most notably a lead vocalist. They end their three song set with "Milenberg Joys", another upbeat number featuring two of the band members performing a vocal scat duet, one of whom ends up being his own one man band. Written by Huggo

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10 April 1929 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone reel #732. See more »


Shame on You
Music by Tal Henry
Lyrics by Ivan Morris
Performed by Tal Henry and His North Carolinians
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Decent Short from Warner
12 September 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Tal Henry and His North Carolinians (1929)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another early sound short from Vitaphone and Warner is the only film appearance by its star Tal Henry. Henry and his band perform three songs -- Come On, Baby!, Shame On You and Milenberg Joys -- and come off pretty well. If you've seen enough of these Vitaphone shorts then you know that many of the earlier ones featured musicians that even many music buffs don't remember. I'm not music buff so I'm not certain how well-known or respected Tal Henry is but the music here is at least catchy. I thought the band was extremely good, lively and they at least appeared to be giving it their all. Henry, on the other hand, seemed a tad bit lost at times and you can clearly see this whenever it's time to address the camera. Just check out the first time he turns from his band to speak to the camera and it really doesn't seem as if he's nervous or just extremely shy at having to talk. Either way, the music is enjoyable enough so fans can at least kill 9-minutes.

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