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Tal Henry and His North Carolinians (1929)

 -  Short | Music  -  10 April 1929 (USA)
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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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Vitaphone reel #732. See more »


Milenberg Joys
Music by Paul Mares, Leon Rappolo and Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton
Lyrics by Walter Melrose
Performed by Tal Henry and His North Carolinians
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An enthusiastic performance by Tal Henry and his band
5 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently acquired a mega set of the Vitaphone Calvade of Comedy - a set of beautifully restored sound shorts. I typically do not recognize the orchestras and that's the case with Tal Henry and his North Carolinians. Nor did I know any of the musical numbers (for example, Come on Baby and Shame on You) they played. Henry was very well known at the time with an active career that lasted over two decades. His orchestra plays with great enthusiasm and the last number is quite the toe tapper. Nonetheless, the short was only of mild interest albeit important to the history of American popular music. At 11 minutes, it is watchable but the band's style isn't sufficiently riveting to warrant spending more time than that watching them perform. It just wasn't visually interesting enough. And for me, it wasn't that riveting to listen to either.

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