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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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Vitaphone reel #732. See more »

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Tal Henry: Now we just heard "Come On, Baby!" The next number will be "Shame On You".
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Come On, Baby!
(uncredited)
Music by Maceo Pinkard
Performed by Tal Henry and His North Carolinians
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Worth a look...and listen
30 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

In the 1920s and 30s, Vitaphone (a division of Warner Brothers) made a huge number of musical shorts. However, over the decades, they fell into obscurity and were pretty worthless. Fortunately, in recent years, the films have been restored and, most importantly, the separate audio track (which was made on a recorded disc) has been matched up with many of these films. As a result, several mega-collections have recently been released. Though they are of very, very limited appeal to the average viewer, it's nice to see that someone cares about preserving these for the future--to keep a nice piece of our history.

Like so many of the early Vitaphone musical shorts, the band featured in this one is pretty much forgotten today--though it's a shame, as I found myself enjoying it very much--in particularly their first number (which sounded like the sort of music you'd hear in an older Woody Allen film). Very peppy and heavy on the clarinet--almost like merging klezmer and big band music. For more on Tal Henry, check out the wikipedia page--it's quite interesting.


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