Paul Whiteman with Mildred Bailey – “All Of Me”

Mildred_Bailey_300x230In the American songbook, there are Standards and there are Standards. This would be a front cover of Standard Magazine. “All of Me” by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons was first recorded by singer Ruth Etting.

This was later recorded and performed by many others including Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and even Frank Sinatra. Mildred Bailey’s lilting vocal helped put this great song on the map, with this early recording by Paul Whiteman’s orchestra.

Cliff Edwards – “A Song Of Old Hawaii”

Here’s a lovely ode to Hawaii, performed by American popular music and early radio legend Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, accompanying his romantic vocal on, what else? Ukelele! It’s a beautiful song without a trace of irony, from a time when beautiful songs without a trace of irony were beautiful and not ironic. Jump in, the water’s nice! This is from a compilation called “Under The Ukele Moon” which you can find at, in time for your next Luau.

Annette Hanshaw – “Ain’t He Sweet”

Annette Hanshaw’s sincere and unaffected vocal style was a natural fit for the jazz-influenced pop music which emerged in the 1920’s. Her recordings for the Pathé and Perfect Record labels, including an early version of “Body And Soul,” were hits in the Golden Age of Radio. Hanshaw left the spotlight in 1936, to settle down with her husband, Pathé executive Herman Rose. “Ain’t He Sweet” finds Annette Hanshaw’s charming and disarming voice accompanied by a single upright piano, in an up-tempo jaunt with echoes of ragtime and speakeasies.