Monday, December 8, 2008

Bert Murray on the Allen Organ

Bert Murray singing and playing on the Allen Organ
No label name
Rite account number 1074 [Cleveland, Ohio]
15553 – Tiny Piney, the Christmas tree
15554 - It’s Christmas time again
Pub. By Nordyke Music – Hollywood , Calif.

Hear the first minute

During the 1940s and early '50s, you could scarcely open a pulp magazine without tripping over an ad for Nordyke Publishing Company. They were the dominant force in the song-poem industry.

In the sheet music branch of the song-poem industry it was even easier to get away with song recycling than it was in the recorded end, and Nordyke relied heavily on that scheme. Many of their tunes were vaguely reminiscent of familiar melodies, yet were at the same time instantly forgettable. At best they were simplistic and dull.

Read the full article at Phil Milstein's Song-Poem Music site.

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