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Musings On 20th Century Pop Culture by Psychotronic Paul
Monday, April 13, 2009
Mound City Blue Blowers, 1929
Red McKenzie (no relation to Bob or Doug) sings "I Ain't Got Nobody" and makes the kazoo and that soup can he's scatting through sound like a muted trumpet in this entry from the Vitaphone Varieties series. I also like the banjo player who does a 1920's variant of the fret-tapping technique used 50+ years later on electric guitars by Stanley Jordan and Eddie Van Halen.
If you enjoy this and want to see more of these one-reel musicals from the dawn of "talkies", there's a whole DVD of 1926-1929 Vitaphone Varieties on the
Al Jolson: The Jazz Singer - Three Disc Deluxe Edition
. And check out
The Vitaphone Project
for more info on these historic musical shorts.
Paul F. Etcheverry
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