In lieu of a band photo - Cultural Anthropology: Teenagers in 1925

In lieu of a band photo – Cultural Anthropology: Teenagers in 1925

George Olsen And His Music – Sugar Plumb – 1925 – RCA Victor – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Since the Studio/Past Daily Nerve Center has been undergoing renovations, I’ve been stumbling over buried shelves of old 78’s this week – some I haven’t played since they arrived. And since Nights At The Roundtable is an eclectic mish-mash of music most nights anyway, why not end the week/start the new one, with something I usually don’t play; 1920’s Big Band.

This one comes from one of the more popular Dance bands of the 1920’s, a band in heavy competition with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra. They both recorded for the same label (Victor), and both bands had a massive catalog to their credit and both were huge throughout the 20’s and into the 1930’s.

So rather than try and make something profound out of this last entry for the week from a historic standpoint, I thought I would just grab at random, and I chose this one – Sugar Plumb, recorded in 1925 and certainly one of the more danceable numbers the kids in the above photo probably cut a few rugs to.

There has always been Pop Music and Pop Culture – it just sounds and looks different over the years. The sentiment is the exact same.




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