Let’s Fall In Love (2:50)
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Annette Hanshaw was born in October, 1901 into a wealthy family
in Manhattan, and became a talented singer and pianist at an early
age. She got her start by performing at her father’s hotels and
on local radio shows. When she was 24, Pathe Actuelle, a French
music company, discovered her and signed her to a contract. Annette’s
first commercial recordings were Six Feet Of Papa and
The Black Bottom, made for the Pathe Actuelle label and
recorded in New York in September 1926. Annette’s career only
lasted about ten years, and during that brief time she became
one of the era’s most popular radio stars, selling over four million
records. Annette was a shy, sweet, classy lady and a natural jazz
singer. She had a wonderfully relaxed alto voice, with perfect
pitch and intonation that projected warmth and a flapper’s personality.
Annette began recording for Columbia Records in 1928, and some
of her recordings on Columbia’s subsidiary labels were released
under other names, including Patsy Young, Dot Dare, and Gay Ellis.
Annette also recorded at various times as Lelia Sanford, Janet
Shaw, Marion Lee, and Ethyl Bingham. She appeared on the Maxwell
House Show Boat radio program for several years, and also
sang on the air with Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra. Annette
never toured or performed on stage, preferring the company of
the musicians and staying out of the lime light, and the musicians
loved her for it. This 2-disc set features 53 songs from Annette’s
career. George and Ira Gershwin wrote Do, Do, Do for
the 1926 musical Oh, Kay! Annette accompanies herself
on the piano, and announces a happy “That’s all!’ at the end of
the song, a trademark line she used frequently for her tunes.
The Four Instrumental Stars were an interesting combo featuring
jazz violinist Joe Venuti, guitarist Eddie Lang, drummer Vic Berton,
and the incredible Adriani Rollini, who played a variety of exotic
instruments, including the hot fountain pen and the goofus. The
quartet accompanies Annette onI’m Somebody’s Sombody Now
and I Like What You Like, recorded in June, 1927. Annette
recorded several songs in early 1929 with The New England Yankees,
a talented group that featured Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, with trombonist
Charlie Butterfield. She sings Button Up Your Overcoat by
mimicking her friend Helen Kane, another popular singer who was
well-known as the “boop-boop-be-doop” girl. Fit As A Fiddle
was composed by Arthur Freed, Al Hoffman and Al Goodhart, and
appeared in the 1932 musical George White’s Music Hall Varieties.
Annette sings a bouncy swing version accompanied by violinists
Harry Hoffman and Matty Malneck, clarinetist Jimmy Dorsey and
Chauncey Morehouse playing the vibraphone. The tune originally
appeared on the Perfect record label.
The last song in this collection is the Harold Arlen-Ted Koehler
tune Let’s Fall In Love, performed with a nine-piece
ensemble featuring trumpeter Sterling Bose and trombonist Jack
Teagarden, and recorded on February 3, 1934 on the Vocalion label.
This was also Annette’s last recording date. Annette continued
singing for radio shows for several more years, and finally ended
her singing career on December 6, 1937, performing her last song on
the The Chevrolet Musical Moments Revue radio program.
Annette retired to a quiet family life, leaving behind a rich
This music was compiled by Ray Crick. Martin Haskell performed the
audio restoration and remastering. Peter Dempsey provided the liner
notes, and an excellent 16-page booklet is included, with notes
about the songs and the performers. The sound quality is very good.