Various Artists

College Rhythm: Hot Dance Band Classics, 1927-1934

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College Rhythm: Hot Dance Band Classics, 1927-1934 Review

by Scott Yanow

For a period during the 1920s, there was a faddish craze in which college songs were recorded frequently, partly in hopes of widening the audience for hot dance music. This 1996 sampler CD has 18 examples of tunes geared toward that potential market. There are selections by George Olsen &His Music (best known is his hit "Varsity Drag"), the early Kay Kyser, Ted Weems, Charles Dornberger, Jesse Stafford, the Six Jumping Jacks, Irving Mills' Modernists, Hal Kemp, Harry Reser's Syncopators, Gene Kardos and Johnny Davis. Despite some good moments, many of the vocals have dated subject matter (some border on corny), and it is not surprising that such tunes as "Collegiate Fanny," "Collegiate Love," "He Ain't Never Been In College" and "A Hot Dog, A Blanket & You" did not become standards.

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