Irving Mills & His Hotsy Totsy Gang

Irving Mills and His Hotsy Totsy Gang, Vol. 3

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This was the third of three LPs put out by the English Retrieval label in the early 1980s, fully documenting the many overlapping groups that recorded under the name of "Irving Mills' Hotsy Totsy Gang." An unknown version of "High and Dry" (only previously out in Argentina) leads off the date and is followed by the last two Hotsy Totsy sessions, including three titles and an alternate that feature cornetist Bix Beiderbecke on his last legs. Other sidemen include trumpeter Manny Klein, clarinetist Benny Goodman, trombonist Jack Teagarden, violinist Joe Venuti and singer Dick Robertson. The second side of this album has three titles (including a test pressing) from Mills Merry Makers (Jack Teagarden sings "When You're Smiling") and three songs and two alternates by Irving Mills' Orchestra that are more in the dance band vein. Hopefully, all of the titles will someday become available on CD, but the LPs (which have extensive liner notes) are pretty definitive and should delight 1920s collectors.