Eddie Cantor

The Missing Sides 1938-1950

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Original Cast Records' 2009 release The Missing Sides contains 30 songs peppered with snatches of "studio chatter" and a bit of talk headed "Reminiscing with Eddie Cantor." This material documents Cantor's studio recording career from July 1938 -- about a year before the Camel cigarette company withdrew its sponsorship of his radio program after he made anti-Nazi remarks at the New York World's Fair -- to March 1950, when he was poised and ready to take on the medium of television under the auspices of Colgate Toothpaste. "Little Lady Make Believe/Says My Heart" and "Lambeth Walk" were recorded in 1938 for British Decca with backing by an orchestra under the direction of Bert Ambrose. The majority of the recordings on this collection (the first version of "Makin' Whoopee" through "Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider") were originally released on Decca records in the U.S. "How You Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm?" was recorded for the Armed Forces' V-Disc series. The song dates back to the First World War and is best-known for the 1919 recording by Noble Sissle and James Reese Europe's 369th Infantry Hellfighters Band. "Josephine, Please No Lean on the Bell" (an Italian-American novelty tune forever identified with loudmouth comedian Jerry Collona), the goofy "One-Zy, Two-Zy" and the second version of "Makin' Whoopee" came out originally on the Pan American record label, and the remaining six tracks were issued by Victor in 1949 and 1950. Cantor is not the only voice heard on this collection. During "We're Having a Baby" he is joined by June Clyde; "Around and Around" and "You Kissed Me Once" feature Nora Martin; and the woman who sings on "Juke Box Annie" and the second take of "The Old Piano Roll Blues" has been identified as Lisa Kirk. Altogether, this sequel to Cantor's earlier period (1917-1934) covers a segment of his career which has mainly been mapped by radio and television air checks. The sides from 1950 are the final entries in Cantor's lengthy studio discography.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:04
2 2:30
3 2:58
4 2:04
5
2:18
6 2:18
7 3:12
8
2:26
9 2:19
10 2:22
11 2:00
12 2:40
13 2:26
14 3:00
15 2:49
16 2:23
17 2:18
18
0:15
19
0:10
20 2:06
21
0:14
22
0:10
23 2:03
24
0:10
25
0:10
26 2:30
27
0:15
28 1:53
29 2:59
30 2:32
31 2:40
32
1:47
33 2:21
34 2:30
35 3:19
36 2:07
37 2:52
38 2:36
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