The Parlor Songs Collection
February, 1998 Edition, Featured Covers
This month, I am featuring love songs in celebration of Valentines Day. Music has always
seemed to be one of the best ways to convey the emotion of love. That is no less true today than
in the 19th century and early 20th century. Many of the songs from the collection are love songs.
The songs of the 10's and 20's were sweet and coy. Many of the lyrics were innocent but with a hint of
mischief. Unlike today's rather rude lyrics, these were more indirect and only hinted at what songs
today come right out and shove in your face. Let's enjoy the kinder gentler musical Valentines of the period.
This month's gallery will also feature just love songs.
Our guest submission this month is a unique piece of music from an incredible collection that has been shared
with me by Don Taddia from Memphis. This collection has such startlingly beautifil covers, I will be featuring
several of these works over the next few months.
Angela Mia (My Angel)
Music by: Erno Rapee Lyrics by: Lew Pollack Cover artist unknown.
This 1928 hit is from the William Fox movie production, "Street Angel". Film music has always been popular,
ever since the very first talkie. Many of the works in the collection are from films.
Music by: Walter Donaldson Lyrics by: Gus Kahn Cover artist: Starmer
Gus Kahn is one of the greatest lyricists of this century. He collaborated with virtually every one of the great song composers and his
career spanned from the turn of the century into the 50's. There was a great movie made about his life starring Doris Day and Danny Thomas. The inset photo here is of
Fisher & Smith and is inscribed; "in popular sonology".
And Now, for February, another great guest submission!
The following piece was submitted by one of the "fans" of the Forward collection. Don Taddia is a co-worker of mine
at FedEx. He recently acquired a superb collection of near mint condition sheet music from the period when sheet music
was in its glory days. This collection is so good, I will be featuring several works from his collection over the next months.
If any of you have works you would like me to include in future editions, please E-mail me with the details.
Let's Be The Same Old Sweethearts
Music by: Betty Bellin & Will Livernash Lyrics by: Beth Slater Whitson Cover Artist: Slater
Don Taddia discovered a treasure trove of old music while in Pittburgh. He and his wife went to an
estate sale and discovered a dirty box covered with an inch of dust and dirt in the basement of the old home. Inside they discovered over 300
pieces of sheet music. Many of the works are in mint condition and are of obscure works that surely are valuable collectors items.
Don graciously has shared these works with me. This month we feature "This obscure song. The inset photo is of Lela Livernash and
oddly enough, the publisher and co-writer of the song is Will Livernash. The publisher is Will Livernash. Be sure to visit next month for a closer look at the "Taddia" Collection.
Listen to this great work.
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