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Re: the alternative to the jukebox in 1930s and 1940s USA
I don't know if more soundies were made of black artists than white but it seems that a lot more survive of black artists,it may have been the only way for white people to see some of these artists, here is a compilation featuring three of the biggest draws of the 1930s and 1940s Fats Waller, Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong, along with the The Charioteers a gospel group who are very reminiscent of the Mills Brothers and Maurice Rocco who was very popular in the nightclubs and supper clubs of the day.
Calloway was at the height of his career and was resident at the Cotton Club in New York. Waller was a very prolific songwriter with partner Andy Razaf. Music publishers were very mean with black songwriters offering as little as 5 dollars in some cases, quite often Waller would be offered 50 dollars for a song, he got around this by writing one melody and a number of sets of lyrics he would then visit the music publishers and sell them a different version to each of them .
Hope you enjoy them:
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