Could Doug & Betty Have Been Nelson & Jeanette?

Even those of us who were not around in the 1930s still remember seeing (or at least reading about) old movies featuring the famous singing duo of Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. They were super-stars in their era, teaming up in countless musical films and operettas that sold a lot of tickets. In fact, they … Continue reading Could Doug & Betty Have Been Nelson & Jeanette?

Fantastic Foursome – Concentration Is The Key

I have a little problem with this edition of Fantastic Foursome. I usually try to include a video of the definitive version of a song, then offer four different renditions that you can listen to and vote on. The only problem with today's song -- "I Concentrate On You" -- is that I'm not sure … Continue reading Fantastic Foursome – Concentration Is The Key

Diamonds In The Rough – Part X

It's been a long time - months - since our last edition of Diamonds in the Rough, the Special Feature that points folks to some of our favorite posts from the past. Of course, there's a reason that we haven't done one of these for a while, and it's something I've mentioned before. The simple … Continue reading Diamonds In The Rough – Part X

June Hutton Was All-Around Talent 

(Note: I had originally intended to write about the passing of Lesley Gore, but it was about then that the flu bug hit me. By now there have been tons of good articles posted about that talented lady, so I'll just salute her and move on to another subject.) Sometimes confused with bandleader Ina Ray … Continue reading June Hutton Was All-Around Talent 

The Legend Of Whispering Jack Smith 

Most legends have at least a partial basis in fact, and that would appear to be the case with Whispering Jack Smith, a crooner who flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. But even though his soft baritone singing voice was a little unusual, it's not clear whether it was really caused -- so the story … Continue reading The Legend Of Whispering Jack Smith 

Anatomy Of A Song – From Movies To Doo-Wop

This edition of our Anatomy of a Song feature showcases a classic that's a little unusual. Like many of the old standards, it was written for a movie way back in the golden days of Hollywood musicals, but in this case it also became a hit record decades later for a doo-wop singing group. Written … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – From Movies To Doo-Wop

Bebe Daniels – The Forgotten Star

I'd be willing to bet that most of us don't remember actress/singer Bebe Daniels, even though she was a pretty big star for a while and made a lot of movies. (Her IMDB filmography has 230 entries.) Part of the reason for that lack of recognition might be that she was at her peak way … Continue reading Bebe Daniels – The Forgotten Star

Frank Fontaine – The Crooning Comedian

I'm sure some of us remember Frank Fontaine doing his Crazy Guggenheim character on Jackie Gleason's TV show many years ago, but I honestly don't recall whether I found his silly drunk act funny at the time. (For the record, he was actually a non-drinker.) I do know that it seems pretty unfunny to me … Continue reading Frank Fontaine – The Crooning Comedian

Harry Reser Was A Special Picker

When you think of the banjo you would normally visualize either bluegrass or folk music, and we've featured plenty of both here on the GMC. But the banjo has been around for a long time and its popularity in the early part of the last century made it a natural fit for many of the … Continue reading Harry Reser Was A Special Picker

Fantastic Foursome – Happy New Year

Along the lines of our recent Christmas post, I'm combining the New Year's post with another one of our Special Features, in this case Fantastic Foursome. You might remember that it's the one that offers up four different versions of the same song and then allows you to vote for your favorite. This isn't the … Continue reading Fantastic Foursome – Happy New Year