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From Avenue A to the Great White Way: Yiddish & American Popular Songs From 1914-1950 (CD)

By: Various Artists, Abe Moskowitz, Peisachke Burstein, Morris Goldstein, Nellie Casman, Irving Berlin, Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, Mildred Bail

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DISC 1 for From Avenue A to the Great White Way: Yiddish & American Popular Songs From 1914-1950 (CD) Album By Various Artists
1   Voyl Iz Der Mammen (Mother Is Good) - Alxeander Olshanetsky & His Orchestra
2   In Shtedtele Nikolayev (In The Town Of Nikolayev) - David Medoff
3   Ihr Megt Gleybn Oder Neyn (You Can Believe It Or Not) - Molly Picon
4   V'Hakohanim (The High Priest) - Yoselle Rosenblatt
5   Huliet, Huliet Kinderlach (Play, Play Little Children) - Abe Moskowitz
6   Whoopee - Peisachke Burstein
7   Inzer Rebin's Vunder (Our Rabbi's Wonder) - Dora Bowshower
8   A Brief Finem Chosid Tsum Rebin (A Letter from a Hasid to His Rabbi) - Master Seymour Rechtzeit
9   Sha, Sha Der Rebi Geht (Shh, Shh, The Rabbi's Coming) - Morris Goldstein
10   Vu Zenen Meine Zieben Gute Yohr? (Where Are My Seven Good Years?) - Nellie Casman
11   Gevald! Die Bananas (Help! The Bananas!) - David Medoff
12   Hot Dogs - Molly Picon
13   Dos Yiddel Fun Der South (The Jew from the South) - Irving Grossman
14   Dem Pastuchel's Chulem (The Shepherd's Dream) - Abe Schwartz
15   Gevalt! Di Nerven (Help! My Nerves) - Jacob Zanger
16   Mayer! - Annie Lubin
17   Mit 40 Yohr Tzurick (40 Years Ago) - Menashe Skulnik
18   Yes Sir, Zi Iz May Kale (Yes Sir, She Is My Bride) - Peisachke Burstein
19   Vie Iz Dos Gessele (Where Is the Little Street) - Abe Moskowitz
20   Vos Gevehn Iz Nishtu (What Was Is No More) - Nellie Casman
21   Beigelach (Rolls) - Peisechke Burstein
22   Who'll Buy My Bublitchki? - Emery Deutsch
23   Zaynin Mir Chasidimlach (We Are Hasidim) - Jewish Art Quartet
24   Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (To Me You Are So Beautiful) - Belle Baker
25   Roumania, Roumania - Aaron Lebedeff
DISC 2 for From Avenue A to the Great White Way: Yiddish & American Popular Songs From 1914-1950 (CD) Album By Various Artists
1   What Am I Gonna Do? - Irving Berlin
2   I Don't Know Whether to Do It or Not - Fanny Brice
3   Palesteena - Eddie Cantor
4   Rose of the Volga - Sophie Tucker
5   Tomorrow Is Another Day - Al Jolson
6   Horray for Baby and Me - Al Jolson
7   That's Yiddisha Jazz - Julian Rose
8   The Sheik of Avenue B - Frank Crumit
9   When Nathan Was Married to Rose of Washington Square - Willie Howard
10   Since Henry Ford Apologized to Me - Jones, Billy & Earnest Hare
11   Yiddisha Charleston - Nathan Glantz
12   Yosel - Nellie Casman
13   Joseph, Joseph - Russ Morgan
14   Der Shtiller Gulgar (The Quiet Bulgar) - Jewish Orchestra
15   And the Angels Sing - Mildred Bailey
16   Dem Nayer Sher (The New Sher) - Seymour Rechzeit
17   The Wedding Samba - Xavier Cugat
18   The Super-Special Picture of the Year - The Yacht Club Boys
19   Mischa-Yascha-Toscha-Sascha - The Funnyboners
20   Egytipan Ella - Ted Lewis
21   Matzoh Balls - Slim Gaillard
22   Utt-Da-Zay (That's the Way) - Cab Calloway
23   A Bee Gezindt (As Long as You're Healthy) - Mildred Bailey
24   My Little Cousin - Benny Goodman

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From Avenue A to the Great White Way is a two-CD set that collects 50 songs tracing the early recorded history of Jewish music in New York and the subsequent influence that music had on American popular song. Henry Sapoznik, the producer of The Yiddish Radio Project series that appeared on PBS, compiled the tracks. He's unearthed some fascinating items, including rare recordings from early stars of the Yiddish theater such as Molly Picon, a klezmer piece by Abe Schwartz, and a beautifully operatic performance from the cantor Yossele Rosenblatt. Among his most interesting finds are the previously unreleased track from 1914 of Irving Berlin singing his song "What Am I Gonna Do?" and a vocal group from 1933 known as the Funnyboners singing the obscure Gershwin tune "Mischa-Yascha-Toscha-Sascha." Sapoznik's excellent liner notes do a fine job of connecting the dots between such seemingly disparate songs as the 1928 Yiddish song "Inzer Rebin's Vunder (Our Rabbi's Wonder)" and Cab Calloway's 1939 swing tune "Utt-Da-Zay (That's the Way)." While it would have been nice to have translation of the Yiddish lyrics, that is just a minor quibble with what is a otherwise intriguing survey of long overlooked part of American musical history. --Michael Simmons

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