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Merrily We Roll Along is a mish-mash of high energy lunacy, reverence, and irreverence for forgotten pop stars, love for Saturday morning cartoons, and exploration of the side of Bandcamp where I seem to be the only one purchasing. Bringing to you the odd and the upbeat from a growing collection of pre-rock novelties, classic and neo-Vaudeville, jug bands, polka, klezmer, and more at the convenient hour of 8-9 AM EST, Merrily We Roll Along starts the day off with a little light-hearted musical tomfoolery cut with an occasional comedy sketch. It's organic, free-range, cheese with the occasional onion thrown in.

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Favoriting December 9, 2022: Merrily We Roll Along: Episode 28 - "Laff It Off."

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MHLee  Merrily We Roll Along Theme   Favoriting       0:00:00 (Pop-up)

Music behind DJ:
Kristofer Maddigan 

Legendary Ghost   Favoriting

 

 

 

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Karl Valentin & Liesl Karlstadt  The Okeh Laughing Record   Favoriting 1922  Canary Records: "The Okeh Laughing Record, as it is known in the United States since its release here, sold hundreds of thousands of copies and was kept in print for three decades, but little has been known or written about it. In Vol V, No 10 of the Antique Phonograph Monthly (1979), a researcher noted that it was recorded for for the German Beka Records company, June 8, 1920 and issued in the U.S. in between August and December of 1922. Others have published that it was recorded as late as 1923, which seems unlikely given the dates of some of the discs that follow. The cornet performance within it is a mid-19th century sentimental tune called “Aus der Jugendzeit” (“In My Younger Days”), composed by Robert Radecke (b. 1829; d. 1893). The performer has been given as both Felix Silbers and Otto Ratkhe by various sources. It was issued in the U.S. (and U.K., where it was released as the “Parlophone Laughing Record”) anonymously. The originator of the record remained obscure for decades in the U.S. until recently when the consensus was reached that it was the Bavarian comedian and actor Karl Valentin (b. June 4, 1882 in Munich; d. Feb 9, 1948). Valentin, an awkward and skeletally thin absurdist performer, performed for over 40 years in cabarets, theaters, restaurants, and circuses as wells as on dozens of sound recordings and scores of films. He founded theatrical troops, a film studio, and a museum, all of which failed financially within months of their creation. Physically chaotic and anti-authoritarian, a “defeatist” attitude in his work lead to his films having been banned by the Nazis. One short film, “Im Schallplattenladen” (“In the Record Shop”) from 1934, shows his misfortunes and the shattering consequences for many brittle discs in a shop full of recordings. Playing opposite him was his performing partner of 28 years, to whom he had given the stage name Liesl Karlstadt (b. Dec. 12, 1892; d. June 27, 1960), who is likely the other vocal performer on the 'Okeh Laughing Record'..." 
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Eddie Cantor  Laff It Off!   Favoriting 1925   
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Eddie Cantor  By The Light Of The Silvery Moon   Favoriting 195x?   
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Kristofer Maddigan 

Tutorial   Favoriting

 

 

 

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Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band  Narcissus   Favoriting 1967   
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Mr. Show  Megaphone Crooners   Favoriting 1996   
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Rudy Vallee  Winchester Cathedral   Favoriting 1966   
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Evans and Rogers  On The Old Front Porch   Favoriting 2009   
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Music behind DJ:
Kristofer Maddigan 

Winner Take All   Favoriting

 

 

 

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Steve Weber  Moving Day   Favoriting 1976   
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Murray K. Hilll  The Tale of the Cheese   Favoriting 1909   
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Tiny Tim  (Nobody Else Can Love Me Like) My Old Tomato Can   Favoriting 2019  Released on Wax Cylinder 
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Ernest Hare And Billy Jones  Pastafazoola   Favoriting 1927   
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Kristofer Maddigan 

All Bets Are Off   Favoriting

 

 

 

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Bad Penny Pleasuremakers  Smile   Favoriting 2013   
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Bob Kerr and his Whoopee Band  The Sheik of Araby   Favoriting 2003?   
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Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band  Laughing Blues   Favoriting 1969   
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Ernest Hare And Billy Jones  I'm Gonna Bring a Watermelon to My Girl Tonight   Favoriting 1924   
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Spike Jones & His City Slickers  The Jones Laughing Record   Favoriting 1946  A nostalgic tribute recorded on September 28, 1946, more than 20 years after the U.S. release of the “Okeh Laughing Record” by the then-34-year-old comedy genius Spike Jones (b. Dec. 14, 1911; d. May 1, 1965), Jones titled this piece in direct tribute to the OLR. Unable to keep from adding precise layers of gags to his bits, Jones substituted a trombone performances of Rimsky-Korsokovʼs “Flight of the Bumble Bee” played by Tommy Pederson for the bittersweet cornet line on the “Okeh Laughing Record” and ratcheted up the laughing performance itself. Nearly a decade later, the great anarchist of animated cartoons Tex Avery produced one of his last films, the six-minute “Sh-h-h-h-h-h” (1955) using the “Okeh Laughing Record” as the soundtrack to its second half. (One can hear that the first seven seconds of the OLR were re-recorded for the cartoon, either to emphasize a cracked note before the first laugh, or because the disc used for the soundtrack was damaged.) For those of Avery and Jonesʼ generation, the “Okeh Laughing Record” had been a piece of their childhood; Okeh reissued it on the new micro-groove 45rpm format. 
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Kristofer Maddigan 

Funfair Fever   Favoriting

 

 

 

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Eddie Cantor  Merrily We Roll Along   Favoriting 1935   
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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:54am
Jan Turkenburg:

Hi MHLee. Tuned in.
Avatar 7:58am
MHLee:

Hi Jan, just got my songs entered
Avatar 7:59am
MHLee:

Been busy this week
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06am
Jan Turkenburg:

I've known this laughing recording for a long time, never knew the background. thanks!
Avatar 8:08am
MHLee:

The background makes me think it was intentionally some sort of surreal think
Avatar 8:12am
MHLee:

oops it's malfunctioning
Avatar 8:17am
MHLee:

Sometimes my computer arbitrarily decides to skip a track
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:19am
Jan Turkenburg:

naughty computer. have a firm word with it after the show.
Avatar 8:20am
MHLee:

Mr. Fab made me aware of this couple. They are still active but their website feels like it's still in 2009
Avatar 8:34am
Bri:

Love Tiny Tim! he’s so underrated!
Avatar 8:36am
MHLee:

Hi Bri!
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MHLee:

He gets a lot of play on this show.
Avatar 8:42am
David in California:

Hello, MH. I enjoyed your show with the originals of "God Bless Tiny Tim". I've been listening to "Strawberry Tea" a lot since then.
Avatar 8:44am
MHLee:

Hi David in Cali! Tbh I found tons of 78s over the years from Tiny Tim records.
Avatar 8:49am
Bri:

Hey MHLee! Awesome!
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MHLee:

Thanks everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59am
Jan Turkenburg:

Thanks MHLee. I enjoyed the show again!
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