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

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

Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0696998632325
Format: Original recording remastered
Item Dimensions: 3356225492
Label: Sony Legacy
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Sony Legacy
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publication Date: April 30, 2002
Publisher: Sony Legacy
Release Date: April 30, 2002
Running Time: 149 minutes
Studio: Sony Legacy

Disc 1:
  1. Voyl Iz Der Mammen (Mother Is Good) - The Original Chorus Of The National Theater
  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) - Cantors' Association Of America
  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! Di 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 Schawartz Orchestra
  15. Gevalt! Di Nerven (Help! My Nerves) - Jacob Zanger
  16. Mayer! - Annie Lubin
  17. Mit 40 Yohr Tzurick (Forty Years Ago) - Menasha 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) - Peisachke 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:
  1. What Am I Gonna Do? - Irving Berlin
  2. I Don't Know Whether To Do It Or Not - Fannie Brice
  3. Palesteena - Eddie Cantor
  4. Rose Of The Volga - Sophie Tucker
  5. Tomorrow Is Another Day - Al Jolson
  6. Hooray 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 - The Happiness Boys
  11. Yiddisha Charleston - Nathan Glantz
  12. Yosel - Nellie Casman
  13. Joseph! Joseph! - Russ Morgan
  14. Der Shtiller Bulgar (The Quiet Bulgar) - Jewish Orchestra
  15. And the Angels Sing - Mildred Bailey & Her Orchestra
  16. Dem Nayem Sher (The New Sher) - Seymour Rechtzeit
  17. The Wedding Samba - Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra
  18. The Super-Special Picture Of The Year - The Yacht Club Boys
  19. Mischa-Yascha-Toscha-Sascha - The Funnyboners
  20. Egyptian Ella - Ted Lewis & His Orchestra
  21. Matzoh Balls - Slim Gaillard & His Flat Foot Floogie Boys
  22. Utt-Da-Zay (That's The Way) - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
  23. A Bee Gezindt (As Long as You're Healthy) - Mildred Bailey
  24. My Little Cousin - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  25. Jungle Madness - Gene Krupa & His Orchestra
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Editorial Review:
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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