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Vocals & Guitar
Charlie Palloy
Vocals & Guitar
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Nobody is quite sure what happened to Charlie Palloy, the mysterious bandleader, guitarist, and baritone who recorded for the bargain-priced Crown Records label between 1932 and 1933. Was he a better-known musician working...  more »

      
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All Artists: Charlie Palloy
Title: Vocals & Guitar
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Old Masters
Release Date: 4/15/1999
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 705283011827

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Nobody is quite sure what happened to Charlie Palloy, the mysterious bandleader, guitarist, and baritone who recorded for the bargain-priced Crown Records label between 1932 and 1933. Was he a better-known musician working under a stage name or just a good Bing Crosby impersonator destined for obscurity? Regardless, these 23 tracks capture one of the Depression-era's most enigmatic and talented bandleaders in fine form. His budget-priced 78s (sold through Woolworth's for a quarter) were forged on the repertoire of Crosby's latest hits, but Palloy's single-note guitar solos--a hint at the sounds of jazz guitar to come--make these interpretations utterly fascinating. From the stripped-down arrangement of "Young and Healthy" to the full-bodied swing of "Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia," Palloy shines. His slightly ragged voice is somehow endearing and his talent on the frets is unmistakable. What other bandleader in the '20s or '30s would sing, scat, and do a guitar solo on "Forty-Second Street"? Guitarist-bandleader Nick Lucas may be a better-known figure than Palloy (after all, he did popularize "Tip Toe Through the Tulips"), but that's a shame: Palloy is every bit as interesting and his playing is just as remarkable. --Jason Verlinde
 

CD Reviews

FITTING TESTAMENT TO A FORGOTTEN TROUBADOUR
Barry McCanna | Normandy, France | 02/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first came across Charlie Palloy on a Broadcast 78 on which he sang and provided his own accompaniment, and I was captivated both by his baritone voice and his playing, which revealed influences of Eddie Lang and Nick Lucas. So I was delighted when TOM produced this compilation which consists of material recorded in 1932/33, which in the opinion of many was the golden age of popular songs. One reason was the need to satisfy the demands of the Hollywood musicals, and quite a number of these tracks were written for the silver screen. It says much for their quality that many have become standards, and the ones that haven't deserve to be better remembered. Accompaniments are excellent, as is the remastering, and this CD can be recommended without reservation.
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