Today, a handful of 45 RPM records from the fringes, a few favorites of mine that might become favorites of yours. I know nothing about the performers heard here, aside from the names on the labels, and in one case, there isn't even a name on the label.
First up, a boisterous offering from someone named Ken Colby. The playful piano, the oompah tuba, the sweet accordion, and the wordless la-la-la's from a chorus of kids, what's not to love about "Ragamuffin's Holiday". The Ragamuffins of of the title are replaced by Ken's "Music" for the flip side, an arrangement reminiscent of "The Third Man Theme" with a Marlene Dietrich chaser, titled "Cafe of Blue Mirrors".
Next up, the fabulously named "Rune Overman", with an instrumental twist number titled "Smorgasbord", which we are helpfully advised should be called "Fryksdalsdansen" in Canada. This is a Swedish record which somehow ended up on a Chicago-based label, and it's an irresistable mover with a feel that reminds me a bit of Grynet Molvig's incomparably wonderful "Johan Pa Snippen Twist" which I featured a few years ago. The flip side, no slouch itself, is the slower groove of "Beatnick Walk".
Finally, a record I just picked up which just fascinates me. There is no name or other identifying information on this acetate, except for the title "Teen Age Love" on the side containing the far less interesting song. The flip side, however, is completely unidentified on the label. I've titled it "Cha Cha in the Basement", and it's sort of wonderfully horrible. I do wonder if this is a song-poem demo, but I doubt there's any way to ever find out. See what you think: