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Frank Auburn and His Orchestra: Chinnin’ and Chattin’ with May

July 18, 2010

Frank Auburn and His Orchestra
Chinnin’ and Chattin’ with May

This is actually Harry Reser’s prolific band under one of its many pseudonyms. As we’ve seen before with other bands, the structure of the recording industry in the 1920s made it profitable to disguise your name: you got paid a set fee per record, with no royalties, so the more records you made, the more money you made. Harry Reser might have an exclusive recording contract with some company, but that didn’t prevent Frank Auburn and His Orchestra or the Clicquot Club Eskimos or the Six Jumping Jacks from making records for anyone they liked.

The vocal chorus is by the unmistakable Tom Stack. Most of the soloists are relative unknowns, but the relaxed feeling of the whole ensemble shows that they’d been working together for a while and enjoyed each other’s company.

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