Ipana Troubadors: Hello Cutie
Recorded in 1927
The Ipana Troubadors were Sam Lanin’s band as heard on the radio beginning in 1923. The show was sponsored by America’s favorite toothpaste, and probably played a considerable role in the brand’s success.
Sam Lanin himself was one of the most successful bandleaders of the 1920s (we’ll hear more from him later), largely because he was just about the most opportunistic. Aside from recording under his own name, he recorded under a bewildering array of pseudonyms, and he led the house band for more than one radio show. His music was always up-to-date and professional, and if it was never really distinctive it’s probably because Lanin just didn’t have time to develop a distinctive style. He had to churn out the latest pop hits by the dozen, and stock arrangements were the most efficient way to do that.
Still, you could do a lot worse than this band. Here are the Ipana Troubadors at their best, making a memorable performance out of a forgettable pop song.