Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Research Flânerie

Some randomness while researching.

Here's The Jamaican Calypsonians, vocal by Lord Lebby, with "Dr. Kinsey Report":
It anticipates Kinsey's second volume, Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, as did Martha Raye's "Ooh, Dr. Kinsey." And once I can figure out all the verses, I'm sure it'll prove just as saucy.

"Carrie Jacobs-Bond was the most successful woman composer of her day," says Wiki. She had a rough life: money problems, second husband killed by snowball (sorta), only son committed suicide while her 25-million-seller "A Perfect Day" played on the phonograph. But she started her own publishing firm, Carrie Jacobs-Bond & Son, when sexism tried to prevent entry into the industry. She collaborated with African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar shortly before his death in 1906. And she fashioned a collection of sheet music called Seven Songs as Unpretentious as the Wild Rose. Here's her big hit "I Love You Truly" sung by Edith to Archie with sexy results:

Finally, SPEBSQSA is the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, named The Barbershop Harmony Society in 2004. "Attempts to pronounce the[old] name are discouraged,"says the Society.


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