The Banjo Barons: Banjos Back in Town

Banjo Barons: Banjos Back in TownThe new national craze for the banjo began in the “banjo bars” of San Francisco and Los Angeles. There, in a few colorful bistros, the plink-plunk of the banjos enthused customers, encouraged them to sing along, and delighted everyone, including the owners. The movement began to sweep eastward with the speed of a revival, and banjo players now find themselves enjoying a popularity they have not known for some years. Now the brilliance of high fidelity and stereophonic recording brings the Banjo Barons back to town with a zip and zest that tingles all the way through. Listen for the startling clarity of the banjos as they strum their way through this happy music—36 all time favorites—in duets and trios of sparkling fun. Along the way there are occasional throbs from the organ and some doo-wacka-doo trumpet that add to the entertainment. The Banjo Barons, under Jimmy Carroll’s direction, make happy music—music to sing to, dance to, or simply enjoy in quiet relaxation. Cheerful medleys alternate with sentimental refrains in a bright, light-hearted program. Banjos are back in town, better than ever!

Side 1:

  1. Wait ‘till the Sun Shines Nellie/Billy Boy/In the Good Old Summertime (2:02)
  2. You Were Meant for Me/I’m Always Chasing Rainbows/My Blue Heaven (2:59)
  3. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home/There Is A Tavern In the Town/She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain (2:15)
  4. I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now/My Gal Sal/After the Ball (2:59)
  5. Listen to the Mocking Bird/Old Folks at Home/Camptown Races (2:02)
  6. Swingin’ Down the Lane/I’ll See You In My Dreams/Peg O’ My Heart (3:10)

Side 2:

  1. Doo Wacka Doo/Toot, Toot, Tootsie/China Boy (2:04)
  2. Josephine/The Gang That Sang “Heart of my Heart”/At Sundown (2:46)
  3. Give My Regards to Broadway/The Yankee Doodle Boy/Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-Der-E (2:20)
  4. A Bicycle Built for Two/Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis/Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1:51)
  5. Shine On Harvest Moon/Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair/Ida! Sweet as Apple Cider (2:37)
  6. A-Tisket A-Tasket/When You Wore a Tulip/At the Darktown Strutters’ Ball (2:18)

Columbia CL 1581

This Columbia High Fidelity recording is scientifically designed to play with the highest quality of reproduction on the phonograph of your choice, new or old. If you are the owner of a new stereophonic system, this record will play with even more brilliant true-to-life fidelity. In short, you can purchase this record with no fear of its becoming obsolete in the future.

(I’m pretty sure this was a thrift store find. I found some pretty harsh reviews when I Googled for the title, but I think it’s fun for what it is — a cheesy, silly little selection of banjo medleys. The whole thing sounds like it could have served for background music on the Muppet Show at some point (which, in my world, is a good thing).)

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