SHINE

Latest update on 26/02/2013

Artist: Herb Wildofts Cinderella Roof Orch.
Author: Ford Dabney/Richard McPherson
Label: Brunswick
Year: 1923

B-side of Cinderella Blues. Introduced by Ada Overton Walker in black vaudeville show His Honor The Barber (1911) as That's Why They Call Me Shine. First published in 1910 with Gotham Attucks, the first black owned music publishing company. Owner Richard McPherson (alias Cecil Mack) mostly wrote for black vaudeville stars as Bert Williams and George Walker (Ada's husband). He also added words to James P. Johnson's The Charleston (see there).

Covers:

1924:

California Ramblers

1924:

Billy Jones [on Regal]

1924:

Vernons [in England, where blackfaced minstrelsy ruled in vaudeville]

1924:

Blackpool Winter Gardens Orch. [idem]

1924:

Bart & John Firman [idem]

1929:

Dallas String Band [with Coley Jones]

1932:

Bing Crosby & The Mills Brothers

1932:

Louis Armstrong

1936:

Django Reinhardt

1936:

Ella Fitzgerald

1938:

Benny Goodman

1942:

Dooley Wilson [in film Casablanca]

1947:

Frankie Laine

1961:

Joe Brown

1978:

Ry Cooder

1979:

Bar-Kays

1981:

Waylon Jennings

2002:

Janet Klein

Lyrics inspired by an actual person, Kid Shine, a friend of George Walker and a victim of a New York City race riot in 1900. It also refers to shiny black faces in Black & White Minstrel Shows. At the end of the coon song era, when blacks no longer could be ridiculed in song since they became so crucial in the orchestras, the spoken intro was dropped. Ry Cooder picked that up again.

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