CHICAGO (THAT TODDLING TOWN)

Latest update on 10/03/2015

Artist: Ben Selvin Orch.
Author: Fred Fisher
Label: Banner
Year: 1922

"The town that Billy Sunday couldn't shut down". Billy was a puritan with convincing preaching qualities, selling out mass meetings everywhere. The fact he was a former baseball icon helped. Alcohol was the main target in his fire & brimstone sermons. Calling Billy Sunday's gatherings a major trigger for the passing of the 18th amendment (prohibition act) is not even an understatement. The city of Chicago was the least amused. That's what you get with Germans, Irish and Polish for most important immigrant communities. That's the biggest beer producers, beer consumers and beer digesters respectively. When the Prohibition act finally was abandonned (triggered by Chicago), Billy concentrated on the end of times instead and the longer they lasted, the more vigorous and vicious he preached. At last he put a fixed date on the end of times: 1935. Bzecame the year he died.

Covers:

1922:

Paul Whiteman

1937:

Django Reinhardt

1950:

Earl Hines

1952:

Susan Hayward [in film With A Song In My Heart, a biopic portraying Jane Froman]

1957:

Frank Sinatra [in film The Joker Is Wild]

1958:

Tony Bennett [with Count Basie's orchestra]

1960:

Harry Reser

1961:

Ann-Margret

1961:

Judy Garland

2006:

Rufus Wainwright [At Carnegy Hall]

Ben Selvin was one of these hyper productive pioneer bandleaders. Made some 2.000 recordings.

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