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Smith Ballew - Just Can't Be Bothered With Me (1930)

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Uploaded on Jul 9, 2008

Smith Ballew (real name Sykes Ballew) (January 21, 1902 -- May 2, 1984) was an American actor, singer, and orchestra leader.

Starting in the late 1920s he became one of the most recognizable vocalists on hundreds of dance band and jazz records (during this time, Ballew along with Scrappy Lambert, Dick Robertson, and Chick Bullock were the most prolific vocalists), and in the early 1930s had his own band.

Bert Lown (June 6, 1903-November 2 (or 20), 1962) was a violinist and orchestra leader.

He was born in White Plains, New York. He began as a sideman playing the violin in Fred Hamm's band, and in the 1920s and 1930s he led a series of jazz-oriented dance bands (the most famous being the Biltmore Hotel Orchestra), making a large number of recordings in that period for Victor Records. In 1925 (or 1930), he composed the well-known standard "Bye Bye Blues" and he also wrote some other songs. By the mid-1930s he quit leading the orchestras, becoming a booking agent and manager; eventually he left the music industry and moved on to executive positions in the television industry. He died of a heart attack in 1962 in Portland, Oregon.

Buddy Blue (alias Smith Ballew) with Bert Lown & His Hotel Biltmore Orchestra - The one I love just can't be bothered with me (1930)

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