Doin' the Racoon - George Olsen & His Music - 1928 Fran Frey





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Victor 21701 - This Song Peaked At #5 On US Music Charts In 1928.
George Olsen and His Music; recorded September 13,1928 - George Olsen (March 18, 1893 - March 18, 1971) was an American band-leader. Born in Portland, Oregon he attended the University of Michigan, where he formed his band, George Olsen and his Music. He made the transition to Broadway, appearing in Kid Boots, the Ziegfeld Follies of 1924, and Good News. George Olsen and his Music were prolific Victor recording artists and their records are among the most numerous found by record collectors today, testifying to their original popularity. He and his orchestra were in Eddie Cantor's 1928 Broadway hit Whoopee!, and in the 1930 movie version. He met a singer, Ethel Shutta, who sings and dances memorably in Whoopee!, and they married, appearing together in nightclubs and on radio. They had two children; following a divorce, Olsen opened a restaurant in New Jersey.
Olsen signed with Victor in 1924 and remained as one of Victor's most popular bands through 1933 when he signed with Columbia. He stayed with Columbia through 1934. He recorded a single session in 1938 for Decca.
In 1936, Olsen became leader of Orville Knapp's band after Knapp died in a plane crash. Olsen was chosen to lead the band by Knapp's widow. Morale problems plagued the group, and in 1938, after many musicians had already left, the group disbanded.
A resident of Paramus, New Jersey, Olsen died there on March 18, 1971.
College men, knowledge men,
Do a dance called raccoon;
It's the craze, nowadays,
And it will get you soon.
Buy a coat and try it,
I'll bet you'll be a riot,
It's a wow, learn to do it right now!
High brow, low brow, intermediate,
Make believe they're all collegiate, soon,
To do the raccoon!
Raccoon coats don't care who's wearing 'em,
Hallroom boys will all be sharing 'em soon,
To do the raccoon!
Every day its popularity grows,
It's the most important item in clothes.
Ten bucks down, and though it scratches you,
Wear it 'til the sheriff catches you, soon,
To do the raccoon!
Oh, they wear 'em down at Princeton,
And they share 'em up at Yale,
They eat in them at Harvard,
But they sleep in them in jail!
They store 'em at Ohio,
They're hawked at Notre Dame,
They carry 'em at California,
But they wear out just the same!
At Penn, they're made of rabbit,
At Vassar, sex appeal,
At Nebraska, made of airedale,
In Chicago lined with steel!
From every college campus comes the cheer: oy-yoy!
The season for the raccoon coat is here, my boy!
Rough guys, tough guys, men of dignity,
Join the raccoon coat fraternity, soon,
To do the raccoon.
Rich men, poor men, all have pride in them,
No one knows who walks inside of them, soon,
To do the raccoon.
Every day you'll have your downs and your ups, high-ho,
Every day those raccoon coats will have pups, I know!
Get a girl and start to hurry her
Right downtown to some big furrier, soon,
You'll do the raccoon!
Rac, rac, rac, rac, rac-rac-rac raccoon!

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