Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan - Night Time In Little Italy 1917 - Victor 18282 - 07-28-1917 Reached US charts at #8 in 1917.
Little Italy is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York City, once known for its large population of Italians. Today the neighborhood of Little Italy consists of Italian stores and restaurants. Historically, Little Italy on Mulberry Street, extends as far south as Canal Street, as far north as Bleecker, as far west as Lafayette and as far east as the Bowery. It borders Chinatown at Bowery Street. The Feast of San Gennaro originally was once only a one-day religious commemoration. It began in September, 1926 with the new arrival of immigrants from Naples. The Italian immigrants congregated along Mulberry Street in Manhattan's Little Italy to celebrate San Gennaro as the Patron Saint of Naples. The Feast of San Gennaro is a large street fair, lasting 11 days, that takes place every September along Mulberry Street between Houston and Canal Streets. The festival is as an annual celebration of Italian culture and the Italian-American community. Much of the neighborhood has been absorbed and engulfed by Chinatown, as immigrants from China moved to the area. What was once Little Italy has essentially shrunk into a single street which serves as a restaurant area and maintains some Italian residents. The northern reaches of Little Italy, near Houston Street, ceased to be recognizably Italian, and eventually became the neighborhood known today as NoLIta, an abbreviation for North of Little Italy. Today, the section of Mulberry Street between Broome and Canal Streets is all that is left of the old Italian neighborhood. The street is lined with some two-dozen Italian restaurants popular with tourists and locals. Unlike Chinatown, which continues to expand in all directions with newer Chinese immigrants, little remains of the original Little Italy.
Arthur Francis Collins (February 7, 1864 -- August 3, 1933) was an American singer who recorded a significant number of early records. With tenor singer Byron G. Harlan, Collins recorded the first song to refer to "jazz": "That Funny Jas Band from Dixieland," copyrighted on November 8, 1916, recorded on January 12, 1917, and issued on Victor 18235.
Tenor Byron G. Harlan was born in Kansas on August 29, 1861. died on September 11, 1936.
NIGHT-TIME IN LITTLE ITALY
(Joe McCarthy / Fred Fisher, 1917)
When the day has gone to sleep lights begin to shine
To a latin haunt I creep a place that I called mine
There's laughter and joy and the music is grand
In my Bohemia Land.
When the Cello sweetly hums
Some sweet melody
Through each little strain there comes a voice of Italy
Eat, drink and be merry you'll hear each one say,
Life's worth a living that way.
Night time down town in little Italy,
(Chillie Billie, Bee)
Down 'round my old Mulberry
You'll hear the mandolins play
When she rolls those big black eyes at me
I want to be in Napoli
where dark win will make you happy as can be,
(Baby on your knee)
You're one of the family
When they sing, chillibillibi,
you leave your home and mother
everybody eat and drink and love each other,
When its night time down in Little Italy.