"LOLA LO" - Joseph C. Smith and his Orchestra (1922)





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Uploaded on Jul 15, 2010

"LOLA LO" - Fox Trot
(Arthur Lange - Ernest Klapholz)
Joseph C. Smith and His Orchestra
Victor 18866-B, 1922.

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"Lola Lo" was published in 1922 (as "Lo-La-Lo") and the Joseph C. Smith Orchestra recorded it in January of that year, which would make this one of the very first recordings of the song. (There are other versions of "Lola Lo," but they have not yet found their way onto Youtube!) "Lola Lo" was recorded by Smith near the end of his long run as a popular Victor recording artist of dance tunes. He was soon to be eclipsed by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. In fact, Joseph C. Smith made his last recording for the Victor label in March 1922.

"Lola Lo" is a song with a Hawaiian theme. I remembered a book I had seen on the bookcase at home: a romantic novel about Pacific island life written by a family friend and published about 1907 and inscribed to my great-aunt "Dee." The book illustrations and the music seemed to belong together.

The video begins with daybreak on Lola Lo's island.
Can you hear the tropical birds greeting the new day. . . ?

"My Lo-La-Lo,
I want you to know . . ."

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