The Redlands Fourth-of-July Band - Founded in 1981 by Curtiss Allen Sr.
 
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                                                                       Pencil sketch by Michael Shea, 1987
 
 

 
 From: 'Enters the 21st Century'
 
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From: '25 Years'
 
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  A "Jingling Johnny"  hand-made by Michael Shea for performances of "Nobles of the Mystic Shrine".  The specific performance pictured above was the Redlands Bowl Sesquicentennial Event for the City of Redlands held in August of 2014.

 
 His Master's Voice

"Drawing on my own long-time love of  acoustically-recorded music of the early part of the 20th Century, I include the following selections". Michael Shea
 
                                                                                         
                                                                                                  

Over ThereFloatin' Down To Cotton TownYou're A Grand Old FlagStars and Stripes Forever
Give My Regards To BroadwayAlexander's Ragtime BandTill We Meet AgainAmerica Forever March
                                               


Ol' King Tut

                                                                                  
Three thousand years ago, King Tutty reigned you know
He must have travelled greatly in his time
For in his tomb out there, was gold and silverware
From big hotels of every land and clime
While going through his royal robes they found up in his sleeve
The first fig leaf that Adam gave to Eve;

In old King Tut-Tut-Tutankhamen's day
Beneath the tropic skies King Tut-Tut-Tut was very wise
Now old King Tut-Tut-Tut was always gay
Cleopatra she sat upon his knee, Pat, that's where she sat
The girls would dance for him and every move a treat
They'd move and move and move but never move their feet
A thousand girls would dance each day
With lots of hip-hip-hip-hooray
In old King Tut-Tut-Tut-Tut-Tut-Tut, King Tutty's Day;

Three thousand years ago, in history we know
King Tutankhamen ruled a mighty land.
He ruled for many years, 'mid laughter, song and tears
He made a record that will always stand
They opened up his tomb the other day and jumped with glee
They learned a lot of ancient history;

In old King Tut-Tut-Tutankhamen's day
The dancers, then in style, would even make the old Sphinx smile
In old King Tut-Tut-Tutankhamen's day
On the desert sand, old King Tutty's band, played while maidens swayed
They danced for old King Tut 'neath moonlit skies so warm
They wore such happy smiles and were in perfect form
They danced for him both fat and thin
He didn't give a darn what shape they're in
In old King Tut-Tut-Tut-Tut-Tut-Tut, King Tutty's Day!

Why, Sam, from Alabam' would not run, one, two, three
Oh, what a mark he'd be for old Mark Antony!
A real Egyptian well-dressed man
Wore nothing but a coat of tan!
In old King Tut-Tut-Tut-Tut-Tut-Tut, King Tutty's Day!

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the Hungarian RagSobra Las Olas (Over the Waves}Waiting For The Robert E. LeeStrut Miss Lizzie
American PatrolYou Made Me Love YouBullets and BayonetsTake Me To The Land of Jazz
The Yankee Doodle Bles



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The  “The Yankee Doodle Blues”  by George Gershwin – for the Broadway show ‘Spice’ – 1922 – lyrics by Buddy DeSylva.
(made popular by "Van and Schenck")

The Patter: They say that Europe’s wonderful with all its ancient junk,

It’s not as good as KoKomo and KoKomo’s a bunk

Well how about ol’ London, was it covered by a fog?,

Yes, and I had to move from Paris cause I couldn’t eat a frog

Did you visit ol’ Cologne while making all the rounds?

Ol’ Cologne don’t smell as sweet and pretty as it sounds

A Russian Bolshivic he tried to get my scalp

I heard you wore your welcome out by sliding down and out. . . . . .

That’s why……. Miss Liberty I’ll say you’re a bear

And when the custom officer says to  me, what do you declare, 

I’ll declare that. . . . .

The Refrain:   There’s  no land  so grand as
my land ... from  from California ,   to
Manhattan isle
North  and South,  my sunny sky land,
I love ev’ry mile!

Yankee Doodle,”
That melody keeps on ringing in my ear
“Yankee Doodle"
That melody makes me stand right up and cheer,
“I’m coming!”
U.  S. A.   I’ll say  I love you,
Make me lose those “Yankee Doodle Blues!
                                                          
 
A Brunswick Ultona Phonograph Model 117 from the early 1920's
(Purchased in 1962 by Michael Shea at the old Colton Piano Store)
 


  Record Companies, Labels, Types, Playback, Needles, Etc.

Cylinders VS Discs




Cylinders peaked in popularity around 1905. After this, discs and disc players, most notably the Victrolas, began to dominate the market. Columbia Records, an Edison competitor, had stopped marketing cylinders in 1912. The Edison Company had been fully devoted to cylinder phonographs, but, concerned with discs' rising popularity, Edison associates began developing their own disc player and discs in secret.   After the chief chemist for Edison retired in 1903, a consultant for the company, took charge of developing a plastic material for the discs. The aim was to produce a superior-sounding disc that would outperform the rivals' shellac records, which were prone to wear and warping.  Another difference from competitors' discs was that the vertical-cut method was to be used for the grooves.   In this manner, the stylus would bob up and down in the groove, rather than from side to side or laterally.  Ten-inch records would run for 5 minutes per side at approximately 80 r.p.m.

What needle is needed for your old phonograph?  Lateral Cut recordings/records Victor, Columbia, Brunswick, Silvertone, Decca, Sonora, Sonata, United, Paramount and similar labels were lateral cut recordings. Most basic standard 78's are of lateral cut and are found in most antique shops today.

Lateral cut records can be played using metal needles and fiber needles made of bamboo.   Vertical cut recordings became the dominant method of recording and are most common to be found among all early phonograph makers.

Pathé made Lateral discs also, called "ACTUELLE", in the later years, expanding their business of selling records that played on these popular machines.

Vertical Cut recordings/records Edison Diamond Discs and early Pathé are Vertical cut recordings.

Edison records required the special Diamond stylus and the Pathe required the Sapphire stylus to play the records. Using a metal needle on these records would produce poor sound and ruin the records.

There were a number of labels that made records in the vertical format such as Edison, Pathé and Brunswick, Starr, just to name a few.  

Cylinder recordings were recorded using the vertical method and also required their special stylus made for that specific model of phonograph such as the Edison Home or the Columbia AT gramophones.

Edison's downfall was that he came up with his own technology of recording his records and not sharing that with other companies, known as the Diamond Disc.  Being stingy, other companies adopted the Lateral cut as the universal way to make records. Surpassing him in sales of records and selling of machines.  The lateral record became the norm and thousands of phonograph and record companies adopted it.  Kind of like VHS vs. Betamax... We all know how that turned out.  Lateral cut became the standard through the LP era.

This forced Edison to make an adaptor that allowed a reproducer from a lateral cut phonograph such as Victor to be placed onto his tone arm to play the records. Later, he sold both style reproducers with his machines so people would buy his machines and the buyer could change out the reproducer to which record they wanted to play.  But his switch was a little too late and eventually fell out of the phonograph selling race as Victor, Brunswick and Columbia became the top 3 and controlled most of the market at that time.

Brunswick got smart too and sold machines with all three stylus' on one reproducer, the Ultona, so it can be turned to play all type of records using the metal needle, sapphire and the diamond on the same reproducer.

The technology for what records were make of was continually changing and because of patents of that time, companies came up with their own special mix of materials for their own records. From bee's wax to plastics to wood pulp mixed with wax, records of the early years can be a mixture of many things and today, brittle to the touch. [2008 Johnny Bighit]

 
         A Selection of Record Labels from the Acoustic and Early "Electric" Eras.


From 1887 to 1929/30 over 100 recording companies/labels were established, Victor in 1901. Brunswick in 1916, Columbia in 1887, Páthe in 1892, etc.  Many independent labels were relatively short-lived.  A few have become quite rare -- Black Patti and Black Swan for example.  The Black Patti lasted seven months and produced 55 records.  Literally thousands of record labels are known to have existed. 





Victor Records
Victor Records
No. 1 of the BIG TWO
Brunswick Records
Brunswick Records
No. 2 of the BIG TWO
Columbia Records
Columbia Records
Black Patti Records
Black Patti Records
Very Rare
Black Swan Records
Black Swan Records
Very Rare
Bel Canto Records
Bel Canto Records
Cameo Records
Cameo Records
Victrola Records
Victrola Records
Broadway Records
Broadway Records
Actuelle Records
Actuelle Records
Edison Records
Edison Records
Victor Record
Victor Record
Vocalion Records
Vocalion Records
Okeh Records
Okeh Records
Cameo Records
Cameo Records
Odeon Records
Odeon Records
The Winner Records
The Winner Records
Racy Records
Racy Records
Gennett Records
Gennett Records
American Record Company
American Record Company
Eagle Talking Machine Co.
Eagle Talking Machine Co.
Imperial Records
Imperial Records
Tower Records
Tower Records
Sovereign Records
Sovereign Records
Conqueror Records
Conqueror Records
Columbia Records
Columbia Records
Ebony Records
Ebony Records
Busy Bee Records
Busy Bee Records
QRS Records
QRS Records
The Ariel Record Grand Records
The Ariel Record Grand Records
Ajax Records
Ajax Records
His Masters Voice Records
His Masters Voice Records


The Holy City (Jerusalem)

Last night I lay a-sleeping,
There came a dream so fair,
I stood in old Jerusalem,
Beside the Temple there.
I heard the children singing,
And ever as they sang,
Methought the voice of angels
From Heav'n in answer rang.
Methought the voice of angels
From Heav'n in answer rang.

chorus:
Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
Lift up your gates and sing;
Hosanna in the highest,
Hosanna to your King.

And then methought my dream was changed,
The streets no longer rang.
But with a glad Hosanna
The little children sang.
The sun grew dark with mystery,
The morn was cold and chill,
But the shadow of a cross arose
Upon a lonely hill.
But the shadow of a cross arose
Upon a lonely hill.

chorus
Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
Hark, how the angels sing
Hosanna through the ages,
Hosanna to your King.

Then once again the scene was changed,
New earth there seemed to be.
I saw the Holy City
Beside the timeless sea.
The light of God was on its streets,
The gates were open wide;
And all who would might enter
And no one was denied.
No need of moon nor stars by night
Or sun to shine by day,
It was the new Jerusalem
That would not pass away.
It was the new Jerusalem
That would not pass away

Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
Sing for the night is o'er;
Hosanna in the highest,
Hosanna for ever more.
Hosanna in the highest,
Hosanna for ever more

words: F.E. Weatherly
music: Stephen Adams
copyright: Unknown
source: Album of Favorite Barbershop Ballads
1944, by MM Cole Publishing Co. Chicago
 
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A Selection of YouTube Videos
 
 
With a Mostly Musical Theme
 
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The Band Concert -- Disney, 1935
Mickey attemps to conduct the William Tell Overture. Somehow a duck with a Piccolo always gets in the way.
 
 
 
 
 
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Danny Boy
Clearly the three best singers the Muppets have ever had to offer, together at last.
Danny Boy will never be the same!!
 
 
 
 
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mayberry marching band (the andy griffith show)
the mayberry marching bands greatest moments!
 
Mayberry's Town Band
 
 
 
                                     
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