Day 17: My Baby Just Cares for Me
The 1920s and 1930s was a wonderful time for music. It really helped those going through the Great Depression and was used to cheer folks up - it is real foot-tapping music and just makes you want to get up and dance .
I am a sucker for these old styles and tunes and listen to a radio station called Band Stand on a Sat night which plays all these oldies.
"My Baby Just Cares for Me" is a jazz standard written by Walter Donaldson with lyrics by Gus Kahn. It was written for the 1930 film version of the 1928 Ziegfeld musical comedy Whoopee!, starring Eddie Cantor. It is known as the signature tune of singer and pianist Nina Simone.
Nina Simone, made it famous for my generation back in the 80s when they released this great fun video to go with it.
Cardboard Records for 15c
Have you ever heard of a cardboard record? I hadn't and find this totally fascinating! (If you watch the clip below, you will see the old gramophone playing it.) The history of them according to the info below this clip "Here is a nice example of a Hit of the Week cardboard record, Ted Fio Rito's version of "My Baby Just Cares For Me," with a vocal by Frank Luther. This record was made in September 1930 and coincided with the release of the all-Technicolor motion picture production of "Whoopee," starring Eddie Cantor. Hit of the Week records were made of flexible cardboard coated on one side with a durable plastic that held the sound groove. The other side of the record was blank. These records were sold at newsstands for 15 cents each. They required a special fiber needle for playback - playing them back with a steel needle would destroy them. The Hit of the Week company made records for two years, from 1930 until 1932, when they went bankrupt.