"Makin' Whoopee"

by the Louisiana Collegians

Period versions of this evergreen, written by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn (the same pair that gave us "Love Me or Leave Me" and "My Buddy"), were released by every label and this was the one for VelvetTone. The band name is one of the pseudoymns for the California Ramblers which may or may not have included the young Dorsey brothers, Red Nichols, Miff Mole, or Phil Napoleon in the personnel. The venerable Irving Kaufman, using his real name for a change, delivers a very nice vocal somewhere between an impersonation of Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson, perfectly suited to the lyric. The arrangement is good, and the record electrically recorded on November 30 of 1928. The disc itself wasn't played to death so it needed only light noise reduction to come out sounding nice once again.
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