Thanks to okmusik of the You Tube
This marvelous tune was You’re My Everything (1931) written by Harry Warren Music and Mort Dixon Lyric. The performance is from a recording issued on LP originally in 1955 titled “Midnight at Eddie Condon’s with Bud Freeman’s All Stars.” It took me some time and effort to track down an actual copy of the LP because it is long out of print, it was never reissued on CD, and only used copies are available, mostly in Europe. Worse yet, the credits on the LP cover are no help. The You Tube poster wisely chose not the mess with the issue.
This LP was recorded at a tavern in New York City that Eddie Condon owned and managed. Eddie Condon also played rhythm guitar, organized recording sessions including sessions with Commodore Records. His roots in music went back to the early 1920’s in Chicago. So did Bud Freeman who was one of the original “Austin Gang” who formed bands at Austin High School in Chicago, Illinois. These were loose sessions on this LP, which united old friends in an after hours setting where they could unwind. Whoever was there that night sat in with the band.
Unfortunately, the credits on the LP cover don’t reflect who played on which cut. So, I’ll just have to guess going from most to least certain. We definitely have Bud Freeman on Tenor Sax. My ears clearly tell me that we have Charlie Shavers on Trumpet and no one else is listed. Since only Vernon Brown is listed on Trombone, I’ll go with that. I lean toward Peanuts Hucko on Clarinet but it could also be Edmond Hall (who usually sounds softer than this player.) Wild Bill Davis is listed on piano but I’ve never heard him play anything but Hammond Organ. So, I’ll go with Joe Sullivan on piano who plays stride piano somewhat like Fats Waller with a dash of Earl Hines. On Drums it could be Dave Tough or George Wettling. We’ll probably never know for sure.
Now, for comparison, here is Al Bowlly’s vocal version of You’re My Everything from 1931 when the song was still new:
Al Bowlly came from Britain to the U.S. with the Ray Noble Orchestra. Bowlly had been very popular in Britain and he became popular in the United States at a time when high pitched male voices were popular. Then, beginning with damage to his vocal chords (which required risky but successful surgery) and other bad luck, he returned to Britain to resume his career there. His singing career got a much needed boost, but he continued to suffer other bad luck. Finally, he became a victim of the Battle of Britain when, after his final performance, he returned home and was killed in his sleep by a Luftwaffe bombing raid on April 17, 1941.
Thanks to Jim Hollowaty for the hat tip on the Bud Freeman version.