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    Please help to identify some tunes

    I am working on a restoration project that involves an old tape recording made from an old scratchy lp record of some duo piano work years ago performed by Briggs & Saltman. I have been able to remember the titles and details for 12 of the 16 tracks.

    Alas, my memory is not what it should be and I am experiencing some frustration with the remaining four tracks. I hope listeners will enjoy the exerpts even if the tunes are unrecognizable! :>) The project has a bit of sentimental value to me because one of the pianists was my uncle.

    I posted a single mp3 that contains the four 30-second snippets here:

    http://www.divshare.com/download/7102106-42c

    Many thanks in advance to the scholars!
    Bob
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    Re: Please help to identify some tunes

    Wow. The first one is really really familiar. The second I have no clue. The third I thought was going to be "Misty" and it sounds like there are quotes from that tune in there - but I don't know, and the fourth seems familiar as well, but not as familiar as the first. The first and fourth I think I've heard paired with Chaplin films but I have no idea who paired them. It may have been on TNT Sunday Silents (if that's the name).

    Sorry for my woeful tuneology. I am acquainted with an expert on ragtime piano, although I'm not sure this stuff fits the category. If you would like I can try to contact him about this stuff.

    EDIT: It wasn't Chaplin films it was Laurel and Hardy.
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    Re: Please help to identify some tunes

    Hi, The first tune is "Nola", sorry I don't recognize the others. John

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    Re: Please help to identify some tunes

    1. "Nola" by Felix Arndt.
    2. Familiar but can't name it.
    3. "Laura" by David Raksin.
    4. Never heard before, sorry.

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    Re: Please help to identify some tunes

    I'd wager the 4th tune is either by Arndt again or Zez Confrey...

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    Re: Please help to identify some tunes

    Quote Originally Posted by Dargason View Post
    1. "Nola" by Felix Arndt.
    2. Familiar but can't name it.
    3. "Laura" by David Raksin.
    4. Never heard before, sorry.
    Many thanks for the two gals! I should've known Nola because we've all heard that one a million times, but I cut myself a little slack for Laura because I never saw the movie. It is supposed to be quite good (if you enjoy film noir).

    I also was thinking Confrey for the last one, but haven't found a match yet. I don't know anything about Arndt, so that gives me a fresh batch to sift through.

    Again, many thanks, and also to everyone who has listened so far!!!
    Last edited by WaldoB; 04-14-2009 at 07:36 PM. Reason: spelling
    Bob
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    Re: Please help to identify some tunes

    Quote Originally Posted by reberclark View Post
    Wow. The first one is really really familiar. The second I have no clue. The third I thought was going to be "Misty" and it sounds like there are quotes from that tune in there - but I don't know, and the fourth seems familiar as well, but not as familiar as the first. The first and fourth I think I've heard paired with Chaplin films but I have no idea who paired them. It may have been on TNT Sunday Silents (if that's the name).

    Sorry for my woeful tuneology. I am acquainted with an expert on ragtime piano, although I'm not sure this stuff fits the category. If you would like I can try to contact him about this stuff.

    EDIT: It wasn't Chaplin films it was Laurel and Hardy.

    By all means, send the link to anyone who you think might enjoy the challenge!

    I would tend to classify that last one as a "novelty" piece, a word that comes to mind when I hear an unusually frilly right hand over a striding left hand.
    Bob
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    http://myspace.com/paquachuck

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    Re: Please help to identify some tunes

    The 2nd one sure sounds like Fats Waller (or James P. Johnson) due to the overall rhythm and certain licks. The 4th sounds quite a bit like Zez Confrey's Jay Walk, but I don't think that's it. If it's not Zez, it's a very good knock off. If I get a minute or two, I'll haul out some old LP's and see if I can find either of these.

    Edit: Sorry, I can't find these anywhere.

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    Re: Please help to identify some tunes

    The second is "Little Rock Getaway".

    No idea about the last one.

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    Re: Please help to identify some tunes

    Yep, lallis, that's it! Joe Sullivan, recorded 1933/35 - very Fatsy.

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