Thursday, February 09, 2006

Max Bacon

"Max was the larger-than-life drummer with the Ambrose Orchestra for many years, who also had a unique Jewish-style humour. Prior to joining Ambrose in late 1927, he had been with Leon van Straten's band in 1926 and also was briefly with Fred Elizalde's band (which seems to be made up of Ambrose musicians) and Al Starita's Kit-Cat band (probably a temporary substitute for Eric Little). He was a regular member of Ronnie Munro's band which recorded for Parlophone and Imperial from 1926 to 1929, and also with Arthur Lally's band at Decca in the early 1930s. His stint with Ambrose lasted until 1940 and his wry comments may be heard on a number of comedy titles, including the famous number "Cohen the Crooner (The Crosby of Mile-End)" which is extant on film. On leaving Ambrose, Max went into variety, and also acting, taking small parts in films and television shows."

These two tracks were sent on a cassette from a chap who dubbed them from old 78's using the "oil" method, whatever that means. He said it made for smooth running of the needle through the grooves of scratchy old wax discs. This style of crazy jewish humour reminds me of Stanley Unwin and his nonsense language.

Max Bacon - Little Red Hooding Ride

Max Bacon - William T. Hell

These You Send It files are available for seven days or until exhausted.


Dan Straen said...

Reminds me of Harry Enfield's creation "Stavros" he used on Saturday live. Uncanny!

michael said...

Yes, it does a bit doesn't it! That gibberish vein that runs through the Goons and the Mighty Boosh and certain types of British comedy seems quite timeless.

Cocaine Jesus said...

i love all that nonsense talk. and yes british humor does seem timeless doesn't it?

sid said...

I saw this post for the first time today.
Although it is 2 years old I really hope I can still get a download of this wonderful old 78 Max Bacon recording. I had this record in the 50s and as kids in South Africa we listened to it many many times