Wednesday, December 30, 2009

George Van Dusen

Lots of requests for more George Van Dusen and coincidentally found a 45 of "It's Party Time Again" on the Bri-Tone label that was released in the 70's ? ( no date on it ) today in a charity shop in Chester.

Little is known of George Van Dusen and despite extensive searches on the internet have failed to find anyone who knows anything about him except that he was a renowned yodeller held in high regard and a contemporary of Harry Torrani and Ronnie Ronalde in the 30's and 40's. His "Yodelling Chinaman" track is probably his most well known and popped up on several compilations of novelty songs over the years. These tracks are from 1937 and kindly supplied by Jim Benson who will doubtless phone me up to tell me I've got it all wrong and that infact George was a dutchman who died in 1929! I love this photo of him from the only one I could find.

Since this was last blogged I had some interesting comments to say that George was born Thomas Harrington , probably in the East End of London in the early 1900's and recorded for the Rex record label. He was still perfoming well into his 80's though confined to a wheel chair. He apparently had a minor hit in the 60's but I can find no record to confirm this.

George Van Dusen - It's Party Time Again

George Van Dusen - Murphy's Wedding Day

George Van Dusen - Izzy Izzy Izzy

George Van Dusen - Holiday Time Is Jollity Time

George Van Dusen - The Yodelling Sailor

George Van Dusen - A Wee Drop Of Scotch

George Van Dusen - It's Holiday Time Again

George Van Dusen - Poloski's Russian Party

George Van Dusen - The Yiddisher Yodeller


boppinbob said...

Thanks Michael,
You are a gentleman to be sure.
Oh by the way here's wishing you and your kin a very happy new Year

wastedpapiers said...

Glad you found these Bob - I meant to drop you a line but deleted your e-mail by mistake!

All the best for 2010!

baikinange said...

Thanks for the re-up, I missed this the first time! His Yodeling Chinaman is one of my iPod favorites.

wastedpapiers said...

No problem baikinange. Glad you enjoyed them. If I had an ipod he would be on it for sure!

howstean said...

It's Party Time Again was heavily promoted sometime in the 1970's by Terry Wogan after his producer found it on an old 78 & they played it on the air. As a result it was reissued on a 45 single and Van Dusen was found in a retirement home and appeared in a few TV shows and chat shows before returning to the home. There were a few articles in the papers of the time.

Wogan promoted it as he did with the Conrad Veidt song and it made the lower end of the charts.

wastedpapiers said...

Thanks for that snippet of info howstean - much obliged.

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Anonymous said...

Hey there! Might you post the George van Dusen stuff again? I'd love to get those! :)