Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19?? | View Entire Issue (Oct. 1, 1938)
Theatricals Music Features I
FEW persons are aware of the !
small army and the large amount
of labor required to produce the
average song hit
from its element
l ary stages to its
I public perform
f ance. As an au
thority on song
hits, the Ameri
can Society of
thors and Pub
lishers is in a
position to know.
11 s information
\ W I is nothing short
f Louis Reid of a revelation.
1 About 2,600 persons are necessary
for the job, officials of the organiza
tion say, while they approximate the
actual time of labor required at 2,200
working hours. The performance of
the song takes only three minutes.
The average song Is written by
two persons, as, for example, Rod
gers and Hart, Burke and Leslie,
Gordon and Revel, Robin and Rain
ger. One publisher must listen to
it If he accepts it. he then turns
the manuscript copy over to his
greatest song hit since ‘Dardanella.
At sundown they go the rounds of
the night clubs, restaurants, hotels
and ballrooms. The same routine
is duplicated in the 24 key cities. It
usually takes two weeks before the
publisher knows whether or not he
has struck gold.
Yet the struggle has only begun.
On the road, a sales force of about
20 men is wining and dining some
2,000 salesgirls, who are induced to
‘‘push the song over the counters."
In advertising agencies production
men are spotting the song on vari
ous radio programs. In Hollywood
musical directors are choosing the
song for a picture. At the recording
studios a staff of engineers is "wax
ing it” for posterity.
By the second week the song may
be played by 30 big-time orchestras.
This means that 30 leaders must
be added to the list, together with
approximately 450 musicians, whose
scores are specially orchestrated by
30 arrangers. Altogether some 2,600
persons are involved in the business
of putting over a song.
staff of "piano men,”
who must memorize the
melody for demonstra
At the same time a
staff of "house” ar
rangers gets busy. One
•writes a simplified piano
■part for print, another
prepares the melody for
vocalists and a third
Teadies the commercial
orchestration for print.
Meanwhile, an artist
is assigned to draxo the
title page of the song
■copy. Then coxne the
engraving and printing
It requires five engrav
, 15 Hours to
Write a Song
As for the labor ne
cessary, it is estimated
that about 15 hours of
collaboration are re
quired to compose a
song. One hour is al
lotted to the task of
convincing the publish
er of the song’s worth,
I and a half-hour to each
of the piano-players to
learn the number. The
time for arrangers to
write the first copies,
vocal and instrumental,
is another 12 hours.
The artist who draws
ers ana six printers to produce the
first edition. Copies are rushed to
tthe main office, where a dozen song
pluggers peel off the first shipment.
1In branch offices in twenty-four key
cities of the country other song
pluggers are receiving their con
Emissaries of Melody
The songpluggers are the contact
,men, the emissaries of melody. They
; invade the entertainment world,
stalking the performer through stage
doors, agencies, broadcasting stu
dios, phonograph recording shops
with glowing sales talk of “the
the cover needs five hours; the en
graving and printing take 20 hours.
Fifty hours are necessary for the
song pluggers’ contact work. One
band at each of the three record
ing studios needs another six hours.
The first thirty arrangers require
seven hours each for their toil,
while two hours are apportioned toj
each band rehearsal to learn the
selection. The total is in the neigh
borhood of 2,200 hours.
Paul Lincke's famous and famiA
liar composition, “Glowworm” has
note reached the swing laboratories.
WILL ENTER EXHIBIT
The Colored Citizens’ Exposition
committee of the Golden Gate In.
ternational Exposition will enter
an exhibit in the World’s Fair of
the West, and a nationwide beauty
contest is to be a feature of the
OF EXTRA COST
Men and women make big
imoney every day.selling the
most complete line of over
- 300 guaranteed cosmetics, flavoring,
[ and curios. Customers buy on sight and buy
the next time you call. Make up to $40.00
a week full time, $5.00 a day spare time.
Cct Lucky Heart’s FREE samples. 58-page
Illustrated beauty book. $9.00 worth of
guaranteed products and a big sample case
FREE of extra cost. Write Lucky Heart Co.§
I>EPT. 1-9-33, Memphis, Tenn.
(By Harold Jovien for ANP)
This listing is in effect for the
week of Oct. 2 only! AU time
shown is Eastern time. Subtract
1 hour for Central Time; 2 hours
for M. S. T. and 3 hours for P. S.
ORCHESTRA, VOCALISTS AND
12 midnite., 11 P. M. (Famous
COOPER, A1 Savoy Sultans—MBS
—Sunday, 1 A. M. (Kit Kat Club,
CHARIOTEERS—N BC Red
Sat., 9:15 a. m.; NBC Blue—Tues.,
8:15 A. M.; NBS—Sat., 7:15 P. M.,
Effective May 1st:
on Laundry & Dry Cleaning
Cash and Carry
Edholm and Sherman
Launderers & Dry Cleaners
I WE 6055 II
Be A Booster
When our solicitor calls at your home, be sure to show
YOUR interest in your LOCAiL PAPER, THE OMAHA GUIDE,
by giving him or her a newsy item or taking a subscription for
12 months, 6 months, 3 months, or even 1 month.
When you BOOST THE GUIDE, you are boosting Omaha
fend are enabling us to give employment to more of our own
boys and girls.
“SO COME ON. BE A BOOSTER ”
OMAHA GUIDE PUB. CO.
2418 Grant SfreptWK 1 SI 7—1518
“Billboard” Jackson Has Nervous
WF*"™”*’" ■ *■' 9 ■•—qtgMWWJMl
Arnold Wiley, who appears as a
gendarme in the WPA Federal
Theatre’s “Haiti”, is one of the
race’s most talented artists. He
han worked as actor, composer,
radio-broadcaster, radio script
writer and phonograph recording
Sun., 3 P. M. (Heated Harmony)
DUDLEY, Jimmy—WTMJ (620
n) Mon., Wed., Fri., 1:30 P. M.
Spirited saxaphone soloist with
tho Rhythm Rascals’ Jam Crew,
from Milwaukee, Wis.)
DEEP RIVER BOYS—CBS—
Mon., 11 A. M., Wed., 4:30 P. M.
ALSTON. Ovie—CBS—Tues. &
Thurs. 11 P. M. Fri., 11:Q0 P. M.
—WMN (1010 k) Sun., Wed., 10
j P. M. (Roseland Ballroom, NYC.)
HAWKINS, Erskine—NBC Red
—Sun., 12:30 A. M. Sat., 12 mid
rite; (Savoy Ballroom, NYC.)
HOWAD, Bob—WEAF (660 k)
—Thurs., 11 P. M.
HINES, Earl—NBC Red—Mon.
Wed., 12:30 A. M.; NBC Blue
Sun. 12:30 A. M. (WENR k) 870 k)
Sun., Tues., Wed. Thurs., Fri.,
11:30 P. M.; WMAK (670 k) Tues.
Thur3., Fri., 12:30 A. M. Sat., 12
midnight. (Grand Terrace Cafe.j
INKSPOTS—NBC Blue—Tiiur.s !
11 P. M. Fri., 10:30 P. M.
KIRBY, John—WMCA (670 k)
xMon., Fri., 11:30 P. M. (Onyx
(570k) Mon., thru Sat-, 11 A ,M.
also Sat. 5:30 P. M.
VAGABONDS — Club matinee,
NBC Blue—Mon. thru Sat., 4 P.
M. & the Jamboree, NBC Blue—
Tues., 9:30 P. M. also Mon., 8 P.
M. (Vocal quartet.)
WILSON, TEDDY, LIONEL HAM
PTON with BENNY GOODMAN’S
ORK.—CBS—Tues., 9:30 P. M.
(Pianist and "vibe” player.)
MUSICAL, VARIETY AND
AMATEUR NITE in Bronzeville
_WIND (560 k)—Wed., 9:30 P.
M. to 10:30 P. M.
AMATEUR NITE in Harlem—
WMCA (570 k) Wed., U p.
12 midnite .(Apollo theatre, NYC.)
Don Kerr emcees these entertain
ing amateur hours.
ALL NATIONS PENTECOST
AL CHURCH—WCFL (970 k)—
Sun., 12 midnite to 1 A. M.
BOWES, Major—Amateur hour
—CBS—Thurs., 9 P. M.
BUTTERFIELD, Erskine —WH
N (1010 k) Tues., Wed., Thurs.,
6:15 P. M. (Pianist Vocalist. )
Thurs., 6:45 P. M. (Hill-Billy Va_
riety Shows with Negro chorus
from Richmond, Va.)
JOHNSON, Charlie—WAAF (9
20 k)_Sat., 3:30 P. M. (Duke of
the Uke, Chicago).
NEGRO HOUR— KEHE (Los
Ar.geles)—Thurs., 1 2midnitc (9
P. M. on the West Coast.)
ROSE, Jimmy—NBC Blue—Mon
thru Fri., 11:00 A. M. (Jimmy
plays the hole of ‘Merit,” comical
jockey on the ‘‘Story of Mary Mar
American and Chinese Dishea
Kinor Yuen Cafe ..
201014 N. 24 th St. Jackson 8576
Ooen from 2 p. m. until 3 a. m
New York Oct., 1—James A.
(Billboard) Jackson,, well known
fraternal and business man, is con
fined at his home, 312 Manhat
tan avenue under his pyhsician’s
cure, as a result of a nervous
breakdown last week. He is not
expected to return to his duties at
tho Standard Oil Company of N< w'
Jersey, 26 |Broaidway, for some
Mr. Jackson was connected with
Iho Small Business Bureau of the
Department of Commerce during
tho administrations of Presidents
Coolidge and Hoover, and prior to
that time was on the editorial
rtaff of “The Billboard, theatrical
magazine. He is one of the best
known members of his race.
lin,” air drama.)
SOUTHERN HARMONY FOUR
—NBC Blue—West Coast only
- Mon., 2 A. M. Fri., 1:80 A. M.
TALES FROM HARLEM with
JOE BOSTIC—WMCA (570 k)—
Sat., 5:30 P. M. NYC)
VINE ST. VARIETIES—WHB
(860 k)—Sat. 5-6 P. M. (Jimmy
Ruffin emcees this topnotch varie
WAY DOWN SOUTH—WFIL
(Philadelphia) Thurs., 10:45 P. M.
(Sam Wooding Singers)
WINGS OVER JORDAN—CBS
—Sur.., 10:30 A. M. (Prominent
KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS
CBS indicates the Columbia
Broadcasting System; MBS, Mutal
Broadcasting System; NBC Blue
or Red, National Broadcasting
Co., (k) is the abbreviation for
kilocycle. Consult your individaud
local network stations for broad
casts listed, substraeting time giv
en, EST to your own time zone.
Arnold Wiley, who plays the
hard.boiled but essentially tender
hearted gendarme in the WIJA
Federal Theatre project’s “Haiti”
was musing over his scrapbook in
his dressing room at Daly’s 63rd
Street Theatre, off Broadway, the
other night. “The depression
seems to have a silver lining after
p.ll,” the soft spoken Wiley remark
ed complacently lighting a cig
arette as he settled back in his
cl.air to summarize his views of
“Lets take a look at that scrap,
book,” said Louis Sharp, who;
plays Toussaint L’Ouverture in
“Haiti” . “You know,” continued
Sharp, “I have never kept a scrap
book during my entire stage ca
reer. I have always felt it would
give me a kind of nostalgic feel
ing to look back at rosy criticism.
Can you imagine what wuold be
the plight of talented Negro per
formers, if there wasn’t a Federal
Sharp picked up Wiley’s scrap,
hook and started, thumbing the
pages. “Just look at these billing,”
he remarked: '‘Scored a big suc
cess at the Hippodrome Theatre
(New York) and Strand in Hart
ford, Conn.” On the same bill with
Weber and Fields, the Trenton
Evening News had this to say,
“And speaking of tap dancing
there was one on the bill that
more or less excited the jaded ap
petites of Trenton theatre-goers.”
“Radio star at Golden Lily Chi
cago Arnold Wiley, the champion
trick pianist and record artist is
doing his specialty on the floor of
tho beautiful Golden Lily Cafe.”
“Arnold Wiley, record star and ra
dio artist, who is fast winning a
home in the hearts of radio fans
as ‘Green Timber.’ ” From the Ill
inois Democrat, “Arnold Wiley,
tho Brunswick recording star, who
is now a feature on the air with
‘Jack and his Gang’ during the
all-Negro hour from station W_
SBC (Chicago,) plays the part of
‘Timber.’ ”. Radio Station WJKS,
(Gary, Ind.) in a three sheet bill
ing said; “Tune in Radio Station
WJKS Monday, June 24th between
2 and S p. m. and hear Arnold Wi
ley in 15 minutes of piano and
i4iSC4P“01d Song Week” Proves Old Songs Never Diet
<4/"VLD SONG WEEK,” sponsored by the Ameri
can Society of .Composers, Authors and Pub
lishers, was recently commemorated by leading bands
and orchestras over the major networks and inde
pendent stations, in motion picture theatres, hotels,
cabarets, restaurants, etc.
Pictured above are a handful of the men and
women, living and dead, whose copyrighted works,
as members of ASCAP, have been'made available,
through the Society’s licenses, to enterprises which
perform music publicly for profit.
Public response to the airing of tnese well-loved
old songs showed that they had lost non^of the ap
peal which was born in them before the days of radio.
“Stage” magazine devoted its entire August issue to
“Fond Recollections” of the old songs.
Composers and authors pictured above are: (1)
Irving-Berlin (Alexander’s Ragtime Band); (2) Car
rie Jacobs Bond (Perfect Day); (3) J. Russell Rob
inson (Margie); (4) Harry Armstrong (Sweet Ade
ilusic Features «f
line); (5) George Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue); (6)
Geoffrey O’Hara (K-K-K-Katy); (7) Fred Fisher
(There's a Little Spark of Love Still Burning); (8)
Victor Herbert (Sweet Mystery of Life); (9) Charles
K. Harris (After the Ball); (10) William Jerome
(Bedelia); (11) George M. Cohan (Over There);
(12) Gene Buck (Hello Frisco); (13) Otto Harbach
(Smoke Gets in Your Eyes); (14) Shelton Brooks
(Some of These Days); (15) Ernie Burnett (Melan
choly Baby); (16) Jean Schwarxz (Chinatown, My
Chinatown); (17) Rudolf Friml (Only a Rose); (18)
Jerome Kern (OV Man River); (19)' Edgar Leslie
(Among My Siuvenirs); (20) James Thornton
(When You*Were Sweet Sixteen); (21) Joe Howard
(I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now); (22) Harry
Von Tilzer (V/ait Till the Sun Shines Nellie); (23)
Gitz Rice (Dear Old Pal); (24) John W. Bratton
(Sunshine of Paradise Alley); (25) Al Bryan (Peg
O’ My Heart); (26) Raymond Hubbell (Poor But-j
terfly); (27) Albert Von Tilzer (Take Me Out to the
Ball Game) and (28) Gus Edwards (School Days).
Bessye Bearden in her famous
‘Around Ne wYork’ column, wrote
“Arnold Wiley, is now in Philadel
phia, Pa., and his tap dancing
seems to be a hit. His engagement
ir. indefinite.” On a Brunswick Re
cording list, were noted the fol
lowing recordings by Arnold Wiley
‘‘Dixie Drug Store Down on Mis
souri street” and other side. “You
had Better Not Go to 36th and
State no More.” “Windy City.” and
many others too numerous to men
tion. These recordings were all
original compositions by Mr.
FILM FANS TO SEE STARS
MAKE MOVIES AT S. F. FAIR
Hollywood, Calif., Sept. 29—
Hollywood Boulevard the “most
glamourous street in the world”
will be reproduced at the 1939 Gol
den Gate International Exposition
at San Francisco. Announcements
of signing of contracts for this
outstanding exhibit was made
jointly by Harris DeHaven Con
nick, Chief Director of the Cali
fornia World’s Fair, and Harry Joe
Brown, famous motion picture ex
ecutive-producer, who heads a
group of film executives sponsor
ing the exhibit.
Outstanding feature of Holly
wood Boulevard” will be “The Ma
king of a Motion Picture” where
for the first time, the public will
be shown how movies are made
from tho time a story is purchas
ed until the picture reaches the
screen. Casting, costuming, reher.
sal and actual production will be
“Hollywood Boulevard” said
Brown ‘‘will occupy 104,650 square
feet at the entrance to the Gay
way. There one will rub elbows
with celebrities of filmdom. The
atmosphere of the beautiful shops
that supply the motion picture in
dustry with their products and the
fine cafes of the real Hollywood
Boulevard will be duplicated for
millions of World’s Fair visitors.
“At the end of the street will
be an exact reproduction of a big
studio with its high walls and im
posirg entrances gates. Beyond
will be replicas of sets, typical lo
cation stages which will house
‘The Making of a Motion Pic
LOUIS ARMSTRONG SUED
FOR DIVORCE BY WIFE
Chicago, Sept. 29 (ANP)—Suit
for divorce was filed in superior
court Tuesday against Louis Arm
strong, the trumpet king, by his
orchestra directing wife, Mrs. Lil
lian H. Armstrong.
The wife, know nProfessionally
as Lil, said Louis deserted her in
1924. She lives in Chicago, is an
arranger, and has a recording band
for Decca Record Co.
Harlem Man Inven
tor of Automatic
New York, Oct. 1—William D.
Turner of 252 West 138th street is
the inventor of an automatic radio
; tuning device for which he has ap
1 plied for a patent and has already
begun negotiations with a large
radio manufacturing company for
The device operates much on the
same order as an alarm clock. By
its use it is possible to set the dial
hours in advance for a particular
program and have the machine
automatically go on and off. The
inventor told reporters that many
people miss programs they like be
cause they either forget the time
or their own timepiece is inaccu
Mr. Turner has been interested
in inventions for many years and
holds several patents, including
ore on an automatic railroad cros_
sing device and a reversible shirt
which was sold to a shirt manu
facturer in St. Louis.
His new invention is unlike any
of the present automatic tuning
devices no"’ on the market and he
expects little trouble in securing a
Powered by Open ONI