Various Artists: Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?

subtitled: Songs of The Depression

Brother, Can You Spare A Dime

Track list:

01. Happy Days Are Here Again -Leo Reisman And His Orchestra
02. I’m In The Market For You -George Olsen And His Orchestra
03. Ten Cents A Dance -The High Hatters
04. Cheer Up! Good Times Are Comin’ -Phil Spitalny’s Music
05. Cheer Up! Smile! Nertz! (Ballyhoo) -Eddie Cantor With Phil Spitalny’s Music
06. I’m An Unemployed Sweetheart -Ted Wallace And His Campus Boys
07. Cigaregges, Cigars -Florence Desmond
08. (We’ve Got To) Put That Sun Back In That Sky -Roane’s Pennsylvanians
09. Let’s Have Another Cup Of Coffee -Waring’s Pennsylvanians
10. Riddle Me This -Abe Lyman And His Orchestra
11. The Clouds Will Soon Roll By -Leo Reisman And His Orchestra
12. Brother Can You Spare A Dime? -Charlie Palloy And His Orchetra
13. There’s A New Day Comin’ -Sam Ross Silvertown Orchestra
14. If I Ever Get A Job Again -Dick Robertson
15. Remember My Forgotten Man -Hal Kemp And His Orchestra
16. When The Morning Rolls Around -Henry Hall And The BBC Dance Orchestra
17. Are You Making Any Money? -Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra
18. I Gotta Get Up And Go To Work -Irving Aaronson And His Commanders
19. The Gold Digger’s Song (We’re In The Money) -Benny Morton And His Orchestra
20. Repeal The Blues -Ray Noble And The New Myfair Orchestra
21. We’re Out Of The Red -Dave Harman And His Orchestra
22. Gotta Go To Work Again -The California Ramblers
23. Dusty Road -Nelson Eddy
24. As Long As You’ve Got Your Health -Ray Noble And His Orchestra

This Compilation:
Released: 1992
Label: Jass Records

Liner Notes: David J. Weiner, Howard Melton


This interesting LP has 16 selections (programmed in chronological order from 1930-34) whose subject matter has to do with the Depression.

Most of the groups are (with a couple of exceptions) obscure and dance band-oriented, giving listeners a good idea as to what the “pop scene” was like before swing caught on.

There are rare performances by George Olsen, Phil Spitalny, Ted Wallace’s Campus Boys, Roanne’s Pennsylvanians, Fred Waring, Leo Reisman, Charlie Palloy (“Brother Can You Spare a Dime?”), Sam Ross’s Silvertown Orchestra, Dick Robertson, Ramona (with a brief spot for trumpeter Bunny Berigan), Paul Whiteman, Hal Kemp, Irving Aaronson, Benny Morton (an all-star group with trumpeter Red Allen), Dave Harman and The California Ramblers.
~ Scott Yanow[]