1922: "An Angel's Voice I Hear"
Various Artists

Various Artists: 1922: "An Angel's Voice I Hear"

24 hits from 1922, the year that sales of radios to American homes skyrocketed. The music was also getting jazzier, witnessed by hits such as "Lovin' Sam" by Miss Patricola and the Virginians, "On the Alamo" by Isham Jones, and "Hot Lips" by Paul Whiteman with Henry Busse. Other hits are by Fanny Brice ("My Man" and "Second Hand Rose"), Jones and Hare, Henry Burr, Al Jolson, and Lucy Isabelle Marsh and Royal Dadmun. Features the last hit by Jones and Murray, and the song of the year, the insanely popular "Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean" in two different versions. Deluxe, full-color 24-page booklet features detailed notes on the songs, an historical essay, and rare graphics.  List price: $17.49


  • Catalogue number: ARCH 9007
  • UPC: 777215104136
  • Original release date: December 30, 2002
  • Running length: 75:11 / 24 tracks
  • Notes & packaging: Includes a 24-page full-color booklet
  • Tracks recorded: 1921-1922
  • Contains racially derogatory language
  • In Archeophone’s Phonographic Yearbook series
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1. Do It Again! Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra 1922
2. My Man (Mon Homme) Fanny Brice 1921
3. April Showers Al Jolson 1921
4. I Love Her-She Loves Me (I’m Her He-She’s My She) Eddie Cantor 1922
5. Ma Isham Jones Orchestra 1921
6. Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean Billy Jones and Ernest Hare 1922
7. The Sheik Club Royal Orchestra 1921
8. When Francis Dances with Me Ada Jones and Billy Murray 1921
9. Sweet Indiana Home Marion Harris with Isham Jones Orchestra 1922
10. Weep No More (My Mammy) Vernon Dalhart 1921
11. On the Alamo Isham Jones Orchestra 1922
12. Song of Love Lucy Isabelle Marsh and Royal Dadmun 1922
13. My Sunny Tennessee Peerless Quartet 1921
14. Angel Child Al Jolson 1922
15. Stumbling Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra 1922
16. Lovin’ Sam (The Sheik of Alabam’) Isabelle Patricola with The Virginians 1922
17. Second Hand Rose Fanny Brice 1921
18. In the Little Red School House Billy Jones and Ernest Hare 1922
19. My Buddy Henry Burr 1922
20. Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean–“Positively, Mr. Gallagher” Ed Gallagher and Al Shean 1922
21. Hot Lips (He’s Got Hot Lips When He Plays Jazz) Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra 1922
22. I’m Just Wild About Harry Vaughn De Leath 1922
23. Mandy ‘N’ Me American Quartet 1921
24. Three O’Clock in the Morning Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra 1922

Radio was the biggest story of 1922 in America, as hundreds of stations popped up all over the country. A new era of mass communication was born, connecting big city and rural town over hundreds of miles. At the same time, the Jazz Age was getting underway. The songs of 1922 hint at what was to come and look back with a bittersweet nostalgia at the past of popular music.

A look forward

Some of the biggest stars of the 1920s, on stage and radio, are heard on this CD. Fanny Brice, a Ziegfeld mainstay for a decade, reached new heights with her trademark double-sided smash, “Second-Hand Rose” and “My Man.” Vaughn De Leath, “the original radio girl,” scored a hit with the Blake and Sissle vehicle from Shuffle Along, “I’m Just Wild about Harry.” Meanwhile, Isabelle Patricola, accompanied by the very hot Ross Gorman-led Virginians, stands out with “Lovin’ Sam (The Sheik of Alabam’).” All things concerning “The Sheik” were the craze of 1922; Rudolph Valentino played the part in the hit film of the same name, the song “The Sheik (of Araby)” was a hit for the Club Royal Orchestra, and other songs, including Eddie Cantor’s “I Love Her–She Loves Me” allude to “the sheik.”

A look to the past

Like “Swanee” (from 1920), “My Sunny Tennessee” yearns for the yesterday of Southern skies and rolling hills, performed here by the Peerless Quartet, a recording industry staple of nearly two decades. Billy Jones and Ernest Hare, soon to be known on radio as The Happiness Boys, scored big with an early offering, the nostalgic “In the Little Red School House.” “When Francis Dances with Me” was a comeback hit surprise for the team of Jones and Murray, who had recorded together infrequently in the late 1910s. “Frances” would be Ada Jones’ last record with Billy for Victor, as she died while on tour in May 1922.

Dance bands take center stage

Paul Whiteman’s band continued its supremacy in national sales, as dance songs such as “Do It Again!” and “Stumbling” reigned supreme in 1922. Trumpeter Henry Busse steps out on “Hot Lips,” which he penned as a follow-up to his huge hit “The Wang-Wang Blues,” also for Whiteman. “Three O’Clock in the Morning”–a waltz, unusual for Whiteman–would be one of the biggest hits of the entire acoustic era. Isham Jones showed why his outfit was the biggest Chicago band on his first self-composed hit, “On the Alamo.”

Stage stars translate hit shows into hit records

The *phenom* of 1922 was “Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean,” featured in Ziegfeld’s Follies of 1922 and performed in hit recordings by a number of artists, including two very different versions included here. One is by the originators, Ed Gallagher and Al Shean, and the second is by Jones and Hare, who recorded it for both Brunswick and Okeh. As in previous years, Al Jolson continued his unbroken streak of popularity with the smash hit “April Showers,” from Bombo, and “Angel Child.”

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