The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings, Volume 3
Various Artists

Various Artists: The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings, Volume 3

Volume 3 of The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings picks up where Volume 2 left off and features 51 tracks including the Durium 5 minute records and a number of rare advertising records. The package includes a 24-page booklet with complete discographical information, an essay about the Durium Corporation and notes on the recordings. List price: $31.99


  • Catalogue number: ARCH 3004
  • UPC: 778632901025
  • Original release date: October 24, 2007
  • Running length: 135:57 / 51 tracks / 2 CD set
  • Notes & packaging: Includes a 24-page booklet
  • Tracks recorded: 1931
  • Volume 3 of The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings
  • In Archeophone’s Labels & Innovations series
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Tracklist: CD 1
1. Pardon Me Pretty Baby Sam Lanin’s Orchestra 1931
2. Just One More Chance Hit of the Week Orchestra 1931
3. Banks Of The Wabash [ad for College Humor Magazine] College Humor Trio 1931
4. I’m Keepin’ Company Hit of the Week Orchestra 1931
5. Come To Me Scrappy Lambert’s Collegians 1931
6. The Great American Value for 1932 [Ad for Chevrolet] Unknown 1931
7. I Found A Million Dollar Baby Don Voorhees’ Orchestra 1931
8. Many Happy Returns Of The Day Maxwell House Orchestra 1931
9. Marguerite [ad for Enna Jettick Shoes] The Enna Jettick Songbird 1931
10. Little Girl Freddie Rich’s Radio Orchestra 1931
11. It’s The Girl Freddie Rich’s Radio Orchestra 1931
12. Working On The Railroad Men About Town Trio 1931
13. Me Sam Lanin’s Orchestra 1931
14. College Medley With Princeton Cannon Song And “Down The Field” (Yale) Sam Lanin’s Orchestra 1931
15. Love Letters In The Sand Sam Lanin’s Orchestra 1931
16. College Medley With Illinois Loyalty And Michigan Victory Sam Lanin’s Orchestra 1931
17. Important News From Westinghouse Unknown 1931
18. I Apologize Phil Spitalny’s Orchestra 1931
19. Fight For California Phil Spitalny’s Orchestra 1931
20. Sweet And Lovely Phil Spitalny’s Orchestra 1931
21. Notre Dame Victory March Phil Spitalny’s Orchestra 1931
22. Notre Dame Victory March [ad for Red Book Magazine] Red Book Magazine Orchestra 1931
23. Ballyhoo Theme Song “Cheer Up” [vocal] Eddie Cantor with Phil Spitalny’s Music 1931
24. Ballyhoo Theme Song “Cheer Up” Eddie Cantor with Phil Spitalny’s Music 1931


Tracklist: CD 2
1. I’m Just A Dancing Sweetheart Freddie Rich’s Radio Orchestra 1931
2. As The Backs Go Tearing By [Dartmouth] Freddie Rich’s Radio Orchestra 1931
3. Guilty Phil Spitalny’s Music 1931
4. She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain Phil Spitalny’s Music 1931
5. The Len-A-Dor Hit of 1932 [Ad for Leonard Refrigerators] Unknown 1931
6. Now That You’re Gone Gene Austin and Hit of the Week Orchestra 1931
7. La Paloma Hit of the Week Orchestra 1931
8. Shine On Harvest Moon Phil Spitalny’s Music 1931
9. Oh Susanna Phil Spitalny’s Music 1931
10. A Friend Of Yours Has Asked Guy Lombardo…To Send You This Message [ad for the Roosevelt Grill] Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians 1931
11. Good Night Sweetheart Phil Spitalny’s Music 1931
12. In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree Phil Spitalny’s Music 1931
13. You Call It Madness Freddie Rich’s Radio Orchestra 1931
14. Auld Lang Syne Freddie Rich’s Radio Orchestra 1931
15. To All Parents: An Important Message [Ad for Junior Home Magazine] Phil Spitalny’s Music 1931
16. Christmas Suggestion [Ad for Junior Home Magazine] Phil Spitalny’s Music 1931
17. Call Me Darling Freddie Rich’s Radio Orchestra 1931
18. Comin’ Thro The Rye Freddie Rich’s Radio Orchestra 1931
19. Time On My Hands Phil Spitalny’s Music 1931
20. Jingle Bells Phil Spitalny’s Music 1931
21. Jingle Bells [4″ version] Phil Spitalny’s Music 1931
22. Silent Night Phil Spitalny’s Music 1931
23. A Faded Summer Love Rudy Vallee with his Connecticut Yankees 1931
24. You Try Somebody Else Rudy Vallee with his Connecticut Yankees 1931
25. Which Do You Prefer? [ad for Rudy Vallee Orchestras] Rudy Vallee and Orchestra 1931
26. River, Stay ‘Way From My Door Erno Rapee’s Orchestra 1931
27. Some Of These Days Erno Rapee’s Orchestra 1931

Just released: the third two-CD volume in an eventual four-volume series collecting the complete weekly output of the Hit of the Week franchise, along with rare test and promotional records from the parent Durium Corporation. Hit of the Week records, made with the patented Durium formula on top of a cardboard surface, were the cheapest and best-selling records at the outset of the Great Depression. This third collection picks up where Volume 2 left off and includes lots of advertising records as well as the 5-minute Duriums.

Five Minutes of Continuous Quality Music

On August 13, 1931, the Durium company released the first regular-series 5-minute Hit of the Week issue, “Pardon Me Pretty Baby,” by Sam Lanin’s Orchestra. The arrangers hadn’t quite figured out how cleverly to stretch standard 3-minute dance numbers into the longer format, so the first several “microgroove” records, like “Just One More Chance,” will simply repeat a chorus or import a strain from another song, as on “I’m Keepin’ Company,” which borrows (seemingly randomly) from “Strolling Through the Park One Day.” Durium realized it would quickly need to find a better way to give a value to its customers.

Fight Songs and Golden Oldies

The answer was found by October 8, 1931, when Irving Berlin’s “Me” was presented with a standard arrangement (of about three and a half minutes) and was augmented by Lanin’s band playing the fight songs of Princeton and Yale to finish out the five minutes of recording time. This padding of new releases with public-domain songs meant Durium could keep costs low as it tried to keep its financial head above water. The idea caught on, and new versions by Phil Spitalny’s band of “Shine on Harvest Moon” and “Oh Susanna” (sung by Helen Rowland) and “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain” (singing by the Eton Boys) were used to fill out the repertoire. Durium continued to draw upon a number of university fight songs to conclude their records, including Notre Dame’s Victory March and a medley of Illinois Loyalty and Michigan victory. These medleys between teams with rivalries ensured sales to both sets of fans.

Rare Advertising Records

Ever wonder how companies pitched their products during the Great Depression? Volume 3 includes a number of advertising records and lets you hear for yourself. These special records promote a wide range of companies and products, including Redbook, Chevrolet, Westinghouse, Leonard Refrigerators, and Enna Jettick Shoes. Listen as Junior Home magazine promotes its character building qualities and suggests that the magazine would make a fine Christmas present. Again, mostly public-domain songs, such as “Banks of the Wabash” and “Silent Night,” accompany the ads so that Durium would not need to pay royalties. Some of these ad records are among the rarest of all Durium/Hit of the Week releases.

Hot Personalities

The hottest records on Volume 3 are by Freddie Rich’s Radio Orchestra, “Little Girl” and “It’s the Girl,” with personnel including Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Bunny Berigan, and Tommy Dorsey. Also found here, performing his only Hit of the Week, “Now That You’re Gone,” is Gene Austin (with the Hit of the Week Orchestra). And on December 24, 1931, even as sales were lagging, Durium announced that Rudy Vallee, whose face adorned the flip-side of his two (simultaneously released) issues, “A Faded Summer Love” and “You Try Somebody Else,” was to be a new Hit of the Week big gun. Eddie Cantor also makes an appearance, providing a vocal refrain on the timely and surprisingly bitter “Cheer Up”–the record that most dramatically takes on economic issues of the day.

A Great Package

With top-notch production and a 24-page booklet featuring rare graphics, a history of the Durium Corporation by Hit of the Week expert and discographer Hans Koert, and notes on the songs by co-producer and sound engineer Doug Benson, Volume 3 offers the quality and value you’ve come to expect from the Complete Hit of the Week series.

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