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Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians

Director: Fred Waring

 Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians

Mixed Choral Chorus from University Park, PA, United States.

One of the enduring images of the 1920s is of the college boy in a raccoon coat, out for some jazz kicks with a hip flask and a flapper on his arm. Waring's Pennsylvanians popularized this type of image through their music, stage shows, and film appearances. The band was formed in 1918 at Pennsylvania State University by the brothers Fred and Tom Waring, and their friends Freddy Buck and Poley McClintock.

They first billed themselves as the Waring-McClintock Snap Orchestra and then became Waring's Banjo Orchestra before adopting the name of Waring's Pennsylvanians in 1922. In 1923 they had a big hit with the record Sleep and the song continued to be the band's theme song for many years to come.

The Pennsylvanians were very popular at colleges and often played fraternity parties, proms, and local dances early in their career and then graduated to playing at movie theatres and vaudeville houses across the United States becoming one of the sought after acts in show business. In 1925 Waring's Pennsylvanians had a huge hit with Collegiate and it remains their best-known song. The tune is a wonderful little time capsule of college life in the 1920s. By the end of the 1920s they were one of the most popular musical acts in the country and they starred in an early sound film called "Syncopation" in 1929.

In the 1930s they were one of the hottest acts on radio hosting shows sponsored by Old Gold, Ford, Chesterfield and General Electric and if that were not enough Fred Waring developed and marketed the kitchen appliance the Waring Blender.

The Pennsylvanians stopped making records in 1932 because they thought that they were competing against their radio show and would not do so again until 1942. The act continued to be popular well into the 1950s and were pioneers in broadcast televison. In 1949 the Pennsylvanians had their own weekly television show sponsored by General Electric. As the years went by the band's music changed and they became more of a choral group than a Jazz group, but Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians remained active and quite popular up until Waring's death in 1984.


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Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : The Hits Collection : 1 CD :  : 824046333423 : ACBT3334.2

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : The Hits Collection

Review: Becoming famous during the 1940s and '50s for his radio and TV shows which brought him the accolade of being "The Man Who Taught America How to Sing". Fred Waring was a remarkable and high-profile personality in American popular music over many decades, becoming famous during the 1940s and '50s for his radio and TV shows which brought him the accolade of being The Man Who Taught America How to Sing. However, he began his career as a trombonist and bandleader performing hot dance music in the early 20s, and with his brother Thomas formed Waring's Pennsylvanians, whose recordings for Victor over the ensuing decade into the 1930s became hugely popular in the era often called The Roaring Twenties, before Waring's band abruptly stopped recording in 1932. Although there were no record sales charts in those days, there were sheet music and other listings, which have been analysed by researchers to produce chart listings for records. This great-value 46-track 2-CD set consists entirely of recordings by Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians which feature in Top 15 positions in those chart analyses, and it comprises most of their listed hits. It includes early recordings of some of the songs from the era which became classics over the years, and features the No. 1s Sleep, Memory Lane, Laugh, Clown, Laugh!, Little White Lies and I Found a Million Dollar Baby. It's a hugely evocative musical snapshot of a remarkable era in popular music as it became a mass market phenomenon.

Songlist: Sleep, Stack O' Lee Blues, Memory Lane, Down Home Blues, Maytime, June Night, At the End of the Road, Collegiate, Freshie, I Love My Baby, Thanks for the Buggy Ride, Cherie, I Love You, Looking at the World Thro' Rose-Coloured Glasses, The Little White House (At the End of Honeymoon Lane), It Made Me Happy When You Made You Made Me Cry, I Love the College Girls, Where Do You Work-A John, Hello, Swanee, Hello, Just Another Day Wasted (Waiting for You), The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream, Was It a Dream!, Laugh, Clown, Laugh!, I Can't Do Without You, Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life, Roses of Yesterday, I'm Sorry, Sally, The Song I Love, Button Up Your Overcoat, My Lucky Star, and more

4042c | 1 CD | $15.95

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : I Hear Music : 1 CD :  : ROYCD292

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : I Hear Music

Review: This release is a "twofer" by having two classic Fred Waring stereo albums on one CD. "In Hi-Fi" (1957) and "All Through the Night" (1958) were both big sellers when there were first released and these recording clearly demonstrate why The Pennsylvanians were so popular. Lots of warm memories here!

Songlist: I Hear Music, Dry Bones, In the Still of the Night, Ol' Man River, Hit the Road to Dreamland, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Cigarette, Sweet Music and You, The Whiffenpoof Song, Hora Staccato, Lolly Too Dum Dey, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, You'll Never Walk Alone, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Sleep, Autumn Leaves, If I Had My Way, The Inch Worm, Dear Hearts and Gentle People, Anywhere I Wander, Tennessee Waltz, Greensleeves, Funiculi Funicula, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, The Unconstant Lover, Comin' Thro' the Rye, All Through the Night

43132 | 1 CD | $9.95

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : To You Forever / In Concert

Review: From the cherished Christmas carol, the sincere warmth of the spiritual, the cheer of the drinking song, to the tenderness of the love song, Fred Waring was the delineator, the innovator, the voice and interpreter of the language of 1960s youth in song. This all-accompanied, 2 CD, 2-lp compilation, originally released on Reprise in 1964, tours the world's greatest popular love songs. Composers and authors of course include Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, the Gershwins, Hammerstein and Jerome Kern, and we have the contrast of the studio-recorded lp, "To You Forever," and the live "In Concert" lp. The 11 songs on "Forever," smooth and sweet as you please: "You Do Something to Me," "Embraceable You," "All of You" and "All the Things You Are"-are listed in the dictionary under "Romantic." "In Concert" features an intro to the audience by Fred, and is a lively collection, from folk tunes like "Mr. Frog A Courtin'" and "On Top Of Old Smokey," spirituals like "Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and show tunes like "Hello, Dolly" to movie tunes like "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialadocious" from "Mary Poppins." This is entertainment!

Songlist: The Very Thought of You (Noble), (You'd Be So) Easy to Love, You Do Something To Me, The Nearness of You, You and the Night and the Music (Schwartz, Dietz), Embraceable You (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin), You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to (Cole Porter), You're Driving Me Crazy (Donaldson), There Will Never Be Another You (Warren, Gordon), All Of You, All The Things You Are (Kern, Hammerstein II), I Hear Music and Sleep, Sleep, Sleep (Waring, Doph/Waring, Geibel), Mr. Frog A Courtin' He Did Ride (Traditional), Hello Mudduh, Hello Faddah (Bush, Sherman), The Swingin' Shepherd Blues (Koffman, Roberts, Jacobson), Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho, On Top of Old Smokey (Traditional), 12th Street Rag (Bauman), Sweet Sue - Just You (Harris, Young), Vilia (Lehor), Cecilia (Dreyer, Ruby), Nola (Amdt, Skylar), Hello, Dolly!, Dance of the Hours (Ponchielli), Nutcracker Suite Overture and Anitra's Dance and Fugue in C Minor and Our, Love (Tchaikovsky), Jada a la Dixieland (Carleton), Jada (Carleton), Ritual Fire Dance (Defalla), Chim Chim Cher-ee (Sherman, Sherman), and more

4573c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Mixed Vintage CDs

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : We All Scream For Ice Cream : 1 CD : Fred Waring :  : 2592

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : We All Scream For Ice Cream

Review: It's hard to imagine having a career in music more sheer fun than Fred Waring's. Starting a banjo orchestra with his brother and friends while a student at Penn State University, the band did so well he had to choose between that and architecture, and chose music. By 1922 the 9-member band toured locally, growing to 11 members on their tour through Canada, playing snappy, fast-paced numbers. Success in the Detroit-Chicago area led to a Victor recording contract and "Sleep," their first smash hit. Movies (Harold Lloyd's "The Freshman," RKO's "Syncopation," the Broadway musical "Hello, Yourself," and Fred and the Pennsylvanians were a top box office draw on a level with Paul Whiteman's orchestra. Fred's own 1930 musical comedy "Rah Rah Daze" became a smash on Broadway called "The New Yorkers." Millions tuned into his regular radio programs with the band and Waring's "Glee Club," from 1933 through the war years, finally ending in 1957. During this time he had a regular TV slot from 1947 to 1954 and a daytime show in 1957. Concert tours continued through the 1970s, finally playing at Reagan's inaugural in 1981. Finding time to invent the famous Waring blender, Waring died at Penn State, where it had all begun, in 1984. Included here are 24 upbeat, funny, fun tunes, all orchestrally accompanied, songs like "Collegiate," "Does My Sweetie Do-And How!," the title tune, "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy," H'lo Baby," "Red Hot Chicago," "Dancing in The Dark," Irving Berlin's "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee" and "I Say It's Spinach," "Fit as a Fiddle" and ending with their first hit, "Sleep." This is great stuff from a more innocent time, and plenty of it. Highly recommended.

Songlist: Collegiate, Does My Sweetie Do - And How!, I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream, Who's Blue Now?, Collegiana, Navy Blues, Let Me Sing and I'm Happy, H'lo Baby, Good for You, Bad for Me, Red Hot Chicago, So Beats My Heart for You, Little White Lies, Love for Sale, Sing A Little Jingle, Dancing in the Dark, Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee, I Say It's Spinach, How'm I Doin'?, Rhymes, A Picnic for Two, You'll Get By, Fit As A Fiddle, Young and Healthy, Sleep

4521c | 1 CD | $14.98 | Accompanied Mixed Choirs CDs

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : Nutcracker Suite : 1 CD : Fred Waring : 

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : Nutcracker Suite

Review: Tchaikovsky's beloved Nutcracker Suite is given a twist as performed by Fred Waring and the Pennslyvanians. Conceived by arranger Harry Simeone he combines the charming lyrics written by Jay Johnson, Frank Cunkle, Daisy Bernier and Fred Waring. The arrangement was debuted on October 27, 1947 on Waring's radio program for General Electric and recorded for Decca Records later that year. It has been delighting audiences ever since. The performance heard here was originally broadcast August 19, 1948.

Songlist: The Overture, Dance of the Sugar Plums, Trepak, Dance of the Toy Flutes, Waltz of the Flowers

4576c | 1 CD | $9.98 | Some a cappella Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : The Broadway Years : 1 CD : Fred Waring :  : 129

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : The Broadway Years

Review: Volume 2 of the Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians legend compendium features cuts from early 1929, the last months of the Flapper Era, through 1932, the first years of the Depression, but the time of some of Waring's greatest fame and success. The very soul of optimism, fun and silliness, the group was a hit performing in movie theatres, on the radio, on records and ultimately in the movies themselves later in the 30s. "Broadway Years" features 24 (all accompanied) digitally restored and remastered songs from the Pennsylvanians in their prime: "Button Up Your Overcoat," "Alma Mammy," "I Want To Be Happy," "Tea For Two," "Let Me Sing And I'm Happy," "Elizabeth," "Sing A Little Jingle," "Dancing In The Dark," "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee," "I Say It's Spinach (And To Hell With It!)" and "Well! Well! Well! Beautifully produced, funny, hip, smooth, always with a catchy "hook" to sing along with-this is top-40 pop before there was such a thing. This series is fascinating on many levels and a joy to listen to!

Songlist: Button Up Your Overcoat, Then You've Never Been Blue, Navy Blues, Alma Mammy, With You, Crying for the Carolines, We want to Be Happy, Tea For Two, Let Me Sing and I'm Happy, Thank Your Father, Love for Sale, Where Have You Been?, Elizabeth, Oh Donna Clara!, Sing A Little Jingle, Dancing in the Dark, Let's Have Another Cup O' Coffee, I Say It's Spinach, On A Room in Manhattan, How'm I Doin'?, Rhymes, Old Yazoo, The Old Man of the Mountain, Well! Well! Well!

4552c | 1 CD | $14.95 | Accompanied Mixed Choirs CDs

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : The Collegiate Years : 1 CD : Fred Waring :  : tom 126

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : The Collegiate Years

Review: In the early 1920s Fred Waring was a student at Penn State, where he formed Waring's Pennsylvanians (which featured a trademark glee club) who entered radio on pioneer station WWJ in Detroit. This generous, fascinating compendium of 24 (all accompanied) songs is from 1925 to 1928, a boom time of heady first success for the Pennsylvanians. Fred's amazing career as a bandleader stretched from the 1920s to the 1970s, enjoying his greatest success in the 1930s, appearing in many movies. These songs have the "jazz age" manic optimism that fit so well in the backgrounds of early cartoons. This is feel-good, funny, tongue-in-cheek dance music with titles like "Keep Sweeping The Cobwebs Off The Moon," "Don't Sing Aloha When I Go," "Syncopation Sal," "How About Me?," "What Do You Say?" and "Any Ice Today, Lady?" (with a bit that sounds like Popeye singing to Olive). It's not possible to be in a bad mood while listening to a Fred do the vocals on a truly silly song like "Bolshevik." Great stuff, digitally restored and remastered!

Songlist: Collegiate, Syncopation Sal, Mighty Blue, Freshie, I Love My Baby, Collegiate Blues, Any Ice Today, Lady?, Bolshevik, Don't Sing Aloha When I Go, I Love the College Girls, My Regular Girl, Hello, Swannee, Helllo, Wob-A-Ly Walk, ICE CREAM, Keep Sweeping the Cobwebs Off the Moon, If I Can't Have You, The Yale Blues, Who's Blue Now?, What Do You Say?, Lila, Farewell Blues, Hello! Montreal, How About Me?, Glorianna

4551c | 1 CD | $14.95 | Accompanied Mixed Choirs CDs

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Review: For many years Waring and his Pennsylvanians entertained America with radio and tv broadcasts, as well as stage shows and a multitude of recordings. Culled from the Waring archives, the spontaneity and energy of these live recordings comes through from the first cut. Featured are famous Pennsylvanian soloists and the incomparable Waring Glee Club on these 21 wonderful (all big band accompanied) songs of Christmas. We can't really pick favorites here. The jazzy "Jingle Bells" perhaps, or the Teen Trio's solo on "Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer" that segues into manic sound-effect silliness." Certainly the "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow Medley," Frank Davis' soulful solo on "One for the Little Bitty Baby," and Jack Best and Gordon Goodman on "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Oh, and we have to include Jane Wilson's solos on "Away In A Manger" and "Cantique De Noel" (Oh Holy Night). The bottom line is, this is great, classic entertainment by, in our opinion, the premier choral organization of all time. Christmas music just doesn't get any better than this!

Songlist: Opening: I Hear Music, Jingle Bells, Christmas Was Meant For Children, Santa Claus is Comin' To Town, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, One For The Little Bitty Baby, Medley (Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, The Sleigh, Winter Wonderland), White Christmas, The Christmas Song, 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, Medley (Adeste Fidelis, The First Noel, Carol Of The Bells), Beautiful Savior, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Rise Up Shepard And Foller, Oh Gathering Clouds, Behold That Star, Medley Of English Carols (Suzzani, Coventry Carol, Gloucestershire Wassail), Away In A Manger, Cantique De Noel (Oh Holy Night), Silent Night/Come Unto Him, Closing Sleep

7883c | 1 CD | $15.95 | Some a cappella Mixed Choir Christmas CDs

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : Sentimental Journey : 1 CD : Fred Waring : 

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Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : Sentimental Journey

Review: Called "the man who taught America how to sing" Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians were a fixture on radio in the '40's and '50's and these 23 songs were recorded in 1949 and 1950 when at the height of their popularity. The group, including the instrumentalists, was over 50 members strong and sing beautifully some of the classic songs from the era. The arrangements were from some of the top choral arrangers in the country such as Roy Ringwold and Harry Simeone. A great trip down memory lane.

Songlist: I Hear Music, I Feel A Song Comin' On, Sentimental Journey, Here I'll Stay, Country Style, Someone to Watch Over Me, I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Japanese Sandman, Moonlight and Roses, Runnin' Wild, April Showers, The Continental, Somebody Loves Me, Ballynure Ballad, Temptation, Ain't Misbehavin, It's Only A Paper Moon, I Only Have Eyes for You, Riders in the Sky, Hit the Road to Dreamland, Roumanian Rhapsody, What Makes the Sunset, Sleep

4444c | 1 CD | $14.98 | Accompanied Mixed Vintage CDs

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : Songs Of Freedom : 1 CD : Fred Waring : 

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : Songs Of Freedom

Review: Songs of patriotism and inspiration were always part of Fred Waring's broadcasts and stage shows. By popular request, Songs of Freedom was compiled from recordings in their collection. Selections include John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever," "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor" from Miss Liberty by Irving Berlin and "Battle Hymn Republic," which was made popular by Roy Ringwald's arrangement and won a gold record. Also included is Fred Waring's "love song for America," "My America." Waring wrote the song for his bicentennial shows in 1975.

Songlist: Pledge of Allegiance, Stars and Stripes Forever, America, The Beautiful, God Bless America, This Is My Country, No Man Is An Island, America, Where Are You?, America Our Heritage, You're A Grand Old Flag, Stars of Glory, Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, My America, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Star Spangled Banner

4574c | 1 CD | $14.98 | Some a cappella Patriotic A Cappella Music

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : Fred Waring Christmas Songbook : Songbook : Fred Waring :  : 747510029229 : 35007296

Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : Fred Waring Christmas Songbook

Review: This excellent Christmas carol collection supplements Hawley Ades' best-selling general collection, the Fred Waring Songbook. Hawley Ades, long regarded as one of America's most skillful arrangers of music for singing, has been associated with the Fred Waring organization since 1937. This long and fruitful relationship is reflected in the imaginative treatment of the music in this book and in the many other published settings by Mr. Ades. Over 30 a cappella carols for either SATB, SSA and TTBB.

Songlist: Angels From The Realms Of Glory, As Lately We Watched, Bring A Torch, Jeannette Isabella, Christ Was Born On Christmas Day, The First Noel, Friendly Beasts, Fum, Fum, Fum, Glad Christmas Bells, Go, Tell it on the Mountain, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Good Christian Men Rejoice, Good King Wenceslas, Here We Come A-Caroling, Holly And The Ivy, I heard The Bells on Christmas Day, I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In, Joy To The World, Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child, March Of The Kings, Masters In This Hall, O Christmas Tree, O Come Little Children, O Come, O Come, Little emmanuel, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Pat-a-Pan, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Shepards Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep, Sing We Now Of Christmas, Snow Lay On The Ground, and more

9109b | Songbook | $5.95 | SATB Choral Christmas Arrangements

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