Thursday, June 7, 2007

78s fRom HeLL: Doris Drew - Where's A Your House, circa 1951 (an 'answer' song)

Continuing from my previous post, taking a peek at 'all things Seville' ...

Seville/Bagdasarian and Saroyan's song, 'Come On-A My House' was a big enough hit upon its release to warrant many cover versions, several parodies and at least one or two follow-up 'answer' songs, and here's one scratchy example.

I haven't found much info on Doris Drew.

Looks like prior to recording a few singles on the Mercury label she'd been a vocalist on network radio.

Within a few years after this
recording, she was apparently
singing jazzier material, as evidenced by the Mode label LP cover pictured here.

Orchestra leader and Mercury musical director Nook Schreier soon after changed his name to David Carroll, and was involved in a great number of recordings throughout the 1950's.

Listen to: Doris Drew, with Nook Schreier's Orchestra - Where's A Your House (click for audio)

1 comment:

Maria Jette said...

Thanks a zillion for posting this... here's the weird path I took to get here:

I'm singing a little program tomorrow for a foundation that's providing housing for young people who've "aged out" of the foster care system, and otherwise are tossed into the street with directions to a shelter-- a game effort to help some youth who are pretty much screwed. Anyhow, I thought songs about "home" or "Houses" would be kind of a cool theme, and have quite a few (classical and Tin Pan Alley, plus musicals), but "home" seems to provoke nostalgia, and nostalgia means SLOW, or at least, mellow. Hard to find a good closer, in other words. My fellow musician husband was tossing out a few titles, including the Clooney vsn of "Come on a my house," which we looked up, and noted to be the work of those two famous Armenians! plus, the Wiki entry mentioned "Where's a your house?," which I immediately Googled, and voilà!

How great to be able to hear it, just like that.

I don't think it'll make it onto tomorrow's program, but who knows what the future may bring? Perhaps a program about hospitable Armenians...

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