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Paul Torin's Wurlitzer 164
By Matthew Caulfield

Lee,  With the help of my Canadian friend George Karpel, who knows
those Wurlitzer tunes that I don't, we cracked the mystery of the Torin
tune, "The Natchez And The Robert E. Lee," which I had hoped would lead
to another undiscovered style 165 roll, because my 165 roll catalog
does not show that title among known rolls.

It appears that either Paul or Columbia, which made the record of his
Wurlitzer 164 organ "The General" (now owned by Bob Brennan, of Colt's
Neck, N.J.) which they issued under the title "Sidewalks of New York,"
mis-identified the tune.  It is actually the third tune from roll 6538,
"So This Dixie."

The other two unidentified tunes on side one of the Torin record are
also from the same roll, the second one being "It's A Bird."  Why they
ever included that tune on the record is a mystery to me.  But no
accounting for taste.

The first tune on side 2, which the record titles "On The Swan-nee," is
also mis-identified.  I recognize it but can't at this moment tell you
the correct title, except to say that is is NOT "On The Swan-nee."

Matthew Caulfield

P.S.  To put this in context for MMD, there was discussion of Paul
Torin's organ on MMD, and Lee Roan offered to supply cassette copies
of his LP record of the organ to MMD'ers [Digest 980503].  I was
interested because I though from the tune titles that Paul had an
undiscovered roll in his collection, but sadly this turned out not to
be the case, when I heard the actual tunes.

(Message sent Sun 19 Jul 1998, 17:38:52 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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