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T.R.T. Caliola Rolls Played at Glen Echo Park
By Matthew Caulfield

Carl Zwanzig (Carl the Twentieth?) asked for the titles on Wurlitzer/
T.R.T. Caliola rolls 6115, 6122, 6121, 6052, and 6221, which used to be
played on the Glen Echo Park Wurlitzer 165 back in the post World War
Two days when it was playing Caliola rolls.

The Glen Echo 165 was one of many organs converted by Wurlitzer to play
its then more-readily-available Caliola/APP rolls, after style 165
rolls became hard to find.  Fortunately, by the time Durward Center took
the organ -- which was then wheezing along playing hardly recognizable
music -- to his Baltimore shop for restoration in 1978, Play-Rite
recuts of 165 rolls were plentiful.  So Durward re-converted the organ
back to playing its proper 165 roll.  Today the organ sounds magnificent
and looks as great as its sounds, due to Rosa Ragan's restoration of
the facade.  Durward kept the old Caliola rolls, since they were no
longer of any use to the organ.

I have an old cassette of the Glen Echo organ playing Caliola rolls,
so I know first hand how pitiful it sounded in the 1970's.

Here are the Caliola roll titles asked for:

Roll No. 6502 -- Skating Roll
 1. My Wild Irish Rose -- Waltz
 2. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
 3. The Sidewalks Of New York -- Waltz
 4. When You And I Were Young, Maggie
 5. Sweet Rosie O'Grady -- Waltz
 6. After The Ball -- Waltz
 7. Little Annie Rooney -- Waltz
 8. Over The Waves -- Waltz

Roll No. 6115 -- March Roll
 1. Herald Of Peace
 2. U.S.S. New York
 3. Under The Block
    [this title is suspect to me; "Under The Double Eagle"??]
 4. The Cavalier
 5. Royal Trumpeters March
 6. American Crusaders

Roll No. 6121
 1. Alexander's Ragtime Band -- FT
 2. In The Good Old Summer Time -- Waltz
 3. Meet Me In St. Louis -- FT
 4. When You And I Were Sweet Sixteen
 5. Shine On Harvest Moon -- FT
 6. By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

Roll No. 6122
 1. Make Believe -- FT
 2. Old Man River -- FT
 3. Dance Away The Light [i.e. "Dance Away The Night" ??] -- Waltz
 4. Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay -- FT
 5. Take Me Out To The Ball Game -- Waltz
 6. I Might Fall Back To You -- Polka

Roll No. 6221
 (No listing for this number.  Probably not a good number -- too high.)

All these data came from Doyle Lane's published list of Wurlitzer
masters (with occasional correction of titles by me) which he bought
from the estate of Ralph Tussing and was once ready to make rolls from.
The masters are now in the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, North
Tonawanda, N.Y.

I will have to dig out my cassette of the Glen Echo Caliola rolls to
see what other rolls, if any, there are playing there.  I do remember
they had this roll:

Roll No. 6109
 1. Room Full Of Roses -- FT
 2. Cruising Down The River -- Waltz
 3. The Last Round Up -- FT
 4. Oh What A Beautiful Morning -- FT
 5. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
 6. The Old Grey Mare (The Whiffle Tree Song) -- FT

and I think this one:

Roll No. 6111
 1. It's A Lovely Day -- FT
 2. Goodnight, Irene -- Waltz
 3. A Bushel And A Peck -- FT
 4. Victory Song -- March
 5. I Want A Hug -- Waltz
 6. American Beauty March -- March

Matthew Caulfield (Irondequoit, N.Y.)

 [ See photos of the restored Wurlitzer 165 band organ at
 [ Glen Echo Park, Maryland, at the MMD Pictures site,
 [  -- Robbie

(Message sent Fri 27 Dec 2002, 16:43:32 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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