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Music Roll Label Errors
By Randolph Herr

I want to thank the people who wrote me to say that "Just A Memory"
is indeed a fox-trot and not a waltz.  While I am on the subject of its
authors, the songwriting team of De Sylva, Brown and Henderson, I want
to point out a hilarious mistake made on an original Duo-Art label.

Misprints are not all that common but when they happen they can be
memorable.  Probably the best example is the Duo-Art misprint on both
the roll label and roll leader of a roll called "Polonaise in A Flat
by Hofmann, played by Frederic Francois Chopin".

The one concerning De Sylva, Brown and Henderson is on a Duo-Art
roll, "Doll Dance", played by the wonderful Constance Mering.  The
piece is by a great composer with the unusual name of Nacio Herb Brown.
I have always assumed that Nacio is the nickname for Ignacio, a
Hispanic variation of Ignaz or Ignace, a name that seems more at home
prefixing the classical pianists Friedman or Paderewski.  Nevertheless,
Nacio Herb Brown was the composer who worked with lyricist Arthur Freed
to produce such hits as "Singin' In The Rain", "The Wedding Of The
Painted Doll", "Should I? (Reveal Exactly How I Feel)", "Paradise
Waltz", "Alone" (from A Night At The Opera) and many others.

In any case, when the guy in the Aeolian printing shop was printing
up the label and leader for "Doll Dance", he saw the composer was
Nacio Herb Brown.  He assumed this was another songwriting trio like
De Sylva, Brown and Henderson, and so he did them a favor by
"correcting" it to "Nacio, Herbert and Brown"!!

One other label misprint is not on a Duo-Art, but it is funny
nevertheless.  The label and leader are slightly different: one of
them reads "At The High Brown Babies Ball", while the other reads
"At The High Brow Babies Ball", so I am not sure if they are referring
to classy African-Americans or intellectuals!

Randolph Herr

(Message sent Thu 6 Feb 2003, 18:08:14 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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