Mechanical Music Digest  Archives
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info

End-of-Summer Fundraising Drive In Progress. Please visit out home page to see this and other announcements:     Thank you. --Jody

MMD > Archives > November 2010 > 2010.11.08 > 08Prev  Next

Versions Of "Ching Chong"
By Richard Groman

Not to beat a dead horse, but John Tuttle and I have been e-mailing
each other back and forth about piano roll QRS 186 "Ching Chong".
I cut a run of word rolls for him recently from my original copy.
When he played the version I had he noticed it was different from the
original roll he had!

John's copy of QRS 186, one he had re-cut several years ago, features
a piano introduction 'a la orientale' followed by verse #1 and a single
chorus, a piano interlude is next, then verse #2 followed by one last

My copy, and also the copy Robert Perry posted on his web site,
features the introduction, Verse #1 with two choruses, a piano
interlude, then verse #2 ending again with two choruses!  It seemed
two extra choruses were added to the roll.

My speculation is that the song (and roll) was turning out to be
a bigger hit than anticipated, and since composer Lee S. Roberts was
also involved in the management of QRS the decision was made to alter
the first issue of the roll with "more music for your dollar", thereby
getting more sales which in turn would create more royalty payments for
Ching Chong's composers -- 1917 business practices at their finest!

Any other thoughts?

Richard Groman - Keystone Music Roll Co.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania [delete ".geentroep" to reply] 

(Message sent Mon 8 Nov 2010, 13:08:48 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Ching, Chong, Versions

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   

Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google

CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2019 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

Translate This Page

. .