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courtesy Mark Forer and Lee Roan (990524 MMDigest)
Mark Forer visited me with a load of nickelodeon "A" and "G" rolls to be transcribed to MIDI files. One of his "A" rolls has no leader or title, thus none of the tune names are known. We were able to figure out two of the tunes, but Mark would really like to find the names for the rest. It's a pretty good roll. Mark was wondering if any of the MMD readers can identify the unknown tunes and the roll number.
reply by Frank Himpsl (990525 MMDigest)
I've checked and believe to have found the identity of the unknown A-roll which Mark Forer described in 990524 MMDigest. The roll is Clark #466, "Radio's Bright Flashes." The line-up follows:
Clark No. 466 "Radio's Bright Flashes"
1. After The Storm
Tune #1 could possibly be the QRS arrangement by Charley Straight, #2 the Arden & Kortlander, #4 the Kortlander arr., #6 Sid Laney (Cook), #7 Herbert Clair. These I remember offhand, the others can easily be checked via reference to the Billings QRS rollography.
With a roll of this comparatively early vintage for Clark, it's a mistake to assume the use of QRS masters without auditioning the roll. The Clark staff turned out a great deal of superb arrangements, and certainly by the approximate date of this roll (circa 1923-4) the odds are just as good of finding a Clark master as a QRS. The difference is always like night and day in the comparisons I've come across.
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