- Compilation Producer: Dan Rivard
- Digital Audio Restoration: Ken Robertson
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: Columbia Records CL 6127 (1950)
- Original Album #2: Epic Records LN 3170 (1955)
Description by OLDIES.com:
In the '20s and early '30s, Ted Lewis was one of the most popular musicians in the world - and one of the few who actually recorded million-selling records in those years. This compact disc is a reissue of a 10" LP released by Columbia in 1950 and a 12" LP released on Epic in 1955, and also includes eight bonus tracks (17-24).
- 1.Aunt Hagar's Blues
- 2.Clarinet Marmalade
- 3.The Yellow Dog Blues
- 4.Dip Your Brush In The Sunshine (And Keep On Painting Away)
- 5.When My Baby Smiles At Me
- 6.Sobbin' Blues
- 7.Dallas Blues
- 8.Royal Garden Blues
- 9.Frankie And Johnny
- 10.The Darktown Strutters' Ball
- 11.A Jazz Holiday
- 12.A Good Man Is Hard To Find
- 14.Jungle Blues
- 15.Ho Hum!
- 16.Farewell Blues
- 17.Oh! Katharina
- 18.I've Found A New Baby
- 19.Is Everybody Happy Now?
- 20.(I Got A Woman, Crazy For Me) She's Funny That Way
- 22.On The Sunny Side Of The Street
- 23.Three O'clock In The Morning
- 24.Just A Gigolo
2 LPs on 1 CD: CLASSIC JAZZ/EVERYBODY'S HAPPY (1988).
Personnel: Ted Lewis (vocals); Fats Waller (vocals).
In the 1950s, CBS Records (now Sony Music Entertainment) issued two compilations of 1920s and '30s recordings by Ted Lewis, the 10" LP Classic Jazz on the Columbia label in 1950 and the 12" LP Everybody's Happy on Epic in 1955. This discount-priced compilation combines those two releases, although there is some confusion about what tracks were on the earlier versions. The back of the CD lists only eight tracks (tracks 9-16) as having constituted Everybody's Happy, but the reprinting of that album's liner notes states twice that the album contains 12 tracks. Presumably, there was some overlap with Classic Jazz that has been eliminated, but if so, this should have been indicated. (Another imponderable is the confusion about when "Farewell Blues" was recorded; the new annotations say 1929, while the old notes says 1935.) In any case, Collectables has significantly improved the contents by adding half again as many bonus tracks, eight recordings from the same era, all of them popular Lewis recordings. Lewis is sometimes dismissed as more a personality than a musician, but in this era he led a hot jazz band that featured the likes of Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Jack Teagarden, all of whom are heard here. Fats Waller even sits in on a couple of songs. Lewis' mannered vocal style is present, of course, but many of the recordings are instrumentals, and there is some hot jazz playing to be heard. ~ William Ruhlmann