Sure MTV may not show many music videos these days, but before they even knew what a music video was, there were Soundies. These early versions of music videos were created in the 1940's and were shown on coin-operated juke boxes in clubs and restaurants. They were especially popular for spreading performances of African-American artists (who were blocked from performing in other public formats). (Wikipedia)
Zig Me Baby with a Gentle Zag (Featuring Gai Moran, Danny Hocktor)
It's like the "Hit Me Baby One More Time" of the 1930's. The shadow of the band makes a really great backdrop as these two shake it with such classics as playing the air piano dance. In all the soundies, they are over-excited , but I could probably do without the dork next to the singer dancing his smile off.
Reg Kehoe and his Marimba Queen
Awesome soundie. Not only do you have seven Marimba Queens playing the xylophone, but a guy with seven Red Bulls in him playing the upright bass. Watch for the best part, when he brings the bass upfront. That guy knows how to rock out.
Hollywood Boogie (Featuring Thelma White and Her All-Girl Orchestra)
All girl band with the happiest, most spotlight-hoggin, back-turning conductor I've ever seen. And those pants!
In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town (Featuring Johnny Long)
I love the horns and sax on this song. I love the lyrics. I love the way everyone sings and smiles and looks like they wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I love this one.
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