Irving Mills

Hotsy Totsy Gang 1930 Plus some Whoopee Makers

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Label: Retrieval
UPC: 0608917908428
Catnr: RTR 79084
Release date: 09 March 2018
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Retrieval
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0608917908428
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RTR 79084
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09 March 2018
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Irving Mills and his Hotsy Totsy Gang 1930 plus some Whoopee Makers is yet another strong release by Retrieval Records, a branch of Challenge Records with wonderful historic recordings. For this collection, the label has put together music by Irving Mills and his Hotsy Totsy Gang, recorded in 1929 and 1930.

Irving Mills was a jazz publisher who also went by the name of Joe Primrose, and, together with his brother Jack, was also owner of Mills Music. When the brothers sold Mills Music, the company had grown into the biggest independent music publisher worldwide. But Mills was not only a publisher, he also was a singer, lyricist, song writer, responsible for artists and repertoire and in addition also managed numerous bands, including Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Mills Blue Rhythm Band as well as, between 1926 and 1939, the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

He sang, but was no musician, and yet Irving decided to put together his own band for studio recordings. Among Irving Mills and his Hotsy Totsy Gang were Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Arnold Brillhardt, Arthur Schutt and Manny Klein.
The recordings of the Hotsy Totsy Gang that were made between 1929 and 1930 boast some of the best white jazz musicians of their time, often with spectacular results. Sometimes Mills sang on those recordings, other times he merely arranged recording dates and selected musicians.

Many recordings that can be heard on this album of the Hotsy Totsy Gang are “so hot that the music should be written down on sheets of asbestos”!
Irving Mills and his Hotsy Totsy Gang 1930 plus some Whoopee Makers ist eine weitere starke Veröffentlichung von Retrieval Records, einer Sparte von Challenge Records mit wunderbaren historischen Aufnahmen. Für diese Sammlung hat das Label Musik von Irving Mills und seiner Hotsy Totsy Gang zusammengetragen, die in den Jahren 1929 und 1930 aufgenommen wurde.

Irving Mills (1894-1985) war ein Jazz-Verleger, auch unter dem Namen Joe Primrose bekannt, und, zusammen mit seinem Bruder Jack, von 1919 bis 1965 Eigentümer von Mills Music. Als die beiden Mills Music verkauften, war die Firma zum größten unabhängigen Musikverlag der Welt herangewachsen. Neben seiner Tätigkeit als Verleger war Mills auch Sänger, Texter, Songwriter, zuständig für Künstler und Repertoire sowie Manager zahlreicher Bands, einschließlich Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Mills Blue Rhythm Band und des Duke Ellington Orchestra, welches er zwischen 1926 und 1939 managte.
Obwohl er selbst kein Musiker war (wenngleich er sang), entschloss Irving sich, seine eigene Band für Studioaufnahmen zusammenzustellen. So zählten zu Irving Mills and his Hotsy Totsy Gang Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Arnold Brillhardt, Arthur Schutt und Manny Klein.

Die Aufnahmen der Hotsy Totsy Gang, die zwischen 1929 und 1930 entstanden, versammelten einige der besten weißen Jazzmusiker der Zeit, oft mit spektakulären Ergebnissen. Manchmal sang Mills auf diesen Aufnahmen, manchmal arrangierte er lediglich die Aufnahmetage und wählte die Musiker aus.
Viele der Aufnahmen, die man auf diesem Album der Hotsy Totsy Gang hört, sind „so heiß, dass die Musik auf Blättern aus Asbest niedergeschrieben werden müsste“!

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Irving Harold Mills (né Isadore Minsky; 16 January 1894 Odessa, Ukraine – 21 April 1985 Palm Springs, California) was an American music publisher, musician, lyricist, and jazz artist promoter. He sometimes used the pseudonyms Goody Goodwin and Joe Primrose.

Mills was born in Odessa, Ukraine, although some biographies state that he was born in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. His father, Hyman Minsky (1868–1905), was a hat maker who had immigrated from Odessa to the United States with his wife Sofia (née Sophia Schifre; born 1869). His father, Hyman, died in 1905, forcing Irving and his brother, Jacob (aka "Jack"; 1891–1979), to work odd jobs including bussing at restaurants, selling wallpaper, and working in the garment industry. By 1910, Mills was listed as a telephone operator. Mills married Beatrice ("Bessie") Wilensky (maiden; 1898–1976) in 1911 and they subsequently moved to Philadelphia. By 1918 Mills was working for publisher Leo Feist. His brother, Jack, was working as a manager for McCarthy and Fisher, the music publishing firm of lyricist Joseph McCarthy (1883–1943) and songwriter Fred Fisher (1875–1942). Founding of Jack Mills Music In July 1919, Irving Mills and his brother, Jack, founded Jack Mills, Inc., which was renamed Mills Music Inc. in 1928.

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