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Paul Ash - Lantern Of Love (1926)

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*LANTERN OF LOVE*
Music by Percy Wenrich
Words by Raymond W. Peck and Edward Locke
Performed by Paul Ash and His Orchestra
Vocal by Milton Watson
Recorded February 9, 1926, Chicago

Personnel:
Paul Ash - violin, director
John Valentine, John Linn - trumpet
Roscoe Lantz - trombone
Phil Wing, Herbert "Putty" Nettles - reeds
Howard Grantham - clarinet, alto sax.
Harry Barris - piano
Julian Davidson - banjo
Pierre Olker - tuba
Arthur Layfield - drums
Milton Watson - vocal

"Lantern of Love" is from the musical play "Castles in the Air" which opened November 22, 1925 at the Shubert Olympic Theatre in Chicago. Busby Berkeley was associated with this production. After a year 's sucessful run in Chicago, the show opened on Broadway at the Selwyn Theatre on September 6 1926, where it was a hit and ran for 160 performances.

Paul Ash
Born Feb. 11, 1891, Saxony, Germany.
Died July 13, 1958, New York, NY.

Leader of a good dance band in 1920s and 1930s. Came to U.S. in 1892, his family settling in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Received formal music training. As a youngster worked in band at burlesque house. In 1910 led first band in Springfield, Illinois. Military service, World War I. In early 1920s did some acting in silent movies, resumed leading band, began recording. In mid-1920s composed several songs that enjoyed some popularity: "I'm Knee Deep in Dasies" and "What Do We Care If It's One O'Clock?" (1925), "That's Why I Love You" and "Thinking of You" (1926; later became Kay Kayser's theme song in 1930s), "Hoosier Sweetheart" and " Just Once Again" (1927). By Mid 1920s Ash's band was playing sweet and semi-hot arrangements in fine style. Clarinetist Danny Polo played with band for a time. By late 1920s Ash began to specialize as theatre conductor, led band at Chicago's Oriental Theatre for long run. Gave unknown singer, Helen Kane first big break with band at New York's Paramount Theatre, where she became big hit. Led featured band at Chicago's World Fair in 1933. In Mid 1930s was musical director of Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn and New York. Led band at New York's Roxy Theatre from 1936 into mid 1940s. Many Famous jazzmen worked with Ash in various theatre bands.

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