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RadioLulu Playlist

lulu Louise Brooks Studies is proud to announce the launch of RadioLulu. This streaming internet radio station plays songs of the Twenties through the present day. The majority of music on the station, it may be noted, dates from the 1920's and 1930's. A number of the songs featured on RadioLulu bear some relation to Louise Brooks, such as the theme song to Beggars of Life, or Brooks' favorite Gershwin tune, Somebody Loves Me. Also featured are later day tributes like OMD's Pandora's Box (It's a long, long way) and Soul Coughing's St. Louise Is Listening. Other music includes recordings by Brooks' contemporaries and co-stars, such as actors Rudolph Valentino, Adolphe Menjou and Noah Berry, and torch singer Libby Holman. RadioLulu

The station is hosted by Live 365.com. Click on the RadioLulu button to listen.

What follows is the playlist for RadioLulu. Songs have been programmed in a somewhat chronological / thematic order. Additional music will be added in the future.

LOUISE BROOKS IN THE JAZZ AGE

Maurice Chevalier (with orchestra conducted by Leonard Joy) - Louise (1929)
--- from the CD Pure Nostalgia (ASV)
though not about Brooks (see page 259 of the Barry Paris biography), this song quickly came to be associated with the actress (artist link)

Sidney Torch - Dixie Time Medley (1939)
--- from the CD Cinema Organ Volume 1 (Pearl / Flapper)
this evocative organ music, from one of the great theater organists of the time, is just the sort of musical accompaniment one might have heard in a movie theater in the 1920's

Shannon Quartet - The Sidewalks of New York (1926)
--- from the CD New York, New York (Living Era)
a version of this standard (which was written in 1894) was played as mood music during the filming of The Street of Forgotten Men

Gertrude Lawrence - Someone to Watch Over Me (1924)
--- from the CD S' Wonderful The Music of George Gershwin (Flapper)
written by George Gershwin for the George White Scandals of 1924, in which Brooks had a role

Tom Patricola - Somebody Loves Me (1924)
--- from the CD The Ultimate George Gershwin Volume 1 (Pearl)
also written for the George White Scandals of 1924, this was one of Brooks' favorite Gershwin songs (see page 67 of the Barry Paris biography); recorded by Tom Patricola (of the original cast) and assisted by his sister Isabelle

Paul Whiteman and Orchestra - Whispering (1920)
--- from the Paul Whiteman CD The King of Jazz (ASV)
a popular song of the time recorded by one of the most popular orchestras of the era (artist link)

Paul Whiteman and Orchestra - Charleston (1925)
--- from the CD The Charleston Era (ASV)
Brooks was the first to dance the Charleston in London (artist link)

Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians - Collegiate (1925)
--- from the Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians CD Fred Waring Volume 1 (The Old Masters)
songs, books, and films about college life were popular in the mid-1920's; one example is Brooks' 1927 film Rolled Stockings

Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders - Black Bottom (1926)
--- from the CD The Charleston Era (ASV)
another popular song the era; a version of this tune can be heard in the documentary Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu

Nathan Glantz & His Orchestra - Don't Bring Lulu (1925)
--- from the CD The Charleston Era (ASV)
an often recorded song full of what was then called "hootchy koo"

Dorothy Dickson - Looking For a Boy (1926)
--- from the CD S' Wonderful The Music of George Gershwin (Flapper)
another wonderful Gershwin song

Coon-Sanders Nighthawks - Alone at Last (1925)
--- from the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks CD Everything is Hotsy-Totsy Now (ASV)
simply put, a great tune by a great band (artist link)

Rudolph Valentino - Kashmiri Love Song (1923)
--- from the CD Le Cinema a 100 Ans (EPM Musique)
Valentino was one of the most popular actors of his day; Brooks attended his funeral mass in New York City in 1926

Gertrude Lawrence - Do, Do, Do (1927)
--- from the Gertrude Lawrence CD Star Quality (AEI)
another superb Gershwin / Lawrence pairing

Jane Green - I'm Gonna Meet My Sweetie (1927)
--- from the CD Flappers, Vamps and Sweet Young Things (ASV)
an upbeat tune of the time

Irving Aaronson and his Commanders - Let's Misbehave (1928)
--- from the CD Nipper's Greatest Hits - The 1920's (BMG)
ah, the Jazz Age! ah, the roaring Twenties! (artist link)

Adele Astaire and Bernard Clifton - S'Wonderful (1928)
--- from the CD S' Wonderful The Music of George Gershwin (Flapper)
another superb Gershwin tune

Adolphe Menjou - Two White Arms (1932)
--- from the CD Why Ever Did They? (Pearl / Flapper)
Menjou, a leading man during the silent and early sound era, appeared in two films with Brooks

Troubadours (with male quartet) - Beggars of Life (1928)
--- from the 78 rpm recording (Victor)
theme song to the 1928 Brooks' film of the same name

Libby Holman - Am I Blue? (1929)
--- from the CD Flappers, Vamps and Sweet Young Things (ASV)
a classic from the "torch singer" with whom Brooks was friendly

Lupe Velez - Mi amado (1929)
--- from the CD Why Ever Did They? (Pearl / Flapper)
Velez was a popular movie star during the silent film era

Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders - If I Had a Talking Picture of You (1929)
--- from the CD Nipper's Greatest Hits - The 1920's (BMG)
the title says it all; a version of this tune can be heard in the documentary Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu (artist link)

Rudy Vallee - If I Had a Girl Like You (1932)
--- from the Rudy Vallee CD This Is . . . Rudy Vallee (ASV)
a really swell song of the period (artist link)

Annette Hanshaw - Body and Soul (1930)
--- from the Annette Hanshaw CD Lovable & Sweet (ASV)
Hanshaw was one of the early female jazz singers (artist link)

Gloria Swanson - Come to Me (1931)
--- from the CD Why Ever Did They? (Pearl / Flapper)
Swanson was a major Paramount star in the 1920's; Brooks wrote about this actress in an unpublished 1957 essay

performers unknown - Canary Murder Case (1929)
--- from the soundtrack to the Paramount film The Canary Murder Case
opening theme, incidental music and a few lines of dialogue

EUROPEAN SOJOURN

Marlene Dietrich - Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt (1930)
--- from the CD Berlin 1925 - 1936 The Cabaret Years (EMI)
sung in German, from the soundtrack of The Blue Angel

Marek Weber - A media lutz (1927)
--- from the CD German Tango Bands 1925 - 1939 (Harlequin)
a German tango by one of the popular Berlin orchestras

Marlene Dietrich - Nimm dich in acht vor blonden Frauen (1930)
--- from the Marlene Dietrich CD Marlene Dietrich Die Fruhen Aufnahmen (Preiser Records)
sung in German, from the soundtrack of The Blue Angel

Jack Smith - I Kiss Your Hand Madame (1928)
--- from the CD Berlin 1925 - 1936 The Cabaret Years (EMI)
sung in German and English by a popular German crooner; it is referenced in the Barry Paris biography

Marlene Dietrich - Ich bin die fesche Lola (1930)
--- from the Marlene Dietrich CD Marlene Dietrich Die Fruhen Aufnahmen (Preiser Records)
sung in German, from the soundtrack of The Blue Angel

Josephine Baker - La Petite Tonkinoise (1930)
--- from the Josephine Baker CD A Portrait of Josephine Baker (Gallerie)
Brooks had seen Baker in Berlin in the late 1920's (artist link)

Mistinguett - Ca C'est Paris (1927)
--- from the CD Ca C'est Paris (ASV)
evocative of Paris of the late 1920's, when Brooks was there filming Prix de Beaute (artist link)

Lucienne Boyer - Parlez-moi d'amour (1930)
--- from the CD Enchante (ASV)
Boyer (a popular French singer) and Brooks (then a ballroom dancer) performed on the same bill at a Miami Beach niteclub in 1935

Marthe Coiffier - Je N'ai Qu'un Amour C'est Toi (1930)
--- from the CD Les Cingles du Music-Hall 1930 (ASV)
this is one of at least three versions of the theme song to Prix de Beauté recorded in the year of the film's release (info link)

Les Primitifs Du Future - Chanson pour Louise Brooks (1999)
--- from the Les Primitifs Du Future CD World Musette (Sketch)
an arrangement of Je n'ai qu'un amour c'est toi, the theme song from Prix de Beaute; cartoonist Robert Crumb is a member of this group, and his art is featured on the cover of the CD

THE 1930'S - NATIONAL DEPRESSION and PROFESSIONAL DECLINE

Tallulah Bankhead - What Do I Care? (1930)
--- from the CD Why Ever Did They? (Pearl / Flapper)
Brooks and Bankhead (a star of stage and screen) were friends, and socialized in the 1930's and 1940's (see the Barry Paris biography for details)

Noah Berry - One Little Drink (1930)
--- from the CD Why Ever Did They? (Pearl / Flapper)
Berry appeared with Brooks in the 1927 film Evening Cothes

Rudy Vallee - As Time Goes By (1931)
--- from the Rudy Vallee CD Vagabond Lover (Fanfare)
an early version of another classic tune (artist link)

Hoagy Carmichael - Stardust (1933)
--- from the CD Nipper's Greatest Hits - The 1930's, Volume 1 (BMG)
a wonderful song, as performed by the composer

Ruth Etting - Ten Cents a Dance (1930)
--- from the Ruth Etting CD Ten Cents a Dance (ASV)
Etting's greatest recording suggests the desperation of the era (artist link)

Frances Langford - Stormy Weather (1933)
--- from the CD Art Deco Sophisticated Ladies (Columbia / Legacy)
one of the earliest recordings of this now classic song

Lee Wiley - You've Got Me Crying Again (1933)
--- from the Lee Wiley CD The Complete Young Lee Wiley 1931 - 1937 (Vintage Jazz Classics)
Wiley was sultry, provocative - not unlike Brooks; one critic has referred to her "exquisite aloofness" and called her, not quite facetiously, "the jazz equivalent to Louise Brooks." (page 294, Lost Chords: White Musicians and Their Contribution to Jazz, 1915-1945 by Richard M. Sudhalter)

Lee Wiley - Let's Call it a Day (1933)
--- from the Lee Wiley CD The Complete Young Lee Wiley 1931 - 1937 (Vintage Jazz Classics)
a musical note of resignation from this "vamp" singer

Mildred Bailey - The Lamp is Low (1939)
--- from the CD Art Deco Sophisticated Ladies (Columbia / Legacy)
another sad and dreamy song

Nan Wynn - You Go to My Head (1938)
--- from the CD Art Deco Sophisticated Ladies (Columbia / Legacy)
a melancholy song performed by a singer once described as a "femme fatale"

Joan Crawford - It's All So New To Me (1939)
--- from the CD Why Ever Did They? (Pearl / Flapper)
Crawford performed in a number of flapper films in the 1920's, and was a major star during the silent and sound era

Grace Moore - One Night of Love (1934)
--- from the Grace Moore CD So This Is Love (ASV)
Brooks appeared in the 1937 Grace Moore film, When You're in Love; this was one of Moore's biggest hits (artist link)

H. Robinson Cleaver - Grace Moore Medley (1938)
--- from the CD Cinema Organ Volume 1 (Pearl / Flapper)
another evocative period recording, performed on a theater organ; this medley is composed of Ciribiribin, One Night of Love, and Funiculi, funiculi - each of which were also popular recordings by Moore

performers unknown - Overland Stage Raiders (1938)
--- from the soundtrack to the Republic Pictures film Overland Stage Raiders
opening theme from the film

performers unknown - Empty Saddles (1936)
--- from the soundtrack tothe Universal film Empty Saddles
opening theme from the film

CONTEMPORARY LULU

Sandro Moreni - Darling of the Jazz Age (2000)
--- from Brooksie the Jazz Age Musical
one song from a Swiss musical (website)

Jen Anderson - Lulu the Song (1993)
--- from the Jen Anderson CD Pandora's Box: The Soundtrack (Shock)
a great song from this Australian musician; Louise Brooks appears on the cover of this release

Timelock - Louise Brooks (1992)
--- from the Timelock CD Louise Brooks (SI-Music)
title track from the Dutch "progressive rock band" whose lead singer is a Brooks' fan (artist link)

Timelock - Louise Brooks Revisited (2002)
--- from the Timelock CD Circle Of Deception (Xymphonia Records)
excerpt from a second track from the Dutch "progressive rock band" whose lead singer is a Brooks' fan (artist link)

OMD - Pandora's Box (It's a Long, Long Way) (1991)
--- from the Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark CD Sugar Tax (Virgin Records)
from the popular British band, one of the very first rock music tributes (artist link)

My Louise - Venus Pretending (1998)
--- from the My Louise CD here in little corners . . . (Disc Makers)
the liner notes for this talented, jazzy folk-rock duo read "Look up our namesake, Louise Brooks, at www.pandorasbox.com" (artist link)

Sarah Azzara - Like Louise Brooks (2000)
--- from the Sarah Azzara CD The Revenge of Danger Girl (Latest Records)
the image of Brooks is evoked in a song of social commentary (artist link)

Ron Hawkins - Lulu (1995)
--- from the Ron Hawkins CD The Secret of My Success (Shake)
this track is from the Canadian rocker's first solo release (artist link)

Soul Coughing - St. Louise Is Listening (1998)
--- from the Soul Coughing CD El Oso (Warner/Slash)
a song from Brooks' fan and Soul Coughing lead singer Mark Doughty (artist link)

Marillion - Interior Lulu (1999)
--- from the Marillion CD Sanctuary (Sanctuary)
an evocation of the actress from this British "progressive rock band" (artist link)

The Prize - Silence (2002)
--- from The Prize CD Silence (Top Banana)
The Prize is an English group; Louise Brooks is pictured on the cover of this three song disc (artist link)

Lady Godiva - Louise Brooks (1999)
--- from the Lady Godiva CD Louise Brooks Avenue (Spirit)
Lady Godiva is a French band; Louise Brooks is pictured on the cover of this release

Ethereal Darkness - Pandora's Box (199?)
--- from the Ethereal Darkness CD Trip to the Edge of Time
don't know much about this track, which was found on the internet

Subterraneans - Theme from Pandora's Box (2001)
--- from the Subterraneans CD Pandora's Box (Rhythm of Life)
a contemporary soundtrack from England; Louise Brooks is pictured on the cover of this release (artist link)

John Zorn / George Lewis / Bill Frisell - News for Lulu (1990)
--- from the Zorn, Lewis and Frissell CD News for Lulu (hat ART)
a cover of the Sonny Clark tune from the avant-jazz trio; Louise Brooks appears on the cover of this release as well as the cover of the trio's follow up live album, More News for Lulu

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