Category Archives: NEEDLE DROP NOTES

Paul Whiteman Take-Offs
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December 26, 2016 posted by James Parten

Paul Whiteman Take-Offs

Paul Whiteman was such a well-known personality that cartoons – topical creatures that they were – would waste no opportunity to have a little fun with him.

The King of Jazz gets Animated
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December 19, 2016 posted by James Parten

The King of Jazz gets Animated

Paul Whiteman conducted the biggest dance-band throughout the 1920’s, and into the 1930’s. He also appeared two cartoons with Oswald Rabbit and Walter Lantz.

“Organ Grinder’s Swing” (1937)
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December 12, 2016 posted by James Parten

“Organ Grinder’s Swing” (1937)

One wonders if Fleischer’s Organ Grinders Swing could be interpreted as a protest against Mayor La Guardia’s then-recent decree that organ grinders be outlawed in the City of New York.

Max Fleischer and Novelty Records
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October 10, 2016 posted by James Parten

Max Fleischer and Novelty Records

One type of record that companies hoped would sell were called “novelty records”, for lack of a better term. Max Fleischer used three such “novelties” in some of his 1930’s cartoons.