Shellac Stack No. 32 features several selections from Joe Venuti, a scarce late Victor acoustic, Japanese Jazz from the Blue Sky Swing Players, Lee Wiley, a surprising appearance by “The Shadow” of old-time radio fame, and more!
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“The Honey Boys” was the name Perfect and Pathe gave to the duet of Arthur Hall and John Ryan.
Each of these two singers had been in various duet combinations over the years when they got together in 1924 and worked steadily on records for about two years.
Hall takes the melody, and Ryan (also a tenor) handles the harmony.
I understand that Ryan could play piano. I suspect, however, that a studio man–perhaps Max Terr–is tickling the ivories in accompaniment to the singers.
Thanks so much for the info. I’ve got other records by Hall and Ryan together, but I didn’t make the connection. Glad to know this! Thank you!