International Novelty Orchestra

International Novelty Orchestra

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The International Novelty Quartet and The International Novelty Orchestra started appearing in record catalogues in the late 1920's and during the 1930's, becoming extremely popular with a string of best selling discs. No known serious study seems to have been made on the different groups formed solely as studio units to make records, with the xylophone and clever arrangements being always a special feature. They brought together some of the best musicians in England and also USA. Information on the participants is scant. These 'house bands' released discs in Europe under the this name also.

The International Novelty Orchestra in the USA was a pseudonym for the Victor house band that made records by a band that Nat Shilkret conducted in the Victor studios. The pseudonym was first used in March 1922. The session data for US recordings has been published in Brian Rust's 'American Dance Band Discography'. Between 1922 and 1927 a total of 135 tracks were recorded, 36 of these were rejected and 99 were released on Victor in USA. Seventeen different vocalists were used but many tracks were no vocal.

The International Novelty Quartet and The International Novelty Orchestra name was also applied to English domestic studio recordings of the same variety of music as that done in USA. The titles recorded in England seemed to be of 'foreign' material, thus giving the 'International' look. Brian Rust has been able to provide data from his journals for me, which has not been published in his books. The Bert and John Firman Orchestra directed some early sessions (1929-1930) [eg Zon T-5489 The Dickey Bird Hop]. The 'Choristers Waltz' recorded on 27th January 1930 used Sylvester Ahola (trumpet), clarinet, alto sax, Bert Read (piano), Rudy Starita (drums-vibraphone-xylophone) and was directed by John Firman. George Scott-Wood directed many later recordings. Both Rudy Starita and Harry Robbins seem likely zylophonists. George Scott Wood probably played piano and/or accordion on the discs that he directed. Harry Leader may have been involved in the mid 1930's. Few vocalists have been identified, except for two tracks by Sam Browne on RZ in 1932 and Ronnie Hill in 1937 on two tracks.

They were released in Australia on Zonophone, HMV and Regal Zonophone labels. The earliest disc listed in the 1946 EMI Australian catalogue was 'Cuckoo and Lena' on Zonophone EE67 for The International Novelty Quartet [1926 USA, matrix 8472 & 8473]. The first listed for The International Novelty Orchestra was 'Amoureuse and Jolly Fellows' on Zonophone EF27. Not all their recordings were still listed in this 1946 edition. Probably the most prized vocal recording remembered is 'Silver Bell' on RZ G-22050 recorded on 22nd January 1934 by the quartet. This track used 2 trumpets, trombone, piccolo, 2 pianos, string bass, drums/xylophone and vocal duet. It was classified as 'The Quartet'!
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International Novelty Orchestra Discography Tracks

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73487 International Novelty Orchestra Love's Lament / Gold And Silver(Shellac, 10") Victor 73487 US 1922 Sell This Version
73366 International Novelty Orchestra Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers / Twinkling Star(Shellac, 10") Victor 73366 US 1922 Sell This Version
18882 International Novelty Orchestra / Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra International Novelty Orchestra / Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra - Swanee River Moon / Do It Again!(Shellac, 10") Victor 18882 US 1922 Sell This Version
18979 International Novelty Orchestra 'Twas In The Month Of May-Katinka / Chinese Billikens(Shellac, 10") Victor 18979 US 1922 Sell This Version
International Novelty Orchestra La Paloma / O Solo Mio Victor US 1923 Sell This Version
International Novelty Orchestra / The Great White Way Orchestra International Novelty Orchestra / The Great White Way Orchestra - Little Rover (Don't Forget To Come Back Home) (El Andorrero) / Runnin' Wild! (Delirios) Victor US 1923 Sell This Version
19069 International Novelty Orchestra, The Great White Way Orchestra International Novelty Orchestra, The Great White Way Orchestra - When Will The Sun Shine for me? / Gone(Shellac, 10") Victor 19069 US 1923 Sell This Version
19128 Charles Dornberger And His Orchestra* / International Novelty Orchestra Charles Dornberger And His Orchestra* / International Novelty Orchestra - The Gold-Digger / Chick-A-Dee(Shellac, 10") Victor 19128 US 1923 Sell This Version
19225 International Novelty Orchestra / Green-Arden Orchestra International Novelty Orchestra / Green-Arden Orchestra - Mississippi Ripples / Roll Along Missouri(Shellac, 10") Victor 19225 US 1923 Sell This Version
19121 International Novelty Orchestra / The Benson Orchestra Of Chicago International Novelty Orchestra / The Benson Orchestra Of Chicago - I Love Me / No No Nora(Shellac, 10") Victor 19121 US 1923 Sell This Version
19179 Joe Raymond And His Orchestra / International Novelty Orchestra Joe Raymond And His Orchestra / International Novelty Orchestra - Moonlight Kisses(Shellac, 10") Victor 19179 US 1923 Sell This Version
18995 International Novelty Orchestra / The Great White Way Orchestra International Novelty Orchestra / The Great White Way Orchestra - My Buddy / When Winter Comes(Shellac, 10") Victor 18995 US 1923 Sell This Version
International Novelty Orchestra / Victor Arden, Phil Ohman And Their Orchestra International Novelty Orchestra / Victor Arden, Phil Ohman And Their Orchestra - Honeymoon Chimes / Waltzing The Blues His Master's Voice US 1923 Sell This Version
19509 George Olsen And His Music*, International Novelty Orchestra George Olsen And His Music*, International Novelty Orchestra - Sax-o-phun / Hey! Hey! and Hee! Hee!(Shellac, 10") Victor 19509 Canada 1924 Sell This Version
19500 International Novelty Orchestra / Charles Dornberger And His Orchestra* International Novelty Orchestra / Charles Dornberger And His Orchestra* - All Alone With You In A Little Rendevous / The Pal That I Loved Stole The Gal That I Loved(Shellac, 10") Victor 19500 US 1924 Sell This Version
19421 International Novelty Orchestra / Dizzy Trio International Novelty Orchestra / Dizzy Trio - It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo' / Hayseed Rag(Shellac, 10") Victor 19421 US 1924 Sell This Version
19475 International Novelty Orchestra Dreamer Of Dreams / Let Me Call You Sweetheart(Shellac, 10") Victor 19475 US 1924 Sell This Version
19332 International Novelty Orchestra / Garber-Davis Orchestra International Novelty Orchestra / Garber-Davis Orchestra - Jealous / Waitin' Around(Shellac, 10") Victor 19332 US 1924 Sell This Version
19288 International Novelty Orchestra Innocent Eyes / Say It Again(Shellac, 10") Victor 19288 Canada 1924 Sell This Version
19380 Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians / International Novelty Orchestra Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians / International Novelty Orchestra - June Night / Only You(Shellac, 10") Victor 19380 US 1924 Sell This Version
19411 Billy Murray With International Novelty Orchestra / Aileen Stanley With International Novelty Orchestra Billy Murray With International Novelty Orchestra / Aileen Stanley With International Novelty Orchestra - Charley, My Boy / A New Kind Of Man(Shellac, 10") Victor 19411 US 1924 Sell This Version
International Novelty Orchestra O, Katharina! / Titina Victor US 1925 Sell This Version
Jack Shilkret's Orchestra, International Novelty Orchestra Jack Shilkret's Orchestra, International Novelty Orchestra - Funny / Croon A Little Lullaby Victor US 1925 Sell This Version
International Novelty Orchestra / Glen Oswald's Serenaders International Novelty Orchestra / Glen Oswald's Serenaders - Show Me The Way To Go Home Victor US 1925 Sell This Version
International Novelty Orchestra What Do We Care If It's One O'Clock / Let Us Waltz As We Say Goodbye His Master's Voice UK 1925 Sell This Version

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