Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 5/14/05 - 5/20/05)


"Kickin' The Gong Around"/"Tiger Rag"
by Roland Smith's Rascals
on Perfect 12784-B/A
released in 1932


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[Newspaper clipping provided by George Moonoogian.]
Above: Newspaper clipping from December 11, 1937: Rollin Smith, who Monday, made his debut on the English vaudeville stage as a "street singer", accompanying himself on the accordian. He has just begun a two-year contract with Foster's Agency, London's leading bureau, which has an enviable record of signing nothing but topnotchers. Mr. Smith, who plays six musical instruments and sings in eight languages, was born in Akron, O., and his last job in America was at the exclusive Coq Rouge on Fifth Avenue, New York.

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[Label image and audio provided by George Moonoogian.]
Above: Label for Perfect 12784 recorded on 1/7/32. It was also released on Banner 32360. The group consisted of Roland Smith, John Anderson, Dr. Doug Speaks, and others unknown.

"Kickin' The Gong Around" (an expression that means smoking opium) is the song that Cab Calloway made famous (1931). The flip, "Tiger Rag" is the A-side selection of The Mills Brothers' first record (1931).

From Barry Margolis: This was also issued on Romeo 1780:

Listen to this week's selections: [Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

A) Click on an option below to listen to Roland Smith's Rascals using Streaming RealAudio.

Kickin' The Gong Around - Perfect 12784-B - 1932
Tiger Rag - Perfect 12784-A - 1932
"BOTH SONGS" played in sequence

B) Click on an option below to listen to Roland Smith's Rascals using Downloading RealAudio.

Kickin' The Gong Around - Perfect 12784-B - 1932 (file size=492KB)
Tiger Rag - Perfect 12784-A - 1932 (file size=357KB)


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