Gus Arnheim and His Ambassadors (1928)

  |  Short, Music

Pianist Gus Arnheim leads his orchestra in several popular tunes.


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28 July 2013 | bkoganbing
| For those who love this era's music
This Warner Brothers Vitagraph short featuring Gus Arnheim and his orchestra was a real find for me on YouTube. For those that don't know Arnheim was a bandleader and composer of note from what is called the 'sweet' era in music which covers the early Thirties. Arnheim composed Sweet And Lovely and a couple of guys associated with him, Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo each made a great record of that song. Arnheim's band was the featured orchestra for many years of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Hollywood.

Gus jumped on the sound bandwagon with this short subject where we see Russ Columbo not only sing with a trio, but play the violin which he was also skilled. What was unusual for me and for Arnheim and Columbo was that in this film, Gus played jazz mostly. Later on he did nothing, but sweet music. And Russ Columbo in his short career recorded commercially nothing, but ballads. Unfortunately we heard no solo parts for Russ as he sang with a trio.

The best selection however was strictly instrumental version of Tiger Rag where the tuba was used to good effect imitating the tiger's growl. Great short subject recommended highly for those like myself who love this era's music.


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23 July 1928



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