Friday, 20 November 2009

The Epitome of a Flapper

Annette Hanshaw was a jazz-pop singer who found some success in the late 1920s. Unlike other minor figures during the Jazz age, there actually exists video recordings of some of her performances, and most of her catalog has now been made available to download. I found a couple old 78s of hers that still sound clean and crisp today at an estate sale a few years back, and I was surprised by the quality of the recordings. Like many other musical figures from the era, she faded away into obscurity after a few years of recording, although she recorded a few tracks later in life in an attempt to revive her career.

Here is her rendition of “Loveable and Sweet.”

And here is a video performance of “We Just couldn’t say goodbye.”


  1. This is a great post. I'm excited to listen to her as I've been on a "Roaring 20's" kick lately, mostly consisting of Al Johnson's greatest hits, heh. Thanks for posting this and congratulations on getting liked enough by StumbleUpon users that I came across your blog when clicking my Stumble button like a madman (bored at work).

  2. Hey Dirty Judas, good to have you around. I have been on a bit of an early jazz kick as well lately, so I will be posting more tracks from this era in the coming week(s). Keep dropping in!

  3. Roland, I've only just made my way over here, but this blog is absolutely fantastic!


  4. Glad to hear you like it Bob! Hopefully we will continue to put up interesting tunes in the months ahead.

  5. Hey Roland, this post actually inspired my latest blog post. It's Al Jolson's "Best Of" compilation. 1920's.