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.”