Lulu Belle and Scotty
Myrtle Eleanor Cooper (a.k.a. "Lulu Belle") (1913-1999) and Scott Greene Wiseman (1909-1981) enjoyed a long career as a husband and wife duo that began on the National Barn Dance on WLS-AM in Chicago in the 1930s, where they performed as the Hayloft Sweethearts. Lulu was known for her magnetic stage presence and Scotty for his skillful songwriting. Their stage shows and recordings often featured a mix of novelty songs and romantic ballads. They retired from music in 1958 and returned to their home in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.
Some Sunday Morning
Vogue R718-P25 (rec. 1946-05-11)
Composed by M.K. Jerome, Ray Heindorf, and Ted Koehler, this song first appeared in the 1945 film San Antonio, for which it was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song.
In the Dog House Now
Vogue R718-P41 (rec. 1946-05-11)
This is one of many Vogue discs illustrated by Walter F. Sprink (1910-1974).
I Get a Kick Out of Corn
Vogue R719-P43 (rec. 1946-05-11)
One of the duo’s numerous novelty songs, this represents a defiant embrace of country music in the face of swing’s ongoing popularity at the time.
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?
Vogue R719-P28 (rec. 1946-05-11)
One of Wiseman’s most popular songs, this was first recorded by Gene Autry in 1945. In addition to the version featured here, it went on to be recorded more than sixty times by musicians including Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Ringo Starr, and many others.
Grandpa's Gettin' Younger Ev'ry Day
Vogue R720-P26 (rec. 1946-07-20)
Another novelty/comedy song written by Sammy Gallop and Howard Steiner, this celebrates the attempts of a nonagenarian to reactivate his youthful vigor. He shaves and acquires a toupee to demonstrate that, “Though he’s old, he’s not too old to play.”
Time Will Tell
Vogue R720-P44 (rec. 1946-07-20)
Composed by Scotty Wiseman, this breakup song is marked by a thread of optimism throughout, that “time will heal this aching heart.”