Sweetheart Of Song: It's Swingtime With Martha Raye


This confusingly titled album (the cover reads "Sweetheart of Song," "Popular Lady of Song" is the legend running down the vertical stripe on the left side of the CD jewel box, the spine says "It's Swingtime With Martha Raye," and the disc itself says "Swingtime With Martha Raye") presents ten airchecks by Martha Raye from a non-commercial radio series called Swingtime prepared exclusively for the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) in 1944 to be distributed to America's military personnel. From the aural evidence, these recordings were made in the fall of the year, since Raye introduces both "Dance With a Doll (With a Hole in Her Stocking)" and "Sam's Got Him" as current hits, and that's when those songs were in the charts. Most of the songs, however, are standards, and Raye, backed by Murray McEachern's orchestra, manages both ballads and rhythm numbers with enthusiasm. She may be remembered primarily as a minor comic actress, but it's clear she had the chops to be a big band singer if she had pursued that aspect of her career more. The tone of her remarks is upbeat, naturally, and crafted to appeal to the GIs. "Sam's Got Him" refers to Uncle Sam, and the disc concludes with a spirited swing arrangement of "You're in the Army Now" that features a drum solo by Gene Krupa. The CD is brief, running less than 33 minutes, but the discount price reflects that; the album was selling for about ten dollars upon release. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Bloomingdale
  • Seller rating:
  • Label: Collectors' Choice Music
  • UPC: 617742102727


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Track listings

  • 1. Honeysuckle Rose: Introduction Theme / Honeysuckle Rose
  • 2. I'll Remember April
  • 3. Blue Skies
  • 4. Summertime
  • 5. I'm Gonna Dance With A Dolly With A Hole In Her Stocking
  • 6. My Melancholy Baby
  • 7. Sam's Got Him
  • 8. (I Got A Woman, Crazy For Me) She's Funny That Way
  • 9. Sugar
  • 10. I Can't Get Started
  • 11. That Old Feeling
  • 12. You're In The Army Now
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): Book may have been read. Looks new and has no defects. May show remainder marks. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Near Fine (NF): Clean, with no defects, but may show slight wear at edges of book or dust jacket. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows signs of wear. May have minor defects: clipped or chipped dust jacket; owner’s inscription; remainder mark; minor foxing or bumping. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. May have any of the defects above to a greater degree, including highlighting, library markings, or loose bindings. Rare and collectible books may have cocked spine, cracked hinges, water stains; torn or repaired dust jacket. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): May be very worn, soiled, torn, or barely holding together. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): May have extensive damage from moisture or insects; detached boards; parts may be missing; marginally salable unless very unusual. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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