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A major vaudeville, radio, and recording star during the 1920s and early '30s, Frank Crumit was less excitable than Al Jolson, subtler than Ted Lewis, more audible than Whispering Jack Smith, funnier than Irving Kaufman, and about as funny as Billy Murray. This Living Era compilation is a valuable treasure chest containing some of Crumit's best work. He performs with pianists Jack Shilkret and Frank Banta, guitarist Carson Robison, clarinetist Andy Sannella, lutist Frank Garisto, violinist Lou Raderman, and in duet with his wife, Julia Sanderson (together billed as "the Singing Sweethearts") on "Would You Like to Take a Walk?" Like any versatile vaudevillian, Frank Crumit glibly handled such diverse topics as nature, golf, liquor, horses, prunes, sex, furniture, locomotives, romance, gerontology, scat singing, insurance, and homicide. Ethnic groups mentioned or lampooned include Brazilians, Russians, Arabs, Hawaiians, and Scots. "They're Always Together" contains an exhaustive list of commonly paired words. The best title here (or anywhere else for that matter) has got to be "What Kind of a Noise Annoys an Oyster?"


Born: 26 September 1889 in Jackson, OH

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s

Born in Jackson, OH, on September 26, 1889, Frank Crumit developed his skills as a comedic actor, singer, and ukulele player while enrolled at the University of Ohio. In 1912, he narrowly avoided a future in engineering by becoming a singer with Paul Biese's Orchestra, first in Chicago and then in New York. Soon Crumit was touring in vaudeville, performing his own original songs and routines under the heading of "the One-Man Glee Club." His first appearance on Broadway was in the Greenwich Village...
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