ON THE LEVEL
ON THE LEVEL, YOU’RE A LITTLE DEVIL:
SONGS OF VAUDEVILLE & TIN PAN ALLEY
(INCLUDES A 20-PAGE SONGBOOK)
Performed by Jody Dall-Armi, soprano; accompanied by
the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Rick Benjamin, conductor.
- “Rockaway” (1917), [w] Howard Johnson, Alex Rogers; [m] C. “Lucky” Roberts.
- “After You’ve Gone” (1918), [w] Henry Creamer & [m] Turner Layton.
- “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” (1909), [w] Edward Madden & [m] Gus Edwards.
- “The Cubanola Glide” (1909), [w] Vincent Bryan & [m] Harry Von Tilzer.
- “The Dardanella Blue”s (1920), [w] Johnny s. Black, Felix Bernard; [m] Fred Fischer.
- “On the Level, You’re a Little Devil” (1918), [w] Joe Young & [m] Jean Schwartz.
- “Poor Butterfly” (1916), [w] John L. Golden & [m] Raymond Hubbell.
- “The Honeysuckle and the Bee” (1901), [w] William H. Penn & [m] Albert H. Fitz.
- “Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis” (1904), [w] Andrew B. Sterling & [m] Kerry Mills.
- “Oh How I Wish I Could Sleep” (Until My Daddy Comes Home) (1918),
[w] Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young; [m] Pete Wendling.
- “The International Rag” (1913), [w & m] Irving Berlin.
- “They Didn’t Believe Me” (1914), [w] Herbert Reynolds & [m] Jerome Kern.
- “Shine on Harvest Moon” (1908), [w] Jack Norworth;
[m] Jack Norworth & Nora Bayes.
- “Ragtime Violin!” (1911), [w & m] Irving Berlin.
- “Who Are You With Tonight?” (1910), [w] Harry Williams & [m] Egbert Van Alstyne.
- “You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It)” (1913), [w] Joe McCarthy &
[m] James V. Monaco.
- “You Can’t Get Away From It!” (1913), [w] William Jerome, Grant Clarke;
[m] Jean Schwartz.
ON THE LEVEL is a tribute to the vocal music of the Ragtime Era – SONGS – featuring soprano and “comedienne” Jody Dall’Armi. While modern listeners tend to think of ragtime as exclusively as piano or “band” music, in fact many rags were pop songs written to be sung (and hummed and whistled). This delighful 68 minute recording brings you to the birth of the pop music industry – “Tin Pan Alley” – where you’ll meet some of the leading composers and lyricists of that vanished age. This colorful music is brought to life here by Jody Dall’Armi, one of America’s leading recreators of historic vocal styles; as the Smithsonian Institution‘s Dwight Bowers put it, “She is more than just a spectral mimic of yesterday’s great stars. Jody brings her own unique warmth and skill to the performance of these songs.”