Each week our panel of experts picks a different National Jukebox selection to highlight.
This week’s selection:
"Everybody’s Jazzin’ It" sung by Collins and Harlan, recorded May 22, 1922.
Baritone Arthur Collins and tenor Byron G. Harlan, as a team and as individuals, were among the best-selling recording artists of the 1910s. By the time of this recording their fortunes were changing and popular music was changing—fast. The May 1917 release of the first jazz record, by the Original Dixieland ‘Jass’ Band, created an almost instant craze for the new, boisterous version of ragtime. But, very few picked up on the true musical value exhibited by the ODJB and presented a largely misguided mélange of instrumental hiccups, squeals, glissandos, and other musical chaos. “Everybody’s Jazzin’ It” is no exception (notice the odd use of the piano). But the point here is that “jazz” was coming in strong and Collins and Harlan, leftover from the earlier days of ragtime, were winding down their recording careers.