Each week our panel of experts picks a different National Jukebox selection to highlight.
This week’s selection:
"Oriental Stars" sung by Joseph C. Smith’s Orchestra, recorded April 4, 1920.
Smith, who led his popular dance orchestra at the Palace Hotel in New York, was an accomplished violinist, who is featured in this peppy, multi-themed one-step. Notice the presence of a bass clarinet as the sole bass instrument, creating a distinctive sound for which most of Smith’s are known. The one-step, which reached the zenith of its popularity during World War I, was, by 1920, beginning to lose its favor to the fox trot. The battle seemed just about over in early 1923, when this record was cut from the Victor catalog.