From the online discography of Oscar
Alemán we only have an approximate date of the recording debut of Les Loups. The info stated in the online discography gives c. December 10th, 1927 as the date
of the recording of the tango-milonga 'Hawayanita' and the waltz 'Criollita' by Les Loups, the
recording debut by the duo for Victor, issued on Victor 79968. Another source, the online Discography of American Historic Recordings, states the recording date of Victor 79968 as
'Winter 1928' for the catalog numbers of the mentioned tunes, mx BAVE-1588 and BAVE-1589. Further info in the online AHR discograpy states that take 2 of both matrix number BAVE-1588 and BAVE-1589 were
used as masters for the issued Victor 79968 disc.
Last week I had a mail from Anthony Baldwin, who now can confirm the
precise date of the recoding debut of Les Loups as December 6th 1927 and
further has some interesting info that I like to share here. I quote Mr. Baldwin below by permission, the inserted
scans are also forwarded by this observant collector.
|HMV R14030 (scan courtesy Anthony Baldwin)|
Anthony Baldwin writes: "I recently acquired HMV R14030, the Italian
issue of Argentine Victor 79968: Hawayanita (BA1588) and Criollita (BA1589). Under the label of the Hawayanita side
there is legible information scratched in the original wax by the engineer, notably the matrix number "BAVE 1588"
and a precise recording date "Dec. 6..27".
|Scan of original wax info at HMV R14030 (courtesy Anthony Baldwin)|
"The "Hawayanita" side has legible matrix information scratched in the wax under the label, clearly dating the
session to "Dec. 6. 27", whereas the date on the Oscar blog is "c. 10 December 1927". There is also a hand-
inscribed "2" at 9 o'clock from the spindle hole, which would appear to confirm the die-stamped take number "2" in
the wax run-off area. The flip side, "Criolitta", also bears the take number "2" in the run-off."
"In my view, c. 10 December 1927 was always a slightly dubious estimate, mainly because the 10th was a Saturday,
a day when — in western culture, at least — musicians are usually busy working elsewhere. For similar reasons, the
probably American engineer at Argentine Victor would have been used to the U.S. practice of working Monday to
Friday: Saturday was for the racetrack or the golf course. Unless someone like Rachmaninov had been in town, I
doubt that the engineer would have been amused to be dragged into the studio at the weekend — and certainly not for
a couple of obscure guitarists!"
"It's interesting that the artist credit scratched in the wax is not to "Les Loups", but to Lobo-Morera [sic],
presumably because Oscar was using his father's name, Moreira."
My comment regarding the last mentioned is that published sheet music from the period often credited Alemán by
writing 'Oscar M. Alemán' - the 'M' could refer to his father's name,
however, Oscar's middle name was another possibility. His full name actually read 'Oscar Marcelo
|Sheet music front - Hawayanita|
Mr. Baldwin adds another interesting detail regarding the Victor session on Dec. 6th, 1927:
"Interestingly, the two matrix numbers immediately preceding the "Hawayanita" session, BAVE 1586 ("Caxorro") and
1587 ("Ya...Ya"), are by the Elio Rietti Jazz Band, apparently also recorded on Dec. 6, 1927. These sides are also
both take-2. One wonders whether there was any connection between the Rietti band and Les Loups, or whether they
were simply booked into the studio on the same day."
If someone can supply enlightening information of a possible connection between Les
Loups and the Elio Rietti Jazz Band - a very popular and
pioneering jazz band in Argentina in the 1920s, I should like to learn more. Contact me by using the e-mail below.
Or use the comment facility of the blog.
Thanks a lot to Mr. Anthony Baldwin for his very informative