Caption: Segar Ellis
Segar Ellis 

Segar Ellis

From: Guy Rathbun
Series: the Club McKenzie: Your 1920s Jazz Speakeasy
Length: 58:54

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Ellis was first a jazz pianist and later jazz vocalist who recorded numerous sides with the Dorsey Brothers, Eddie Lang, Joe Venuti, and many others. He also made a few brief film appearances, most notably in collaboration with director Ida Lupino. Read the full description.
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Segar Ellis
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Guy Rathbun

Segar_ellis_small In the late 20s and early 30s, Ellis made several recordings for the OKeh label. He sang alto and tenor, with which he was uncomfortable early in his career, believing his voice to be too high, and he didn’t favor the more sentimental tunes of the day. But, OKeh records wanted a voice that could compete with Columbia’s Gene Austin

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Piece Description

In the late 20s and early 30s, Ellis made several recordings for the OKeh label. He sang alto and tenor, with which he was uncomfortable early in his career, believing his voice to be too high, and he didn’t favor the more sentimental tunes of the day. But, OKeh records wanted a voice that could compete with Columbia’s Gene Austin

Broadcast History

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Timing and Cues

Segment #1 INCUE @ 00:00: Theme …
Segment #1 OUTCUE @ 19:38: “Right after this break.”
1st :62 second break with music bed.
Segment #2 INCUE @ 20:40: music
Segment #2 OUTCUE @ 39:07: “… on trumpet with ‘One Hour.’”
2nd :62 second break with music bed.
Segment #3 INCUE @ 40:09: music
OUTCUE @ 58:54: … theme ends.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Cheerful Little Earful Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1930 :00
Sweet Sue, Just You Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1928 :00
Should I? Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1930 :00
Ain’t Misbehavin’ Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1929 :00
If I Can’t Have You Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1928 :00
Lover, Come Back to Me Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1929 :00
Where the Shy Little Violets Grow Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1928 :00
Lonesome Old Town Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1930 :00
I Wonder How It Feels Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1930 :00
I Miss a Little Miss Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1930 :00
If I Could Be With You (One Hour) Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1930 :00
Nobody But You Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1929 :00
Nevertheless Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1931 :00
Don’t be Like That Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1928 :00
I’m Confessin’ That I Love You Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1930 :00
What’s the Use? Segar Ellis Jazz in a Sentimental Mood. TOM 1930 :00