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You Wouldn't Fool Me,
Would You?

Annette Hanshaw


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Feat. Rube Bloom


This side was cut in New York City on March 15th 1929 featuring Annette Hanshaw vocals, accompanied by Ben Selvin violin, and Rube Bloom piano.

*"You Wouldn't Fool Me, Would You?" was composed by Ray Henderson with lyrics by Buddy De Sylva and Lew Brown. The song was featured in the 1929 Broadway musical comedy "Follow Thru".

Annette Hanshaw can be heard here at her absolute best as she plays innocent and playful. The song changes in the second chorus as she teases in her "baby" voice and follows through with a full on imitation of Helen Kane. Clearly she is having a lot of fun at this recording session.

Helen Kane, the original Betty Boop, played an important part in Annette's singing career. The two were good friends and decided it would be funny for Annette to record several of Helen's songs in her own baby voice under the pseudonym Patsy Young; perhaps imitating her a little too well. Helen Kane was under exclusive contract to Victor Records at the time and the executives were furious believing that Helen had jumped labels and was secretly singing for Velvet Tone. Victor sued Helen for breach of contract but in reality, Annette had recorded using the voice as early as April 1927 when she made "Aw Gee, Don't Be That Way" before Helen made her first record in 1928. In all there are about ten recorded instances in which Annette Hanshaw used this vocal style.

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