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"Ipana Smiles"
with Smith Ballew


Recorded in New York City in 1929 featuring Sam Lanin director, Smith Ballew vocals, Mannie Kline trumpet, Tommy Dorsey trombone, and Jimmy Dorsey clarinet.

The "Ipana Troubadors" was a musical variety radio program which began in New York on W.E.A.F. in 1923. In actuality, the "Troubadors" were the "Sam Lanin Orchestra" appearing under alternate billing. The show was sponsored by Bristol Myers' Ipana Toothpaste, and it was during this period that the company introduced their slogan, "Ipana for the Smile of Beauty; Sal Hepatica for the Smile of Health".

Sam Lanin's brothers, Howard and Lester, were also bandleaders and each of them had sustained successful careers in music. Lanin was one of ten children born to Russian-Jewish immigrants who emigrated to Philadelphia in the decade of the 1900's. Sam played clarinet and violin while young, and in 1912 he was offered a spot playing in Victor Herbert's orchestra, where he played through World War I. After the war he moved to New York City and began playing at the Roseland Ballroom in late 1918. There he established the "Roseland Orchestra"; this ensemble recorded for the Columbia Gramophone Company in the early 1920's.

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