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Dancing The Devil Away

Don Voorhees & His
Earl Carroll's Vanities Orchestra


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"Earl Carroll's Scandal"


This side was recorded in New York City on March 21st 1927 with Don Voorhees director, Charles Kaley vocals, Red Nichols and Leo McConville trumpet, Miff Mole trombone, Bill Trone mellophone, Phil Gleason and Fred Morrow clarinet, soprano, & alto sax, Paul Cartwright clarinet, soprano, & tenor sax, Joe Raymond violin, Arthur Schutt piano, Dick McDonough banjo & guitar, Jack Hansen bass brass, and Vic Berton drums.

*"Dancing The Devil Away" was composed by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, with lyrics by Otto Harbach.

The song was originally featured in the 1927 Broadway musical "Lucky".

In 1926 Earl Carroll threw a party in honor of Harry Kendall Thaw the Pittsburgh murderer of Stanford White twenty years earlier and a potential investor of his Broadway shows. During this private affair a bathtub was brought out in which a nude woman was bathing in illegal liquor. Philip Payne, editor of the New York Mirror who was among the guests published a report. This federal authorities subpoenaed Carroll to appear before a grand jury apparently determined to learn the source of the illegal alcohol. Carroll denied the incident occurred, but others confirmed it. He was prosecuted for perjury, convicted, and sent to the Atlanta State Penitentiary for six months.

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