Smoke Rings (album)
Smoke Rings is a compilation album of phonograph records released by Victor Records in 1944 featuring Swing-era recordings of eight bandleaders as a part of their Musical Smart Set series. The set was released in conjunction with Up Swing during the American Federation of Musicians strike and features popular recordings by the various artists.
|Compilation album by |
|Released||March 23, 1944|
|Genre||Dance band, Swing, Jazz|
|Benny Goodman chronology|
|Tommy Dorsey chronology|
|Larry Clinton chronology|
|Duke Ellington chronology|
|Artie Shaw chronology|
|Sing & Sway with Sammy Kaye chronology|
|Freddy Martin chronology|
|Glenn Miller chronology|
The album's sides were titled Big Hit of, with the year released after; Smoke Rings features songs from 1936 to 1943. This could be misleading: According to Joel Whitburn, the four songs by bandleaders Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Larry Clinton and Glenn Miller were all number one hits. Ellington's "I Got It Bad" hit only the 17th position, while Artie Shaw's "All The Things You Are" and Freddy Martin's "Intermezzo" placed inside the top ten, at numbers 8 and 7 respectively. Kaye's version of "Moon Love" did not chart.
Despite the fact sister album Up Swing charted, Smoke Rings did not. Billboard magazine described the album in April 1944 as featuring "sentimental oldies". Both releases may have been to make up for lost sales:
Victor's cancellation of the contracts to Oklahoma and Carmen Jones was a solid sock, as the Oklahoma album has sold almost 300,000 copies, the greatest album sale in the history of the disk biz.
These previously issued songs were featured on a 4-disc, 78 rpm album set, Victor P-147.
Disc 1: (20-1557)
Disc 2: (20-1558)
- "My Reverie", recorded July 16, 1938 with Larry Clinton and His Orchestra.
- "Moon Love", recorded May 29, 1939 by Sing and Sway with Sammy Kaye.
Disc 3: (20-1559)
- "All the Things You Are", recorded October 26, 1939 with Artie Shaw and His Orchestra.
- "Intermezzo", recorded March 26, 1941 with Freddy Martin and His Orchestra.
Disc 4: (20-1560)
- Whitburn, Joel (2015). Pop Memories 1900-1940. Record Research. ISBN 978-0-89820-216-8.
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Pop Hits Singles and Albums, 1940-1954. Record Research. ISBN 978-0-89820-198-7.
- "Big 3 Diskers Album-Dough Conscious Now" (PDF). American Radio History. The Billboard. 8 April 1944. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
- "RCA Victor 20-prefix series". 78discography.com. The Online Discographical Project. Retrieved 1 May 2019.