Personnel: Gus Arnheim (piano, celesta); Nelson Hall (vocals, guitar, banjo); Russ Columbo (vocals, violin); Fred MacMurray (vocals, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Walter Holzhaus (vocals, trumpet); Ed Landry (vocals, tuba); Art Fleming (vocals, vibraphone, drums); Three Rhythm Boys, Donald Novis, Robert Harthorn, Jimmy Newell, Eddie Cantor, Buster Dees, Loyce Whiteman, Ambassador Trio, Bud Struck, Freddy Fritsch, Harry Barris, Craig Leitch, Samuel Pedraza, Joan Crawford, Al Rinker, Ann Gray, Shirley Ross, Bing Crosby (vocals); Frank Saputo, Bob Ballard (guitar); Henry Haworski, Sterling Young, Emil Briano, Si Waronker (violin); Joe Kretcher (clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); George Herbert Moore (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Claude Burch, Stanley Green (trumpet); Jack Pageler, Billy White (trombone); P.G. Smearer, Ward Lay (tuba); William Ellfeldt (piano); Graham Stevenson (drums).
Liner Note Author: Roger Robles.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (04/14/1928-12/13/1933); Culver City, CA (04/14/1928-12/13/1933); Hollywood, CA (04/14/1928-12/13/1933); Los Angeles, CA (04/14/1928-12/13/1933); New York, NY (04/14/1928-12/13/1933).
Photographer: Joe Busam.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Robert Harthorn; Ed Landry; Art Fleming; Freddy Fritsch; Harry Barris; Nelson Hall; Walter Holzhaus; Al Rinker; Bing Crosby.
Once upon a time, Gus Arnheim (1897-1955) led a hugely popular society dance band based at the club Cocoanut Grove within the swank Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Founded in cahoots with Abe Lyman in 1927, the band soon billed as Gus Arnheim's Cocoanut Grove Orchestra toured every corner of the continental United States as well as Britain and mainland Europe. Released in 2006, Renovation's double-disc In Hollywood stands as one of the few existing monuments to Arnheim's early successes. Arnheim is best remembered for having employed the Three Rhythm Boys, an ex-Paul Whiteman vocal group consisting of Harry Barris, Mildred Bailey's brother Alton Rinker, and rising star Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby. Tapping into the years 1928-1933, In Hollywood features no less than 23 vocalists, the most famous being Crosby, Joan Crawford, and Eddie Cantor. Instrumentalists who also sing include violinist Russ Columbo, saxophonist Fred MacMurray, and banjoist Ed Landry, brother of bandleader Art Landry. The handsomely nostalgic playlist includes three Arnheim originals ("Sweet and Lovely," "I'm Gonna Get You," and "It Must Be True") as well as such timeless yet dated delights as "Let's Fall in Love," "Back in Your Own Backyard," and "Singin' in the Rain." ~ arwulf arwulf