Thursday, October 31, 2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Vintage Halloween Songs

Halloween fell on Throwback Thursday this year, so here are several spooky tunes, some of which go back more than 100 years.

Confession; I first heard this first one in the 1990s on a Tom Waits album, with vocals by William Burroughs, "`Tain't No Sin to Take Off Your Skin and Dance Around in Your Bones" goes back at least to 1930. Here's a version by a sultry-voiced singer named Lee Morse and Her Bluegrass Boys. (No, this ain't bluegrass music. But, according to the All-Music Guide the band included Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey

Here's Louis Armstrong in the early '50s

According to my late grandmother, Rudy Vallee was something of a teen idol in his day. This song would make him more like the Screamin' Jay Hawkins of the Roaring '20s.

Finally, this song by Arthur Collins must have been the hot of every Halloween party in 1912. Beware the Ragtime Goblin Man!

For more Halloween songs check out my latest Big Enchilada podcast

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