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Annette Questionnaire

 

Just like the Holy Grail, the "Lost" Ark of the Convenant and the Dead Sea Scrolls,
Annette Collectors have for years theorized about the "lost" Questionnaire that
Annette filled out in the early 30's.  It was thought to be lost for years.
Whoever had it made no mention and only fleeting remarks about its
very existence were ever covered in any references about Annette's work.

Back in the early 30's both Radio Star Magazine and Radioland Magazine
used to run polls of the favorite radio stars.
Well Radioland magazine decided to run  a questionnaire of the stars
and it was thought that each star would fill out the questionnaires
by one of their agents and submit it to Radioland magazine.
Well, Annette being the trouper that she was, decided to fill it
out herself and send it to the lucky fan that was to get it.
However, no mention was ever made who that fan was.
It was thought lost in some drawer forever.

Well now it has finally surfaced!  At auction recently this long lost personal
memento of Annette has been found.  It is with great pleasure that I can
tell all Annette fans that Preston Meeks now has this long lost item.

If you are interested in finding out more about this long lost treasure, please email Preston at:

pmeeks@pdq.net

If you have items to trade or anything that may pique his interest about
Annette he may tell you more about it!
 

More Details!

Here are some more details about the 1930's survey just sent to me by Preston.

Her favorite flower:  Violet
Her favorite Screen Star:  Helen Hayes
Now for a bit of mystery:  her favorite poem is "Cynara".  This is a rather obscure poem
by the late Ernest Dowson (1867-1900)  Words are as follows:

Cynara by Ernest Dowson (1867-1900)

Last night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and mine
 There fell thy shadow, Cynara! thy breath was shed
 Upon my soul between the kisses and the wine;
 And I was desolate and sick of an old passion,
 Yea, I was desolate and bowed my head:
 I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.

 All night upon mine heart I felt her warm heart beat,
 Night-long within mine arms in love and sleep she lay;
 Surely the kisses of her bought red mouth were sweet;
 But I was desolate and sick of an old passion,
 When I awoke and found the dawn was gray;
 I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.

I have forgot much, Cynara! gone with the wind,
 Flung roses, roses riotously with the throng,
Dancing, to put thy pale, lost lilies out of mind;
 But I was desolate and sick of an old passion,
 Yea, all the time, because the dance was long;
 I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.

 I cried for madder music and for stronger wine,
 But when the feast is finished and the lamps expire,
 Then falls thy shadow, Cynara! the night is thine;
 And I was desolate and sick of an old passion,
 Yea hungry for the lips of my desire:
 I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.
 

Soon To Come:  More Details

Anyone able to guess what her favorite car is?  I will post this and give  more
details in the weeks to come.  Also Preston soon will be sending me a personal
letter from John Hammond who knew Annette from the time that
she had the "Melody Shop".

This letter was sent to Frank Hanshaw
upon Annette's death.   There are other tantalizing bits of
memorabilia that Preston just recently obtained from Frank Hanshaw
which I will post on the web site as I receive them.
 

Other News:

Two of the most tantalizing bits of memorabilia that
Annette collectors love to theorize about are her first and
last recordings.  I have both in my possession and will be
analyzing them in the months to come.
 

Annette's First Recordings

Annette's first recording was a two part medley that she recorded
at the Pathé Actuelle studios in New York City.  It consisted
of the following songs:

Part One

1.  What can I say dear?
2  Bye, Bye Blackbird
3.  The Day I Met You
 

At the end of Part One of the medley Annette is heard talking to
the record producer,
"What's that Jack?  Oh I know, but I'm not doing it well, you know,
I'm all a quivering, Mr. Bulena", she says.

Part Two

1.  Don't Want Nobody But You
2.  I Wonder What's become of Joe
3.  Five Foot Two
 

 This recording was made on July 28, 1926 and she accompanied
herself on piano.  This was an interesting time for Annette
and for the Pathé Frères Phonograph company.

It was in 1923 that the Pathé Frères Phonograph company
reorganized in America.  This pioneering French cylinder
manufacturer had studios in Paris, London, Milan
and Moscow and had amassed an extensive catalog of
cylinder masters and by means of a mechanical
device called a "pantograph" was able to copy its
masters in either cylinder or disc.  It remained in wide use
until the advent of the electrical recordings in the fall of 1926.

It was in 1923 the Pathé Frères Phonograph Company
reorganized in the United States as the Pathé Phonograph
and Radio Corporation, with Russel Hunting as the manager.
New studios were opened at 150 East 53rd Street

With the reoganization it started its new label the
"Pathé Actuelle"  series.

It used its own masters for the most part, but also used masters from the following
companies:

1.  Combo Company of Canada (Apex label)
2.  Marsh Laboratories  (Autograph label)
3. Plaza Music Company (Banner label)

Then the big change began in 1926 with the advent of the
electrical recording process.  They started with the E-2000 series

Annette made these two E-2000 series in July 28, 1926.  They would
have been one of the first electrical recordings made by the
French firm.  At this time these masters were made by the
Compo Company of Canada.  It was not until 1927 that they
were able to release their own masters.

For more information on the Pathé Record Company please
refer to the excellent book by Allan Sutton
"Directory of American Disc Record Brands and Manufacturers , 1891-1943"
 

Annette's Last Recordings

Annette made her last "official" recording in 1936.  It was a "private"
recording with the Five H's.  They were also known as Frankie Hanshaw and his Young Scarsdalians. (personal correspondence from Frank Hanshaw III dated July 25, 2002)
It included her brother Frank Hanshaw Jr. (Frank Hanshaws III's father) as leader.
Also included were Sal Pace on Alto Saxophone and clarinet.  Lastly Emile Palucci
played piano, while Frank Jr. played trumpet. According to Frank Hanshaw III, his father, Frank Jr. and Emile remained friends for over 60 years and Emile was the editor for Variety Magazine his whole life. Also represented were Tom Rockwell and Cork O'Keefe.
(personal correspondence from Frank Hanshaw III dated July 25,2002)

These songs were recorded at the Edwin Strong Studios in Manhatten and
included a medley of songs.

1.  Blue Evening
2.  You're Heavenly Thing
3.  What's the Reason I'm Not Pleasing You
 

Annette's Only Columbia Recordings

 Annette sang only 4 songs "officially" for the major Columbia
label.  Although she sang for all of its major subsidiares for years
she only recorded four official sides for Columbia.

They were:

1.  Lover Come Back to Me (March 15, 1929)
2.  You Wouldn't Fool Me, Would You? (March 15, 1929)

3.  That's You, Baby (April 5, 1929)
4.  Big City Blues (April 5, 1929)

Not even twenty days after these recordings were made she was "back"
to the minor leagues as it were to the "Harmony" label to continue
recording for the dime store labels.  She never recorded again for the
official Columbia label.  These recordings were pretty powerful stuff and
could have been the start of something big, really big.  But Moe Synder
wouldn't have that happening.  But Annette was a star despite the efforts
of Ruth's husband.  These recordings included Phil Napoleon, Benny Goodman
Ben Selvin, and Rube Bloom,  some of the best and brightest musicians
of the day.