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Something old, something new, nothing borrowed, something blue!  This sums up our latest three creations.

Something Old is I Tiddly I Ti – cornet and piano duet.

A remarkable recording from the earliest years of the cylinder record industry in England. I Tiddly I Ti is a jaunty number, and the musical content has a clarity not often heard in records of this vintage.

You can find details of this record on our list of Brown Wax Releases.

Something New is Too Much Mustard – accordion solo.

Originally written in 1912, this version was recorded by accordion virtuoso, Matt Tolentino, in 2012. The tune was originally popularised by the American dancing duo, Vernon and Irene Castle.  Mr Tolentino’s arrangement of this piece reflects the energetic dancing style of the era.

This recording is in the Popular Series.

Something Blue is Teapot Dome Blues – by the Georgia Melodians

Before the Watergate scandal, Teapot Dome was regarded as the “greatest and most sensational scandal in the history of American politics”. This was a bribery incident that took place in the United States from 1920 to 1923, during the administration of President Warren G. Harding.

Secretary of the Interior Albert B Fall leased Navy petroleum reserves at Teapot Dome in Wyoming and two other locations in California to private oil companies at low rates without competitive bidding. In 1922 and 1923, the leases became the subject of a sensational investigation by Senator Thomas J. Walsh.  Fall was later convicted of accepting bribes from the oil companies.  And what has all that got to do with the music?  We don’t know, but it is a great tune!

You will find this title in the Red Star section of the Catalogue.