International Novelty Orchestra

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The International Novelty Quartet and The International Novelty Orchestra started appearing in record catalogues from 1922 to the 1930's, becoming extremely popular with a string of best-selling discs. No one seems to have seriously studied the different groups that were formed solely as studio units to make records, always with the xylophone and clever arrangements as a special feature. They brought together some of the best musicians in England and the United States. Information on the participants is scant. These 'house bands' released discs in Europe under the these names also.

In the United States, The International Novelty Orchestra was a pseudonym for the Victor house band conducted by Victor's musical director Nathaniel Shilkret in the Victor studios. The pseudonym was first used in March 1922. Brian Rust published the session data for US recordings in his 'American Dance Band Discography'. Between 1922 and 1927, a total of 135 tracks were recorded; 36 of these were rejected and 99 were released on Victor in the USA. Seventeen different vocalists were used but many tracks had no vocals.

English domestic studio recordings of the same variety of music as that released in the USA also employed the names The International Novelty Quartet and The International Novelty Orchestra. The titles recorded in England seemed to be of 'foreign' material, thus giving the 'international' look. Based on unpublished data from Brian Rust's journals, some early sessions (1929-1930) [e.g., Zon T-5489 The Dickey Bird Hop] were recorded by The Bert and John Firman Orchestra. The 'Choristers Waltz', recorded on 27 January 1930, featured Sylvester Ahola (trumpet), clarinet, alto sax, Bert Read (piano), Rudy Starita (drums-vibraphone-xylophone) and was directed by John Firman. George Scott Wood directed many later recordings. Both Rudy Starita and Harry Robbins seem likely xylophonists. George Scott Wood probably played piano and/or accordion on the discs that he directed. Harry Leader may have been involved in the mid-1930s. Few vocalists have been identified, except for two tracks sung by Sam Browne on Regal Zonophone in 1932 and another two with Ronnie Hill in 1937.

In Australia, recordings by these studio bands were released on Zonophone, His Master's Voice, and Regal Zonophone. The earliest disc listed in the 1946 EMI Australian catalogue is 'Cuckoo and Lena' on Zonophone EE67 by The International Novelty Quartet [originally released in 1926 in the USA, matrix 8472 & 8473]. The first listed for The International Novelty Orchestra is 'Amoureuse and Jolly Fellows' on Zonophone EF27. Not all their recordings were still listed in this 1946 edition. Probably the most-prized vocal recording remembered is 'Silver Bell' on Regal Zonophone G-22050, recorded by The International Novelty Quartet on 22 January 1934. This track features 2 trumpets, trombone, piccolo, 2 pianos, string bass, drums/xylophone, and a vocal duet. It was classified as 'The Quartet'!
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73366 International Novelty Orchestra - Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers / Twinkling Star album art International Novelty Orchestra Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers / Twinkling Star Victor 73366 US 1922 Sell This Version
18882 International Novelty Orchestra - Swanee River Moon / Do It Again! album art International Novelty Orchestra / Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra International Novelty Orchestra / Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra - Swanee River Moon / Do It Again! Victor 18882 Canada 1922 Sell This Version
35716 International Novelty Orchestra - Popular Songs Of Yesterday album art International Novelty Orchestra Popular Songs Of Yesterday Victor 35716 US 1922 Sell This Version
73400 International Novelty Orchestra - Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers / El Sonriente San Pedro  album art Orquesta Internacional (3) = International Novelty Orchestra / Orquesta Victor* = Victor Orchestra* Orquesta Internacional (3) = International Novelty Orchestra / Orquesta Victor* = Victor Orchestra* - Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers / El Sonriente San Pedro (Shellac, 10") Victor 73400 US 1922 Sell This Version
73487 International Novelty Orchestra - Love's Lament / Gold And Silver album art International Novelty Orchestra Love's Lament / Gold And Silver(Shellac, 10") Victor 73487 US 1922 Sell This Version
18979 International Novelty Orchestra - 'Twas In The Month Of May-Katinka / Chinese Billikens album art International Novelty Orchestra 'Twas In The Month Of May-Katinka / Chinese Billikens(Shellac, 10") Victor 18979 US 1922 Sell This Version
19002 International Novelty Orchestra - La Paloma / O Solo Mio album art International Novelty Orchestra La Paloma / O Solo Mio Victor 19002 US 1923 Sell This Version
19063 International Novelty Orchestra - Little Rover (Don't Forget To Come Back Home) (El Andorrero) /  Runnin' Wild! (Delirios) album art International Novelty Orchestra / The Great White Way Orchestra International Novelty Orchestra / The Great White Way Orchestra - Little Rover (Don't Forget To Come Back Home) (El Andorrero) / Runnin' Wild! (Delirios) Victor 19063 US 1923 Sell This Version
19096 International Novelty Orchestra - Cigarette / The Cup Of Sorrow album art International Novelty Orchestra Cigarette / The Cup Of Sorrow Victor 19096 US 1923 Sell This Version
19069 International Novelty Orchestra - When Will The Sun Shine for me? / Gone album art International Novelty Orchestra, The Great White Way Orchestra International Novelty Orchestra, The Great White Way Orchestra - When Will The Sun Shine for me? / Gone(Shellac, 10") Victor 19069 US 1923 Sell This Version
19128 International Novelty Orchestra - The Gold-Digger / Chick-A-Dee album art Charles Dornberger And His Orchestra* / International Novelty Orchestra Charles Dornberger And His Orchestra* / International Novelty Orchestra - The Gold-Digger / Chick-A-Dee(Shellac, 10") Victor 19128 US 1923 Sell This Version
19137 International Novelty Orchestra - The Frivolous Girl / Love-Longing album art International Novelty Orchestra The Frivolous Girl / Love-Longing(Shellac, 10") Victor 19137 US 1923 Sell This Version
73731 International Novelty Orchestra - Maldito Tango / Fox Japonés album art Orquestra Internacional* Maldito Tango / Fox Japonés(Shellac, 10") Victor 73731 US 1923 Sell This Version
19225 International Novelty Orchestra - Mississippi Ripples / Roll Along Missouri album art International Novelty Orchestra / Green-Arden Orchestra International Novelty Orchestra / Green-Arden Orchestra - Mississippi Ripples / Roll Along Missouri(Shellac, 10") Victor 19225 US 1923 Sell This Version
35723 International Novelty Orchestra - University Lancers album art International Novelty Orchestra University Lancers(Shellac, 12") Victor 35723 Canada 1923 Sell This Version
19121 International Novelty Orchestra - I Love Me / No No Nora album art International Novelty Orchestra / The Benson Orchestra Of Chicago International Novelty Orchestra / The Benson Orchestra Of Chicago - I Love Me / No No Nora(Shellac, 10") Victor 19121 US 1923 Sell This Version
19179 International Novelty Orchestra - Moonlight Kisses / Music Of Love album art Joe Raymond And His Orchestra / International Novelty Orchestra Joe Raymond And His Orchestra / International Novelty Orchestra - Moonlight Kisses / Music Of Love(Shellac, 10") Victor 19179 US 1923 Sell This Version
18995 International Novelty Orchestra - My Buddy / When Winter Comes album art International Novelty Orchestra / The Great White Way Orchestra International Novelty Orchestra / The Great White Way Orchestra - My Buddy / When Winter Comes(Shellac, 10") Victor 18995 US 1923 Sell This Version
19421 International Novelty Orchestra - It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo' / Hayseed Rag album art International Novelty Orchestra / The Dizzy Trio* International Novelty Orchestra / The Dizzy Trio* - It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo' / Hayseed Rag Victor 19421 US 1924 Sell This Version
19332 International Novelty Orchestra - Jealous / Waitin' Around album art International Novelty Orchestra / Garber-Davis Orchestra International Novelty Orchestra / Garber-Davis Orchestra - Jealous / Waitin' Around Victor 19332 US 1924 Sell This Version
19380 International Novelty Orchestra - June Night / Only You album art Waring's Pennsylvanians* / International Novelty Orchestra Waring's Pennsylvanians* / International Novelty Orchestra - June Night / Only You Victor 19380 Canada 1924 Sell This Version
19017 International Novelty Orchestra - Honeymoon Chimes / Waltzing The Blues album art International Novelty Orchestra / Victor Arden, Phil Ohman And Their Orchestra International Novelty Orchestra / Victor Arden, Phil Ohman And Their Orchestra - Honeymoon Chimes / Waltzing The Blues His Master's Voice 19017 Canada 1923 Sell This Version
19288 International Novelty Orchestra - Innocent Eyes / Say It Again album art International Novelty Orchestra Innocent Eyes / Say It Again Victor 19288 Canada 1924 Sell This Version
19509 International Novelty Orchestra - Sax-o-phun / Hey! Hey! and Hee! Hee! album art George Olsen And His Music* / International Novelty Orchestra George Olsen And His Music* / International Novelty Orchestra - Sax-o-phun / Hey! Hey! and Hee! Hee! Victor 19509 Canada 1924 Sell This Version
19369 International Novelty Orchestra - Blackin' Blues / Ukulele Blues album art Waring's Pennsylvanians* / International Novelty Orchestra Waring's Pennsylvanians* / International Novelty Orchestra - Blackin' Blues / Ukulele Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor 19369 US 1924 Sell This Version