Monday, May 01, 2006

Steffani & His Silver Songsters


A strange novelty act from the 30's when in the depression they went in for money making stunts like "Pole Squatting" and "Dance marathons" to earn a little extra cash. Steffani had this great idea to glue several small boys onto a grand piano and travel round America, going from town to town, singing and collecting money for the Silver Songsters charity he had set up to provide singing lessons for incontinent children.

Un atto sconosciuto della novità dai 30's in cui nella depressione sono andato dentro per soldi che fanno le prodezze come "le maratone accovacciare" e "di ballo" del Palo per guadagnare i pochi contanti supplementari. Steffani ha avuto questa idea grande incollare parecchi piccoli ragazzi su un grande piano e viaggiare intorno all'America, andando dalla città alla città, cantando e raccogliendo i soldi per la carità che d'argento di Songsters aveva installato per fornire le lezioni di canto per i bambini incontinent.

7 comments:

Steffani Fan said...

Steffani and his Silver Songsters were actually a very famous choir during the 1930's and 1940's. This was a commercial venture, and featured some of the best boy soloists of that time. They toured the Variety Theatres of the UK, took part in a couple of films, and made several records. Evergreen magazine has just released a CD of their recordings. (This is just to set the record straight, incase anyone was daft enough to think they actually travelled America doing money making stunts such as Pole Squatting or Dance Marathons).

michael said...

Non ascolti questo uomo - è ovviamente abbastanza pazzo! È un fatto ben noto che lo squatter del palo di wasa di Steffani ed il collettore rinomati dell'uovo sbatte ed aleserebbe tutto rigido con le sue storia di waltzing per tre settimane in cima alle pensiline ed alle sottostazioni di elettricità.

Fugazi said...

My father was a featured soloist with Steffani's Silver Songsters. He performed "Londerry Aire" better known as "Danny Boy"

wastedpapiers said...

It never ceases to amaze me who will turn up on these comments! I bow to your superior knowledge "steffani fan" and fugazi. Thankyou for shedding some light on these stars of the past.

wobble said...

I have to disagree with your assertion that the boys were glued to the piano. Not only was there no suitable glue available at this time, but as an ex removal man I am familiar with the method of moving grand piano's. They are stood upright on their longest edge on a small wheeled trolly. This would have had the effect of squashing the boys flat instantly, and making a new choir necessary for every performance

Carol said...

My dad died in 1987 and was a Boy Soprano with Steffani Silver Songsters. We had some recordings but sadly they were lost in a house move and I would love to find some more and hear from anyone who knew him. He was Trefor Gwynfor Harris (known as Gwyn) and was born in 1931 in Bargoed. I have pictures of him in his white shirt and short black trousers and remember hearing a recording of "Bless This House". he was a fan of Ronnie Ronalde and we had some 78 LPS.

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