[78-L] Interesting disc

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Thu May 10 12:07:02 PDT 2012

You betcha! Although oddly enough, that was one disc that I never found on 78. 
Just before we were to begin broadcasting Night Camp, I found a Camden LP 
reissue of 6 Skaters Band sides in the Big Sisters Thrift Shop on Avenue Road. 
I played that track and immediately had the sound that I wanted for the program 
(until I got tired of it about 4 years later and substituted 5 different 
versions of "In A Mist", whereupon the audio radience insisted I go back to 
Tattooed Lady). Cheesy band, cheesy arrangenment, cheesy recording..what's not 
to love?

I'm told that Boag's royalties from sales of the Camden lp were about a buck 
and a half. The original Victors stayed in print well into the mid 50s though.


On 5/10/2012 3:02 PM, Royal Pemberton wrote:
> And wouldn't that also be the same Skaters Band whose 78 of 'The tattooed
> lady' was the theme tune for NIGHTCAMP on CBC Radio back in the day?
> On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM, David Lennick<dlennick at sympatico.ca>wrote:
>> Hi DB..this one is from 1935. Ross Brethour knew Max Boag well and
>> compiled a
>> bio-discography of the guy in the 70s. Boag worked as a customs officer and
>> also led a local band which provided recordings for local rinks. Victor
>> pressed
>> them until 1939 (Boag recorded some in Montreal at first and then did them
>> in
>> Newmarket and sent the masters to Montreal), then Compo took over pressing.
>> Boag also did some juke box records as "Harry Glenn" during the ban. Later
>> he
>> had the Tip Top label in Newmarket and was connected with the group that
>> established Mercury Records in Canada.
>> But other than that, I never heard of the guy. (I have a number of test
>> pressings, including some oversize Victor and Compo discs.)
>> Interesting that those Canadian Victors sold for a whopping $2 a pop..some
>> were
>> also issued by Victor in the US, one of them being the last blue label
>> Scroll
>> issue.
>> dl
>> On 5/10/2012 12:52 PM, DAVID BURNHAM wrote:
>>> I found an interesting, (for me), disc the other day, it was a purple
>> labeled 12 inch Victor number S-201, (A side "Old-timers Waltz Medley", B
>> side "Viennese Waltz Medley"),  by Max Boag and the Skaters Band, (I
>> believe there should be an apostrophe in there somewhere, unless the band
>> is made up of skaters).  I have never heard of this record, group or leader
>> but apparently he's a Canadian from Newmarket, ON, (probably lived from
>> 1906 to 1980).  The record would be after, but not long after, 1929 because
>> it is a large label but mentions, "RCA Victor" at the bottom of the label.
>>   I can find nothing about Max Boag in "Roll Back the Years" and can't find
>> a discography of any other records he may have made but he must have been
>> somewhat prolific because a number of sites on the internet are selling a
>> "Max Boag discography" as a book.
>>> I'd be curious to know if anyone else here has come across his
>> recordings.
>>> db
>>> _________________________________

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