I and several others I know have also wondered for years (make that decades!) about that music score and have been determined to track down a listing of the records used to compile it. Over the years I have heard it called the Wonderland score, the "Meadowlark" score (after one of the tunes had been identified as the 1926 song of that name), and even "Old Faithful". But as nobody has ever found a list of the records used left by the person responsible for the score (reportedly Charlie Tarbox of Film Classic Exchange) it has been left up to diligent record collectors and researchers to identify each selection one by one whenever we'd hear one of the tunes elsewhere or on a record in our collections.jeffm wrote: ...that loop of 20's jazz records Home Movie Wonderland and Niles Cinema Products both used to use on their silent comedies...
Does anyone have discography info on what records were used to concoct this very overly familiar track? All best wishes.
I was able to relatively easily identify the five tunes (of the total of nine in the score) that were taken from popular American dance band records (by such bands as George Olsen, Nat Shilkret and Paul Whiteman) but for decades the remaining four tracks had apparently stumped everyone. I concluded after a while that the remaining unidentifiable selections had to be by foreign bands, probably British or maybe German, and at least three of the tracks sure sounded like they were by the same band, clearly one that had a piano as the lead instrument.
But finally in the last few years continued research has identified all nine tracks.
So, here they are, in the most-often heard order (although I've sometimes heard the score with some of the selections deleted or in a different order):
1. "Fascinatin' Vamp" by Nat Shilkret and The Victor Orchestra.
2. "Kleine Sonja" by The Herbert Kuster Piano Orchestra.
3. "Where'd You Get Those Eyes" by George Olsen and His Music.
4. "Jockey" by The Herbert Kuster Piano Orchestra.
5. "Just a Little Thing Called Rhythm" by George Olsen and His Music.
6. "Schattenspiele" ("Shadowsplay") by The Herbert Kuster Piano Orchestra.
7. "Meadowlark" by George Olsen and His Music.
8. "Dancing Shadows" by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra.
9. "Monkey Tricks" by The Herbert Kuster Piano Orchestra.
Tracks 3, 5, and 7 are actually vocal recordings with their vocals edited out.
Track 8 features humming which apparently wasn't considered worth editing out. The humming is by The Rhythm Boys, including Bing Crosby.
Track 9 is actually still a speculation as to the identity of the performer. A recording of the tune by a different artist has been found, so we know its title, but although a recording of it by Herbert Kuster has not yet been located, it appears (and sounds) most likely to be the work of Mr. Kuster.
"Fascinatin' Vamp" from Victor 78 #21431 (released in England on HMV #B-5514). Recorded April 28, 1928.
"Kleine Sonja" originally from German Polydor label, released in England on Decca 78 #F-5738. Recorded - 1935.
"Where'd You Get Those Eyes" from Victor 78 #20112-B. Recorded July 16, 1926.
"Jockey" (same details as for "Kleine Sonja").
"Just a Little Thing Called Rhythm" from Victor 78 #19834-A. Recorded October 30, 1925.
"Schattenspiele" - original label and date unknown as of now.
"Meadowlark" from Victor 78 #20352-A. Recorded November 22, 1926.
"Dancing Shadows" from Victor 78 #21431 (released in England on HMV #B-5511). Recorded April 22, 1928.
"Monkey Tricks" possibly from 1939, and possibly coupled with "Schattenspiele" on a 78 by Herbert Kuster.
Among the other collectors and researchers who helped immeasurably in the search for the titles of these tunes, credit must go to Randy Skretvedt, Mike Thomas and John Leifert.