Record of the Week
from The National Jukebox
Each week our panel of experts picks a different National Jukebox selection to highlight.
This week’s selection:
"I’ve got my habits on" sung by Miss Patricola, recorded November 11, 1922.
Isabelle Patricola (ca. 1886-1965) was a popular vaudevillian during the 1920s, who was always billed as “Miss Patricola” and often as “the scintillating Miss Patricola.” She recorded copiously for Victor and Vocalion and specialized at jazzy numbers with a saucy flare. “I’ve got my habits on,” a collaboration of black songwriter Chris Smith and Jimmy Durante, bears a curious resemblance to Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake’s contemporaneous “Baltimore Buzz” from just a few years earlier. In evidence are descriptive sound effects that Miss P. overcomes with ease.