This is a replacement upload. I am sorry to report that the 1938 recording I used of Slim Gaillard singing the Flat Foot Floogie had a saxophone solo on it by Charlie Parker which is still jealously guarded by the copyright holders. The only replacement soundtrack that could work would be one that was exactly in synch with the video, which meant recording my own. So, here it is in all its amateurishness. I set my Tascam DR-40 field recorder to record, and played the video through seven times and sang and tapped along to it, then added all the results together. There was no mixing, and only four edits. Not what I set out to achieve, but at least I can safely say that I own this recording.
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The making of this video might make an interesting video. This was one of the 'cultural activities' I organised for the Frankie Manning Centennial Festival in New York. I was meant to have two technical assistants, three long sessions to shoot it in, and a cast of about 150. In the event, the first session started late, because people had been told to go to the wrong place, I had one assistant who had to leave after a short while. My cast was two-strong at first, and then later expanded to four and then five. One was not a dancer and didn't speak English. In the next session, I briefly got about 65 people to work with, but this got cut short when I was detained by the police after being accused of injuring an old lady. The police were very reasonable and let me go, but it meant that there was no third session.
I had planned to do a pastiche of 'New York New York' from the film 'On The Town' - about three sailors who go to New York and meet three fine gals. This plan went out of the window immediately. What you see here is what we were able to shoot, making it up as we went along, and I have used almost every shot we did.
Making editing a challenge was the fact that we had no sound system (the cable we had didn't fit the speaker) so the dancers could not hear the music. This means that each shot has dancers dancing at a slightly different, and not always constant, speed. You'll possibly notice that in the mass Charleston shot with two lines of dancers, near the end (a shot cut short by a collision with an old lady who stood behind me as I ran backwards), the dancers start and end in time with the music, but the third Charleston eight-count is strangely out of time. Heigh ho.
Somewhere in the universe, there is a piece of paper with the names of the main five cast members. In case I don't find it soon - if you are one of these, then sorry not to be crediting you now, and please do send your name in.
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Frankie 100 in Central Park - cultural activity video: a cappella version
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