Vernon Dilworth’s Top Cats/ Lucky Millinder’s Orchestra – Shorty/ Who Said Shorty Wasn’t Coming Back
After a brief summer hiatus we’re back with another crackin’ old skool RnB jukebox monster! Two sides of jump n’ jive with ‘Shorty’, a fictional character who ran through a number of early Rhythm & Blues and Jazz Vocal sides way back in the ‘40s. Shorty was the fella who avoided the draft and reaped the rewards with many a lonely housewife while their respective husbands were away on duty in WWII. This scandalous lout was first introduced to the public by the prolific bandleader Lucky Millinder with his 1946 hit ‘Shorty’s Got To Go’. On this single we feature one of Millinder’s own answer songs, the snappy ‘Who Said Shorty Wasn’t Coming Back’, whilst on the top-side we have selected a superb but scarcely heard early 50s rendition of the song by the relatively unknown West Coast vocalist Vernon Dilworth. Dilworth’s vocal delivery has all the hip and laid back swagger of the big city cat on the corner, and his band’s hot-stepping accompaniment is the height of jazzy sophistication – small wonder they were named ‘The Top Cats’. Safe to say that both sides really cook and we’re also proud to offer them both on 45rpm vinyl for the very first time! Please note that these are both very old pieces, and the recording techniques used quite rudimentary. Whilst every effort has been undertaken to obtain the best sources possible, we freely admit that these are rough recordings, but we feel they are too good too ignore all the same. We’ve recently been hammering the test pressing at the Jukebox Jam club and nobody has complained that’s for sure!