Annie's Cousin Fannie
Annie's Cousin Fannie, which is sometimes listed as "Annie's Cousin Fanny", is a 1934 song composed by Glenn Miller and recorded by The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra for Brunswick and Decca Records. The Dorsey Brothers released two versions of the song in 1934 and 1935.
Annie's Cousin Fannie, also released as "Annie's Cousin Fannie is a Sweetie of Mine", was written for the Dorsey Brothers Band in 1934 by Glenn Miller, who was an arranger and trombonist in the band. The composition featured double entendre lyrics.
The song was recorded four times, first on May 21, 1934 in New York. The June 4, 1934 recording was released under the title "Annie's Cousin Fannie is a Sweetie of Mine" on Brunswick as 6938 b/w "Judy". Glenn Miller's name was misspelled on the 78 record label as "Glen". Take 2 was recorded on August 15, 1934 in New York for Decca. Take 3 was recorded on August 23, 1934 and was released in a second version of the song under the title "Annie's Cousin Fannie" on Decca as the A side to the Decca 117 78 that featured "Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibe" as the B side. The lyrics were sung by Kay Weber, one of the first female singers of the Big Band Era, and Glenn Miller, who had discovered her. The song was reportedly banned by some radio stations because of the risque double entendre lyrics and stirred controversy.
Tommy Dorsey (first verse), Don Mattison, Glenn Miller (last verse), Skeets Herfurt, and Kay Weber are on vocals. The recording was produced by David Lennick.
The 1934 Brunswick recording appears on the 1992 Sony compilation Best of Big Bands: Dorsey Brothers, The Dorsey Brothers: Stop, Look & Listen, Original 1932-1932 Recordings, 2005, Naxos Jazz Legends, and on the 2004 collection by Avid The Glenn Miller Story, Vols. 1-2. The song is also on the 2006 compilation The Dorsey Brothers, Vol. 4 on Jazz Oracle and the 2006 various artists collection Beat the Band to the Bar on ASV Living Era.
The song was recorded by Dick Pierce, Russ Carlton and his Orchestra on Carlton Records as a 78 single, C-1000, by Marshall Royal and Maxwell Davis on the album Studio Cuts featuring two takes released on Tuff City, which features two takes of the song, and in 2000, by Mora's Modern Rhythmists Dance Orchestra, a ten-piece ensemble that plays jazz and swing from the 1920s and 1930s. There was also a follow-up song entitled "Since Annie's Cousin Fanny Married Heinie" by Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin which was copyrighted on January 9, 1937 and published by Leeds Music Company in New York.
The members of the Dorsey Brothers' Orchestra in 1934 included: Ray McKinley on drums; Skeets Herfurt on tenor sax; Delmar Kaplan on bass; Bobby Van Epps on piano; Roc Hillman on guitar; Don Mattison on trombone; Kay Weber on vocals; Jack Stacey on alto sax; George Thow on trumpet; Tommy Dorsey on trombone; Jimmy Dorsey on sax; and, Glenn Miller on trombone. Glenn Miller was also an arranger in the band. Charlie Spivak and Bob Crosby were also members of the band at various times. The band broke up in late 1935.
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- Kay Weber explained the origins of the song: "There was a very popular song at the time called 'Annie Doesn't Live Here Any More' and Glenn wrote a spin-off of this song called 'Annie's Cousin Fannie Is A Sweetie Of Mine'. I don't know why Tommy and Jimmy recorded it so much. I can only guess they were looking for the 'right' combination for the song." Jazz Connection Magazine, Stephen Fratallone, "With A Song In Her Heart: Songstress Kay Weber Set The Trend As One Of The First Female Vocalists In The Big Band Era", November, 2003.
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