Once hailed as "The Toast Of New England", Edwin J. McEnelly first organized his band in Milford, Massachusetts in 1902. In the years that followed, McEnelly’s "Singing" Orchestra became a local favorite and traveled throughout New England. By 1917, the band was playing regularly at Riverside Park, an early amusement park in Springfield, Massachusetts. In the early 1920s, McEnelly’s Orchestra broadcast regularly over radio station WBZ and frequently competed in "battles of the bands" with other popular dance bands usually emerging victorious. In 1925, a young Frankie Carle joined the band as pianist, along with Waino Kauppi, a Finnish immigrant and former child prodigy on the cornet. Between 1925 and 1929, McEnelly’s Orchestra recorded twenty-one sides for Victor Records. With the onset of the Great Depression, McEnelly’s recording career ended, but he continued to lead his band until failing health forced him to retire in 1942. In his later years, McEnelly worked as a violin teacher and piano tuner until his death in 1958 at the age of 79. McEnelly was skilled on many instruments and played violin in his orchestra. He was also famous for his yodeling, an example of which can be heard in his recording of "Sleep Baby Sleep".

If you would like to order a Rivermont CD of Edwin J. McEnelly's Orchestra - Complete Recordings in Chronological Order - 1925-1929 you can do so directly from Rivermont Records. The CD includes a 20-page booklet with a more detailed history of the band, a full discography with notes on each recording, and over a dozen rare photos.

Thanks to Bob Palmer for his help with this page.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
All Of The Time
Vocal refrain by Jim Miller and Charlie Farrell

(Harry Woods)
10/10/1928 New York, New York Victor
21732-B
HMV
B-5593

47718-1
A Siren Dream
Vocal refrain by Elliot Shaw

(Lew Pollack - Al Sherman)
10-10-1927 New York, New York Victor
21011-B
HMV
B-5411

40161-3
Blame It On The Waltz 10-4-1926 New York, New York Victor
20370-A

36382-2
Dear, When I Met You
Vocal refrain by Frank Munn

(A. Seymour Brown - Albert Von Tilzer)
2-21-1929 New York, New York Victor
21910-A

48533-9
Desert Isle
(Harlan Thompson - Harry Archer)
3/9/1925 New York, New York Victor
19617-B
HMV
B-2061

32068-2
I Like Pie, I Like Cake
(But I Like You Best Of All)

Vocal refrain by Billy Murray

(Little - Sizemore - Shay)
3/9/1925 New York, New York Victor
19617-A

32069-2
I'll Take Care Of Your Cares
(Mort Dixon - Jimmy Monaco)
4-1-1927 New York, New York Victor
20597-B

38190-5
In The Middle Of The Night
(Billy Rose - Walter Donaldson)
3-8-1926 New York, New York Victor
20018-B

34687-2
Jo-Anne
Vocal refrain by Elliot Shaw

(Silver - Pinkard - Ward)
10-8-1928 New York, New York Victor
21732-A
HMV
B-5584

47717-3
Just Cross The River From Queens
Vocal refrain by Frederick L. Wade

(Neville Fleeson - Albert Von Tilzer)
3/21/1927 New York, New York Victor
20601-B

38189-3
Moonlight In Mandalay
Vocal refrain by Lewis James

(Fay - Herscher - Naylor)
3-8-1926 New York, New York Victor
19988-A

34686-2
My Sunday Girl
Vocal refrain by Frederick L. Wade

(Ruby - Cooper - Stept)
4-1-1927 New York, New York Victor
20589-B

38188-5
Normandy
(Robinson - Little - Britt)
11-2-1925 New York, New York Victor
19841-A

33838-4
Raquel
Vocal refrain by Frank Munn

(George Whiting - Joe Burke)
2-21-1929 New York, New York Victor
21910-B

48534-8
Sleep, Baby, Sleep
Vocal refrain by Elliott Shaw and Edwin J. McEnelly

(Johnny Tucker - Joe Shuster)
10-8-1928 New York, New York Victor
21786-B

47716-3
Spanish Shawl
(Elmer Schoebel)
11-2-1925 New York, New York Victor
19851-B
HMV
B-2273

33837-4
Take Your Tomorrow
(And Give Me Today)

Vocal refrain by Jim Miller and Charlie Farrell

(Andy Razaf - J. C. Johnson)
10-8-1928 New York, New York Victor
21773-B

47719-3
That Night In Araby
Vocal refrain by Henry Burr

(Billy Rose - Ted Snyder)
10-4-1926 New York, New York Victor
20259-B

36381-4
Tuck In Kentucky And Smile
(Holden / O'Brien / Roberts)
10-4-1926 New York, New York Victor
20379-B

36383-1
What A Blue-Eyed Baby You Are
Vocal refrain by Billy Murray

(Mitchell Parish - Jack Hanna)
11-2-1925 New York, New York Victor
19841-B
HMV
B-2273

33839-1
What Are We Waiting For?
Vocal refrain by Johnny Marvin

(Ray Klages - Max Kortlander)
12/5/1927 New York, New York Victor
21154-A

41098-3
Artist Instrument
Henry Burr Vocals
Franklyn Baur Vocals
Frankie Carle Piano
Homer Greene Trombone
Charlie Farrell Violin
Lewis James Vocals
Waino Kauppi Cornet
W.C. Kihulein Trombone
Scrappy Lambert Vocals
Edwin J. McEnelly Violin, Vocals
Jim Miller Violin, Vocals
Billy Murray Vocals
Frank Munn Vocals
Elliot Shaw Vocals
Ed Smalle Vocals
Fredrick Wade Vocals, Piano
unknown Banjo, Bass, Bass Brass, Cornet, Clarinet, Drums, Piano, Saxophones, Xylophone