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Effie Smith

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Live in a residence with somebody who never gets off the telephone? The ideal present is always to find a duplicate from the middle-’60s Jubilee disk Dial That Phone, where this ace ’50s tempo & blues and doo-wop veteran chatters and testifies up a surprise along the way of lampooning large phone yakkers, filled with cool blues grooves for the backing monitor. The record was section of some novelty produces on Jubilee which were referred to as “mature hearing,” although with the criteria of 21st hundred years rap, this materials by Rusty Warren, Autry Inman, and so on seems even more corny than obscene. Smith, who demonstrated she could chat a blue streak around the Jubilee performers, was in fact best-known being a blues vocalist from the Western world Coast scene from the ’50s, that is where in fact the satirical phone documenting in fact originated. Effie Smith was especially active from the center of that 10 years on, frequently collaborating with performers such as for example her spouse John Criner and two different doo-wop organizations called the Squires. Among these Squires presented Don “Sugarcane” Harris and Dewey Terry, later on referred to as Don and Dewey. And Harris, needless to say, later continued to instrumental glory with Frank Zappa among others. “Dial That Phone” was originally documented within the ’50s for the Alladin label within the “4000” series — another item within the catalog, Ritchie Valens’ documenting of “Donna” with just a little Mexican folk track known as “La Bamba” on the other hand, obviously made a lot more of a industrial effect. Smith and hubby Criner also reissued “Dial That Phone Component 1 and 2” independently Place label in 1959. The few founded a posting company, Aries Posting, around once, part of a good pattern of performers obtaining their mitts independently documenting and pressing endeavors. It had been at the location label that Don and Dewey 1st stepped forward from your shadows of group account to become market leaders of their very own periods, disclosing savvy A&R intuition for both Criner and Smith. Although nothing at all quite tops a listener’s initial a reaction to “Dial That Phone,” it isn’t the only amount Smith acquired up her sleeve. Effie Smith trim many other great music, including “Champagne Brain With a Soda pop Drinking water Income,” a tune selected as an “amazing R&B traditional” by one tempo & blues scholar simply based on the song’s name alone. A few of her edges using the Squires consist of “Water, Drinking water” and “You need to be Ashamed,” the second option music possibly focused on whoever tangled up the phone collection for such a long time. In 1965, she slice the hard-to-find solitary “Teenage Globe” for Duodisk. A fascinating B-side cut for Eee Cee in 1968 requires her phone yabbering idea and weds it to some then-current country strike, “Harper Valley PTA”; producing a quantity entitled “Harper Valley PTA Gossip,” that is almost just as much fun as her unique telephone marathon. Smith produced her 1st professional splash within the ’40s, when she made an appearance as a normal visitor on broadcasts from the Armed Forces Services Radio. A lot of this materials continues to be reissued as collector’s broadcast transcripts, and reveals a overall performance opportunity that not merely included a starving, appreciative target audience, but a complete world of feasible connections and affects for a performer. Effie Smith required component in broadcasts with performers such as for example tenor saxophone colossus Coleman Hawkins, bandleader and composer Benny Carter, and also pianist and eventual traditional conductor Andre Previn at age 16. Smith slice one her first edges, “Response to R.M. Blues” and “IT HAS BEEN SUCH A LONG TIME,” for the Miltone label in 1947.

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Date Of Birth April 10, 1914
Died February 11, 1977, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Singer
Music Songs Dial That Telephone, Champagne Mind, Answer To R.M. Blues, Wee Baby Brother Blues, Effie'S Blues, Go Ahead With Your Lucky Self, What You Puttin' Down, Root-Lie-Voot, Haunted By The Blues, Don'T Cha Love Me?, It'S Been So Long, He Treats Your Daughter Mean, Dial That Telephone, Part 1, Water Water, Three Men In My Life, Nothin' You Can Do, Cry Baby Cry, Shoo My Blues Away, Gettin' Out, I Been Down In Texas, I'M In The Groove Tonight, Crazy Crazy, Ditty Bag Jump, Ooh, What I Dream About You, Sugar-Daddy, Ain'T Nothin' Nothin' Baby Without You, Great To Be Rich, Dial That Telephone, Part 2, Be Bop Boogie, Effie'S Boogie, Be On Your Merry Way, I Live The Life I Love
Albums 1945-1953, Lady Sings The Blues


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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gold Star 2016/I producer - as Effie Fradelos
LI Divas TV Series producer - 2 episodes, 2014 associate producer - 1 episode, 2016
Eggs and Soldiers 2016 Short co-producer - as Effie Fradelos
The Silverhart: Effie 2015 Video short producer - as Effie Fradelos
On the Loose 2014 Short co-producer - as Effie Fradelos
Times Like These 2013 Short producer - as Effie Fradelos
Blooming Road 2013 Short executive producer - as Effie Fradelos / producer - as Effie Fradelos
The Unexpected 2012/II Short producer - as Effie Fradelos
LoveStruck 2012 Short producer - as Effie Fradelos
The Session 2012 Video short post producer - as Effie Fradelos
Reborn 2009 Short producer - as Effie Fradelos

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
LI Divas 2016 TV Series 1 episode
The Silverhart: Effie 2015 Video short as Effie Fradelos
Blooming Road 2013 Short as Effie Fradelos
LoveStruck 2012 Short as Effie Fradelos
Reborn 2009 Short as Effie Fradelos

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gold Star 2016/I Hospital Administrator (as Effie Fradelos)
LI Divas 2016 TV Series Patient in Waiting Room
Reborn 2009 Short Helena (as Effie Fradelos)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Silverhart: Effie 2015 Video short as Effie Fradelos
Blooming Road 2013 Short writer - as Effie Fradelos
LoveStruck 2012 Short as Effie Fradelos

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ferdinand 2017 production coordinator post-production
Ice Age: Collision Course 2016 production assistant
The Peanuts Movie 2015 production assistant

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
LI Divas 2014 TV Series assistant director - 2 episodes

Location Management

Location Management

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Unexpected 2012/II Short location manager - as Effie Fradelos

Production Manager

Production Manager

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Agent of Death 2015 Short production manager - as Effie Fradelos completed

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