Soundies: Got To Be This Or That

Picture of June Barton

This week's Soundie is "Got To Be This Or That" performed by Emil Coleman and His Orchestra with June Barton handling the vocals.

June Barton wasn't one of the biggest name female vocalists of the era, but she did spend some time in the bands of Ted Weems, Jan Garber and Xavier Cugat.

Emil Coleman was the leader of one of the most popular dance bands of the 1920's and even had a few hits in the early 30's.  By the time this Soundie was filmed in the early 1940's, Coleman's popularity had faded.

Watch the Soundie: "Got To Be This Or That"

To sum this Soundie up, these weren't marquee names of the time, but still an entertaining performance of this classic song.  Also, take note that the film is shown in reverse.  The key giveaway is the logo on the drum set.  The original Soundies were put on film in a reversed image due to the functionality of the Panoram machine that would play the Soundies.  A system of mirrors flashed the image from the lower half of the cabinet where the projector was onto a front-facing screen in the top half.  The images would appear normal to viewers after passing through the series of mirrors.

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