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My Yiddishe Momma ( byJack Yellen)


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Moviz

 Genre: Ballad

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This song is another one that I retrieved from my old reel to reel tapes, but this one was recorded a few years later than my last posting. I know this, because though I don’t recall ever singing this, it was sung through an amp and the only amp I had at that time, was one made by a friend of mine all 12 volts of it including a vibrato switch for guitar.
I also had bought a ‘Copycat’ echo machine by now, which worked by using a loop of recording tape (very effective too). I don’t know what mic’ I used, but it wouldn’t be an expensive one for sure.
I chose to post this song because I think it captures the emotion of what a lot of us feel about, or for our Mothers, especially when they’ve gone…… and I do like an emotional song.
It was written in 1925 in Poland by Jack Yellen. and I ask you to please excuse the guitar sound on this, since it sounds as though it was recorded about that same year LOL. I did consider recording a new guitar backing because it’s quite low, but thought it was best to preserve the recording as is…..It must have been recorded about 1960, when I was 26 yrs old, for my own enjoyment, well before I began singing professionally. I sang and played in one go recording into the Grundig TK20 tape Recorder and you can hear the faltering of the voice at the end, as I search for the guitar chords……. hope you like this rendition, retro though it is.
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Uploaded: Sep 01, 2009 - 04:22:16 PM
Last Updated: Sep 01, 2009 - 04:22:16 PM Last Played: May 08, 2017 - 11:46:01 AM
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Mac Intel 10.04, Grundig TK20 Reel to Reel recorder, Copycat echo unit, cheap guitar, 12volt amp, cheap Mic'
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Comments
MarkHolbrook said 2910 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
Your voice
just haunts Maurice... gorgeous!
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Moviz said 2910 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
Thanks Mark
At my age, I'll be able to haunt you for real in a couple of years maybe LOL, regards M
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caroline said 2910 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
oi vey!!
of all the things i never expected to listen to this evening ... this was the one i expected the least! you never cease to amaze me - bless you for posting this - i haven't heard it for years. i love the warbling 'cantoresque' notes - my heart is breaking - thank you - much love xoxo
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Moviz said 2910 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
Hi Caroline,
I'll just bet you didn't expect to hear it and I was just as surprised when I heard it on the tape as I've no recollection of ever having sung it. It's a song that you never hear a lot (well not at all these days), but it's so sentimental that it must appeal to a lot of people. So pleased you approve of my OLD rendition, regards M
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crissew said 2910 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
Old Reel to Reels
Have a warmth of tone that a digital set up just can't achieve. Sounds so smooth. Great vocal. Sounds throughout like it is about to break into a tango and teases you with it then gives you just enough to make you want more. Did mention the great vocal? Oh yeah, I did. Well it is worth mentioning twice. Would you consider this an operatic tango? Whatever it is, enjoyed it immensely. Favd and dl
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Moviz said 2910 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
I'm pleased
that you think it sounds smooth Charles, because it was a bit of a ***** to clean up and still there are a couple of bumps and clicks, but the essence is there. I'm very pleased that it made you want more... and thank you too for praising the vocal; I just wish it was still the same as then. I think it is a Tango beat with ad lib breaks and tacits. So glad you enjoyed, regards M
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Char said 2910 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
You got it.
All the emotion. Bravo. Thanks.

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Moviz said 2910 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
Thanks for
the listen Char... it certainly is emotionally charged, cheers M
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Daugrin said 2910 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
Mo is the King
Great job. Thanks for sharing with us...

Daug
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Moviz said 2910 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
Thanks
so much Daug for listening to this 'oldie', glad you're still liking it, cheers M
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Feter said 2910 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
My Yiddishe Momma
what a treasure vocal work ...a true classic ..
this is just wonderful ...the guitar and the
vocal ..is what I can put as ...folk classic ..
I wish you can do more of folk like this ...
you gave us how golden your music is ...thnx
alot for sharin !!!!
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Moviz said 2909 days ago (September 2nd, 2009)
I can see
what you mean Feter about it being a 'Folk' song, because it really is, though the sentiment applies to all people. So pleased you like this and though I have more songs that I did at the time in the same style, I can't post them here because of music copyright, regards M
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composerclark said 2910 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
A gorgeous instrument
Others have said it already, but that voice is an absolutely gorgeous instrument. And you sing so expressively! Unbelievably powerful stuff.
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Moviz said 2909 days ago (September 2nd, 2009)
Clark
with your musical attributes, I'm extremely pleased that you're even listening to my efforts and for you to give such praise is wonderful for me, thanks very much indeed for your kind comment, regards M
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DWL said 2909 days ago (September 2nd, 2009)
Excellent!
So, while every other young singer in the 60s wanted to be Elvis Presley you wanted to be Al Bowlly? Respect is due Maurice :-)

Beautiful rendition.

Cheers

Dick

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Moviz said 2909 days ago (September 2nd, 2009)
I didn't
Know that name Al Bowlly so I went o You-Tube and heard him and can see why you mentioned him Dick. We have/had the same vibrato in our voices LOL and I absolutely love the sound of his backing music. No, my idols were Eddie Fisher and Andy Williams. Elvis came later. Thanks for listening Dick, much appreciated, cheers M
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Henke said 2909 days ago (September 2nd, 2009)
Another great oldie
And with that I mean the song :-) Great singing and I really don't mind the low guitar volume, it's enuogh to render the setting. Thanks for sharing these gems.

/Henke
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Moviz said 2909 days ago (September 2nd, 2009)
Well Henke
you would be excused if you meant me LOL, I agree about the guitar volume too..... it's probably as well that it's low. Thank you for calling in, cheers M
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davajonah said 2909 days ago (September 2nd, 2009)
Mo
How come you never got famous? Man, you sure can sing. This sounds great, for such an old recording. Much respect.
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Moviz said 2909 days ago (September 2nd, 2009)
Well Dave
I did try, but I was done down; literally, just at the point when it was about to happen ........and there was a lot of mis-timing and bad luck as well on the way. Now you know why I always say that my voice is not what it was LOL, Thanks for listening Dave, cheers M
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Skean said 2909 days ago (September 2nd, 2009)
Sir Maurice
I'm in awe, and like "davajonah" says why are you not famous?
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Moviz said 2909 days ago (September 2nd, 2009)
Hi Kenta,
Glad you enjoyed listening, but the answer to your question is above with Dave, regards M
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DarkPlanet said 2909 days ago (September 2nd, 2009)
Power
There is power in that voice, the upwelling and vibrato is visceral, love the guitar as it goes into that european riff, great post Mo! Thanks for posting!
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Moviz said 2909 days ago (September 2nd, 2009)
Hi Tom
There's not so much power these days though....... visceral is the right word too, as nobody was closer than my own Mother and me... probably why the emotion was so strong in this. Surprised at your 'guitar' comment though, since i was wishing I'd made it more prominent when I did this, so thanks for that too my friend, much appreciated, regards M
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ste said 2908 days ago (September 3rd, 2009)
great
vocals. has a mobster-out-with-his-mistress feel about it. wonderful work
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Moviz said 2908 days ago (September 3rd, 2009)
I Love That Ste
A Mobster talking to his mistress about his Momma LOL.... must have made her listen.... or else LOLOL, but I can see/hear what you mean. Glad you called in to listen. Thanks a lot, cheers M
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VicDiesel said 2908 days ago (September 3rd, 2009)
Tape distortion
makes it all the more authentic. I love the 1925 feeling of this.

Very sweet singing!
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VicDiesel said 2908 days ago (September 3rd, 2009)
PS
excuse me while I wipe my tears.
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Moviz said 2908 days ago (September 3rd, 2009)
Thanks Vic
Now dry those tears and accept my thanks for the nice comment. I have cleaned up the tape considerably as you'll have guessed, but some noise just can't be removed without distortion to the musical part.... that said, it does add to the atmosphere, regards M
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davisamerica said 2908 days ago (September 3rd, 2009)
Maurice...
I love hearing these "reel" tunes. It is a kick to hear where our fantastic Moviz began his singing career. Please do keep these coming my friend. This works and I agree ....no touch up needed as these are treasures.
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Moviz said 2908 days ago (September 3rd, 2009)
And now
with my newer songs, you can actually hear what happens to the human voice with age LOL. Mind you singing in clubs and night clubs for donkey's years and breathing in nightly that pall of blue cigarrette smoke, that always seemed to make its way to the stage, won't have helped. Again, I can't post any of the others because of copyright, but I'll gladly email some to anyone wanting to hear them., Thanks again Jack for the compliments, cheers M
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Calchas said 2908 days ago (September 3rd, 2009)
Holy crap Maurice!
What a gem this is! No matter about the guitar tone bro. Your vox shimmers and shines herein. Nothing more is needed!

Be well friend!
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Moviz said 2908 days ago (September 3rd, 2009)
Hi Michael
Love that 'Shimmers and shines' comment; praise indeed...... and it's as well the guitar is low as I said above, because I was only just grabbing onto the chords as you can hear. Thanks again for listening in Michael and have a nice break, regards M
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blaky smith said 2907 days ago (September 4th, 2009)
Delicious Oldie
Great vocal here again Maurice and no need to excuse this guitar sound which sounds so true. Nothing to change...
Beauiful rendition and once again a precious treasure. Thank you again to share it with us...
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Moviz said 2907 days ago (September 4th, 2009)
Glad you
listened to this Marc and I thank you for those nice compliments, regards M
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paul f. page said 2907 days ago (September 4th, 2009)
Incomparable...
Maurice,
You have the voice to sing a song like this with such authenticity and such feeling. It is amazing that the recording is so clear after all these years (and that your reel-to-reel recordings haven't deteriorated). I can't imagine anyone else singing this song with such feeling, and as a relative youngster, no less. Bravo.
Peace.
Paul
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Moviz said 2906 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
Had Paul..
Had, alas that vibrato and amount of breath has fallen by the way. The reel to reels have just been in a draw all these years and dry as the drawers are in a warm place near a radiator. The emotion is there alright and I suppose some would call the performance 'Flowery', yet Like you I think it suits the song, Thanks for the comment Paul, regards M
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dirigent said 2906 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
Amazing
What a lovely and magic performance!!
So much feeling - I adore it.

Gorgeous!!
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Moviz said 2906 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
Thank you Andreas
for taking the time to listen... really pleased with your nice comment, regards M
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guitapick said 2906 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
This is great!
Time just plain ol' passes too quickly. Heartfelt performance of a fine piece. You must have played out quite a bit, Maurice...
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Moviz said 2906 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
Thanks
for calling in Bob..... no Bob. I didn't actually sing at that time in public, because i didn't class myself as a singer really and couldn't afford sheet music transpositions. Also my guitar playing wasn't at all up to scratch enough to be playing out. Instead I used to do comedy; miming to records and singing at home for my own amusement....It was years later in my early 30's that I actually sang in public; thanks again for the compliment, regards M
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Ibstrat said 2906 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
What a voice!
Just incredible to hear you sing so long ago.Thanks for posting this- I love your singing then and now!
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Moviz said 2906 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
So Pleased
you stopped to listen this Mark.... thank you too for the kind words. It's as well I had these past two old songs to post at the moment, as my voice has been none existent since my latest song last month. Hope it will be clear enough for something new soon, cheers M
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TobinMueller said 2906 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
Coming alive again
There is something precious about the process that enables bringing to life a very old song. Thanks for sharing this and your version, which is haunting and sweet, full of remorse and desires lost. Precious.
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Moviz said 2905 days ago (September 6th, 2009)
Thanks a lot
Tobin, so pleased you came around to listen. I agree about the emotion projected in this.... it really does sound haunting, regards M
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thetiler said 2906 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
You sure have a special gift for singing
You know you sure have a voice such as the GREAT Marty Robbins. Wow does it come out in this tune ! I always thought that Marty Robbins was one of the truly great pop country singers of our time. This is an outstanding crooners song! One of the best i've heard you do, one that really stands out and right in there with the great Marty Robbins.

Not bad company to be in there with him but your voice sure seems to have that quality ! Wow !
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Moviz said 2905 days ago (September 6th, 2009)
Hi Bill
I just sent out a Forum search party for you LOL and here you are. Strange you should mention Marty Robbins, because one of the songs I discovered on my lost tapes was 'Devil Woman', though the fabulous guitar parts from Marty's version are non-existent on mine LOL. Indeed I'm very flattered to be considered in his company as I loved his singing, Thanks again Bill for listening, regards M
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lengold said 2904 days ago (September 7th, 2009)
Mo - that
is just beautiful.
Cheers
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Moviz said 2904 days ago (September 7th, 2009)
Glad
you liked it Len, thanks very much for listening, much appreciated, cheers M
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bud said 2904 days ago (September 7th, 2009)
Great version Mo
I'll play this for my father in-law next time I see him and he'll accompany on his chromatic harmonica for sure.
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Moviz said 2904 days ago (September 7th, 2009)
I'll bet
that will sound great Bud. I like harmonica too as it's good for bringing out emotion.... a bit like accordion for that..... and I'd love to hear it, regards M
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scofugate said 2903 days ago (September 8th, 2009)
Great
decision not to overdub another guitar. This raw form in amazing!! I believe your vocals would sound great through a 2"radioshack tweeter!!
This is just great!!
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Moviz said 2903 days ago (September 8th, 2009)
Aw, Thanks
for the great comment.... love your '2" tweeter' comment LOLOL.... the snag is that I'm going to have to compete with the voice I once had, when I next come up with a new song..... and that might not be such a good thing LOL, Thanks again for dropping by, cheers M
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michaeljayklein said 2691 days ago (April 8th, 2010)
Maurice
Al Jolson never sang it this beautifully, and that the truth! A beautiful vocal and like all great singers, you have aged like good wine. Thanks for sharing this--big applause from this Yiddish boy here!
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Moviz said 2660 days ago (May 9th, 2010)
Michael,
That's praise indeed, thanks so much for the very kind words, but I still wish I had that same vibrato and clarity LOL, regards M
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Bob6stringer said 2567 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
Mazel Tov!
Mazel Tov, you're a good son... what's not to love? No criticism, just appreciation for your silken voice here, and the decades of vocal seasoning it produced (which makes the boiled chicken go down more easily).I remember this song but it's always good to get liner (intro) notes like you provided here for context.
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Moviz said 2548 days ago (August 29th, 2010)
Thanks Bob
Sorry I'm so late with the reply, but I haven't been way back here for a while. I really appreciate those kind words and your having given the song a listen, regard M
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michael2 said 2179 days ago (September 2nd, 2011)
nice
glad you pointed me in the direction of this. love the sound of the recording, don't try to "bring it up to date." it's so perfect the way it is. love the sound of the guitar and your voice through an amp. it really is perfect. thanks for sharing.
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Moviz said 2179 days ago (September 2nd, 2011)
Thanks
for the nice comment Michael; I wasn't touting, honestly..... I just wanted you to hear what a nice echo/reverb we used to get with the original Watkins, so i'm glad you liked it, cheers M
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