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How well do you really know Jack (Yellen)?

THE BAND PLAYED ON — Dennis Sullivan, Mark Sande, Julie Basile, David Sullivan and Tom Basile are pictured rehearsing for the encore performance of “You Don’t Know Jack – a musical portrait of Jack Yellen.” Photo submitted by Bill Cocca.
SPRINGVILLE — Many people in Springville know that Jack Yellen wrote the lyrics for “Happy Days Are Here Again,” but may not be aware that he wrote and published more than 200 other songs and wrote lyrics for Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies featuring Judy Garland, Eddie Cantor and Shirley Temple.

The Concord Historical Society will include an encore presentation of “You Don’t Know Jack – a musical portrait of the life and times of Jack Yellen,” on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Concord Town Hall.

The 7 p.m. concert will include performances of 10 of Yellen’s tunes, in musical styles ranging from vaudeville to jazz to dixieland.

The program will begin with Rebecca Roudebush’s performance of “Hard-Hearted Hannah (the Vamp of Savannah)” in a jazz orchestra arrangement by Springville-Griffith Institute senior Kiersten Roetzer.

Carl Eisenhard will follow with “Ain’t She Sweet,” which will feature piano solos by Doug Bailey. “Down By the Ohio” by the Andrews sisters will be performed by Julie Noeson, Onna Wilson and Kate Cummings, with assistance from Brayton Wilson, John Mrozik and Mike Baronich.

Doug Bailey and Zach Munger will team up for the vaudeville song “Don’t Put a Tax on the Beautiful Girls,” which was written in 1919, but was also featured last year on the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.”

Ed Gath will be the featured vocalist in the ballad “I’m Waiting for Ships That Never Come In.” Judy Wright’s “Big Bad Bill (is sweet William now)” will be accompanied by Hillary Baker on the tuba, Dennis Sullivan on the trombone, Marie Bofinger on the clarinet and Tom Basile on the trumpet.

The No. 5 song of the year in 1938, “My Yiddishe Momma,” a song Yellen wrote for his mother, will be sung by Onna Wilson.

“Are You Havin’ Any Fun?” which Yellen said was his favorite song, will be performed by Ted Winkey. This tune was first introduced by the Three Stooges in a Broadway review.

“Are You From Dixie?,” one of Yellen’s earlier songs, will feature fiddler Heather Pennington, along with vocal ensemble.

“Happy Days Are Here Again,” written in 1929 and featuring the S-GI chamber choir, will conclude the evening.

A 25-member studio orchestra, including members of the S-GI Tuesday Strings, will provide the accompaniment for the evening.

Admission is free.
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