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The life and times of Jack Yellen will be performed at Concord Town Hall

HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN — Members of the orchestra are pictured rehearsing for the performance of “You Don’t Know Jack,” a concert performance of the music of Jack Yellen.
Former Springville resident Jack Yellen wrote the lyrics for “Happy Days Are Here Again,” as well as more than 200 other songs, lyrics for Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies that featured Judy Garland, Eddie Cantor and Shirley Temple, among others.

The Concord Historical Society will provide a glimpse into Yellen’s musical legacy with the presentation of “You Don’t Know Jack: a musical portrait of the life and times of Jack Yellen” on Wednesday, May 9 at the Concord Town Hall. The 7 p.m. concert will include performances of nine of Yellen’s songs, spanning 20 years of his life. It will feature vaudeville, jazz and dixieland musical styles.

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,” featuring piano solos by Doug Bailey. “Down By the Ohio” was performed by the Andrews Sisters in 1940. Julie Noeson, Onna Wilson and Kate Cummings will do their Andrews imitations with assistance from Brayton Wilson, John Mrozik and Mike Baronich.

Doug Bailey and Kris Kensinger will perform “Don’t Put a Tax on the Beautiful Girls,” which was written in 1919 and featured last year on the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.” Judy Wright will perform “Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)” with tuba accompaniment by Hillary Baker, trombone by Dennis Sullivan and clarinet by Marie Bofinger. “My Yiddishe Momma” was performed by Sophie Tucker in 1938. Wilson will be the soloist in this song, which Yellen wrote for his mother. “Are You Havin’ Any Fun?” will be sung by Ed Gath. The song was first played by the Three Stooges in a Broadway review. “Are You From Dixie?” one of Yellen’s early songs, will feature fiddler Heather Pennington, along with a vocal ensemble.

“Happy Days Are Here Again,” which was written in 1929, will be performed by the S-GI Chamber Choir and a featured soloist.

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

Refreshments will be provided by the Calico Club. Admission is free.


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