"Let That Be a Lesson to You" featured image. Ray Starita and His Ambassadors' Band c. 1930.

“Let That Be a Lesson to You” (1932)

“Let That Be a Lesson to You.”  Words and music by Isham Jones (1932).  Recorded by Ray Starita and His Ambassadors with vocals by Elsie Carlisle on June 15, 1932.  Sterno 985.

Personnel: Ray Starita-cl-ts dir. Sid Buckman-Nat Gonella-t / tb / ?Chester Smith-cl-as-bar-o / Nat Star-cl-as / George Glover-cl-ts-vn / George Hurley-vn / Harry Robens-p / George Oliver-bj-g / Arthur Calkin-sb / Rudy Starita-d-vib-x

Let That Be A Lesson To You – Ray Starita and his Ambassadors (w. Elsie Carlisle)

Let That Be a Lesson to You – Ray Starita and his Ambassadors (w. Elsie Carlisle)

Video by David Weavings (YouTube)

“Let That Be a Lesson to You” has a long instrumental introduction that is mellow but catchy, and one might almost expect it to lead up to a conventional love song. The vocal refrain, however, consists of Elsie Carlisle scolding her love for being unfaithful and returning to her in disgrace. In spite of this theme, the sound of the piece somehow fits in nicely with Elsie’s other work with Ray Starita’s band in 1932, the only year of their collaboration. It is light and dreamy; one might compare its atmosphere to “Leave Me Alone With My Dreams” or “On a Dreamy Afternoon.”

In 1932 “Let That Be a Lesson to You” was recorded in America by the Isham Jones Orchestra and by the Coon-Sanders Orchestra.  In Britain, in addition to the Starita recording with Elsie Carlisle, there were versions by the Savoy Hotel Orpheans (with Chick Endor and Charlie Farrell as vocalists), by Jay Wilbur and His Band (with vocals by Tom Barratt), and by Sam Browne and Eve Becke (under the pseudonyms “Jack and Jill”).

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