Saturday, May 5, 2018

I'm A Little Piglet

I'm A Little Piglet

Angela Records No. IP-127

Angela Vella Ghelarducci, who graduated from The Juilliard School, composed children's music for dance studios, some of which can still be purchased. 

As children in the 1920s, Angela, Jane and Louise Vella regularly traveled by train to New York City with their mother Margaret, who wanted them to acquire an appreciation of dance by taking lessons and seeing world-class performances.

The Vella sisters were quick studies. By 1937, they were running a studio in the dining room of their Canonsburg [Pennsylvania] home. Their reputations grew and the Vellas expanded their lessons to 13 sites through the region. The fourth generation of students is now taking lessons in a Vella studio.
Among the early hoofers in their studios: Canonsburg boys by name of Perry Como and Bobby Vinton, who clearly learned all the right moves.

The singer is probably not Angela herself, but rather an uncredited vocalist, as it's almost always the case on dance records on labels such as Danro Records, a quite prolific imprint, who released several Angela Ghelarducci compositions.

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