Awaiting Jungle Room Episode 1, I thought I would post about a project I’ve taken upon myself. Anyone familiar with Orson Wells’ Citizen Kane might recall a stellar Jazz performer reciting the lines “it can’t be love because there is no true love” during the climax of the film. Though many have identified the song as “In A Mizz”, a composition originally brought to prominence by Duke Ellington, there has been very limited recognition of the vocalist for the Citizen Kane rendition. My research has uncovered that he is Alton Redd, a Jazz drummer with a hidden talent for bluesy vocals and father to Jazz vocalist Vi Redd. As a member of the Cee Pee Johnson Blues Band, Alton delivered this brilliant cut and went unnoticed, as was only given minor credits in subsequent re-releases, originally having been left out of the original theatrical credits.
I decided to email the Library of Congress in an attempt to determine if any existing recording of this version was in their archives. No such copy exists for Public viewing. Some initial research I had done delivered the same information there librarian provided me with. I am still eager to discern whether any original recording of the Cee Pee Johnson Blues Band performing this number exists. The hunt continues.