The Atlantic | 9-10 July 1928

DATE July 9th
Today is fair and warm as was yesterday. I got an awful sunburn and am in misery with it. We left the Gulf Stream some time and its much cooler this afternoon. Went to the dance and had a lot of fun trying to dance up hill. Met three nice girls who are sisters Barbara Marjorie and Tishy. Met two nice boys Jack & Ralph and have had lots of fun with them. Had a good time after the dance with a Mr Flick who is conducting a tour that is peachy.

This song would have been a real favourite on board ship.

DATE July 10th
Today is dull and dreary and so far theirs nothing to do (Last night there was a carnival supper). I met alot of nice people and at last found something to do in betting on the horse races. Fred Choppel and I speak German to each other & to Louis! — A wonderful singer aboard a Russian who sings for us quite a lot. Met 3 women Mrs Lucus, Miss Ives & Miss Street. All very nice but much older. I am awfully young in comparison.

Vincent Price Journal 1928 (reproduced courtesy of Peter Fuller)

Vincent Price Journal 1928 (reproduced courtesy of Peter Fuller)

• The top five song artists of 1928 were Louis Armstrong (West End Blues, Weather Bird, Struttin With Some Barbecue), Paul Whiteman (Ramona, Together, Among My Souvenirs), Al Jolson (Sonny Boy, My Mammy, There’s A Rainbow Round My Shoulder), Jimmie Rodgers (T for Texas) and Gene Austin (Jeannine – I Dream of Lilac Time).
• Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five’s landmark 1928 record West End Blues was released on June 28. Armstrong’s 15-second trumpet intro and his eight-bar solo near the end made it one of the most influential pieces of recorded music in history. Here it is below.

[sic] Although Vincent misspells words in his journal, we have kept them as he wrote them.