Annette Hanshaw in one of her best recordings as she plays innocent and playful. The song changes in the second chorus as she teases in her "baby" voice and follows through with a bit of Betty Boop imitation. Annette is clearly having a lot of fun at this recording session. You Wouldn't Fool Me, Would You? was recorded March 15, 1929 on the Columbia label in New York. Ben Selvin backs Annette on violin with Rube Bloom on piano. Thanks to Jazzage 20s for a few of the pics in this video.
Helen Kane, the original Betty Boop, played a part in Annette's singing career. Helen and Annette were good friends and both thought it would be funny for Annette to record several of Helen's songs in Annette's Betty Boop voice. Helen always said that Annette could do a better Betty Boop than she could. Annette took up the challenge and recorded several songs as Patsy Young-but imitated Helen a little too well. Helen was under exclusive contract to Victor Records and the executives at The Victor Talking Machine Company were furious over the releases thinking Helen had jumped labels and was singing under the pseudonym Patsy Young for Velvet Tone. Victor sued Helen for breach of contract. In reality, Annette had recorded in a Betty Boop baby voice as early as April 1927 when she made "Aw Gee, Don't Be That Way" before Helen made her first record in 1928. Who copied whom here. In all, I think there were 10 recordings where Hanshaw recorded in the baby voice style.