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Manhattan Nocturne - Audition

January 12th, 2019

You can’t get much more obscure than this.  It’s a fifteen minute audition program for a series called “Your Manhattan Nocturne” featuring vocalist Alec Morrison and harpist Robert Maxwell.  Morrison starts off the show with “Maybe You’ll Be There”.  Maxwell does a jazzy rendition of “Sweet Sue” after the fake commercial break.  The theme is “Autumn in New York”.

I can’t really find anything on Alec Morrison, but Robert Maxwell was much better known as a composer of “Ebb Tide”, “Shangri-La”, and the tune “Solfeggio”, famously used by Ernie Kovacs.

Our show was transferred from an original one-sided Presto 16” lacquer produced by William R. Morison, 7121 Hillside Avenue, Hollywood.

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Your Navy Show - Pgm 1

January 5th, 2019

Here’s a syndicated public service show that I think is new to the blog.  “Your Navy Show” featuring Ray Anthony and His Orchestra with announcer Don Wilson on a break from the “Jack Benny Show”.

There’s some nice hi-fi sound on the show as Ray Anthony kicks off the proceedings with “I Get a Kick Out of You”.  The program also features vocals from Tommy Mercer and the Skyliners.

The show was digitized direct from an original 16” vinyl Navy Reserve transcription.

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Jack Smith Show - June 27, 1949

January 5th, 2019

Now, let’s take a listen to a seldom heard vocalist, “Smilin’ Jack Smith, originally heard June 27, 1949 on the CBS radio network.  In this post we have “The Jack Smith Show” as it was distributed to Armed Forces Radio Service stations as program 384 in the series.

The show starts out with Jack singing “Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing”.  Also heard on the program are Martha Tilton and Frank De Vol and His Orchestra.

The program was digitized direct from an original 16” vinyl Armed Forces Radio Service transcription; the date is from the disc matrix.

And deepest thanks to blog listener William Harris for his donation of the disc to the collection!

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Chesterfield Supper Club - March 8, 1945

January 5th, 2019

Perry Como sings for us again on “The Chesterfield Supper Club”, originally heard on NBC on March 8, 1945.  This is the Armed Forces Radio Service version of the program where it was number 46 in the series.  Perry starts off the show with “I’m So Lucky to Be Me”.  

The show was transferred direct from an original 16” vinyl Armed Forces Radio Service transcription.

Again, our thanks to blog listener William Harris for his donation of the disc to the collection!

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The Lives of Harry Towers on BBC Radio Four Extra

January 5th, 2019

If you're interested in great radio drama and the colorful and interesting people who made it, give a listen to "The Lives of Harry Towers", a new three-hour miniseries on BBC Radio Four Extra. The full three hours can be streamed for the next month.
 
The show includes full versions of programs Towers created featuring an array of stars like Olivier, Welles, and many others in the 1940s and 50s, along with interviews and other material about his life and work.
 
Congrats to Dominic Delargy for his great work producing the show - I listened to the full three hours this morning as I was working around the apartment.
 
Now I finally know the story behind a couple of Towers-produced "Movie Playhouse" transcriptions I ran into a few years ago.  (You can find those here and here.)
 
 

Imperial Intrigue - unnumbered episode

December 29th, 2018

Here’s another episode of the odd syndicated drama series, “Imperial Intrigue”, following up from our last post.

This unnumbered of the episode begins with Charles IX on this deathbed.

The program was transferred from an original Hollywood Recorders 16” single-sided shellac transcription, matrix number 1102.

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Imperial Intrique - Audition

December 29th, 2018

Next up on the blog, a real rarity I haven’t been able to find out much about.  It’s “Imperial Intrigue”, a drama program dated June 28, 1939.

The plot concerns French King Charles IX and the royal intrigue involving his mother Catherine in August 1572.  The program was written by Lloyd L. Harris.  Goldin’s database has three entries for the director, Don Brody, for work on a KFWB program in 1939 and a couple of other shows in 1946 and 1953.

I found some listings for this program on Los Angeles area radio stations in 1939-1940, but I’m not sure if it was heard outside of California.  I also found an obit for Vern A. Milton who did the sound effects for the program; the article mentions the show as originating on KGB (now KLSD) in San Diego.

Our show was transferred from an original Hollywood Recorders 16” single-sided shellac transcription, matrix number 1001.  The disc is dated June 28, 1939 and noted “Audition Record” on the label.  The transcription was pressed by Allied.

Let me know if you have some more info on this oddity.

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Light Up and Listen Club - Pgm 327

December 29th, 2018

We go north of the border again for another episode of the popular “Light Up and Listen Club” program heard for several years on Canadian radio stations and sponsored by Sweet Caporal cigarettes.

Program 327 in the series features the novelty group, the Vass Family and the first song is “Louisiana Hayride”.  They also do their own version of the “Little Red Riding Hood” story in song.

These kids are downright goofy, aren’t they?

Our program was transferred from an original RCA Orthacoustic vinyl transcription, matrix number MS 01307.

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Here’s to Romance - Pgm 45

December 29th, 2018

And how a half-hour of light romantic music hosted by Jim Ameche with Ray Bloch and His Orchestra and Chorus and vocalist Larry Douglas.

Program 45 in the series as it was heard on the Armed Forces Radio Service kicks off with the romantic ballad “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” (?!?).

Our show was dubbed directly from an original vinyl 16” Armed Forces Radio Service transcription.  There’s an indication in the matrix that the disc is “dubbed”, so this is probably a show assembled from parts of various other episodes.

And deepest thanks to blog listener William Harris for his donation of the disc to the collection!

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Raymond Scott - Pgm 146

December 29th, 2018

Here’s another fifteen minutes of big band music by Raymond Scott.

Our show was originally heard September 8, 1944 on CBS and distributed as program 146 in the series for the Armed Forces Radio Network.  The first song is “Amore”.  I think this is a previously uncirculated episode.

The program was transferred direct to digital from an original vinyl Armed Forces Radio Service transcription; the date is from the disc matrix.

Again, our thanks to blog listener William Harris for his donation of the disc to the collection!

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