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Skinner’s Romancers - Pgm 3

September 28th, 2010

A couple of weeks back, we heard program 2 in this series of "hot jazz" done by an unidentified band and vocalists.  Sponsored by William Skinner & Sonds, a textile company specializing in silks, the show appears to have been syndicated around 1931.

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A astute listener noted in the comments for the show that two of the recordings featured on that program were actually commercial Columbia releases by Ben Selvin featuring Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.  So this was one of those shows assembled for a sponsor - a way to play records on the radio without actually saying they were "pho-no-graph re-cords", as per FCC instructions.

Program 3 of the series includes "You Got to Bend Down Sister" from the movie "Palmy Days", "Penny for Your Thoughts", and "You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)".  And, as usual, our mellow-toned early 30's announcer tells us all about the advantages of making your own clothing with Skinner fabrics.

The show was transferred from original single-sided Columbia Sound-on-Disc Division shellac transcription, matrix number 305130.  There's a "W" in circle just before matrix number, probably indicating that it was recorded on Western Electric equipment.

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