Update - click "Read the rest of this entry" at the bottom of the blog post to see an important update on the origins of this unusual tape.
In this post, a bit of a mystery.
Some months ago, I got some reel to reel tapes that came from someone that was connected with WCBS in New York. In a previous post, I uploaded a lengthy excerpt from the October 30, 1957 edition of the "Lanny Ross Show" that came from one of the tapes in the group.
This tape is a 7" Scotch reel recorded in full-track mono at 7.5 ips. The box is labeled "Skin/LB (piano) - Feb 12 55" on the back.
There's a slip of WCBS memo paper that was in the tape box with a handwritten list of songs. I can't read the handwriting very well, but it looks like this. (You can download a scan of the paper here.)
Act I -The Colder Day of the Year -Telegram! -The Whole Crooked Family -It's Cold
Act II -The Ancient Ordering Mermaids (?) -? (looks like "Kedel") -Sabrina -Evening (?) Senior Years -Two of Every Kid (Kind?)
Act III -Poor Before We Know It -Sweet Hong (?) -Hour of the Night/Magic -The Coldest Day/Frak (? - "Finale"?)
Also in the tape box was a standard postcard with the notation "Copy to SS" and someone's signature. (Download a scan here.)
The tape itself contains different songs played on piano. There's no announcements or other audio on the tape. The mp3 in the post is the first song from the tape, or at least part of it - the tape is starting to curl and warp on the outer edges and doesn't have a leader at the beginning. The reel seems to start in the middle of one of the songs.
I'm not sure if this is connected with some type of special show that was done for WCBS or maybe for CBS Television. I did some searching on JJ's Radio Logs for 1955, Goldin's radio show database, and on Billboard magazine at Google Books, but didn't turn up any radio or tv show with "Skin" in the title.
Anyone know what this is?
Our mp3 was dubbed direct from a 7" full-track mono Scotch reel to reel tape running at 7.5 ips.