This week, we premiere a new series on the blog, "The Magic of Music", that appears to not be in circulation among otr enthusiasts.
"The Magic of Music" featured a musical guest who is interviewed about their work and a new album they're promoting. The series concentrated on jazz and vocalists and includes lesser known artists from the period; there are no performances in the studio, but we hear excerpts from their albums, some that are hard to find today.
The show was transcribed in Hollywood for Marine Corps Reserve and Recruiting and hosted by Bob Osterburg - love the singing opening to the show that includes the host's name. Mackenzie's "Directory of the Armed Forces Radio Service Series" seems to imply this was an AFRTS originated series, but one of the programs I have in the series mentions that the show originates on Mutual.
Program 40 in the series as broadcast on AFRTS features vibes player Terry Gibbs talking about his career and album "Swingin' With Terry Gibbs". The show includes an AFRTS informational announcement about NATO. The show is dated April 18, 1958 in the matrix, so that could be the date the program was recorded, the date of the original network broadcast, or even the date it was mastered by AFRTS - the dates are less consistent on these later transcriptions.
The show was transferred from an original AFRTS vinyl microgroove transcription with an episode of the "Jimmy Wakely Show" on the other side.
I'll drop in a few episodes of the series in the next few months on the blog.