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Lanny Ross - May 23, 1949

February 15th, 2019 · Comments

In this post, “The Lanny Ross Show”, originally broadcast May 23, 1949 on Mutual and heard here in a version broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Service as program 90 in the series.  The first song on the program is “It’s a Grand Night Night For Singing”.  Young vocalist Bobby White sings “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic”.

Our show was transferred from an original 16” vinyl Armed Forces Radio transcription.  The date is from the disc matrix.

Our thanks to blog listener William Harris for his donation of the disc to our collection.

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Great Music - Pgm 144

February 15th, 2019 · Comments

Kicking off our posts this week, some highbrow pop concert music.

Walter Huston hosts this series produced for Armed Forces Radio and drawing on various sources for the recorded music.  The first selection in program 144 is Rubenstein’s “Romance”, performed by an uncredited vocalist and orchestra.  William Primrose performs “Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair”.

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

Our thanks go out to blog listener William Harris for his donation to our collection.

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Naval Air Reserve Show - Pgm 24

February 8th, 2019 · Comments

Another quarter hour of upbeat harmony is on the way on the blog with the “Navel Air Reserve Show”, hosted by Don Ameche, with he Honeydreamers with the George Barnes Octette.  Program 24 features Sam and Aunt from “The Breakfast Club”.  The first song is “Sunday”.

Our show was transferred from an original Naval Air Reserve Command 16” vinyl transcription, matrix number U-4024.

Thanks again to blog listener William Harris for the disc!

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Fred Waring Show - April 26, 1945

February 8th, 2019 · Comments

Here’s another installment in the popular series featuring light music by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians.  Originally heard on the Blue network on April 26, 1945, this is the Armed Forces Radio Service version, where it was distributed as program 414 in the series.  The first song is “Tico Tico”.

Our musical half-hour was dubbed direct to digital from an original vinyl Armed Forces Radio Service transcription disc.

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

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Great Music - Pgm 143

February 8th, 2019 · Comments

Here’s an obscure Armed Forces Radio Service program, “Great Music”, giving GIs fifteen minutes of short classical works.  Program 143 in the series is hosted by Walter Huston.  The first selection is the overture to “Ruslan and Lyudmila” by Glinka.  Also heard is a two-piano duet by Amparo and José Iturbi.

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

Again, my thanks to blog listener William Harris for his donation of the disc to the collection.

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Kenny Baker - September 23, 1945

February 1st, 2019 · Comments

Next up, a program featuring popular vocalist and “Jack Benny” alumnus Kenny Baker.

Originally heard September 23, 1945 on CBS, we hear the Armed Forces Radio Network version where it replaced program 104 of “The Hour of Charm”.

The guest on the show is harmonica virtuoso Lou Adler.  The first song is a medley of “Remember the Night” and “Cheek to Cheek”.  Kenny is backed by Robert Armbruster and His Orchestra and Chorus.  The announcer is Wendell Niles.

The program was digitized from an original 16” vinyl Armed Forces Radio transcription.  The date is from the disc matrix.  I believe this is a previously uncirculated episode of the series.

My thanks go out to blog listener William Harris for his donation of the disc to the collection!

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American Rhapsody - April 7, 1945

February 1st, 2019 · Comments

Here’s a rather obscure network musical show “American Rhapsody”.  This is the episode of April 7, 1945 as it was heard on the Armed Forces Radio Network replacing Fred Waring program 412.

The show, hosted by Frederick Shields, the program features vocalist Gene Baker, the Dix Davis Glee Club, and Wilbur Hatch and His Orchestra (not playing the “I Love Lucy” theme).  The first song on the show is “Song of the Vagabonds”.  Other songs include “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “The Hills of Home”.

Our show was transferred from an original 16” vinyl Armed Forces Radio transcription.  The date is from the disc matrix.  (Goldin’s database has a listing for this episode dated April 8, but I double-checked the date on the disc.)

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

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Raymond Scott - October 3, 1944

January 26th, 2019 · Comments

We come to the end of our short run of Raymond Scott’s regular fifteen minute program heard on CBS with more arrangements that sound suspiciously like they were modeled after the Glenn Miller band. 

Dorothy Collins is the featured vocalist and the first number is “Just Close Your Eyes”.  The program was originally heard on October 3, 1944 and the version we’ll hear was distributed to the Armed Forces Radio Network as program 147 in the series.

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

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

 

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Andre Kostelanez - August 20, 1944

January 26th, 2019 · Comments

We’re counting down the last few weeks of this season of blog postings - we have only four weeks left in our posts for this round of posts.  Next week, a true rarity - an obscure Western kids adventure show with a female star and the start of an absolutely pristine short run of some World War II propaganda programs written by Norman Corwin.

Kicking off the blog this week, some light music from Andre Kostelanez’s popular Sunday afternoon program on CBS.

In this post, we hear the broadcast of August 20, 1944, as it was heard on the Armed Forces Radio Network as program 75 in the series.  Eleanor Steber and David Ross are heard on the broadcast.  This week’s show has songs selected by listeners.  The numbers include “Dancing in the Dark” and “Smilin’ Through”.

Our show was transferred from an original 16” vinyl Armed Forces Radio transcription.  The date is from the disc matrix.

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

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Shower of Stars - March 8, 1945

January 19th, 2019 · Comments

Finally this week on the blog, a popular but less remembered musical variety show.  “Major Bowes’s Shower of Stars” was heard on CBS in a series that featured a more traditional format, unlike his famous “Amateur Hour” and its talent competition.

In this post, the broadcast of March 8, 1945, as it was rebroadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Service as a replacement for episode 88 of “The Family Hour”.  I think this may be a lost episode of the series.

Major Bowes isn’t heard in this particular episode - he was ill for a few months and unable to appear.  The first song is "Baía" from the Walt Disney film “The Three Cabelleros” performed by Morton Gould and His Orchestra.  We also hear this week's featured performer, previous “Amateur Hour” winner Tommy Dix, perform the song he made famous, “Buckle Down Winsocki”, along with “Through the Years” and “The Lord’s Prayer”.  (You can find out more about Dix’s life and work at a website devoted to his work.)

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