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USO - On With the Show

November 30th, 2010 · Comments

Here's an unusual little special public service show assembled to promote the good work of the USO with our troops.  It features stars George Murphy, Eddie Bracken, Jack Carson, Danny Kaye, Dinah Shore, and Danny Thomas along with Michel Periere and his Orchestra.  Based on the matrix numbers on the disc, it probably was broadcast around 1949.

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The program was transferred from an original USO vinyl transcription, probably pressed by RCA, matrix numbers D9-QM-10580-1 and D9-QM-10581-1.

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Tags: music · variety · Cold War

Coke Club - July 19, 1946

November 19th, 2010 · Comments

Here's a new addition to the blog, courtesy of the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

"The Coke Club" was a quarter hour of song featuring Morton Downey that was syndicated by the Coca Cola Company in the 1940s and produced by the D'Arcey Advertising Agency.  The show, heard Monday through Friday, was aimed at women in the household and featured light music and sometimes an interesting story of a "Big Little American" who had made contributions in their local community.

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The program of July 19, 1946 starts out with Downey singing "So It Goes".  Since this is a Friday show, there's a religious segment with a hymn and a reading by announcer David Ross.  The show also features Jimmy Lytell and his Orchestra.

Downey was nicknamed "The Irish Nightingale" and, if Amazon.com were around in the 1940s, it would likely say that "People who bought Morton Downey also bought Dennis Day".  Downey had a long career in records and radio and is the father of television personality Morton Downey, Jr.

Digital Deli has a nice page about Coke's various sponsorships in radio over the years including "Singin' Sam" and many other series.  I'd like to thank OTRR for this disc and a few others from the series that they donated to my collection.  I'll drop in episodes of "Coke Club" on occasion.

The program was transferred from an original World Broadcasting vinyl transcription, matrix number bb45810.  Sorry for the rough sound - I had to use some serious click reduction on this one.  Other shows I have in the series are in a bit better shape.

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Tags: music · religion · Coke Club

Eddie Cantor Show - February 20, 1946

November 14th, 2010 · Comments

Here's a fun little episode of "The Eddie Cantor Show", originally broadcast on NBC on February 20, 1946.  The first tune on the show is Eddie's rendition of "Onesy, Twosey" and, in the main comedy sketch, Eddie inherits a South American plantation from his grandfather.

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The show originated on an Armed Forces Radio Service transcription from the "Music Hall" series where the show was heard as a replacement for program 173 in the series.  The date is from the disc matrix.

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Tags: music · comedy · variety

Bobby Hammack - Pgm 212

October 30th, 2010 · Comments

Folks seemed to enjoy the last episode I posted of the breezy quarter hour of jazz, "Bobby Hammack", so here's another to get your toes tapping.  "Lullaby of Birdland" is the first song on program 212 in the series as it was heard on the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.  The series was originally heard on ABC and Hammack was a producer arranger at ABC-Paramount records during the time the show was on the air.

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The program was dubbed directly from an original microgroove AFRTS transcription.  It's contained with "Jim Ameche Pops Concert" #2 and "The Search" #13.  There's no date in the matrix, but the program is probably from around 1960.

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Tags: music

Jimmy Wakely - Pgm 126

October 4th, 2010 · Comments

Here's another entry in the "Jimmy Wakely Show"; I posted one of these awhile back.

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Program 126 of the series as it was broadcast on AFRTS has girls as the show's theme; the first song is "Marie".  The show is dated May 2, 1958 in the disc matrix.  Our transfer is from an original AFRTS vinyl microgroove transcription.

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Tags: music · country music

Skinner’s Romancers - Pgm 3

September 28th, 2010 · Comments

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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Tags: music · women's issues · early radio

Guest Star - Pgm 11

September 28th, 2010 · Comments

Here's another one of those very early programs in the long-running public service series "Guest Star", featuring famous guests giving us a bit of entertainment as they pitch US Savings Bonds.

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Program 11 has Beatrice Kay with Kenny Delmar and Denes Agay and the Savings Bonds Orchestra.  Kay, doing her Gay 90s schtick, gives us "They Stuck Me with a Bustle" and reenacts a Gay 90's romance with announcer Kenny Delmar.  The flip side of the disc is the  Bob Hope-Bing Crosby episode with the atrocious laugh-track, posted on the blog earlier.

The show was digitized from an original Treasury Department vinyl transcription, matrix number ND7-MM-5426-1C.  The opening on the disc is slightly upcut.

A tip of the hat goes to George Brandon for donating the disc to my collection!

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Tags: music · comedy · Treasury Department

Bobby Hammack - Pgm 211

September 19th, 2010 · Comments

Here's a previously undocumented little program dating from the late 50s or early sixties.  "Bobby Hammack" was a pleasant fifteen minutes of jazz performed by an in-studio combo and originally broadcast on ABC.  Program 211 of the series as it was heard on the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service has "Why Do I Love You?" as the first song.

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Bobby Hammack was a talented keyboardist who played with the Red Nichols Five Pennies after World War II.  At the time this series was broadcast, Hammack was working as the musical director of ABC-Paramount records, making arrangements and backing many of the labels hits of the time.  Some of his work has been picked up on by modern-day Lounge music enthusiasts; you can read a brief bio of him at the Space Age Pop website.

The show was digitized from an original micrgroove AFRTS vinyl transcription, which also includes "The Search" program 1 and part two of "Jim Ameche Pops Concert" program 1.  There's no date in the disc matrix, but the label has some dates in 1961 and later.  Thanks to Michael Utz who helped me purchase this group of discs for my collection.

If you enjoy the show, let me know - I have several more I can post on occasion.

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Tags: music

Tandy Mackenzie and His Hawaiian Music - Pgm 2

September 19th, 2010 · Comments

Here's the other episode I have by Hawaiian tenor Tandy Mackenzie.  In a previous post, I gave a bio of Mackenzie and some limited info on the program.  I couldn't find any listings for the series and the disc only has a blank RCA label - also adding to the mystery is the fact that the disc is pressed on shellac, unusual for RCA during this period.  The announcer on the show is the same one who worked on "Ports of Call" and, since Mackenzie was based mostly around Los Angeles, it's probably safe to assume this one was recorded in Los Angeles or Hollywood.

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I'm assuming this one is program 2 in the series since the other side seems to be noted as program "1" in the matrix.  The show was dated 1938 by the seller, probably based on the matrix numbers, which on this side is PMS-97878-1.

Thanks to Michael Utz for purchasing the disc for my collection.

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Tags: music

Supper Club - Pgm 85

August 25th, 2010 · Comments

Note:  This program contains racial stereotyping themes that may be offensive to some listeners.

Now a fascinating little oddity that had me doing a double-take.

The "Chesterfield Supper Club" was originally broadcast on NBC and featured vocalist Perry Como.  I had seen listings for this show around for years and never really paid much attention to it until I ran into this episode.

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Program 85 of the series as it was broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Service as "Supper Club", was originally heard on NBC on May 23, 1945.  The program is done in the style of a minstrel show, with Como singing the opening tune, "Mammy", and trading jokes an Interlocutor with Blackface comedians "Pick and Pat", who we heard in a their own series on the blog a few months back.  The show also features Martin Block, The Satisfiers, Mary Ashworth and Ted Steel and His Orchestra.

Pick and Pat were regular guests on the series during a certain period, so this wasn't a "one off".  It's a little cringe-worthy to think about the cool smooth Como belting out minstrel tunes on a regular basis.

Oh, the things that tobacco companies would get performers doing on the radio.

I'm glad that Perry Como's career recovered from this series - he's a real pro to hang in there and pull it off.

It reminds me of Frank Sinatra, appearing as a guest on the "Fred Allen Show" in a hillbilly sketch where he does a duet with Fred in a parody of Zeke Manners - the recording is something like listening to an aural train wreck slowly unfolding, leaving you grasping for your lp copy of "Come Fly With Me".  (You can give a listen at this page at archive.org - look for the show of October 21, 1945.  Sinatra's bit is the sketch at the end.  There's some good Jack Benny appearances in the set as well, btw.)

The show was tranferred from an original AFRS vinyl transcription.  The date is in the disc matrix.

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Tags: music · variety · African-Americans · Pick and Pat