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Guest Star - Pgm 78

November 11th, 2018 · Comments

Kicking off the shows this week, we drop in again on the Treasury Department to hear some music and a pitch for US Savings Bonds.

In program 78 of the series, pianist Jose Iturbi is joined by announcer Win Elliot and Harry Sonic and the Savings Bond Orchestra.  The program kicks off with a Spanish number arranged by Sosnik that I can’t quite make out the name of, and Iturbi performs a piece by Debussy.  The show was released the week of September 19, 1948.

Our mp was transferred from an original Treasury Department vinyl transcription, matrix number FS-ABC-SB-78 D-28762, manufactured by Allied Record.

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Tags: music · Treasury Department

Guest Star - Pgm 77

November 10th, 2018 · Comments

Here’s another episode of the long-running public service program, “Guest Star”.  Usually, the show features musical guests, but here’s one with a short dramatic sketch.

Program 77, originally heard the week of September 12, 1948, stars Boris Karloff in “The Baby Sitter”, a piece about a stranger that breaks into a house to find food and finds a little boy.  Before the drama, Harry Sosnik and the orchestra perform “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”.  The announcer is Roger Forster.

The show was transferred from an original 16” vinyl Treasury Department transcription, matrix number FS-ABC-SB-80 D-28615.

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Tags: drama · Treasury Department

Guest Star - Pgm 64

November 4th, 2018 · Comments

More comedy on the blog now as the Treasury Department presents “Guest Star”.

Program 64 in the series, syndicated for broadcast the week of June 13, 1946, features Eddie Cantor in a routine about running for President.  The show features announcer Harry Von Zell, the Sportsmen Quartet, and Cookie Fairchild and His Orchestra.

The program was transferred direct from an original 16” Treasury Department vinyl transcription.

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Tags: comedy · Treasury Department

Guest Star - Program 63

October 27th, 2018 · Comments

Once again, we hear from the Treasury Department hawking United States Savings Bonds. Rather than the usual musical guest or comedian, our guests are the cast of a popular radio drama.

Program #63, dated June 6, 1948 on the label, features the cast of “One Man’s Family” in a short sketch where son Paul makes a speech for US Savings Bonds. The announcer is David Ross.

Our show was dubbed direct from an original Treasury Department vinyl transcription, matrix number D23995B.

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Tags: drama · Treasury Department · soap opera · serials

Guest Star - Pgm 10

October 20th, 2018 · Comments

Here’s another episode in that long-running fifteen minute program hawking United States Savings Bonds, “Guest Star”.

Program 10 in the series, dated June 15, 1947 by Goldin, features Fibber McGee and Molly with Denes Agay leading the Savings Bonds Orchestra and announcer Harlow Wilcox.  The orchestra and chorus kicks off the show with “Rise and Shine”.  Fibber plans a get rich quick scheme involving a company’s money back guarantee on mock turtle soup.  The cast includes Gale Gordon. Jim Jordan, and Marian Jordan.

Our mp3 was dubbed directly from a 16” vinyl Treasury Department transcription, matrix number ND7-MM-5429-1D.

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Tags: Fibber McGee and Molly · Treasury Department

Guest Star - Pgm 9

October 13th, 2018 · Comments

“Guest Star” is, of course, the long-running United State Treasury syndicated series created to promote the sale of Savings Bonds.  If you’re collecting transcriptions, it’s probably the most commonly-found series, so I really only get the discs if they’re unusual.  And any comedy or drama presentation is unusual in this series usually devoted to musical guests.

Program 9 in the series features a fifteen minute comedy show with guests Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore that plays similarly to their popular CBS program.  Dennis Agay leading the orchestra and chorus opens the show with “California”.  The sketch in the show features Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore running a real estate business and finding themselves with a haunted house.  The announcer is Howard Petrie.

The show was transferred from an original vinyl transcription disc, matrix number ND7-MM-5428.  The date April 3, 1947 is in the matrix.

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Tags: comedy · Treasury Department · Durante and Moore

Guest Star - Pgm 682 - April 17, 1960

April 8th, 2017 · Comments

Now another late era episode of the long-running program promoting US Savings Bonds, “Guest Star”.  The times are changing, as some upstart teenage rock n’ roll invades this showcase for vocalists and big bands.

In program 682, we hear the popular fifties vocal group from Canada, the Crew Cuts.  While we don’t get to hear their big hit, “Sh-Boom”, we get a reminder of how good they could be, turning in polished performances of less well-remembered tunes.  The first song is the upbeat “Let’s Fall in Love” and they also perform “Aura Lee”, recorded by Elvis four years earlier as the title song for his film, “Love Me Tender”.  As usual, the music is provided by Harry Sosnik’s Orchestra and the announcer is Del Sharbutt.

Our mp3 was transferred direct from a sixteen inch vinyl microgroove Treasury Department vinyl transcription.

 

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Tags: music · Treasury Department

Guest Star - Pgm 681 - April 10, 1960

March 25th, 2017 · Comments

Here’s another in our series of late era “Guest Star” programs that were syndicated by the Treasury Department to promote Savings Bonds.

Program 681 in the series features vocalist Betty Johnson and the first is “You Don’t Care a Rowboat”, which she released on Atlantic records.  Johnson, by the way, is a native of Guilford County, North Carolina.  Her vocal style reminds me a bit of Dinah Shore.  The show features  Harry Sosnik’s Orchestra and the announcer is Del Sharbutt.

Our mp3 was transferred direct from a sixteen inch vinyl microgroove Treasury Department vinyl transcription.

 

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Tags: music · Treasury Department

Guest Star - Pgm 680 - April 3, 1960

March 11th, 2017 · Comments

Here’s another late OTR era episode of the long running Treasury Department public service program, “Guest Star”.

Program 680 in the series features singer Felicia Saunders backed by Harry Sosnik’s Orchestra.  The announcer is Del Sharbutt.

I won’t tell you what the first song is that Saunders performs - you’ll have to listen and find out yourself.  It’s one of the most bizarre arrangements of a well known show tune that I think I’ve ever heard.  Keep in mind, though, that the show this song came from was still on Broadway and hadn’t been made into one of the biggest musicals of the sixties - back in 1960, it was just another song from another Broadway show that could be shaped and rearranged by a variety of recording artists.

The show was transferred from an original 16” vinyl microgroove Treasury Department transcription. 

 

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Tags: music · Treasury Department

Guest Star - Pgm 679 - March 27, 1960

March 4th, 2017 · Comments

Here’s a program from late in the old time radio era, but the long-running series was well known during the era.

“Guest Star” was a program promoting US Savings Bonds.  It usually included musical guests that performed their latest tunes, but also included other types of performers hawking for the Treasury Department.

Program 679 for broadcast the week of March 27, 1960 features Warren Covington and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.  The first tune on the show is “The Tea for Two Cha-Cha”.  Del Sharbutt is the announcer.

At this point in the series, rock n’ roll had taken over AM radio and “Guest Star” was concentrating more on what we would think of today as “easy listening” or “adult contemporary” artists for their more adult audience.  This was from the microgroove era when four shows in hi-fi would be distributed on one 16” transcription.  It’s the type of show that might have popped up on the adult-oriented FM radio outlets of the period and gives us a glimpse of how the big bands and vocalists soldiered on through this new era of youth-oriented music that changed the industry.

Our show was transferred from an original 16” vinyl microgroove Treasury Department transcription.  My apologies for the skip that occurs during the opening tune.

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Tags: music · Treasury Department