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Kraft Music Hall - July 3, 1947

January 25th, 2009

We turn now to one of the great musical variety programs of the OTR era, "Kraft Music Hall".

During the show's long run, it featured stars like Al Jolson and Bing Crosby.  This program, originally broadcast on NBC July 3, 1947, is headlined by Nelson Eddy and features Met opera star Nadine Conner, announcer Ken Carpenter, and Robert Armbruster and His Orchestra.  Eddy kicks off the show with "Listen to the Band" and performs "Beautiful Dreamer" and "The Owl and Bobcat" (from "Naughty Marietta") among other tunes.  Of course, we get to enjoy Carpenter's wonderful commercials for Kraft Miracle Whip and Cheese Spreads.

Can you pass up the chance to hear Nelson Eddy operatically "meow" in "The Owl and the Bobcat"?

The program was transferred from an original lacquer line-check recorded at an unknown NBC affiliate and includes the NBC chimes.  It appears to be not in common circulation among old time radio collectors.

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  • Mike stevens

    This was a great listen. Always liked Kraft Music Hall

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:46 pm
  • Night Listener

    There is a small but enthusiastic group of Nelson Eddy fans, including several online fan clubs, who will be thrilled to hear this. Thanks so much.

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:48 am
  • Lorraine Chandler

    Thank You for posting this great 1947 Kraft Music Hall with Nelson Eddy. I hope that you will be able to obtain more transcription discs from Nelson`s 1947 Kraft Music Halls shows. Lorraine Chandler

    Jan 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm
  • Sherrie Hardin

    I want to say a very special thank you - you have made a 94 year old man VERY happy in his golden years.

    My uncle, Edward Helwick was a writer for the Kraft Music Hall (and Chase and Sanborn). I found a Billboard write up giving him kudos for the writing of this particular show. His birthday is this month and I searched the entire web trying to find this particular show so I could give it to him for his birthday this month. It just didn’t exist.

    If it hadn’t been for you it never would have happened. I can’t say thank you enough!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sincerely,

    Sherrie

    Mar 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm
  • marsha (traub) miller

    Ed Helwick was my teacher at Culver City High School. They don’t come any better. During my time at Culver, I made it a point to enroll in any and all classes that I could if Mr. Helwick was the teacher.

    He inspired me then; thinking about him inspires me still.

    Sep 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm