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Melody Round-Up - Pgm 533

August 7th, 2009

For you Lum and Abner fans out there, here's a bit of an oddity.

"Melody Round-Up" was a fifteen minute country music series that took different forms in its run on the Armed Forces Radio Network.  Some programs in the series were reduced versions of regional country music programs or shows by personalities like Gene Autry.  Others, such as the one you're about to hear, were more like dee-jay shows.

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Program 533 in the series is hosted by Chester Lauck and Norris Goff, radio's "Lum n' Abner", spinning tunes by the Riders of the Purple Sage and reading dedications to Armed Forces personnel.  The first song on the show is "Following the Sun All Day".

This previously lost episode of the series was transferred from an original AFRS vinyl transcription.

Again, my thanks to listener Michael Utz for his donation of the disc to my collection!

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  • First Arkansas News

    Cool bit of history. As an Arkansan, I enjoy just about every “popular culture” reference to “Lum and Abner” I can find. Thanks for sharing this!

    Apr 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm
  • First Arkansas News

    As an Arkansan, I love running across references to “Lum and Abner” here and there. Thanks for sharing this undoubtedly rare find…

    Apr 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm
  • Kevin Coffey

    Can you tell me who — i.e., what performer — is on the other side of this transcription — presumably Melody Roundup 534?

    Jun 25, 2010 at 7:59 pm