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Melody Round-Up, Pgm 963

March 29th, 2009

"Melody Round-Up" was a quarter hour of country music broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Service, drawing on programs from Gene Autry and others.

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Program 963 in the series proves that you just never know what you're going to find on an AFRS disc until you play it.  This episode contains episodes of "Corn's a Crackin'", a live country music program broadcast from the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Missouri.  I haven't run into any examples of "Corn's a Crackin'" circulating among otr collectors and have only run into a handful of references to it on country music history sites.  The series was probably related to the influential ABC television program "Ozark Jubilee".  I found an interview with country performer Roy Lanham where he notes that "Corn's a Crackin'" was carried on ABC; I'm guessing the show dates from the early 1950s.

This episode includes Sally and Sue singing "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You"; a guitar and banjo duo, Dale and Benny", performing "Bye, Bye Blues"; gospel quartet the Matthew Brothers singing "We'll Stand the Storm"; a steel guitarist billed as "Junior" doing "Rose Room"; the Prairie Playboys singing "The Hills of Old Kentucky" and an unidentified fiddler player doing a tune called "Tom and Jerry".

The program was transferred from an original AFRS vinyl transcription.  The other side contains an show with musical excerpts from one or more episodes of "Gene Autry's Melody Ranch", btw.

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  • Kevin Coffey

    Hi — Thanks for posting these. This show dates from 1946. The unidentified fiddler at the end is the great “Ozark Red” (Ishmael Loveall).

    Jun 25, 2010 at 7:56 pm
  • Jeannie

    how do you know Ozark Red? I work with is wife “Alberta” and she has some of his music and Rusty Draper. She would be interested in talking to anyone who new him.775-230-5545

    Dec 23, 2010 at 5:38 am