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Say It With Music - Pgm 153, March 25, 1951

July 12th, 2008

"Say It With Music" was distributed by the California Department of Employment and features a different orchestra each week with host Bill Ladd.  It's a rare of example of a regionally distributed public service program that would have been heard on local stations during the OTR era.

In program 153, Buzz Adlam and His Orchestra perform "Singing in the Rain", "That Old Black Magic", "Ridin' on Two Flats", and "Rain".  Adlam, also known as "Basil Adlam", was a prolific composer, arranger and saxophonist, working with the Phil Harris and Ozzie Nelson bands; he was also producer and music director for the US Treasury Department public service series, "Guest Star".

There's some good music here, but the show is filled with technical issues.  The strange phasing you hear during the music numbers is part of the original recording and would appear to be a mistracking tape machine; there's also the bad sound quality of Bill Ladd's microphone and miscues during the end of the show.

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