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Vass Family - Pgm 57

April 16th, 2008

Today we have a fun little five minute musical program featuring the Vass Family on the air for Alka Seltzer. This show and one in the next entry are taken from an original vinyl NBC syndication disc pressed by RCA, matrix number MS 03444. (The other side of the disc contains two five minute Alka Seltzer shows by the Hoosier Hot Shots that I'll post later.)

The Vass Family appeared on the National Barn Dance and a few other NBC programs in the late 1930s. According to the announcer, the group hails from South Carolina. In this show, the group sings "Romance Runs in the Family" and "When the White Azealeas Start Blooming" and help out with the Alka Seltzer ads.

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  • Jonathan Guyot Smith

    Thank you so much for posting these wonderful recordings by the Vass Family. My grandmother, Ethel Park Richardson, created and wrote an NBC series running from 1933 to 1938, initially entitled “Hillbilly Heart-throbs” and later “Dreams of Long Ago.” The Vass Family (Frank, Virginia, Sally, Louisa, and Emily) appeared on that series for two years, singing the old songs my grandmother dramatized. They recorded one session for Decca, left New York to appear on the “National Barn Dance” in Chicago, eventually went to California, and disbanded during WWII, as they wed and started families of their own. Two members of the Vass Family, Virginia and Emily, are still with us. They were born in South Carolina, grew up in North Carolina, and moved to Darien, Connecticut, during the early 1930s, at which time their singing of folk songs brought them to the attention of NBC. They commuted from Darien to Rockefeller Center to do a number of NBC broadcasts, including a musical series of their own. Thank you so much for sharing their beautiful harmonies with us.

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:52 pm