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D-U-Z Does Everything promotional record

October 27th, 2018 · Comments

Once in a while, I feature some old time radio-related memorabilia on the blog. In this post, a promotional 78 from the makers of Duz featuring a three minute swinging arrangement of their “Duz Does Everything” jingle heard on many OTR programs.

I don’t know the origin of this disc. Perhaps it was given to dealers or maybe as part of some giveaway promotion to customers. But now, through the miracle of the Internet, you can find out the rest of the lyrics to the song. The vocal is by Audrey Marsh, backed with Miltion Rettenberger’s Orchestra. I couldn't find anything on the composer, Majorie Souders.  Don’t forget to give royalties to BMI if you play it on the air.

By the way, according to Wikipedia, Proctor and Gamble sold Duz from the 1940s and discontinued the brand in 1980.  Remember the free dishes that came with Duz?

Our mp3 was dubbed from an original single-sided ten inch 78 rpm shellac or vinylite disc.

Anyone else ever run into this?

Tags: memorabilia · serials

Guest Star - Program 63

October 27th, 2018 · Comments

Once again, we hear from the Treasury Department hawking United States Savings Bonds. Rather than the usual musical guest or comedian, our guests are the cast of a popular radio drama.

Program #63, dated June 6, 1948 on the label, features the cast of “One Man’s Family” in a short sketch where son Paul makes a speech for US Savings Bonds. The announcer is David Ross.

Our show was dubbed direct from an original Treasury Department vinyl transcription, matrix number D23995B.

Tags: drama · Treasury Department · soap opera · serials

Home Town Sketches - Pgm 49

May 1st, 2009 · Comments

Well, here's an odd little syndicated show I can't find much information on.

"Home Town Sketches" seems to be a light-hearted serial, along the lines of "Easy Aces" or "Vic and Sade", that looks at characters in a small town called Centerville.  It was sponsored by Fels-Naptha laundry soap (which is, believe it or not, still available today) and was broadcast four days a week.  I've seen the program listed in some newspaper logs in 1936; it may have only been syndicated regionally, perhaps on the West Coast.

transcription label

The main characters on the show operate a radio station - an example I'll post next week actually takes the form of a "broadcast within a broadcast".  In this show, Anna Q. Watts and Captain Albert return from their honeymoon in Hollywood and Catalina.

The show was transferred from an original Radio Recorders transcription disc, pressed on blue Vinylite probably by Columbia, matrix number RR-1543.  Apologies for the scratches on the disc, but the years haven't been kind to this unique transcription.

Next week, the other side of the disc with program 50 in the series.

Tags: comedy · Home Town Sketches · serials

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