Thursday Jun 12, 2008
This week, I'm starting posts of a new series of uncirculated programs from discs that I recently obtained from a collection in Canada. It's "Choose a Song Partner", a program syndicated by Eugenia Price Productions and sponsored by Formfit Life Bras and Life Girdles. Based on the content, the shows appear to date from circa 1947-48.
The concept of the show is simple. Beryl Vaughn plays host to the series, giving humorous clues to song titles that are performed by Don Moreland with organist Adele Scott. In program one, Don sings "Stormy Weather", "Peg O' My Heart", "The Way You Look Tonight", and Dinah. The program has been transferred from an original Columbia vinyl transcription, matrix number YTC 4723.
I've not been able to find much information about the series and the performers; I'm not even sure if the show was primarily distributed in the US or Canada since the discs came from north of the border.
Beryl Vaughn, according to the IMDB, played a bit part in the movie "Penny Serenade" and was also seen on tv's "Sky King". Don Moreland appeared in "Dubarry was a Lady" as part of a vocal group. According to the WFMU blog, Don was active in Chicago radio; someone at WFMU ran into a collection of home recordings by Don and his daughter dating from the 1950s. You can read about them here
Eugenia Price had a long and distinguished career in radio, working with soaps in the 1930s and forming her own production company in the 1940s. After a conversion to Christianity, she became a writer and director for the long-running religious drama "Unshacked!" and eventually became an inspirational speaker and author of historical novels.
More episodes from "Choose a Song Partner" are coming in future blog posts in the coming months.
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