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Light Up and Listen Club - Pgm 328

January 19th, 2019

Now the last program I have in the Canadian musical series, “Light Up and Listen”, sponsored by Sweet Caporal cigarettes.

Program 328 in the series features selections by the Jesters.  The first song is “Sierra Sue”.  Organist John Gart speeds through an upbeat number called “Swamp Fire”.

Our program was transferred from an original RCA Orthacoustic vinyl transcription, matrix number MS 01234.

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Alec Morison, Your Magic Minstrel - Audition

January 19th, 2019

Following up on a post from last week, here’s another attempt by vocalist Alec Morison at an audition program.

Alec keeps it simple in this audition, accompanying himself on guitar.  The first song is “Guadalajara”.

I’ve done quite a bit of Googling and still can’t come up with anything on our featured performer.  Perhaps he was one of many nightclub acts that tried to break into radio and was just never able to get there.  The show was put together by Advertising Business Associates - I found them in the 1949 edition of the “Broadcasting Yearbook” with an address of 6912 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.

Our show was transferred from an original one-sided lacquer from Universal Recorders in Hollywood.

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Your Navy Show - Pgm 2

January 19th, 2019

Now some more swinging big band sounds from “Your Navy Show” featuring Ray Anthony and His Orchestra with announcer Don Wilson.

Ray Anthony starts off the show with “Dancing on the Ceiling”.  The program also features vocals from Tommy Mercer and Marcy Miller.

The show was digitized direct from an original 16” vinyl Navy Reserve transcription.

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Manhattan Nocturne - Audition

January 12th, 2019

You can’t get much more obscure than this.  It’s a fifteen minute audition program for a series called “Your Manhattan Nocturne” featuring vocalist Alec Morrison and harpist Robert Maxwell.  Morrison starts off the show with “Maybe You’ll Be There”.  Maxwell does a jazzy rendition of “Sweet Sue” after the fake commercial break.  The theme is “Autumn in New York”.

I can’t really find anything on Alec Morrison, but Robert Maxwell was much better known as a composer of “Ebb Tide”, “Shangri-La”, and the tune “Solfeggio”, famously used by Ernie Kovacs.

Our show was transferred from an original one-sided Presto 16” lacquer produced by William R. Morison, 7121 Hillside Avenue, Hollywood.

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Your Navy Show - Pgm 1

January 5th, 2019

Here’s a syndicated public service show that I think is new to the blog.  “Your Navy Show” featuring Ray Anthony and His Orchestra with announcer Don Wilson on a break from the “Jack Benny Show”.

There’s some nice hi-fi sound on the show as Ray Anthony kicks off the proceedings with “I Get a Kick Out of You”.  The program also features vocals from Tommy Mercer and the Skyliners.

The show was digitized direct from an original 16” vinyl Navy Reserve transcription.

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Jack Smith Show - June 27, 1949

January 5th, 2019

Now, let’s take a listen to a seldom heard vocalist, “Smilin’ Jack Smith, originally heard June 27, 1949 on the CBS radio network.  In this post we have “The Jack Smith Show” as it was distributed to Armed Forces Radio Service stations as program 384 in the series.

The show starts out with Jack singing “Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing”.  Also heard on the program are Martha Tilton and Frank De Vol and His Orchestra.

The program was digitized direct from an original 16” vinyl Armed Forces Radio Service transcription; the date is from the disc matrix.

And deepest thanks to blog listener William Harris for his donation of the disc to the collection!

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Chesterfield Supper Club - March 8, 1945

January 5th, 2019

Perry Como sings for us again on “The Chesterfield Supper Club”, originally heard on NBC on March 8, 1945.  This is the Armed Forces Radio Service version of the program where it was number 46 in the series.  Perry starts off the show with “I’m So Lucky to Be Me”.  

The show was transferred direct from an original 16” vinyl Armed Forces Radio Service transcription.

Again, our thanks to blog listener William Harris for his donation of the disc to the collection!

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The Lives of Harry Towers on BBC Radio Four Extra

January 5th, 2019

If you're interested in great radio drama and the colorful and interesting people who made it, give a listen to "The Lives of Harry Towers", a new three-hour miniseries on BBC Radio Four Extra. The full three hours can be streamed for the next month.
 
The show includes full versions of programs Towers created featuring an array of stars like Olivier, Welles, and many others in the 1940s and 50s, along with interviews and other material about his life and work.
 
Congrats to Dominic Delargy for his great work producing the show - I listened to the full three hours this morning as I was working around the apartment.
 
Now I finally know the story behind a couple of Towers-produced "Movie Playhouse" transcriptions I ran into a few years ago.  (You can find those here and here.)
 
 

Imperial Intrigue - unnumbered episode

December 29th, 2018

Here’s another episode of the odd syndicated drama series, “Imperial Intrigue”, following up from our last post.

This unnumbered of the episode begins with Charles IX on this deathbed.

The program was transferred from an original Hollywood Recorders 16” single-sided shellac transcription, matrix number 1102.

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Imperial Intrique - Audition

December 29th, 2018

Next up on the blog, a real rarity I haven’t been able to find out much about.  It’s “Imperial Intrigue”, a drama program dated June 28, 1939.

The plot concerns French King Charles IX and the royal intrigue involving his mother Catherine in August 1572.  The program was written by Lloyd L. Harris.  Goldin’s database has three entries for the director, Don Brody, for work on a KFWB program in 1939 and a couple of other shows in 1946 and 1953.

I found some listings for this program on Los Angeles area radio stations in 1939-1940, but I’m not sure if it was heard outside of California.  I also found an obit for Vern A. Milton who did the sound effects for the program; the article mentions the show as originating on KGB (now KLSD) in San Diego.

Our show was transferred from an original Hollywood Recorders 16” single-sided shellac transcription, matrix number 1001.  The disc is dated June 28, 1939 and noted “Audition Record” on the label.  The transcription was pressed by Allied.

Let me know if you have some more info on this oddity.

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