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April, 2015

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 163


It's a time of joy as we celebrate our risen Lord on this Classics & Curios Easter Special. So "Turn Your Radio On" and get in touch with God with the Gaither Homecoming Friends; get your Easter bonnet on for the "Easter Parade" with the Lewis Family; attend the 1933 Broadway Revue "As Thousands Cheer;" and hear the first performance of Irving Berlin's "Easter Parade," which Berlin first composed in 1917 as "Smile, and Show Your Dimple."

Andy Griffith sings "I Love to Tell the Story of Jesus and His Love" and the Gaither Vocal Band performs the rousing "Let Freedom Ring." Finally, our joyful celebration comes to a crescendo with Don Francisco's moving "He's Alive."

As Don Francisco sings and as the Bible tells us, Jesus is indeed alive today, and we cannot achieve heaven by what we do. But through Christ's sacrificial death on the cross He makes it possible for us to receive forgiveness for having turned from God. Through His resurrection He gives blessed hope and eternal life at the very moment people accept His saving sacrifice and choose to receive Him into their hearts. And that is what Andy Griffith affirms as he sings, "I know 'tis true" and why Christians around the world celebrate Easter Sunday with joy and reverence.

Christians like Andy "love to tell the story of Jesus and His love," -- just as Swiss theologian Karl Barth and Christian scholar Francis Schaeffer loved to summarize the core of Christian faith in the wonderful words of the hymn, "Jesus Loves Me [This I Know For the Bible Tells Me So]."

In parts of Eastern Europe over the centuries the standard greeting of "Good Day" was insufficient for believers at Easter, so they would instead exclaim, "He is risen!" It's in that spirit that we celebrate Easter in this episode.


Some of the above Easter comments are paraphrased from THE CHRISTIAN PROFESSOR IN THE SECULAR UNIVERSITY: SINGING & SOARING ON PATHS OF JOY, pp. 151-152, Xulon Press and Amazon by Duane Keilstrup. Among Easter references also often cited by Barth and Schaefer see especially New Testament passages Ephesians 2:8-10, John 3:16, Romans 3:23, John 5:24, Hebrews 9:14, and Revelations 3:20.


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 164


The show opens with Randy Brooks' "Tenderly," and then EDDIE PLAYS EDDIE Fisher's "I Need You Now." The show continues as EDDIE PLAYS FRANK, NAT, PAT, GLENN, ARTIE, THE DUKE, & MORE.

Here's a special treat for Eddie Hubbard's Clubbers: Fifty minutes of pure Eddie Hubbard being one of the best radio DJ's ever as he plays recordings of Eddie Fisher, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Pat Boone, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, and more.

Other songs include "Chicago," "Too Young," "String of Pearls," "Night and Day," "Take the A-Train," and many more. "More" includes the McGuires' "Sincerely" Margaret Whiting's "Guilty," Jo Stafford's "No Other Love," Ray Coniff's "Invisible Tears," Johnny Mathis' "The Twelfth of Never," Acker Bilk's "Stranger on the Shore," and still more.

So join us now and return to radio's Eddie Hubbard Show from July 11, 1988, and share in the joy and blessing of some of the twentieth century's finest music.


Special thanks to Jerry Haendiges Productions for expert transferring and remastering of the original ten-inch studio tape for rebroadcast.


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 165


Here's Part One of Kraft Music Hall on NBC with Al Jolson and featuring shows with ladies of song. The first show is from September 30, 1948, and features Judy Garland. Al sings four songs before introducing Judy. They are typical Jolson melodies: "Is It True What They Say About Dixie," "Red Red Robin," "Poor Butterfly," and "All Alone." Oscar Levant also shares time with Al with repartee and piano virtuosity. A show highlight is Judy's duet with Al on "Pretty Baby" after her "Johnny One Note" solo. The show ends with Al's solo "When I Lost You," leaving us wishing for much more from Judy as the show is a little late and ends abruptly.

The second show of Part One of "Al and Ladies of Song" features Peggy Lee and is from February 12, 1948. On this show Al introduces Peggy after singing only two songs: "Red, Red Robin" (again) and "Rock-a-By Your Baby With a Dixie Melody." Peggy sings ""Slow Boat to China" and does duets with Al on ""People Will Say We're in Love" and "Birth of the Blues."

Al's songs also include "Say It Isn't So" and "I Got Lucky in the Rain," both tunes from a 1930's Broadway Musical. The title of that show was also the song title "Lucky in the Rain," and the setting for the show was Paris in 1927. Music was mainly by Jimmy MccHugh, along with Hoagy Carmichael, and others. Additional songs included "A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," and "Exactly Like You." Again, at the close of this Kraft Music Hall episode Jolson leaves us wanting more songs, this time from the Musical as well as from among the twenty-three number one charted songs he had during his career, more than even Elvis and the Beatles had later in theirs.

Al used to boast, "You ain't heard nothin' yet!" And upcoming on Classics & Curios there will be more of "Al Jolson and Ladies of Song" on the Kraft Music Hall as Dinah Shore, Doris Day, and Dale Evans put in guest appearances.


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 166


Here's Part Two of Al Jolson's guest Ladies of Song on the Kraft Music Hall on NBC. One show features Dinah Shore, the other Doris Day. The first show of Part Two with Dinah is from December 16, 1948. Dinah takes a break from the Eddie Cantor Show to sing "I'll Be Seeing You" and to join Al in duets to sing "Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey" and "Kiss Me Once." Al does his energetic "Jolson" treatment on "Sittin' On Top of the World" and welcomes Dinah by singing "Dinah." Oscar Levant plays "Maleguena," and Al's "Down Among the Sheltering Palms" and "When Day Is Done" round out the show.

Then on the KMH of December 30, 1948, Al's great lady of song guest is Doris Day. At the time Doris had been singing as a regular on the Bob Hope Show and Your Hit Parade and was fresh from her movie "Romance on the High Seas." Doris, whose voice was called "a voice of velvet," performs her great hit from that film "It's Magic." She also does duets with Al on "Melancholy Baby" and "My Blue Heaven." Oscar Levant performs "Sabre Dance," and Al does his special upbeat rendition of "Smiles" followed by "It All Depends On You," "Who Cares." and "When You Were Sweet Sixteen." Band leader Lou Bring conducts the orchestra on this AFRS show.

After being on top of the entertainment world before and through the 1920's and 1930's, Jolson and his popularity hit bottom with changing musical tastes until the 1946 movie on his life, "The Jolson Story," opened new horizons on radio in the later 1940's. Once again, he was on top, but sadly, he passed away in 1950, just one month after returning to the U.S.A. after performing for our troops in South Korea and when he was scheduled for an appearance on Bing Crosby's radio show. And plans were in the works for his TV debut in grand style. Also, he was to costar with Dinah Shore in a movie to be called "Stars and Stripes Forever." Columbia was even considering another Jolson musical starring Al himself. It was to be called "You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet" and would dramatize his tours of military bases. But the exertion in Korea took its toll, especially for a man with only one lung, and he succumbed to a heart attack at the age of 64.

Jolson's activity and dedication to entertain our troops in World War II has been almost forgotten by older or perhaps overlooked by newer generations. Even before the USO began to set up a formal program overseas, the excitable Jolson was deluging War and Navy Department brass with phone calls and wires. He demanded permission to go anywhere in the world where there is an American serviceman who wouldn't mind listening to "Sonny Boy" or "Mammy." Early in 1942, Jolson became the first star to perform at a GI base in World War II He did as many as four shows a day in the jungle outposts of Central America and covered the string of U.S. Naval bases. He paid for part of the transportation out of his own pocket. While touring in the Pacific, Jolson contracted malaria and had to have his left lung surgically removed.

On September 17, 1950, a dispatch from 8th Army Headquarters, Korea, announced, "Al Jolson, the first top-flight entertainer to reach the war-front, landed here today by plane from Los Angeles…Jolson traveled to Korea at his own expense. And a lean, smiling Jolson drove himself without letup through 42 shows in 16 days."

Alistair Cooke wrote, "He [Jolson] had one last hour of glory. He offered to fly to Korea and entertain the troops hemmed in on the United Nations precarious August bridgehead. The troops yelled for his appearance. He went down on his knee again and sang 'Mammy', and the troops wept and cheered. When he was asked what Korea was like he warmly answered, 'I am going to get back my income tax returns and see if I paid enough.'"

After returning from a tour of overseas bases, the Regimental Hostess at one camp wrote to Jolson, "Allow me to say on behalf of all the soldiers of the 33rd Infantry that you coming here is quite the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to us, and we think you're tops, not only as a performer, but as a person. We unanimously elect you Public Morale Lifter No. 1 of the U.S Army."

Soon after Al's death Defense Secretary George Marshall presented the Medal for Merit to Jolson, "to whom this country owes a debt which cannot be repaid." The medal carried a citation noting that Jolson's "contribution to the U.N. action in Korea was made at the expense of his life" and was presented to Jolson's adopted son as Jolson's widow looked on. Another source sharing Jolson's faith commented, "Until Jolson died, heaven hadn't heard 'nothin' yet."

Information and quotations gathered from Wikipedia and various online biographies