Duane Keilstrup Broadcast Archives
May, 2015

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 167

AMERICAN VETERANS COMMITTEE SALUTE TO AL JOLSON

Appropriately, on October 1, 1946, the American Veterans Committee paid tribute to the "You ain't heard nothin yet" entertainer Al Jolson. It was broadcast from New York, Hollywood, and San Francisco with guests, ladies of song, Dinah Shore, Hildegarde, and Martha Raye, along with Eddie Cantor, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Bob Hope, and Burns and Allen. The orchestras of Desi Arnaz, Morris Stoloff, and Mitchell Ayres were also part of the salute, and George Jessel served as a masterful MC, while Bill Goodwin, as always, performed admirably as announcer.

Frank sang "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody," and Perry performed "By the Light of the Silvery Moon," while the ladies Hildegarde, Dinah, and Martha did ""April Showers," "You Made Me Love You," and "Waitin' for the Robert E. Lee," respectively. And, to their credit, none tried to sound like Jolson. Eddie Cantor contributed "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Good-bye!)" in true sparkling Cantor style that was almost as famous as Jolson's, and Jessel added his near Jolson impression of "Swanee." But sounding like Jolson was left to Jolson himself as the show played his recording "Mammy," while at the time Jolson was being honored at a gala veterans testimonial dinner at the Hotel Astor in New York City.

Bob Hope and Burns and Allen honored Jolson with laughter, and Jimmy Walker, New York's two-term mayor, brought words of praise and appreciation from New York to round out the hour long tribute on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

Sadly, Walker passed away the following month on November 18 from a brain hemorrhage. Later, in 1957, the film "Beau James," starring Bob Hope, somewhat accurately portrayed the life of the flamboyant politician who became a symbol of jazz age romanticism and for a time acted as the head of Majestic Records with artists such as Louis Prima, Jimmie Lunceford, the Four Suns, George Olsen, Ray McKinley, and Eddy Howard.

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 168

EDDIE HUBBARD SPECIAL: WHY DON'T YOU EVER PLAY!

Here's another Eddie Hubbard Special, this one from October 3, 1985, the day that the Atlantis space shuttle was launched on its first space flight. Eddie called this Special "Why Don't You Ever Play!" with requests from listeners for songs that have not been played for awhile or ever. The songs include "Just An Old Fashioned Love Song," "Golden Memories, Silver Tears," '"You've Changed," "Just a Gigolo," "The Summer Wind," "Hurry on Down," and "Poor Butterfly."

Four songs on this Special really seem to stand out: "Won't You Marry Me?" "Gloomy Sunday," " Little Old Lady," and "Everything Is Beautiful (in It's Own Way).'" The curio "Marry Me" was recorded by Maxine Sullivan, who was the first black star to have her own radio show ("Flow Gently, Sweet Rhythm" in 1940). "Gloomy Sunday" by Billy Eckstein was a major "downer" and was even called (rightly or wrongly) "the Hungarian suicide song" during WWII with lines like ""My heart and I have decided to end it all."

By contrast, "Everything is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens remains a classic upbeat, encouraging song that plays in one's mind and heart long after hearing it just once. Hoagy Carmichael's "Little Old Lady" is a sweet song that my mother used to hum and sing and remains forever part of my cherished childhood memories, and I would guess, part of the special memories of many from my generation.

Other artists on the show include "Velvet Voice" "Gentleman" Jim Reeves, "Velvet Fog" Mel Torme, Eydie Gorme, Tony Martin, Paul Williams, Wayne Newton, Ray Conniff. and Montovani (Great Britain's most successful album seller before the Beatles).

Every Eddie Hubbard show demonstrates some of the great music of a great generation in the first 60 years or so of the twentieth century -- great blessings of the great God of the universe.

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Many thanks go to Jerry Haendiges Productions for restoring and transferring Eddie Hubbard's original studio tape for rebroadcast. For more about Jerry's expert Audio Restoration Services go to his website at www.OTRSite.com or call him at 562-696-4387.

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 169

EDDIE HUBBARD & THE BROWSERS: "I LIKE BANANAS" -- "RADIO THEN"

I expect you recall Johnny Roventini and his "Call for Philip Mor…ris" on old radio shows. I wish I could play Johnny singing "Call for Eddie Hubbard" because we have a special treat this time. Eddie Hubbard sings his own composition called "Radio Then." The song is filled with great unique memories that recall many wonderful old radio shows. To my knowledge, this has rarely been played on the air, if ever. Following this performance we'll hear one of Eddie's best Browsers shows which I subtitle "I Like Bananas" for reasons that appear below.

For some 25 years, Saturday meant Browsers time on radio, with Eddie Hubbard and Phil Holdman guiding the show. Today's show is from the 1990's and features the usual Browsers great music and big band trivia fun.

Among the great recordings highlighted this time are "Boogie Woogie" by Tommy Dorsey, "Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)" by Vaughn Monroe," "I'm Beginning to See the Light" by Duke Ellington, "These Foolish Things" by Les Elgart, "Intermezzo" by Freddy Martin, "Let's Dream This One Out" by Frankie Masters, and "Cherokee" by Charlie Barnet.

Special is a super 1936 curio song from Great Britain's Henry Hall band and vocalist George Elrick who sings "I Like Bananas Because They Have No Bones," and, to add to the novelty, during the recording Elrick mimics Jimmy Durante.

Among songs added by Eddie in place of commercials are "Am I Blue" by Nat King Cole and "Till I Waltz Again With You" by Teresa Brewer. Phil Holdman's "Phooler" challenge this time involves a gal who sings "Funny Valentine."

Trivia challenges on this show include Charlie Barnet's other recording with reference to American Indians, pseudonyms for Freddy Martin, more banana song titles, Frankie Masters' theme songs, and two ladies who had great recordings of "I'm Beginning to See the Light.".

Don't forget that one of the Browsers on today's show, Bob Knack, writes an interesting ongoing online big band newsletter that carries on the tradition of Phil Holdman's "Browser Notes." Go to dixieswing.com and enjoy Bob's free "Great Escape" featuring entertaining stories, information, and articles concerning big bands.

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Special thanks to Jerry Haendiges Productions for expert remastering and restoring of the original studio tape for rebroadcast. For more about Jerry's excellent Audio Restoration Services go to his website at www.OTRSite.com or call him at 562-696-4387.

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 170

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LOWER BASIN STREET: BENNY CARTER

Time for another trip to the upper crust "cultural scene" at New York's radio city in the early 1940's to hear the Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street. On CMSLBS we'll hear tongue-in-cheek dignified commentary in the manner of Metropolitan Opera radio broadcaster Milton Cross. The popular CMSLB began on the NBC Blue Network in 1940 and continued to 1944, with a revival in the early 1950's. The quasi long-haired commentary was humorously satirical, but the swing music was pure, sweet, genuine, joyful Dixieland jazz. Each show usually began with introductory words by announcer Jack McCarthy like "Good evening, lovers of fine music. Welcome to the no-doubt world-famous Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street, and another concert dedicated to the perpetuation of the three B's - barrelhouse, boogie-woogie, and the blues." [The "barrelhouse" refers to an early form of jazz with boisterous piano playing, group improvising, and two-beat rhythm heard in juke joints or barrelhouses of New Orleans in the early 1900's.]

This CMSLBS show from May 26, 1941, resumes our earlier Classics & Curios spotlight on the show (which you can revisit in Episodes 109 and 110 in my Olde Tyme Radio Archives) and features guest Benny Carter, known especially as a trumpeter, composer, and arranger, but most of all as a saxophonist. He was one of the first jazz artists to bring "hot jazz" into arranged music.

Listen carefully to the commentary for bits and pieces of tongue-in-cheek humor, scripted by Welbourn Kelley, and enjoy the uplifting music from Benny and the two "house" bands: Henry Levine and his Dixieland Little Symphony (or Octet), along with clarinetist/saxophonist Paul Laval and his Ten "Termite-Proof" Woodwinds.

Songs include "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" by Levine's band and "Down Home Rag" and "Sheik of Araby" by Laval's. Benny does "Stardust" on trumpet and "Honeysuckle Rose" on alto sax backed by Laval who also does "My Gal Sal" on the alto saxophone.

Finally, Levine performs W.C Handy's "Aunt Hagar's Blues" and "Farewell Blues," which is indeed not a blues tune but "torrid" jazz done in the tempo of "Look Out, Here They Come." The theme "Basin Street Blues" ends the show while the musicians one by one leave the stage in the manner of Haydn's famous "Farewell Symphony" performances.

A serious and informative feature on this show is a visit by jazz scholar Charles Edward Smith who discusses his and F. Ramsey's [then] new book on the history of jazz with the title JAZZMEN, available now at amazon.com. Smith mentions several jazz pioneers like Buddy Bolden, King Oliver, Bunk Johnson, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Carter. Chamber "Chairman" Dr. Geno Hamilton serves as commentator as he generously assigns titles of doctor or professor to all participants, including himself.

Look for more Chamber Music Society shows to come here on Classics & Curios Song & Smile Time. It is my prayer that these programs may bring joy to your heart, a smile to your soul, and glory to God, who lovingly blesses us with laughter and music.

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Check out Jerry Haendiges' extensive collection of CMSLBS shows.

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 171

RADIO WORLD PREMIER EPISODE OF THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LOWER BASIN STREET: GUEST SOLOIST DINAH SHORE

Here's the very first radio episode of the Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street, broadcast on NBC Blue on Sunday afternoon, January 2, 1940. Guests are Arthur J. "Zutty" Singleton, jazz and percussionist aficionado, and "Mademoiselle Diva" Dinah Shore as soloist.

"Professor" Zutty performs "I Know That You Know" and "Bugle Call Rag," while Dinah does "Rockin' Chair" and "There'll Be Some Changes Made." Announcer Gene Hamilton assumes his stodgy commentator role as "Doctor" Gino Hamilton and speaks briefly about the trouble with modern music while alluding to his supercilious "book" on that subject with a non-sensical and wonderfully funny German title, ending with the word "Knackwurst."

Maestro Laval and his "Double Woodwind Quintet" contribute "Runnin' Wild" after a deliciously long, long-haired introduction, and maestro Levine and his "Mason Dixon Octet" perform the "austere classic" "Blue Room" and "Muskrat Ramble" "with its subtle shadings and mutations."

"A Little Street in Singapore" and "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street (*All the Little Birdies Go Tweet, Tweet, Tweet") round out a super "World Premiere" show for "music lovers."

You may also enjoy previous Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street episodes 109, 110, and 170 in my archives.

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