Duane Keilstrup Broadcast Archives
June, 2015

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 172


"Down Yonder in New Orleans" kicks off this meeting of the Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street by "Hot Lips" Levine and his "Epileptic Eight," not to be outdone by maestro Paul Laval and his "Gone with the Winds Ten" performing the "Konzertstueck" "Blue Room." Guest vocalist Dixie Mason performs a remarkable jazz version of Stephen Foster's "Old Black Joe."

"Doctor" Gino Hamilton outdoes his stodginess as he announces a two-week suspension of the Society's radio concerts and then mentions the upcoming concert of a prominent composer named "Doppelgaenger." Hamilton chats with fellow wordsmith virtuoso and guest jazz scholar C.E. Smith on musical topics relating to a Chaucer jam session, to Milton and Mickey Mouse, and to the origins of the word "jazz" and the phrase "out of this world." The good "doctor" characterizes their quasi didactic chat as "truly delightfully dull."

Guests jazz artists Jack and Charlie Teagarden, perhaps "the greatest brother act since Cain and Abel," entertain Society members with "Basin Street Blues" and then "all 'Hindemith' breaks loose" as maestro Laval and his "(I got a wrong note in the ninth bar) Serenaders" strike up "Joshua 'Fit' the Battle of Jericho." Conductor Levine "appropriately" responds with "I Come from Dixie," as the Society's meeting of October 10, 1940, comes to an end on NBC Blue.

Concerning more recent research on the origin of the term "jazz," some researchers say it was a baseball word for a wobbly pitch or an activity denoting passion, spirit, or vitality. While a number of earthy and earthly theories exist, jazz music, particularly Dixieland, clearly lifts our spirits to etherial and heavenly realms of joy, a true blessing from the Lord.

Also, see my Classics & Curios Episodes 109, 110, 170, and 171 for additional delightful musical meetings of the Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street.


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 174


Time to celebrate the month of June with performances by Jimmy Dorsey, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Marty Robbins, the Four Lads, the Brothers Four, and the Erskine Hawkins orchestra. Eddie Hubbard's June Special has all of those performers and more on this undated special episode from Eddie's private collection, and, of course, songs relate to romance, weddings, graduation, or simply summer fun and memories.

The Jimmy Dorsey band does "Give Me a June Night," Bing sings "The Wiffenpoof Song," Frank performs "Love and Marriage," Marty sings "A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation," the Lads do "Moments to Remember," the Brothers contribute "The Green Leaves of Summer," and Erskine Hawkins and his band add "Tuxedo Junction."

Additional June tunes include ("The Wedding Song (There Is Love)" by Noel Paul Stookey, "White Silver Sand" by Don Rondo, "Roses Are Red, My Love" by Bobby Vinton, and "Save the Last Dance for Me" by Ben E. King and the Drifters.

So to sum up this Eddie Hubbard Special, in short, "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," -- a song from "Carousel," and, appropriately, it's that great tune by Rogers and Hammerstein that opens the show. "Junction," composed in 1940 by Hawkins, Bill Johnson, and Buddy Feyne, closes the show with the great Wilbur Bascomb's "delicate but swinging trumpet" solo that helped make it the band's best hit and its theme song -- not to mention the fact that carefree high-school grads danced to the song at proms all across the U.S.A., especially after Glenn Miller's legendary slower version hit the juke boxes. As the Brothers Four sang in "The Green Leaves of Summer," "Twas so good to be young then."

[For more on Erskine Hawkins and his orchestra check out George T. Simon's THE BIG BANDS with a foreword by Frank Sinatra.]


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 174


As a follow-up to Eddiie Hubbard's June Songs Special this episode brings an undated Eddie Special with focus on weddings and love.

Popular wedding songs for this show include "Always," the Irving Berlin classic performed by Patsy Cline, "The Wedding Song," written and sung by Paul Stookey, and "Forever Together," from the 1966 Broadway show "I Do! I Do!" and sung touchingly by the happily married Steve and Eydie. Eddie adds a personal touch by dedicating Jack Jones' "My Funny Valentine" to his son's (then) recent marriage to his bride Mary Valentine.

Among other classic love songs on this Special are "When I Fall in Love," performed by Nat King Cole, "It's Magic," by Dick Haymes, "Those Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine," by the Four Aces, and the song so meaningful to those of us who have been married almost a lifetime, "When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New," sung beautifully by Jimmy Roselli.

Joining those classics are super love songs like ""Candy," by Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers, "Linda," by Buddy Clark, "Someone to Watch Over Me," by Keely Smith, "It's Love," by Lena Horne, "I'll Dance at Your Wedding," by Buddy Clark along with Anita Gordon and Ray Noble's orchestra, the popular lighthearted "Love and Marriage," by Frank Sinatra, and more.

Russian immigrant Irving Berlin was truly legendary. An interesting note about "Always," is that Berlin wrote it for the Broadway musical "The Cocoanuts," which starred the Marx Brothers, but he cut it before the show opened and then gave it to his wife as a wedding present. When published her song became a musical wedding present for countless couples over the century.

Walter Cronkite at the 100th birthday tribute for Berlin said that "he helped write the story of this country, capturing the best of who we are and the dreams that shape our lives." Berlin's self-stated aim was to write music and lyrics that were uncomplicated and direct to "reach the heart of the average American … the real soul of the country."

Whether you recall observing friends getting married, being newly in love or engaged, perhaps remembering your time as a newlywed, or are a codger like me, happily wed for over fifty years, there's at least one song here especially for you. For me and my bride, our love was and is truly "not for just an hour, not for just a day, not for just a year but always." And we will be truly "Forever Together" into eternity --singing and dancing on streets of gold with the Lord.


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 176


Now, more than ever, we need to celebrate America's amazing declaration of independence and dependence on its constitution and traditional family values as the basis of a healthy society. So please celebrate with me once again "The Miracle of America" (Episode 127 from my Archives)

Happy Birthday, America! America's Charter of Freedom or Independence was declared on July 2, 1776, approved by Congress on July 4, and signed on August 2 -- all after 86 edits including deleting the condemnation of slavery. The completed document brought into life the miracle of America, and that's the name of the first program of this episode: "The Miracle of America," broadcast in 1950 on CBS.

Robert Young hosted this program featuring artists like Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny, Bing and Bob Crosby, Ronald Coleman, Charles Laughton, Dick Haymes, Jo Stafford, Smilin' Jack Smith, Jerry Gray, and Dinah Shore. Some of the songs performed include "Hoop-Dee-Doo," "The House I Live In," "The Lord's Prayer," and a medley of Stephan Foster songs performed by Lucille Norman and the Lud Gluskin orchestra.

Jack Benny and Mary Livingston do a comedy sketch at the racetrack, Charles Laughton shares his moving experience of becoming a U.S. citizen in 1950, and Governor Earl Warren delivers a message about America, along with messages from the Secretaries of Commerce and Labor.

On this independence day episode we play "The Miracle of America" to salute all the brave service men and women who made and make the miracle known as America and its freedom a reality.

And Classics & Curios also presents a July 4th original special production. Phil Spitalny and his Hour of Charm twenty-two piece all girl orchestra and chorus begin the show with a great version of "American Patrol." [Spitalny came to this country from the Ukraine to become a U.S. citizen. We can see him and the talented Hour of Charm orchestra as they perform on YouTube.] John Philip Sousa's stirring "Stars and Stripes," Bing Crosby's "Road to Victory," and Kate Smith's "God Bless America" highlight the musical celebration.

Quotes from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln remind us of our heritage of faith and the price of freedom. Theodore Roosevelt adds, "Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood -- the virtues that made America."

Believing that those values must never fade, Sammy Kaye salutes our armed forces with "I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen," sung by Don Cornell. From "nationalww2museum.org" comes this moving recollection of the Stage Door Canteen, Hollywood branch:

-- The canteen was an instant success, and that success continued. Seven nights a week the building pulsed with hordes of servicemen and young women dancing to the sounds of the most famous bands in the country. Stars abounded...

A young actress named Lauren Bacall volunteered on Monday nights. "There was fierce jitterbugging," she wrote. "Many a time I found myself in the middle of a circle…being whirled and twirled by one guy, then passed on to another, non-stop, until I thought I would drop…It wasn't much to do for the war effort, but it was something."The sign over the door of the Hollywood canteen read, "Through these portals pass the most beautiful uniforms in the world." "The most beautiful people" could easily have been added to that. Some of those beautiful people made quite a stir on some memorable nights. One regular was movie star Marlene Dietrich. She caused mass hysteria one night when she arrived straight from the set of the fantasy film "Kismet" covered in gold paint. [Betty] Davis, who said volunteering at the canteen was one of the "few accomplishments in my life that I am sincerely proud of," recalled a Christmas Eve that heartthrob crooner Bing Crosby showed up unannounced accompanied by his young sons. The Crosbys sang carols for an hour, she remembered, and "there was not a dry eye in the Canteen.

"Posterity, you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it." -- John Quincy Adams