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July, 2015

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 177


Since the Declaration of Independence was not signed until August 2, 1776, it's still appropriate to continue our celebration after the 4th of July, so here are two more favorite patriotic productions from the past on Classics & Curios.

The first celebration salutes our armed forces in song, starting with "Wings Over the Navy" by Lew Stone, followed by Sammy Kaye's "Remember Pearl Harbor." Then Ted Lewis and his band perform "Buy American," and the Sons of the Pioneers perform "Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima Isle." Martha Tilton sings "I'll Walk Alone," the great war time song relating to lonely but brave gals on the home front, followed by William Bays' touching "A Soldier's Last Letter."

This show's closing song is the 1942 World War II classic "White Cliffs of Dover" by Vera Lynn.

Our second show saluting America on this episode begins and ends with This Land is Your Land," originally called "God Blessed America" by Woodie Guthrie and which originally contained less than positive politically tinged lyrics, but Bing Crosby sings the newer familiar version with a sparkling uplifting performance.

Spaced throughout the program are patriotic recitations spoken by Senator Everett Dirksen whose deep euphonios voice underscores the depth of meaning of the words. The senator performs portions of "Galllant Men" including "The Mayflower Compact" and "The Battle of Fort McHenry" with the story of the birth of our national anthem. Actor Tyrone Power powerfully narrates "The Ballad of the Leatherneck Corps" by Herman Wouk -- a great piece of radio theater recalling achievements of our American soldiers through the years. A very special feature on this show is Red Skelton performing his classic and famous "Pledge of Allegiance" exposition and interpretation to children.

Interspersed are Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" by the Boston Pops and "The Halls of Montezuma." A high point of the program comes with Elton Britt's "There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere."

Woodie Guthrie had no fondness for the famous Kate Smith song, yet I offer no apology for repeating her classic "God Bless America" and certainly with no apology to Woodie. To me no other song and no other performance of this song has ever evoked such stirring emotional celebration of America's hard-fought political independence as well as America's dependence on God's blessings and direction.

So with that sterling song of America under God we pay continued heartfelt tribute to our armed forces, along with the first responders who serve gallantly and faithfully to keep us safe and free "in," as the Mayflower Compact ends, "the name of God."

Appropos of recent events and Supreme Court decisions, let us recall, "in the name of God," these words:

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." -- Abraham lincoln

"There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy her citizens cannot cure." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 178


Eddie's theme from early June on weddings suggested things old, new, borrowed, and blue, so this undated special continues those follow-up themes in song this time around.

Songs featured include Glenn Miller's "Alice Blue Gown," Al Martino's "Love is Blue," Wayne King's "When the Blue of the NIght Meets the Gold of the Day," Benny Goodman's "Tangerine" (borrowed from Jimmy Dorsey), and Ralph Marterie's "Take the 'A' Train" (borrowed from Duke Ellington).

Among other tunes that Eddie works into the themes are "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me" by the Lenny Capp Trio, "All My Love" by Patti Page, "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" by Elvis Presley, "My Last Good-bye" by Eddie Howard, and "Midnight Sun" by June Christy and Lionel Hampton.

Rounding out the show are Ronnie Kole's "Mood Indigo," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" by the Brothers Four, and "Don't Be That Way" by Benny Goodman.

The song "Alice Blue Gown" was written for President Teddy Roosevelt's daughter and for the 1919 Broadway musical "Irene." The real Alice was not at all, as the song's lyrics say, "both proud and shy." Contrary to the demure sweetness associated with her azure-tinted blue gown, Alice's outlandish behavior caused her to be called "the other Washington monument." She also had outrageous descriptions for American presidents. For example, she described cousin Franklin Roosevelt as "Two-thirds mush and one-third Eleanor" and Lyndon Johnson as "an engaging rogue elephant of a man." She had an affair with a Senator Borah which caused a major scandal -- one that resulted in her being called, "Aurora Borah Alice." Her father Teddy remarked, "I can run the country, or I can control my daughter. I cannot do both." (See georgetowner.com/articles/2011/dec/07/alice-blue-gown.)

Well, Teddy did a pretty good job of running the country, and the song has lived to enhance and celebrate the genuine sweetness of many Alices not named Roosevelt.


Many thanks to Jerry Haendiges Productions for masterful restoring and transferring this program from the original studio tape to CD for rebroadcast.


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 179


While Danny Kaye was keeping a six-week commitment to entertain troops on a USO tour in 1945 it was necessary for Danny's friends to fill in for him on his CBS radio show. Contrary to the October 4 date I mention on air, it was on October 10, 1945, that Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland responded first with their own playbill of great songs and comedy repartee, including a tongue-in-cheek mini musical called "My Romance."

Frank and Judy already had done a couple of radio shows together and had begun work on the movie "Till the Clouds Roll By." By now the chemistry between them was clearly magical as they took the stage in Danny's place. In fact, I have to say, this show was probably better than anything Danny could have produced. Frankly, Danny's radio shows, in my opinion, were victims of sometimes uninspired writing and some over acting. Danny's best show moments were when he simply sang and did his unique version of scatting, and when Harry James' orchestra played. Danny was still very young, and he often let his unbound energy take control making the show itself a bit out of control.

Axel Stordahl provided the musical accompaniment and arranging, as he did for Frank on several recordings, and the music was superb. Judy and Frank sing a classic rendition of "It's Gotta Be This or That," adding their own fun lyrics, while Judy performs solo on "How Deep Is the Ocean" and "How Much Do I Love You." Frank does "My Judy" and "Till the End of Time." Another duet for the duo comes during the "minute" Musicale "My Romance"(set in 1995) -- an unforgettable "Long Ago and Far Away." Now, of course, the "far away" is "long ago."

In between, Frank and Judy have a great time making fun of one another and also of good friend Bing Crosby, who gladly and graciously promoted Frank on his own show. Everything evolves smoothly with well written lines, great timing, and genuinely funny exchanges.

Axel Stordahl is given his own two minutes on "I've Got You Under My Skin," and Frank sings his own theme song "Put Your Dreams Away for Another Day," the perfect advice and closing for this "Danny Kaye Show."