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October, 2015

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 188


Eddie Hubbard continues his salute to Great American Song Writers, and the introductory theme for this week's show is appropriately Barry Manilow's "I Write the Songs." In the past two episodes, which are now in our Archives, we featured Eddie Hubbard's tributes, first, to Johnny Mercer and then to Irving Berlin. This week Eddie salutes Hoagy Carmichael and Paul Simon.

While Simon wrote some really good songs, I'm not quite sure why Eddie chose to include him along with Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, and, soon, George Gershwin. I never got a chance to ask Eddie before his fatal car accident, but it was probably Eddie's intention to recognize a talented modern composer for a growing younger audience. Certainly Simon's songs like "Bridge Over Troubled Waters," "59th Street Bridge," "Scarborough Faire," and "The Sound of Silence" do rank among the best of late 20th century songs.

Hoagy Carmichael's many musical compositions from earlier in the century include songs like "Heart and Soul," "Lazy River," "Lazy Bones," "Skylark," "Georgia on My Mind," "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief," "Rockin' Chair," "In the Still of the Night," "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening," "How Little We Know," and perhaps the most popular as well as most recorded American song ever: "Stardust!" Still more tunes by Hoagy, not included in the show, are "Am I Blue," "Darktown Strutter's Ball," "I'll Dance at Your Wedding," "The Nearness of You," "Small Fry," "Two Sleepy People," "Old Folks" [a favorite of mine] and countless more cute or clever novelties like "Little Old Lady" "Sing Me a Song of Nonsenses," and "Huggin' and Chalkin'." Not bad for a guy who was a lawyer.

As with Irving Berlin, not all of Hoagy's songs were big hits even if clever and catchy, such as "Grandma Teeter Totter," "I'm in Dallias Texius," "When the Wild Wild Women Go in Swimmin' Down in Bimini Bay," and even "He's Dead, But He Won't Lie Down."

Artists performing include Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Bea Wain and Larry Clinton, Ray Charles, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman, Bobby Hackett, Isham Jones, along with Hoagy, Paul, and Art Garfunkel.

When Hoagland Howard Carmichael wrote "Stardust" in 1927 the American president was Calvin Cooledge and the musical "Showboat" was a hit on Broadway with songs like "Old Man River." Hoagy was a student then at Indiana University and wrote "Stardust" as a jazz melody with his hero Bix Beiderbecke in mind, but Isham Jones and arranger Victor Young soon turned it into a beautiful ballad. Duke Ellington performed it at the Cotton Club, and Cab Calloway and other bands added it to their performances. Publisher Irving Mills decided it needed lyrics, and soon Mitchell Parish, the "poet laureate of the songwriting profession" wrote the amazingly poetic words which "touch the spirit of anyone who hears [them]." (NPR) So, actually, the lyrics can be enjoyed not only with the classic melody but also as a piece of literature with creative images expressing dreams, desires, longing, and love:

And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we're apart
You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
The music of the years gone by
Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely night dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
But that was long ago
Now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song
Beside a garden wall
When stars are bright
You are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
A paradise where roses bloom
Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of love's refrain

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 189


This episode concludes Eddie Hubbard's current series devoted to Great Song Writers, this week featuring George Gershwin in a broadcast from May 20, 1990. Of course, Eddie had many songs to pick in Gershwin's discography including "I Got Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Embraceable You," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "Love Walked In," "But Not for Me," "They All Laughed," "A Foggy Day in London Town," "Our Love Is Here to Stay," "Nice Work if You Can Get It," "Summertime," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Swanee," "Fascinating' Rhythm," "Oh, Lady Be Good," "Fidgety Feet," "(I'll Build a) Staircase to Paradise" (an example of Gershwin's significant role in the development of jazz and blues in American popular music), and "'S Wonderful," and more.

Eddie selected several songs from Gershwin's stage and film compositions, along with a medley from "Porgy and Bess" and Paul Whiteman's recording of "Rhapsody in Blue." Joining Whiteman in performing some of Gershwin's songs are Lena Horne, Mel Torme, Buddy Clark, Michael Feinstein, Jane Froman, Artie Shaw, Ray Conniff, Jack Jones, Sarah Vaughn, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Eddie talks about George's life and also plays a tape recording of George's older brother Ira who wrote many of the lyrics for George's music. Ira talks about the song "A Foggy Day in London Town." Concerning his compositions George said that "'true music must reflect the thought and aspirations of the people and time. My people are Americans. My time is today'." (Wikipedia)

George and Ira Gershwin (with lyricist Buddy De Sylva) proclaimed in a joyful show-stopper song that they'd "Build a Staircase to Paradise with a new step every day." Not exactly sound theologically, but Gershwin's songs did indeed build a staircase to musical paradise with a new song virtually every day! .

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 190


Time for a purposefully undanceable tune called "Nightmare" the title theme of Artie Shaw's orchestra in a salute to Artie by Eddie Hubbard from March 22, 1990. Eddie traces the career and music of the man born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky, beginning in the 1930's all the way to Artie's retirement, or rather withdrawal, from the music business when he declared, "I thought that because I was Artie Shaw I could do what I wanted, but all they wanted was 'Begin the Beguine'. "

In 1940 Artie didn't much like it, but he played pop-oriented music and acted on the Burns and Allen Show and reportedly earned $60,000 a week to make the experience more palatable. At one point at a concert in 1941 "Shaw was handed a note by the stage manager to read on stage. The day was December 7, and notice had just come in that the Japanese air force bombed Pearl Harbor, and the note handed to Shaw for him to read aloud was an instruction for all military personnel in the audience to report at once to their bases. When a large portion of the audience in the theater left immediately, Shaw knew at once it was all over and following the performance the band was put on notice." Expedia

Artie disliked Tin Pan Alley commercial approaches to music and sought esoteric uniqueness by incorporating stringed instruments, probably from the influence of Igor Stravinsky, and applying them to modern jazz of 1940 with unusual instrumentation. Artie once commented that "Benny Goodman played clarinet. I played music."

Eddie plays Artie's first big hit, "Begin the Beguine," along with other super recordings like "It Had to Be You," "Indian Love Call," "Blues in the Night," "Frenesi," "My Blue Heaven," "Deep Purple," "Time on My Hands," "Time Waits for No One," and "I Got the Sun in the Morning (and the Moon at Night)." Time limitations on Eddie's show keep us from enjoying additional hits like "Back Bay Shuffle," "Rosalie," "Moonglow," "Stardust," and Billie Holliday's "Any Old Time," her only recording with Artie's orchestra.

Featured artists include Tony Pastor, Helen Forrest, the Meltones with Mel Torme, and Anita Boyer. Since Artie especially liked playing with small groups, also part of the program are his Gramercy Five performers, with musicians like swing trumpeter Roy Eldridge, trumpeter Billy Butterfield, pianist/harpsichordist Johnny Gamieri, guitarist Barney Kessel, and pianist Dodo Marmarosa. The name for the small group traces to Artie's home telephone exchange number.

Next are Classics & Curios Extras a reprise of Classics & Curios Episode 23, a special NBC radio remote from 1939 with Artie Shaw, along with a Jack Benny Chevy Show from 1933, plus even more: Dick Powell and Bob Crosby.

The Jack Benny Chevy Show From 1933, the year of "As Thousands Cheer," "Little Women," and "Stormy Weather," it's the Jack Benny Chevy Show featuring Jack's version of Mae West's movie "She Done Him Wrong," or, actually, "Right!" Also, Sadie Marks, aka Mary Livingston, sings her first song on radio. Classics & Curios Extras showcase a Dick Powell segment from "Lucky Strike's Hollywood Parade," with "You'll Never Know" and a clip of a 1938 number one hit "Rosalie." Also, from a remote on the Mutual network Bob Crosby's band provides a little boogie woogie from the Blackhawk Restaurant in Chicago.

Artie Shaw on NBC From the Blue Room in the Lincoln Hotel in New York City here's a radio remote on NBC with Artie Shaw and his orchestra. The year is 1939, the year that Kay Kyser's "Kollege of Musical Knowledge" was the biggest show on radio and "Little Orphan Annie" was giving away decoder rings. "Three Little Fishies," "Moonlight Serenade," "Over the Rainbow," "Deep Purple," "Gone With the Wind," and the New York World's Fair were a few of the year's entertainment favorites. Perhaps the most popular artist of 1939 was "wee" Bonnie Baker who sang "Oh, Johnny, Oh." But Artie Shaw had Bonnie Blue, aka Helen Forrest, and they were great performing hit songs like "Lover Come Back to Me," and "This Can't Be Love," Earlier we heard Dick Powell croon a version of "Rosalie," and now on this show Artie turns loose Tony Pastor to sing it swing style. .