Duane Keilstrup Broadcast Archives
November, 2015

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 191

EDDIE HUBBARD SALUTES HARRY JAMES, PLUS HARRY JAMES ON RADIO

Eddie Hubbard salutes Harry James and his orchestra as he talks briefly about Harry's career, his singers, and his songs. Songs played include "All or Nothing at All," "Sleepy Lagoon," "I Had the Craziest Dream," "I Can't Begin to Tell You," "2 o' Clock Jump," "My Silent Love," "I'll Get By," "Chiribiribin," "You Made Me Love You," and "Velvet Moon." Vocalists who perform the songs for Eddie are Frank Sinatra, Helen Forrest, Betty Grable, and Dick Haymes.

Eddie mentions George Simon, noted big band music critic, who wrote very complimentary comments about Harry's music. Simon observes how Harry progressed from early years of enthusiastic and energetic swing performances to more schmaltzy faire later with as many as 15 violins and finally again to more swing and jazz oriented style, all the while keeping the music danceable with ballads second to none.

Unfortunately, many favorites could not be included on Eddie's show, such as "I've Heard That Song Before," "I Cried for You," "I Don't Want to Walk Without You," "I'll Get By," "Cherry," "You've Changed," "The Nearness of You," "Music Makers," "It's Been a Long, Long Time," and Harry's tribute to the Brooklyn Dodgers and baseball: "Dodgers Fan Dance." Most of these, by the way, are available on YouTube.

Sorry to say, Eddie concludes his salute before the end of the broadcast hour, but he treats us to "A Taste of Honey" by Tony Bennett, "Harbor Lights" by Sammy Kaye and Tony Alamo, and "My Shy Violet" by the Mills Brothers.

HARRY JAMES ON RADIO

From Jerry Haendiges' vast collection of vintage radio shows here's still more of Harry James on this Episode of Classics & Curios, as we feature Harry on the radio. And Harry was indeed often on radio, at one point even five nights a week sponsored by a cigarette company, a soft drink company, and the dessert for the Jack Benny Program.

We'll play four Harry James Shows, rebroadcast on the AFRS with singers Helen Ward and Buddy DeVito. Harry performs songs like "The Mole" (Harry's own composition), "King Porter Stomp," "Moten Swing," "9:20 Special," "Shoo Shoo, Baby," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "My Ideal." and "Jiggers, the Beat."

Harry, as music critic George Simon pointed out, was "anxious to please, enthusiastic about his music, and [wanted] to be appreciated." And it was truly easy to appreciate Harry who basically remained a helpful, "refreshingly straightforward, candid person." with talented musicians and vocalists. (See George T. Simon, THE BIG BANDS) .

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 192

EDDIE HUBBARD: JUKE BOX 100th ANNIVERSARY

It was on November 23, 1889, that the first coin-operated juke box debuted, and 100 years later, on November 23, 1989, Eddie Hubbard celebrated that historic accomplishment by playing several songs from the top 100 number one juke box recordings as determined by the Amusement and Music Operators Association. Eddie plays 15 of those 100 very top recordings played on juke boxes through the years.

Among the songs featured from the 100 are: Patsy Cline's 1961 hit "Crazy" at # 2, Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife" at # 6, Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill" at # 8, Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" at # 14, Glenn Miller's "In the Mood" at # 23, Glenn's "String of Pearls" at # 58, Artie Shaw's "Stardust" at # 40, Pat Boone's "Love Letters in the Sand" at # 86, Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" at # 48, and Marty Robbins' "A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation)" at # 55. And the theme song for the show is, of course, "Juke Box Saturday Night," by Glenn Miller.

Perhaps you can guess what the other songs on Eddie's playlist might be from the artists who perform them, namely, Brook Benton, Gail Garnett, Ray Price, Bill Doggett, and Johnny Horton.

I do not have a list of all 100, but here are the top 40 jukebox singles of all time as determined by the AMOA originally in 1989. The names of the song writers are indicated in parenthesis (source: Broadcast Music Inc.)

# 1 "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel", Elvis Presley, 1956 (Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller)
# 2 "Crazy", Patsy Cline, 1962 (Willie Nelson)
# 3 "Rock Around The Clock", Bill Haley & His Comets, 1955 (Jimmy De Knight and Mac C. Freedman)
# 4 "The Dock Of The Bay", Otis Redding, 1968 (Steve Cropper and Otis Redding)
# 5 "I Heard It Through The Grapewine", Marvin Gaye, 1968 (Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong)
# 6 "Mack The Knife", Bobby Darin, 1959 (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, and Marc Blitzstein)
# 7 "Light My Fire", The Doors, 1967 (Robbie Krieger and Jim Morrison)
# 8 "Blueberry Hill", Fats Domino, 1956 (Al Lewis, Larry Stock, and Vincent Rose)
# 9 "Old Time Rock-n-Roll", Bob Seger, 1979 (Thomas Jones and George Jackson)
#10 "My Girl", The Temptations, 1965 (Smokey Robinson and Ronald White)
#11 "Walk On The Wild Side", Lou Reed, 1973 (Lou Reed)
#12 "Honky Tonk Woman", The Rolling Stones, 1969 (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards)
#13 "Can't Buy Me Love", The Beatles, 1964 (John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
#14 "New York, New York", Frank Sinatra, 1980 (John Kander and Fred Ebb)
#15 "Born To Be Wild", Steppenwolf, 1968 (Mars Bonfire)
#16 "Louie, Louie", The Kingsmen, 1963 (Richard Berry)
#17 "Maybellene", Chuck Berry, 1955 (Chuck Berry)
#18 "Hey Jude", The Beatles, 1968 (John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
#19 "Good Vibrations", The Beach Boys, 1966 (Mike Love and Brian Wilson)
#20 "Respect", Aretha Franklin, 1967 (Otis Redding)
#21 "Stand By Your Man", Tammy Wynette, 1968 (Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill)
#22 "House Of The Rising Sun", The Animals, 1964 (Alan Price and Keith Prowse)
#23 "In The Mood", Glenn Miller Orchestra, 1939 (Glenn Miller)
#24 "Satisfaction", The Rolling Stones, 1965 (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards)
#25 "Take Me To The River", Talking Heads, 1978 (Al Green and Mabon Lewis Hodges)
#26 "Proud Mary", Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1969 (John Fogarty)
#27 "Bad Moon Rising", Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1969 (John Fogarty)
#28 "Jailhouse Rock", Elvis Presley, 1957 (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller)
#29 "For The Good Times", Ray Price, 1970 (Kris Kristofferson)
#30 "Great Balls Of Fire", Jerry Lee Lewis, 1957 (Jerry Lee Lewis)
#31 "I Fall To Pieces", Patsy Cline, 1964 (Harlan Howard and Hank Cochran)
#32 "Johnny B. Goode", Chuck Berry, 1958 (Chuck Berry)
#33 "Bad To The Bone", George Thorogood & The Destroyers, 1982 (George Thorogood)
#34 "That'll Be The Day", Buddy Holly, 1957 (Buddy Holly)
#35 "The Twist", Chubby Checker, 1960 (Hank Ballard)
#36 "All Shook Up", Elvis Presley, 1957 (Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley)
#37 "Peggy Sue", Buddy Holly, 1957 (Buddy Holly)
#38 "Heart Of Gold", Neil Young, 1972 (Neil Young)
#39 "When a Man Loves a Woman", Percy Sledge, 1968 (Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright)
#40 "Star Dust'", Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, 1941 (Hoagy Carmichael)

My own list of top 40 songs is very different, but it's fun to see what some of us might have been playing on the jukebox long ago. .

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 192

EDDIE HUBBARD SHOW: BATTLE OF THE BARITONES 2 SHOWS

Continuing with some of Eddie Hubbard's special shows, we hear a "Battle of the Baritones" double feature from July 7, 1989, and March 20, 1990. While Eddie also had at least one other show dedicated to baritone battles, these are the only two that he shared with me, but they showcase some really great performers and tunes.

When baritones like Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra "compete" with each other we are definitely the winners. More great performers participate on this broadcast, like Dick Haymes, Tony Martin, Don Cornell, Vic Damone, Ray Eberle, Russ Colombo, Robert Goulet, Johnny Desmond, Jerry Vale, Engelbert Humperdinck, Al Martino, and more.

Some of the songs sung by the gathering of baritones include, "Far Away Places," "All or Nothing at All," "Body and Soul," "Hearts and Flowers," "White Cliffs of Dover," "Summer Sounds," and "It Isn't Fair." One of my favorites is Perry Como's version of "You Are So Beautiful to Me," which reminds of the Biblical "Song of Solomon" where he tells his love "How beautiful you are, my darling, how beautiful you are!" Truly a heartfelt "joyful noise," a song so beautiful in its simplicity and sung so movingly and tenderly by Perry, that I easily imagine that I am the singer serenading the love of my life from my heart and very soul. The song is part of an ongoing series of four love songs to my wife of 52 years that also includes Frank Sinatra's "All the Things You Are," Nat King Cole's "Stardust," and Bing Crosby's "I Can't Begin to Tell You (How Much You Mean to Me)" a song that I sang to her in my mind (with Bing's voice) as a teenager even before I met her some ten years later.

Eddie adds a few "Extras" to fill out the broadcast hours, such as Les Brown's "Lover's Leap," Les Baxter's "The High and the Mighty," and songs by Eddie Arnold, Joni James, the Carpenters, Gale Storm, the Vogues, and Jane Morgan. All in all, more artists that sing and celebrate America's golden treasury of classic popular music!

Many thanks to Jerry Haendiges Productions for excellent editing and remastering these shows for rebroadcast. .

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 194

"TURN YOUR RADIO ON" FOR A CLASSICS & CURIOS BIG BAND THANKSGIVING!

Welcome again to a traditional Classics & Curios Big Band Thanksgiving special, slightly edited from our Archives. If you're thankful for great Big Band recordings from all the way back to 1929, this is a show for you. Andy Griffith begins the show by asking you to "Turn Your Radio On" as we "tune" into God, the generous Giver of our blessings. We'll begin by jumping back to the 1940's as we listen to Evelyn Knight and the Stardusters perform "Powder Your Face with Sunshine." This recording was on "Your Hit Parade" for 15 weeks in 1948-1949, 2 weeks at number 1. Evelyn had a bunch of top 40 hits and was a pioneer in early TV, appearing on shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Colgate Comedy Hour," and "Abbott and Costello."

Peggy Lee blessed us with many songs, including one back in 1947 with the title "It's a Good Day." This is a song that will pick up your spirits and inspire you to sing right along with Peggy, who incidentally wrote the lyrics. Not surprisingly it was on "Your Hit Parade" for 11 weeks. Peggy hit the big time with Benny Goodman, taking Helen Forrest's place in 1941. Her first million seller was "Why Don't You Do Right" in 1943, and she went on to have top 10 hits in 3 consecutive decades. She had success on radio (for example, "Chesterfield Supper Club" and "Jimmy Durante Show"), wrote several song hits, and even mentored artists such as Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra in the art of jazz singing.

Another feel good tune takes us into the snow season and gets us looking not only at Thanksgiving but also toward Christmas. One of my favorite bands had a really great instrumental version of it: Les Brown's 1946 recording of Irving Berlin's "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," and Les sent the tune on a "Hit Parade" sleigh ride serenade for 7 weeks. It first appeared in the film "On the Avenue" with Dick Powell and Alice Faye and was recorded first by the Mills Brothers in 1938. Later Les and his band of renown performed the song on the Bob Hope's Show, and the reaction was so great that Les' recording company, Columbia, asked him to record it. His response was to tell Columbia to check its vault of recordings because it was already there and had never been released. The Lloyd "Skip" Martin arrangement made it a true classic, and the song was one of the last great big band instrumental hits. Later in 1949-1950 the amazing Mills Brothers put the song back on "Your Hit Parade" for 11 more weeks.

The Mills Brothers give us cause to give thanks for their countless hits, many radio performances, and films. We hear them get softly sentimental with a tune called "Put Another Chair at the Table." A loved one coming home is a special heartfelt blessing, and the Mills Brothers make the most of it, first, as a ballad and, then, in their upbeat swing-touched style making us feel the joy of anticipation of reunited loved ones, as when soldiers return home from war. No group could sing better, ever!

Fred Waring was known as "the man who taught America how to sing" and "America's singing master." President Reagan appropriately awarded him the "Congressional Gold Medal" for his musical contributions to American society. His Fred Waring Banjo Orchestra in the 1920's eventually became Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians. His band performed "You Gotta Be a Football Hero" on radio in 1933 to great acclaim, and he went on to sell millions of records in the 1940's and 1950's. I especially enjoy his early band recordings, and also his popular later choral works like "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." One of my Mother's favorite songs was one that she would often hum in the kitchen, and to her it told of her deep love for her family. That beautiful song: "I'll Always Be in Love with You." She first heard Fred Waring performing it on his 1929 recording. Now she sings it in the Lord's heavenly choir, and the message is still true.

As the great English author Thomas Carlyle said, "Music is well said to be the speech of angels." So it follows that through good music angels often remind us of precious past blessings and anticipate future blessings together. Appropriately Andy Griffith sings "Precious Memories" to end our show as we briefly celebrate Thanksgivings past and present with some of God's blessings in music. My Thanksgiving wish for you, in the words of a Meredith Willson song title, is: "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You."

On a personal note, I am especially thankful for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who enables us to sing and soar in His glory, grace, love, joy, and eternal hope. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! And please pray in the name of the Lord for Paris and the USA! .

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 195

CLASSIC SONGS OF WINTER: "LET IT SNOW" (REPRISE)

After Thanksgiving it's almost the Christmas season again and time for classic winter songs about cold weather, snow, and of keeping warm with love and a delightful fire. On this slightly edited reprise of Episode 148 are a few of my family's favorites, such as 1950's "Looks Like a Cold, Cold Winter" by Bing Crosby, "Button Up Your Overcoat" by Dick Haymes and Helen Forrest, "The Skaters' Waltz (in Swingtime)" by Bob Crosby (originally on a V-Disc recording), and "Happy Holiday" by Bing Crosby from the wonderful 1942 film "Holiday Inn." I especially love songs like "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer, "Snow" by Bing, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Ellen from the 1954 movie "White Christmas," and "Sleigh Ride" by Jo Stafford and The Pied Pipers. More great snow songs are "Winter Wonderland" by Johnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers (on a radio broadcast), "Let It Snow" by Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers, 1959's "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," by Dean Martin, and "Frosty the Snowman" by Gene Autry. And Gene and Rosemary Clooney also bring cute snow song curios like "What If It Doesn't Snow on Christmas" and "Suzy Snowflake," respectfully. Les Brown provides our opening and closing theme with his famous 1946 instrumental version of "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm."

Back in my early teens in Nebraska my parents often took me to Omaha's Orpheum Theater to enjoy stage shows that featured great bands, such as those of Sammy Kaye, Gene Krupa, Horace Heidt, and others, Frankie Carle among them. Frankie was known as "The Wizard of the Keyboard" and became very well known while with Horace Heidt's band and even became co-leader of that orchestra. He later formed his own band in 1947 and his daughter Marjorie Hughes became the lead female vocalist. I can still hear the band at the Orpheum playing Frankie's theme "Sunrise Serenade," one of his several big hits in the 1940's and 1950's including "Oh, What It Seemed to Be." Frankie's delightful winter song on this show is "Little Jack Frost Get Lost" sung by Marjorie.

Several stars on our show have a history of performing together: Dick Haymes with Helen Forrest on recordings and on their CBS radio show from 1944 to 1947 and Margaret Whiting with long time friend and mentor Johnny Mercer. Then come The Pied Pipers: Frank Sinatra with Jo Stafford and The Pied Pipers and Johnny Mercer with The Pipers. Sinatra harmonized well with The Pipers after his experience at the start of his career with The Hoboken Four in 1935. Jo was part of the original 8 member group which, after reducing their number to 4 when Tommy Dorsey could only afford that many, became famous with Dorsey and later on Capitol records. Band leader Paul Weston observed that The Pipers were ahead of their time. He said that "Their vocal arrangements were like those for a sax section and a brass section, and they would interweave, singing unison or sometimes sing against each other's parts. It was revolutionary and we'd never heard anything like it." That comment led Tommy Dorsey to hire the group to sing on the Raleigh Kool cigarettes program. All in all the group had some 13 charted hits with Dorsey, 9 of them with Sinatra. When Johnny Mercer's Capitol records signed The Pipers in 1945, 12 more hits resulted. Interestingly, that Capitol connection came about indirectly because Tommy's temper led him to fire one of the group for giving him wrong directions at a train station in Portland, Oregon. That in turn led The Pipers to quit the Dorsey band together in a display of unity.

Spring may still be in our hearts, but the season is almost winter, and winter brings a special reason to sing on this episode. Winter's gentle snowflakes signal the advent of the Christmas season and its reason: the birth of Jesus Christ, when "the mountains and hills will break forth with shouts of joy ... and all of the trees of the field will clap their hands." (Is. 56) Time to toss some logs on the fire, turn on the old phonograph to spin some golden records, and rejoice in the beauty of the Lord's wintry musical majesty as we set the scene for Christmas. .