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April, 2016

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 203


It's a time of joy as we celebrate our risen Lord on this Classics & Curios Easter Special. So "Turn Your Radio On" and get in touch with God with the Gaither Homecoming Friends; get your Easter bonnet on for the "Easter Parade" with the Lewis Family; attend the 1933 Broadway Revue "As Thousands Cheer;" and hear the first performance of Irving Berlin's "Easter Parade," which Berlin first composed in 1917 as "Smile, and Show Your Dimple."

Andy Griffith sings "I Love to Tell the Story of Jesus and His Love" and the Gaither Vocal Band performs the rousing "Let Freedom Ring." Finally, our joyful celebration comes to a crescendo with Don Francisco's moving "He's Alive."

As Don Francisco sings and as the Bible tells us, Jesus is indeed alive today, and we cannot achieve heaven by what we do. But through Christ's sacrificial death on the cross He makes it possible for us to receive forgiveness for having turned from God. Through His resurrection He gives blessed hope and eternal life at the very moment people accept His saving sacrifice and choose to receive Him into their hearts. And that is what Andy Griffith affirms as he sings, "I know 'tis true" and why Christians around the world celebrate Easter Sunday with joy and reverence.

Christians like Andy "love to tell the story of Jesus and His love," -- just as Swiss theologian Karl Barth and Christian scholar Francis Schaeffer loved to summarize the core of Christian faith in the wonderful words of the hymn, "Jesus Loves Me [This I Know For the Bible Tells Me So]."

In parts of Eastern Europe over the centuries the standard greeting of "Good Day" was insufficient for believers at Easter, so they would instead exclaim, "He is risen!" It's in that spirit that we celebrate Easter in this episode.


Some of the above Easter comments are paraphrased from THE CHRISTIAN PROFESSOR IN THE SECULAR UNIVERSITY: SINGING & SOARING ON PATHS OF JOY, pp. 151-152, Xulon Press and Amazon by Duane Keilstrup. Among Easter references also often cited by Barth and Schaefer see especially New Testament passages Ephesians 2:8-10, John 3:16, Romans 3:23, John 5:24, Hebrews 9:14, and Revelations 3:20.


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 204


The Mills Brothers kick things off in an opening "Extra" (filler in place of a commercial) by Eddie Hubbard with their fine recording of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby." Then once again we join the Browsers' in "Trivia Tower" to enjoy more fun challenges concerning the great music of the big bands.

One especially fun trivia challenge involves the curio song "How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning?" which is performed by a crooner, a beautiful movie star, and a popular quartette. Another challenge is a recording with the title "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me," performed in curio fashion by a cute TV actress who played a girl named Cricket in a vintage TV detective show and by a comedian/singer who played a Dad in a popular TV series during the 1950's on ABC and in the 1960's on CBS.

With the song "Baby Face," sung by Jimmy Roselli, we are asked to think of other songs with the word "face" in the title. Maybe you can remember Vic Damone's first hit as you listen to him sing "An Affair to Remember," and perhaps you also can remember how many years "Harbor Lights" was on "Your Hit Parade" as you hear that song as performed by Eddie Howard. And as Doris Day sings "There Will Never Be Another You," you may recall the movie from which that tune came and the singer who sang it in that movie. Do you know what the songs "You and I," performed by Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey, and "Seventy-Six Trombones" have in common?

Those are just some of the trivia challenges, songs, and performers on this show from January 23, 1999, along with a mystery vocalist on "Phil's Phooler" recording. So as Eddie brings other "Extras" like "The Bunny Hop," "At Last," "The Jersey Bounce," and "No Name Jive" it's yet another great show of "Eddie Hubbard & the Browsers."

Special thanks once again to Jerry Haendiges Productions for highest quality remastering of the original studio tapes of "Eddie Hubbard & the Browsers" for rebroadcasting.


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 205


Perhaps the "Eddie Hubbard and the Browsers" show is not exactly "artistry in rhythm," but one of the tunes on this Browsers show is Stan Kenton's theme song by that name. While Kenton's theme song may not be at the top of my list of big band theme favorites, artistry in rhythm does describe the music of much of the big band era. When the music of the composer, the arrangement for the performing artists, and the musicianship of the performers come together just right, the result can indeed often be described as rhythmic artistry. Much of the American music of the 1930's, 1940's, and even some in the 1920's and early 1950's, in my opinion, fits that description well and, in fact, in artistic achievement might be to our modern era on the popular music level what the music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach was to theirs on the classical level.

Of course, on every Browsers' show we hear several types of music at various levels of artistry and style that usually can lift our spirits, reflect our emotions, stimulate our imaginations, or soothe our souls. Or maybe it's just a musical matter of playfully humorous aspects and situations of life. Taking the spotlight on this Browsers' show are songs like ""Beyond the Sea," "The Shepherd's Serenade," "The Breeze and I," "How It Lies," "Along the Navajo Trail," "Count Every Star," "Loretta," "Somebody Stole My Gal," "Summer Samba," "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee," and "Buzz Me (Baby)."

Certainly, it goes without saying that not all artists or the music recorded by big bands can be called artistic. The duds are many, such as recordings like Sinatra's infamous "Mama Will Bark." That recording fails to be playfully entertaining even with one of the greatest singers of the twentieth century singing with Dagmar, one of the worst. Artists on this Browsers' show fortunately do match the artistic level of the songs. Artists include Benny Goodman, Dick Todd, Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, Louis Jordan, Marion Hutton and the Modernaires, Bobby Darin, Jimmy Dorsey, and Horace Heidt.

Trivia questions are usually only as good as the old memories or perhaps some new discovery that they sometimes evoke, but some answers also manage now and then to provide fun and humor, especially on this show when guest Browsers Perry Huntoon and Bob Knack exchange comments with Eddie. Maybe on this show you can join the Browsers to answer a few questions involving topics such as song titles with girls' names beginning with the letter "L" as in "Laura" or old songs that were revived and became hits perhaps for the second time. Maybe you know Stan Kenton's nickname or the name of the famous whistler with Horace Heidt. As you listen to "The Breeze and I" with Jimmy Dorsey and Bob Eberle, can you name the original classical Cuban composition on which it's based? I couldn't. And here's a question from me: Can you recognize a famous classical concert piece's rhythmic similarities that play steadily in the background of "The Breeze and I"? [For the answer see one of the images to the left of this summary.]

Another question that might be mildly amusing involves the name of the obscure tune on the flip side of Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five's 1946 top R&B stye recording "Buzz Me (Baby)." This B-side song also hit number one on the R&B chart later in 1946. Its playful title is "Don't Worry 'Bout That Mule." It seems even mules can blend with musical playfulness to be a part of artistic "charm and gaiety of life." As Plato said, "Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."


Again, our thanks go to Jerry Haendiges Productions for quality remastering of the original Eddie Hubbard studio tapes for rebroadcast.


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 206


Time for a change of pace as we feature the legendary Golden Gate Quartet. In addition to the theme song "Skip to My Lou," gospel and folk songs featured include "(Oh, My Lord) Didn't It Rain!" "Wade in the Water," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," "The Blue Tail Fly," and "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho." Intervals when the Quartet scat sings "Doo Tu Wah" represent times when local commercials could be inserted, and introductions are by the very capable announcer Tom Scott.

Here's a bit of the Quartet's interesting history from Wikipedia:

"The Golden Gate Quartet (aka The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet) is an American vocal group. It was formed in 1934 and, with changes in membership, remains active [in the 21st century]. It is the most successful of all of the African-American gospel music groups who sang in the jubilee quartet style.

"From 1935, the group sang in churches and on local radio, gaining a regular spot on radio station WIS in Columbia, South Carolina in 1936. They began as a traditional jubilee quartet, combining the clever arrangements associated with barbershop quartets with rhythms borrowed from the blues and jazz like scat singing. They developed a broad repertoire of styles from a mournful, understated approach to the group's highly syncopated arrangements in 'Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego', Like The Mills Brothers in popular music, they would often include vocal special effects in their songs, imitating train sounds in songs such as ;Golden Gate Gospel Train'.

"They continued to be popular during World War Two, making several appearances in Hollywood films and singing secular music, including some unique popular front songs such as "Stalin Wasn't Stallin'" that mixed humor with political commentary. The Quartet appeared in films such as Star Spangled Rhythm (1942), Hit Parade of 1943 (1943), Hollywood Canteen (1944), and the Danny Kaye film A Song Is Born (1948). In the latter film, they performed the songs 'Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho' and part of 'A Song Is Born' with Louis Armstrong and Virginia Mayo.

The Golden Gate Quartet was inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998.

In his 2011 album "So Beautiful or So What" musician Paul Simon used excerpts from their 1938 recording of 'Golden Gate Gospel Train' to mix into the song 'Love & Blessings'." [The group continues to be popular in Germany and other European countries.]

For more on The Golden Gate Quartet go to the-golden-gate-quartet.com. To listen to more Golden Gate radio shows go online to "Jerry's Vintage Radio Logs," Jerry Haendiges Productions.