Duane Keilstrup Broadcast Archives
July, 2016

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 216


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" (Episodes 127 & 176 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.


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 217


We continue celebrating our nation’s independence with songs popular in the nineteenth and early twentieth century of America’s history. It’s The Bell Telephone Hour of July 2, 1945, starring Bing Crosby.

Special songs of celebration include the inspiring “You’re a Grand Old Flag” by George M. Cohan and a wonderful arrangement and performance of “God Bless America” sung by Bing Crosby. Among other great songs from America’s musical heritage are Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home” and “De Camptown Races,” along with “Home on the Range,” “After the Ball (Is Over),” “Bicycle Built for Two,” and “The Band Played On.”

Bing is at his best, and the performance of Donald Voorhees and his orchestra is perfect on this memorable patriotic program. A trivial side note is that Stephen Foster was born on the 4th of July while the famous George M. Cohan, the “Yankee Doodle Dandy, born on the 4th of July,” was not.

“Home on the Range,” first in the form of a poem in 1871, and said to have been President F. D. Roosevelt’s favorite song, was adopted as the Kansas state song in 1947. Although the song’s origin is a bit cloudy, University of Texas professor John Lomax first recoded the song in 1910 as sung by a saloonkeeper who had driven cattle to Dodge City on the Chisholm Trail.

The two Stephen Foster songs originally focusing on black culture in Kentucky and Camptown are beautiful with energetic melody, rhythm ,and engaging lyrics. “Bicycle Built for Two” recalls an idyllic time of tender sweetness between lovers. “After the Ball” was the most popular sentimental ballad of its era with over two million copies of sheet music having been sold in 1892. “After the Ball” inspired the Warner Brothers movie “The Strawberry Blonde” in 1936 starring James Cagney, who would “glide cross the floor with the girl he adored, and the band played on.” It was a time when melodies like “Beautiful Dreamer”* and life for the free seemed softer and sweeter.

God bless America, its peacemakers, its protectors, and those who love America, good music, and God!

*”Beautiful Dreamer” plays on my Classics & Curios Facebook entry for this week.

This program is available for purchase online from Jerry Haendiges Productions.


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 218


Although spring has given way to summer, sweet songs of spring headline this Eddie Hubbard Special from March 20, 1990. This CLASSICS & CURIOS rebroadcast is dedicated to my “main squeeze,” with songs like “Song of Love,” “A Little Bird Told Me,” “Roses,” “Queen of the Senior Prom,” and “Blue Gardenia.” Our spring love has remained in summers and in all seasons for 54 years, through sunshine and storms.

Every year and hour with her is like “Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover” (a rare blessing from the Lord). Moreover, with her, “Spring Is Here” every day in my heart. Truthfully after 54 years “Everything Is (Still) Coming up Roses.” As Perry Como sings, “Love makes lovely out of lonely” and “speaks with a smile” for our life time.

Other sweet spring songs for the show include “When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano,” “Red Sails in the Sunset” (a favorite of my Mother), “April in Paris,” “April Showers,” “Whispering Grass,” “It Might As Well Be Spring,” and “Graduation Day.”

Artists who perform the songs include Evelyn Knight, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, the Ink Spots, Russ Morgan and the Ames Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, the Mills Brothers, Perry Como, Mel Torme, Count Basie, the Four Freshmen, Carly Simon, and the Platters.

Two unnamed songs in these Liner Notes definitely do not belong in a romantic dedication of true spring love, but you can probably judge that for yourselves, even though they are fine songs, so I hope you enjoy them, too, as played by Eddie Hubbard and as sung by Tom Jones, Willie Nelson, and Julio Iglesias.

Lord, help me to show true love to my bride into eternity as these words define it in 1 Corinthans 13: 4-7: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

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Thanks to Jerry Haendiges Productions for remastering the original studio tape for this rebroadcast. This show is available for purchase online, also from Jerry Haendiges Productions.