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September, 2016

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 226

EDDUE HUBBARD: KEYBOARD CAPERS

In CLASSICS & CURIOS Episode 225 a guest on the Spike Jones Show was Alec Templeton, a virtual genius in performances of classical works, swing tunes, and improvisations that combined the two styles on the piano in his “swingphony” style. This week Eddie Hubbard features performers on piano who in their own big band era styles were musical geniuses as well.

Here are samples of artists and songs on this show called Keyboard Capers:
Duke Ellington, “C Jam Blues”
King Cole Trio, “Somebody Loves Me”
Joe “Fingers” Carr (Lou Busch), “Piano Roll Blues”
Teddy Wilson, “Them There Eyes”
Eddie Heywood, “Canadian Sunset”
Count Basie, “Sunny Side of the Street”
Ferrante & Teicher, “As Time Goes By”
Erroll Garner, “I Only Have Eyes for You”
Joe Bushkin, “Manhatten”

In place of commercials Eddie fills out the show with a Lou Rawls tune, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine,” and Jimmy Dorsey’s 1956 recording of “So Rare,” for which Jimmy was awarded a gold record. So, what began as a show featuring keyboard capers, concludes unexpectedly but beautifully with one of the most important and influential alto saxophone players of the Big Band and Swing era

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 227

EDDIE HUBBARD: LIVE & IN PERSON

On this episode DJ Eddie Hubbard takes us to various night spots across the country to sit in on “live” performances by outstanding artists Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Al Jolson, and Tony Martin.

Pianist, composer, and arranger Marty Rubenstein introduces Ella at Mr. Kellys in Chicago, and Ella performs “September in the Rain” followed by “Willow Weep for Me,” although Ella forgets the lyrics to “Willow.”

Next we “travel” to Las Vegas and the Sands where Frank Sinatra and Count Basie do “Come Fly with Me,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” Classic Sinatra and Basie!

While we catch our breath, Eddie plays Jim Reeves’ “Four Walls,” and then we are off to Lake Tahoe to hear Louis Prima and Sam Butera and the Witnesses as they take “The Sunny Side of the Street” and perform “Exactly Like You.”

From there it’s New York City’s Kraft Music Hall where Al Jolson responds to the audience’s call for “Toot, Toot Tootsie” and “You Made Me Love You.”

Then a New York City cab takes us to the Copacabana to catch Tony Martin as he, appropriately, sings “Manhattan.”

As Eddie points out, whether for live performances in night venues or just through recordings in the studio, the magic of radio creates the show on the “stage in our minds.” Eddie fills out this magical broadcast hour with the McGuire Sisters performing “Good Night, Sweetheart,” followed by Roy Clark and “Yesterday When I Was Young” and Buddy Greco with “The Song Is You.”

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 228

EDDIE HUBBARD: SONGS RELATING TO FOOD & DRINK

On this Eddie Hubbard show, probably from 1988, the song subject is food & drink with artists like Nat King Cole, Charlie Barnet, Frank Sinatra, Harry Belafonte, Jo Stafford, Dinah Shore, Tony Bennett, Nelson Riddle, Louie Jordan, and especially Julie Andrews.

Songs include “Ma, I Miss Your Apple Pie,” “Jambalya,” “Shoo Fly Pie,” “Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries,” “They’ve Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Brasil,” “Candy Kisses,” “Dinner for One,” “The Banana Boat Song,” “At a Dixie Road Diner,” and a personal favorite, “Saturday Night Fish Fry.” Eddie’s Extras are “My Truly Truly Fair” by Guy Mitchell, Andy Williams’ “The Village of St. Bernadette,” and Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual.” As much as I enjoy pop songs and big band classics, for this broadcast set, standing out for me is Julie Andrews singing “Feed the Birds, Tuppence a Bag.”

Julie’s song may not be listed among American classics, but in my mind it is among the most moving and meaningful film songs. The song is from the movie ‘Mary Poppins” and, as Walt Disney pointed out, “This is the metaphor for the whole film.” Speaking of the song “Feed the Birds, Tuppence a Bag,” Disney observed, “That’s what this is all about.” Robert Sherman, the song’s composer, agreed that the song became a metaphor for why Mary Poppins came — to teach the children and their father the value and significance of charity.

As Julie Andrews sings the song to the two children of the Banks family, visuals show a scene at St. Paul’s Cathedral where an elderly beggar woman sits feeding the birds and calling for others to buy a bag of crumbs to do the same at a price of a mere tuppence. What makes the scene even more poignant is that the beggar woman is played by academy award winner Jane Darwell who long ago played Henry Fonda’s mother in the 1940 movie “The Grapes of Wrath.” Living in the Motion Picture Country Home in her middle eighties and long retired, Jane was reluctantly convinced by Disney to do the part. Jane’s presence added to the almost spiritual scene of the cathedral saints and apostles as they observed the birds enjoying the crumbs from the humble beggar woman. In fact, lyrics in the song at one point say:

“All around the cathedral the saints and apostles look down as she sells her wares. Although you can’t see it, you know they are smiling each time someone shows that he cares. Though her words are simple and few, ‘Listen, listen, she’s calling to you, ‘Feed the birds, tuppence a bag.’”

The song’s somber melody is in stark contrast to the buoyant, jolly songs in the rest of the film. The children’s father, who first ignores the woman’s pleas, finally learns the lesson Mary came to teach. I must admit that only now do I also fully appreciate and grasp the majesty of the scene and the song. Julie Andrews’ performance of the song is truly beautiful and powerful in its humble message. I invite listeners to judge for themselves by “tuning” in a youtube version of Julie and the song at https://youtu.be/XHrRxQVUFN4.

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“The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For further details on the “Mary Poppins” song, Jane Darwell, and Walt Disney, see especially Wikipedia and Robert B. Sherman, Walt’s Time: from Before to Beyond (Santa Clarita: Camphor Tree Publishers, 1998)

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 229

Eddie Hubbard Show: "Why Don't You Play!"

This Eddie Hubbard show features songs not often heard. Songs that stand out are Jim Reeves’ “Golden Memories & Silver Tears,” Montovani’s “Capricio Italiano,” Tony Martin’s “Just a Gigolo,” Ray Conniff’s “Morgen (One More Sunrise),” Eydie Gorme’s “You’ve Changed,” and Harry James’ “Music Makers.” But other songs really make this show extra special, not just because of the melodies, but either because of the artists or because of the lyrics or both.

First among the extra special songs is the vintage jazz standard “Hurry on Down to My House, Baby” performed wonderfully by Mel Torme. Then another jazz tune, “My Very Good Friend, the Milkman, Said You Should Marry Me” is sung by rarely heard jazz artist Maxine Sullivan. Also, Eddie plays a really outstanding “pick-me-up” message song composed and performed joyfully by Ray Stevens, “Everything Is Beautiful In It’s Own Way.”

Another extra special vintage tune that touches the treasury of memories is one written and sung by Paul Williams, “Just An Old Fashioned Love Song.” And then there is the great old song written and sung by Hoagy Carmichael, “Little Old Lady,” a tune sung from the heart, perhaps remindful of a sweet lady in listeners’ lives or imaginations. Finally, among extra special songs on this show is one that is special not for sweet nostalgia, not to pick us up, not for its musical excellence, and not even for the artists who recorded it. It’s “specialness” is based on its historical notoriety as an all time “downer” tune, often called the “Hungarian Suicide Song.” Frankly, it’s a song I avoid playing except to illustrate its historical significance. While Billie Holiday’s version is most famous, Eddie plays an impressive version by Billy Eckstein. The title of the song? “Gloomy Sunday.”

Among very special artists on the show is Maxine Sullivan whose voice was characterized by critic Leonard Feather as one that “remains one of those immutable wonders in which simplicity, understatement and a lightweight sou … have always been the bench marks.” The style of the jazz and blues singers of the early twentieth century was to belt out a song in a loud voice. In contrast, Sullivan sang with a softer swing style that was more intricate but less powerful. She appeared as the featured vocalist on CBS radio's Saturday Night Swing Club, and then headed from New York to Hollywood to make movies. In 1938 she appeared in two films. In “Going Places,” starring Louis Armstrong and Ronald Reagan, she recorded "Jeepers Creepers," which would become another Sullivan standard. She also made a second film, “St. Louis Blues,” in which she sang the title track. As a singer Sullivan broadened her range and ventured toward pop music with recordings such as "I've Got the World on a String," "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," and "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues." Maxine also performed with Johnny Long and Glenn Miller. (from Women in Jazz online)

Sometimes the impact or poetic implication of song lyrics pass by too quickly or are virtually second to the impact of both the artists’ performances and of timeless melodies. (See my comments about this subject in my book The Christian Professor in the Secular University: Singing and Soaring on Paths of Joy, Chapters 7 and 8.) To me that happens to some extent in the songs “Little Old Lady” and “Just An Old Fashioned Love Song.” For example, as I listen more carefully or stop to digest the lyrics in the former song I find sweet memories of my Mom lingering in the lyrics in a song she herself often sang:


Sweet and shy…
A smile on your face,
You're a perfect picture
In your lavender and lace…
Little old lady, time for tea.
Here's a kiss, two or three.
You're just like that little old lady
I hold dear to me.

As I hear and stop to embrace the words in “… Old Fashioned Love Song” my mind takes me back to dating my wife, 52 years ago, and in my heart I am singing again the songs we listened to together that became reality with dreams come true:


Just an old fashioned love song,
Playing on the radio
And wrapped around the music is the sound …
Just an old fashioned love song,
One I'm sure they wrote for you and me.
Just an old fashioned love song…
To weave our dreams upon and listen
To each evening when the lights are low,
To underscore our love affair with tenderness
And feeling that we've come to know…
No need in bringing 'em back
'Cause they've never really gone…

I am thankful that Eddie responded to listeners’ requests to play tunes rather rarely heard. Several, of course, are worth playing often, and I’m so pleased that I could revisit them on this Eddie Hubbard show, first heard April 27, 1989. I hope you enjoy them with me once more — or perhaps for the very first time.

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 230

MONSTERLAND: DRACULA'S HOWLING GOOD TIME AS DJ

GOOD EVENING! This is fair warning that Count Dracula has taken over the DJ role on this Classics & Curios episode! He has some hauntingly monster fun and plays a few of his “killer” halloween tunes like “Spooks,” “Purple People Eater,” and “Vampire (Mackie) Is Back in Town.”

He then scares me into playing a few of his favorite “love” songs as well, — “touching” songs like “Tears on My Pillow,” “Blue Moon,” and “Save the Last Dance for Me.”

Dracula, or Drackie as he likes to call himself, says this is a howlingly good show that he could sink his teeth into. He will surely “slay” you on this one-time bloodcurdling broadcast, at least I hope it’s his final and farewell appearance!

Where are Abbott and Costello when you need them?!!

This show is not available for burning or for any other reason.

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