Duane Keilstrup Broadcast Archives
December, 2016

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 235


As Christmas and the New Year come into view with very special memories and dreams from the past it's time for another Classics & Curios tradition, a (slightly edited) reprise of Episode 196, Dreams & Moments to Remember. Songs, of course, often play an important part in making dreams and memories special, and on this edition of Classics & Curios we'll listen to some of those wonderful songs that take us back to some special moments that remain precious songs that added such unique joy and feeling to our lives long ago and perhaps can do so again as we listen to them now.

The Four Lads start us on our dream and memory journey with their great "Moments to Remember," and joining the journey are performers like Perry Como, Andy Griffith, the Four Freshmen, the Pied Pipers, Doris Day and Les Brown, and ("pretty") Kitty Kallen.

Along the way, Woody Herman shares the touching "A Soldier's Dream" (on the battlefield), Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters sing "I Can Dream, Can't I?" from Bing's radio show, and Bob Hope and Shirley Ross do "Thanks for the Memory" from their film "The Big Broadcast of 1938." Other songs include "Graduation Day," "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time," "A Dreamer's Holiday," "Dream," "Happy Talk," "When You Wish Upon a Star," and "Precious Memories."

The Statler Brothers give us a fun memory quiz as they ask, "Do You Remember These?" The Statlers want to know if you recall things like Captain Midnight, Howdy Doody, Dixie Cup tops, sock hops, lemonade stands, white bucks, peddle pushers, fender skirts, Cracker Jack prizes, along with expressions like "He's a real gone cat," and "Only the Shadow knows." If you do remember those, you're about my age -- or a "keenager," as Frankie Laine called us."

Finally, we end our journey with clips from the Guy Lombardo Show. Guy introduces his brothers and a classic Lombardo medley which here includes the songs "Shine on Harvest Moon," "Button Up Your Overcoat," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby," "My Gal Sal," and "Everywhere You Go. New Years Eve isn't quite here, but the band performs the Lombardo signature song "Auld Lang Syne."

Kitty Kallen closes the show to fadeout with a reprise of "Happy Talk" from the broadway musical "South Pacific." Truly 'tis a season of happy talk -- but also a time for making new memories, and for dreaming new dreams.

German poet Goethe wrote, "Dream no small dreams, for they have no power to move the hearts of men." Remembering C.S. Lewis' words that "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream," let us dream of a world with hearts transformed by the Christ of Christmas.

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 236


We start this traditional Classics & Curios Christmas show with a musical "visit" to the wonderful 'Holiday Inn" movie of 1942 with Bing and his renditions of "Happy Holidays" and the historic "White Christmas." In celebration of the Christmas holiday, joining Bing for this broadcast "at the Inn" are show guests Guy Lombardo, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Burl Ives, Tommy Dorsey, and Frank Parker.

Celebrating Christmas in music is what this show is about, and great tunes like 1935's "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," the very first big band Christmas hit recording and performed by Tommy Dorsey. Guy Lombardo lights up the scene with "An Old Fashioned Christmas Tree" and "He'll be Comin' Down the Chimney." And an army General pays tribute to entertainers like Frank Sinatra for personal and V-disc performances that gave our troops so many moments of joyful relief. After the general's words, we take you directly to a special V-Disc performance of Frank on "Guest Star" with an introduction by announcer Don Wilson.

Speaking of our troops, an interesting trivia note is that the Fourth of July celebration scene in the "Holiday Inn" movie ended up longer than what was originally planned, that is, with the striking Fred Astaire fire cracker dance. The reason: the attack on Pearl Harbor, which occurred half way through the making of that film.

A special feature in our celebration is the touching Civil War story about Longfellow's writing of the poem "Christmas Bells" followed by Burl Ives' moving performance of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." Some question the story's validity, but people still question the existence of Santa Claus as well!

Frank Parker's recording of "O Holy Night" reminds us of the real meaning of Christmas, and Perry Como closes the broadcast with his merry reminder that "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas."

May all of us, especially our brave troops in harm's way, celebrate Christ's birth in the grace, hope, love, peace, and joy of our risen Lord and Savior! .