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May, 2017

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 252


On this Eddie Hubbard Special from August 28, 1989, the focus is on colors in songs. Recordings include such songs as “Orange Colored Sky,” “Blueberry Hill,” “Green Eyes,” “Blue Velvet,” “Golden Earrings,” “Roses Are Red (My Love),” “Silver Wings in the Moonlight,” “Make Me a Rainbow,” “The Blonde Sailor,” and “Red & Yellow Flowers.”

Singers include such artists as Nat King Cole, the Andrews Sisters, Fats Domino, Margaret Whiting, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Bobby Goldsboro, Margaret Whiting with Freddie Slack, and Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell with Jimmy Dorsey.

Two songs stand out for me personally that were favorites in my family during my youth. The first is “Red Sails in the Sunset,” number one on Your Hit Parade for four weeks in the year of my birth, 1935. The song was recorded by the Platters (and for years sung by my Mother at home). The second song is “The Yellow Rose of Texas” by Mitch Miller (which marked my family’s move in 1955 from the midwest to Texas). This song was selected by the Western Writers of America as one of the top 100 Western songs of all time.

As legend has it, the actual “yellow rose” refers to a mulatto woman who distracted Santa Anna, thus contributing to the Texas victory for independence in the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. (See the Texas A & M University website for Mike Whitelaw’s article that identifies the mulatto woman as Emily West who was recruited to emigrate to Texas as an indentured servant by a Philadelphia capitalist named James Morgan.)

Three songs conclude the show as Eddie leaves the color focus to play the Crew Cuts’ “Earth Angel,” Mary MacGregor’s “Torn Between Two Lovers,” and Nelson Riddle’s “Lisbon Antigua.”

PARTING THOUGHTS CONCERNING COLORS: “Colors are the smiles of nature.” — British author Leigh Hunt

“As a blind man has no idea of colors, so have we no idea of the manner by which the all-wise God perceives and understands all things.” — Isaac Newton


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 253


Episode 253 This Eddie Hubbard Special from April 28, 1989, highlights the Society of Singers celebration of Ella Fitzgerald's career at a grand party featuring legendary singers and celebrities. Eddie gives details about the celebration and the performers as he plays recordings by some of the Society participants.

Fittingly Eddie opens with Ella's recording of the song that launched her career, a song that she helped to compose: "A-Tisket, A-Tasket." From some 2000 songs Ella recorded Eddie goes on to play her famous recordings of "Mr. Paganini," and "I Hadn't Anyone Till You." Fourteen Grammy Award Winner Ella, known as the "First Lady of Song" and "Queen of Jazz," was, of course, considered tops in diction, phrasing, intonation, swing, bebop, blues, traditional pop, ballads, and scat singing.

Samples of songs of participating performers begin with one by the head of the Society of Singers Committee, Jerry Vale, and his "Pretend You Don't Need Her." Others include Joe Williams and "Well, Alright, Okay, You Win," Kay Starr and "If You Love Me (Really Love Me)," Steve Lawrence and "Portrait of My Love," and Mel Torme and "Manhattan."

Tops for me on the show are "Sunny Side of the Street" by Tommy Dorsey and the Clark Sisters (Sentimentalists) from 1944 and George Shearing's "September." I dedicate these two songs in memory of my MOTHER AND ALL MOMS this MOTHERS DAY.

Following Eddie's personal tribute to Ella he rounds out the hour with Elvis Presley's "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You," Woody Herman's "Wood Chopper's Ball," and the McGuire Sisters' "For Old Times Sake," a tune indeed appropriate for this show honoring the 100th anniversary of Ella's birth..

As a footnote, in 1935 Ella began performing regularly with Chick Webb's band at age 15, and after the breakthrough recording of "Tasket" in 1938 she performed it again in 1942 in Abbott and Costello's "Ride 'Em Cowboy." Bing Crosby said, "Man, woman, or child, Ella is the greatest of them all."


Here's another Eddie Hubbard Special, this one from October 3, 1985, the day that the Atlantis space shuttle was launched on its first space flight. Eddie called this Special "Why Don't You Ever Play!" with requests from listeners for songs that have not been played for awhile or ever. The songs include "Just An Old Fashioned Love Song," "Golden Memories, Silver Tears," '"You've Changed," "Just a Gigolo," "The Summer Wind," "Hurry on Down," and "Poor Butterfly."

Three songs on this Special really seem to stand out: "Won't You Marry Me?" " Little Old Lady," and "Everything Is Beautiful (in It's Own Way).'" The curio "Marry Me" was recorded by Maxine Sullivan, who was the first black star to have her own radio show ("Flow Gently, Sweet Rhythm" in 1940). "Gloomy Sunday" by Billy Eckstein was a major "downer" and was even called (rightly or wrongly) "the Hungarian suicide song" during WWII with lines like ""My heart and I have decided to end it all."

By contrast, "Everything is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens remains a classic upbeat, encouraging song that plays in one's mind and heart long after hearing it just once. Hoagy Carmichael's "Little Old Lady" is a sweet song that my mother used to hum and sing and remains forever part of my cherished childhood memories, and I would guess, part of the special memories of many from my generation.

Other artists on the show include "Velvet Voice" "Gentleman" Jim Reeves, "Velvet Fog" Mel Torme, Eydie Gorme, Tony Martin, Paul Williams, Wayne Newton, Ray Conniff. and Montovani (Great Britain's most successful album seller before the Beatles).

Every Eddie Hubbard show demonstrates some of the great music of a great generation in the first 60 years or so of the twentieth century -- great blessings of the great God of the universe.


Many thanks go to Jerry Haendiges Productions for restoring and transferring Eddie Hubbard's original studio tapes for rebroadcast. For more about Jerry's expert Audio Restoration Services go to his website at www.OTRSite.com or call him at 562-696-4387.


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 254


Appropriately, on October 1, 1946, the American Veterans Committee paid tribute to the "You ain't heard nothin yet" entertainer Al Jolson. It was broadcast from New York, Hollywood, and San Francisco with guests, ladies of song, Dinah Shore, Hildegarde, and Martha Raye, along with Eddie Cantor, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Bob Hope, and Burns and Allen. The orchestras of Desi Arnaz, Morris Stoloff, and Mitchell Ayres were also part of the salute, and George Jessel served as a masterful MC, while Bill Goodwin, as always, performed admirably as announcer.

Frank sang "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody," and Perry performed "By the Light of the Silvery Moon," while the ladies Hildegarde, Dinah, and Martha did ""April Showers," "You Made Me Love You," and "Waitin' for the Robert E. Lee," respectively. And, to their credit, none tried to sound like Jolson. Eddie Cantor contributed "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Good-bye!)" in true sparkling Cantor style that was almost as famous as Jolson's, and Jessel added his near Jolson impression of "Swanee." But sounding like Jolson was left to Jolson himself as the show played his recording "Mammy," while at the time Jolson was being honored at a gala veterans testimonial dinner at the Hotel Astor in New York City.

Bob Hope and Burns and Allen honored Jolson with laughter, and Jimmy Walker, New York's two-term mayor, brought words of praise and appreciation from New York to round out the hour long tribute on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

Sadly, mayor Walker passed away the following month on November 18 from a brain hemorrhage. Later, in 1957, the film "Beau James," starring Bob Hope, somewhat accurately portrayed the life of the flamboyant politician who became a symbol of jazz age romanticism and for a time acted as the head of Majestic Records with artists such as Louis Prima, Jimmie Lunceford, the Four Suns, George Olsen, Ray McKinley, and Eddy Howard.

God bless our veterans and all those serving our great country at home and abroad!