Duane Keilstrup Broadcast Archives
July, 2017

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 259


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" (Episode 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.

And Classics & Curios also presents a July 4th original special production. Phil Spitalny and his Hour of Charm twenty-two piece all girl orchestra and chorus begin the show with a great version of "American Patrol." [Spitalny came to this country from the Ukraine to become a U.S. citizen. We can see him and the talented Hour of Charm orchestra as they perform on YouTube.] John Philip Sousa's stirring "Stars and Stripes," Bing Crosby's "Road to Victory," and Kate Smith's "God Bless America" highlight the musical celebration.

Quotes from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln remind us of our heritage of faith and the price of freedom. Theodore Roosevelt adds, "Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood -- the virtues that made America."

Believing that those values must never fade, Sammy Kaye salutes our armed forces with "I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen," sung by Don Cornell. From "nationalww2museum.org" comes this moving recollection of the Stage Door Canteen, Hollywood branch:

“The canteen was an instant success, and that success continued. Seven nights a week the building pulsed with hordes of servicemen and young women dancing to the sounds of the most famous bands in the country. Stars abounded...

A young actress named Lauren Bacall volunteered on Monday nights. ‘There was fierce jitterbugging,’ she wrote. ‘Many a time I found myself in the middle of a circle…being whirled and twirled by one guy, then passed on to another, non-stop, until I thought I would drop…It wasn't much to do for the war effort, but it was something’. The sign over the door of the Hollywood canteen read, ‘Through these portals pass the most beautiful uniforms in the world’. ‘The most beautiful people’ could easily have been added to that. Some of those beautiful people made quite a stir on some memorable nights. One regular was movie star Marlene Dietrich. She caused mass hysteria one night when she arrived straight from the set of the fantasy film "Kismet" covered in gold paint. [Betty] Davis, who said volunteering at the canteen was one of the ‘few accomplishments in my life that I am sincerely proud of’ recalled a Christmas Eve that heartthrob crooner Bing Crosby showed up unannounced accompanied by his young sons. The Crosbys sang carols for an hour, she remembered, and "there was not a dry eye in the Canteen.”

"Posterity, you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it." -- John Quincy Adams


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 260


Like music critic John Wilson and his “World of Jazz,” Ted Lawrence brought an excellent show featuring bands around 1935 to the 1940’s on “Here Come the Big Bands Again.”

Lawrence brings two fine shows on this Episode of Classics & Curios. The first showcases Harry James with “Crazy Rhythm,” Benny Goodman with “King Porter Stomp,” Count Basie with “Jumpin’ at the Woodside,” Jimmy Dorsey with “Just Swingin’,” Glenn Miller with “Dipper Mouth Blues,” and Les Brown with “Lover’s Leap."

Then if you liked Benny Goodman’s “King Porter Stomp” on the first show get ready for more as the next “Here Come the Big Bands Again” highlights Benny Goodman exclusively. Swing is King with the Swing King performing “Bugle Call Rag,” Benny’s version of “Jumpin’ at the Woodside,” “Don’t Be That Way,” and “Sing, Sing, Sing.”

It’s an unofficial battle of the big bands on “Jumpiin’ at the Woodside” with Count Basie on the first show and then Benny on the second. Whether the Count or Benny might win, we are the big winners in that “battle.” In fact, how blessed we are to have big band music that still brings such joy and excitement in the twenty-first century to folks like me.

The joyous music on this Episode of Classics & Curios brings to mind German Pastor and Nazi Resistor Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s observation during a horrible time in history that, “Music… [even] in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.”

Thanks go to Jerry Haendiges Productions for restoration of Ted Lawrence’s “Here Come the Big Bands Again,” available in Jerry’s vast collection, along with John Wilson’s “The World of Jazz.”


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 261


Featured on 6 Command Performance Shows for our troops around the world are Betty Hutton, Amos & Andy, Harry James, “The Mad Russian,” Eddie Peabody, Judy Garland, Woody Herman, Lena Horne, Les Brown, Ginny Simms, Al Jolson, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Levant, Phil Silvers & Rags Ragland, Dinah Shore, Groucho Marx, the Kingsmen, and Victor Borge.

And there’s much more entertainment in answer to our armed forces’ mail requests. Contributing some additional delightful moments are songs from additional guests such as Kenny Baker and Mary Lee, impressions by Mitzi Green and Reginald Gardiner, comedy by sneezing Billy Gilbert, amusing sketches with Rosalind Russell, Ruth Hussey, and Barbara Stanwyck, and even an appearance by Donald Duck and friends .

Among favorite segments for me are the big bands, Victor Borge’s “phonetic punctuation,” and Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as themselves and as Amos and Andy. Announcer Paul Douglas and the show hosts add special touches and memories throughout.

The first Command Performance was broadcast on March 1, 1942, almost exactly three months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It was under the aegis of the Office of War Information and its success paved the way for the creation of the Armed Forces Radio Service in May 1942.

The program was produced before an audience in the Vine Street Playhouse in Hollywood, California, and recorded via electrical transcription. The weekly listening audience of military personnel was estimated at 95.5 million.[ The final episode of Command Performance—the 415th in the series—was produced in December 1949.

The above information was culled online from Wikipedia. The shows on this Episode as well as many more are available for purchase in Jerry Haendiges’ vast online collection.


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 262


Hands are the focus on the (undated) first Eddie Hubbard Special on this Episode of Classics & Curios. That means we can enjoy songs like “Hold My Hand” by Don Cornell, “I Let My Heart Fall Into Careless Hands” by Mel Torme, “Empty Arms” by Teresa Brewer, “Put Your Arms Around Me Honey & Hold Me Tight” by Dick Haymes, “Cuddle Up a Little Closer” by Vic Damone, “Don’t Tease Me” by the King Sisters, “He Touched Me” by Barbra Streisand, “Turn Back the Hands of Time” by Eddie Fisher, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” by Laurie London, and a double bill of “Time on My Hands” by both Freddy Martin and Artie Shaw.

Extra added attractions are Frank Sinatra’s “The World We Knew” and Sergio Mendez’ “The Fool on the Hill.”

The second Eddie Hubbard Special is from June 4, 1990, and concerns indecisions, doubts, and questions in song, so that means songs like “Undecided Now” by the Ames Brothers, “Are You Sincere?” by Andy Williams, “I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love with Me” by Connie Haines, “What Is This Thing Called Love?” by Mel Torme, “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)?” by Tony Bennett, “I Really Don’t Want to Know” by Les Paul & Mary Ford, “Don’t You Know?” by Della Reese, “This Can’t be Love” by Nat Cole, “I Don’t Know Why I Love You Like I Do” by Eddie Howard,”Can Anyone Explain?” by the Ames Brothers, “How Little We Know” by Frank Sinatra, “Why Don’’t You Believe Me?” by Joni James, and “You Don’t Know Me” by Ray Charles.

“Tijuana Taxi” by Herb Alpert fills out the hour on this session.

Special thanks to Jerry Haendiges Productions for expert restoration and remastering of original studio tapes of these Eddie Hubbard shows for rebroadcast. To the late Eddie Hubbard, my heartfelt appreciation for his friendship and for the studio tapes of his shows produced in Chicago and Dallas and enjoyed by countless loyal “Hubbard’s Clubbers” radio fans.


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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 263


Nothing on radio can ever recreate the unique and delightful visual experiences in the 1941 movie “Buck Privates,” but what a joyful nostalgic journey and lesson in comedy timing come with the Lux Theater’s 1947 adaptation of the film with Abbott and Costello.

The film launched the comedy team’s film career after it received positive reviews from critics as well as academy award nominations for best song and best original music score. Theodore Strauss of The New York Times called it "an hour and a half of uproarious monkeyshines. Army humor isn't apt to be subtle and neither are Abbott and Costello. Their antics have as much innuendo as a 1,000-pound bomb but nearly as much explosive force.” And Variety noted the "zippy pace” and “lusty and enthusiastic comedy of the broadest slapstick,” and all in all a “hilarious laugh concoction …”

The Lux radio version indeed brings less “explosive force,” but with Abbot and Costello performing their original movie roles the results are fun and sparkling laughter for the listening audience, including me. The comedy duo perform their classic “shooting dice,” “$40.00 loan, and “mathematical aging,” routines, along with a rifle drill sequence reminiscent of the film scene. It helps if we have seen Costello’s facial expressions and marching drill mess-ups in the movie.

Missing on the radio version are the Andrews Sisters who sang four songs in the movie, including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and, of necessity, missing as well on radio are the Lindy Hop dance sequences from the swing era. Playboy Randy Parker’s character development to serious soldier runs briefly through the film as he ends up a hero of sorts. But, all in all, it’s mainly a fun time with two comic legends.

Fittingly, on today’s Episode is a special Command Performance from April 19, 1946, celebrating "Army Day." While the Andrews Sisters were not on the Lux Theater presentation of “Buck Privates,” we can enjoy them on this AFRS Command Performance as they sing “Chickery Chick.” Singing “Shoo Fly Pie” and “This Is the Army, Mr. Jones” is Dinah Shore, and Spike Jones and his City Slickers do a spoof of the Ink Spots recording of “You Always Hurt the One You Love.” But the highlight of this show has to be the appearance together of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra. They do ample kidding and poking fun as Bing and Frank “audition” for Bette Davis who says she is searching for a leading man for her next picture. Bob must choose the “winner” as Bing sings “Doctor, Lawyer, and Indian Chief;” Frank sings “Oh! What It Seemed to Be;” and the three perform their version of “You’re the Tops.” Bing and Frank add two more army songs, and General Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a special Army Day message about the history and heritage of the armed forces. Meredith Willson provides the orchestra music, and Harry von Zell is the announcer on this super celebration.

An appropriate followup thought from Eisenhower and especially significant for today: “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”

And consider this interesting quote from John Adams as our country was borne: “I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy…in order to give their children the right to study painting, poetry, and music.”