Duane Keilstrup Broadcast Archives
October, 2017

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 272

BING CROSBY: 2 CROSBY SHOWS from 1953, WITH GUESTS JOE VENUTI & PEGGY LEE

In 1952 Bing Crosby and Bob Hope made the sixth of their seven road films, “Road to Bali,” and one of the songs from the movie is performed by Bing and his guest Joanne Gilbert, making her radio debut on this show from February 19, 1953. The song is “Chicago Style” and the performance is excellent though Bing’s and Bob’s vaudeville style of the song in the film could never be topped.

Joanne also sings “Love,” and Joe Venuti plays a swinging “Dark Eyes” on his violin while Bing starts the show with “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes. Bing does his great bass-baritone crooner renditions of “No Need to Forget You” and “Why Don’t You Believe Me?” Our “troubadour on horseback” also demonstrates his “cowpoke” vocal versatility on “You Don’t Know What Lonesome Is Till You Get to Herdin’ Cows.”

Ken Carpenter (image left) and John Scott Trotter do their “things” on both of these thirty minute CBS shows for General Electric from Palm Springs.

On the second Crosby Show a week later on February 26, 1953, Ken and Bing talk of a possible “Road to the Moon” movie and chat about third dimension films before Bing sings “Lady of Spain” and “Till I Waltz Again with You.”

Guest Peggy Lee performs “Just One of Those Things” and joins Bing on a super version of “That’s a Plenty.” Joe Venuti plays his jazzy violin version of “Sweet Lorraine.”.

Bing rounds out the show with “Keep It a Secret” and interestingly sings “June in January” ion this show during the month of February.

Bing’s thoughts on popular music: “I think popular music in this country is one of the few things in the twentieth century that have made giant strides in reverse.”

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Philco Radio Click to hear the Program of 10-8-17

This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 273

CONTRASTING MUSICAL STYLES: THE TEXACO STAR THEATER WITH JAMES MELTON, COUNTRY STYLE USA, & THE MAPLE CITY FOUR

This CLASSICS & CURIOS episode features extreme ends of the music spectrum, from rather traditional and even longhaired genres at one end to folksy, even hillbilly styles at the other.

We hear traditional music from two Texaco Star Theater programs on CBS starring James Melton and guests Rise Stevens and Alec Templeton who perform works such as “The Lord’s Prayer” and “O, Canada,” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” in a salute to the United Nations.

After program number one from April 15, 1945, program number two from January 27, 1946, brings comic relief with guest Ed Wynn, who had his own show as “fire chief” on an older version of a Texaco series in the 1930’s. Ed adds his pseudo serious commentary on the story of the opera “Faust.”

At the opposite end of the spectrum comes the more folksy “Country Style. USA” with guest star Hank Snow, “The Singing Ranger.” This Grand Ol’ Opry legend sings “Rhumba Boogie,” “Born to Be Happy,” and “I’m Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye.” Hank then bids us “Goodbye” with “May the Good Lord Be Proud of ‘Ya’.”

Then also at the folksy end of the spectrum comes music by the Maple City Four, a singing quartet founded in 1924 in LaPorte, Indiana. They were known for their crazy antics and goofy costumes but especially for their harmonies.

The original quartet performed on radio and in three movies, 1937’s “Git Along Little Dogies” and 1938’s “The Old Barn Dance,” both starring Gene Autry, and 1938’s “Under Western Stars,” starring Roy Rogers.

On this episode the “Four” perform American classics like “Silvery Moon,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Grandfather's Clock,” “Give Me That Old Time Religion,” “By the River St. Marie,” and “Git Along Little Dogies.”

Good music of various styles, as Anti-Nazi German Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer wisely observed, ”… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you."

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 274

BENNY GOODMAN MUSIC FESTIVAL SHOW: "SING, SING, SING"

CLASSICS & CURIOS presents a thirty-minute Benny Goodman Music Festival Show (rebroadcast on AFRS as The Benny Goodman Show). It’s from the broadcast on NBC on July 1, 1946.

Guests on this show are Martha Tilton who as Benny’s “homecoming guest” sings her big hit recording from 1939 “And the Angels Sing,” and newcomer Art Lund who does “I Don’t Know Enough About You.” A highlight comes as The Benny Goodman Sextet performs “I Got Rhythm,” and the orchestra joyfully plays Benny’s classic 1937 recording “Sing, Sing, Sing” as well as “Somebody Stole My Gal,” “More Than You Know,” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”

The announcer is Bud Collier and actor/writer Peter Donald provides two fine humor segments as he “lectures “ on his music experience and on Chamber Music (reminiscent of the “Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street”). Peter was perhaps best known as Irishman Ajax Cassidy on Fred Allen’s radio show and as part of the joke-telling panel on “Can You Top This?” Bud Collier hit the airways as the first radio voice of Superman in 1940.

Special note should be taken as to the significance and impact of “Sing, Sing, Sing” in the troublesome world of the late 1930’s. Writer Jeffrey Tucker in his online article “The Most Radical Song in History” observed that Louis Prima’s song “cries with a love for freedom despite what was happening to the world with the rise of every form of tyranny … It strikes the ear as radical, revolutionary, and insanely fun.” The song, writes Tucker, seems “to be recreating the joy and liberty of life in musical form … More than any other feature of this song, the persistent, daring, pushy, and innovative drum work (by Gene Krupa on the original recording and Louis Bellson on this show) suggests a busting out of the confines in which the politics of the time were trying to place us.”

Truly a remarkable song and recording in 1937 lasting eight minutes and forty-three seconds. Then, of course, the famous and unique Carnegie Hall twelve minutes and thirty seconds performance in 1938 had a tremendous impact on the jazz world. Hearing it again, even if briefly, on this later show from 1946 is still an invigorating experience if not again “insanely fun.”

This is definitely fitting music that, in the words of Anti-Nazi German Pastor Bonhoeffer, will “keep a fountain of joy alive” in its listeners during troubled times — certainly especially today in our troubled twenty-first century.

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This show is available for purchase from the Jerry Haendiges Productions collection.

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Philco Radio Click to hear the Program of 10-22-17

This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 275

BENNY GOODMAN MUSIC FESTIVAL: JOHNNY MERCER & GENE KRUPA

Classics & Curios continues with two more thirty-minute Benny Goodman Music Festival shows, the first from July 8, 1946 and the second from July 22 of the same year.

On the first show Johnny Mercer highlights Benny’s “Homecoming” segment with “My Sugar Is So Refined” and then with his curio “News of the Day” with the Goodman Sextet. During the “Homecoming” segment on the second show Gene Krupa joins jazz pianist Joe Bushkin on “I Wanna Go Where You Go,” and Gene & Louis Bellson team up on drums for a super performance of “Don’t Be That Way.”

Benny and the band also do “More Than You Know,” “”I Know That You Know,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “If I Had You,” and “All the Cats Join In” from the Walt Disney film “Make Mine Music.” Peter Donald “lectures” on topics such as “How to Become a Girl Big Band Singer” and “How to Compose a Hit Song” Like Johann Sebastian Bach.” Benny also welcomes new vocalist Eve Young who displays her talent on songs such as “I Don’t Know Why I Love You Like I Do” and “Sometime I’m Happy” with the Goodman Sextet. Eve later changed her name to Karen Chandler and in 1952 had a huge hit recording with “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” reaching number 7 on Billboard.

Perhaps unkown or forgotten today is the impressive career of American jazz pianist Joe Buskin, famous for his light, spirited piano style. Joe played with some of the top big bands, such as Bunny Berigan, Eddie Condon, Muggsy Spanier, Artie Shaw, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, and, of course, Benny Goodman. When he was with Tommy Dorsey he composed “Oh, Look at Me Now” with John DeVries, which became Frank Sinatra’s first big hit. Bing Crosby coaxed him out of retirement to tour together in 1976 and 1977, after Bing had featured him on his 1975 Christmas TV Special, which included Fred Astaire. Bushkin died at the age of 87, four days short of his 88th birthday, though he had hoped to live to 88, the number of keys on his beloved piano.

So with Joe, Gene, Johnny, and Eve performing with Benny, these classic and delightful shows on this episode are pure joy today even as they were the first time on the air over 70 years ago when I was about to become a teenager.

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Philco Radio Click to hear the Program of 10-29-17

This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 276

MONSTERLAND MUSIC: DRACULA'S HALLOWEEN HOWLING GOOD TIME AS DJ

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

The toothy Count then scares me into playing a few of his favorite piercing, heart-stopping “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 howling(ly) 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 and permanent disappearance!

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

This show is NOT available for burning, burial, or for any other reason!

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