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February 2018

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 286


A pleasant discovery for me was the Al Capone Jazz Band recording on this undated Browsers show. Actually the recording is quite good on the tune "Royal Garden Blues." Other fine recordings on this show are from the Benny Goodman Quintet doing "Avalon," Woody Herman and his band performing "Early Autumn," and Tommy Dorsey on "Well, Get It." Also pleasing are "Oh" by Pee Wee Hunt and "Eloise" by Glenn Miller, and a good curio is the amusing "Cement Mixer" as done by Alvino Ray.

Among my favorite Browsers' trivia questions are "Name at least three band leaders who wrote hit songs," "What did bandleaders Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman, and Lionel Hampton have in common?" and "What songs have only two letters in the title, like "Oh"?

Concerning the Al Capone Jazz Band, according to CrimeLibrary.com, Al Capone's two main passions were boxing and music. "With the opening of the Cotton Club in Cicero, Al became a jazz impresario, attracting and cultivating some of the best black jazz musicians of the day."

The Al Capone (Memorial) Jazz Band, alias the six-piece Don Gibson Gang, is apparently still active with Al's descendant "Jeep" Capone, although the relationship is controversial. But the music is good listening and basically smooth, melody driven, cool jazz. The band plays "Royal Garden Blues," and the trivia question concerns who had the big hit of the song in 1919. Incidentally, one of the tunes recorded by the Capone group was "Who's Afraid of Elliot Ness?"

Another surprise to me was the "Phooler" mystery singer who sang "Sweet Sue," and I would suspect the identity of the male vocalist may surprise you as well. A hint is that he was a top movie star right up to the time of his passing in 2001.

Eddie Hubbard's Extras include some great songs –- songs like "You're Sensational," famous from the movie "High Society," the great "Wang, Wang Blues," Joe Williams' "Well, Alright," and "The Things I Love," which is almost like a humble hymn giving thanks for the beauty of life and love, such as the glow of a sunset in the evening summer sky, silver moonbeams, tulips nodding in the breeze, the robin's serenade, a babbling brook, and especially a sweet voice whispering, "Darling, I love you."

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Another Browsers show headlines this episode with songs like "That Sentimental Sandwich" by Dorothy Lamour, "All of Me" by Jimmy Dorsey, "7 Lonely Days" by Georgia Gibbs, "Pennsylvania 6-5000" by the New Modernaires, and "I'll Be Seeing You" by Bing Crosby.

Top trivia questions include challenges to identify the original Modernaires, to name the "Road" movies made by Bing, Bob, and Dorothy, to come up with names of bands for which Glenn Miller worked as arranger, and to identify Phil's "Phooler" by identifying the female vocalist who sings "I Don't Want to Walk Without You."

Also, enjoy more of Eddie's Extras like "That Old Black Magic," "Midnight in Moscow," and "Plantation Boogie."

Here's my own trivia question about the Crosby and Hope "Road" movies. There was another such movie planned for the duo in 1977, but Crosby's death intervened. Can you give the title of the "Road" movie that never was? Well, the title of that film was to be "The Road to the Fountain of Youth." It would have been the eighth "Road" movie. Here's still another question: What "Road" movie was the only one the boys made in which they did not pull their patented "patty cake" routine? The answer: "The Road to Utopia."

Concerning the Modernaires, here is a little background that could be part of more trivia questions. They began as a trio in 1935, the year of my birth, and later added a fourth singer and sang with the Ozzie Nelson, Fred Waring, and Paul Whiteman bands. They hit the big time when they joined Glenn Miller in 1939. Paula Kelly joined the group in 1941 after which came some of their most well known hits, such as "Moonlight Cocktails", "Juke Box Saturday Night," and "Kalamazoo." Check out more about the original Modernaires group and the new group at their official web site themodernaires.com. .

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 287


Episode 287 CLASSICS & CURIOS celebrates Valentine’s Day with an encore of two Rudy Vallee shows featuring love songs from the heart by Rudy and his guests. In the first show Rudy sings "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," and Margaret Whiting performs "There Must Be Someone Somewhere" and "This Can't Be Love." In the second show Rudy does "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart" and "To Each His Own." Then guest Tommy Dorsey and Rudy combine to do Tommy's “megahit” recording "Marie," and then they have a fun competition playing trombone and saxophone, respectively, as they sing "Oh, Mr. V and Oh, Mr. T. Both Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey played in Rudy's band "The Connecticut Yankees" in the 1920's.

"Vallee also became what was perhaps the first complete example of the 20th century mass media pop star. Flappers mobbed him wherever he went. His live appearances were usually sold out, and even if his singing could hardly be heard in those venues not yet equipped with the new electronic microphones, his screaming female fans went home happy if they had caught sight of his lips through the opening of the emblematic megaphone he often sang through. A brief caricature of him in the Fleischer Brothers' color Betty Boop theatrical short cartoon from 1934 Poor Cinderella depicts him singing through a megaphone.[7] Another caricature is found in Crosby, Columbo, and Vallee, a cartoon which parodies the popularity of himself, Bing Crosby, and Russ Columbo.

His success was marveled and scoffed at during its height. Radio Revue, a radio fan magazine, held a contest in which people wrote letters explaining his success. The winning letter, written by a gentleman who did not particularly care for Vallee's music, said: "Rudy Vallee is reaping the harvest of a seed that is seldom sown this day and age: LOVE. The good-looking little son-of-a-gun really and honestly LOVES his audience and his art. He LOVES to please listeners—LOVES it more than he does his name in the big lights, his mug in the papers. He loved all those unseen women as passionately as a voice can love, long before they began to purr and to caress him with two-cent stamps" … Vallée sang fluently in three Mediterranean languages, and always varied the keys, thus paving the way for later pop crooners such as Dean Martin, Andy Williams and Vic Damone." (Expedia)

Character actor Billy DeWolfe, first, and, then, Burt Gordon (the "Mad Russian") bring their comedy flair to Rudy's programs. Fastidious, pompous, prissy Billy was in the mold of movie character actors Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore, and Franklin Pangborn. Burt's exaggerated "How doooo you doooo!" became well known on radio shows, especially the Eddie Cantor Show, but Burt's part was edited out in Cantor's broadcasts sent overseas to avoid somehow offending America's new, if temporary, postwar ally Russia.

Love thoughts for every day of life: "If music be the food of love, play on." (Shakespeare) "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." (Jesus Christ, John 13:34).

These shows are available for purchase in Jerry Haendiges’ vast collection of vintage programs. .

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 288


Two more undated Downbeat thirty-minute shows bring hot jazz along with “what’s up in the band business” among top big band jazz artists. This set on the AFRS starts with Freddy Martin who kicks things off with “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “Piano Portrait.” Other tunes by the band include “My Life,” “Stars in My Eyes,” “My Silent Love,” “There Must Be Someone for Me,” a great version of “Nola,” and “Serenade for Strings.”

Charlie Barnet, sometimes called the “blackest” of the white bands, follows with his style of swing/jazz, “the most democratic thing” on records. Charlie and the band perform “The Barcarolle,” “Fantasia,” “Wings Over Manhattan,” “The Volga Boatman,” and even the great “Wild Mab (of the Fishpond),” so named after the Barnet band’s impromptu dip in a hotel fountain.

Charlie was well known, for one thing, for his recording of “The Wrong Idea,” sung by “Slappy Happ” (actually Billy May, also the song’s composer) with the line, “Swing and Sweat with Charlie Barnet,” a reactionary putdown of Sammy Kaye’s “Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye” and, for another, for Charlie’s “The Right Idea,” both of which did not exactly thrill Sammy. Charlie was also known as one of the few caucasian big band leaders of the swing era to openly embrace the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie and to feature African American stars like Lena Horne and Roy Eldridge. For the record, while Charlie probably slipped beyond the bounds of conventional mutual bandleader respect toward Sammy, I love both Charlie’s fun putdown and Sammy’s sweet danceable style which folks like me enjoy still today, even if “Downbeat Magazine” called it “corn” and “schmaltzy.”

Two undated fifteen-minute Downbeat shows featuring Gene Krupa conclude this episode of Classics & Curios as Gene not only shares his music but also short interviews in which he gives his opinion of the direction jazz will take in the future and the role of the drum in jazz. Krupa, the “skin man,” also “massages the skin” on songs like “The Navajo Trail,” and “Whispering.” His theme “Drum Boogie” alone is worth a listen!

All of these shows from the 1930’s and 1940’s are available for purchase in Jerry Haendiges’ vast collection of vintage programs — Downbeat numbers 131,140, 202, and 203, respectively. .