Duane Keilstrup Broadcast Archives
June 2018

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 300


I expect you recall Johnny Roventini and his "Call for Philip Mor…RIS” on old radio shows. I really wish I could play Johnny singing "Call for Eddie Hubbard" because we have a special encore treat this time. On this 300th Episode of CLASSICS & CURIOS Eddie Hubbard performs his own composition called "Radio Then." The song is filled with great unique memories that recall many wonderful old radio shows. To my knowledge, this has rarely been played on the air, if ever. Following this performance we'll hear one of Eddie's best Browsers shows which I subtitle "I Like Bananas" for reasons that appear below.

For some 25 years, Saturday meant Browsers time on radio, with Eddie Hubbard and Phil Holdman guiding the show. Today's show is from the 1990's and features the usual Browsers great music and big band trivia fun.

Among the great recordings highlighted this time are "Boogie Woogie" by Tommy Dorsey, "Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)" by Vaughn Monroe," "I'm Beginning to See the Light" by Duke Ellington, "These Foolish Things" by Les Elgart, "Intermezzo" by Freddy Martin, "Let's Dream This One Out" by Frankie Masters, and "Cherokee" by Charlie Barnet.

Special is a super 1936 curio song from Great Britain's Henry Hall band and vocalist George Elrick who sings "I Like Bananas Because They Have No Bones," and, to add to the novelty, during the recording Elrick mimics Jimmy Durante.

Among songs added by Eddie in place of commercials are "Am I Blue" by Nat King Cole and "Till I Waltz Again With You" by Teresa Brewer. Phil Holdman's "Phooler" challenge this time involves a gal who sings "Funny Valentine."

Trivia challenges on this show include Charlie Barnet's other recording with reference to American Indians, pseudonyms for Freddy Martin, more banana song titles, Frankie Masters' theme songs, and two ladies who had great recordings of "I'm Beginning to See the Light."

Don't forget that one of the Browsers on today's show, Bob Knack, writes an interesting ongoing online big band newsletter that carries on the tradition of Phil Holdman's "Browser Notes." Go to dixieswing.com and enjoy Bob's free "Great Escape" featuring entertaining stories, information, and articles concerning big bands.


Special thanks to Jerry Haendiges Productions for expert remastering and restoring of the original studio tape for rebroadcast. For more about Jerry's excellent Audio Restoration Services go to his website at www.OTRSite.com or call him at 562-696-4387.


Philco Radio Click to hear the Program of 6-17-18

This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 301


Time to celebrate the romantic month of June with performances by Jimmy Dorsey, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Marty Robbins, the Four Lads, the Brothers Four, and the Erskine Hawkins orchestra. Eddie Hubbard's June Special has all of those performers and more on this undated special episode from Eddie's private collection, and, of course, songs relate to romance, weddings, graduation, or simply summer fun and memories.

The Jimmy Dorsey band does "Give Me a June Night," Bing sings "The Wiffenpoof Song," Frank performs "Love and Marriage," Marty sings "A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation," the Lads do "Moments to Remember," the Brothers contribute "The Green Leaves of Summer," and Erskine Hawkins and his band add "Tuxedo Junction."

Additional June tunes include ("The Wedding Song (There Is Love)" by Noel Paul Stookey, "White Silver Sand" by Don Rondo, "Roses Are Red, My Love" by Bobby Vinton, and "Save the Last Dance for Me" by Ben E. King and the Drifters.

So to sum up this Eddie Hubbard Special, in short, "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," -- a song from "Carousel," and, appropriately, it's that great tune by Rogers and Hammerstein that opens the show. "Junction," composed in 1940 by Hawkins, Bill Johnson, and Buddy Feyne, closes the show with the great Wilbur Bascomb's "delicate but swinging trumpet" solo that helped make it the band's best hit and its theme song -- not to mention the fact that carefree high-school grads danced to the song at proms all across the U.S.A., especially after Glenn Miller's legendary slower version hit the juke boxes. As the Brothers Four sang in "The Green Leaves of Summer," "Twas so good to be young then."

[For more on Erskine Hawkins and his orchestra check out George T. Simon's THE BIG BANDS with a foreword by Frank Sinatra.]


The previous WEDDING AND JUNE SONGS theme suggests things old, new, borrowed, and blue, and that’s the theme for this undated Eddie special.

Songs featured include Glenn Miller's "Alice Blue Gown," Al Martino's "Love is Blue," Wayne King's "When the Blue of the NIght Meets the Gold of the Day," Benny Goodman's "Tangerine" (borrowed from Jimmy Dorsey), and Ralph Marterie's "Take the 'A' Train" (borrowed from Duke Ellington).

Among other tunes that Eddie works into the themes are "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me" by the Lenny Capp Trio, "All My Love" by Patti Page, "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" by Elvis Presley, "My Last Good-bye" by Eddie Howard, and "Midnight Sun" by June Christy and Lionel Hampton.

Rounding out the show are Ronnie Kole's "Mood Indigo," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" by the Brothers Four, and "Don't Be That Way" by Benny Goodman.

The song "Alice Blue Gown" was written for President Teddy Roosevelt's daughter and for the 1919 Broadway musical "Irene." The real Alice was not at all, as the song's lyrics say, "both proud and shy." Contrary to the demure sweetness associated with her azure-tinted blue gown, Alice's outlandish behavior caused her to be called "the other Washington monument." She also had outrageous descriptions for American presidents. For example, she described cousin Franklin Roosevelt as "Two-thirds mush and one-third Eleanor" and Lyndon Johnson as "an engaging rogue elephant of a man." She had an affair with a Senator Borah which caused a major scandal -- one that resulted in her being called, "Aurora Borah Alice." Her father Teddy remarked, "I can run the country, or I can control my daughter. I cannot do both." (See georgetowner.com/articles/2011/dec/07/alice-blue-gown.)

Well, Teddy did a pretty good job of running the country, and the song has lived to enhance and celebrate the genuine sweetness of many Alices not named Roosevelt.

Many thanks to Jerry Haendiges Productions for masterful restoring and transferring this program from the original studio tape to CD for rebroadcast.


Philco Radio Click to hear the Program of 6-24-18

This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 303


It’s another fun “concert” by the CMSLBS, this one dated December 17, 1941 As we have mentioned in earlier Episodes, this popular series began on the NBC Blue Network in 1940 and continued to 1944, with a revival in the early 1950's. On each show we hear tongue-in-cheek dignified commentary by announcers, such as “Doctor” Gino Hamilton, spoken in the manner of Metropolitan Opera radio broadcaster Milton Cross. The quasi long-haired commentary was humorously satirical, but the swing music is pure, sweet, genuine, joyful Dixieland jazz.

Each show usually begins with introductory words like, "Good evening, lovers of fine music! Welcome to the no-doubt world-famous Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street, and another concert dedicated to the perpetuation of the three B's - barrelhouse, boogie-woogie, and the blues." [The "barrelhouse" refers to an early form of jazz with boisterous piano playing, group improvising, and two-beat rhythm heard in juke joints or barrelhouses of New Orleans in the early 1900's.]

This show features (jazz) harpsichordist Sylvia Marlowe who performs “Pine Top’s Boogie” and “Old Man Mozart on the Mooch,” aka “The Turkish March.”

Other great tunes include “Lime House Blues” by Paul LaValle and his Ten (“termite-proof” ) Woodwind Ensemble, “You’re 1A in the Army and A1 in My Heart” by Dianne Courtney, and also Governor Jimmie Davis’ great song “You Are My Sunshine” by Henry Levine and his Dixieland Little Symphony.

Intermission commentary is supplied by a “Doctor” Ward Byron who, with very limited success, attempts to demonstrate how to tune a piano. But, no matter, for the entire concert is a huge success!

On a personal note, my wife Glenda and I were blessed to hear Governor Davis and his band perform his “Sunshine” song at a Texas summer festival when Jimmie was in his “youthful” 90’s. He invited the audience to join him in singing as he explained that he was video-taping it all so he would have some special memories to view when some day later “in old age” he would be confined to his bed. What an energetic, heartfelt, and perfect performance it was! And maestro Levine’s current version is a remarkable tribute in jazz