Duane Keilstrup Broadcast Archives
September 2018

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 313


Time for a tune called "Nightmare" — the purposefully undanceable theme song of Artie Shaw's orchestra — in a salute to Artie by Eddie Hubbard from March 22, 1990. Eddie traces the career and music of the man born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky, beginning in the 1930's all the way to Artie's retirement, or rather withdrawal, from the music business when he declared, "I thought that because I was Artie Shaw I could do what I wanted, but all they wanted was 'Begin the Beguine’.”

In 1940 Artie didn't much like it, but he played pop-oriented music and acted on the Burns and Allen Show, reportedly earning $60,000 a week to make the experience more palatable. At one point at a concert in 1941 "Shaw was handed a note by the stage manager to read on stage. The day was December 7, and notice had just come in that the Japanese air force bombed Pearl Harbor, and the note handed to Shaw for him to read aloud was an instruction for all military personnel in the audience to report at once to their bases. When a large portion of the audience in the theater left immediately, Shaw knew at once it was all over and following the performance the band was put on notice." — Expedia

Artie disliked Tin Pan Alley commercial approaches to music and sought esoteric uniqueness by incorporating stringed instruments, probably from the influence of Igor Stravinsky, and applying them to modern jazz of 1940 with unusual instrumentation. Artie once commented that "Benny Goodman played clarinet. I played music."

Eddie plays Artie's first big hit, "Begin the Beguine," along with other super recordings like "It Had to Be You," "Indian Love Call," "Blues in the Night," "Frenesi," "My Blue Heaven," "Deep Purple," "Time on My Hands," "Time Waits for No One," and "I Got the Sun in the Morning (and the Moon at Night)." Time limitations on Eddie's show keep us from enjoying additional hits like "Back Bay Shuffle," "Rosalie," "Moonglow," "Stardust," and Billie Holliday's "Any Old Time," her only recording with Artie's orchestra.

Featured artists include Tony Pastor, Helen Forrest, Mel Torme and the Meltones, and Anita Boyer. Since Artie especially liked playing with small groups, also part of the program are his Gramercy Five performers, with musicians like swing trumpeter Roy Eldridge, trumpeter Billy Butterfield, pianist/harpsichordist Johnny Gamieri, guitarist Barney Kessel, and pianist Dodo Marmarosa. The name for the small group traces to Artie's home telephone exchange number.

Next are Classics & Curios Extras — a reprise of Classics & Curios Episode 23, a special NBC radio remote from 1939 with Artie Shaw, along with a Jack Benny Chevy Show from 1933, plus even more: Dick Powell and Bob Crosby.

The Jack Benny Chevy Show from 1933, the year of "As Thousands Cheer," "Little Women," and "Stormy Weather" It's the Jack Benny Chevy Show featuring Jack's version of Mae West's movie "She Done Him Wrong," or, actually, "Right!" Also, Sadie Marks, aka Mary Livingston, sings her first song on radio. Classics & Curios Extras showcase a Dick Powell segment from "Lucky Strike's Hollywood Parade" with "You'll Never Know" and a clip of his 1938 number one hit "Rosalie." Also, from a remote on the Mutual network Bob Crosby's band provides a little boogie woogie from the Blackhawk Restaurant in Chicago.

Artie Shaw on NBC — From the Blue Room in the Lincoln Hotel in New York City here's a radio remote on NBC with Artie Shaw and his orchestra. The year is 1939, the year that Kay Kyser's "Kollege of Musical Knowledge" was the biggest show on radio and "Little Orphan Annie" was giving away decoder rings. "Three Little Fishies," "Moonlight Serenade," "Over the Rainbow," "Deep Purple," "Gone With the Wind," and the New York World's Fair were a few of the year's entertainment favorites. Perhaps the most popular artist of 1939 was "wee" Bonnie Baker who sang "Oh, Johnny, Oh." But Artie Shaw had Bonnie Blue, aka Helen Forrest, and they were great performing hit songs like "Lover Come Back to Me," and "This Can't Be Love," Earlier we heard Dick Powell croon a version of "Rosalie," and now on this show Artie turns loose Tony Pastor to sing it swing style. .

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 314


Eddie Hubbard reprises his salute to Harry James and his orchestra as he talks briefly about Harry's career, his singers, and his songs. Songs played include "All or Nothing at All," "Sleepy Lagoon," "I Had the Craziest Dream," "I Can't Begin to Tell You," "2 o' Clock Jump," "My Silent Love," "I'll Get By," "Chiribiribin," "You Made Me Love You," and "Velvet Moon." Vocalists who perform the songs for Eddie are Frank Sinatra, Helen Forrest, Betty Grable, and Dick Haymes.

Eddie mentions George Simon, noted big band music critic, who wrote very complimentary comments about Harry's music. Simon observes how Harry progressed from early years of enthusiastic and energetic swing performances to more schmaltzy faire later with as many as 15 violins and finally again to more swing and jazz oriented style, all the while keeping the music danceable with ballads second to none.

Unfortunately, many favorites could not be included on Eddie's show, such as "I've Heard That Song Before," "I Cried for You," "I Don't Want to Walk Without You," "I'll Get By," "Cherry," "You've Changed," "The Nearness of You," "Music Makers," "It's Been a Long, Long Time," and Harry's tribute to the Brooklyn Dodgers and baseball: "Dodgers Fan Dance." Most of these, by the way, are available on YouTube.

Eddie concludes his salute before the end of the broadcast hour, but he treats us to "A Taste of Honey" by Tony Bennett, "Harbor Lights" by Sammy Kaye and Tony Alamo, and "My Shy Violet" by the Mills Brothers.


From Jerry Haendiges' vast collection of vintage radio shows here's still more of Harry James on this Episode of Classics & Curios, as we feature Harry on radio. And, indeed, Harry was often on radio, at one point even five nights a week sponsored by a cigarette company, a soft drink company, and the dessert for the Jack Benny Program.

We'll play four Harry James Shows, rebroadcast on the AFRS with singers Helen Ward and Buddy DeVito. Harry performs songs like "The Mole" (Harry's own composition), "King Porter Stomp," "Moten Swing," "9:20 Special," "Shoo Shoo, Baby," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "My Ideal." and "Jiggers, the Beat."

Harry, as music critic George Simon pointed out, was "anxious to please, enthusiastic about his music, and [wanted] to be appreciated." And it was truly easy to appreciate Harry who basically remained a helpful, "refreshingly straightforward, candid person." with talented musicians and vocalists. (See George T. Simon, THE BIG BANDS). .

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 315


It was on November 23, 1889, that the first coin-operated juke box debuted, and 100 years later, on November 23, 1989, Eddie Hubbard celebrated that historic accomplishment by playing several songs from the top 100 number one juke box recordings as determined by the Amusement and Music Operators Association. Eddie plays 15 of those 100 very top recordings played on juke boxes through the years.

Among the songs featured from the 100 are: Patsy Cline's 1961 hit "Crazy" at # 2, Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife" at # 6, Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill" at # 8, Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" at # 14, Glenn Miller's "In the Mood" at # 23, Glenn's "String of Pearls" at # 58, Artie Shaw's "Stardust" at # 40, Pat Boone's "Love Letters in the Sand" at # 86, Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" at # 48, and Marty Robbins' "A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation)" at # 55. And the theme song for the show is, of course, "Juke Box Saturday Night" by Glenn Miller.

Perhaps you can guess what the other songs on Eddie's playlist might be from the artists who perform them, namely, Brook Benton, Gail Garnett, Ray Price, Bill Doggett, and Johnny Horton.

I do not have a list of all 100, but here are the top 40 juke box singles of all time as determined by the AMOA originally in 1989:

(The names of the song writers are indicated in parenthesis — source: Broadcast Music, Inc.)

# 1 "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel", Elvis Presley, 1956 (Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller)
# 2 "Crazy", Patsy Cline, 1962 (Willie Nelson)
# 3 "Rock Around The Clock", Bill Haley & His Comets, 1955 (Jimmy De Knight and Mac C. Freedman)
# 4 "The Dock Of The Bay", Otis Redding, 1968 (Steve Cropper and Otis Redding)
# 5 "I Heard It Through The Grapewine", Marvin Gaye, 1968 (Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong)
# 6 "Mack The Knife", Bobby Darin, 1959 (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, and Marc Blitzstein)
# 7 "Light My Fire", The Doors, 1967 (Robbie Krieger and Jim Morrison)
# 8 "Blueberry Hill", Fats Domino, 1956 (Al Lewis, Larry Stock, and Vincent Rose)
# 9 "Old Time Rock-n-Roll", Bob Seger, 1979 (Thomas Jones and George Jackson)
#10 "My Girl", The Temptations, 1965 (Smokey Robinson and Ronald White)
#11 "Walk On The Wild Side", Lou Reed, 1973 (Lou Reed)
#12 "Honky Tonk Woman", The Rolling Stones, 1969 (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards)
#13 "Can't Buy Me Love", The Beatles, 1964 (John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
#14 "New York, New York", Frank Sinatra, 1980 (John Kander and Fred Ebb)
#15 "Born To Be Wild", Steppenwolf, 1968 (Mars Bonfire)
#16 "Louie, Louie", The Kingsmen, 1963 (Richard Berry)
#17 "Maybellene", Chuck Berry, 1955 (Chuck Berry)
#18 "Hey Jude", The Beatles, 1968 (John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
#19 "Good Vibrations", The Beach Boys, 1966 (Mike Love and Brian Wilson)
#20 "Respect", Aretha Franklin, 1967 (Otis Redding)
#21 "Stand By Your Man", Tammy Wynette, 1968 (Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill)
#22 "House Of The Rising Sun", The Animals, 1964 (Alan Price and Keith Prowse)
#23 "In The Mood", Glenn Miller Orchestra, 1939 (Glenn Miller)
#24 "Satisfaction", The Rolling Stones, 1965 (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards)
#25 "Take Me To The River", Talking Heads, 1978 (Al Green and Mabon Lewis Hodges)
#26 "Proud Mary", Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1969 (John Fogarty)
#27 "Bad Moon Rising", Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1969 (John Fogarty)
#28 "Jailhouse Rock", Elvis Presley, 1957 (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller)
#29 "For The Good Times", Ray Price, 1970 (Kris Kristofferson)
#30 "Great Balls Of Fire", Jerry Lee Lewis, 1957 (Jerry Lee Lewis)
#31 "I Fall To Pieces", Patsy Cline, 1964 (Harlan Howard and Hank Cochran)
#32 "Johnny B. Goode", Chuck Berry, 1958 (Chuck Berry)
#33 "Bad To The Bone", George Thorogood & The Destroyers, 1982 (George Thorogood)
#34 "That'll Be The Day", Buddy Holly, 1957 (Buddy Holly)
#35 "The Twist", Chubby Checker, 1960 (Hank Ballard)
#36 "All Shook Up", Elvis Presley, 1957 (Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley)
#37 "Peggy Sue", Buddy Holly, 1957 (Buddy Holly)
#38 "Heart Of Gold", Neil Young, 1972 (Neil Young)
#39 "When a Man Loves a Woman", Percy Sledge, 1968 (Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright)
#40 "Star Dust'", Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, 1941 (Hoagy Carmichael)

Personal lists of top 40 songs during this period would no doubt vary, but it's fun to see what some of us might have been playing on the juke box long ago. .

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 316


Eddie Hubbard's theme for this show from 1989 is dreams, and what a classic selection of dream songs fill the airways on this show of almost sixty minutes.

Here's a Play List of most of Eddie's dream selections:

"On a Dreamer's Holiday" by Buddy Clark
"Dream" by Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers
"Dream Along with Me" by Perry Como
"A Kiss to Build a Dream On" by Louis Armstrong'
"Dreams of the Everyday Housewife" by Glenn Campbell
"My Dream" by the Platters
"My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" by Doris Day and Les Brown'
"Dream a Little Dream of Me" by Mama Cass Elliot
"Star Dreams" by Charlie Spivak"
"I'll Buy That Dream" by Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes
"I Dream of You" by Tommy Dorsey
"I Had the Craziest Dream" by Johnny Mathis
"I'll See You in My Dreams" by Eddie Howard" Eddie's Extras to fill out the show include Peggy Lee's "Golden Earrings," "For Once in My Life" by Tony Bennett, and "Meet Mr. Callaghan" by Les Paul.

On occasion we enjoy the fusion of lyrics and music and singer in a song so much that the lyrics may slip by a bit too fast to appreciate fully. Songs like "You're the Top" by Cole Porter" and "On a Dreamer's Holiday" from 1949, with lyrics by Kim Gannon and music by Mabel Wayne — and sung on this show by the great Buddy Clark. (For more on this topic see my book, The Christian Professor in the Secular University: Singing and Soaring on Paths of Joy, Chapter 7 and the Resources appendix.)

So let's take time to enjoy the clever and creative lyrics of Buddy's song ”On a Dreamer’s Holiday” without the music and without Buddy’s amazing vocal:

Climb aboard a butterfly,
An' take off on the breeze,
Let your worries flutter by,
An' do the things you please,
In a land where dollar bills,
Are fallin' off the trees,
On a dreamer's holiday!
Every day for breakfast,
There's a dish of scrambled stars,
An' for lunchin' you'll be munchin'
Rainbow candy bars,
You'll be livin' a la mode,
On Jupiter and Mars,
On a dreamer's holiday!
Make it a long vacation,
Time, there is plenty of,
You need no reservation,
Just bring along the one you love!
Help yourself to happiness,
An' sprinkle it with mirth,
Close your eyes an' concentrate,
An' dream for all you're worth,
You will feel terrific,
When you get back down to earth,
From a dreamer's holiday!

So dream along with Eddie, Perry, Buddy, and other great artists on today's show.