Duane Keilstrup Broadcast Archives
February, 2019

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 332

TONIGHT ON BROADWAY STARRING CONNEE BOSWELL

“Tonight on Broadway” brings more of Connee Boswell, along with singer Bobby Doyle, accompanied by Ray Bloch and his orchestra. Romance is the theme with songs like "I'd Be Lost Without You," "The Old Lamplighter," "The September Song," "Love Doesn't Grow on Trees," "Without You," and "The Whole World Is Singing My Song." The orchestra entertains wonderfully with great renditions of "Rhythm in Swing" and "Espan Harlem."

Connee Boswell is widely considered one of the greatest jazz female vocalists. She once said, "I'll be singing the way I always have. It's natural for me to belt out songs as they come to my mind, and I never sing a song the same way twice."

She was a major influence on Ella Fitzgerald who said, "My mother brought home one of her records, and I fell in love with it. I tried so hard to sound just like her."

News of Connee's passing in 1976 brought accolades from the world of entertainment. Bing Crosby called her "a great lady with boundless courage and divine talent." Patty Andrews added: "If it weren't for the Boswell Sisters, there would never have been the Andrews Sisters." Frank Sinatra called her "the most widely imitated singer of all time."

During the peak years of Connee Boswell's career, she hired (then) unknown musicians such as Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and Jimmy Dorsey to provide instrumentation for her recordings. During one session, all three added a clarinet background. Connie also gave Glenn Miller his first opportunity to arrange.

During World War II, she tried to get involved with the USO tours but was not given permission to travel overseas. The Army brass thought it might not be a morale-booster to have a singer who used a wheelchair [and did so during her whole career] to perform for the troops. Our soldiers truly lost as a result of that well-intended "lower intelligence echelon" decision.

Troops and listeners all over the world are winners now though as Connee takes the spotlight! She's our jazz and romance singing morale-booster this week with a super show coming to us from October 28, 1946..

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 334

PHILCO RADIO HALL OF FAME FEATURING DICK POWELL & GINNY SIMMS

Episode 334 PHILCO RADIO HALL OF FAME FEATURING DICK POWELL & GINNY SIMMS One of my favorite Philco Radio Hall of Fame shows plays again this week. This show features Dick Powell and Ginny Simms with Paul Whiteman and his orchestra. Dick sings "Evalina" from the film "Bloomer Girl," and Ginny sings "Cuddle Up a Little Closer," and "In the Still of the Night." The orchestra performs a medley of "My Wonderful One," "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers," "Three o' Clock in the Morning," "Rhapsody in Blue," "Valencia," and "When Day Is Done," vocalized beautifully by Sergeant Ginny.

Dick sings the patriotic "Shipmates Forever" in a tribute to the Navy, and Paul honors Major Meredith Wilson for his service with the AFRS with Meredith's own compositions of "Yankee Doodle Girl," "Iowa," (with Ginny) and "Hit the Leather and Ride."

There are some comedy bits along the way, of course, and Jimmy Wallington does his usual expert announcing duties on this show from January 28, 1945, on NBC's Blue Network.

Dick Powell revealed remarkable talents early on and even formed his own band by the age of 17. He learned to play several instruments, but his singing caught the attention of Hollywood producers, and later he hit it big in movies like "42nd Street" and "Footlight Parade" in 1933. In the 1940's he began playing tough hero type characters like Philip Marlow in "Murder, My Sweet." Then in the 1950's he concentrated on directing in films and producing on TV. As much as I enjoyed and appreciated his acting, I for one can only imagine how so many additional songs through the years could have been enhanced by Dick's delightful singing voice. .

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 335

EDDIE HUBBARD'S "SWEET SONGS"

Time again for an Eddie Hubbard Special featuring recordings of "sweet" songs. Among my favorites are "Candy" by Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers, "Sweethearts on Parade" by Kenny Gardner and Guy Lombardo, "Sugar Time" by the McGuire Sisters, "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" by Nat King Cole, "Sugar Blues" by Clyde McCoy, and "Candy Kisses" by Tony Bennett.

My very top favorite on this Special is "Sweet Georgia Brown" by Bing Crosby who had recently joined the Isham Jones orchestra in 1932. This recording features Bing early in his career doing some "sweet" scat singing as he captures the song's wonderful rhythm and jazz joy.

Along the way Eddie tells the story behind Carmen Lombardo's composition of "Sweethearts on Parade." All in all, this is indeed a "sweet" time as we hear one of the greatest DJ's in the history of radio.

All in all, it is indeed a "sweet" time as we hear one of the greatest DJ's in the history of radio. ************************************** Special thanks to Jerry Haendiges Productions for expert remastering of the original Eddie Hubbard studio tapes. .