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Fedruary, 2021

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This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

"Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

Episode 424


THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LOWER BASIN STREET, a show devoted to barrelhouse, boogie-woogie, and blues music, is back by popular demand — at least among my family members! This will be an encore presentation from almost exactly eight years ago on 02-16-14 featuring The Sweet Potatoe Bugs who perform the “eminent classical piece,” "The Hut-Sut Song.”

A wonderful feature of this series is the serious sounding introductions by "Chairman" McCarthy and "Dr." Gino Hamilton with words that betray the satire of classical stuffiness and produce oxymorons that often remind listeners of Fred Allen's clever wordplay and straight-faced delivery. So essentially, the show is all about laughter and happy music.

Hamilton points out, for example, that the current concert offering is an "aesthetic piece for lovers of the finer things in life -- and also for fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers." He further declares that the CMSLBS is "for music lovers -- and for those who think that a logarithm is a folk dance for lumberjacks with a hotfoot."

On this show from August 4, 1941, "Dr." Hamilton, introduces European composer Moritz Moszkowski's "Spanish Dance" performed in Dixieland style by maestro Henry Levine [pictured left] who has renamed the piece "I Don't Want to Make Love, I Just Want to Make 'WooHoo'." Also on the program are "Saturday Night" and "Gone With What Wind?" performed by Paul Laval's Ten Woodwinds and "Carolina" by "Hot Lips" Levine and his "Light Fugue and Cannon Corps."

Resident Chamber chanteuse Diane Courtney sings the 'World Premier" of "When the Cats Are Away the 'Ickies' Will Play" and "O, Dear, What Can the Matter Be!"

The curio instrumentalists The Sweet Potato Bugs" also perform the jazz classic "Lazy River" on their ocarinas, “though not at the same time!” McCarthy points out that the trio is the greatest and only ocarina trio, as far as he knows. The ocarina, for anyone who cares, belongs to an ancient family of instruments dating back several thousand years in Asia and also later in Italy in the nineteenth century where it was transformed into a classical instrument. Its name comes from an Italian dialect and translates "little goose" and, as Doctor McCarthy would no doubt concur, is a name fitting to apply to the CMSLBS program. The transverse (sweet potato) is the best known style of ocarina, has a rounded shape, and is held with two hands horizontally. [See a photo image of the instrument to the left.]

A surprise highlight on this show is a visit by the publisher of "Swing Magazine," who, unannounced, interrupts McCarthy to present a special award for "The Most Outstanding Musical Radio Show" for 1941, as voted in the magazine's public poll.

The huge success of the feigned stuffiness of the Chamber Music Society reminds me of the success of a culture club created by Lum on the "Lum and Abner" radio show in 1942. While the CMSLBS parodied the stuffy classical music scene and promoted happy music for the common man, the purpose of Lum's Pine Ridge "Golden Era Discussion Club" was to raise the level of ignorance in the community. Lum's club also succeeded admirably as the group targeted such lofty topics as the Mona Lisa, Beethoven, and Spinoza and, like the CMSLBS, brought special joy to its listeners. . .

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Duane Victor Keilstrup, Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Arlington, is a native Nebraskan and a Texan by choice. He grew up enjoying big bands at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha and now produces vintage music and classic radio comedy shows on YesterdayUSA. He served many years as editor of an educational journal and recently authored a book with the subtitle "Singing and Soaring on Paths of Joy" at Xulon Press. Dr. Keilstrup and his wife of over 50 years reside in Arlington, Texas where they enjoy their three children, three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Duane says he is excited to join The Olde Tyme Radio Network and invites listeners to visit his website at OTRClassicsAndCurios.com.


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    This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

    "Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

    Episode 425


    CLASSICS & CURIOS celebrates Valentine’s Day with a dedication to my Valentine and love song of 58 years Glenda 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. His fourth wife and widow Eleanor commented in an interview on YesterdayUSA.com that Rudy loved performing and would still perform with enthusiasm if only one person was in the audience!

    Character actor Billy DeWolfe, first, and, then, Burt Gordon (the "Mad Russian") bring their comedy flair to Rudy's programs. — Burt shown left with Eddie Cantor. 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.


    "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. 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." (WikiPedia)

    Here are true love thoughts for every day of life, the first from Shakespeare: "If music be the food of love, play on.” And an even better one from Jesus Christ in John 13:34: “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). . .

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    This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

    "Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

    Episode 426


    Here’s Gene Autry in his brief pilot Melody Ranch radio show telling how he got his start with advice from Will Rogers and introducing the radio audience to his new show from Melody Ranch. The show aired on December 31, 1939, and Gene sings “I’m Gonna Round Up My Blues” and “Back in the Saddle Again.”

    With announcer Ken Ellington’s help the show dramatizes Gene’s conversations with drop-ins Tex, an old friend, and someone who turns out to be Will Rogers there in Gene’s work place at the telegraph office in Oklahoma for the Frisco Railroad. The whole first CBS show lasts about 12 minutes and is really worth listening to — leading later to a full typical half-hour Melody Ranch program, which happens to be one of my favorites.

    Then we’ll hear that later Melody Ranch show from 1948 performed in St. Paul Minnesota where his new picture “Strawberry Roan” had a special showing, and where he was appearing at a local rodeo.

    Listening to Gene’s show takes me back to my boyhood when I would sit by our console radio to hear Gene tell a good story like “Uncle Billy” and sing a few cowboy tunes. Pat Buttram and Johnny Bond added a touch of humor, and the Cass County Boys from Texas and the three backup Pinafores gals provided the accompaniment.

    Gene’s singing always seemed to soothe the soul. In addition to his classic theme “Back in the Saddle Again,” he entertains us with some fine western tunes including:

    San Fernando Valley
    On the Banks of the Sunny San Juan
    No Letter Today (with the youthful Pinafores — Eunice, Beulah, and Ione Kettle)
    At the End of the Trail
    And the Cass County Boys (Jerry Scoggins, Bert Dodson, Fred Martin) bring the uplifting Gospel tune “Every time I Hear the Spirit.”

    The announcer is Perry Ward, and Gene adds his endorsement of Wrigley’s Doublemint Chewing Gum by saying that not only does it taste refreshingly good but it also even settles his nerves! So come with me back more than 70 years to join Gene for two special broadcasts of Melody Ranch.

    As part of Gene’s Code of Honor puts it, “A Cowboy always tells the truth,” and this armchair cowboy tells you for sure, “You’ll like these Melody Ranch shows.” You'll find them more refreshing than chewing gum!


    I actually have that old RCA console radio still in my possession in front of me right here in my Texas home, some 75 years later. By the way, amazingly that old radio still works — just like me!

    Gene’s personal assistant Maxine Hansen told me once that Gene loved to sing and would do so at the drop of a hat — cowboy or otherwise. And long ago in 1993 when Gene was pretty frail at age 86, I choked up when he appeared at a Texas Rangers baseball ceremony honoring Nolan Ryan. Gene, born in Tioga, Texas, passed away five years later. . .


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    This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

    "Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

    Episode 427


    This program will again feature more from Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch and demonstrate some of Gene’s versatility, from Cowboy classics to sentimental ballads, love songs, spiritual songs, and Christmas songs — think “Rudolph.”

    We’ll start this Episode of Classics and Curios with his radio show from 1954, highlighting the classic song “San Antonio Rose”.

    Along with comedy banter between Gene and Pat Butrum, Gene sings his theme “Back in the Saddle Again” and two love songs — “Gone Away” and “Dry the Tears Away from your Eyes of Blue.” By the way, he was sometimes called the Cowboy Crooner.

    Then the sentimental ballad “My Buddy” and one Gene considered a true classic cowboy tune — “I’m Ridin’ the Range All Day.”

    Along the way, Gene tells a story about an election in the Old West, after he emphasizes how important elections are for any generation.

    The Cass County Boys and the Blue Jeans — who were actually the King Sisters — perform “Y’all Come” and “Way Up in the Middle of the Air."

    Also on this Episode we’ll feature a collection of Gene’s songs from other Melody Ranch programs, starting with “Ragtime Cowboy Joe,” followed by a western blues tune “I Can’t Shake the Sands of Texas from my Shoes.”

    Next come some “joyful noises” from “Gimme That Ole Time Religion” and “At the Little Ole Church in the Valley.”

    Two more great cowboy songs follow — “That’s My Home” and “160 Acres.”

    Then enjoy a classic recording of a song that really was special to Gene — “Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine.” As we remember and enjoy his shows, Gene truly is “Back in the Saddle again.”


    "Born in Texas, Autry was raised north of the Red River near Ravia after his parents moved there in the 1920s. Autry's Oklahoma Flying A Ranch, where the famous cowboy kept his rodeo stock, was located adjacent to the town that was, at the time, known as Berwyn. In honor of the presence of cowboy royalty in its midst, the town was renamed Gene Autry in 1941.

    To mark the occasion, Autry broadcast his Gene Autry's Melody Ranch radio show from the Flying A Ranch, and more than 35,000 people turned out for the festivities, which included Autry parading through the town atop a flatbed car. At the time, the population of the newly re-christened town was around 300 people, according to Mary Schutz, director of programs and publicity at the fine Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum S there." — See Wikipedia

    Gene is the only entertainer to have five stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, one each for radio, records, film, television, and live theatrical performance. Actually, Gene’s many awards and honors are too numerous to mention, but please visit geneautry.com/geneautry/honors-awards-and-recognitions. Among his honors is his inclusion in the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, well worth visiting, as is the Gene Autry Museum in Gene Autry, Oklahoma and the broad-based Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, California which was co-founded in 1988 by Jackie and Gene Autry and Joanne and Monte Hale.