Recordings from the early 20th Century with comments.
17th Anniversary Show
Marking 17 years of podcasting. Songs include: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Original Jelly Roll Blues. The Prince of Denmark's March, There Stands the Glass and I Wish That I Were Twins. Performers include: Fats Waller, Sarah Vaughn, Charley Parker, Webb Pierce, The Golden Gate Quartet and Lu Watters.
The 800th Show
Celebrating 800 episodes with a show devoted to number songs. Tunes include: Seven Come Eleven, Two Sleepy People, Twenty-Four Hours a Day, A Thousand Goodnights and I See a Million People. Performers include: Billie Holiday, the Mills Brothers, Jack Teagarden, Glenn Miller, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Jackie Gleason & Joe Marsala.
Songs include: I've Got It Bad, Bad, Bad, Whisky, Whose Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, Bad Little Girl, Bad Boy and Bad Motorcycle. Performers include: Ivy Anderson, Amos Wilburn, The Storey Sisters, Eartha Kitt, the Casa Loma Orchestra and Chuck Willis.
Soundies were music videos produced from 1940 to 1947, and played on portable video jukeboxes. Today, we sample the audio from soundies featuring African-American performers. These include: Count Basie, Dorothy Dandridge, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Meade Lux Lewis and Fats Waller.
Centennials 2023 Part 2
More musicians born in 1923. Performers include: Bert Kaempfert, Jim Reeves, Dexter Gordan, Slim Whitman, Victoria de los Angeles, Barney Kessel, Fats Narvarro and Eddie Kendrick. With a special shout out to Glynis Johns.
Many Happy Returns
Songs include: Many Happy Returns of the Day, River of No Return, Return to Paradise, Return Trip, If You Never Return & Lemminkainen's Return. Performers include: Bing Crosby, Marylin Monroe, Buddy Johnson, Eugene Ormandy, Nat King Cole and Arden & Ohman.
Mozart's Birthday 2023
In honor of Mozart's 267th birthday, a special podcast featuring three historical recordings of overtures from three of his most popular operas.
#1 Hits 1940
Songs include: In the Mood, All The Things You Are, Darn That Dream, Only Forever, Frenesi and Tuxedo Junction. Performers include: Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, the Andrews Sisters, Artie Shaw, Bing Crosby, Charley Barnet and Tommy Dorsey.
Centennials 2023 Part 1
A tribute to musicians born 100 years ago, this year. Performers include: Hank Williams, Maria Callas, Wes Montgomery, Albert King, Milt Jackson, Buddy DeFranco and Ida Haendel.
Songs include: Pennsylvania Polka, Charlie Was a Boxer, The Happy Wanderer, Strip Polka, Laughing Trombone Polka, Just Another Polka and Guitar Polka. Performers include: Al Dexter, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Weir, Bing Crosby, Russ Morgan and Frankie Yankovich.
Some of the top hits of 1923. Songs include: I'll Build a Stairway To Paradise, Yes, We Have No Bananas, The Parade of Wooden Soldiers, Dippermouth Blues, Down Hearted Blues and That Old Gang of Mine. performers include: Bessie Smith, Al Jolson, Jellyroll Morton, Ben Selvin, Isham Jones, Paul Whiteman and King Oliver.
Records left of earlier podcasts, plus a tribute to musicians who died in 2022. Performers include: Julie London, Bing Crosby, Spike Jones, Harry James, Alexander Boroweski, Henry Thoma and Jackie Gleason.
Beethoven's Birthday 2022
To mark Beethoven's 252nd birthday, we have a 1951 recording of the Piano Sonata #13 performed by Wilhelm Kempff. Also included is a long-winded discussion of the work by your host.
More Foolish Songs
Songs include: I'm a Fool To Want You, Keep Cool Fool, A Fool Such As I, A Fool Am I, Them Durn Fool Things and These Foolish Things. Performers include: Frank Sinatra, The Ink Spots, June Foray, Glenn Miller , Billy Eckstein, Stan Getz, Nat King Cole & Benny Carter.
Songs include: Silent Night, I Saw Mommy Smoochin Santy Claus, Boogie Woogie Santa Claus, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem, The Nutcracker, Christmas and You, Jingle Bells and Here Comes Santa Claus. Performers include: Joni James, Percy Faith, Perry Como, Doris Day, Mable Scott, The NY Philharmonic, Homer and Jethro, Johnny Mercer and Les Paul and Mary Ford.
Number 1 Hits of 1938
Songs include: Don't Be That Way, A-Tisket A-Tasket, Two Sleepy People, Begin the Beguine, My Reverie, Nice Work If You Can Get It & Bei Mir Bist du Schoen. Performers include: Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, the Andrews Sisters, Fats Waller, Artie Shaw, Larry Clinton and Fred Astaire. The show concludes with a tribute to Louise Tobin, who passed away this week at 104.
Songs include: Lazy, Lazy River, I Ain't Lazy, I'm Just Dreaming, Lazy Mama, Lazy Susan, Lazy Day and I'm Lazy, That's All. Performers include: the Mills Brothers, Pearl Bailey, Woody Hermann, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Miles Davis, King Oliver, Teddy Wilson and Benny Goodman.
The Songs of Warren and Gordon
Celebrating the songwriting partnership of Harry Warren and Mack Gordon. Songs include: At Last, I Gotta Gal In Kalamazoo , I Had the Craziest Dream, You'll Never Know and Down Argentine Way. Performers include: Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Kate Smith, Helen Forrest, Dick Haymes and the Andrews Sisters.
More 1928 Blues
Artists include: Lemon Jefferson, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Willie MeTell, Blind Willie Johnson, Victoria Spivey, the Memphis Jug Band and Mississippi John Hurt. Songs Include: Thinking Blues, Deep Moaning Blues, No Papa No, Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning, Pine Top's Blues and Kansas City Blues.
Songs include: Where Or When? , Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day, I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight, Bess, Where's My Bess, Where Can I Go Without You? and Where Has My Little Dog Gone? Artists include: Peggy Lee, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Jimmie Lunceford, Dolly Dawn and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France.