Recordings from the early 20th Century with comments.
Black Music Month 2023
Performers include: Charlie Patton, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughn, Louis Armstrong and Big Joe Turner. Songs include: After You're Gone, He's Funny That Way, Fireworks, House Party, Dedicated To You and Shake, Rattle and Roll.
Hits of 1928
Songs include: Sonny Boy, Ramona, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Old Man River, Black and Tan Fantasy and Struttin With Some Barbecue. Performers include: Al Jolson, Duke Ellington, Fred Waring, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Gene Austin and Cliff Edwards.
Songs include: Blues In the Night, Saturday Night, Thief In the Night, Night Train, When the Blue Of the Night Meets the Gold Of the Day and Tomorrow Night. Performers include: Fed Astaire, Ethyl Waters, Johnny Mercer, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, the Ink Spots and Dizzy Gillespie.
Chamber Music Month
Works include: Schumann's Violin Sonata #1, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #2, Brahms' Horn Trio, Vivaldi's Cello Sonata #1 and Varese's Ionization.
Songs include: Sing, Sing ,Sing, I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues, Let Me Sing and I'm Happy, Sing, You Sinners, And the Angels Sing and It's a Grand Night For Singing. Performers include: Dick Haymes, Billie Holliday, Louis Prima, Tony Bennett, Guy Mitchell and Martha Tilton.
Forgotten Delta Blues Singers
Performers include: Furry Lewis, Bo Weavil Jackson, Louise Johnson, Kid Bailey, King Soloman Hill, Peatie Wheatstraw and Robert Petway.
The Eyes Have It
Songs include: Them There Eyes, Green Eyes, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Teardrops From My Eyes, Dark Eyes and Why Do You Want to Make Those Eyes At Me For? Performers include: Vincent Lopez, Bob Crosby, Billie Holiday, Jimmy Dorsey, Betty Hutton, Patti Page, Bing Crosby and Artie Shaw.
Musicians include: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke, Leo Parker, Gerald Wiggins and Thelonious Monk. Works include: April In Paris, Coast To Coast, Fluid Drive, Limehouse Blues, Bye Bye and No Figs.
Songs include: Along the Santa Fe Trail, Down the Trail of Achin Hearts, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, On the Trail, It's a Lonely Trail and Blue Shadows on the Trail. Musicians include: Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Patti Page, Arthur Godfrey, Paul Whiteman and Larry Clinton.
A Capella Singers 1943-1944
Singers include: Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, The King Sisters, Dick Haymes, The Sportsmen Quartet, Perry Como and Dinah Shore. Songs include: Coming In On a Wing And a Prayer, People Will Say We're In Love, The Trolley Song, Sunday, Monday Or Always, I'll Walk Alone and Wait For Me, Mary.
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.