Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Tony Martin, 1946

January 8, 2012

My grandpa apparently went on a Tony Martin kick for a while:  he has 14 sides of The Tony Martin Show from June-October of 1946. Instead of having so many separate Tony Martin posts, I decided to do something a little different and made them into an album. The album includes 12 out of the 14 recordings; two were in such poor condition that I couldn’t play them.

From what I’ve gathered, Tony Martin had a 30-minute Saturday evening show sponsored by Bourjois, a maker of women’s cosmetics. The programs include some fun advertisements for things like Evening in Paris face powder. Albert Sacks and his orchestra accompany Tony and Georgia Gibbs (“the little girl with the big voice”), while James Wallington is the announcer. I have a couple of complete shows and one which I think is complete but I’m not certain of the date of one of the discs. All the rest are either part one or part two of a two-part program.

Rather than detail all the songs here, I’ve included them on the bandcamp site. If you want to see those details, click on the album title in the player below (instead of the play or download buttons) and you’ll be taken to my bandcamp page. There you can click on the individual tracks to see the song listings. Enjoy!

 

Organ Music, unknown date

December 22, 2011

Unless you’re a die-hard fan of old-time organ music (as my grandfather apparently was), you might want to skip this one. Unless you’re suffering from insomnia, in which case they may be invaluable. These are two sides of one record that my grandfather labeled “Organ.” I’ve listened through this enough to make sure there are no skips or anything, but I have not been able to make myself sit through the whole thing to get the order of songs and all that. The first side is a Columbia overnight broadcast of Dean Faussner and Anita Carroll (not sure of the spelling on either of those). The other side which he labeled “Rumba”  is obviously something that he put together himself.

I don’t know which of these songs are on which side, but here’s what my grandfather’s notes had: “Later Tonite,” “Stormy Weather,” “Poinciana,” “Stardust,” “Rumba Rumba,” “Memory Lane,” “Mr. Pollyanna,” “Love Old Sweet Song,” and “Cuddle Up a Little Closer.”

American Melody Hour, 1947

December 22, 2011

I’m back! Other parts of my life have had to take priority over this past year, but I’m going to try to start putting some programs up here on a regular basis again.

To try to keep the music coming, I’m not going to be putting much research into these posts. Here’s what I have on this program, American Melody Hour (sponsored by Bayer Aspirin). It’s on the flip side of a record dated 5/21/1947, so I assume it’s from a date close to that. The singers are Bob Hannan and Evelyn MacGregor on  ”Midnight Masquerade,” “Heartaches,” “I Want to Thank Your Folks,” “April Showers,” and “Time After Time.”  This is an incomplete program, part one of two.

Two posts in one day… what is this world coming to?

Here’s Mal Hallett and his Orchestra,

Eileen Farrell, 9-17-43

February 5, 2011

Eileen Farrell was a soprano

I hope everyone out there had a great holiday! If you didn’t get a chance to listen to my last post, please do. I still don’t know who the artist is in that recording.

Here’s some music of the type my grandpa seemed to love:

Jingle Bells

December 22, 2010

Here’s a quickie.

Your Hit Parade, 11-24-45

December 11, 2010

Hidden treasure! I didn’t know that I had any “Your Hit Parade” programs until recently. My grandpa didn’t put the show name on any of his index cards or on the records themselves–only the song names were listed, followed by “HP.” My mom told me what that meant just a few months ago.

This is almost a complete show.

House of Squibb, 5-17-44

November 26, 2010

Can you believe it–another post already?

I could have sworn that I posted this a long time ago, but I don’t see it in the archives. This is “To Your Good Health from the House of Squibb,” from May 17, 1944. As always, Lyn Murray directs the Squibb orchestra and Chorus of Stars. Betty Mullener is the featured soloist.

Finally, I’m back with a real post. I want to apologize for the terse tone of my last post. I was really frustrated with not being able to get anything new recorded. I have so appreciated the emails and comments checking in on me and my gear. Ever since we started back to school (we homeschool our three kids) and fall sports got into full swing, my life has been a little crazy. Things are slowing down a bit now so I should have a little more time to spend on the records. I’ve also figured out a simpler way to digitize them, so hopefully that will help too.

I don’t know much about today’s post. It’s an aircheck disc my grandpa made of Fats Waller.