Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

A Bouquet for You, May 1947

October 13, 2010

It’s been a while! Thanks to those of you who commented or emailed me to make sure everything was okay. I haven’t had any more mechanical or technical failures, just a lot of busy-ness. I wish I had more time to devote to this project–I could easily spend all day, every day on it. But I don’t think my kids or husband would appreciate that.

This is another episode of A Bouquet for You.

Oh, how I wish this show were complete! I think this is my favorite music program yet. Stan Kenton and his orchestra, live at the Palladium in Hollywood for their last show there after what was apparently a long run.

House of Squibb, 2-25-44

July 21, 2010

Here’s another episode of “Music from the House of Squibb,” this one from February 25, 1944. 

Can you believe it–another post already?

This is another episode of “Sing Along with the Landt Trio” of Karl, Jack and Dan. This program has a little extra interest to it: it’s Army Day!

I’m back!!!!!

I have a new computer and a new phono preamp. My 33rpm motor is just about dead, so I’m primarily using the 78 motor and digitally correcting the speed. It’s not ideal, but it’s all I can do.

Here’s a quickie I could get off today.  This is a program called “Buffalo Presents Portraits in Music,” from WKBW. 

Here we have another of what must have been one of my grandpa’s favorite programs, “To Your Good Health from the House of Squibb.” This originally aired on May 31, 1944.  As always, we have Lyn Murray directing the Squibb Orchestra and Chorus of Stars. The guest soloist is Hubie Hendrie.

The playlist includes “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “Lamp of Memory,” “Shadrach,” and “Amour.”

This CBS program, hosted by Franklyn McCormick, takes letters from listeners requesting songs and sends a bouquet to those whose letters are used on the air. One selected letter-writer who is also having an anniversary receives a “golden gift” of “beautifully matched rings in 14 karat gold.” Caesar Patrillo, Louise King and Billy Leach sing. The orchestra isn’t credited.

The songs performed are “Lady Be Good,” “Stormy Weather,” “That’s an Irish Lullaby,” “Home on the Range,” and “Little Gray Home in the West.”

Here’s another case where I have a record labeled 2 of 2, and I don’t have number 1.

From what I could find, it seems that Invitation to Music was a popular CBS program that played relatively new works by current composers. I wish I had more episodes of this program but it looks like this is all I have.

This show features Mona Paulee and the Columbia Concert Orchestra. The main piece is “Ne Me Refuse Pas” from Massanet’s Herodiade.

Direct link to this program on my bandcamp page.

Frankie Carle, 2-21-44

February 23, 2010

I’m trying to make up for lost time now!

This is Frankie Carle and his Orchestra, with special guest Betty Bonney. The program was broadcast from The Cafe Rouge at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York. Unfortunately it’s incomplete; the record is marked 2 of 2, and I don’t have the first one.

This record was exceptionally noisy. I did the best I could to reduce the noise but the audio is still not great. But with a well-played, 66-year-old record, what can you do?

The songs included are “People will say we’re in love,” “Oh what a beautiful morning,” “Falling Leaves,” “I’ve had this feeling before,” and “Show me the way to go home.”

Direct link to this program on my bandcamp page.

I’m back! Hopefully my computer will continue to work for a while now.

This program is, I think, the day that Squibb changed the name of its show from “To Your Good Health from the House of Squibb” to “Music from the House of Squibb.”  What’s interesting, though, is that the record label still says “To Your Good Health,” like maybe the affiliates didn’t know about the name change. It’s also the day after D-Day! The programming was obviously changed to reflect what was going on in the world, as this is a whole show of patriotic tunes.

As always, the Squibb Orchestra and Chorus of Stars is directed by Lyn Murray. Hubie Hendrie is the guest soloist. The songs performed are “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” “The Cassions Go Rolling Along,” “The Army Air Corps Song,” “The Pledge of Allegience,” and “The House I Live In.”

A couple of times in the recording you’ll hear a series of beeps. Those are on the original record, not a digital problem. I’m guessing maybe they’re some kind of alert signal for news updates, or something along those lines. I’m sure somebody will be able to tell me exactly what they are!

Here’s the direct link to my bandcamp page for this show.