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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!

 

When I first looked at this, I almost skipped it. Who would want to listen to an old farm report? But I decided to go ahead with it, and I’m so glad I did! I found a lot of the material here just fascinating.

Canfield Fair 1946
Canfield Fair, Mahoning County, Ohio, 1946

The report starts with a visit to the Canfield Fair in Mahoning County, Ohio, which was celebrating its 100th anniversary. The local reporter describes in detail the entries in a competition for the best home-made tractor (and interviews the 1st and 2nd place winners), which is really interesting. Another segment features a housewife extolling the the wonderful benefits of using DDT in the home (of course, if DDT doesn’t work there’s the amazing new product from the Navy–448, now known as Malathion). There’s also a feature on the history and hoped-for future of the Missouri mule.

There are other reports and features about farm cooperatives, news from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and more. All in all, a great snapshot of rural American life in the mid-1940s.

Images of the Canfield Fair found at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohmahoni/photos/album3.htm

Canfield Fair 2
Canfield Fair, 1946

 

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Correction: Christmas 1946

December 15, 2009

I just found out that “Winter Wonderland” on my Christmas 1946 disc is from Perry Como’s “Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music.” Windows Media Player automagically found it for me when I was sampling my MP3 conversion. Now I feel like I’m being watched somehow.

Christmas 1946

December 15, 2009

Edited 12/15, 9:30am: I realized after posting this that there was a long period of silence at the beginning of the audio file. I’ve removed that and reloaded the file.

Today we move ahead a year to the disc my grandpa made for Christmas 1946. Here we have lots of Bing and what I think is Glenn Miller and his orchestra doing Jingle Bells—not sure about that, though. It’s a fun arrangement.

The songs on this disc include Walking in a Winter Wonderland, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, O Come All Ye Faithful, and White Christmas. I’m pretty sure that everything but Jingle Bells is Bing Crosby (but again, I’m not positive). Winter Wonderland is by Perry Como,  O Come All Ye Faithful is by Frank Sinatra and Silent Night is by Bing Crosby (thanks to readers Ed and Ray for getting me all the correct attributions). This recording is very noisy, despite having been run through my noise reduction program. I think it must have gotten a lot of play over the years.

Thanks again for all the encouraging messages and comments. I always welcome any suggestions or information that you might be able to pass along!

Here’s the link to the download page for those using screen readers: Christmas 1946