This is a track that I digitized a long time ago but never posted. I apologize for the poor audio quality; this was with my old computer which put a lot of digital noise into everything. But I’ve decided that it’s better to get material up here that isn’t perfect rather than sitting on it until I get the chance to fix it (which might never happen).
This is an incomplete program, part one of two. Proctor and Gamble, Makers of Ivory Soap present Hercule Poirot in “The Blonde Who Went Bye-Bye.” Harold Huber stars as Hercule Poirot.
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.
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.
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.”
I don’t know the exact date of this recording, but he mentions that Oklahoma! had opened in London a few weeks prior. That opened on April 30, 1947, so I’m assuming this is from mid or late May. That lines up with what’s on the reverse: “Church of the Air” from May 25, 1947.
On this program, Jean Sablon sings “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” “I Believe,” “Je vais passer in soiree formidable,” and “Mamselle.” There are also some advertisements for DuBarry cosmetics.
The quality of this recording degrades as it nears the end. That’s been a pretty common problem for me. These records all play from the inside-out, and a lot of them have small cracks in the lacquer near the edges of the record. I assume it’s from years of stress from being stored on edge, as well as small bumps and dings as they’ve been handled.
This is a program that isn’t listed in my grandpa’s notes. I’m sure he was only interested in what was on the other side (which I will have in my next post). The recording is incomplete; it’s another part 1 of 2 where I don’t have 2. The record doesn’t have a year on it, but I was able to figure out that it was 1947 through Googling some of the names and events I heard in the recording.
Columbia’s Church of the Air, in the words of the announcer, was established by the Columbia network so “clergyman of the major faiths might bring their message to a nationwide congregation of worshipers.” This service is “…from the studios of WJEF in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the 159th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church… is now in session … Mr. Wilbur LeRoe Jr., an attorney of Washington, D.C., who will conduct our service this morning, has just been elected moderator for the coming year. Mr. LeRoe has entitled his sermon, ‘Christ’s Way to Fullness of Life.'” Music for the service provided by the choir of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan, directed by Mr. Douglas Peterson. Mr. Peterson is at the organ.
Order of service:
Invocation: Howard Moody Morgan (Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia)
“Fairest Lord Jesus”
Scripture reading and prayer (Howard Moody Morgan)
I picked something that I think is really fun for my first post at the new site. This is a locally-produced show from WJR. The basic premise is to have a group of women come in and try to answer a few questions quiz-show style, but mostly the point seems to be to make the ladies look silly. They do quite a good job of it.
There are some things in this recording that I find really interesting. Every woman who is chosen gives her complete name and address on the air. Actually, not her complete name; most of them identify themselves as Mrs. (husband’s complete name). Some gave their first names in the course of the conversation, but most don’t until asked for it. The only lady who gave her first name voluntarily wasn’t married; this was confirmed by the host. This group of women are from the PTA at Hubert School, which was in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit and closed in 2005. Another really interesting note in the recording is one woman mentioned that she and her family moved to Highland Park to get out of the city. She talks about how hard it is to see her old friends from Brightmoor since she’s moved way out in the country. Anyone from Detroit should find this amusing. If you’d like to know more about Hubert School you can visit www.hubertschool.org, but be aware that there is audio on every page with no button to turn it off. You might want to mute your speakers while perusing the site.
The prize given at the end of the show is awesome. I wish I had one. You’ll have to listen all the way through to find out what it is.
Here’s the direct link to the audio file at my bandcamp page.