Posts Tagged ‘CBS radio’

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!

As a thank-you to those of you who are still with me after such a long hiatus, here’s something that I think is pretty special. This was one of my grandpa’s “b-sides,” where he really only cared about the material on the other side. This was totally unlabeled and undocumented in his records.

Jimmie Fidler was apparently a somewhat controversial entertainment reporter who had a weekly Hollywood news show.

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.”

Jean Sablon, 5/47

March 26, 2010

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.

Church of the Air 5/25/47

March 25, 2010

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)

“Lead Me, Lord”

Sermon: Mr. LeRoe

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.