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Grandpa's iPod

Jingle Bells

December 22, 2010

Here’s a quickie. Read more and listen to the program…

This is a pretty strange show, produced locally at WJR and hosted by Ron Gamble.  Read more and listen to the program…

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. Read more and listen to the program…

I’m having a blast!

December 1, 2010

I’m going crazy with digitizing right now. I’ll start posting some of this stuff soon, maybe this weekend. Are there any Tony Martin fans out there? Apparently my grandpa was one, or at least went on a Tony kick. I just digitized over 10 records of his show for Bourjois. Right now I’m doing a bunch of “Your Hit Parade” shows, which are really fun. Most of these records are in pretty good shape, so it won’t take me long to get them ready to post.

The death of my 33.3rpm motor has actually turned out to be a good thing. I can record records in less than half the time on 78, and there doesn’t seem to be any loss from changing the speed digitally.  I’d still like to get the 33.3 fixed, but it’s not a priority. Now, if the 78 goes out too… but I won’t even think about that possibility.

Anyway, just keep watching this space! And if you want to listen to some tunes to get you into the Christmas spirit, check out these posts from last year:  Christmas 1946, Christmas 1945.

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. Read more and listen to the program…

While the turkey was in the oven today, I was able to digitize a few more records. I should be able to keep these posts coming!

Today I have Art Linkletter’s House Party from May 21, 1947. Read more and listen to the program…

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. Read more and listen to the program…

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. Read more and listen to the program…

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. Read more and listen to the program…

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.  Read more and listen to the program…