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Posts Tagged ‘CBS radio’

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.

Sorry it’s been a few days since my last post. Life got a little crazy over the weekend. But I’m back with another audio file for you!

Today’s recording is a CBS show of Joan Brooks songs, which apparently was broadcast several times each week. The end of this recording is very bad. The lacquer on the disc has cracked, so the last few seconds skipped terribly. If anyone knows a way to “fix” this kind of cracking enough that it can be recorded, please contact me. I have quite a few records in this condition.

“CBS brings you Joan Brooks, the girl with the voice you won’t forget,” with Archie Bleyer and his orchestra. Includes “Look for the silver lining,” “I dream of you,” “Love, love, love,” “Don’t take your love from me,” “How much do I love you,” and “The blue room” (instrumental). One song has a nice dedication from a girl to her guy who is a staff sergeant in the war.

On a side note, I am working on getting a podcast going. I’m hoping that by the weekend I’ll be able to get it up and running. In the meantime, thanks to everyone who’s stopped by and who has contacted me with encouragement on this project. I really appreciate it!

This Life is Mine, 2-16-1944

December 4, 2009

Here’s some great wartime material. In this episode of the serial drama “This Life is Mine,” Eden felt sure she wanted to marry Bob Hastings. But she was engaged to Paul Warner, who is away in the war. A “Dear John” letter is written to Paul. Starring Betty Winkler in the role of Eden Channing.

Dated 2-16-1944, for broadcast on 2-17-44 at 3:00-3:15am.

Today’s upload is something of a mystery. My grandpa had a detailed index of the songs on his records, but these two records were not included. There are no labels on the discs, just grease pencil markings: #1 and #3 on the two sides of the first disc, and #2 on one side of the second disc. The other side of the second disc is blank (which looks pretty cool, btw—a totally smooth, shiny disc).

The recording is a live performance of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. I did some digging around and learned that CBS radio began airing live performances by the New York Philharmonic in the 1920s and continues to do so to this day. The NY Phil has an incredible website, including programs for every concert they’ve done dating back to the 1880s. I was able to look up this piece and found that it had been performed and broadcast on January 6, 1946 and December 14, 1947. To my knowledge it was not broadcast on any other occasion.

I have no way of knowing which of these two broadcasts this recording was taken from. The 1946 performance was conducted by Artur Rodzinski with soloist Walter Hendl. The 1947 one was conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos with soloist Oscar Levant. My guess (and this is only a guess) would be that this is the 2nd one. Oscar Levant was apparently THE pianist for Gershwin music at the time, and was especially famous for his rendition of Rhapsody in Blue—which was my grandpa’s favorite piece of all time. But I’ll never know for sure.

Transferring this one to digital was a little more challenging than others I’ve done so far. This wasn’t the on-air broadcast disc but a copy that my grandpa made. He switched from the first disc to the second in mid-piece with very little overlap. But the 2nd disc was recorded at a slightly different speed than the first. Tim helped me with the editing to make this as smooth as possible, but there’s still an audible difference where the change happens.

Jeri Sullivan, 2-19-44

December 3, 2009

Audio

Here’s my first upload, and one of my first digital conversions. This is Jeri Sullivan with Paul Baron and his orchestra, presented by Columbia. The recording is dated 2-17-44, indicated for broadcast (on WJR) on 2-19-44. Songs include “In Our Little Dream House,” “Honey, ‘deed I do”, “Begin the Beguine,” “I’ll Be Around” and “Besame Mucho.”

From Grandpa’s iPod

And so it begins

December 3, 2009

I’ve had this collection of records in my possession for many years now. It’s been in three houses (four if you count the time it was stored in my in-laws’ garage) and moved across the country. But I’ve never been able to do much with them. I have the turntable that my grandpa assembled from studio-quality parts, but until about a year ago I couldn’t use it. After several attempts at repairs, my wonderful husband finally bypassed the non-functioning pre-amp, amp and EQ and plugged it into a cheap digital amp. It’s not original quality, but at least it works.

Now he’s got me set up with Cubase and I’ve started recording the albums to digital. My plan is to do all 261 discs or as many of those as are playable. It’s going to be a long, slow project, but I want to share it as I go along.

I’ll be doing basic editing to the files (like taking out skips) but I don’t have the ability or time to do serious editing. If anyone reading this blog would like to improve on my efforts, just contact me and I’ll be happy to share the original digital files.