Episode 6

Western Swing from the great Bob Skyles and his Sky Rockets on Birdbird from 1938. The Chee, Chee Girl herself, Rose Murphy. Connie Boswell, who influenced Ellie Fitzgerald. Frank Crumit sings about Prunes. Not too many song about that shrivelled up fruit! A local record from 1934, ‘Tam O Shanter,’ recorded live in George Street Edinburgh. Billy Cotton, Ossie Nelson and their bands. We finish with a superb version of Frankie and Johnnie from Jimmie Rodgers. There are others of course.

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Episode 5

We have a theme in this episode and a mix of 78, 45 and 33 rpm records. My favorite love song: Frankie Froba and Love song in 32 bars. We aren’t talking about musical bars here, it’s pubs… what a woman! Otherwise we have beer Barrel Polka, Hop Scotch Polka, Phil Harris and Wine, Women and Song. A Scottish tongue twister in McGinty’s Meal and Ale, Val Donigan with The juice of the barley. Pet Clark sobers us up with Black Coffee but Dorothy Squires is So Tired. Unusually for me in visit the 1970s with Thin Lizzie and the brilliant Whiskey in a Jar.

published on February 23, 2020, by

Episode 4

Largely a local charity/ thrift shop haul. Its a crackerly start. Early country from the Carson Robinson Trio, on lovely brown shellac. Leake County Revellers from 1925. Early jazz from Husk O’Hara and The Friars Society Orch and New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Flanaghan and Allen. The Street Singer- Arthur Tracey, born in Ukraine in 1899 as Abba Avrom Tracovusky. Died at the ripe old age of 98 Jean Goldkette and his orch, featuring vocals by Hoagy Carmichael. Mildred Bailey, Queen of Swing. Joe Masala Septet with Adele Girard on harp. She taught Harpo Marks the harp. La Palma, French singer. First play on a new favorite- Bob Skyles and his Sky rockets. Fabulous western swing. There are others too!

published on February 23, 2020, by

Episode 3

What a mix of Forgotten and little played songs and artists and all on 78s. We go back to the early years of the 20th century in this hour. Harry Cove, who sang under at least another 20 names, pops up twice. Under his own names and as Ted Yorke, singing ‘Its a long long way to Tipperary,’ 1914. We have Sandy McGregor from 1912 and his rendition of ‘Maggie frae Dundee.’ Very early country from the 1920s- Bud and Joe Billings and Carson Robinson. Cliff Edwards, Ukele Ike, on a lovely Artuelie lable record. Edwards was the voice of Walt Disney’s Jiminy Cricket. Woolworth’s own Victory record label and the very appropriate song ‘The girl from Woolworth’s.’ Also playing The International Novelty Quartet, Pee Wee Hunt, Layton and Johnston and Society Cafe Orch.

published on February 23, 2020, by

Episode 2

An all 78rpm episode. The usual eclectic mix of little played or forgotten songs and artists. Presented by Miles Tubb.

Amongst others:  Tennessee Ernie Ford, Teresa Brewer (a long carreer- she was even a guest star on The Muppets) , Ted Heath (Britain’s most popular post war big band leader), Kay Starr, David Whitfield, Josephine Bradley (ballroom dancer, teacher and strict tempo bandleader), Nat King Cole, Everly Bros, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Frankie Laine and Fletcher Henderson’s Livery Stable Blues- Henderson, along with Duke Ellington, is considered to be be one of the most influential arrangers and band leaders in jazz history.

published on December 18, 2019, by

Episode 1

Where else would you get this sort of selection and all on 78rpm records? Intriguing labelled blues from The Sonny Terry Trio- Parlophone refer to it as ‘novelty instrumental.’ In the mix: three from Tennessee Ernie Ford- (Ford started his career as a radio presenter), Kay Starr (she achieved success in every field of music she tried-jazz, pop and country), Michael Holliday, Louie Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, the great Frankie Laine( Old leather lungs himself- had hit records 60 years apart), Humprey Lyttleton, Ted Heath, Lou Busch, Ken Mcintosh and Dorothy Squires.

published on December 18, 2019, by