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Podcast 31: Western swing , early Country and Yodelling!

Before starting Forgotten songs from the broom cupboard I was not particularly a Country and Western fan- certainly not of the Nashville sound. Listen to the genre on 78rpm and the back to basics sound of country from the 1920s and 30s has been a different matter though and has been an education. Here are 10 songs that bring a smile to my face or get my feet tapping. Bob Skyles and his Sky Rockets – I’m gonna die with a broken heart and Lets play love. Al Dexter- Wine women and song. Johnny Denis and his Ranchers- Ragtime time cowboy joe. Harry Torrani- Mississippi yodel. McCravy Bros- Sister Lucy. Bud Billings and Carson Robinson- Sleepy Rio Grande. Hoosiers Hot Shots- Take me to the ball game. Light Crust Dough Boys- Beer drinking mama. The wonderous Jimmie Rodgers with Frankie Johnny.

published on July 8, 2020, by

Podcast 20: Leake County Revelers to Helen Forest

Mel Torme starts us off with Mountain Greenery. Love the rhyme busting lyrics. Lonnie Donegan with Ham and Eggs. Early Country from Leake County Revelers, from 1928. They were Mississippi local. From 1930 Joe and Bud Billings, they were in fact Carson Robinson and Frank Luther and their fame was a little more wide spread. Luther toured Britain in 1927. We also have a B side from Eddie Calvert, Rock and Roll from Jack Scott. The Clevelanders, lead by Harry Reser, first cousin to the Wright Brothers. The 1949 Esquire All American award winners play Indiana Winter. Old favourite Hal McIntyre. Kitty Kallen and Helen Forest sing with Harry James. Anita O’Day stands alone with her band. Della Murphy sings the Irish ballad Three Lovely Lasses. She collected of old Irish songs and had her fascinating story. There’s more of course.

published on April 15, 2020, by

Episode 7

The rather forgotten racked Mary Ford track. There is more of course. Harry Parry and his Radio Rhythm Club Sextet, George Shearing on piano. Dinah Shore, The McCravy Brothers with some folky, country gospel from the early 1930s. Izzy Bonn, a Jewish singer from London, famous for My Yiddishe Mama Cootie Williams with the brilliant track ‘ Blues in my condition’. Another great title ‘How I love Bulgarians’ is followed by Donald the Dub from F.

published on March 2, 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