Category Archives: A Journey back in time

Memories of a Moonless Night

Thanks to Danail Obreschkow for the You Tube I saw this video last week, which  brought back memories of my childhood. Those memories came from the year 1957-58 when I nearly died twice, but that’s another story for another time … Continue reading

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Mid Twentieth Century Romantic Christmas Songs

For Swing Era Generation, wistful nostalgia was the main theme of the adult songs of that era.  Here is The Christmas Song: Thanks to DemonMusicGroup The story goes that The Christmas Song was written on a hot July day in … Continue reading

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December 7, 1941 — Pearl Harbor Day

President Franklin D. Rossevelt said that it was “A Day in Infamy.”  Admiral Yamamoto, the head of the Japanese Imperial Navy, after the attack, said “We have awakened a sleeping giant.”  It was the event that profoundly changed the lives … Continue reading

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Route 66 — Cultural History

The blue line in the map stretching Southwest from Chicago to Oklahoma City and then West to Los Angeles is Route 66. (Map Courtesy USGS) Route 66 is a big part of mid 20th Century cultural history.   This song, for … Continue reading

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Claude Thornhill — I May Be Wrong — The Early 1950’s

Thanks to OverJazz for the You Tube. The vocal on I May Be Wrong was by Gene Williams. Music was written by Henry Sullivan, Lyric by Harry Ruskin, in 1929. This arrangement was by Gil Evans who along with Claude … Continue reading

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The Swingin’ Years: History comes alive

  Chuck Cecil has been doing his Swingin’ Years program since 1956.  The Swingin’ Years was a long time feature of KFI AM Radio in Los Angeles. He did  shows in the studio and remote broadcasts from Disneyland, Anaheim,  where … Continue reading

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Gene Autry — Pioneer of Country-Western Music Image

You Tube Thanks to Gene Autry Official. That’s Gene Autry singing his theme song Back In the Saddle Again in the movie with the same name. The song was originally written by Ray Whitley, himself an actor in western musicals.  … Continue reading

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The Last Picture Show–One of my all time favorite movies

Thanks to stereopsis99 for the You Tube That video was the ending credits of one of my all time favorite movies,The Last Picture Show. It was directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released in 1971. Rarely does any work of art … Continue reading

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Song for my father Richard Sr. (1912-1998)

Today would have been my Father’s 104th Birthday. Last year I played a tune by Judy Garland he used to whistle, Alice Blue Gown.  He loved the sweet, nostalgic vocal music of the period from 1890-1910.  He loved men’s glee … Continue reading

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David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers

I’ve done my share of reviewing of books and music on Amazon’s site, but I’ve been giving more attention lately to my site.  I’ve also been busy writing my own book.  This book was a gift, so I’ll give it … Continue reading

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