Category Archives: Old Time Radio

All Saint’s Day

Thanks to Bill Ferencz for the You Tube That was Louis Armstrong with When The Saints Go Marching In. Who else on All Saints Day should play When the Saints Go Marching In? Halloween has become a very big deal … Continue reading

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Spike Jones on Halloween — My Old Flame

Thanks to MusicProf78 for the You Tube In keeping with this special night, I thought I’d pass this song along for Halloween, October 31. It’s our old friend Spike Jones again, our musical mad man,  from 1947 with Paul Frees … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — Medley: Poor Butterfly and the St. Louis Blues

Thanks to Orchard Enterprises This medley was recorded for radio broadcast and later released on records  including  these early 45 rpm extended play records. The recording date was August 2, 1939. Music recorded on 45 RPM records began shipping in … Continue reading

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Gordon Jenkins — Goodbye–And remembering Chuck Cecil

It has now been a year since Chuck Cecil retired from radio after being on the air for 70 years. I miss him because he always found something new (to me) in this old music. He kept the Swingin’ Years … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Tiger Rag

Thanks to OnlyJazzHQ This performance of Tiger Rag was a live performance by a pick up band on a radio show, in this case the “Martin Block Swing Show” WNEW Radio-Radio Broadcast from October 10, 1938, in New York City. … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday— A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Thanks to Dominik Feri for the You Tube A Good Man is Hard To Find was a blues song written by Eddie Green and made popular first by Bessie Smith. The unique feature of this version is Fats’s piano playing … Continue reading

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Sidney Bechet — Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me

Thanks to acadmeieswing for the You Tube I found this You Tube of Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me while I was looking for something else.  When I saw this You Tube with Sidney Bechet (pronouced Bahshay) on Soprano … Continue reading

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Fletcher and the Duke — Ahead of their time.

Thanks to Barca Nica for the You Tube Fletcher Henderson’s Variety Stomp. Variety Stomp has a similar structure and rhythm pattern to some early Duke Ellington songs. It was written by Jo Trent, Charlie Green, and Fats Waller. Recorded May … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Louise

Thanks to Universal Music for the You Tube. Louise was a Leo Robin and Richard Whiting song most famously associated with the French actor Maurice Chevalier. It was a hit record for Chevalier for 10 weeks in 1929. In Art … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — I Understand

Thanks for the You Tube to Hans Pfaall I Understand was recorded on May 13, 1941. Fats was in a thoughtful mood that day. Joined on this song with Fats, piano and vocal; were John Hamilton, trumpet; John Smith, guitar; … Continue reading

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