Category Archives: Old Time Radio

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys — recorded in 1938 but only released later on 33 1/3 LP collections.

Thanks to TheVinylVindcator for the You Tube Bob Wills was asked what type of music he played and he called it Western Swing.  He said what made it different was he mixed up old country music along with New Orleans … Continue reading

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Heartaches — Patsy Cline (1962), Al Bowly(1931), Elmo Tanner(1938-1947)

Thanks to MrBlindFreddy9999 Heartaches was written in 1931 music by Al Hoffman lyrics by John Klenner.   Many versions of it were recorded but it wasn’t a hit until the Ted Weems-Elmo Tanner version below. Patsy Cline had made the rough … Continue reading

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Claude Thornhill — Snowfall

You Tube thanks to Okmusix That was Gil Evans’s 1947 arrangement of the Thornhill’s majestic composition Snowfall.  Snowfall had been originally written and recorded in 1941.  It has been recorded by numerous Jazz and popular recording artists.  This summer, mostly … Continue reading

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Christmas is for small children

Christmas as a special time for small children.  Many small children need Christmas, especially those who suffer in an often unkind world. It also comes at a dark and cold time of the year. Children who need Christmas the most … Continue reading

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Going Nuts At Christmas

Sometimes, Christmas music gets on people’s nerves. I remember going shopping many years ago at a department store with my father at Christmastime. We were riding down the escalator. He turned to me and said, “If I hear that damned … Continue reading

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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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