Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas With The Beers Family

It's Yuletide again, and this year I've been quite busy with all kinds of time-consuming personal stuff (which I won't bore you with)...I did have a little time to digitize a nice holiday-related album for all of yez...

Here's a pleasant (and unfairly forgotten) LP from 1965 or so:

There is hardly any info out there on the Beers Family, other than the standard online biography:
The Beers Family was a traditional folk group active between 1958 and 1972, led by Bob Beers (b. 1920 -- d. May 26, 1972) and featuring his wife Evelyne and their daughter Martha (who joined in 1964). They played traditional Scots-Irish music on traditional instruments like the psaltery. In 1966, they began hosting the Fox Hollow Festival on their farm in the Adirondacks. Bob Beers was killed in an automobile accident in 1972, but his wife and daughter continued to perform and to stage the festival.

Also, Martha (usually known as Marty) was married to folk musician Eric Nagler from 1968-77, and the Fox Hollow Festival ran from 1966-1980. Evelyne Beers died in October 2009.

The liner notes offer a little more info, mostly about the songs:

Christmas With The Beers Family Columbia MS 6335
1965: Robert, Evelyne & Martha Beers, vocals; Robert Beers, psaltery; others unidentified.
1. Three Little Drummers
2. O Holy Night - Cantique de Noel
3. Christmas Hornpipe
4. La Virgen Lava Panales
5. The Holly Bears a Berry
6. What Child Is This?
7. Cherry Tree Carol
8. Away by the Manger So Mild
9. The Seven Joys of Mary
10. Mary's Little Boy Child
11. The Peace Carol
12. Silent Night, Holy Night
The Beers Family's Away by the Manger So Mild is a reworked Pharaoh's Daughter...also known as Little Moses on a 1928 Carter Family record. I rather like its almost limerick-like meter...

I had hoped to show a YouTube clip of the Beers Family in action, but apparently any film of them has been yanked by the Powers That Be. I hope the Powers don't yank this album too...only a couple of songs from the LP show up on a Beers compilation CD.

I think this album should be reissued...until that time comes, enjoy it as mp3s.

And Happy Holiday Season to one and all...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Songs from a fine concert...

The other day (6 November), the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin, Massachusetts hosted a terrific concert...folk/roots music legends Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur were the headliners.

If, by some sad twist of fate, you don't know them, or the fact that they played together in Kweskin's Jug Band forty-something years ago, here they are in 1967 performing a song familiar to Sanctum readers (from their enigmatically titled LP See Reverse Side For Title):

Never Swat A Fly Jim Kweskin Jug Band
Vanguard VSD-79243
(See Reverse Side For Title)
1967: featuring Geoff Muldaur, lead vocal; with Jim Kweskin, Maria D'Amato (Muldaur), Bill Keith, Fritz Richmond.

After the show, I talked for a minute with both musicians, and told them about my blog, mentioning that it had two rare versions of Never Swat A Fly... forgetting that the links to those records I originally posted in 2007 were down (to make room for newer stuff).


Those songs are re-posted below:

According to Geoff, the band learned the song from this record:

64608-2 Never Swat A Fly McKinney's Cotton Pickers
Victor 23020
NYC, 4 November 1930: Don Redman, conductor; Joe Smith, Rex Stewart, Langston Curl, trumpets; Ed Cuffee, trombone; Don Redman, Benny Carter, Edward Inge, Prince Robinson, reeds; Todd Rhodes, piano; Dave Wilborn, banjo; Billy Taylor, tuba; Cuba Austin, drums; Bill Coty, vocal.

The clarinet soloist is a young Benny Carter.

The song came from a rather strange 1930 science-fiction/comedy/musical film, Just Imagine. I got a copy of the film a while back. Frank Albertson and Marjorie White do their version of Never Swat A Fly here...splices and all:

Never Swat A Fly Frank Albertson & Marjorie White Just Imagine soundtrack

These two versions, from rare Brunswick-recorded radio discs, are reposted especially for Geoff and Jim, with many thanks for a great show:

XE-35018 (excerpt) Never Swat A Fly The Mirth Quakers
from Mirth Quakers, show P, part 4
NYC ca. 4 November 1930: Jerry Macy, Norman Brokenshire, vocal; probably Murray Kelner, violin; others unknown.

Notice how they changed the lyrics from "with you" to "with Sue!" not that anything's wrong with that!

XE-35335 (excerpt) Never Swat A Fly Irving Kaufman
from Novelty Special, show J, part 2
NYC 7 November 1930: Irving Kaufman, vocal; personnel uncertain, but my guess is that the band contains Mike Mosiello, trumpet; Andy Sannella, alto sax; and (definitely) Joe Venuti, violin.

Kaufman muffs the words "Here is the motto," somehow getting it "Here is the mos' moto." It's interesting that Brunswick didn't do a retake. They probably figured that the record would be played once over the air, and that would be it...the records were supposed to be returned or destroyed.

Kweskin and Muldaur didn't swat flies that night, but they did perform a whole bunch of other fine stuff. I think I'll post the original versions of some of those other songs:

Here's some fine hot fiddlin' by the legendary hellraiser Prince Albert Hunt:

400435-A Blues In A Bottle Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers OKeh 45230

San Antonio, 8 March 1928: Archie "Prince" Albert Hunt, fiddle & vocal; unknown, guitar.
Frank Stokes and Dan Sane recorded several sides as the Beale Street Sheiks for Paramount...Kweskin and Muldaur played two Stokes songs that night (Downtown Blues was the other):

4773-1 Sweet To Mama The Beale Street Sheiks (Stokes and Sane) Paramount 12531
Chicago, ca. August 1927: Frank Stokes, guitar & vocal; Dan Sane, guitar.

The Jug Band recorded this Leroy Carr song on that See Reverse Side For Title album

C-6092- Papa's On the House Top Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell Vocalion 1593
Chicago, 9 September 1930: Leroy Carr, piano & vocal; Scrapper Blackwell, guitar.

Poultry in motion!!

The Chicken Mississippi John Hurt Vanguard VSD 79248 (The Immortal Mississippi John Hurt)

1966: Mississippi John Hurt, vocal & guitar.

Oddly enough, two of the songs performed that night were originally recorded in Johnson City, Tennessee on the same day, probably within minutes of each other! The first was the classic version of Cuckoo by Doc Watson's mentor, Clarence (Tom) Ashley:

149251-2 The Coo-Coo Bird Clarence Ashley Columbia 15489-D
Johnson City, TN, 23 October 1929: Clarence (Tom) Ashley, vocal & banjo.

There is apparently nothing known at all about the Bentley Boys, other than the fact they recorded only two sides on the same day (and nothing else)...

149254-2 Down On Penny's Farm The Bentley Boys
Columbia 15565-D
Johnson City, TN, 23 October 1929: Unknown, banjo, guitar & vocal.

Folding money (and not some weird tarnish) is the subject of the next goodie, by the great Memphis bluesman, Furry Lewis.
42425-2 I Will Turn Your Money Green Furry Lewis Victor V-38506
Memphis, 28 August 1928: Walter (Furry) Lewis, vocal & guitar

Oh, did you ever see the Burt Reynolds comedy W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings? Furry's featured fairly prominently...

The perennial folkie favorite Fishing Blues was in the playlist too...
C-2003- Fishing Blues Henry Thomas ("Ragtime Texas") Vocalion 1249
Chicago, 13 June 1928: Henry Thomas,
vocal, quills (panpipes) & guitar.

I should mention that I also thoroughly enjoyed the opening act, Eric Royer's one-man band. At one point in the set, he asked for requests. I yelled out "Pretty Polly!" Eric's off-the-cuff rendition was one of the best I've ever heard.

There are several recorded versions of this old murder ballad...the one by Dock Boggs is great, but my favorite is the one recorded by B. F. Shelton.

39736-2 Pretty Polly B. F. Shelton Victor 35838

Bristol, TN. 29 July 1927: B. F. Shelton, vocal & banjo.

If you noticed that this performance seemed a little longer than the average 3-minute 78, you're right. It came out on a 12-inch 78...

By the way, Polly is descended from a much longer ballad called The Gosport Tragedy, first published around the longer version, Polly is pregnant, the murderer goes to sea and is followed by Polly's ghost. The Library of Congress has an early broadside of the ballad:

After the show I told Eric that I thought the old Alfred Karnes song We Shall All Be Reunited might be a good end-of-set piece. It would make a good encore, too...

47234-2 We Shall All Be Reunited Alfred G. Karnes Victor V-40076
Bristol, TN, 28 October 1928: Alfred G. Karnes, vocal and harp-guitar.

Yes, this song has been posted here before, but it's so good I can't resist. I've used it as a closing for many mix discs and for those Grits Radio shows.

And I close with it this time too.

PS. I turn 54 can cut off my leg and count the rings...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hallowe'en 2010

It's Hallowe'en season again! Here's a triple-decker spook-tacular...with a little chaser!

The first album is a lot of fun...I'm dedicating it to the memory of the trombonist/bandleader Buddy Morrow (born 1919 as Muni Zudekoff, aka Moe Zudekoff) who passed on about a month ago (27 September 2010).

This album is often quite reminiscent of Morrow's previous Impact! and Double Impact! LPs, both of which sold like hotcakes. There are a couple of poems narrated by Keith McKenna, as well as a couple of twistaroos sung by The Skip-Jacks.

POE FOR MODERNS Buddy Morrow Orch RCA Victor LSP-2208

1. The Murders In The Rue Morgue
2. Annabel Lee (Keith McKenna, narrator)
3. The Gold Bug
4. A Descent Into The Maelstrom
5. The Bells (The Skip-Jacks, vocal)
6. The Fall Of The House Of Usher
7. The Pit And The Pendulum
8. Ulalume (Keith McKenna, narrator)
9. The Black Cat
10. The Raven (The Skip-Jacks, vocal)
11. Quoth The Raven
The Tell-Tale Heart

The other day, I stumbled across another adaptation of Poe's The Raven here:'s a 1966 garage rocker from Brooklyn.

And you can hear Fred Astaire's Raven-inspired Me And The Ghost Upstairs here self-promotion, eh wot?).

The second LP is a rare one, indeed!

It's one of the strangest spoken-word albums I've ever heard...and one of the best. It's by "stand up tragedian" Theodore Gottlieb (1906-2001), who was usually billed as Brother Theodore. There's a very good website about him here , so I'll get out of the way and let you listen.

Oh...the first cut is a somewhat Lorre-esque adaptation of Poe's necro-dontal tale Berenice, and The Willow Landscape is from a story by Clark Ashton Smith.

CORAL RECORDS PRESENTS THEODORE Brother Theodore Gottlieb Coral CRL 57322
1. Introduction and Berenice
2. The Willow Landscape
3. Curse of the Toad
4. Quadrupedism

Some may recognize Theodore's distinctive voice from this:

You'll see a much more recent snippet of his Quadrupedism monologue (along with some other diversions) here:

You can also hear a "straight" reading of Berenice here

My third album isn't really spooky at all, but there is a neat black cat on the cover:

It's a musical adaptation by Alan Rawsthorne of six of T. S. Eliot's poems from his Old Possum's Book Of Practical's short and sweet (and a helluva lot easier for me to enjoy than that Webber thing on Broadway that drew from the same source). The narration is by Mr. Chips, Robert Donat (mmmmm....doughnuts).

Six Poems by T. S. Eliot
Musical Setting By Alan Rawsthorn
Robert Donat, speaker.
The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by the composer
1. Overture
2. The Naming Of Cats
3. The Old Gumbie Cat
4. Gus, The Theatre Cat
5. Bustopher Jones: The Cat about Town
6. Old Deuteronomy
7. The Song Of The Jellicles

This LP came in a deluxe box and has a four-page booklet (included in the .zip file).

Since Track 5 is about as cat named Bustopher Jones, and it's on a (big) ten-inch LP, I think I'll give my good friend Buster's blog another plug.

And here's a little lagniappe, borrowed from my good pal, D Burns:

78264 A Cat-Astrophe Columbia Band Columbia A 2855
NYC, January 1919.

The flip side is dedicated to my neighbor, Ronster:
78285-3 Slim Trombone Columbia_Band Columbia A 2855
NYC, 3 February 1919.

And that'll do it for now...hope you dug it (up).

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Helpin' Of Selvin!

My, my, my...things are hoppin' with the Blog...the Wilmoth Houdini Calypsos album has generated a LOT of traffic, thanks to fellow bloggers at and (he also loved the Calypso Carnival LP...maybe Sony ought to reissue it?). And my humble blog is in the list at the bottom of the page at .

So, I'm a bit more inspired than usual!
Every now and then, we 78 collectors find strange items like that oddball Ambrose test pressing I posted last month...the matrix number on the label doesn't match the one in the wax. And the title wasn't listed.

Sometimes we find oddities in the discographies, like the following four sides. They're labeled as being performed by three different orchestras, but they're actually all led by the ubiquitous Ben Selvin...and all recorded the same day!
This French Odeon has two Selvin sides, issued in the States on Harmony and Velvet Tone (on consecutively issued records, not back-to-back as they are here).

The first side is of a rather pretty De Sylva-Brown-Henderson composition, If You Haven't Got Love.
351074-2 If You Haven't Got Love Phil Hughes High Hatters (French) Odeon 250.092
NYC, 21 July 1931: Ben Selvin, conductor; large studio orchestra.

There's an interesting clip of Gloria Swanson singing the song here

The flip side is a perky Irving Berlin song, Me. The muted trumpet solo is by Manny Klein.
351063-2 Me Frank Auburn Orchestra (French) Odeon 250.092, 21 July 1931: Ben Selvin, conductor; large studio orchestra.

Oh...there were a couple of other future "big names" in this session, as you'll see momentarily. I'm keeping them up my sleeve for the time being.

You might notice that the above two sides are in the mysterious 350000 matrix series that Columbia used for many sides issued by their dime-store labels (Harmony, Diva, Velvet Tone and Clarion) at the time. The following sides are in the conventional Columbia 140000-150000 series.

Here's another version of the same tune...again, it's recorded on the same day with the same orchestra, but with a completely different arrangement.

151695 Me! The Knickerbockers Columbia 2502-D
NYC, 21 July 1931: Ben Selvin, conductor; large studio orchestra.

Notice that the Columbia adds an exclamation point to the title! I think this version is the better of the two, but I'm partial to BG solos.

Also, you'll hear this particular record as part of a Skinner’s Romancers transcribed radio show here

I'll finish this section with the flip side, a fluffy bit of froth (or is it a frothy bit of fluff?):

151694 Slow But Sure The Knickerbockers Columbia 2502-D

I found this recording in another Skinner show:
And here's the complete (more-or-less) scoop on the previous four sides:
NYC, 21 June 1931: Ben Selvin, conductor; large studio orchestra featuring (among others) Manny Klein, trumpet; Tommy Dorsey, trombone; Benny Goodman, clarinet; Hymie Wolfson, tenor sax; Dick Robertson, vocal.

While I'm a-Selvin', I think I'll play this's in Columbia's short-lived 18000-D Longer Playing Series. Forgive the's very rough at the beginning and is a little blasty on certain high notes. But records in this series are quite rare...this is the only one I own.

255000-1 Medley - "Face The Music" Ben Selvin Orch, with Kate Smith, Jack Miller, and The Three Nitecaps Columbia 18000-D

I've included pictures of both labels...mainly because I'm too lazy to type out the individual songs...

255001-2 Medley - "Hot-Cha" Ben Selvin Orch, with Kate Smith, Jack Miller, and The Three Nitecaps Columbia 18000-D
NYC, 22 March 1932: Ben Selvin, conductor; large studio orchestra; Kate Smith, Jack Miller, and the Three Nitecaps, vocals.

I have a couple of other single items from other rare this Cajun piece from 1929:
110552-2 Poche Town Joe Falcon with Clemo & Ophy Breaux Columbia 40506-F
110553-2 Osson Joe Falcon with Clemo & Ophy Breaux Columbia 40506-F
Atlanta 18 April 1929: Ophy Breaux, fiddle; Joe Falcon, accordion & vocal; Cleoma Breaux (Falcon), guitar.
This was in the rare Columbia 40500-F Arcadian-French Series...all were reissued in OKeh's 90000 series, which are probably just as rare as these are.

Osson is awesome (sorry!)...this one's in such great condition I didn't need to use any noise reduction or other enhancement.


This lovely record is in the strange Columbia 40000-D series...which was apparently used only on the West Coast...outside of a couple of extraordinarily rare jazz/dance pieces (The Curtis Mosby record in this series is particularly sought-after), it consisted mainly of Hawaiian sides by the likes of Sol Hoopii and Benny Nawahi.

This one features Tau and Rose Moe, recorded in Japan in 1929:

32265 Lei I Ka Mokihana Madame Riviere's Hawaiians Columbia 40005-D
32258 Paahana Hula Madame Riviere's Hawaiians
Columbia 40005-D
Tokyo, 1929: featuring Rose Moe, vocal; Tau Moe, guitar.

Let's stay with Hawaiian music (and return to French Odeon) for this favorite of mine:
According to the liner notes of Tickling the Strings (Harlequin HQ CD 28), not much is known about the husband-and-wife team of Kanui and Lula. They were based in Paris at the time of the recording, and Lula danced the hula and played ukulele.

The Parlophone issue of Oua Oua apparently sold quite well in the UK. Brian Rust mentions it in his book on record labels.
My copy is on French Odeon...
KI 6090-2 Tomi, Tomi Kanui & Lula
(French) Odeon 166.670

KI 6089-2 Oua Oua Kanui & Lula (French) Odeon 166.670
Paris, 21 June 1933: Kanui, guitar & vocal; Lula, ukulele.

A few years ago, the Max Brothers did something very weird with this record (which is rather weird me it sounds like a demented Elvis channelling Lassie)...

I'll finish up with a couple of sides by the "French Bing Crosby," Jean Sablon.
Looking at the label, you'd never guess that this record has some splendid guitar work by Jean-Baptiste Reinhardt...that Django cat.

CL-5487-3 Cette Chanson Est Pour Vous Jean Sablon (French) Columbia DF 1847
CL-5518-1 Rendez-vous Sous La Pluie Jean Sablon (French) Columbia DF 1847
Paris, 12 July 1935: Jean Sablon, vocal; Stephane Grappelly, violin & piano; Django & Joseph Reinhardt, guitars; Louis Vola, bass.

Monsieur Grappelli hadn't changed the spelling of his surname yet, so I'll use the original spelling here.

...and that'll do it for this installment.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10 October '10!'s the tenth of October 2010!!! Or 10/10/10!!

Here's a little pop-oriented Ellington item with three Tens in the title...

64812-1 Nine Little Miles From Ten-Ten-Tennessee Duke Ellington Cotton Club Orchestra Victor 22586
NYC, 21 November 1930: Freddy Jenkins, Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, trumpets; Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol, trombones; Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, saxes; Duke Ellington, piano; Fred Guy, banjo; Wellman Braud, bass; Sonny Greer, drums; Smith Ballew, vocal.

Let's get a "unRaveled" with two unusual adaptations of a familiar classic:

81369-1 Bolero Jacques Fray & Mario Braggiotti Victor 24563
NYC, 7 February 1934: Jacques Fray & Mario Braggiotti, piano duet.

63369-1 Bolero Nat Shilkret / Victor Orchestra Victor 22571
NYC, 3 October 1930: Nat Shilkret, large studio orchestra.

Why those Boleros?

Hardy, har, har....

Now for something completely different...a rather late entry in Columbia's 15000-D Old-Time Tunes (country) catalogue:

151987-1 I'm Tying The Leaves Hinkey Myers Columbia 15725-D
Atlanta, 30 October 1931: Hinkey Myers, vocal; Sarah Dye, piano
Oh well, so the song's a bit maudlin, and she sounds like Annette Hanshaw with hiccups.

But the flip side is something extraordinary...a nice semi-jazz offering:

W151993-1 Memphis Peggy Parker Columbia 15725-D
Atlanta, 30 October 1931: Peggy Parker, vocal; with Perry Bechtel's Orchestra: Perry Bechtel, guitar; Jean Egart, trumpet; others unknown.

Sadly, both of these sides represent the only issued performances of these singers...I suppose we could be grateful that Hinkey Myers's I'll See You Again remained in the can, but someone should try to locate Peggy Parker's You're Not The Same.

And that's "thirty" for now...or is that "three tens?"

Monday, September 27, 2010

My new toy!!

This weekend, I got an inexpensive (ten simoleons!) used scanner (didja see the two new scans on the last post?)...and Blogger has a peachy new interface I need to get used to. And I have three somewhat mysterious/exotic songs to post too...

Here are a couple of unusual sides by Hindustani Chotey Khan on Sarangi ( I can't read the title to these songs...Murari gave me transliterations of the titles:
OE 1443 Piloo Barva Mr. Chotey Khan Indian Megaphone J.N.G. 11
OE 1444 Tilak Kamod Mr. Chotey Khan Indian Megaphone J.N.G. 11
Mr. Chotey Khan, sarangi; Sj. Anath Bose, tabla.

This weird British test pressing I found many years ago...

...apparently the engineers didn't know the title (note the smudged question mark).

Maybe it was the discrepancy between the matrix number in the wax and the one on the label that flummoxed him.
DR11471-1 ? (Bert)Ambrose Orch UK Decca test pressing

It's a strange piece of music, reminding me of  what might result if someone like Reginald Foresythe wrote for the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra.

...and there you go!  Three items that will have to remain nameless for the time being. Hope you dug them.

Well, now there's only one nameless item...

Bandman wrote in that he thought the mystery Ambrose cut might be Dance of the Potted Puppet from 1947, with clarinet passages by Carl Barriteau. A quick phone call to my good friend Rich Trahan (who has a copy) confirmed that it is.

Here's a review of the record from the 29 November 1947 Billboard:

And thanks again to Murari, Bandman, and Rich for the help!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

More Calypso: Wilmoth Houdini

I've noticed that some of the most-downloaded albums in Ye Olde Zorche Bloggue are those that feature calypso music (at last count, 210 on the Sir Lancelot set and 278 on Calypso Carnival).I think I'll post some's a 6-song album (three 78s, actually...and there's a nice descriptive booklet, too!) by legendary calypsonian, Wilmoth Houdini.
CALYPSOS Wilmoth Houdini
Decca Album 78
66526A Monkey Swing
Decca 18005-A
66528A He Had It Coming Decca 18005-B
66523A Welcome of Their Majesties Decca 18006-A
66527A Hot Dogs Made Their Name Decca 18006-B
66525A Roosevelt Opens The World's Fair Decca 18007-A
66524A Johnny Take My Wife Decca 18007-B
NYC 11 September 1939: Wilmoth Houdini, vocal; with the Royal Calypso Orchestra.

Yes, it appears that all six songs in this album were recorded at that one session. Four of them were about then-current events...the New York World's Fair (where Houdini performed), the arrival of the British King and Queen in June, and the menu for the Royal Picnic held at FDR's estate on the 11th (more on the visit here, and a murder that occurred in Port-of-Spain's Grass Market.

You can find a bit more on Mr. Houdini at , but they give the composition date of He Had It Coming as 1946, which is six years after this recording. Time ran an article about the composer as well (,9171,933584,00.html).

In October 1945, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan recorded their spirited version of the song, calling it Stone Cold Dead In The Market. It sold quite well in the summer of 1946.
73073 Stone Cold Dead In The Market Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan Decca 23546
NYC, 9 October 1945: Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan, vocals; with Louis Jordan's (somewhat augmented) Tympany Five: Aaron Izenhall. trumpet; Louis Jordan, alto sax; Josh Jackson, tenor sax; William Davis, piano; Carl Hogan, piano; Jesse Simpkins, bass; Eddie Byrd, drums; Harry Dial, maracas; Vic Lourie, claves.

The following year, Tiger Haynes and The Three Flames covered another song from this album (which Houdini himself had previously recorded in 1932):
CO 37383 Johnny Take My Wife The Three Flames Columbia 37321
NYC 17 February 1947: Tiger Haynes, vocal & guitar; Roy Testamark, piano; Bill (Averill) Pollard, vocal & bass.

Billboard's reviewers (in the issue of 17 May 1947) didn't much care for it...

...which may be one reason this didn't sell nearly as well as their previous record, their cover of Jack McVea's Open The Door Richard. I don't care...I rather like the side, but the Houdini one is better.

Finally, I offer a couple of interesting airchecks I found a few years ago in a stash of 78s...sometimes those home-recordings contain gems like these:

-- Sweet Sue / Hand To Mouth Boogie Adler, Ross & Burns Aircheck
5 September 1944: Larry Adler, harmonica; Shirley Ross, piano; Bob Burns, bazooka.
I assume that this is from Burns's program...he seems to be the host, anyway.

And here's a little thing by Tommy Dorsey:

-- It's Never Too Late To Pray Tommy Dorsey Aircheck
circa 1945: Tommy Dorsey, trombone solo.

...and yes, according to Tommy Dorsey, his friend (the composer) Willard Robison's last name was pronounced "ROBE-is-son."

One last point...I recently received a very generous donation from our pal The Mad Doughnut Man, who hosts the terrific Original Bandbox show Thursdays on WRDV (

This entire post is for you, my friend!!! And thanks again!!