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Music of the 1930s, Volume 1

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The Music of the 1930s
Volume 1

Jospeh White, the Silver Masked TenorA few years ago, Radio Archives released two ten-hour CD collections containing some of the rarest and most tuneful programs we've ever offered: "The Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors". This classic radio series, produced between 1931 and 1934, brought to the airwaves the orchestras and vocalists that performed regularly at the elegant Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel and Resort. Boasting regular attendance by some of the biggest stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, the Cocoanut Grove always featured the best in popular entertainment so, when the series aired, the producers - Transco, the Transcription Company of America - made every effort to bring much of the glamour and allure of movietown to every broadcast. Fans of 1930s melodies love "The Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors" and no wonder; with their rich room-filling sound and sparkling audio fidelity, listening to these broadcasts today is truly like traveling back in time to an age of tuxedos, evening gowns, candlelight, and romance.

When we decided to put together another set of Cocoanut Grove shows, we browsed through our vaults and discovered that, over the years, we've amassed quite a sizable collection of other musical broadcasts from the 1930s - many of which have not been heard in well over seventy years. So, in "The Music of the 1930's, Volume 1", we've combined the lilting melodies of Cocoanut Grove orchestras like those of Gus Arnheim and Jimmie Grier with programs featuring many of radio's top musical stars of the decade - celebrities like Ruth Etting, Harry Richman, Ethel Shutta, Kay Thompson, Frank Parker, "The Silver Masked Tenor" Joseph White, and the Boswell Sisters, as well as the orchestras of George Olsen, Johnny Green, Freddie Rich, and Don Voorhees. In addition to hours and hours of musical entertainment, you'll also enjoy the comedy of Jack Pearl ("Baron Munchhausen") and Walter O'Keefe in a long-lost "Lucky Strike Hour" program from 1932, and Tim and Irene Ryan in two summertime programs aired as a replacement series for Jack Benny's top-rated show and hosted by Jack's announcer Don Wilson. (Decades later, Irene would become a household name as "Granny" on "The Beverly Hillbillies"; it's great to hear her 25 years earlier in these shows, just as feisty as ever.) And there are hidden delights as well, including 1932 talks on how you can own your own personal airplane by the President of the Curtiss-Wright Company, Friendly Five Shoes tapping their way into your living room, and testimonials proclaiming the pleasure of owning a 1934 Oldsmobile or a 1936 Dodge. (Don't we all wish we had one of those in our garage?)

Chock full of shows dating from 1931 thru 1936, you might expect that the audio quality of "The Music of the 1930s, Volume 1" would suffer by containing programs from such an early and formative period in radio history - but, happily, that's not the case. Working with the actual transcription disks of the period, Radio Archives has worked diligently to bring out all of the fidelity inherent in these one-of-a-kind recordings while eliminating as much of the wear, damage, and defects as possible in broadcasts that are, in most cases, nearly 80 years old. The result is remarkable;
despite their age, the shows in this collection sound far better that they did when first aired. (And, by the way, if you've already purchased out two "Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors" CD sets, you'll be pleased to hear that none of the shows in this collection are duplicated in those sets.)

So step into the Wayback machine and take a trip back to a time when music was memorable, the country was suffering through the greatest depression in history, a worried and overwhelmed population was desperately in need of morale-building entertainment, and a young and still-developing medium called radio brought welcome doses of musical entertainment into millions of homes throughout the country. It's a journey you'll want to take again and again.

Here's some background information on the thirty-five full-length programs you'll enjoy in this collection:

The Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors, featuring Gus Arnheim, Jimmie Grier, and Ted Fio Rito and their Orchestras

An original transcription disk label for a program from the "Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors" seriesIn 1930, a Los Angeles-based company called Transco - The Transcription Company of America - began recording a series of programs featuring orchestras and vocalists then appearing at the Cocoanut Grove ballroom and nightclub, located in the expensive and beautifully appointed Ambassador Hotel and Resort. Known as one of the most glamorous nightspots in the country, the image of the Cocoanut Grove conjured up visions of movie stars in tuxedos and evening gowns dancing to the top orchestras of the time - and this was the image that Transco wanted to carry thru to their transcribed programs.

At the time - and well into the 1960s - live remote broadcasts were regularly aired from the Grove and heard by hundreds of thousands of listeners on the west coast. What Transco did was recreate the music and atmosphere of those broadcasts and, in the recording studios of Freeman-Lang, transcribe them for distribution to radio stations nationwide. Listeners at home heard programs that, to most, appeared to be coming to them directly from the Cocoanut Grove.

Recordings of the series, which Transco titled "The Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors", have become increasing difficult to find and most, unfortunately, have suffered from nearly eighty years of damage and neglect. Luckily, thanks to long-time collector Jim Bedoian, Radio Archives recently had the opportunity to digitally preserve a large number of these thick shellac recordings, well stored and in excellent condition, and restore them for the pleasure of our customers. We've already released two ten-hour collections of these sparkling and tuneful broadcasts and, in this collection, we offer more of this legendary Transco series - nearly four hours of musical entertainment from "The Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors" as well as a similar series featuring bandleader Jimmy Grier.

By the way, when hearing these shows, you'll notice that they contain no opening or closing announcements. Since these programs were designed to be distributed to local radio stations rather than aired by a national network, they would have been sponsored by a local merchant; a local announcer would have read specially tailored introductions and commercials.

Our Orchestra

The success of "The Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors" and other similar musical series led Transco to create other programs that would appeal to listeners tuning into local stations nationwide. At the time, deep-pocketed regional and national sponsors meant that network shows could always afford to feature the very best in musical entertainment, but this left non-network affiliates with the problem of how to compete with such large budgets. Transco, as well as other syndication companies, came up with the answer: record musical programs in Los Angeles featuring top studio musicians, then leave the openings, the closings, and the spaces in-between the numbers without announcements so that local announcers could fill in the spaces with local advertising. Voila! A great sounding musical feature that, to the average listener, would appear to be coming directly from the studios of their local station.

The four broadcasts of "Our Orchestra" featured in this collection are an excellent example of this clever chicanery. In a format very similar to the Cocoanut Grove shows, an unidentified orchestra plays a nice array of 1930s musical selections, complete with vocal soloists and trios. Research has yet to reveal the names of the musicians and performers featured on these shows, but one thing is certain: the music is truly delightful and very evocative of the "west coast sound" so prominent in the popular radio shows of the time.

Ethel ShuttaThe Lucky Strike Hour

One of the many hour-long musical variety shows to hit the radio networks in the early 1930s, "The Lucky Strike Hour" aired on Thursday nights over NBC and offered depression-era listeners a virtual cavalcade of entertainment - everything from comedy to dramatic skits to orchestral music featuring the top bands and vocalists of the day. Blessed with a sizable budget, thanks to the largesse of the American Tobacco Company, the series quickly became a listener favorite.

Initially, "The Lucky Strike Hour" was alternately hosted by Broadway columnist Walter Winchell and monologist Walter O'Keefe. But, beginning in mid-1932, it gradually became a showcase for the tall tales of Baron Munchhausen, in the personage of Jack Pearl along with partner Cliff Hall as "Sharlie". The variety aspects of the show remained, but Pearl's heavily accented Baron soon became a national phenomenon, quickly leading to his own Sunday night series and even an MGM motion picture.

For decades, recordings of "The Lucky Strike Hour" were not thought to exist or, in fact, to ever have been recorded at all. However, a few years ago, radio historian Elizabeth McLeod unearthed a stack of recordings made for American Tobacco using two early Victor home recording devices while the programs were first being broadcast. Despite their age and incredible rarity, the records were in relatively good condition, allowing modern day listeners to get a solid taste of what big-time network radio was like in the early 1930s. Working directly with Ms. McLeod's transfer from the original disks, Radio Archives has worked very hard to restore this program to the best possible fidelity; however, due to the quality of the original recordings, it does not meet our usual standards of restoration. Nevertheless, as it is one of the rarest and most historic programs we have ever come across, we have chosen to include it in this collection. It's a truly fascinating show, demonstrating how early radio made a continuous effort to improve its quality and impress its listeners. Note, for instance, how much is made of "cutting away" from the studio to the St. Regis Hotel for the music of George Olsen and his orchestra and the vocals of Ethel Shutta. (By the way, thirty five years later, Shutta would return to the Broadway stage for a show-stopping role in the Stephen Sondheim musical "Follies".)

Friendly Five Footnotes

Violinist Joe Venuti is featured on "Friendly Five Footnotes"The early 1930s was a tough time in America, with unemployment topping 25%, money extremely tight, and jobs for musicians and entertainers often few and far between. Sidemen like Count Basie and Glenn Miller, who would both later become band leading stars in their own right, often told tales of these dark days, when musicians would show up for a date at a recording studio for pay of nothing more than a good hot meal and twenty-five or fifty cents for carfare. For these suffering instrumentalists, radio was a boost to their morale - and their income - since it promised regular work, national exposure, and the chance to still earn a living as a musician rather than survive on charity or relief programs.

In 1932, one of the series that attracted many of the best studio musicians of the time was "Friendly Five Footnotes", a weekly musical series over CBS featuring bandleader Freddy Rich performing on behalf of Friendly Five Shoes. Rich was well known in the recording studios for his skills in arranging, as well as his ability at the keyboard, and had lately been hired as one of the musical directors for the Columbia Broadcasting System. As a radio professional, Rich had the authority (and the budget) to hire the best musicians of the time for the programs he supervised - and, with "Friendly Five Footnotes", he did just that, staffing his band with legendary musicians such as trombonist Tommy Dorsey and his clarinet-playing brother Jimmy, guitarist Eddie Lang, jazz violinist Joe Venuti, and the multi-talented Adrian Rollini on xylophone and saxophone. For vocals, Rich engaged Elmer Feldkamp, who had sung on many of Rich's studio recordings; due to a recording contract, on the series, Feldkamp would be referred to only as "Friendly Fred".

Like most radio series of the time, "Friendly Five Footnotes" was aired live. But, since national broadcast lines had not been established in 1932, the Jarman Shoe Company (makers of Friendly Five Shoes) also contracted to have studio versions of the programs recorded for national distribution to radio stations on records - a practice known as "extension spotting". According to some reports, the entire "Friendly Five" syndicated series was recorded in September of 1931 for distribution the following year - an entirely plausible possibility for such a talented and diverse array of experienced and busy musicians. But whether or not the recording date is true, what is obvious is the musical quality of these rare programs - vibrant, enthusiastic, and wonderful performances by some of the best young musicians in the country, playing some of the snappiest and toe-tapping tunes ever heard on radio.

The Boswell Sisters

The Boswell Sisters, well dressed for an early 1930s portraitRenowned for their close harmony singing and unique arrangements, the Boswell Sisters - Martha, Connie, and Vet - hailed from New Orleans, Louisiana and first made a name for themselves as teenagers, appearing in local theaters and on local radio stations. They made their first record for Victor in 1925, but it was a move to New York City in 1930 and a series of appearances on network radio broadcasts that brought them nationwide fame and success. As the leader and frequent soloist of the trio, it was Connie's ingenious reworking of the melodies and rhythms of popular songs, combined with Glenn Miller's hot arrangements and support from first rate New York jazz musicians like the Dorsey brothers, Benny Goodman, Bunny Berigan, and Joe Venuti that made both their recordings and broadcasts sound unique and distinctive. Melodies were rearranged and slowed down, major keys were changed to minor keys (sometimes in mid-song) and rhythmic changes were par for the course.

On radio, the Boswell Sisters often appeared with crooner Bing Crosby - they were, in fact, his regular co-stars in a 1934 series for Woodbury Soap - but were also occasionally featured in their own short-lived series and as guest stars on top network shows airing from both New York and Hollywood. In addition to network shows, the Boswell's also made prerecorded programs for syndication purposes - including three of the shows in this collection, recorded in 1930 for the Continental Broadcasting Company, and a fourth for Goodyear Tire and Rubber that also features Joseph White, the famous "Silver Masked Tenor". In 1936, the Boswell Sisters broke up as a professional team - Martha and Vet decided to leave and get married - but Connie (who later changed the spelling of her name to Connee to make it easier to sign autographs) continued on with a successful solo career for the next two decades years.

Of all the musical trios of the 1930s, it's the unmistakable sound of the Boswell Sisters that is most evocative of the era. In their heyday, they inspired and influenced such big-name artists as the Andrews Sisters and Ella Fitzgerald and, even today, can boast a considerably large fan base. It's a real pleasure to hear them at their best in these four uncirculated broadcasts from the very height of their fame.

The Oldsmobile Program with Ruth Etting and Johnny Green and his Orchestra

Popular Vocalist Ruth EttingBorn in David City, Nebraska, vocalist Ruth Etting left home as a teenager to attend art school in Chicago, got a job designing costumes at the Marigold Gardens nightclub, and soon found herself singing and dancing in the chorus of the nightly shows. Before long, she became the featured vocalist of the show and, in 1922, married gangster Martin "Moe the Gimp" Snyder. Snyder, who was strongly possessive, managed her career, booked her for a series of radio appearances, and eventually got her signed to an exclusive recording contract with Columbia Records. She made her Broadway debut in the "Ziegfeld Follies of 1927", which led to appearances in other Ziegfeld stage shows including "Simple Simon" with Ed Wynn and "Whoopee!" with Eddie Cantor. Her appearances on stage and on radio led to a movie career, including appearances in 28 movie shorts and 3 feature films between 1929 and 1936, but her career was cut short in 1938 when, in a jealous rage, her ex-husband shot and seriously injured her accompanist Myrl Alderman. The incident led to a scandalous trial and Etting never regained the fame she had once known. (
"Love Me or Leave Me", a biographical film of her life titled after one of her most popular recordings, was filmed in 1955 and starred Doris Day, James Cagney, and Cameron Mitchell.)

A major name in music for nearly five decades, Johnny Green was a well-known pianist, bandleader, arranger, and composer when, in 1934, he joined with Ruth Etting for a series of three-a-week early evening radio shows for CBS. At the time, Green and his orchestra were appearing at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City - a booking that had been partially arranged by William Paley, the president of the network. Paley was impressed with Green's musical proclivity and hired him as the musical director for a number of radio series, including "The Socony Sketchbook"; he would later move to NBC and take the musical reigns for such big-budgeted series as "The Packard Hour" with Fred Astaire and "The Jello Program" starring Jack Benny.

This collection features four broadcasts from Etting and Green's 1934 CBS series for Oldsmobile, transferred directly from Johnny Green's personal collection of uncoated aluminum disks.

The Harry Richman Dodge Program

Harry RichmanLike many of the performers who rose to prominence in vaudeville, Harry Richman was a man of many talents and abilities. In a career of over thirty years, he was a successful singer, actor, dancer, comedian, pianist, songwriter, bandleader, and nightclub performer - and was even an amateur aviator.

He first came to prominence as the accompanist for such stars as Mae West and Nora Bayes, which eventually led to appearances in various editions of "George White's Scandals" and "The Ziegfeld Follies" throughout the 1920s and early 1930s. On radio, his strong personality and booming singing voice led to a number of guest appearances on many of the top variety shows of the day, as well as acting as the host of "George White's Scandals of the Air" on NBC in the mid-1930s. In 1936 and 1937, he was hired as host of two prerecorded series, intended for distribution to local radio stations: "The Harry Richman Dodge Program" and a quarter hour series with Freddy Rich and his Orchestra sponsored by the State of Florida to promote tourism. His film career, highlighted by a starring role in "Puttin' on the Ritz" in 1930, was relatively brief, as his sometimes overwhelming presence came across as less than subtle on the silver screen, but his stage and nightclub career flourished until his semi-retirement in the late 1940s.

This collection features four of Richman's programs for Dodge Automobiles, all recorded in the winter of 1936.

The Jello Summer Program with Tim and Irene Ryan

Tim & Irene Ryan, 1937Long before she enjoyed widespread fame playing Granny Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies", Irene Noblette Ryan was already a well-established vaudevillian, television and movie actress, and featured comedienne on radio. Working most often with her husband Tim Ryan, Irene made appearances on many of the top variety shows of the 1930s in what was then known as a "Dumb Dora" act - a boy/girl comedy turn later perfected by Burns & Allen - and also made guest appearances in a number of Hollywood films. After her divorce from Tim in 1942, Irene carried on with a solo career, appearing as a character actress in both film and television and, for two years, as a regular on Bob Hope's radio show. (She also accompanied Hope on many of his postwar military camp tours.) Tim Ryan commenced a career as a Hollywood character actor that ended with his death in 1956, while Irene would continue on television and, briefly, on Broadway before her death in 1971.

In 1936, Tim and Irene were enjoying a surge of popularity. They had appeared in a successful series of low-budget short comedy films for Educational Pictures, as well as appearing frequently on radio, and were both surprised and pleased to be offered the starring roles in a summer replacement series for Jack Benny's top-rated Sunday evening comedy series for Jello. Featuring tenor Morton Bowe, Don Voorhees and his Orchestra, and Benny's announcer Don Wilson as host, Tim and Irene brought their wacky vaudeville-inspired routines to an audience of millions. Luckily for modern listeners, two of the programs in that series have survived on a series of 12" 78 RPM lacquer recordings. They're the last two shows in the summer series and are offered in this collection, fully restored for your enjoyment.

The Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors
featuring Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra

Gus ArnheimSeries B #1B

I'm Through with Love (Vocal by Loyce Whiteman)
When Yuba Played the Rhumba on the Tuba (Vocal by George Granlich)
Whistling in the Dark (Vocal by Loyce Whiteman)
1931 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

Series B #2A
Just One More Chance (Vocal by Jack Smith and The Three Ambassadors)
Diane (Vocal by Donald Novis)
A Chinese Medley
1931 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

Series B #2B
Can't You Read Between the Lines? (Vocal by George Granlich)
Making Faces at the Man in the Moon (Vocal by Loyce Whiteman)
Dancing with a Daffodil
1931 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

Series B #11A
Any Corner is a Cozy Corner (Vocal by Loyce Whiteman)
Weary (Vocal by Donald Novis)
1931 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

Jimmie Grier and his Orchestra
from the Cocoanut Grove

Jimmie GrierProgram #1

This Time It's Love (Vocal by Gogo DeLys)
Oh, Lady Be Good!
Lying in the Hay (Vocal by Harry Foster)
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

Program #2
Fresh as a Daisy (Vocal by Gogo DeLys)
Casa Loma Stomp
Trees (Vocal by Harry Foster)
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

Program #3
Two Blue Eyes (Vocal by Harry Foster)
Tiger Rag
Tomorrow (Vocal by Gogo DeLys)
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

Program #4
Shadows on the Swanee (Vocal by Harry Foster)
I Couldn't Tell Them What to Do (Vocal by Goga DeLys)
My Love (Vocal by Dick Webster)
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

The Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors
featuring Jimmy Grier and Vincent Valsanti (Ted Fio Rito) and their Orchestras

Gogo DeLysSeries D #9B

After All is Said and Done (Vocal by Dick Webster)
A Secret Love (Vocal by Kenny Allen)
Kiss by Kiss (Vocal by The Three Cheers)
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

Series D #10A
Say That You Are Teasing Me (Vocal by Gogo DeLys)
Bon Voyage to Your Ship of Dreams (Vocal by Donald Novis)
Dinah (Vocal by The Three Cheers)
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

Series D #10B
Two Loves Have I (Vocal by Donald Novis)
Echoes of the Orient (Vocal by The Three Cheers)
Tell Me While We're Dancing (Vocal by Kenny Allen)
1932 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

Series M #12A
Lady Play Your Mandolin
Someday I'll Find You
Too Beautiful for Words (Vocal by Jack Howard)
Be Still My Heart (Vocal by Bill Thomas)
1933/34 - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

Our Orchestra

Series C #1A

Ask for Elizabeth
An Evening in Caroline
One More Hour
1930s - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

Series C #1B
Two Hearts in Three-Quarter Time
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Good Night, Sweetheart
1930s - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

Series C #2A
Come Back To Our Alley, Sally
Take It From Me (I'm Taking to You)
1930s - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

Series C #2B
When the Rest of the Crowd Goes Home (I Always Go Home Alone)
We'll Be the Same
1930s - 15:00 - Transco Syndication

The Lucky Strike Hour
with Walter O'Keefe, Jack Pearl as "Baron Munchhausen", Cliff Hall, Ethel Shutta, Charlie Chester, Hotcha Gardner, Fran Frey, Bob Wright, George Olsen and his Orchestra, and announcer Howard Claney
Thursday, December 1, 1932 - 60:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike Cigarettes and Cremo Cigars

Friendly Five Footnotes
starring Freddy Rich and his Orchestra with vocals by Friendly Fred (Elmer Feldkamp), performances by Joe Venuti, The Dorsey Brothers, and Eddie Lang, talks on aviation by Casey Jones, Vice President of Curtiss-Wright Aircraft, and announcer David Ross

Program #5

It's the Girl
Sweet and Lovely
It's Great To Be in Love
1932 - 15:00 - Judson Radio Program Corporation, sponsored by the Jarman Shoe Company

Program #6
I Idolize My Baby's Eyes
Was It Wrong?
I'm With You
Roll On Mississippi
1932 - 15:00 - Judson Radio Program Corporation, sponsored by the Jarman Shoe Company

Program #8
Oh, That Kiss!
Goodnight, Sweetheart
I Wouldn't Change You For the World
Alabammy Bound
1932 - 15:00 - Judson Radio Program Corporation, sponsored by the Jarman Shoe Company

Program #10
I Know That You Know
I'm Just a Dancing Sweetheart
If I Had to Go On Without You
Dixie Jamboree
1932 - 15:00 - Judson Radio Program Corporation, sponsored by the Jarman Shoe Company

Connie Boswell and the Boswell Sisters

Bing Crosby and the Boswell Sisters, circa 1933Goodrich Silvertown Time, with B.A. Rolfe and and his Orchestra, Joseph White (The Silver Masked Tenor) and guests The Boswell Sisters

Down South
I've Got a Feeling You're Foolin' (Vocal by Connie Boswell)
Sleepy Time Gal (Vocal by Joseph White)
Way Back Home (Vocal by the Boswell Sisters)
Song of the Vagabonds
1936 - 15:00 - Decca Syndication, sponsored by B. F. Goodrich Tires

The Boswell Sisters: Program #3112
The Parade of the Blues
Sweeping the Clouds Away (Solo by Connie Boswell)
Singing River
1930 - 15:00 - Continental Broadcasting Syndication

The Boswell Sisters: Program #3113
Good For You, Bad For Me
A Diet of Love (Solo by Connie Boswell)
Lazy Lou'siana Moon
The One I Love Just Can't Be Bothered with Me
1930 - 15:00 - Continental Broadcasting Syndication

The Boswell Sisters: Program #3134
Lucky Me, Lovable You
We'll Build a Little World of Our Own (Solo by Connie Boswell)
I Like To Do Things For You
1930 - 15:00 - Continental Broadcasting Syndication

The Oldsmobile Program
with Ruth Etting, Johnny Green and his Orchestra, and announcer Ted Husing

Johnny Green, circa 1934Roll Out of Bed with a Smile
Everything I Have is Yours
After Sundown
Tuesday, February 20, 1934 - 15:00 - WABC-CBS, sponsored by Oldsmobile

Swanee Cradle Song
There's a Ring Around the Moon
Odds and Ends of an Old Love Affair/Among My Souvenirs
Tuesday, February 27, 1934 - 15:00 - WABC-CBS, sponsored by Oldsmobile

Weep No More My Baby
I Want to Be Loved
I Cover the Waterfront
Out of Nowhere
Tuesday, March 6, 1934 - 15:00 - WABC-CBS, sponsored by Oldsmobile

You're Gonna Lose Your Gal
You're Such a Comfort To Me
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
The Old Spinning Wheel
Friday, February 16, 1934 - 15:00 - WABC-CBS, sponsored by Oldsmobile

The Harry Richman Dodge Program

Frank Parker, 1935Guest Kay Thompson (#7)

Broken Record (Vocal by Harry Richman)
Solitude (Vocal by Kay Thompson)
After You've Gone (Vocal by Kay Thompson)
Got a Brand New Suit
Recorded Wednesday, January 22, 1936 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Dodge Automobiles

Guest Frank Parker (#8)
It's Dangerous to Love Like This (Vocal by Frank Parker)
Susannah (Vocal by Harry Richman)
Alone (Vocal by Frank Parker)
There's Something About a Soldier
Recorded Thursday, January 16, 1936 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Dodge Automobiles

Guests Tom Howard and George Shelton (#9)
Let's Go (Vocal by Harry Richman)
Shake Hands with a Millionaire (Vocal by Harry Richman)
Recorded Sunday, January 12, 1936 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Dodge Automobiles

Guest Frank Parker (#4)
Thanks a Million (Vocal by Frank Parker)
There'll Be No South (Vocal by Harry Richman)
Farewell My Lovely (Vocal by Frank Parker)
Recorded Thursday, January 16, 1936 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Dodge Automobiles

The Jello Summer Program
with Tim Ryan and Irene Noblette, Don Voorhees and his Orchestra, Morton Bowe, and host/announcer Don Wilson

Bringing Back Vaudeville

Sunday, September 20, 1936 - 30:00 - Sponsored by Jello

Last Show of the Summer Series
Sunday, September 27, 1936
- 30:00 - Sponsored by Jello

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5 of 5 July 16, 2023
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5 of 5 '30s shows sparkle again! May 25, 2022
Reviewer: Sammy Jones from Atlanta, GA  
I was thinking about this set again tonight...and how fortunate we are to have that 1932 Lucky Strike Hour available to us.  I hope there are more to come!  It's so wonderful to hear early '30s live radio.

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5 of 5 The Boswell Sisters May 25, 2022
Reviewer: Richard McLeod from RIVERSIDE, CA United States  
The Boswell Sisters represent probably the first of the 3 sister singing groups up through The Lennon Sisters and The McGuire Sisters with many similar, primarily female groups in between.  The Boswell Sisters were not only popular singers on the Radio, but occasionally appeared in motion pictures from the Golden Age of Hollywood.  They along with many other singers are presented here in sparkling audio clarity by the Radio Archives staff.

This set is highly recommended for individuals who appreciate the music from this era in time, prior to World War II and shortly thereafter.  The later 1950's and the music that evolved in the 1960's became quite a different genre, and a genre that definitely changed popular musical tastes not necessarily for the better.  Quite a difference of musical tastes in really so short a period of time, but a difference that makes for music with lyrics that are understandable and provide talented singers and varying Orchestral arrangements.

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5 of 5 Great music and more! May 25, 2022
Reviewer: Cheryl Farnell from Tampa, FL United States  
I'm so glad  you have made these shows with the wonderful 30's  music available.  Thank you!

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5 of 5 Marvelous May 25, 2022
Reviewer: Joe Mittleman  
I'm in the middle of listening to Music of the 30s Vol. 1 and I had to stop to tell you what a marvelous album this is. I can't wait till you do a Vol. 2. The music of the 30s has always been my favorite. I hope it will be soon.

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