Category Archives: Music

1944 on the Radio — NBC Symphony Orchestra

Nov. 5, 1944: Arturo Toscanini conducts the NBC Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, followed by Glinka’s “Caprice Brillant Jota Aragonesa.”  Courtesy of otronmp3.com.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Nigel De Brulier — Soothsayer From the East?

Nigel de Brulier, courtesy of Mary Mallory. For decades, Hollywood typed actors for their looks, personality, temperament, a shorthand telling audiences what they could expect whenever the actor appeared. Some personalities like Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Crawford, … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge

Oct. 20, 1944: Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge. Courtesy of otronmp3.com.

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1944 on the Radio – NBC Symphony With Marian Anderson

Oct. 15, 1944: The NBC Symphony Orchestra, with guest Marian Anderson, conducted by Frank Black. Courtesy of otronmp3.com.

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1944 on the Radio — Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge

Oct. 11, 1944: Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge. Courtesy of otronmp3.com.

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1944 on the Radio — Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge

Sept. 27, 1944: Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge, with Phil Harris filling in for Kyser. Courtesy of otronmp3.com.

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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 35

The film of “Laura” makes heavy use of David Raksin’s now-famous theme song. The tune running through Vera Caspary’s novel is “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” from the musical “Roberta.” This copy of the sheet music is for sale on … Continue reading

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$400 to Hear the Beatles in Mono? You Must Be Kidding!

“The Beatles in Glorious, Non-Lifelike Monaural,” listed on Amazon at $374.98. Dear Millennials and aging Baby Boomers with too much money: Just say no. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of vinyl and have several thousand discs that … Continue reading

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1943 on the Radio – The New York Philharmonic

Sept. 5, 1943: The New York Philharmonic with pianist Claudio Arrau, conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos, performs Darius Milhaud’s (pronounced  “Mil-low”)  “Suite Provencale,” Lizst’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and a Ravel’s orchestration of  Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”  Courtesy of otronmp3.com. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Do Something for Uncle Sam

“Do Something” via the Library of Congress. One hundred years ago on July 28, 1914, World War I erupted after Austria-Hungary fired the first shots invading Serbia in response to Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip’s shooting and killing of Archduke Franz … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge

Aug. 2, 1944: Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge, with Phil Harris filling in for Kyser. Courtesy of otronmp3.com.

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Weird Al Gets ‘Tacky’ in Downtown Los Angeles

Weird Al has a new video, “Tacky,” a satire on Pharrell’s “Happy.” The sign for the Los Angeles Theatre is clearly visible in the shots, pegging this as Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Theatre and the Palace … Continue reading

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Lorin Maazel in Memoriam — A Musician Remembered

Here are some videos culled from YouTube of the late Lorin Maazel. Maazel conducts his arrangement of Wagner’s music in “The ‘Ring’ Without Words”  with the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo.

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War Veteran Died After Police Beating, Lawsuit Says, July 11, 1944

July 11, 1944 The parents of Marine veteran J.P. Thomas Jr. sue Mayor Fletcher Bowron, Police Chief Clemence C.B. Horrall and other city officials, charging that their son died after being beaten in jail by police. The Times reported that … Continue reading

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Charles Ives’ ‘Variations on America’

And here’s what we’re listening to in the Daily Mirror city room this morning. It was written by Charles Ives in 1891 but not published until 1949.

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1944 in Print — Erskine Johnson

April 3, 1944 And here’s a little feature from Erskine Johnson on a singer named Yvette (Elsa Harris) … or is she Elsie Silvers? From the Miami News.

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Poor Pauline,’ Parody Sheet Music

  “Poor Pauline,” courtesy of Indiana University. While sheet music was sold and manufactured beginning in the 1700s, only in the late 1880s did its sales truly take off, when Tin Pin Alley music companies began springing up. By 1900, … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Linda Darnell Visits ‘Abbott and Costello,’ March 23, 1944

March 23, 1944 It’s Thursday in 1944, which means we have: — Linda Darnell is the guest on “The Abbott and Costello Show,” with the current popular hit “Speak Low.” Courtesy of Otrrlibary.org via Archive.org. — “The Dinah Shore Program.” … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Betty Hutton Visits ‘Orson Welles Radio Almanac,’ March 22, 1944

March 22, 1944 It’s Wednesday in 1944, which means we have: — Betty Hutton is the guest on “Orson Welles’ Radio Almanac.” Courtesy of Archive.org. — Earl Wrightson is the guest on “To Your Good Health,” a musical program, from … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Constance Bennett Visits ‘Bill Stern’s Sports Newsreel,’ March 17, 1944

March 17, 1944 It’s Friday in 1944 and today we have: — Andy finally located Madam Queen in “The Amos ‘N’ Andy Show.” Courtesy of Archive.org. — Constance Bennett is the guest on “Bill Stern’s Sports Newsreel.” Courtesy of Otrrlibrary.org … Continue reading

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