Category Archives: Music

$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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1944 on the Radio — Charles Laughton on ‘Orson Welles’ Radio Almanac,’ March 15, 1944

March 15, 1944 It’s Wednesday in 1944, and today we have: — Charles Laughton is the guest on “Orson Welles’ Radio Almanac.” More jokes about the income tax. Courtesy of Archive.org. — “The Lone Ranger.” Courtesy of Archive.org. — Baritone … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Dinah Shore and Frank Sinatra on ‘Command Performance,’ March 11, 1944

March 11, 1944 It’s Saturday in 1944 and today we have: — “The Adventures of Jungle Jim.” In episode, Jim and the crew are fighting the Japanese. Courtesy of Otrrlibrary.org. — Dinah Shore, Ginny Simms and Frank Sinatra on “Command … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — ‘Amos ‘N’ Andy’ and ‘The Lone Ranger,’ March 10, 1944

March 10, 1944 It’s Friday in 1944, and today we have: — Andy is still looking for Madam Queen on “Amos ‘N’ Andy.” Courtesy of Archive.org. — Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. “The Lone Ranger.” … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Lucille Ball on ‘Orson Welles’ Radio Almanac,’ March 8, 1944

March 8, 1944 It’s Wednesday in 1944, and today we have: — Lucille Ball is the guest on “Orson Welles’ Radio Almanac.” More income tax jokes. Courtesy of Archive.org. — Lionel Barrymore, Eddie Cantor and Connie Haines, plus the Pied … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — ‘The Letter,’ With Bette Davis and ‘Gay Divorcee’ With Frank Sinatra, March 6, 1944

March 6, 1944 It’s Monday in 1944, and today we have a nice lineup: — “The Letter” with Bette Davis and Herbert Marshall in their original roles and Vincent Price as Howard Joyce, is this week’s production of “Lux Radio … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Kay Kayser’s Kollege of Music Knowledge, March 5, 1955

March 5, 1944: It’s Sunday in 1944, and today we have: — “CBS World News.” American bombers are making daylight raids on Nazi installations in France. There are some great first-person accounts of combat. Courtesy of Archive.org. — Kay Kyser’s … Continue reading

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1944 on the Radio — Kate Smith on ‘Command Performance,’ March 4, 1944

March 4, 1944 It’s Saturday in 1944, and today we have: — Rona turns traitor in “The Adventures of Jungle Jim.” Courtesy of Otrrlibrary.org via Archive.org. — Kate Smith is the guest on this week’s “Command Performance,” which salutes the … Continue reading

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