A trip through the history of recorded sound
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The Walking Blues
Thursday, December 31st, 2020
Censorship has been a big issue in the U.S. since, well, before there was a U.S.
I Didn’t Raise My Boy to be a Soldier
Wednesday, December 30th, 2020
A mother’s lament that perfectly encapsulated American anti-war sentiment.
Your Cheatin’ Heart
Tuesday, December 29th, 2020
Legend has it this song came to Williams while with fiancé Billie Jean Horton. Just driving around, talking about standard fiancé stuff…like, his ex-wife.
The Awakening of Scrooge
Friday, December 25th, 2020
You’re listening to Bransby Williams with Charles Dickens’ redeemed cheapskate.
Der Graf von Luxemburg
Thursday, December 24th, 2020
It’s that age old tale of love and marriage…and money.
Bedtime At The Zoo
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020
A glimpse into…the zoo: after hours.
Since Henry Ford Apologized to Me
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
This song, Since Henry Ford Apologized to Me, is a response to events surrounding Ford’s newspaper, the Dearborn Independent. One of the largest publications in the US in the 20’s, it printed many anti-semitic articles,
Monday, December 21st, 2020
A milestone recording that came about quite by accident.
Bei Mir Bistu Shein
Friday, December 18th, 2020
Sholom Secunda was a songwriter, not a fisherman. But he could tell you all about the “one that got away.”
Lester’s Savoy Jump
Thursday, December 17th, 2020
Considered one of the most influential saxophonists in history, Lester “Prez” Young succeeded Coleman Hawkins at the height of the swing era.
Murder on the High C’s
Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
Do not adjust your radio. It’s actually supposed to sound like this.
Monday, December 14th, 2020
Australia's unofficial anthem.
Old King Tut
Friday, December 11th, 2020
For listeners of a certain age, a song about King Tutankhamen immediately brings Steve Martin to the mind’s theater. His “King Tut” mock-reprimanded the commercialization of the Treasures of Tutankhamen exhibit that toured from 1976 to ’79.
The Fabulous Bremen Boys
Thursday, December 10th, 2020
When you think of early aviators, names like Wright, Earhart and Lindbergh probably spring to mind. But unless you’re a confessed aviaphile, names like Cole, Fitzmaurice and von Hünefeld probably do not. You’re on the Sound Beat.
Beethoven Hearts Bach
Monday, December 7th, 2020
Johannes Sebastian Bach’s first published piece
The Death of a President
Monday, December 7th, 2020
Cylinders served as much more than simple entertainment. This one aimed to capture, and perhaps ease, a nation’s sorrow.
Friday, December 4th, 2020
Now grab your partner by the hand…
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020
You're listening to Paul Robeson with “Shenandoah” and…
That’s Stovepipe No. 1, If You Please
Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
Feel Like Going to Town?
Monday, November 30th, 2020
The Harlem Hamfats...born at the wrong time.
The Little Man Who Wasn’t There
Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
It’s hard to imagine a jazzy Hit Parade favorite having once been a poem…and a super-creepy poem at that.