Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay reading from This Beast that Rends Me In the Sight of All.


Mean Ol’ Twister

Today we’re talking tornadoes and…You’re on the Sound Beat.


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Caldonia!

In his hit “Caldonia,” Louis Jordan wasn’t singing about his wife Fleecie ...

Black Bottom Blues

The Charleston wasn't the only dance on the floor in the 1920's.

Bolero

Maurice Ravel meets the mouth-harp.

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Old King Tut

Today’s Beat: the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb by Howard Carter and company, set to the music of “Old King Tut” by The Happiness Boys, recorded in 1923. http://soundbeat.org/episode/old-king-tut/ And just for fun…Steve Martin’s hilarious “King Tut” http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/king-tut/n8663

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Nonsense!

To prove his theory that his fellow Italians would like any English song, singer Adriano Celentano released this tune in 1972. It features nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English…and it’s awesome.

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Rest in Peace, Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard was a bad kid. “Incorrigible”, to be precise: that’s how his mother described him, when she turned him over to the cops, beginning his first jail stint at the tender age of 11(!). He’d bounce in and out of jail, (including one escape), but wasn’t fully rehabilitated until, while an inmate at San […]

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