Eleven-Cent Cotton, Forty-Cent Meat

It’s been said that farmers felt the stock market crash of 1929 less than most. For them, the Depression had already started years before.


Classic Soundtracks: As Time Goes By

How a ten year-old song and a three year-old unpublished play combined to make movie history. Herman Hupfeld wrote  As Time Goes By in 1931 for the Broadway show “Everybody’s Welcome”. ...


Xylophonia

For the first quarter of the 20th century, the xylophone was a studio engineer’s darling.


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Il Miserere

Giuseppe Verdi: revered by music lovers, his countrymen and...the bearding community.

The Foggy, Foggy Dew

Those young drifters; Seems they’d use anything to get a fair maiden ...

Jelly Roll Morton

Jelly Roll Morton had a habit of making large claims, none larger ...

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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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