Episode Archive

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Jelly Roll Morton

Jelly Roll Morton had a habit of making large claims, none larger than the prediction of his own death.

Forbidden Fruit

You’re listening to Nina Simone, the high priestess of soul, and You’re on the Sound Beat This song forbidden fruit is from the same ...

Django!

One of the most influential guitarists in jazz, and indeed all of music history.

Cinderell-y Man

As far as boxing names go, there are lots of “Sugar Rays”, plenty of “Golden Boys”…but only one Cinderella Man.

Tell Tchaikowsky to Move!

That riff can only mean one thing…you’re listening to Chuck Berry…and you’re on the Sound Beat. Okay, two things.

Love For Sale

What do bandleader Fred Waring, the polio vaccine and your favorite frozen drink have in common?

El Rancho Grande

Sorry Bing...the star of this song is a curious little instrument called the ocarina.

The Ghost of Elvis Presley

Some believe Elvis liked Nashville’s RCA studio so much that…he never left. Presley recorded “I Was the One” as the b side to “Heartbreak ...

When the Atom Bomb Fell

Up and Atom! It's the music of the Atomic Age.

The Battle on the Ice

The film Aleksandr Nevsky is a recounting of a 13th century prince’s rise to national hero-dom. But parallels to the storyline echoed through the ...

Wal, I Swan!

Al Bernard, "The Boy from Dixie".

Insurance Policy Blues

What happens when the high-gloss worlds of archived sound and auto insurance collide? Hope you’ve got a policy for excitement.
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