Episode Archive

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“I Owe My Soul to….”

Merle Travis recorded the original 16 tons in 1946...though he did have a little help with its legacy.

Never Let Me Go

Ace can handle King, but nothing beats cold hard steel.

Mairzy Doats

What do mares and does have in common?

Ambassador of Love

You’re listening to Pearl Bailey from 1946 and you’re on the Sound Beat. Pearl made her Broadway debut that year, performing “It’s a Woman’s ...

My Hawaiian Evening Star

  Instrumentation in the past century of recorded music has been dominated by guitars, drums, horns, and, more recently, keyboards and synthesizers. But some ...

The Banjo King

You can’t help but admire the patriotism of a guy who lies about his age to get into the Navy. Especially if that age ...

Someday You’ll Say OK!

You’re listening to You’re listening to Vaughn DeLeath with “Someday You’ll Say OK”, recorded in 1927 and… with “Someday You’ll Say OK”, recorded in ...

National Library Week – Mary Baker Eddy

How a serious injury influenced the founding of the Church of Christ, Scientist.

National Library Week – Greek Folk

The NYC folk music scene you probably didn't know about.

National Library Week – The Prisonaires

A pretty little tune written by a couple of fellas…just walking around…prison.

National Library Week – Hans Kronold’s Lecture

We’re spoiled here at Sound Beat, listening to and learning about the very best recordings ever made. But as Syracuse University Libraries Cataloger Jennifer ...

The Music Goes Round and Round

Mae Questel made a career out of doing other people’s voices
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