Episode Archive

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Doin’ The Racoon

You’re listening to Billy Murray with “Doin’ the Racoon” on a cylinder from 1926 and…

Grateful Roots – Sitting On Top Of The World

GRATEFUL ROOTS: Sittin’ On Top of the World

1928 Medley

Basil Fomeen was a composer, arranger, conductor and very nearly a one-man band. Born Wasily Fomin in Kharkoff, Russia, Basil Fomeen headed the…Basil Fomeen ...

Cowboy’s Sweetheart

One of the fore-mothers of country music...plus yodeling!

The Big Rock Candy Mountain

At the outset, Big Rock Candy Mountain seems like a child’s dreamland. So…why all the cigarette trees?

Mary and the Lamb

Well you know this one…the first verse anyway.

Atomic Cocktail

Up and Atom! It’s the Music of the Atomic Age, and…

Big Maceo

You’re listening to Big Maceo, a pioneer of Chicago Blues, and you’re on the Sound Beat.

On Top of Old Smoky

Pete Seeger recorded his arrangement of “On Top of Old Smoky” with The Weavers in 1951, but the tune had been traveling the Appalachians ...

The Fisk University Jubilee Singers

You’re listening to the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University sing Peter on the Sea, from 1927,

Gallis Pole

Perhaps no man is more qualified to sing a song of impending execution than the "Murderous Minstrel" himself, Huddie Ledbetter.

Josephine Baker

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