Episode Archive

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The Cruising Crooner

Jack Owens was known as the Cruising Crooner, a name he earned by navigating the crowds…and paying special attention to the ladies

Jelly Roll Morton

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

Ding-Dong!

Wicked author Gregory Maguire did much to elicit sympathy for the Wicked Witch of the West.

Hunting Wolves

“The Hunting Wolves”, an Edison cylinder recording made by Ernest Thompson Seton in 1920.

You Are My Sunshine

Jimmie Davis is regularly credited as creator of the classic “You Are My Sunshine”, heard here from 1941. But…if that’s true, then how did ...

Elder Charlie Beck

Where did you go in the 1930s when you wanted some of ground-breaking music that would become rock and roll? Sometimes…you just went to ...

The Cruelest Cut

DISCLAIMER: Sound Beat, its producers and support staff do not, in any way, promote or condone the actions of 19th century Italian doctors or ...

The Kid Auto Races in Venice

Charlie Chaplin would become the world’s biggest star, but the first emergence of the Little Tramp played second fiddle to…go-karts.

The Flying Saucer

War of the Worlds…dj style.

The Tyger

Famed poet William Blake was considered by his peers to be, well, a bit of a nut.

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 ...

All She Wants to do is Rock

Who says bluesmen aren't poets? "Mr. Blues" himself with a nod to an early 20th century British modernist poet. And, a fair bit of ...