Episode Archive

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The Lost Chord

Arthur Sullivan was one of Britain’s most important composers, one half of a little theatrical team known as Gilbert and Sullivan.

“I Owe My Soul to….”

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

Listen Mr. Bilbo

Mr. Theodore G. Bilbo was a US senator....and not a good one.

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 ...

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.

Baby Your Mother

Just what she always wanted: Walter Scanlan on an Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder from 1928.

When the Atom Bomb Fell

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

Harry Wills the Champion

"Harry though they drew the color line, you're a champion just the same."

I Didn’t Raise My Boy to be a Soldier

A mother’s lament that perfectly encapsulated American anti-war sentiment.

The Okeh Laughing Record

This one’s good for a laugh.

If a Table at Rector’s Could Talk

There's "hungry" and then there's "Diamond Jim Brady hungry".