Episode Archive

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Ain’t It The Truth

William James Basie got his start in Harlem, but he wasn’t “Count Basie” ‘til he got to Kansas City.

Drive Right In

Richard Hollingshead learned a lot from the test run of his big idea.

Double Trouble

Frankie Jaxon had a rather unique performing edge.

Forbidden Fruit

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

Crazy with the Blues

History’s full of musicians claiming to have made deals with the devil. But only one claimed to have married into one.

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.

Casey Jones

One of the most popular tales in American folk history.

Laguardia’s Lament

The squeaky landing gear gets the grease

The 1000 Islands Song

Arthur Godfrey was a 50’s tv and radio icon, an aviator, equestrian…but not such a great tour leader. You’re on the Sound Beat You’re ...

Groovin’ High

Groovin' on the Beat...

The Legend of Wyatt Earp

Famed lawman Wyatt Earp has been the subject of nearly a dozen movies, but his role as on-set advisor for westerns would have a ...

Mal Reggendo

Il Travatore remains one of Guiseppe Verdi’s most popular operas, but it almost had a different name. Two, actually.