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You Can’t Go Back to Constantinople

Here’s a succinct history lesson. “Istanbul was Constantinople. Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople.”

The Coffee Cantata

Two keys to any good marriage: understanding and coffee.

Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off

Tomato, to-mah-to, potato-po-tah-to…no matter how you say it, you’re on the Sound Beat. Most married couples admit to occasional, let’s say…differences of opinion. Seldom ...

Spellbound

  On today’s episode we’re talking electronic music…and the importance of a thorough resume.   You’re on the Sound Beat.   Miklos Rosza had ...

Snickelfritz!

Freddie Fisher and "America's most unsophisticated band".

Band of Gideon

The Fisk Jubilee Singers with Band of Gideon, a cylinder recording from 1927

Black Bottom Blues

The Charleston wasn't the only dance on the floor in the 1920's.

A Paris!

Yves Montand with A Paris, an Odeon record from 1949.

Low Bridge!

Why did Governor Dewitt Clinton build a giant ditch across New York state? To get to the other side.

If I Only Had a Heart

It was L. Frank Baum’s mother-in-law who encouraged him to write down the fanciful stories he told his kids. Seems he put a bit ...

Caldonia!

In his hit “Caldonia,” Louis Jordan wasn’t singing about his wife Fleecie Moore’s “hard head”, but, you know, he could have been.

If I Had A Hammer

The Hammer Song has been pounding out social change since 1949.
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