Episode Archive

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Having Fun With the Orchestra

Though he was son to a political activist and a penmanship expert, Len Spencer still knew how to have a little fun.

Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop!

You’re listening to Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra with Herbie Fields on sax.

The Sabre Dance

Recognize the tune, but…can’t quite place it?

The Early Death of Charlie King

Of the hundreds of thousands of Civil War deaths, perhaps none were more tragic than young Charlie King’s.

Cash For Your Trash

The original hipster.

Billie’s Blues

Wait, they banned what?

Rocket 88

One of the first songs in rock and roll history, and maybe the first to use guitar distortion…but, not on purpose.

12th Street Rag

Few today recognize the name Euday Bowman, yet during ragtime’s heyday Bowman’s 12th Street Rag was one of the most well-known tunes around.

Oscar’s Blues

The National Film Board of Canada honored Oscar Peterson with a short film, “Begone Dull Care”, in 1949. It was  directed by Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart. ...

Peach of a Pair

Who does the word “crooner” bring to mind? Sinatra, Bing, Buble? Well, if not for a terrible accident, Columbo might have headed that list. ...

Euridice!

One of the first operas. Period.
Colorful Guitars by Raul! on Flickr

Eddie Durham

Eddie Durham with Moten Swing.