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.

Cash For Your Trash

The original hipster.

Blue Suede Shoes

Bob Wills was a pioneer of Western swing, but he also had a bit of the blues in him.

Billie’s Blues

Wait, they banned what?

Back in the Saddle

What do you get the cowboy who has everything?

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. ...

Euridice!

One of the first operas. Period.

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. ...

Grateful Roots – Sitting On Top Of The World

GRATEFUL ROOTS: Sittin’ On Top of the World