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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.

October 3, 2023
The Fabulous Bremen Boys

When you think of early aviators, names like Wright, Earhart and Lindbergh probably spring to mind. But unless you’re a confessed aviaphile, names like Cole, Fitzmaurice and  von Hünefeld probably do not. You’re on the Sound Beat. When the three made an emergency landing in Greeley Island, Canada in 1928, they’d completed the first transatlantic flight, from East ...

October 2, 2023
Murder on the High C’s

Do not adjust your radio. It’s actually supposed to sound like this.

October 2, 2023
Waltzing Matilda

Australia’s unofficial anthem.

September 26, 2023
Old King Tut

  For listeners of a certain age, a song about King Tutankhamen immediately brings Steve Martin to the mind’s theater. His “King Tut” mock-reprimanded the commercialization of the Treasures of Tutankhamen exhibit that toured from 1976 to ’79.  But this one, “Old King Tut”, was recorded in 1923, the year AFTER the ancient Pharaoh’s tomb was ...

September 22, 2023
When Dear Old Summer Goes

Man oh man…where does the time go?

September 20, 2023
Anchors Aweigh

You’re listening to Anchors Aweigh by the United States Naval Academy Band, and… You’re on the Sound Beat. Spelling seldom makes for great radio, but “Aweigh” in this case is spelled “A-W-E-I-G-H”, and it means that the anchors have been raised, and the ship is ready for action. It also makes this the perfect fight song for ...

September 20, 2023
Beethoven Hearts Bach

Johannes Sebastian Bach’s first published piece

September 18, 2023

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

September 15, 2023

One of the most influential guitarists in jazz, and indeed all of music history.

September 15, 2023