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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.

April 23, 2021
Casey Jones

One of the most popular tales in American folk history.

April 22, 2021
Laguardia’s Lament

The squeaky landing gear gets the grease

April 21, 2021
Groovin’ High

Groovin’ on the Beat…

April 20, 2021
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 listening to The 1000 Islands Song, a Columbia 78 recorded in 1947. The archipelago lies in the St. Lawrence River, on the US-Canadian border. There are actually about 1800 islands, each passing the ...

April 19, 2021
Mal Reggendo

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

April 16, 2021
Hooray For Captain Spaulding!

From Coast Coast, from every state in the Union…it’s Groucho Marx and…

April 15, 2021
Xylophonia

For the first quarter of the 20th century, the xylophone was a studio engineer’s darling.

April 14, 2021
There be Sirens!

Have you heard the siren’s call today? You might have, and not even known it.

April 13, 2021
The Birth of Bebop

Coleman Hawkins got it in him one day to stray from the jazz norm, and he opened the door for a new style of music. Hawkins played tenor sax, which wasn’t really recognized as a jazz instrument until he helped make it one. Body and Soul, heard here from 1939, signaled a stylistic change in jazz; ...

April 12, 2021