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The Okeh Laughing Record

This one’s good for a laugh.

November 27, 2023
To Mary

When Mary Godwin and Percy Bysshe Shelly met, in 1814, it was love at first sight. Which made his being married a bit awkward.

November 17, 2023
Crazy with the Blues

History’s full of musicians claiming to have made deals with the devil. But only one claimed to have married into one.

November 10, 2023
25 Minutes to Go

Johnny Cash got a little help from a beloved children’s book author on this one.

November 8, 2023
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

What did French composer Paul Dukas have in common with that famous cartoon mouse?

November 6, 2023
Bride Of The Waves

You’re listening to Herbert R. Clarke’s Bride of the Waves from 1915, and…

October 31, 2023
Whatever Lola Wants

Men, title, even a new name: whatever she wanted, she got.

October 27, 2023
The Death of a President

Cylinders served as much more than simple entertainment. This one aimed to capture, and perhaps ease, a nation’s sorrow.

October 26, 2023
I Didn’t Raise My Boy to be a Soldier

A mother’s lament that perfectly encapsulated American anti-war sentiment.

October 23, 2023
Your Cheatin’ Heart

Legend has it this song came to Williams while with fiancé Billie Jean Horton. Just driving around, talking about standard fiancé stuff…like, his ex-wife.

October 20, 2023