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Tomato, to-mah-to, potato-po-tah-to…no matter how you say it, you’re on the Sound Beat. Most married couples admit to occasional, let’s say…differences of opinion. Seldom are those…again, just differences of opinion, as productive as Ira and Lenore Gershwin’s. Their opposing pronunciations of words like “tomato” and “potato” led to the hit song “Let’s Call the Whole Thing ...February 25, 2021
On today’s episode we’re talking electronic music…and the importance of a thorough resume. You’re on the Sound Beat. Miklos Rosza had long considered using electronic music in a film. He got his chance when director Alfred Hitchcock and producer David O. Selznick approached him about scoring 1945’s Spellbound. Wanting to add an atmospheric, contemplative air to ...February 24, 2021
The Fisk Jubilee Singers with Band of Gideon, a cylinder recording from 1927February 22, 2021
The Charleston wasn’t the only dance on the floor in the 1920’s.February 19, 2021
Why did Governor Dewitt Clinton build a giant ditch across New York state? To get to the other side.February 17, 2021
It was L. Frank Baum’s mother-in-law who encouraged him to write down the fanciful stories he told his kids. Seems he put a bit of himself into the tales, too.February 16, 2021
In his hit “Caldonia,” Louis Jordan wasn’t singing about his wife Fleecie Moore’s “hard head”, but, you know, he could have been.February 15, 2021