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Gracie Discovers A Movie Star

George Burns knew the secret to his success…his wife Gracie.

February 2, 2022
Danza Number 5!

You’re listening to Johannes Brahms and the Banda de Estado Mayor de Mexico. That’s right, a Hungarian danza by a Mexican banda. You’re on the Sound Beat. Brahms composed 21 danzas, basing them on Hungarian folk themes. Mostly…in fact, he thought this one, number 5, was based on a folk song, but that song turned out it ...

January 31, 2022
The Music Goes Round and Round

Mae Questel made a career out of doing other people’s voices

January 26, 2022
Buskers Unite!

Some virtuoso musicians hone their craft with classical training in gilded music halls. And some…some take to the streets.

January 25, 2022
Strong To The Finish!

Today, we take a closer look at Popeye: sailor man, spinach enthusiast and quite possibly the first superhero to grace the funny pages?

January 24, 2022

John Gielgud reads Ozymandias, from Columbia’s 1939 “Voices of Poetry” collection.

December 10, 2021
My Hawaiian Evening Star

  Instrumentation in the past century of recorded music has been dominated by guitars, drums, horns, and, more recently, keyboards and synthesizers. But some instruments have left their unique mark on the recording industry, distinguishing songs from the rest of the pack and in some cases, establishing inextricable connections between the ear and the mind. For example, ...

December 9, 2021
Calling Most Birds!

Calling Most Birds!

December 8, 2021
Explaining The Blues

Who better to explain the blues than the woman who named them?

December 7, 2021
Astronaut Insurance

What’s an aeronautical adventurer got to do to get some coverage?

December 6, 2021