A trip through the history of recorded sound
You Are My Sunshine
Jimmie Davis is regularly credited as creator of the classic “You Are My Sunshine”, heard here from 1941. But…if that’s true, then how did the Rice Brothers record it in 1939?
The Foggy, Foggy Dew
Those young drifters; Seems they’d use anything to get a fair maiden to their bed.
The Battle on the Ice
The film Aleksandr Nevsky is a recounting of a 13th century prince’s rise to national hero-dom. But parallels to the storyline echoed through the USSR in the 1930’s.
The Fisk University Jubilee Singers
You’re listening to the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University sing Peter on the Sea, from 1927,
Bedtime At The Zoo
A glimpse into…the zoo: after hours.
Wicked author Gregory Maguire did much to elicit sympathy for the Wicked Witch of the West.
The Coffee Cantata
Two keys to any good marriage: understanding and coffee.
Not all press is good press.
The Human Bird
You’re listening to The Human Bird, Joe Belmont, with Byron Harlan.
“The Hunting Wolves”, an Edison cylinder recording made by Ernest Thompson Seton in 1920.
The Old Man of the Mountain
“Born” about 20,000 BC and “died” May 2, 2003. Well, he had a good run.
Sitting On Top Of The World
GRATEFUL ROOTS: Sittin’ On Top of the World
Somewhere Beyond La Mer
A man as prolific as Charles Trenet (850 songs published over a 60 year career) probably doesn’t rest much, even on the train.
If a Table at Rector’s Could Talk
There's "hungry" and then there's "Diamond Jim Brady hungry".
Now and Forever
You’re listening to Artie Wayne with Freddy Martin and His Orchestra and… You’re on the Sound Beat. While Howard Hughes’ aviation career is popularly associated with “The Spruce Goose”, the Hughes H-1 Racer set the landplane air-speed record in 1935, and it occupies a place in history that exists now, and may very well forever. Speaking of that, you’re listening to Now and Forever, from Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony. It was used in the 1943 film, “The Outlaw”, which Hughes produced. As for...
The Banjo King
You can’t help but admire the patriotism of a guy who lies about his age to get into the Navy. Especially if that age is 14!
Mule Skinner Blues
A muleskinner’s job was not quite as…grim as it sounds. Still...kinda grim though.
There are a couple different definitions for a blue moon, both of them kind of rare, and neither of them have to do with color of any sort.
The Man of 1,000 Voices
The Man of 1,000 Voices...
The Edison Tone Tests
Is it live, or is it…Edison?