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The Old Codger: playing 78 RPM records like they're going out of style!

The Old Codger: playing 78 RPM records like they're going out of style!
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East Orange, NJ




The Old Codger: playing 78 RPM records like they're going out of style!






WFMU P.O. Box 2011 Jersey City, NJ 07303-2011 201-200-9368


He's a crusty parasite and WFMU is the host organism. from Jul 25, 2017

Sonny Burns & the Western Cherokees - "Waltzing with Sin" The Pilgrim Travelers - "Jesus is the First Line Defense" Harry Choates & His Fiddle - "Harry Choates Special" Wilmoth Houdini - "Rum and Coca-Cola Parts 1 and 2" Camille Howard - "Million Dollar Boogie" Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang - "Cheese & Crackers" Noël Coward - "Poor Little Rich Girl" The Ticklers - "Healing in the Balm Yard" Memphis Slim & His House Rockers - "Guitar Cha Cha Cha" Howlin' Wolf - "Evil is Goin' On" Blue...


His karma deficit is beyond recoupment. from Jul 18, 2017

Seven Little Polar Bears - "Since She Learned to Ride a Horse" Blind Boy Fuller - "Step It Up and Go" The Executor - "Three Friends' Advice" Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang - "Penn Beach Blues" The Ink Spots - "Knock-Kneed Sal (on the Mourner's Bench)" Duke Ellington & His Harlem Footwarmers - "Rockin' in Rhythm" Geechie Wiley - "Last Kind Word Blues" Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five - "A Man's Best Friend is a Bed" Hal Herzon - "Pop-a-Do" Frankie Trumbauer, Bix Beiderbecke & Eddie Lang -...


Codger (1926): "Valentino must have a successor somewhere, and it might as well be me." from Apr 5, 2016

Butterbeans & Susie - "I Got Your Bath Water On" Baby Dodds - "Buddy Bolden's Blues #1" Sophie Tucker - "50 Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong" George Formby - "I Wonder Who's Under Her Balcony Now" Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men - "Butcher Pete, Pt. 1" Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke - "Baltimore" Dizzy Gillespie - "The Champ, Pts. 1 & 2" Cab Calloway - "Wake Up and Live" The Rhythmic Troubadours - "Ali Baba's Camel" Ambrose & His Orchestra - "War Dance for Wooden...


Shut Up, Hippies! (Fill-in for Shut Up, Weirdo, 6-7pm Eastern) from Dec 25, 2015

Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra - "Queer Notions" Baby Dodds Trio - "Chocko Mo Feendo Hey" George Formby - "It's a Grand and Healthy Life" Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang - "The Wolf Wobble" Wynonie Harris & His All-Stars - "Big City Blues" Butterbeans & Susie - "Get Yourself a Monkey Man, Make Him Strut His Stuff" Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - "Delta Serenade" Bruz Fletcher - "Keep an Eye on His Business" Red Norvo & Mae Questel - "The Broken Record" Martha Tilton with the Benny Goodman...


"The Codger is endowed with awful powers of evil, to the exercise of which he might at any time set his malignant will." – Ambrose Bierce from Sep 15, 2015

Noel Coward - "I'm Old Fashioned" Baby Dodds - "Les Ognons" Ukulele Ike - "Red Hot Mamma" John Kirby Sextet - "Blues Petite" Geri Galian and His Caribbean Rhythm Boys - "Jungle Rhumba" Dinah Washington & the Ravens - "Hey, Good Lookin'" George Formby - "Grandad's Flannelette Nightshirt" Pee Wee King - "I Don't Mind" Walter Gross - "Creepy Weepy (A Boogie-Woogie Study)" Jessie Knight & His Combo - "Nothing But Money" Trio Hermanas Marquez - "Fuera Contigo" Harry Reser's Six Jumping Jacks -...


Spittoons optional. from Jul 14, 2015

Roaring Lion - "I Can Make More Love Than Romeo" Baby Dodds - "Mo Pas Lemme Ca #1" The Six Hottentots with Irving Kaufmann - "I'm in Love Again" Ben Webster with Bob Howard & His Orchestra - "The Ghost of Dinah" Roberta Lee - "If You Don't Know No Common Folks" Winifred Atwell - "17th Century Boogie" Ikey Robinson Band - "Rub Me Some More" Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke - "Crying All Day" Eddie Cantor - "If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie)" Joe Loco and His...


Likes his lovin' the same way he likes his cars: hand-cranked. from Dec 24,

Lil Johnson - "My Baby (Squeeze Me Again)" Willie Bryant - "Chimes at the Meeting" Mildred Bailey - "Long About Midnight" Sammy Price - "Do You Dig My Jive?" George Olson & His Music - "Pu-Leeze! Mister Hemingway" Margaret Young w/Bennie Krueger's Orchestra - "Stumbling" Lou Holden & His Disciples of Rhythm - "A Windy Day on Outer Drive" Blanche Calloway & Her Joy Boys - "You Ain't Livin' Right" Libby Holman - "Find Me a Primitive Man" The Harmonians (Vcl: Irving Kaufman) - "Hello...


He's the spokesman for his generation—because he's the only one left. from

Lionel Hampton - "Hot Mallets" Billy Strayhorn Trio - "Johnny Come Lately" Tampa Red Orchestra - "I'm Gonna Get High" Bix Beiderbecke & His Gang - "Rhythm King" Sophie Tucker - "I Don't Want to Get Thin" Lord Kitchener - "Kitch's Bebop Calypso" Earl Hines - "Child of a Disordered Brain" Willie Bryant - "Viper's Moan" Carson Robison - "Get Your Gun and Come Along (We're Fixin' to Kill a Skunk)" Nanja Raho - "Dinah Rhythm Laugh" Fats Waller - "Slightly Less Than Wonderful / There's a Gal in...


An hour of purloined platters rudely interrupted by grating harangues and e

Django Reinhardt - "Parfum" Clarence Williams & James P. Johnson - "How Can I Be Blue?" Mildred Bailey - "The Little Man Who Wasn't There" Eugene Wright & His Dukes of Swing - "Pork 'n' Beans" George Formby - "The Joo-Jah Tree" Chin's Calypso Sextet (vocal: E. Bedasse) - "Industrial Fair" Cab Calloway - "What's Buzzin' Cousin" Sidney Bechet - "Jungle Drums" Mamie Smith - "There's Be No Freebies at Miss Jenny's Ball" Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends - "Mama Don't Allow It" Dixon Brothers -...


The Fossil Fool Fills in for Mac's Antique Phono Hour from Mar 18, 2014

Ambrose & His Orchestra - "Tarantula" George Formby - "It's No Use Looking at Me" Mary Lou Williams - "Zonky" Sophie Tucker - "I Know That My Baby is Cheating on Me" Bix, Tram and Lang - "Wringin' and Twistin'" Bert Williams - "Not Lately" Ted Steele and His Novatones - "Azure" Lil Armstrong and Her Orchestra - "It's Murder" Trio Matamoros - "Son de la Loma" Jimmie Rodgers - "He's in the Jailhouse Now" The King Cole Trio - "The Geek" Olive Kline and Elsie Baker - "Beautiful Ohio" Ruth...


Life was so much simpler when there were only three Stooges. from Jan 6, 20

Edmond Hall - "Celestinal Express" Oscar Buddy Woods - "Don't Sell It, Don't Give It Away" Stuff Smith - "Sam, The Vegetable Man" George Formby - "Like the Big Pots Do" Lydia Mendoza - "Los Besos de mi Negra" Fats Navarro & Tadd Dameron - "Jahbero" Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men - "Butcher Pete, Pt. 1" Ruth Etting - "Me!" Peerless Quartet - "In Blinky, Winky, Chinky Chinatown" Tom Crowley Orchestra - "Doc O'ligy" Cab Calloway & His Orchestra - "The Jumpin' Jive" Cliff Edwards - "Sunday"...


Tonight's forecast: partly cranky with a 60% chance of rage. from Nov 12, 2

Larry Clinton Orchestra - "Midnight in the Madhouse" Cab Calloway and His Orchestra - "A Strictly Cullud Affair" Julia Lee and Her Boy Friends - "Mama Don't Allow" George Formby - "I Don't Like" Sol Hoopii - "Fascinating Rhythm" Blind Alfred Reed - "Woman's Been After Man Ever Since" Lydia Mendoza - "Tu Diras" Willard Robison - "Beale Street Blues" Fats Waller - "Gladyse" Eddie Cantor - "When It Comes to Loving the Girls" Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - "Rendezvous with Rhythm" Florence...


All the vices you admire, with none of the virtues you detest. from Aug 13,

Florence Brady - "Here Comes the Show Boat" Edmond Hall Celeste Quartet - "Jammin' in Four" Butterbeans & Susie - "That Same Dog" Slim Gaillard - "Communication" The Coon-Sanders Orchestra - "Roodles" Ruth Etting - "After You've Gone" George Formby - "Sitting on the Sands All Night" Milt Herth Trio - "Satan Takes a Holiday" Billy Murray - "Rose of Washington Square" Leslie Sarony with Jay Wilbur Orchestra - "Misery Farm" Fats Waller and the Louisiana Sugar Babes - "Willow Tree" Billie...


Thrice-removed from the outskirts of reason. from Apr 16, 2013

Norman Long - "We Can't Let You Broadcast That" Truett and George - "Ghost Dance" Bix Beiderbecke & Frankie Trumbauer - "Goose Pimples" Florence Brady - "Sunshine" Lydia Mendoza - "Los Besos de mi Negra" George Formby - "It's a Grand and Healthy Life" Bessie Jackson - "Barbecue Bess" Wynonie Harris - "I Like My Baby's Pudding" Alphonso et Son Orchestre Typique Antillais - "Chain' la Lou" Polly Walker - "Where Were You? Where Was I?" The Savoy Havana Band (vocal: Ramon Newton) - "Masculine...

He's not old enough to have known the baby Jesus, but he recalls as a youth

The Mighty Spoiler - "Wake Up Christmas Morning" Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra with Henry Glover - "Who Said Shorty Wasn't Coming Back?" Jimmie Rodgers - "What's It!" Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds - "Don't Care Blues" George Formby - "Easy-Going Chap" Edith Wilson - "Rules & Regulations "Signed Razor Jim"" Helen Kane - "I'd Go Barefoot All Winter Long" Cliff Carlisle - "Shanghai Rooster Yodel" Haitian Orchestra with Sidney Bechet - "Sous les Palmiers" Sophie Tucker - "He Hadn't Up Till...

Courtney usurps the Antique Phonograph Hour Again from Dec 4, 2012

Bud Freeman & His Summa Cum Laude Orchestra - "The Eel" - Bluebird 10386 George Formby - "Swimmin' With the Wimmin" - Decca 3666 Kitty Gray & Her Wampus Cats with Oscar "Buddy" Woods - "Baton Rouge Rag" - Vocalion SA-2846 Spivy - "The Alley Cat" - Exclusive S-101B Paul Whiteman's Sax Soctette - "I Kiss Your Hand, Madame" - Decca 2467 Noel Coward - "Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans" - Codgerphone B-666 Billy Jones & Ernest Hare - "Mr. Hoover & Mr. Smith" - Edison 52367 Waikiki Hawaiian...

A quasi-life force fueled by steamed cabbage, cigar stubs plucked from the

Lucille Bogan - "Barbecue Bess" Nick Lucas - "Teasin' the Frets" Tampa Red - "Let Me Play with Your Poodle" Sophie Tucker - "I Never Can Think of the Words" Bo Carter - "Beans" Marion Harris - "We Love It" Larry Adler - "Smoking Reefers" Jack Hodges - "Everything Is Fresh Today" Blind Boy Fuller - "Jivin' Woman Blues" Wilmoth Houdini - "He Had It Coming" Butterbeans & Susie - "I Can't Use You" Cleo Gibson - "I've Got Ford Movements in My Hips" Lecuona Cuban Boys - "Taboo" Billy Jones -...

He's gone from crazy to foolish. Progress! from May 8, 2012

Hambone Willie Newbern - "Roll and Tumble Blues" Ruth Etting - "Cigarettes, Cigars!" Tommy McClennan - "I'm a Guitar King" James P. Johnson - "You've Got to Be Modernistic" Carl Martin - "Joe Lewis Blues" Sophie Tucker - "When a Lady Meets A Gentleman Down South" The Four Clefs - "I Like Pie, I Like Cake" Bessie Smith - "Kitchen Man" Mississippi Bracey - "You Scolded Me and Drove Me" Bruz Fletcher - "My Doctor" Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines - "Sugar Foot Strut" Aileen Stanley - "I'll Never...

He neither strives for achievement nor risks failure, focusing instead on s

Bert Williams - "When I Return" Frank Trumbauer Orchestra - "There'll Come a Time" Wendell Hall - "There's a Trick in Pickin' a Chick Chick Chicken These Days" Vaughn De Leath - "Tin Pan Parade" Harry Reser - "Ukulele Lady" Victoria Spivey - "One Hour Mama" Sophie Tucker - "Oh! You Have No Idea" The Trix Sisters - "I'm Crazy Over You" Bruz Fletcher - "The Hellish Mrs. Haskell" Los Cuatro Huasos - "Veinticinco Limones" Clara Smith - "My John Blues" Larry Adler - "Solitude" Eddie Cantor - "My...

Stay out of his yard! Damn birds. from Jan 18, 2011

Coot Grant and Kid Wesley Wilson - "Get Off With Me" Jesse Stone and His Blue Sereneders - "Starvation Blues" Ernest Rogers - "Willie the Chimney Sweeper" Johnny Marvin - "Oh How She Could Play A Ukulele" The Plantation Players (vocal: Tom Stacks) - "You Never Get Nowhere Holding Hands" Victor Roberts - "Sahara Rose" The Brox Sisters - "School House Blues" Sophie Tucker - "Stay At Home Papa" Sophie Tucker - "Aren't Women Wonderful" Sophie Tucker - "The Lady Is A Tramp" Aileen Stanley and...