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Music From 100 Years Ago

Recordings from the early 20th Century with comments.

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Running Music

Songs include: Runnin Wild, You Run Your Mouth, A Hit and Run Affair, Running a Temperature, Run Little Rabbit and You Can't Run Away From Love Tonight. Musicians include: Josh White, Jimmy Rushing, Benny Goodman, Thomas "Fats' Waller, Stan Getz, Dick Powell and Tommy Dorsey.


31 Jul 2017

Rank #1

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Some of the hits from 100 years ago.  Songs include: Dardanella, You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet, Till We Meet Again, Take Me to the Land of Jazz, A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody and I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles. Performers include: Ben Selvin, Al Jolson, Marion Harris, Vernon Dalhart, Bert Williams and John Steel.


8 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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1920s Ragtime

The development of ragtime during the 1920s. Featuring: Zez Confrey, Vincent Lopez, Jelly Roll Morton, Benny Moten, Blind Blake and Bessie Smith. Songs include: Alexander's Ragtime Band, Kitten On the Keys, Dizzy Fingers, The Pearls, Nola, Twelfth Street Rag and Southern Rag.


3 Oct 2016

Rank #3

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Love Songs: Happy and Sad

Love songs, both happy and sad, for Valentine's Day.  Songs include: Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Heart and Soul, You're So Darn Charming, Easy to Love and Don't Explain. Performers include: The Peerless Quartet, Thomas "Fats" Waller, Mildred Bailey, Hank Thompson, Johnny Mercer and Billie Holiday.


1 Feb 2015

Rank #4

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Classic early klezmer recordings featuring Dave Tarras, Abe Schwatrtz, Naftule Brandwein, Joseph Solinski , Israel Hochmann, and Mishka Ziganoff. Songs include: A Dance For Everyone, The Rabbi's Dance, The Dearest One From Bukowina and Romanian Fantasy.


23 Mar 2014

Rank #5

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Early Country Women

Pioneering women in country music from the 1930s and 1940s, including: Patsy Montana, The Girls of the Golden West, Moonshine Kate, Shirley Thoms, Lulu Belle and Scotty  and Kitty Wells.  Songs include: Worried Man Blues, My Man's a Jolly Railroad Man, That's Where the West Begins and I'll Be All Smiles Tonight.


24 Nov 2013

Rank #6

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The music of 1943, including, Song of India, Paper Doll, Night Train to Memphis, I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say No and Cherokee.  Performers include: Frank Sinatra, the Mills Brothers, Celeste Holm, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Noel Coward and Roy Acuff.


1 Sep 2013

Rank #7

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Deep In The Heart Of Texas

Songs about the Lone Star State given a jazz treatment. Songs include: Deep In The Heart Of Texas, The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You, Dallas Blues, Across The Alley From The Alamo, The Texas Polka and A Taste of Texas. Performers include: Bing Crosby, Martha Tilton, Count Basie, the Mills Brothers, Freddie Martin, Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet.


15 Feb 2015

Rank #8

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Halloween 2013

The annual Halloween show.  Songs include: My Friend the Ghost, The Halloween Dance, Ghost Riders In the Sky, I'd Rather Be Dead and Buried and Here Comes the Boogie Man.  Performers include: Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Henry Hall, Peggy Lee and Eugene Ormandy


19 Oct 2013

Rank #9

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Cowboy Songs

Performers include: Gene Autry, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, The Sons of the Pioneers, The Carter Family, Slim Whitman and Patsy Montana.  Songs include: Cattle Call, Jingle, Jangle. Jingle, Ride, Ranger, Ride, I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart and Happy Trails.


27 Apr 2015

Rank #10

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Beer Songs

Songs include: Beer Barrel Polka, More Beer, Gimmie a Pigfoot, Beer Bottle Woman & The Bartender's Just Like a Mother.  Performers include: Will Glahe, the Andrews Sisters, Bessie Smith, Bob Wills, Barney Bigard and the 101 Ranch Boys.


17 Aug 2013

Rank #11

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Million-Selling Records 1952

Songs include: Blue Tango, You Belong To Me, Wheel of Fortune, Delicado, The Glo-Worm, Cry and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. Performers include: Kay Starr, The Mills Brothers, Al Martino, Patti Page, Johnnie Ray and Leroy Anderson.


24 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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Solo Jazz Piano

In time for Jazz Appreciation Month, a program of solo jazz piano. Artists include: Teddy Wilson, Jelly Roll Morton, Lennie Tristano, Art Tatum, Mary Lou Williams and Billy Strayhorn. Music includes: Blue Skies, Body and Soul, Shreveport Stomps, Bass Goin Crazy, Spontaneous Combustion and It Had to Be You.


9 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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Songs include: King Porter Stomp. Queen Isabella, Duke For Dinner, Walking With the King, The Count and Prince Charming. Performers include: Benny Goodman Sol Hoopii, Erroll Garner, Andy Kirk, Cab Calloway, Harry James and George Lewis.


21 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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Sinatra 100th Birthday

A special, short podcast in honor of Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday. Songs include: Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week, All Or Nothing At All, How About You? and Time After Time.


12 Dec 2015

Rank #15

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Big Band Themes Part 2

Theme songs from these bands: Cab Calloway, Hal Kemp, Benny Goodman, Eddie Duchin, Count Basie, Louis Prima, Bob Zurke and Glenn Miller.


27 Sep 2013

Rank #16

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Jazz Trumpeters 1940s

Performers include: Ray Nance, Cootie Williams, Harry James, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. Music includes: St Louis Blues, Salt Peanuts, Venus de Milo, Night in Tunisia, Trumpet Rhapsody and Ice Freezes Red.


18 Jun 2016

Rank #17

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Early African American Stars

African-American recording stars from 1900 through 1925.  Performers include: Bert Williams, James Reese Europe, Mamie Smith, Eubie Blake, George Washington Johnson and Ethyl Waters. Songs include: Broadway Blues, Crazy Blues, Good Morning Carrie, Nobody,The Castle House Rag,  The Laughing Song and Sweet Man Blues.


8 Feb 2015

Rank #18

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Some of the top hits of 1920, including Swanee, Apple Blossom Time, Whispering, You'd Be Surprised, Crazy Blues and The Japanese Sandman. Performers include: Al Jolson, Mamie Smith, Eddie Cantor, Nora Bayes, Paul Whiteman and Marion Harris.


3 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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"Rock Music"

Songs include: Rock Me To Sleep, Little Rock Getaway, I Want to Rock. Bed Rock Blues, Rock It Boogie and Solid As a Rock. Performers include: Harry James, Count Basie, Helen Humes, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Pete Johnson, Art Hodes and Big Joe Turner.


10 Nov 2019

Rank #20