Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio Special – Christmas 1902-1924

Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 25th December
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

In this festive edition of Centuries of Sound, audio curator James Errington is joined by his son Theo to check out some Christmas records from the years 1902 to 1924. We have choirs, carols, brass bands, and of course a selection of bizarre novelty Christmas wax cylinders for your Christmas evening listening

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital across Cambridgeshire, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps, or play the whole extended version on this mixcloud player.

Centuries of Sound Presents – A Holiday Between The Wars, Christmas Records 1926-1938

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This compilation of Christmas recordings spans the early years of electronic recording, the explosion of radio, sound films and newsreel, the end of the roaring thirties and the great depression.

I’m presenting this in two formats – a mix, which is on my main feed at centuriesofsound.com and as a compilation, which is only available to patrons. Join my patreon at patreon.com/centuriesofsound and get a load of bonus content like this, as well as helping this site to survive in these very difficult times.

Here is the tracklist, the same for both versions.

00:00 The Savoy Orpheans – Radio Christmas (1926)
03:33 Adolph Miles – Adeste Fideles (1926)
06:50 Chor Sw. Lucji – Pasterka (Wesola Nowine) (Christmas Eve At Church) (1927)
09:56 Richard Tauber – O Sanctissima (O Du Frohliche) (1929)
12:40 Andrej Pelak – Pospešte Sem Pastuškovia (Hasten, Shepherds) (1930)
15:48 Joe Gumin And His Orchestra – Jingle Bells (The One-Horse Open Sleigh) (1931)
19:00 Popeye The Sailor – Seasin’s Greetinks (1933)
19:13 Ozzie Nelson Orchestra – Christmas Night In Harlem (1934)
22:11 Laurel & Hardy – Clip From Babes In Toyland (1934)
22:21 Paul Whiteman Orchestra – Christmas Night In Harlem (1934)
25:43 Shirley Temple – Clip From Bright Eyes (1934)
26:45 Harry Reser And His Orchestra – Jingle Bells (1934)
29:18 Franklin Delano Roosevelt – White House Christmas Tree Lighting Clip (1935)
29:37 Bing Crosby With Victor Young And His Orchestra – Silent Night (1935)
32:35 Victor Novelty Orchestra – Christmas Eve (Fantasie) (1935)
35:38 British Movietone – Merry Christmas (1935)
36:13 The Chapel Quartet – Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem (1936)
39:19 Hoosier Hot Shots – Jingle Bells (1936)
42:19 Edith Fellows & Jackie Moran – Clip From And So They Were Married (1936)
42:33 The Madrigal Sisters & Lehman Engel – Jingle Bells (1937)
44:15 Mae Questel (The Betty Boop Girl) – I Want You For Christmas (1937)
46:59 Michel Warlop – Christmas Swing (+ Django Reinhardt & Louis Vola) (27-12-1937)
49:46 Andy Hardy & Family – Christmas Greetings (1938)
51:10 Swing And Sway With Sammy Kaye – (Don’t Wait ’til) The Night Before Christmas (La Vispera De Navidad) (1938)
53:53 Reginald Owen – Clip From A Christmas Carol (1938)
54:33 Silly Symphonies – The Night Before Christmas (1933)

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 37 (1929)

Time: 6pm BST, Sunday 22nd August 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Another trip into history with James Errington. This time we’re in 1929, when the roaring twenties comes crashing to a halt. Aside from American jazz, blues, country and vaudeville, we have recordings from Cuba, Portugal, Tunisia, Japan, India and even a couple from the UK, all in an end of term party for a decade and an era.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps, or play the whole extended version on this handy mixcloud player.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 36 (1928)

Time: 6pm BST, Sunday 27th June 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Audio archivist James Errington takes you on another trip to the early days of recorded sound. This time we visit 1928, a year bursting with energy and creativity, if often in a muddled way, and possibly the first year of rock & roll.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps, or play the whole extended version on this handy mixcloud player.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 35 (1927 Part Two)

Time: 6pm BST, Sunday 27th June 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Audio archivist James Errington is joined by Cambridge 105 Radio’s Emily Dongray to explore the astonishing sounds of the greatest ever year for recorded music; 1927!

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps, or play the whole extended version on this handy mixcloud player

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 35 (1927 Part One)

Time: 6pm BST, Sunday 23rd May 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Audio archivist James Errington is joined by Cambridge 105 Radio’s Emily Dongray to explore the astonishing sounds of the greatest ever year for recorded music; 1927!

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 34 (1926)

Time: 6pm BST, Sunday 25th April 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Audio archaeologist James Errington is joined by Cambridge 105’s Pete Butchers to excavate the sounds of 1926, the year jazz exploded and country roots music started to sizzle. Join us for the hits and the hidden gems of this wonderful year.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

But actually you can’t do any of those things as the show has already finished – no worries though, here is an extended version on Mixcloud.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 33 (1925)

Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 27th February 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Another trip into the early days of recorded sound with audio curator James Errington – this time joined by Cambridge 105’s own Greg Butler to dive into the sounds of 1925, including early jazz recordings by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson, pioneering country and folk recordings, stride piano, klezmer, rembetika and a song from a Noel Coward musical.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

Or as it’s too late to do any of those things, here’s an extended cut of the show on Mixcloud.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 32 (1924)

Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 30th January 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Sound curator James Errington presents the story of recorded music year by year. This time we go back to 1924, the year of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and music critic John Lewis tells us about why this piece, this recording and this composer have all made such an indelible mark on American music, and hold such power nearly a century later. the debuts of Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and King Oliver and plenty of other pioneering jazz, blues and country records.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

However, as it is too late to do any of those things, here is is on Mixcloud.

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 31 (1923)

Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 2nd December 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

James Errington once again takes you back to the early days of recorded music with original recordings, this time to 1923, which saw the debuts of Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and King Oliver and plenty of other pioneering jazz, blues and country records.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

…or as it is already too late to do any of those things, why not use this handy listen again facility?

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