1944 – Part One

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1944 is a big year. It looms large. This isn’t just a recent development either. Listen to these few hours of music and speech and one thing I think you’ll pick up is that everyone is very much stuck in the present. There’s little in the way of nostalgia, there’s hardly any dreaming, everyone seems to be living for the here and the now. Only a couple of years prior “the war” was this imposition on popular culture – now it seems to be the wellspring from which everything goes. Do we need a song about a GI when we’ve got Cecil Gant the G.I. Sing-Sation? There’s this fateful abandon underpinning everything, like they’re saying “here we are, we may get through this, we may not, but for now we’re going to enjoy every moment” and it’s infectious.

You may have also noticed that this mix is called “Part One” – this is perhaps a temporary solution for how sprawling these mixes have become. It’s been increasingly difficult to contain all I would like in a single mix, the materials available are getting altogether too much, but more importantly I have discovered vast radio archives for these years, and have spent much too long digging through them for gems. I must have listened to over a hundred hours of 1944 radio broadcasts. So this time we will have three mixes, and as I prepare myself for 1945 I promise I will try to find a new strategy.

January

(Clip from 1944-03-xx NRK News Of Norway)
(Clip from 1944-12-31 MBS News 1944 In Review)
0:00:00 Lester Young et al. – Jammin’ the Blues (Excerpt 1)
(Clip of V1 Bomb)
(Clips from 1944-12-31 – WOR Year In Review)
0:02:03 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters – Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
(Clip from Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters – Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive (rejected take))
(Clip from Phantom Lady)
0:04:50 Boyd Raeburn – Hep Boyd
(Clip from Arsenic & Old Lace)
0:05:54 Boyd Raeburn – March Of The Boyds
(Clips from 1944-12-31 MBS News 1944 In Review)
0:07:37 Lead Belly – Mr. Hitler (Hitler Song)
(Clips from 1944-01-04 CBC Matthew Halton The Fall Of Ortona)
0:10:28 Mary Lou Williams – Blue Skies
(Clips from 1944-01-09 CBS World News Today)
0:13:00 Lata Mangeshkar – Barsaat Mein Humse Mile Tum
(Clips from 1944-01-13 – It’s That Man Again Navy Show)
0:16:07 Billie Holiday – That Ole Devil Called Love
(Clips from 1944-01-16 CBS World News Today)
0:19:13 Dinah Washington – Evil Gal Blues
(Clip from 1944-01-26 BBC Wynford Vaughn Thomas In Anzio)
0:22:21 Lester Young et al. – Jammin’ the Blues (Excerpt 2)

February

(Clips from 1944-12-31 MBS News 1944 In Review)
(Clip from Know Your Ally – Britain)
0:26:50 Arsenio Rodríguez & Su Conjunto – El Pirulero No Vuelve Mas
(Clip from 1944-02-01 Fibber Mcgee – diamond ring at cut rate price)
(Clip from Laura)
0:30:11 Cootie Williams and His Orchestra – ‘Round Midnight
0:30:30 Cootie Williams and His Orchestra – Seven Eleven
(Clip from 1944-02-05 CAN MacArthur At Flag Raising Ceremony On Manila)
0:34:19 Anjos do Inferno – Acontece Que Eu Sou Baiano
(Clip from 1944-02-06 CBS World News Today)
(Clips from 1944-02-05 NBC Skelly News Of The World)
0:36:16 Gene Autry – Don’t Fence Me In
(Clips from 1944-02-06 CBS World News Today)
(Clip from Hare Ribbin)
0:39:10 Louis Jordan – Mop! Mop!
(Clips from 1944-02-17 – It’s That Man Again RAF edition)
0:42:22 Duke Ellington – Johnny Come Lately
(Clips from 1944-02-20 CBS World News Today)
(Clip from Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo)
0:45:51 Andrews Sisters – Straighten Up And Fly Right
(Clips from 1944-02-27 CBS World News Today)
0:49:44 Miguel Caló – Sans Souci
(Clip from 1944-02-29 Crisco Radio News)
(Clip from Supervising Women Workers)
0:53:09 Coleman Hawkins – Rainbow Mist

March

(Clips from 1944-12-31 MBS News 1944 In Review)
0:57:00 Lionel Hampton – Hamp’s Boogie Woogie
(Clips from 1944-03-02 Abbott and Costello Show – Special Guests Blondie & Dagwood)
1:00:31 Roy Eldridge, Pete Brown, Willie Smith, Flip Phillips, Les Paul, Hank Jones, Benny Fonville, Alvin Stoller – Blues
(Clips from 1944-03-05 CBS World News Today)
(Clips from 1944-03-12 CBS World News Today)
1:06:10 Jussi Björling – Nessun Dorma
(Clips from 1944-03-19 CBS World News Today)
(Clip from Arsenic & Old Lace)
1:09:24 Trummy Young and his Lucky Seven – Hollywood
(Clip from Double Indemnity)
(Clips from 1944-03-24 MBS Special A Night In A Foxhole)
1:13:12 Halim El-Dabh – Wire Recorder Piece
(Clips from 1944-03-26 BBC Winston Churchill – On Allied Victories)
1:15:41 Noel Coward – Don’t Let’s Be Beastly To The Germans
1:18:47 Laurence Olivier – Speech from Henry V
1:20:20 Walter ‘Foots’ Thomas All-Stars – Out To Lunch
1:23:09 Wynford Vaughn-Thomas – BBC News Report
1:25:05 Harry The Hipster Gibson – 4-F Ferdinand
(Clip from 1944-03-xx NRK News Of Norway)

April

(Clip from 1944-04-02 CBS World News Today)
1:28:24 Olavi Virta – Ennen Kuolemaa
(Clips from 1944-04-02 World News Today)
(Clip from 1944-12-31 MBS News 1944 In Review)
1:30:44 Sonny Boy Williamson – Win The War Blues
(Clip from 1944-04-17 RSH Germany Calling – We Are Waiting for You)
(Clip from Lifeboat)
1:35:00 The Mills Brothers – You Always Hurt The One You Love
1:38:16 Wynford Vaughan Thomas – Springtime At Anzio
1:39:02 Andres Segovia – Minuetto
(Clip from Ministry of Fear)
1:40:54 The Nat ‘King’ Cole Trio – I Realize Now
(Clip from To Have And To Have Not)
1:44:22 Cozy Cole – Just One More Chance
(Clips from Double Indemnity)
1:48:08 Oscar Alemán – Polvo De Estrellas
(Clip from 1944-04-13 – It’s That Man Again Army Edition)
1:50:10 Tiny Grimes Quintet – Red Cross
(Clip from Abbott & Costello Show – Special Guest Dorothy Lamour)
1:53:18 Billy Butterfield & His Orchestra & Margaret Whiting – Moonlight In Vermont

May

(Clip from 1944-12-31 MBS News 1944 In Review)
1:57:07 Josh White – House of the Rising Sun
(Clip from 1944-05-05 BBC Richard Dimbleby Watches Airborne Troops)
2:01:04 Charlie Barnet – Skyliner
(Clip from 1944-05-13 NBC Skelly News Of The World)
2:04:24 Spike Jones – Leave The Dishes In The Sink, Ma
(Clips from 1944-05-17 BBC Godfrey Talbot in Monte Cassino)
2:07:50 Atahualpa Yupanqui – El Arriero
(Clip from 1944-05-25 RRG Heinrich Himmler – Vor Der Waffen SS)
2:11:09 Red Foley – Smoke On The Water
(Clips from Know Your Ally – Britain)
2:15:00 Cecil Gant – Cecil Boogie
(Clips from 1944-05-18 – Suspense Theater – Donovans Brain)
2:19:08 Ethel Smith – Tico Tico
(Clips from 1944-05-15 – Sherlock Holmes – Adventure of the Missing Bloodstains)
2:22:14 Tommy Dorsey & his Orchestra – Opus No. 1
(Clip from Since You Went Away)
2:25:25 Billie Holiday – No More

June

(Clip from 1944-12-31 MBS News 1944 In Review)
2:28:25 Al Trace Silly Symphonists – Mairzy Doats And Dozy Doats
2:31:25 Judy Garland – The Trolley Song
(Clip from Cover Girl)
2:34:35 Louis Prima – Oh Marie
(Clip from Abbott & Costello Show – Special Guest Alan Ladd)
2:37:38 Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Strange Things Happening Every Day
(Clip from Going My Way)
2:42:04 Sister Ernestine Washington – If I Could Just Make It In
2:44:39 Dylan Thomas – Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines
2:47:02 Erroll Garner All Stars – Gaslight
(Clip from Double Indemnity)
2:49:22 Betty Hutton – It Had To Be You
(Clip from The Woman In The Window)
2:52:50 Thyagaraja Bhagavatar & Manmatha Leelaya – Haridas
(Clip from Gaslight)
2:54:16 The Nat ‘King’ Cole Trio – Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You
(Clip from 1944-02-20 CBS World News Today)
(Clip from 1944-02-27 CBS World News Today)

A Wartime Christmas 1939-1945

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Merry Christmas Centuries of Sound Followers!

This is a mix of original Christmas-related records and radio broadcasts from 1939 to 1945. It’s also available as a compilation CD for supporters on Patreon here – https://www.patreon.com/posts/76151409

0:00:00 Bernard Herrmann – Snow Ride (1942)
0:00:41 Bing Crosby – White Christmas (1942)
0:03:48 Jimmy Durante – Clip from Christmas Show (1944)
0:04:20 Lionel Hampton – Gin For Christmas (1939)
0:06:48 King George VI – The Royal Christmas Message (1939)
0:07:08 Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney – Hollywood Christmas Parade (1940)
0:08:36 Claude Thornhill – Snowfall (1941)
0:11:32 Winston Churchill – The White House Christmas Tree (1941)
0:11:57 Franklin D. Roosevelt – Christmas Broadcast (1941)
0:12:14 Woody Herman & His Orchestra – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1942)
0:14:49 Mayor of The Town – Clip from ‘A Christmas Carol’ (1942)
0:14:53 Christmas with The Eighth Army (1942)
0:16:18 Flanagan & Allen – There’s A Boy Coming Home On Leave (1940)
0:18:52 Fibber McGee and Molly – Listening to Christmas Carols (1942)
0:19:45 Glenn Miller Orchestra – Jingle Bells (1941)
0:22:53 Amos and Andy – Clip from Annual Christmas Show (1942)
0:23:41 Heavenly Gospel Singers – When Was Jesus Born? (1941)
0:26:49 The Andrews Sisters – Sing (1943)
0:29:52 Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1943)
0:32:31 Columbia Workshop Theatre – Clip from “The Plot To Overthrow Christmas” (1944)
0:32:40 Bob Crosby – The Skaters Waltz (In Swingtime) (1939)
0:35:27 Billy Mills & The Orchestra – Jingle Bells (1944)
0:37:05 Erroll Garner with Columbia Workshop Theatre – Great Christmas (1944)
0:41:12 Jimmy Durante – Clip from Christmas Show (1944)
0:41:30 Spike Jones & His City Slickers – Jingle Bells (1944)
0:44:19 Ken Derby & The Kings Men – The Night Before Christmas (1944)
0:50:53 The Mills Brothers – I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1944)
0:53:04 King George VI – The Royal Christmas Message (1944)
0:53:22 Lead Belly – Christmas Song (1943)
0:56:01 Amos And Andy – Clip from Christmas Show With Andy As Santa (1944)
0:56:13 Fats Waller – Swingin’ Them Jingle Bells (1944)
0:58:54 NBC Studio Orchestra – Clip from Amos & Andy Christmas Show (1944)
1:00:19 Dinah Shore – I’ll Walk Alone (Through Every Christmas) (1944)
1:03:02 Life of Riley – Clip from ‘Roswell’s a Guest for Christmas’ (1944)
1:03:21 Kenny Baker, Karen Kemple and Alexander Smallens – Hail To Christmas (1944)
1:05:52 Vick’s Matinee Theatre – A Stable in Bethlehem Pennsylvania (1944)
1:06:06 Tex Ritter – Christmas Carols By The Old Corral (1945)
1:08:27 Life of Riley – Clip from ‘Roswell’s a Guest for Christmas’ (1944)
1:08:56 Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (1944)

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A Holiday Between The Wars, Christmas Records 1926-1938 (The Mix)

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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.

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Here is the tracklist, the same for both versions.

00:40 The Savoy Orpheans – Radio Christmas (1926)
03:46 Adolph Miles – Adeste Fideles (1926)
07:03 Chor Sw. Lucji – Pasterka (Wesola Nowine) (Christmas Eve At Church) (1927)
10:10 Richard Tauber – O Sanctissima (O Du Frohliche) (1929)
12:51 Andrej Pelak – Pospešte Sem Pastuškovia (Hasten, Shepherds) (1930)
16:00 Joe Gumin And His Orchestra – Jingle Bells (The One-Horse Open Sleigh) (1931)
19:20 Popeye The Sailor – Seasin’s Greetinks (1933)
19:26 Ozzie Nelson Orchestra – Christmas Night In Harlem (1934)
22:23 Laurel & Hardy – Clip From Babes In Toyland (1934)
22:33 Paul Whiteman Orchestra – Christmas Night In Harlem (1934)
25:55 Shirley Temple – Clip From Bright Eyes (1934)
26:55 Harry Reser And His Orchestra – Jingle Bells (1934)
29:30 Franklin Delano Roosevelt – White House Christmas Tree Lighting Clip (1935)
29:49 Bing Crosby With Victor Young And His Orchestra – Silent Night (1935)
32:49 Victor Novelty Orchestra – Christmas Eve (Fantasie) (1935)
35:50 British Movietone – Merry Christmas (1935)
36:26 The Chapel Quartet – Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem (1936)
39:31 Hoosier Hot Shots – Jingle Bells (1936)
42:30 Edith Fellows & Jackie Moran – Clip From And So They Were Married (1936)
42:45 The Madrigal Sisters & Lehman Engel – Jingle Bells (1937)
44:27 Mae Questel (The Betty Boop Girl) – I Want You For Christmas (1937)
47:10 Michel Warlop – Christmas Swing (+ Django Reinhardt & Louis Vola) (27-12-1937)
49:58 Andy Hardy & Family – Christmas Greetings (1938)
51:22 Swing And Sway With Sammy Kaye – (Don’t Wait ’til) The Night Before Christmas (La Vispera De Navidad) (1938)
54:06 Reginald Owen – Clip From A Christmas Carol (1938)
54:47 Silly Symphonies – The Night Before Christmas (1933)

Christmas 1902-1924: Deep Magic From Before The Dawn Of Time (The Radio Show)

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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.

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Christmas 1902-1924: Deep Magic From Before The Dawn Of Time (The Mix)

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00:36 Harry E. Humphrey – Santa Claus Hides In Your Phonograph
03:53 Choir Of The Royal Court Opera With Orchestra And Church Bells, Acc. Harmonium, Bells – Silent Night, Holy Night
06:43 Gilbert Girard – Santa Claus Tells of Mother Goose Land
08:19 Band – Christmas Memories
12:17 Nebe-Quartett – O Tannenbaum
14:07 Albert Whelan – Scrooge’s Awakening
16:20 Edison Concert Band – Bells Of Christmas
20:31 Thomas Edison – Mr. Edison’s Christmas Greetings
24:41 George Hamilton Green Novelty Orchestra – Moonlight Waltz
28:12 George Islon – Christmas Eve In The Old Homestead
30:42 Edison Mixed Quartet – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
33:43 Metropolitan Quartet – Christmas, Christmas, Blessed, Blessed Day
37:10 Bransby Williams – The Street Watchman’s Christmas
41:05 Edison Concert Band And The Edison Mixed Quartet – Ring Out The Bells For Christmas
45:16 Carol Singers – Joy To The World
47:42 Yolande Noble And Percy Clifton – Buying The Christmas Dinner
49:56 Robert Gayler – Christmas Eve- a Fantasie On Old German Christmas Carols
52:53 Manuel Romain – Christmas Time Seems Years And Years Away
54:50 Harry E. Humphrey – The Night Before Christmas
58:11 Elizabeth Spencer, Harry Anthony And James F. Harrison – Silent Night

Halloween Between The Wars – Original Recordings 1927-1938

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When we think of the great depression of the 1930s, the images which may spring to mind – The Grapes of Wrath, the dustbowl songs of Woody Guthrie – are generally from the 1940s. Popular entertainment of the thirties leaned not on realism, but on escapism. This is the golden age, not only of Hollywood musicals, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rodgers, Busby Berkley routines and screwball comedy, but also of horror movies. So who better to guide us into this mix of Halloween music than Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula from 1931, released the same year as Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and James Whale’s Frankenstein, and a year before the first appearance of The Mummy. Aside from the film clips, we naturally have plenty of novelty recordings, original sound effect records, hot jazz, and to close a suite of particularly morbid blues records.

Track listing

00:00 Bela Lugosi – Clip from Dracula (1931)
00:02 Gennett Sound Effects – Rainfall and Thunder (1936)
(Clip from Frankenstein – 1931)
00:44 Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski – Toccata and Fugue in D minor (1927)
01:26 Artie Shaw And His Orchestra – Nightmare (1938)
(Clip from Dracula – 1931)
04:20 Borrah Minnevitch – The Ghost Walk (1933)
06:40 Manny Gould and Ben Harrison – Scrappy’s Ghost Story (1935)
07:51 Five Jones Boys – Mr Ghost Goes To Town (1936)
10:43 Putney Dandridge – Skeleton In The Closet (1936)
(Clip from Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf)
13:19 Prairie Ramblers – Ghost in the Graveyard (1938)
(HMV Weather Effects – Wind – 1935)
15:59 New Mayfair Dance Orchestra – The Haunted House (1931)
(Clip from The Shadow – Circle of Death – 1937)
19:32 Raymond Scott – War Dance For Wooden Indians (1937)
(Clip from The Mummy – 1932)
21:59 Truett & George – Ghost Dance (1927)
(Clip from Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – 1931)
(Clip from Mediale Musik – The Speech Of Ancient Egypt, 18th Dynasty – 1938)
24:55 Washboard Rhythm Kings – Call Of The Freaks (1931)
(Clip from Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – 1931)
27:50 Victor Arden, Phil Ohman, & their Orchestra – Dancing the Devil Away (1930)
(Clip from Reverend Johnny Blakey – Warming By The Devil’s Fire – 1928)
31:07 Fletcher Henderson – Hotter Than ‘ell (1934)
(Clip from Island of Lost Souls – 1932)
34:01 Rev. A.W. Nix – Black Diamond Express to Hell (1927)
34:41 Cab Calloway – The Nightmare (1931)
(Clip from Murders in the Zoo – 1933)
(Clip from Tomatoes Another Day – 1930)
37:27 Henry Hall BBC Dance Orchestra – Here Comes The Bogey Man (1932)
(Clip from The Old Dark House – 1932)
40:39 Bertha Idaho – Graveyard Love (1928)
(Clip from Vampyr – 1932)
44:02 Skip James – Devil Got My Woman (1931)
(Clip from Bride of Frankenstein – 1935)
47:08 Victoria Spivey – Blood Thirsty Blues (1928)
(Clip from Gennett Sound Effects – Night Noises – 1936)
(Clip from The Shadow – Circle of Death – 1937)
50:30 Josh White – Blood Red River (1933)
(Clip from The Old Dark House – 1932)
53:46 Joe Mccoy – Evil Devil Woman Blues (1934)
(HMV Weather Effects – Wind – 1935)
(Clip from The Shadow – Circle of Death – 1937)
56:59 Walter Page – Blue Devil Blues (1930)
(Clip from Gennett Sound Effects – Rainfall and Thunder – 1936)
(Clip from King Kong – 1933)

Hallowe’en Dance: Original Recordings 1902-1926

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Beginning Halloween Week at Centuries of Sound, here’s a mix of Halloween-themed music and spoken word recordings from the pre-electrical era.

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00:00 Aleister Crowley- The Call Of The First And Second Aethyr (Ca. 1920)
01:21 Original Dixieland Jazz Band – Skeleton Jangle (1918)
04:14 Bert Williams – Never Mo’ (1916)
06:52 Sodero’s Band – The Vampire. Dance Characteristic (1918)
10:24 Billy Murray – I’m Afraid to Come Home in the Dark (1908)
12:36 Len Spencer – The Transformation Scene From ”Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde” (1905)
14:46 Edith Wilson and Johnny Dunn Original Jazz Hounds – Evil Blues (1923)
18:04 Edison Concert Band – Skeleton Dance (1905)
20:17 Arthur Collins – The Goose-Bone Man (1905)
22:24 Unknown Artist – Brown Wax Home Recording of Comic Ghost Stories (Ca. 1910)
24:42 Six Brown Brothers – Ghost of the Saxophone (1917)
27:20 American Symphony Orchestra – Hallowe’en Dance (1909)
29:22 New Orleans Owls – The Nightmare (1926)
32:29 Victor Military Band – Spooky Spooks (1917)
35:12 Abdal Ali – Death Lament (1902)
39:00 Al Weston & Irene Young – At The Circus (1921)
42:24 Unknown Artist – Okeh Laughing Record (1922)

1943

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When The American Federation of Musicians was founded in 1896, the wax cylinder was a novelty item owned by a tiny minority of rich households, radio was still a potential technology for (morse code) communication between neighboring buildings, and sound film was little more than a dream. Musicians were paid for performances, songwriters were paid for (easily pirated) sheet music, and the entire concept of “royalties” for recorded music was un-thought-of, or at least unmentioned.

We have heard some of the changes that took place over the next 45 years, of course. First there was the invention of mechanical royalties, initially for piano rolls, but later for recordings – these were an improvement for songwriters, who from 1907 received a fee of 2 cents every time their composition was duplicated – a rate which would remain the same until 1978. For performers, however, there was only a fee for playing on the session, so even as the recording industry expanded exponentially with the birth of electrical recordings and much cheaper equipment to play them on, a working musician would see no direct financial benefit to a song they had performed on becoming a hit.

When the great depression hit, most of the record companies collapsed and, for those musicians who did not find other employment, live performances and radio became their sole source of income. For some non-songwriters this may have even represented a pay rise – a gig every night meant a reliable paycheck. For band leaders, musicians were now plentiful and affordable. Why not put together a 20-piece jazz orchestra for your radio show? The musicians would be glad to have a steady job, and the audience, who could not afford new records, would be glad to hear them.

But then, of course, things changed again. Slowly, the economy began to recover. Record companies started increasing production. Radio stations, cutting back due to increased costs, started playing more records. And still performers received no royalties.

On August 1st 1942 the AFM, then representing the majority of professional musicians, announced a strike. No music was to be recorded until the record companies would agree terms to pay performance royalties. The strike had been long-anticipated, and a stockpile of records had been built up, so at first there was no noticeable difference – all the best-known artists were still available in stores. Then, as these started to run out, different plans were put into action. Singers (who were generally not members of the AFM) were paired with vocal groups or non-union pianists – this is why 1943 is the first big year for Frank Sinatra. Old records were re-released – for example Sinatra’s pre-fame records with the Harry James Orchestra. The dam had to burst eventually, though, and one by one the record companies agreed terms with the AMA, and recordings gradually began again.

If this strike were the only factor at play in 1943, it would be hard enough to make a full-length music mix, but of course there are further complications. Even before the war began, the economics of running a big band were failing, as star performers were less and less likely to accept minimum wage with the depression over. We will hear plenty of smaller group jazz performances, and their new style (already given the name “be bop”) in future episodes, though sadly I only have sprinklings of this for you here. Many musicians were of age to be drafted into the armed forces, and though they may have had the chance to play music there, it was most likely not recorded. Plastics were needed for war industries, and limits were put on the number of records which could be pressed. Even worse hit was fuel, which was rationed to the point that multi-city musical tours were virtually impossible. It seems like the entire record business was put entirely on hold for the duration of the year.

So what do we have here, then? A four-and-a-half-hour mix without any records? Well, no. With much less to work with, I downloaded a huge radio archive, and spent a fair amount of time getting sounds from films. The songs that do appear are “v-discs” recorded for distribution to soldiers, recordings with minimal or acappella backing, movie soundtracks, a few radio performances, and of course a host of music from other countries, mainly ones which were not participating in the war (I believe that for this reason this may be the most South-American mix I’ve ever made.) More than any other mix so far, this leans heavily into the sound-collage aspect of the project, with large sections free of any music. It was difficult to put this together, but I think it works.

Introduction

(Clip from Calvacade of America)
(Clip from WAC Recruits Take Oath of Enlistment)
(Clip from CBS World News Today)
(Clip from Share The Meat)
(Clip from Heaven Can Wait)
(Clip from Lights Out – Kill)
(Clip from Calvacade of America)
(Clip from Fibber McGee & Molly)
(Clip from It’s That Man Again)
0:01:08 Spike Jones – People Will Say We`re In Love
0:01:23 Lena Horne – Stormy Weather

January

(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
0:05:59 Charlie Parker – My Heart Tells Me
(Clips from CBS World News Today)
(Clip from How To Behave In Britain)
0:09:17 Mildred Bailey – Rockin’ Chair
(Clips from CBS World News Today)
(Clip from Education for Death – The Making of The Nazi)
0:14:36 Efisio Melis – Fiuda Bagadia
(Clips from Education for Death – The Making of The Nazi)
(Clip from Shadow of a Doubt)
0:18:47 Oscar Aleman – Tico Tico No Fuba
(Clip from Shadow of a Doubt)
0:21:33 Xavier Cugat – Tico Tico
(Clip from Shadow of a Doubt)
(Clip from Fibber McGee & Molly)
(Clip from Screen Guild Players)
(Clips from Shadow of a Doubt)
(Clip from The More The Merrier)
0:24:13 Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra – The Moose
(Clips from Screen Guild Players)
0:26:46 Django Reinhardt Et Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France – Cavalerie
(Clip from Shadow of a Doubt)
(Clip from Forever and a Day)
(Clip from Lum & Abner)
(Clip from Screen Guild Players)
(Clip from VOA – Deutschsprachige Nachrichten der Stimme Amerikas)
(Clip of Herman Goering)
(Clip from CBS World News Today)

February

(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
0:29:20 Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots – Cow Cow Boogie
(Clip from BBCF Ici Londres – Victoire Sovitique Stalingrad)
(Clip from BBC – Robert Robinson Reports Victory In Stalingrad)
(Clip from BBC – Paul Winterton on Stalingrad)
(Clip from BBC – End Of Battle For Stalingrad Eyewitnessed)
0:33:37 Golden Gate Quartet – Stalin Wasn’t Stallin’
(Clip of Joseph Goebbels)
0:37:00 Duke Ellington – Black
(Clip from How To Behave In Britain)
(Clip from NBC – Bing Crosby Kraft Music Hall WAC Recruitment)
(Clip from Orson Welles War Bond Plea)
(Clips from Ediphone School Record No.2)
(Clips from How To Behave In Britain)
0:49:18 Duke Ellington – Brown
(Clips from How To Behave In Britain)
(Clip from Cockney Slang)
0:56:41 Duke Ellington – Beige
(Clips from How To Behave In Britain)
(Clips from Kraft Cheese Spreads Commercial)
(Clips from Popeye – Seeing Red, White & Blue)
1:05:13 Nat King Cole Trio – I Know That You Know

March

(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
(Clip from The Human Comedy)
1:07:48 Yma Sumack con Conjunto Folklórico Peruano de Moisés Vivanco – Cholo traicionero (Pasacalle)
(Clip from CBS World News Today)
1:10:59 Evelyn Künnek – Sing Nachtigall Singe
(Clip from Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman)
(Clips from CBS World News Today)
1:15:16 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five – Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?
(Clip from The Human Comedy)
(Clip from Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman)
(Clip from Your Own Victory Garden)
1:18:07 Nat King Cole & Dexter Gordon – Sweet Lorraine
(Clip from Cockney Slang)
1:22:54 Flanagan & Allen – The Smiths And The Jones
(Clips from Cockney Slang)
1:26:20 George Lewis – New Orleans Hula
(Clips from Fighting Men – Kill Or Be Killed)
1:30:02 Harry Roy – This Is The Army Mr Jones
(Clips from Women Of Steel)
1:33:05 Four Vagabonds – Rosie The Riveter
(Clip from Women Of Steel)

April

(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
(Clip from Wings To Victory)
1:35:49 Miguel Caló and Alberto Podestá – Percal
(Clip from Fires Were Started)
1:39:00 Carlos Di Sarli and Roberto Rufino – Verdemar
(Clip from Lights Out – Kill)
1:41:50 Django Reinhardt – Improvisation No. 3, Part 1
(Clips from Lights Out – Kill)
1:44:36 Spike Jones – Hotcha Cornia
(Clips from Fibber McGee & Molly)
(Clip from Share The Meat)
1:46:56 Lionel Hampton Sextet & Dinah Washington – Evil Gal Blues
(Clip from Lum & Abner)
(Clips from Fibber McGee & Molly)
(Clip from Cabin in The Sky)
1:49:42 Shinda Gikombe – Njane Kanini
(Clips from I Walked With A Zombie)

May

(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
(Clip from Five Graves To Cairo)
(Clip from CBC – Lorne Green Reports Victory In Tunis)
(Clip from Five Graves To Cairo)
1:52:41 Jimmy Yancey – Yancey Special
(Clip from Kentucky Derby – Clem McCarthy)
(Clip from The Leopard Man)
1:55:50 Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers – Jumpin Jive
1:58:56 Charlie Parker & Jay McShann – Cherokee
(Clip from The More The Merrier)
(Clip from Calvacade of America)
(Clip from The More The Merrier)
(Clip from Calvacade of America)
(Clips from The More The Merrier)
(Clip of Axis Sally)
(Clips from Calvacade of America)
(Clips of Axis Sally)
2:01:58 Carroll Gibbons (Vocals Edna Kay) – Darling
(Clip from The Major And The Minor)
(Clip from BBC Warsaw Uprising – Eyewitness)
2:04:16 Freddy Martin & His Orchestra – (Theme From The) Warsaw Concerto
(Clip from BBC Frank Gillard Surrender North Africa)
(Clip from Calvacade of America)
(Clips from CBS World News Today)
2:07:21 Fats Waller and Ada Brown – That Ain’t Right
(Clips from Calvacade of America)
(Clip from BBC – Should the news be in BBC English)

June

(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
2:12:08 The Andrews Sisters – Shoo, Shoo Baby
(Clip from My Friend Flicka)
(Clips from Ossessione)
2:15:30 Oscar Aleman – Besame Mucho
(Clips from My Friend Flicka)
(Clip of Juan Peron Speech)
2:18:24 Carlos Di Sarli and Roberto Rufino – Yo Soy De San Telmo
(Clips from My Friend Flicka)
2:20:53 Ameerbai Karnataki, Khan Mastana – Door Hato Ai Duniya Walo
2:23:12 Nattiyakkalaye – Sivakavi
(Clips from The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)
2:27:17 Django Reinhardt Et Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France – Fleur D’ennui
(Clips from The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)

July

(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
2:33:49 Lead Belly – (Good Night) Irene (Take 1)
(Clips from CBS World News Today)
2:36:56 Dorothy Maynor – Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen
(Clip from For Who The Bell Tolls)
(Clip from BBC – Maurice Shillington Reports – Mussolini Resigns)
(Clip from EIAR Announces the Resignation of Mussolini)
(Clips from FDR Fireside Chat – First Crack In The Axis)
2:41:53 Frank Sinatra with The Bobby Tucker Singers – Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’
(Clip from Commercial for Kraft Mustard)
2:44:56 Carmen Miranda – Lady In The Tutti Frutti Hat (film soundtrack)
(Clips from The Ox Bow Incident)
2:49:53 Edith Piaf – Le Brun Et Le Blond
2:52:36 Lord Invader – Rum And Coca-Cola

August

(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
2:55:00 Concha Piquer – Yo No Me Quiero Enterar
(Clip from CBS World News Today)
(Clips from Private SNAFU – Spies)
2:59:52 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra with Ray Nance – A Slip Of The Lip Can Sink A Ship
(Clip from The Man In Grey)
3:01:30 Benny Carter and his Orchestra – Poinciana
(Clip from BBC – General Patton Enters Messina)
(Clip from BBC – Frank Gillard with Town Band in Lentini)
3:05:59 Rueben Solomon & His Jive Boys – Constantly (Calcutta, 1943)
(Clips from Heaven Can Wait)
3:09:09 Jimmy Dorsey (vocal – Kitty Kallen) – They’re Either Too Young Or Too Old
(Clip from CBC – Mary Churchill Congratulates CWACs)
3:12:49 Anne Shelton – Silver Wings In The Moonlight
(Clip from CBS World News Today)

September

(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
(Clip of BBC – Montgomery Announces Landings in Italy)
(Clip from Sahara)
3:16:43 Ella May Morse & Freddie Slack – Get on Board, Little Chillun
(Clips from Dynamite Cargo)
3:20:35 Big Bill Broonzy – Night Watchman Blues
(Clip from Dynamite Cargo)
(Clips from BBC – Berlin Bomber)
3:31:25 The Four Vagabonds – Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer
(Clips from BBC Guy Gibson Interview)
3:34:16 Dicky Wells and His Orchestra – Linger Awhile
(Clip from CAN – Eisenhower Announces Italy’s Surrender)
(Clip from BBC – Marshall Badoglio – Italy Surrender)
3:37:32 Spike Jones – Down In Jungle Town
(Clip from CBS World News Today)
(Clip from Lum & Abner)
(Clip from Le Corbeau)
3:38:56 Yvonne de Trebert – Stop
(Clips from Calvacade of America)

October

(Clips from Lassie Come Home)
3:43:18 Charlie Parker – I’ve Found A New Baby
(Clip from Treasury Star Parade)
(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
(Clip from BBC – Freddy Grisewood Reports Italy At War With Germany)
3:47:14 Aníbal Troilo – La Cumparsita
(Clips from Himmler Speech)
3:49:56 Sekinomu – Kayanda (Ganda; Uganda)
(Clips from CBS World News Today)
(Clip from WAC Recruits Take Oath of Enlistment)
3:51:34 Django Reinhardt – Blues Clair
(Clips from Eisenhower War Loans Drive Speech)
3:54:38 Lead Belly – John Hardy
(Clips from It’s That Man Again)
3:56:20 New Mayfair Dance Orchestra – Pedro The Fisherman
(Clips from It’s That Man Again)

November

(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
3:59:28 Wild Bill Davison & his Commodores – That’s a Plenty
(Clips from Here Is Your War)
4:01:18 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five – Deacon Jones
(Clips from BBC – In Honour of Russia – Mary Lane)
4:04:55 Yma Sumack con Conjunto Folklórico Peruano de Moisés Vivanco – Waraka Tusuy
(Clip from Sahara)
(Clip from BBCF – Ici Londres – Messages Personnels)
4:08:22 Charles Trenet – Douce France
(Clip from Amos & Andy – Turkey Trouble)
4:12:02 Nat King Cole – It’s Only A Paper Moon
(Clip from Commercial – Waste Kitchen Fats)
4:13:13 Fats Waller – Up Jumped You With Love

December

(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
(Clip from BBC – Freddy Grisewood Reports on Tehran Conference)
4:15:27 The Stuff Smith Trio – Humoresque
(Clip from Amos & Andy – Candy for Caroline)
(Clip from Fibber McGee & Molly)
4:18:04 Dicky Wells and His Orchestra – I Got Rhythm
(Clip from CBC – Canadian Women Serving Overseas – Marietta McPherson)
(Clips from CBC – Wartime Rations Christmas – Dorothy Batchellor)
(Clip of Edward R Murrow)
4:20:22 Nat King Cole Trio – Embraceable You
(Clip from Jane Eyre)
4:24:16 Shamshad Begum & Motilal – O Jaanewale Aaja
(Clip from Five Graves To Cairo)
(Clips from Mother America)
4:26:27 Custódio Mesquita – Brejeiro
(Clip from Wartime With Bob Hope – The Christmas Package)
4:28:06 The Andrews Sisters – Sing (Radio Broadcast)
(Clip from BBC – King George Christmas Speech)
(Clip from CBS World News Today)
4:32:16 Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters – Victory Polka
(Clips from CBC – Matthew Hatton – Canadians Attack Ortona)
(Clip from Mother America)

Closing

4:34:22 Xavier Cugat – Linda Mujer
(Clip from Cockney Slang)
(Clip from Amos & Andy – Candy for Caroline)
(Clip from Fibber McGee & Molly)
(Clip from Dynamite Cargo)
(Clip from Shadow of a Doubt)
(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
(Clip from Popeye – Seeing Red, White & Blue)

1943 Part 12 – December + Closing

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Centuries of Sound
1943 Part 12 – December + Closing
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Tracklist

(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
(Clip from BBC – Freddy Grisewood Reports on Tehran Conference)
00:49 The Stuff Smith Trio – Humoresque
(Clip from Amos & Andy – Candy for Caroline)
(Clip from Fibber McGee & Molly)
03:20 Dicky Wells and His Orchestra – I Got Rhythm
(Clip from CBC – Canadian Women Serving Overseas – Marietta McPherson)
(Clips from CBC – Wartime Rations Christmas – Dorothy Batchellor)
(Clip of Edward R Murrow)
05:40 Nat King Cole Trio – Embraceable You
(Clip from Jane Eyre)
09:32 Shamshad Begum & Motilal – O Jaanewale Aaja
(Clip from Five Graves To Cairo)
(Clips from Mother America)
11:50 Custódio Mesquita – Brejeiro
(Clip from Wartime With Bob Hope – The Christmas Package)
13:22 The Andrews Sisters – Sing (Radio Broadcast)
(Clip from BBC – King George Christmas Speech)
(Clip from CBS World News Today)
17:32 Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters – Victory Polka
(Clips from CBC – Matthew Hatton – Canadians Attack Ortona)
(Clip from Mother America)
19;38 Xavier Cugat – Linda Mujer
(Clip from Cockney Slang)
(Clip from Amos & Andy – Candy for Caroline)
(Clip from Fibber McGee & Molly)
(Clip from Dynamite Cargo)
(Clip from Shadow of a Doubt)
(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
(Clip from Popeye – Seeing Red, White & Blue)

1943 Part 11 – November

Centuries of Sound
Centuries of Sound
1943 Part 11 - November
/

At Centuries of Sound I am making mixes for every year of recorded sound. The download here is only for the eleventh section of the mix. For the full 4.5-hour version please come to patreon.com/centuriesofsound for downloads and a host of other bonus materials for just $5 per month. This show would not be possible without my supporters on there, so please consider signing up or sharing this with someone who may be interested.

MP3 download | Patreon | Apple | Mixcloud | Spotify | Castbox | Stitcher

Tracklist

(Clip from Review of The Year 1943)
00:36 Wild Bill Davison & his Commodores – That’s a Plenty
(Clips from Here Is Your War)
02:27 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five – Deacon Jones
(Clips from BBC – In Honour of Russia – Mary Lane)
06:04 Yma Sumack con Conjunto Folklórico Peruano de Moisés Vivanco – Waraka Tusuy
(Clip from Sahara)
(Clip from BBCF – Ici Londres – Messages Personnels)
09:37 Charles Trenet – Douce France
(Clip from Amos & Andy – Turkey Trouble)
13:11 Nat King Cole – It’s Only A Paper Moon
(Clip from Commercial – Waste Kitchen Fats)
14:25 Fats Waller – Up Jumped You With Love

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