Audio is rough, with record noise, and skips near the beginning. After Don’s opening commercial for General Tire, he introduces Don Bestor, who introduces Jack.
This being the first in the series with the new sponsor, and the new cast, Jack lays down some ground rules, and meets the new members. Band leader Don Bestor, who plays, but where Jack would usually announce the song, the recording skips. Still the dippy girlfriend, Mary enters to joke about Don Bestor. She suggests that they run out to see Frank Parker in his new music store. Don plays, and after a brief skip, the tune is pretty much all there, April Showers.
with the travelling music over, we visit Frank. Jack and Mary show off their customer service skills to help out. Jokes about popular song titles of the day abound. wwith helpers like Jack and Mary, Franks worries are over, he’ll be out of business in no time. After a brief skip, Frank Parker sings, Orchids in the Moonlight. As the parade of customers pass through, the audio skips some more.
A final song from Frank is clipped before Don wilson closes with a final commercial.
PS: The audio is far from the best, and probably the more serious fans of OTR will appreciate the show, but it’s worth listening to the end. I really enjoy the clowning around in the music store.
Early in the show, Jack tries to borrow money from his cast. In the previous rendition of the show for Canada Dry, the cast would try to borrow from each other. This could be a precursor to jack’s notorious stinginess. Before he took on that character trait, the jokes about stinginess were spread around, or the stereotypical reference to a Scotsman was used. Hey, maybe that’s why Jack made himself the butt of cheap jokes, to avoid a stereotype. What do you think? Leave me a comment and let me know.