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Show # 639: Last Week of July 1957

Posted by on July 28, 2014

The songs, the stories, the singers that were on everyone's mind on this last week of July 1957.

Your Hit Parade – First Song, Stop Beating Round The Mulberry Bush (#2). 381022

Posted by Keith on July 25, 2014

With a shift to a 30 minute format, this musical show features comedian WC Fields, and Al Goodman’s orchestra.

  1. Stop Beating Around the Mulberry Bush, ranked: 2
  2. While a Cigarette Was Burning, ranked: 7
  3. I Know That You Know, a hit from 1926, leads into WC Fields loudly talking about his early vaudeville days. All he has to do is keep from mentioning the sponsor’s product. Hanley Stafford assists.
  4. At Long Last Love, ranked: 6 <;li>So Help Me, ranked: 5, and in it’s 8th week in the charts.
  5. The Lady in Red, a bonus track.
  6. WC Fields is back and is a Hollywood talent agent. He deals with a few eccentric office helpers. Besides Hanley Stafford, Walter Tetley makes an appearance.
  7. Alexanders Ragtime Band, ranked: 3. A song that had a hit in every decade in the first half of the 20th century.
  8. Change Partners, ranked: 4
  9. I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams, ranked: 1

Show # 638: Vanity Show Northern Soul Roots in the USA

Posted by on July 23, 2014

Guest producer Brian Halsey highlights a group of songs by American singers that rocked the UK in the Sixties and early Seventies

Mail Call – Victor Borje. 1945 (retro469)

Posted by Keith on July 19, 2014

Opens with a tune by the Charioteers, Goucho Serenade.

Normally, the show has a variety of acts, but Victor carries the whole show with his unique style of humor and excellent concert piano playing.

Victor talks about his childhood and family. He then shuffles together some of the great composers for a clever arrangement of Schubert and the Blue Danube.

The Johnny Green orchestra plays a medley, and the show is wrapped up by a closing number of the Charioteers, Lilly Belle.

Bonus Tracks:
Spike Jones – William Tell Overature.
Jimmy Durante – , with Bob Hope.

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Your Hit Parade – First Song, Sing Baby Sing (#5). 361021

Posted by Keith on July 18, 2014

The top 15 tunes you like best this week in 1936, based on nationwide surveys.


  1. Swing Baby Swing, ranked: 5
  2. I Can’t Escape From You, ranked, 14
  3. You Turn the Tables on Me, ranked: 12
  4. I Got Rhythm, Not rated, just a snappy tune to enjoy.
  5. A Fine Romance, ranked: 7
  6. Did I Remember, ranked: 4
  7. A bonus medley featuring: I’ts Gotta Be Love, and On Your Toes.
  8. Me and the Moon, ranked: 6
  9. When Did You Leave Heaven, ranked: 2
  10. Lady of Spain, no rank just a bonus track.

Station break. Care to try your hand at the contest to guess the top 3 hits for next week? You could win some Luckies! Here’s all you gotta do, just fire up your time travelling machine, and return to 1936. Contest not open to minors.

  1. The Way You Look Tonight, climbing from from 4 to be ranked: 1. And still a timeless song today in my opinion.
  2. South Sea Island Magic, ranked: 15
  3. I Won’t Dance, no rank, another bonus track.
  4. A Star Fell Out of Heaven, ranked: 8
  5. I’ll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs, ranked: 9. Just breaking into the charts.
  6. Bye Bye Baby, ranked: 10
  7. Close To Me, ranked: 13
  8. Louisanna Hayride, an old favorite.
  9. Until the Next thing Comes Along, ranked: 3
  10. When a Lady Meets a Gentleman Down South, ranked: 11

Show # 637: You’ve Got Mail

Posted by on July 16, 2014

From The Letter to Return to Sender. The best music of the 1950's and 1960's . A Special Delivery to you.

Spike Jones – William Frawley. 450715.

Posted by Keith on July 15, 2014


1. Francis Langford, Navajo Trail.
2. Francis tells about the Army Hospital where this broadcast is coming from, then jokes with Spike and Ken.
3. Spike Jones, Shiek of Araby.
4. Francis Langford, You Came Along.
5. Well known character actor, William Frawley chats with the cast about making movies. William pretends to be a fortune teller.
6. Spike Jones, Hotcha Cornia.
7. Medley: Tony Romano, Finally Got That Kiss. Francis Langford, Walk Alone.

Your Hit Parade – First Song, Goody, Goody (#7). 360527

Posted by Keith on July 11, 2014

Find out how your favorite songs rank this week in the nation. Hits are played by Paul Whiteman’s orchestra.


  1. Goodie Goodie, rank: 7 climbing up from 11 last week.
  2. You Started Me Dreaming, rank: 8
  3. Is it True What They Say About Dixie, rank: 6
  4. No Other One, no ranking but always popular.
  5. All My Life, rank: 4
  6. The Glory of Love, rank: 15 as it hits the charts this week.
  7. I’ll Never Say Never Again, no ranking but an honorable mention.
  8. Melody from the Skies, rank: 2 where it finished last week as well.
  9. It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie, rank: 14.
  10. Don’t Let It Bother You, no rank, another honorable mention.

After a station break, the hits resume. Want to guess what the hits will be next week? Send in your top 3 picks. You could win some Luckies. Contest not open to minors, and people not living in 1936, sorry but you missed it by several decades.

  1. Lost, rank: 1
  2. Love is Like a Cigarette, 10
  3. Take a Number from 1 to 10, no rank.
  4. Tormented, rank: 9
  5. Kings Shall Have Music, rank: 12
  6. Robins and Roses, rank: 5
  7. Would You, rank: 13
  8. I’m Shooting High.
  9. The Touch of Your Lips, rank: 11
  10. You, rank: 3

Note: A song titled, WouldYou? I can just hear Frank Nelson from the Jack Benny program responding in only they way he could do. “OO, Would I!”

Show # 636: Looking Back

Posted by on July 8, 2014

Two shows in one. An hour of great classic songs from the 50's and 60's and them a rare special look at one of the lost shows available now. The Lost Bobby Darin from 2008

Your Hit Parade – First Song – Lulu’s Back In Town (#13). 350727

Posted by Keith on July 4, 2014

Audio is a little on the scratchy side, but OK. The voices of the people have spoken, and today we bring you the results of the rnkings.


  1. Lulu’s Back in Town, rank: 13
  2. And Then Some, rank: 3
  3. Every Little Moment, rank: 10
  4. Every Single Little Tingle inMy Heart, rank: 15 Paris in the Spring, rank: 8
  5. Down by the River Seine, is the featured new song of the week.
  6. Let’s Sing it, rank: 11
  7. In a Little Gypsy Tearoom, rank: 4
  8. The Lady in Red, rank: 5

After a station break, the playlist continues.

  • In the Middle of a Hill
  • Tea for Two, a hit from 10 years ago.
  • All I do is Dream of You, the hit from 1 year ago today.
  • Sharing Shadows, rank: 1
  • East Side of the Sun, rank: 6
  • Living in a Great Big Way, rank: 14 Despite it’;s its lower place in the rankings, a lot of fun is had in mixing some extra verses.
  • Call Me Sweetheart. A special spotlight feature from across the ocean from England.
  • You’re All I Need, rank: 12 (But #1 in Hollywood where the film it came from ids a hit.
  • I’ll Never Say Never Again, rank: 7
  • Quills, Regional hit in Pittsburg and Daytona Beach.
  • In the Middle of the Hill, a reprisal due to it’s popularity.

    Note: In Early days of music, performers and writers of music made almost no money at all. It was the publishing houses that printed the sheet music who made the money. Steven Foster, in the mid 1800′s was one of the first song writers who broke that mold. Songs were sung and pplayed by every singer or band in the country, and without records or radio, it could take years for songs to be a hit across the country. Even by this time in music history, songs weren’t always identified as the property of any one artist. Even if they were, it benefited to have as many people singing it as possible, to help the tune spread. Even with radio, and record sales, it could still take a while for songs to break out of regional areas and sweep the nation.