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Friday, September 10, 2010

Artie Shaw...Live radio recordings and air checks.........

Artie Shaw
Live air checks, transcriptions, radio broadcasts, mostly 1938-39

.....and yeah, low bit rate, often...crowd noise, etc....just sayin'. I'm posting these not specifically for any reason other than that the performances, vocals, whatever, are excellent. I know that several of these available through different sources...I'm not attempting detailed location/date accuracy, except when I have the info. Most of these, I've gotten over the years from various folks, places...I didn't encode them, originally.

The other night I was playing these from a playlist through a modified old Zenith radio cabinet that I found empty years ago. In the carcass I fitted Bose speakers and an iPod as an experiment. Some friends were over, and enjoyed the was suggested that I post the it is.

Copenhagen (Radio broadcast live from the Rose Room in NYC.)
Got the mis'ry (Tony Pastor, vocals)
Harvest moon
Hold Your Hats
I Ain't Coming
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
If I Had You
If What You Say Is True
I Haven't Changed A Thing (Helen Forest, vocals)
I'm Coming Virginia
In The Mood
In The Mood (another radio date from 1938)
I Used To Be Color Blind (Tony Pastor, vocals)
I Want My Share Of Love (Helen Forest, vocals)
Jungle Drums
Just a kid named Joe (Tony Pastor, vocals 12-1-38 b'cast from Blue Room of the Lincoln Hotel, NYC)
Last night (Helen Forest, vocals)
Leapin' At The Lincoln (12-1-38 b'cast from Blue Room of the Lincoln Hotel, NYC)
Lilacs In The Rain (Helen Forest, vocals)
LIVE- Hotel Lincoln's Blue Room NYC 12/30/38 entire radio b'cast w/ intro....
Lover Come Back To Me
Maria My Own
Melancholy Lullaby
Moonray (Helen Forest, vocals 1939)
Night Over Shanghai
One Foot In The Groove
Over The Rainbow
Pastel Blue
Proschai (Tony Pastor, vocals)
Put That Down In Writing
Rockin' the State
The Rose room
Sobbin Blues
St. Louis Blues
Sweet Sue
The Lamp Is Low (Helen Forest, vocals)
The Man From Mars
The Yam
This Can't Be Love (Helen Forest, vocals)
Time Out
What's New (Helen Forest, vocals)
You Got Me
You're A Lucky Guy (Tony Pastor, vocals)
You're Mine You
You're So Indiff'rent (Helen Forest, vocals)
Copenhagen LIVE- Hotel Lincoln 12/30/38
It Had To Be You LIVE- Hotel Lincoln 12/30/38
Jungle Drums (another version) LIVE- Hotel Lincoln 12/30/38
Old Stompin' Ground (Tony Pastor, vocals) LIVE- Hotel Lincoln 12/30/38
Thanks For Everything (Helen Forest, vocals) LIVE- Hotel Lincoln 12/30/38
You're A Sweet Little Headache (Helen Forest, vocals)  LIVE- Hotel Lincoln 12/30/38
Between a kiss and a sigh (Helen Forest, vocals)
Let's Stop The Clock (Helen Forest, vocals, 1938)
My Reverie (Helen Forest)
Summer souvenirs (Helen Forest, 1939)
They Say live (Helen Forest)
Two lonely people (Helen Forest)
Who Blew Out The Flame (Helen Forest)
Sweet Adeline (Tony Pastor, vocals)

 Artie Shaw's many remote broadcasts included the Rose Room of Boston's Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Summer Terrace at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Roof in Boston, and the Café Rouge at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York. (Trivia note: this is the hotel that hosted Glenn Miller's Orchestra for years, and lead to using the hotel's phone number, Pennsylvania 6-5000, as a name for one of their pieces.) The Blue Room of New York's Hotel Lincoln was the location of his only regular radio series as headliner. Sponsored by Old Gold cigarettes, Shaw broadcast on CBS from November 20, 1938 until November 14, 1939.

 The Artie Shaw Orchestra of 1938-1939 was the best band he ever assembled, and the most popular. This is the orchestra that recorded "Begin and Beguine," Shaw's best-selling record, and contained a line-up of astonishing musicians: Buddy Rich on drums, Tony Pastor on tenor sax and vocals, Georgie Auld on tenor sax, Helen Forrest on lead female vocals, and of course Shaw himself playing the most brilliant clarinet music you'll ever hear. The music on these recordings shows them powering at their best, and you can see why they became America's most popular band of the time.

A note about band broadcasts on radio (Wikepedia):

A big band remote (aka dance band remote) was a remote broadcast, popular on radio during the 1930s and 1940s, involving a coast-to-coast live transmission of a big band.
As early as 1923, listeners could tune in The Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra. The Oriole Orchestra (Dan Russo and Ted Fio Rito) was performing at Chicago's Edgewater Beach Hotel when they did their first radio remote broadcast on March 29, 1924, and two years later, they opened the famous Aragon Ballroom in July 1926, doing radio remotes nationally from both the Aragon and the Trianon ballrooms. In 1929, after Rudy Vallée's Orchestra vacated Manhattan's Heigh-Ho Club to do a movie in Hollywood, Will Osborne's dance band found fame with a nationwide audience due to radio remotes from the Heigh-Ho. By 1930, Ben Bernie was heard in weekly remotes from Manhattan's Roosevelt Hotel.
Broadcasts were usually transmitted by the major radio networks directly from hotels, ballrooms, restaurants and clubs. During World War II, the remote locations expanded to include military bases and defense plants. Band remotes mostly originated in major cities, including Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago. The Chicago broadcasts featured bands headed by Count Basie, Frankie Carle, Duke Ellington, Jan Garber, Jerry Gray, Woody Herman, Earl Hines, Eddy Howard (from the Aragon Ballroom), Dick Jurgens, Kay Kyser (from the Blackhawk Restaurant), Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra (from the Blackhawk), Ted Weems, Shep Fields (from the Palmer House) and Griff Williams.
The usual procedure involved the network sending a two-man team, announcer and engineer, with remote radio equipment to a designated location. The announcer would open with music behind an introduction::Coming to you from Frank Dailey's Meadowbrook on Route 23, just off the Pompton Turnpike in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, we present the music of Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra.....

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