Category Archives: Pop

(June 6, 2019) – Spike Jones & His City Slickers – Der Fuehrer’s Face

From the a-side of the 1942 single, Der Fuehrer’s Face / I Wanna Go Back To West Virginia (Bluebird ‎– B-11586). Written by Oliver Wallace, this tune became the soundtrack for the 1943 Walt Disney Donald Duck animated short of … Continue reading

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(November 9, 2018): Paul Robeson – Ballad For Americans

All four parts from the 1940 2×10″ 78 rpm discs, Ballad For Americans. For many, like me, born at the tail end of the post WWII baby boom, this collection represented what America was all about.  For those, like me, … Continue reading

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(November 4, 2018): Carol King – One Small Voice

From the 2017 MP3x1File single, One Small Voice. Carole King put this up on Youtube in early 2017. It is comprised of half the town of Stanley, Idaho (pop. 63), who came out in a snowstorm to march in peace … Continue reading

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(October 31, 2018): Rufus Wainwright – The Sword of Damocles

From the 2018 youtube single, The Sword of Damocles. Bloomberg had a good article on the background: ‘Dear Mr. President’: Rufus Wainwright Is Back With a Political Anthem. A portion of the proceeds from the tune is going to voter … Continue reading

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(March 17, 2018): Rex Allen – (The Wreck Of The) The Sloop “John B”

From the a-side of the 1951 single, (The Wreck Of The) The John B / The Roving Kind.  One of the many covers of the Bahamian traditional folk song, “The John B. Salis”. The earliest recording, according to Wikipedia, was by … Continue reading

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(November 11, 2017): John McCormack – There’s A Long, Long Trail

From the 1917 single side 78 rpm, There’s A Long, Long Trail.  A WWI staple for this old Armistice Day.  Stoddard King and Alonzo Elliott, both seniors at Yale, wrote the tune in 1913. Note the price on the lable … Continue reading

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(October 25, 2017): Avishai Cohen – Song of Hope

From the 2017 album, 1970.  Jazz bassist Cohen has produced a record that is not jazz; a much more mainstream offering that has him exercising his pipes. Cohen says this tune was prompted by “the state of the world and … Continue reading

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