Tuesday, February 3, 2009

This Just In...

For our friend John, my 78rpm of “Clementine” features Bing but not the Andrews Sisters. It’s still pretty zippy and self-mocking as Bing asks at one point “Do I sound like Gene Autry?” I still think he did another one with the Andrews Sisters.

Also, Mr. John Hayes, whose excellent blog, Robert Frost’s Banjo, having recently received the Superior Scribbler’s award, has passed it along to me.

My sincere thanks to John, and to the blogs named below to which I now pass along the Superior Scribblers award.

Here are the rules:

1. Name five other Superior Scribblers to receive this award.
2. Link to the author and name of the blog that gave you the award.
3. Display the award on your blog with this LINK which explains the award.
4. Click on the award at the bottom of the link and add your name to the bottom of the list.
5. Post the rules.

To Campaspe at the Self-Styled Siren for her wit, her intelligence, and her stunning prose on the subject classic film.

To a newer blog “Silents and Talkies” where the artistry of film is so deftly interpreted by the artist Kate Gabrielle.

To a couple of regional blogs which are so important on this world-connected Internet for keeping alive and vibrant our local identities:

In the Valley and…

Exploring Western Mass., which both deal with the sights, the histories, and the current state of western Massachusetts.

Finally, to Rand’s Esoteric OTR, an excellent resource on classic radio programs, and the many he provides for download from their original transcripted recordings.

Congratulations to all, and thank you for your wonderful blogs.


John Hayes said...

78s are the absolute best! I might poke around on the 'net & see if I can turn up the Crosby/Andrews Sisters "Clementine"; they did venture into western songs, so it seems very plausible.

I completely agree with you on "Silents & Talkies," & will look forward to checking out your other picks as well.

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

The thing I really like about 78s is the sort of "live" sound. Because they didn't have the technology to mix tracts, each recording is essentially a live performance.

One site I especially enjoy is, which features a variety of music. The show hosted by Bryan Wright ( presents jazz and pop from the early 1900s to about the 1950s. Mr. Wright is a young man in his 20s. He frequently plays directly off 78s.

One night I had the station on while I was doing some paperwork, and the wonderful irony suddenly occurred to me that I was listening to some kid play 78s on the Internet. Talk about mixing eras and technologies.

John Hayes said...

Yes, there are some YouTube channels that do this as well; one I like is fuzzbear6240 who has about 300 of these-- classical, hot jazz, etc. I'll give a listen.

Campaspe said...

Thank you so much for this, it has brightened an otherwise very gloomy week. I know you take the old movies very seriously, so it means a lot to hear that you like my scribblings about them.

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

I do indeed enjoy your scribblings. Thank you for a great blog. I hope next week is better.

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