Ike and Press Secretary Hagerty – first it was Steel, and then it was Longshoremen.
Click on the link here for Audio Player:News for October 1, 1959
October 1, 1959 was no box of chocolates. First was the ongoing Steel Strike, becoming the longest in history. President Eisenhower ordered everyone back to the bargaining table to keep trying for a resolution. And then, literally overnight, The Longshoremen went on strike, idling some 100,000 dock workers and spreading up and down the East Coast of the U.S.
The South was still digging out from the aftermath of Hurricane Gracie and a Gas tank explosion sent some 2 1/2 million gallons of gasoline in a wall of flame across what would have been a busy highway, had it not been early in the morning when only 9 minor injuries resulted.
That, and a lot more via this edition of the legendary Lowell Thomas And The News for October 1, 1959.
And you think today is bad . . . .
In lieu of a band photo – Cultural Anthropology: Teenagers in 1925
Click on the link here for Audio Player: George Olsen And His Music – Sugar Plumb – 1925
Since the Studio/Past Daily Nerve Center has been undergoing renovations this past week, I’ve been stumbling over buried shelves of old 78’s – some I haven’t played since they arrived. And since Nights At The Roundtable is an eclectic mish-mash of music most nights anyway, why not end the week/start the new one, with something I usually don’t play; 1920’s Big Band.
This one comes from one of the more popular Dance bands of the 1920’s, a band in heavy competition with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra. They both recorded for the same label (Victor), and both bands had a massive catalog to their credit and both were huge throughout the 20’s and into the 1930’s.
So rather than try and make something profound out of this entry from a historic standpoint, I thought I would just grab at random, and I chose this one – Sugar Plumb, recorded in 1925 and certainly one of the more danceable numbers the kids in the above photo probably cut a few rugs to.
There has always been Pop Music and Pop Culture – it just sounds and looks different over the years. The sentiment is the exact same.
Charles Koechlin – Man of many talents, but composing won out.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Charles Koechlin – L’Abbaye – 1952
Something a little different tonight. Back over to the mountain of French Radio Transcriptions, but rather than focus on orchestras or instrumentalists, I thought I would give something small and vocal a try.
One of the choral works of Charles Koechlin, a composer who is familiar to a lot of people, primarily through his Seven Stars Symphony. But he did a lot more than that. In fact, Charles Koechlin was an extremely prolific, not to mention very influential composer in the early 20th Century who even taught composition for a while at UC Berkeley.
This weekend it’s L’Abbaye for chorus, organ and string orchestra featuring the Chorus of Jeunesse Musicales de France, Marie-Louise Giraud, organ and the Lyric Orchestra of the French Radio conducted by Louis Martini in a broadcast recording made in 1952.
There has been one more recent recording (2004) of this work available, but I doubt this particular recording has been made available. And I don’t know of any others prior to the most recent one. Still, a very interesting piece – haunting and somewhat hypnotic.
Give it a try – not for all tastes, but see what happens. It may surprise you.