Former Vichy Governor Pierre Laval – condemned to death, but hoping everyone would forget.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for October 10, 1945
News for this October 10th in 1945 was a mixed bag of winding-down from the War, labor disputes, the brewing trouble in the Middle-East, overthrows in Argentina, and condemned War criminals.
Starting with reports on suggested cutbacks to the Military, with a proposed scaling down of the Air Force to 10% of its current size in planes and personnel. The gradual phase-down of Army troop strength in Europe and the switching of personnel from an offensive force to an occupation force was being implemented.
On the domestic front – strikes were now plaguing the country with labor disputes springing up in the Steel industry.
Overseas – The Middle East was in the beginning of its decades-long turmoil, with riots breaking out in Tel-Aviv over Jewish refugees being held in Palestinian detention camps and British forces being brought in to quell the disturbances. In Argentina, a Military Junta successfully ended its coup with the removal of President Juan Peròn and a Military cabinet quickly formed. Convicted War Criminals Quisling former head of Nazi-occupied Norway and Pierre Laval, former head of the Nazi-backed Vichy Government in France, and both condemned to Death, were trying to appeal their sentences. Neither, it seemed, would be having much luck.
All that, and a lot more via the News With Vandervender Program over WOR in New York on October 10, 1945
Fletcher Henderson – one of the most influential and creative minds in the early history of Jazz.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Fletcher Henderson – Rocky Mountain Blues – 1927
Back to the 20’s tonight for a taste of Fletcher Henderson, one of the most influential band leaders and arrangers in the history of early Jazz – but few people knew about him. Henderson took Jazz to new levels and was one of the innovators of Swing, which became one of the most popular genres of the late 1930’s and 40’s. But in the 1920’s, Henderson was playing Jazz that was too advanced for most listeners and had created a band of professional musicians who played as a tight cohesive unit. Time would eventually catch up and Henderson was a much sought-after arranger for the likes of Benny Goodman. But largely his contributions were in the background, only to be discovered and celebrated after his death in 1952.
Tonight it’s one of the tracks he recorded with his own band in 1927. Rocky Mountain Blues was recorded in New York City on January 21, 1927 and gives some idea of just how tight the band was.
Jazz in the 1920’s was bit more complex than it would seem.