Where more than a few sentiments were cringe-worthy.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: CBS-TV audio coverage of 1964 Republican Convention – July 15, 1964 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
News for this day, at least in the U.S., had primarily to do with the Republican Convention and the selection of Barry Goldwater as Presidential Candidate.
Long thought to be the turning point in the Republican Party, it actually began somewhere shortly after the 1954 off-year election and with the 1962 off-year elections making the move to the extreme right more visible. By 1964, what was considered to be the radical minority wing of the Party had taken over and swept Barry Goldwater to the forefront as the standard bearer for the Republicans, and a stunning repudiation of the moderate and liberal wings of the party.
During this last hour of the nomination process, a lot of commentary passed over the airwaves over what this new direction of the Party was to potentially mean and how it was reacted to by the Republican establishment.
It’s interesting to note that, in 1964 the majority of newspapers in this country were considered to be Republican dominated (contrary to the Liberal Press as it is often bandied about), and how the press itself saw this new change as something ominous for the future of the country. Now that the moderate and liberal wings of the Party were tossed aside, this new breed was viewed as something potentially dangerous. And how this was going to bode with voters in November was cause for a lot of speculation.
But on this night in 1964, all eyes were on Arizona and the Favorite Son who made good.
July 15, 1964 as reported by Walter Cronkite, Eric Sevareid, and a host of others – along with Civil Rights demonstrations outside the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
And we thought this all happened yesterday . . . . .
Had it not been for Baba O’Reilly, you may never have heard of these guys.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: East Of Eden – Live in Germany – Studio Session German TV – 1971
East of Eden were one of those misunderstood bands almost from the get-go. Heavily influenced by Jazz and Progressive, their hit single was strangely characterized as Folk. The misunderstanding probably had something to do with Dave Arbus, whose violin playing embraced a lot of different musical genres. But mainstream music business that it is – insistence on being pigeon-holed one way or the other based on a hit record has always had bad results (i.e. last night’s Dexys post) – and nobody could quite put their finger on what East Of Eden were all about.
And that was a shame because, if you got rid of the preconceived notions, East Of Eden were a very interesting and accomplished band with a lot of talented people involved and had a sound not that much unlike Jethro Tull. But had it not been for a guest appearance by Arbus with his violin solo for The Who on Baba O’Reilly, East Of Eden may have slipped by almost totally unnoticed.
After a fashion, the band gave up almost completely on trying to make a dent anywhere else than Europe, where their popularity was the strongest. And because of that, tonight’s post is from a session the band did for German TV in 1971.
So tonight you get a chance to hear what you missed the first time around, unless you were hovering around the import bin at your record store and kept on top of what the band were doing that way – since you never heard them on the radio.
Enjoy – and get ready for next week. Hopefully there will be surprises. Festival season is still roaring ahead.
Conductor, Musicologist but not particularly known as a composer.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Paris Wind Ensemble – Blanchard: Quartet for Woodwinds – ORTF Studio recording – circa 1955
Roger Blanchard (1919-2011) wasn’t particularly recognized as a composer. His many recordings as founder of the Roger Blancard Vocal Ensemble are probably better known. But in the 1950s he was an up-and-comer from the Paris Conservatory with a bright future as a composer of Contemporary music.
Here is one of those compositions – his Quartet for Woodwinds, as performed on this ORTF studio session by The Paris Wind Ensemble from approximately 1955.
Another unissued performance via French Radio.