How the Political Cartoon community viewed The Marshall Plan in 1947.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for November 26, 1947
News for this day in November of 1947 had to do with a preview of The Marshall Plan and what was expected to be reaction by both the public and Capitol Hill. There was a lot riding on it and cautious eyes were waiting for the outcome.
It was also Thanksgiving week, this week in 1947. Anticipation of the Holiday and news regarding the annual Santa Claus Lane Parade in Hollywood attempted to overshadow the other news; more scandals, disasters at sea and conditions in the Post-War World.
Just another November 26th – as presented by The Alka-Seltzer News Of The World for November 26, 1947.
Jean-Guihen Queyras – working wonders on the Dutilleux Cello Concerto.
Click on the link here for Audio player: Orchestre National in Concert – Aug. 7, 2012
Back to Paris this week with a concert recorded on April 15, 2002 featuring Orchestre National de France, guest conducted by Juanja Mena and featuring cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras playing the Dutilleux Cello Concerto. They also play music of Manuel de Falla and Jacques Ibert.
On the short side this week, but a good concert featuring a seldom heard work by Henri Dutilleux.
Here’s what’s on the program:
Orchestre National de France – Dutilleux/Ibert/de Falla
Henri Dutilleux *
Concerto pour violoncelle “Tout un monde lointain”
[1. Rome-Palerme (Calme)
2. Tunis-Nefta (Lodéré très rythmé)
3. Valencia (Animé)
Manuel de Falla
Le Tricorne, suites 1 et 2
Jean-Guihen Queyras, violoncelle *
Orchestre National de France
Direction : Juanjo Mena
Concert enregistré le 15 avril 2002 au Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, à Paris
As always, recorded brilliantly by the venerable recording team at France Musique – another dose of Anti-Road Rage and another concert I would raise the volume a bit higher on than you may usually do.
Within hours – a war.
Click on the link here for Audio player: European News in English – Aug. 29-30, 1939
With a state of war literally hours away, and all diplomatic attempts failed, the world waited for the shooting to start.
Here are three newscasts, in English via shortwave. The first is from Radio Warsaw, the second is from Radio Berlin and the third from EIAR in Rome, all broadcast late on August 29th and early August 30th 1939. The sound on the Polish broadcast is rough and not complete, but its significant and probably hasn’t been heard since it was first broadcast.
History from the perspective of not knowing the outcome.
Molotov signs the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact. Entering into the most unholy of alliances.
Click on link here for Audio player: News for August 24, 1939 From Paris
News of this day – and depending on where you were, it was either August 24th or 25th, was completely taken over by the surprising move on the part of the Soviet Union to enter into a mutual non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany. This move effectively paved the way for a German invasion of Poland and the inevitable involvement of Britain, France and the rest of Europe, plunging the continent into World War 2 in only a matter of days. The shock waves of such an unholy alliance between two natural enemies gave one pause to speculate just how long this supposed friendship would last.
Here is a shortwave news broadcast, direct from Paris and broadcast in English, detailing the signing and its speculated outcome for the rest of Europe on this August 24th-25th, 1939. The sound is a bit noisy at times, because Shortwave wasn’t all that reliable at the time. But it’s history and sometimes history just doesn’t sound all that good.
Day 13 of a sweltering heatwave – even Falla seemed listless.
Click on the audio player here: News for July 31, 1940
As the Nation’s Capitol sweltered for its thirteenth consecutive day, this July 31st in 1940, the news was appropriately sparse and the events were comparatively few.
Starting with news from London that overnight raids by German bombers on Southeast and Southwest England and parts of Wales did little damage. On the diplomatic front, efforts were underway to gain release of some 11 British subjects being held by the Japanese for unknown reasons. With anti-Japanese sentiment rising in Britain, the Japanese Embassy in London expressed powerlessness in being able to offer help. At the time of the newscast, two Britons were released, but an additional British subject was being held.
Meanwhile, Parliament voted to extend the blockade of shipping to France and other countries under Axis control. This was worrisome to the French as food shortages were spreading all over France.
From Berlin came reports that Japan expressed concern over the U.S. embargo of shipments of war materials and was considering cutting off shipments to the U.S. of rubber from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies in retaliation.
Back home – amid reports of the heatwave gripping Washington also came word that the Senate Military Affairs Committee gave a hasty okay to President Roosevelt’s proposal to mobilize some 300,000 National Guard and Reserve Officers for one year of military training. Dropped like a hot potato was a proposed Conscription Law with overwhelming sentiment that there should be no peacetime draft.
And that’s what this last day of July sounded like in 1940, as reported on the NBC News Of The World.
Suzi Quatro – smashing a few glass ceilings in rock.
Click on the Link: Suzi Quatro – All Shook Up – 1973
Anyone remotely familiar with the halcyon days of Glam Rock undoubtedly knows about Suzi Quatro. Born in Detroit, but relocated to London, Quatro was snapped up by the producing team of Chinn and Chapman, who were responsible for the meteoric careers of Gary Glitter, The Sweet and several others, and became an almost overnight sensation in England, Europe and Australia where she had an almost endless string of hits lasting well into the early 80’s. The U.S. was a bit harder to crack, but it wasn’t for lack of trying and it really wasn’t until she took a detour and was cast as Leather Tuscadero on the Happy Days TV series that her career in the U.S. matched that of the rest of the world.
Quatro’s success was significant on a number of levels. She was the first female Bass player to become a major rock star and she was one of the first Women of Hard Rock; a genre that was, up until this time, pretty much an all-boys club. She’s still very active, having released her 15th album just recently. She was doing a weekly radio show for BBC 6 Music and still has a large fan base.
Tonight it’s one of her early singles, a cover of the Elvis Presley All Shook Up, released in 1973.
And Suzi does her 70’s gender-bending best