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Volume 27: Buckeyes, Brass and Independence

Volume 27: Buckeyes, Brass and Independence

It’s the independence day episode. So what better way to honor America than with the best damn band in the land. Get ready for some high stepping, fast marching and fancy formations in Volume 27: Buckeyes, Brass and Independence Learn more about The Frank and Pauline...

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Volume 186: Best of TJB (Happy Birthday to Me)

Volume 186: Best of TJB (Happy Birthday to Me)

Liner NotesWe're going to take a little side road along our musical journey for this episode. It's not something I often do, especially in my youth, but I'm going to make a big deal out of my birthday this year, since it actually falls on a day I publish my episodes....

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Volume 185: Golden Memories of Radio Record 5

Volume 185: Golden Memories of Radio Record 5

Liner NotesLet’s jump back into one of my favorite box sets from my dad’s collection. We will listen to selections from both sides of the second to last record in this six-disk set. I have often said I would have loved to have been around in the early days of radio....

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Volume 184: Connie’s Sing Along

Volume 184: Connie’s Sing Along

Liner NotesAlmost everybody likes to show off their singing skills whether they have some or not. Karaoke bars have made a killing off that theory for decades. Back in the 1950s and 60s, there were a couple of TV shows that got viewers to sing along with them. Of...

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Volume 183: Six Pages of Patti on 78

Volume 183: Six Pages of Patti on 78

Liner NotesLet's finish the first half of the year by turning up the speed. Let’s make it a 78 RPM Sunday. What better voice to do that with than one who sold over 100 million records during a six-decade-long career. She topped the Hot 100 FOUR times and had several...

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Volume 182: Beethoven’s 1st & 2nd

Volume 182: Beethoven’s 1st & 2nd

Liner NotesMy dad had plenty of records featuring large orchestras playing classical music on both 33 ⅓ RPM vinyl LPs and 78 RPM Shellac records. The Reader’s Digest liner notes for this seven record box set starts off…quote…the nineteenth century was just opening in...

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Volume 181: Dixieland Stars for Fathers Day

Volume 181: Dixieland Stars for Fathers Day

Liner NotesSo, Dad…your last fathers day was 2019. You died that December. In those four and a half years since, you have been dearly missed, thought of often and always toasted at family get-togethers. I still use a lot of your tools. But no…I still don’t know where...

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Volume 180: Hit Makers

Volume 180: Hit Makers

Liner NotesWhen it came to how popular a band’s music was, it was the charts that told you. It was the charts that determined radio station song lists and how often they changed. While maybe not quite all of the songs on this record made the charts, even though that’s...

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Volume 179: Viva the Latin Beat

Volume 179: Viva the Latin Beat

Liner NotesI’m not sure the person who gathered the music for this record understood what the assignment was. This is not at all what I expected the music to sound like after seeing the name of the album and the text on the cover. I mean, who hasn’t enjoyed that Latin...

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Volume 178: Headliners

Volume 178: Headliners

Liner NotesHere’s an album I came across while looking for a specific artist for an earlier episode. I wasn’t familiar with some of the musicians and most of the music on this record. But it represents an interesting time frame in music. Sort of between bebop and rock...

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Volume 177: Sammy Record 2

Volume 177: Sammy Record 2

Liner NotesHere’s the second record of a two disk set that spent as much time among my own records as it did my dad’s. There was a point where neither one of us remembered whose collection it actually belonged in. Like I’ve said in the past, my dad and I had similar...

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Volume 176: For Mama on Mothers Day

Volume 176: For Mama on Mothers Day

Liner NotesSo, mom...your last mother's day was in 2015 just three weeks before you died. In those nine years since, you have been dearly missed, thought of often and always toasted at family get-togethers. I still use your recipes and even some of your kitchen tools...

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Volume 175: JJ is Blue

Volume 175: JJ is Blue

When you think of bebop and other improvisational jazz, your mind usually hears a trumpet or saxophone as the lead. We rarely think about that instrument with the long slide that makes some pretty funny sounds as taking on any serious solo work, because, the thinking...

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Volume 174: Birth of the Blues Record 2

Volume 174: Birth of the Blues Record 2

One of the box sets that goes almost ignored is on the bottom row of my dad’s collection. It has a somewhat misleading title, but it includes some of the most classic standards in music. Once again, we have no record of the musicians, the arrangers, the conductor or...

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Volume 173: Dean’s Swingin’

Volume 173: Dean’s Swingin’

This is the second of the three main Rat Pack members we will hear from here in season four of this show. This crooner is the one we DIDN’T get to see in concert with the other two back in March of 1988 at the Richfield Coliseum. He’s a singer, actor, and comedian....

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Volume 172: Molly is Unsinkable

Volume 172: Molly is Unsinkable

One hundred twelve years ago today, on April 14, 1912, while on its maiden voyage from England to New York, the unsinkable RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in the north Atlantic… then the next day did the unthinkable…it sunk. In 1960, Meredith Willson followed up his...

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Volume 171: Sinatra is No Stranger

Volume 171: Sinatra is No Stranger

Talk about your comeback albums. This release became the Chairman of the Board’s most commercially successful album. My dad’s favorite voice was finding it hard to sell records during the early days of rock and roll. And he wasn’t finding the top of charts as often....

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Volume 170: Miller’s White Album Record 5

Volume 170: Miller’s White Album Record 5

We finish up a month of celebration for what would have been Glenn Miller’s 120th birthday March first. And we finish by getting back to the man himself. We’re not ending this memorial month with just any album in my dad’s collection. I refer to it with the same name...

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Volume 169: Krane’s Miller Tribute

Volume 169: Krane’s Miller Tribute

Week four of celebrating what would have been Glenn Miller’s 120th birthday March first, brings us to another album from a different orchestra playing music made famous by Miller. A couple of weeks ago I played an album by Bobby Hackett. THAT Bobby actually played...

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Volume 168: Miller Band Translates TJB

Volume 168: Miller Band Translates TJB

We continue Glenn Miller month in celebration of what would have been his 120th birthday on March 1. My dad was obviously a big Glenn Miller fan or we wouldn’t have been able to do this month-long celebration of his music. He owned 12 33 ⅓ RPM Vinyl records of Glenn...

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Volume 167: Bobby’s Miller Pearls

Volume 167: Bobby’s Miller Pearls

I think this record might go down as my favorite from the five records we are playing in the month of March to celebrate what would have been Glenn Miller’s 120th birthday on March first. The featured trumpet player on this album has such a soft sound that really fits...

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Volume 166: This Is Glenn Miller

Volume 166: This Is Glenn Miller

My dad really loved his big bands. And what bigger big band than the Glenn Miller Orchestra. March first, Glenn Miller would have been 120 years old. So we are going to celebrate his birthday all month with his music and musical style. My dad had a ton of Miller...

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Volume 165: Little Jazz on Horn Part 2

Volume 165: Little Jazz on Horn Part 2

Time to pull out the 14th of the 24 records from the six box set from the Franklin Mint. And I’ve been having so much fun listening to this one. In fact, I’m going to play a few more tunes than my normal six that I like to keep these episodes to because, quite...

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Volume 164: A Faithful Valentine

Volume 164: A Faithful Valentine

It’s another Valentine's special. And time for another romantic voice. Joining me once again is my girlfriend Karen. I rarely recognize the song titles or the artist names of the music Frank picks, but I recognized this one. While my parents didn’t listen to the same...

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Volume 163: 100 Years of Rhapsody

Volume 163: 100 Years of Rhapsody

One hundred years ago tomorrow, February 12, 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York City, Paul Whiteman's band played the first public performance of Rhapsody in Blue with composer Gorge Gershwin playing the piano. It was orchestrated by Whiteman's arranger Ferdie Grofé....

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Volume 162: Burt Conducts Bacharach

Volume 162: Burt Conducts Bacharach

Here’s someone I mention often when I tell you who wrote a song. In fact, he’s one of the most popular songwriters of all time. He even sang on a few recordings too. Many of the songs you will hear on this episode you may recognize as being sung by a popular female...

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Volume 161: The Latin Dance

Volume 161: The Latin Dance

The latin beat was all the rage when my dad was a teenager and young adult. You can tell he fell for it in a big way with all the Mambos, Cha Chas, Rhumbas, and Salsas he has in his collection. And like I’ve said before, it’s hard not to dance when the bongos, congas,...

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Volume 160: Andy Sets Us Free

Volume 160: Andy Sets Us Free

We pull out the second of four records my dad has from this singer. While he never had a number one hit, he did sell over 45 million records, and was viewed regularly by many million more TV viewers on his show. He got his start with his brothers singing for film...

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Volume 159: Those Were The Days

Volume 159: Those Were The Days

"The program you are about to see…well hear… is All in the Family. It seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices and concerns. By making them a source of laughter, we hope to show — in a mature fashion — just how absurd they are." That was the...

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Volume 158: Hirt So Good

Volume 158: Hirt So Good

Here’s a great compilation disk to kick off the new year and season. It’s one of my dad’s favorite trumpet players who is famous for playing my dad’s favorite kind of music. Dixieland. In fact, Al is known as the king. But he also played some straightforward...

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Volume 157: 50 Years of Lombardo

Volume 157: 50 Years of Lombardo

Happy New Year's Eve! When some of us think about our earliest memories of watching New Year’s Eve on TV, we’ll remember long before Ryan Seacrest and even before Dick Clark. This Guy, who brought the New York City ballroom celebration into our living rooms every...

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Volume 156: Christmas Herb

Volume 156: Christmas Herb

Here's a disk that was in the record player stack every December. It was definitely played during Christmas eve and day...a lot! You can tell by the shape it's in. This is one of 12 records by this artist and one of a large list of Christmas Recordings from my dad’s...

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Volume 155: Western Favorites

Volume 155: Western Favorites

Even though he was mostly into early jazz and pop, my dad liked his cowboy music too. And he bought a great collection in a 7-record box set. We’ve already featured two of those records in previous episodes. This record features a lot of music you have probably heard...

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Volume 154: Swingin’ Sounds

Volume 154: Swingin’ Sounds

Here’s another great compilation album from my father’s collection. It’s filled with music from some pretty big names in the music world. And every tune swings…hard. There is some serious 1950s grooving going on within these recordings. And it was put together to...

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Volume 153: Cramer’s Monkees

Volume 153: Cramer’s Monkees

Here’s a fun find from my father’s LPs and an artist that we have not gotten to yet despite my dad having a couple records from him. He’s a piano player you might not have heard of, but you’ve probably heard in many famous recordings, including Elvis’ Heartbreak...

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Volume 152: Goodman’s Greats

Volume 152: Goodman’s Greats

Normally when I see that an album has been released by the Longines Symphonette Society, I’m a little leary about what’s actually on it. I’ve been burned before. For example, the Longines album in episode 30 with Bing Crosby featured on the front cover was just some...

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Special Extra Volume: 60 Years Since JFK’s Assassination

Special Extra Volume: 60 Years Since JFK’s Assassination

It was 60 years ago today, at 12:30 PM local Dallas Time that those terrible shots rang out. I was only 16 months old when it happened. Welcome to a special extra episode of Spinning My Dad’s Vinyl. My dad’s collection is known for its extensive and eclectic mix of...

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Volume 151: Birdland Stars Tour 1

Volume 151: Birdland Stars Tour 1

We slide now quite nicely into the first record of a two album set of popular New York City Jazz musicians taking their music around the U.S. In fact, according to the album back cover, they performed in front of 200 thousand fans during 37 concerts in 25 cities. This...

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Volume 150: Songs I Didn’t Get To

Volume 150: Songs I Didn’t Get To

This is a special milestone episode. It's November 2023. Four years since my dad said, “here, have all my records to do with them what you want,” and four years minus a month since he died. It was a couple of months after that when I came up with the idea for this...

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Volume 149: Classics for Kids

Volume 149: Classics for Kids

My dad did try to connect us to all sorts of music through his record collection. I have a separate pile of records filled with just music for children. I've mentioned the Teddy Bears Picnic album in a previous show. But my parents made sure we weren't only listening...

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Volume 148: 8 Sides From Decca

Volume 148: 8 Sides From Decca

It’s a 78 RPM Sunday. Once again we reach into my dad’s stack of shellac records where we pull out another big name among the early record labels…Decca. It’s a label that saw its share of some of the biggest names in the recording industry. Several you have heard on...

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Volume 147: Lakeland Music

Volume 147: Lakeland Music

Music has always been important and supported in the region where I grew up. The local county community college has been the focus of many concerts, both that I’ve observed and participated in, over the years. And their musical legacy goes back a long way. This album...

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Volume 146: Operation Jazz

Volume 146: Operation Jazz

This is a great compilation album of jazz artists who all recorded for Roost Records. These are some major stars that appeared on a minor label. And once I try to figure out what the characters are doing on the album cover, I’ll try to explain it to you. So get ready...

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Volume 145: Inside Shelley Berman

Volume 145: Inside Shelley Berman

One of the unique aspects of my dad’s collection is how many historically significant records he has in it. In this episode, we feature an example of this. This comedian, and this album, were the first to win a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Performance - Spoken, when...

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Volume 144: Where Jazz is Buried – Woodlawn

Volume 144: Where Jazz is Buried – Woodlawn

This is a special edition. Its timing only has a little to do with the fact that it’s the beginning of Halloween season around here. The musicians you will hear have all been heard in previous episodes of this show. A few of them might have played together at one time...

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Volume 143: Neapolitan Pavarotti

Volume 143: Neapolitan Pavarotti

Of course my dad loved his opera. What music collection in any Italian household was without some of the world’s finest music. Several of the songs on this album had special meaning for my parents. It’s music from a singer they saw at least once in concert. He held a...

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Volume 142: Parading Bobcats

Volume 142: Parading Bobcats

Here’s another gem of a find from my dad’s collection. Not only is the album cover attention grabbing with five stuffed TIGERS playing various instruments. But how they’re the wrong animals according to the album title. Faulty album cover aside, this is true roots of...

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Volume 141: Conniff Memories

Volume 141: Conniff Memories

This is the third of eight records my dad had of this orchestra leader. He was an innovator who used the voice as an instrument, not as a vocalist. The previous episode we featured Ray on is my most viewed on YouTube…by a lot! Let’s hope this one gets past the...

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Volume 140: The Magic Horn

Volume 140: The Magic Horn

Here’s another album in my dad’s collection that featured a group of jazz musicians recording an album before playing the same music on live TV days later. This time, the live TV show was a drama about a jazz trumpet player in the 1920s. Several of the musicians...

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Volume 139: Party Polkas

Volume 139: Party Polkas

While my dad had a handful of polka records, I had at least heard of the songs and musicians on them. Not this one. In fact, I’ll have to use the album cover to…uh…cover the info I usually do on each episode. The internet not only had no idea who the band leader was,...

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Volume 138: Cha Cha With Tito

Volume 138: Cha Cha With Tito

Latin jazz, especially Cuban music, was wildly popular in the 1950s and my dad’s collection has plenty of examples of that. That popularity is partly because of the artist you are about to hear. He’s really known for his mambo recordings. This style of music is just a...

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Volume 137: Nat is Ramblin’

Volume 137: Nat is Ramblin’

We pull out the second of five records my dad has from this artist. His career started in the late 1930s and spanned almost three decades where he found success and recorded over 100 songs that became hits on the pop charts. So get ready for him to meander through...

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Volume 136: Sammy Record 1

Volume 136: Sammy Record 1

Here’s an album I used to steal so much from my dad’s collection I thought it actually might be mine when I went through his records. This entertainer had an unmistakable voice, an unmistakable style, AND unmistakable cool. He seemed to always sing the most...

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Volume 135: South Pacific

Volume 135: South Pacific

The team of Rodgers and Hammerstein was a multiple award-winning and highly influential Broadway show writing duo. They also weren't afraid of touching on controversial subjects in their shows. The show we will be hearing music from started as a book, became a highly...

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Volume 134: Golden Memories of Radio Part 4

Volume 134: Golden Memories of Radio Part 4

After this episode we will be two thirds of the way through a great Jack Benny hosted box set from my dad’s collection. The six records of the set had Benny reminiscing about the era when most families were crowded around their radios instead of their television sets...

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Volume 133: The Village Fountain

Volume 133: The Village Fountain

We break out another of my dad's favorite musicians, but he's not a trumpet player. He does however play the style of music that is a big portion of my dad's collection...Dixieland. While this album was released 57 years ago, all of the music on it was written over...

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Volume 132: A 78 RPM Railroad Spike

Volume 132: A 78 RPM Railroad Spike

Here’s an interesting combination from my dad’s shellac disks from RCA Victor Records. He had several albums made FOR children and several that seem like they were made BY children. Four sides you’ll hear is a familiar story of encouragement, determination and pride....

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Volume 131: The TV Detectives

Volume 131: The TV Detectives

They were television shows filled with suspense, intrigue, and excitement, and their theme songs had to represent that feeling. Some of those tunes became top 40 radio hits, which meant we heard them more than once a week. So get ready for music that may have had you...

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Volume 130: Bing’s Hit Parade

Volume 130: Bing’s Hit Parade

This crooner is the most successful charting music artist in history. He was in films and on TV and radio. He helped finance the development of videotape, bought television stations, bred racehorses, and co-owned the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, during which time...

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Volume 129: Brass’ Beat for Father’s Day

Volume 129: Brass’ Beat for Father’s Day

My dad had 10 different Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass records, several with duplicates. After this episode, we’ll have featured half of them. I guess you could say he was crazy about TJB. He played them enough that I became crazy about TJB. So, get ready for one of...

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Volume 128: Let There Be Drums

Volume 128: Let There Be Drums

Even though both my dad and I played trumpet in our respective high school bands, we had way more percussionists in the family. My brother Mike was a drummer as were all three of his sons. My sister Michelle’s son minors in percussion at Baldwin Wallace University and...

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Volume 127: Italian Favorites

Volume 127: Italian Favorites

This June 6th would have been my parents’ 64th wedding anniversary. I’ve often said my family had its own D-day. And as I’ve mentioned before on this show, even though none of us spoke a lick of Italian, that didn’t mean we didn’t listen to the music from that...

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Volume 126: Live Jonah

Volume 126: Live Jonah

Here’s a trumpeter we heard before on this show back in the first season. He’s a lesser known musician from that era, mostly because of some of the big names he played around. But he still had what’s considered a very successful career. So get ready to hear music...

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Volume 125: Riddle Can Can

Volume 125: Riddle Can Can

We actually heard this band leader’s orchestra in the last episode. I guess I wasn’t paying attention when I scheduled them. But this time, there is no famous lead singer fronting these musicians. It’s all instrumental, and it’s from a popular movie musical. So get...

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Volume 124: Frank’s All for Mother’s Day

Volume 124: Frank’s All for Mother’s Day

This is the third of five albums in my dad’s collection from one of the greatest and most recognizable voices of all time. While this is my dad’s collection, Sinatra was often heard in the house while my mom was in control of the stereo. So, get ready for music only...

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Volume 123: Roger by Request

Volume 123: Roger by Request

We pull out the first of five albums my dad has of this popular pianist. His first hit is still the greatest selling piano instrumental recording of all time. He played for presidents and performed an annual marathon of requests. So get ready to hear plenty of...

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Volume 122: Glenn Miller Collection Part 4

Volume 122: Glenn Miller Collection Part 4

Back to the distinct album from my dad’s collection that sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s slightly broader than normal LP records and the cover is a soft padding that holds a small booklet and five records in a spiral binding, inside a perfect binding. So get ready...

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Volume 121: Jazz Sounds

Volume 121: Jazz Sounds

Here’s an interesting album in my dad’s collection. It is filled with stars of the jazz era. It’s from a special recording session for a TV show that went live a couple days later. As we’ll find out, that show was groundbreaking. So get ready to hear an all-star list...

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Volume 120: Duke, A Jazz Classic Part 2

Volume 120: Duke, A Jazz Classic Part 2

Of all the musicians in the Franklin Mint Greatest Jazz Recordings of All Time multi-box collection, only one has his own box all to himself. Composer, pianist, influencer, band leader and legend, Ellington composed thousands of scores over his 50-year career. So get...

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Volume 119: World’s Greatest Horn

Volume 119: World’s Greatest Horn

We once again have a musician claiming he's top trumpet. Or at least his recording label is saying that. I can see why my dad liked this album. This is a high-flying trumpet player surrounded by more than just the other five or six musicians he’s used to. So get ready...

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Volume 118: Big Band Grandstand

Volume 118: Big Band Grandstand

Gather around the radio, kids, it's story time. My first radio job was on a historical frequency in the Cleveland market, 1260 AM. I learned from some radio legends. During that time, the station put out an album of big band music from a local group. So get ready for...

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Volume 117: 8 Sides From Victor

Volume 117: 8 Sides From Victor

Welcome to a 78 RPM Sunday. Yes, I know 78 RPM records were made from shellac, not vinyl. But I wasn’t going to completely ignore the more than 100 of the original record format - disks in his collection. I even played them back for the digitizing process using a...

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Volume 116: Dean Hits Again

Volume 116: Dean Hits Again

Back to one of my favorite voices in my dad’s collection. He was a singer I was supposed to see, however he got sick before the show, which included Sammy and Frank. He’s often referred to as the King of Cool. So get ready to hear the stereo copy of the two my dad had...

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Volume 115: Great and New Sounds

Volume 115: Great and New Sounds

My dad’s record collection is filled with plenty of albums of previously released music from various artists that were put into a set for various reasons. This record was released to sell toothpaste. So get ready to hear a cross section of hits from the late 1950s...

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Volume 114: Peggy at Basin Street East

Volume 114: Peggy at Basin Street East

Here’s a beautiful voice we have not heard yet although we did hear a tune she wrote. And even better, this recording is in a live setting. She sings softly with feeling because of her nightclub experience. So get ready for the Queen of American pop music in Volume...

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Volume 113: Louis THE Jazz Masterpiece Part 2

Volume 113: Louis THE Jazz Masterpiece Part 2

We return to a box set and a record filled with music from my dad’s favorite trumpet player, and we’re going to hear him sing every song. It comes from the first of 12 box sets in the Franklin Mint collection, the greatest jazz recordings of all time. And this...

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Volume 112: Music America Loves Part 2

Volume 112: Music America Loves Part 2

OK…a few months since episode 24 has turned into almost two years. But we are finally going to finish the great story about how early recording devices became the music machines of the 1950s. So get ready to hear some great tunes while we learn about how we got the...

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Volume 111: Love Italian Style Part 2

Volume 111: Love Italian Style Part 2

You couldn’t help but feel the love in my parents’ house, especially when there was Italian music playing. My mom was very fond of this album. She often requested that I put this on the record player for her as she was preparing dinner. So, get ready to snuggle up...

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Volume 110: Around the Campfire

Volume 110: Around the Campfire

Back out west we go. To a simpler time in this country. Before the technology that has invaded our daily lives. When cowboys gathered to play guitar and sing. So get ready to hear what is technically Tumbling Tumbleweeds Part 2 with Volume 110: Around the Campfire....

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Volume 109: Harry’s Day O

Volume 109: Harry’s Day O

This was an episode I was looking forward to since I digitized the record. And one I knew I would have a tough time picking just 6 tunes. I couldn't stop chair dancing...I was working from home that day. This music just makes you move. So, get ready for the King of...

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Volume 108: Tango King

Volume 108: Tango King

This was an interesting find in my dad’s collection. When I saw the word Tango I think I immediately flashed back to one Bond film or another thinking about the precise movements and the long stemmed rose in the woman’s teeth. So get ready to learn that if you can...

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Volume 107: Big Band Mancini

Volume 107: Big Band Mancini

We now return to one of my favorite composers. He wrote scores of movie and TV soundtracks, with some of them still being used to this day. And his music has a definite sound to let you know just who that composer/arranger was. So get ready to hear jazz arranged by a...

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Volume 106: Harry’s Favorites

Volume 106: Harry’s Favorites

We once again feature a trumpet player with an unmistakable sound. He is among one of the fastest trumpet players I’ve encountered. A common joke was that if a fly landed on his written music, James would play it. He also wrote a good portion of the music on this...

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Volume 105: Guy’s New Year Tradition

Volume 105: Guy’s New Year Tradition

My dad has several albums from the “Guy” we let enter our living rooms every new years eve and they still play his version of the song he made famous as the ball hits the bottom of the pole. So, get ready to flash back to what a new years eve on TV sounded like in the...

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Volume 104: A Cleveland Christmas

Volume 104: A Cleveland Christmas

No matter what your thoughts are on this holiday, even I have to admit whether it be secular or not, this season has brought about some of the most beautifully written and joyous music there is. So, gather around the fire and get ready to hear about Vaccariello...

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Volume 103: Hawaiian Sunset

Volume 103: Hawaiian Sunset

In the immortal words of Monty Python and the Flying Circus, now for something completely different. This record was an unexpected find in my dad’s collection, but it’s obvious he played it frequently, telling by its condition. So get ready to head out to the middle...

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Volume 102: The Greatest Trumpet

Volume 102: The Greatest Trumpet

Just shouting we’re number one doesn’t necessarily make it so. But when year after year, your peers say you are number one at what you do, everyone should listen. So get ready for a musician whose style was as unique as his visage and the horn he played with Volume...

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Volume 101: Remember How Great Part 2

Volume 101: Remember How Great Part 2

Here’s another great compilation of million sellers put out by Columbia Records. It’s also another great example of the kind of fun music my dad loved to collect. So, get ready for a bunch of Gold Records recorded from 1939 through 1954 with Volume 101: Remember How...

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Volume 100: Frank’s Favorites

Volume 100: Frank’s Favorites

I’m going to nickname this episode Frank’s earworms because these were the songs that stuck in my head sometimes for weeks after recording a show. They may not be the most popular of the songs I’ve played or even among my favorites all the time, but they had a catchy...

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Volume 99: Time To Dance

Volume 99: Time To Dance

It was the dance of a generation and well beyond. It was the dance of my parents’ youth and one they continued to do for decades. It is the Jitterbug. So get ready for Fred Astaire Dance Studio approved numbers in Volume 99: Time To Dance.Video IntroListen here or on...

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Volume 98: Whipped Alpert

Volume 98: Whipped Alpert

This is probably the most played album in my dad's collection and not just because of the woman on the front cover wearing a pile of dessert topping like a dress. It fully represents the fun, trumpet-led pop jazz music that filled the house on a regular basis. So get...

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Volume 97: Como By Request

Volume 97: Como By Request

During this singer’s half century career, he hosted and performed on television. He recorded 22 albums and 147 singles. He was famous for his relaxed vocals, cardigan sweaters and television Christmas specials. So get ready for the singer who Bing Crosby said was “the...

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Volume 96: Beethoven From Boston

Volume 96: Beethoven From Boston

It’s a 78 RPM Sunday, the last one for the year. This is one of the longer symphony performances in my dad’s collection. It was written by someone who remains one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music conducted by a long-tenured Russian turned...

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Volume 95: Bobby Gets Mellow

Volume 95: Bobby Gets Mellow

While we have heard recordings where this trumpet player was part of the group, we have never played music where he is the featured instrumentalist. Plus we really take the tempo of the music you are used to listening to on this show down a notch or three. So get...

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Volume 94: Glenn Miller Collection Part 3

Volume 94: Glenn Miller Collection Part 3

We once again will reach into one of my favorite collections that my dad had. Not only because of the great big band music on it, but because of the album cover itself. So get ready to hear from a bandleader who has been called the father of modern military music from...

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Volume 93: Dinah Indeed

Volume 93: Dinah Indeed

We turn our ears to yet another singer who gained popularity during the big band era. A star in radio, recording, film, and TV. So get ready for the journey that started in Winchester Tennessee and ended up in Beverly Hills with Volume 93: Dinah Indeed.Video...

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Volume 92: Golden Memories of Radio Part 3

Volume 92: Golden Memories of Radio Part 3

It’s been a while since we’ve pulled out this collection. We are going to hear some memorable comedians and some historical moments from just one of the six records in this Jack Benny hosted box set. So get ready for a severe contrast as we hear about our country at...

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Volume 91: Oliver is King

Volume 91: Oliver is King

Finishing up unofficial Franklin Mint Month we come across another influential cornet player. In fact, he influenced my dad’s favorite cornet player. So get ready for the musician and bandleader who helped make Dixieland music popular outside of Dixie in Volume 91:...

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Volume 90: Sax Master Young

Volume 90: Sax Master Young

Moving on with unofficial Franklin Mint Month we come across another extremely talented and influential saxophone player. His tragic life may have mirrored another sax player featured in a past episode, but Lester’s playing was all his own. So get ready to hear the...

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Volume 89: Tatum on Keys

Volume 89: Tatum on Keys

We continue with my unofficial naming of September as Franklin Mint Month since there is so much good music in this collection, The Greatest Jazz Recordings of All Time. And back to the keyboards we go for a talent whose technical ability was regarded by fellow...

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Volume 88: Greatest Jazz Singers Part 1

Volume 88: Greatest Jazz Singers Part 1

We now enter the unofficial Franklin Mint Month. Unofficial, because I just made it up in order to get through all of the records that make up this special section of my Dad’s collection. So, get ready for some sweet vocal performances in Volume 88: Greatest Jazz...

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Volume 87: Rumba Rhapsody

Volume 87: Rumba Rhapsody

It’s a 78 RPM Sunday. This time we head to Cuba and get treated to the Latin beat that was so popular in the first half to middle of the 20th century and a rhythm that still rules some of the best music in the world. So, get ready to hear both sides of all four...

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Volume 86: Pavarotti’s Greatest Part 1

Volume 86: Pavarotti’s Greatest Part 1

My dad’s taste seemed to refine over the years. Many were the days late in his life when I would catch him listening to opera when he wasn’t listening to old country or one of the members of the rat pack. But it wasn’t just any old opera. So, get ready for one of the...

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Volume 85: Monte’s Bull

Volume 85: Monte’s Bull

The voice you will hear on this episode probably best represents what the music in our family was all about. Fun and funny…with an Italian twist. And this album is filled with all of that. So get ready for our Sunday dinner tour d'Italia taken from music played around...

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Volume 84: Dixieland for Dinner

Volume 84: Dixieland for Dinner

Back to Dixieland, but this time the music has a more laid-back, sophisticated style. And while I may have mentioned this trumpet player in a past episode, Red Nichols has not been featured on one of my dad’s records so far. So get ready for an entree that’s always on...

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Volume 83: Toscanini Conducts Berlioz

Volume 83: Toscanini Conducts Berlioz

It’s a 78 RPM Sunday and back to the time of Shakespeare we go. The music was conceived due to the composer’s love of an actress. The orchestra recorded here was assembled to lure the conductor out of Italy. So, get ready to hear excerpts from one of the most famous...

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Volume 82: Button Down Bob

Volume 82: Button Down Bob

I’m not sure there are enough superlatives available when describing the career of Bob Newhart. From early comedy and TV, through movie voiceovers and more TV, to being one of the most memorable regulars on a recent popular show. So get ready to hear The most...

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Volume 81: Two of a Kind

Volume 81: Two of a Kind

I’ve been familiar with Bobby Darin ever since I heard Splish Splash for the first time. I’ve been familiar with Johnny Mercer because he’s written at least a couple dozen of the songs we’ve heard on this show so far. So get ready for a couple singer songwriters who...

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Volume 80: Hi-Fi Lootin’

Volume 80: Hi-Fi Lootin’

The voice you will hear is someone I’ve been a big fan of for years. The violinist you will hear is someone I’ve never heard of. But they’re on the same album compiled from songs recorded in 1935. So get ready to hear a couple of amazing jazz clowns in Volume 80:...

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Volume 79: Fountain Comes Alive

Volume 79: Fountain Comes Alive

Back to the birthplace of jazz we go. To a concert that took place about 60 years ago in some unidentified club on some unidentified date. It featured a lot of great Dixieland musicians, but none more famous than one of the greatest jazz clarinet players there ever...

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Volume 78: Berlin’s Blue Skies

Volume 78: Berlin’s Blue Skies

It's a 78 RPM Sunday. This 5-record album of 10 inch shellac disks has some of the great Irving Berlin music re-recorded for a 1946 movie, which starred a couple of characters. So get ready for Vaudeville partners vying for the same beautiful woman on Volume 78:...

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Volume 77: Trumpets for Father’s Day

Volume 77: Trumpets for Father’s Day

It’s Fathers Day…I miss my dad very much. He’s been gone two and half years now leaving us with this magnificent record collection. The trumpet was the biggest musical connection I had with my dad. And I know this is the kind of record he probably pulled out very...

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Volume 76: My Song

Volume 76: My Song

I think the Ray Conniff Singers were exactly what Ray Hamm had in mind for the sound when he invented the Music of Your Life Radio Format in the late 1970s. Soft luxurious arrangements of popular hits. So, get ready to hear plenty of chart-topping movie music from a...

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Volume 75: Everybody Loves Dean

Volume 75: Everybody Loves Dean

I think he had Rat Pack Company Badge number 2. He was always so smooth whether delivering a tune or a punchline, still never spilling his drink. He tied his wagon to a goofy comedian, and put out hit after hit. So, get ready to hear from the King of Cool in Volume...

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Volume 74: 8 Sides from Columbia

Volume 74: 8 Sides from Columbia

It’s a 78RPM Sunday. So far, when we've played these extra old records, they've come in an album with several records tied around one theme. But my dad had a ton of shellac records with no covers just lying around in stacks. After sorting them by record label, I...

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Volume 73: The Music Man

Volume 73: The Music Man

Yes, my parents loved their musicals and got to see many shows. Mostly at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, but they saw their share in New York City. This popular musical tells the tale of 1912 River City, Iowa in a Tony AND Grammy-winning musical from 1957. So, get...

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Volume 72: Blues and the Beat

Volume 72: Blues and the Beat

Back to one of my favorite composers/arrangers/conductors, Henry Mancini. And this recording has him boiling the music down to the essence of jazz. So, get ready for an interesting take on some classic tunes with Volume 72: Blues and the Beat. Here's the link to the...

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Volume 71: This Is Sinatra! for Mothers Day

Volume 71: This Is Sinatra! for Mothers Day

It’s mothers day…and I miss my mom very much. She’s been gone for almost seven years now. But I know that this is one of those albums that she would have chosen to be on the stereo. She was a poodle skirt-wearing bobby soxer when Old Blue eyes was really hot in the...

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Volume 70: 7 Decades of the Polka King

Volume 70: 7 Decades of the Polka King

You would think that polka music would be out of place in an Italian household. But not ours. It was one of the dances my parents loved to do and one I would even attempt at the right wedding. It was the music my grandmother and one of her sisters loved to play on the...

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Volume 69: Little Jazz on Horn Part 1

Volume 69: Little Jazz on Horn Part 1

As Jazz appreciation month draws to a close, we need to get a trumpet player in there. It’s even a musician I have not introduced you to yet. His playing is so effortless especially for the speed he plays. So get ready to hear the graceful and uptempo style from the...

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Volume 68: King Morton

Volume 68: King Morton

Moving on with Jazz appreciation month we come to a particular type of jazz from a particular type of city…New Orleans. There were many great and memorable musicians that came out of that town, and we’ve already featured several of them on this show. But when the...

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Volume 67: Duke, A Jazz Classic Part 1

Volume 67: Duke, A Jazz Classic Part 1

Man, I wish I had kept the notes for the upper division History of Jazz class I took at Kent State University. Because Duke Ellington was on Professor Chaz Baker’s Mount Rushmore of Jazz. In fact, Duke’s music is so important he warranted a FULL box set from this...

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Volume 66: Sax Master Hawkins

Volume 66: Sax Master Hawkins

Welcome to Jazz appreciation month and what better way to celebrate than with the greatest jazz recordings of all time collection from the Franklin Mint. We will start the month with the versatile saxophone. And we will feature one of the true innovators on the...

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Volume 65: Wagner’s Walkure

Volume 65: Wagner’s Walkure

It’s a 78 RPM Sunday. On this show, we’ve had music sung in the language of my birth, English, and the language of my heritage, Italian, and the rhythmic beat of the language of Latin America, Spanish. We turn now to another language I’m going to butcher, German. So...

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Volume 64: William’s Millions

Volume 64: William’s Millions

For many decades, selling a million records meant you had recorded something special. While the songs you’ll hear on this episode were all million sellers, Andy was not the original singer when any of them hit a million in sales. So let’s get ready to hear me say a...

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Volume 63: Connie’s Italian Hits

Volume 63: Connie’s Italian Hits

We now turn to music from the country where my mom’s parents and dad’s grandparents were born. Italia! And we hear it from one of the chart-topping female singers of the 1950s and 60s from around the world. So get ready for great music in TWO languages with Volume 63:...

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Volume 62: Popcorn and Soul

Volume 62: Popcorn and Soul

Back to the big screen we go. But this time the tunes are provided by just a trio of musicians instead of the orchestra full you are used to. And every one is an Oscar winner. So time to go groovin' at the movies with extra butter for Volume 62: Popcorn and Soul. The...

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Volume 61: Frankie’s Girlfriends

Volume 61: Frankie’s Girlfriends

It’s a 78 RPM Sunday. Since it’s still February, we might have a little leftover love on our mind. And since so many great tunes over the years have been titled with women’s names, this piano player made a list of his favorites….well back in 1944. So get ready for the...

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Volume 60: Glenn in Orbit

Volume 60: Glenn in Orbit

How fitting that this episode is number 60. Because something very important happened 60 years ago on the day this episode drops. While I might have just been a tiny bump in my mom’s belly at the time, the world had its eyes on the US Space Race. So, get ready for...

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Volume 59: Nat’s L-O-V-E for Valentine’s Day

Volume 59: Nat’s L-O-V-E for Valentine’s Day

(My girlfriend Karen joins me on this episode)When it comes to love songs, one of the voices I often think of first is Nat King Cole. His effortless style, smooth voice and crystal clear lyrics have set the background for many romantic encounters over the years. So...

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Volume 58: TV’s Golden Hits

Volume 58: TV’s Golden Hits

The Boob Tube. The idiot Box. TV will only be a fad. No matter how badly that living room screen has been disparaged, there has been some great music from some great shows over the years. So get ready to run some memories through those old brain tubes of yours for...

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Volume 57: Rusty in Orchestraville

Volume 57: Rusty in Orchestraville

Welcome to the first 78 RPM Sunday. My earliest memories of listening to and playing music in my parents’ house involved this collection. It was created to teach children the instruments in the orchestra, but definitely not be boring about it…well for 1949. So get...

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Volume 56: Sammy is Now

Volume 56: Sammy is Now

He was often billed as the "greatest living entertainer in the world". In fact I watched him blow a slightly even more famous entertainer off the stage in 1988. His nickname was "Mr. Show Business,” and he held a grudge against JFK. So get ready for Rat Pack Style...

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Volume 55: Lily’s Ringy Dingy

Volume 55: Lily’s Ringy Dingy

From Laugh In to Grace and Frankie, with many movies and a stop off for the Magic School Bus, Lily Tomlin has been a part of my entertainment life for parts of six decades. There are so many faces and voices that belong to her. But there's one, three-word line that...

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Volume 54: Alpert’s Ninth

Volume 54: Alpert’s Ninth

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass was never far from the stereo in my parents’ living room. The TJB easily has the highest number of records represented in my dad’s collection with 12. The second highest is Henry Mancini with 7. And, of course, it’s the ultimate...

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Volume 53: Dancing Room for the New Year

Volume 53: Dancing Room for the New Year

If you are anywhere near my age and older, you’ll remember those many new years eves tuned to your TV to watch the ball drop in Times Square. And usually, you were tuned into a CBS broadcast of Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians live from the Waldorf Astoria in New...

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Volume 52: Blues For Baby Jesus

Volume 52: Blues For Baby Jesus

I’m sure I’ve already mentioned a couple of times how when I was cataloging both my dad’s and my record collections I kept finding his records in my collection and vica versa. Well, THIS album was part of my collection for most of the last four decades. So let’s jazz...

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Volume 51: Molina’s Latin Touch

Volume 51: Molina’s Latin Touch

This is a fun little album with some music you may recognize even though it was first recorded nearly three quarters of a century ago. So prepare to do the Choro, the Cha Cha, and the Mambo in Volume 51: Molina's Latin Touch. SHOW NOTE:I keep saying the monthly 78 RPM...

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Volume 50: Hollywood Hits

Volume 50: Hollywood Hits

Ah, my mom and dad with their love of music from the movies. We’ve already heard a few tunes from the big screen this year on this show, like the Mancini episode of Academy Award winning music. Only a couple of the tunes you are about to hear earned an oscar, and even...

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Volume 49: Birth of the Blues Part 1

Volume 49: Birth of the Blues Part 1

Here’s another collection of albums released by the Longines Symphonette Society. One of 12 my dad has in his collection. You’ve already heard from a couple. This is a three record set and we’ll be listening to selections from record one. So get ready for music from a...

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Volume 48: Al Hirt Swingin’ Dixie

Volume 48: Al Hirt Swingin’ Dixie

What? Another trumpet player we haven't played yet? What? More Dixieland? From my dad's collection? Well of course. And this is just one of four albums from this trumpet master in my dad’s collection. So get ready to take a trip back to New Orleans for some happy...

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Volume 47: Swing’s King Concert 2

Volume 47: Swing’s King Concert 2

This is a cool collection. Benny Goodman performed a famous concert in 1938 at Carnegie Hall, which happened to be recorded and released 12 years later. However, this album was culled from CBS radio broadcasts from the previous year and not released until 1956. So get...

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Volume 46: My Fair Lady

Volume 46: My Fair Lady

You’ve heard some great Oscar-winning music from the big screen in previous episodes. Now it’s time to hear some great music from a Tony-winner. So prepare to hear English Americans haven’t used in years with Volume 46: My Fair Lady.Video IntroListen here or on my...

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Volume 45: Jonah’s Trumpet on Tour

Volume 45: Jonah’s Trumpet on Tour

Here’s a trumpet player I was not familiar with. Although I did mention him in the Dizzy Gillespie episode. And it seems to be a reissue from another band. So let’s get ready for some jazz in its simplest form with Volume 45: Jonah's Trumpet on Tour.Video IntroListen...

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Volume 44: Invitation to Dance

Volume 44: Invitation to Dance

Back to dance music….from the first half the 20th century, give or take a few years. In fact, most of the music recorded by this orchestra leader was recorded on 78 RPM records. And according to discogs he had 88 of them to his name. So let’s get ready to get this...

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Volume 43: Mancini and the Oscar Winners

Volume 43: Mancini and the Oscar Winners

Did I mention my parent’s loved the music of Hollywood? This is only the second time we’ve heard music from the silver screen. There will be plenty more. And this is the first of eight records by this composer, arranger and orchestra director. Get ready to hear...

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Volume 42: Waltzes with a Continental Flavor

Volume 42: Waltzes with a Continental Flavor

In this episode, we turn to the waltz. Despite my dad’s real love of Dixieland, other jazz music and all things Rat Pack, I think he really collected beautiful music like this so he could dance with my mom. So let’s do the dance done in three four time in Volume 42:...

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Volume 41: Tumbling Tumbleweeds Part 1

Volume 41: Tumbling Tumbleweeds Part 1

Here’s one of those collections I didn’t know my dad had. But I’m not surprised it’s in there. This is some old country western music, from some of the original recording stars. So get ready to get along little doggie for Volume 41: Tumbling Tumbleweeds Part 1Video...

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Volume 40: Doc Severinson and Friends

Volume 40: Doc Severinson and Friends

Hot damn! Another trumpet player. One I saw with my parents at the State Theater in Cleveland in the mid 1990s. One you saw almost every night on your living room TV...or bedroom TV where many people watched Johnnie Carson. So get ready for some soft dixieland from a...

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Volume 39: Glenn Miller Collection Part 2

Volume 39: Glenn Miller Collection Part 2

On this episode, we get to hear another record from a great collection of one of the best known big bands ever. Plus I always think of my parents as they floated across the dance floor to music like this. So, let’s get ready to once again hear from the king of the...

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Volume 38: Dizzy Will Excite

Volume 38: Dizzy Will Excite

It’s been over a month since I’ve featured a trumpet player, so I’m having withdrawals. I was very glad to see this album in my dad’s collection. I have long been a fan of this jazz icon. So let’s get ready for some hot jazz with some hot tempos in Volume 38: Dizzy...

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Volume 37: Hollywood in Rhythm

Volume 37: Hollywood in Rhythm

Both my parents seemed to enjoy music from movies, whether it be original soundtracks or variations arranged and recorded by other artists. My dad also owned eight records by the orchestra leader Ray Conniff who was popular for arranging and performing other...

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Volume 36: Brubeck’s Riddle

Volume 36: Brubeck’s Riddle

While I am very familiar with some of this artist’s music, I was completely unfamiliar with the music on this record. The tunes are played with a really interesting juxtaposition between written music and improvisation using the musical theme of the first song on the...

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Volume 35: Cleveland Orchestra Marches

Volume 35: Cleveland Orchestra Marches

I grew up just east of Cleveland. My dad took me to my first Browns game when I was ten in 1972 and I still watch games at the new stadium. I’ve been going to Indians and Cavaliers games for almost as long. There’s another Cleveland institution that brings back great...

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Volume 34: Brasile ’66 Ye-Me-Le

Volume 34: Brasile ’66 Ye-Me-Le

This is not an album that was played often in the house. In fact, this is one of those albums I don’t remember my dad having at all. But after listening to it, I could understand why my dad had it in his collection. It’s that happy music that I talk about so much. So...

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Volume 33: Tijuana Brass Going Places

Volume 33: Tijuana Brass Going Places

For the second time we turn to a Herb Alpert record. One of 12 my dad had in his collection. This album is filled with many familiar TJB tunes, including one that was used on a game show. So get ready for the upbeat and very cool sound that used to fill our home in...

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Volume 32: Jazz Keyboard Master Fats Waller

Volume 32: Jazz Keyboard Master Fats Waller

We are returning to the Smithsonian collection the Greatest Jazz recordings of all time. This episode is record one of a four-record box set that features a piano player on each disc. So get ready for one of the original cutters in Volume 32: Jazz Keyboard Master Fats...

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Volume 31: Pictures at an Exhibition

Volume 31: Pictures at an Exhibition

Pictures at an Exhibition is a suite of ten pieces - plus a recurring, varied Promenade - composed for piano by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. The suite is Mussorgsky's most famous piano composition, and has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists. It...

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Volume 30: Bing’s Loved Songs Part 1

Volume 30: Bing’s Loved Songs Part 1

The title of this collection is a little deceiving. Yes, you will hear Bing Crosby singing, but you will hear several selections of the Longines Symphonette without him singing. I don’t have a problem with that, so let’s listen to some beautiful music and a beautiful...

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Volume 29: Golden Memories of Radio Part 2

Volume 29: Golden Memories of Radio Part 2

We are once again featuring a non-music record from my dad’s collection. In fact, this is the second dive into this collection of six records. My previous life in radio made me really appreciate the history we are hearing on this collection. AND I get to share a...

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Volume 28: Ben Hur

Volume 28: Ben Hur

It was a movie for the ages. Cinematic history in how it was filmed and how many extras were required. The 1959 epic had the largest budget, over $15 million, as well as the largest sets built, of any film produced at the time. And the score was just as large. So get...

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Volume 27: Buckeyes, Brass and Independence

Volume 27: Buckeyes, Brass and Independence

It’s the independence day episode. So what better way to honor America than with the best damn band in the land. Get ready for some high stepping, fast marching and fancy formations in Volume 27: Buckeyes, Brass and Independence Learn more about The Frank and Pauline...

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Volume 26: Voodoo Suite

Volume 26: Voodoo Suite

While I am familiar with this band leader’s music, I was not familiar with the main piece of music on this record. It’s not really his style. So we’ll hear the story of why Perez Prado wrote it and we’ll listen to all three movements in Volume 26: Voodoo Suite.Video...

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Volume 25: Pete Fountain a High Society Fathers Day

Volume 25: Pete Fountain a High Society Fathers Day

If you haven’t noticed, my dad’s vinyl collection is filled with Dixieland jazz musicians. But there aren’t many musicians who were as famous as this artist born in New Orleans, stayed there for most of their career and died there. So, let’s lick that licorice stick...

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Volume 24: Music America Loves Part 1

Volume 24: Music America Loves Part 1

We’re going to do something a little different in this episode I’m not only interested in the music itself, but I’ve always loved the more technical side of recordings as well. What equipment was used to record and play back music has always fascinated me. And I...

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Volume 23: Anniversary Special for the Cafe Italiano

Volume 23: Anniversary Special for the Cafe Italiano

To commemorate what would have been my parents’ 62nd anniversary, we’ll pull out a record filled with the type of Italian music you would hear in a festive restaurant. This episode drops on June 6. My parents’ wedding anniversary. Even though Italian was not spoken...

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Volume 22: The Indy 500

Volume 22: The Indy 500

Yes...I knew he had this album. Yes...I listened to it every once in a while. Yes...there is an extra special connection to my father. Not because of this album. But because of how important the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was to me and my brothers growing up. And how...

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Volume 21: Remember How Great?

Volume 21: Remember How Great?

If you’re a regular listener to the show, you’ll know how eclectic my dad’s collection is. And sometimes just one album is eclectic. So get ready for the 1960s looking back at the previous three decades in Volume 21: Remember How Great?Video IntroListen here or on my...

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Volume 20: Golden Era of Dixieland Jazz

Volume 20: Golden Era of Dixieland Jazz

My dad’s collection is filled with Dixieland jazz. You’ve already heard a couple in previous episodes. This album has an all-star cast that was pulled together in the wee hours of the morning. But they definitely were not ready to stop swinging yet. So get ready to...

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Volume 19: Frank Sinatra The Voice for Mothers Day

Volume 19: Frank Sinatra The Voice for Mothers Day

The voice you will hear on this episode is from a hugely important singer...in history...and in my parents’ lives. His music fills up many of the tracks in my dad’s collection and would fill the air when I went to visit him late in his life. Not just vinyl, but...

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Volume 18: NOT the Original Godfather

Volume 18: NOT the Original Godfather

It is one of the greatest movies of all time. It has been talked about, joked about, satirized and it propelled a few careers into stardom. It has been imitated, but never duplicated. In fact, we won’t even be hearing from the original soundtrack in this episode, so...

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Volume 17: Modern Jazz Hall of Fame

Volume 17: Modern Jazz Hall of Fame

I grew up listening to some of the greatest musicians in jazz because of my dad’s collection. This album has several huge name talents playing together. Time to get inducted into the avante garde with Volume 17: Modern Jazz Hall of FameVideo IntroListen here or on my...

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Volume 16: Beethoven and Schubert

Volume 16: Beethoven and Schubert

Yes, my parents did have a serious side when it came to music. My parents had all the biggies, You know...real toe-tappers. Vivaldi, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich. And THIS very nice record with two composers who were on the cusp between the classical and romantic...

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Volume 15: Maynard Ferguson Octet

Volume 15: Maynard Ferguson Octet

I’m often surprised at how many albums we found in my parents house after my dad died. While I may have listened to a ton of these albums I didn’t know about the presence of many of them. This is one of those albums. And I know I would have worn this one out.  You...

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Volume 14: Benny at the World Fair

Volume 14: Benny at the World Fair

Benny Goodman is known as the king of swing. He entertained millions around the world and sold millions of albums...even long after he died. In this episode we get to hear selections from special live performances from 1958. So Let’s swing into Volume 14: Benny at the...

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Volume 13: Ella Hello Love

Volume 13: Ella Hello Love

The voice, the style, the Memorex commercials, all unmistakable Ella Fitzgerald. She is known more for her uptempo swing and her scatting skills. But this album is all about the tender ballads. So let’s hear from The First Lady Of Song in Volume 13: Ella Hello...

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Volume 12: Fingers at the Bar Room Piano

Volume 12: Fingers at the Bar Room Piano

I always wished I would have kept taking piano lessons from my grandmother when I was young. It’s still an instrument that eludes me. So I used to pull this album out when I wanted to hear some fancy fingering. So, let’s get ready for fast and furious tickling of the...

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Volume 11: The Sounds of Richard Rodgers

Volume 11: The Sounds of Richard Rodgers

My dad has more than just trumpet players, jazz music and Italian songs in his collection. He and my mom loved broadway music. You’ll hear many of the greats throughout this podcast, but there was one that was head and shoulders above the rest. From The Sound of Music...

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Volume 10: Louis Armstrong THE Jazz Masterpiece Part 1

Volume 10: Louis Armstrong THE Jazz Masterpiece Part 1

I’m pretty sure my dad’s favorite trumpet player was Louis Armstrong. The song you hear open and close each episode was his favorite tune and it’s being played by Satchmo, which was my dad’s favorite version. Louis is probably the most influential musician, band...

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Volume 9: Lou Monte and Pepino

Volume 9: Lou Monte and Pepino

This episode will have some of the funnest music you will hear from my dad’s collection. Everybody in my family enjoyed this album, and its condition will prove it. Even my younger brother was waiting for this episode. So get ready for plenty of Italian fun songs in...

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Volume 8: JFK The Presidential Years

Volume 8: JFK The Presidential Years

This is going to be a very different episode. My usual format will be thrown out the window, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. This is one of several albums my father had made up of speeches from famous people. Since tomorrow is the original date of Presidents’...

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Volume 7: Love Italian Style Part 1

Volume 7: Love Italian Style Part 1

My mom especially was very fond of this album. She often requested that I put this on the record player for her as she was preparing dinner. Some of these songs aren’t exactly what you would consider love songs...or the versions that were chosen for this album. But it...

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Volume 6: Herb Alpert the Lonely Bull

Volume 6: Herb Alpert the Lonely Bull

This is the first of many episodes where we will feature one of my dad’s favorite trumpet players. I already told you in a previous episode how both my dad and I played the same trumpet in our high school bands. My dad ended up with a dozen Tijuana Brass records and a...

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Volume 5: Golden Memories of Radio Part 1

Volume 5: Golden Memories of Radio Part 1

As someone who spent over a decade and a half in radio, I was particularly interested in this collection of golden moments in radio when I found it. In this episode, you will hear from some of the trailblazers in not only radio, but those who made very successful...

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Volume 4: Harry James Greatest Hits

Volume 4: Harry James Greatest Hits

The trumpet was the main interest my dad and I had in common when it came to music. My dad played trumpet in high school. I played that same trumpet in high school and college. In fact I still play it every year in my high school alumni marching band. So it was only...

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Volume 3: Original Performance Rhapsody in Blue

Volume 3: Original Performance Rhapsody in Blue

It's one of the most known melodies the world over. It was used for United Airway commercials for decades. But have you ever heard it with only piano, played by the guy who wrote it, recorded from a piano roll? Look what I found. In this episode we will learn about...

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Volume 2: Glenn Miller Pt 1

Volume 2: Glenn Miller Pt 1

One of things I used to love watching my parents do...was dance. These two were so graceful on the dance floor. They made it look as if it was only the two of them in the entire hall. And almost like they were floating on air. They really were a joy to watch. So in...

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Volume 1: Kickoff

Volume 1: Kickoff

To get this new podcast off to a rip-roaring start, we’re going to combine my family’s love of football and my dad’s love of Dixieland with Pee Wee Hunt’s Dixieland Kickoff. Plus the only college fight song I know the words to is one of the choices. This album...

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What Am I Doing?

What Am I Doing?

My dad left us in 2019. He left ME with nearly 500 vinyl records. What better way to remember him than to create a podcast listening to this unique album collection. The collection is extensive and eclectic and was gathered from the 1940s through the 1970s. We will...

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