Al Dollar & His Ten Cent Band with Billy Murray – “Popeye the Sailor Man”
Eat your spinach now, kids. Then you can grow up to be big and strong like Popeye, and mutter about Olive Oyl while smoking a pipe that never goes out with a big fat anchor tattooed on your bicep. Come on, your mom will love it.¬† You’ll need the original recording of “Popeye the Sailor Man” for inspiration, so here it is.
A sublime rendition of Beethoven’s Concerto in D Major, Op. 61, for Violin and Orchestra, recorded in 1936 by The London Philharmonic Orchestra. Sir John Barbirolli conducted and the great Fritz Kreisler was the featured violinist. A faithful yet passionate interpretation of one of Beethoven’s most evocative violin works. Ausgeszeignet.
I. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Rondo (Allegro)
East Texas Serenaders – “Mineola Rag” mp3
The East Texas Serenaders saw the great depression come and go, and survived it intact to continue on and make more records in better times. There’s some excellent bio info here. Give this tune a listen to hear why these serenaders uplifted so many in their day.
Here is an absolutely stellar performance of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5, in E-flat Major, Op. 73 (“Emperor”), by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by George Szell, featuring Benno Moiseivitch on piano. The audio quality is superb, especially when you consider this was recorded in 1938 and only much later transferred to a digital medium. Here are all three movements, in two high resolution mp3s. Magnificent.
1. I. Allegro
2. II. Adagio, III. Rondo
Burnett And Rutherford – “Ladies On The Steamboat” (mp3)
Sweet party music from another time, ladies and gents. What could be better than ladies on a steamboat? Burnett And Rutherford tell the story and it’s all good. These boys were nuts!
A dark yet transcendent folk song looks back on the days of slavery, that shameful and discredited institution, from the first half of the 20th century, when the memory was still even more fresh than today.
Buck Mountain Band – “Those Cruel Slavery Days” mp3