Tag Archives: Dig Up The Roots

Mood & Background music

This show from 11/23/2004 is a collection of Mood and Background music on 78 RPM records. Unlike most music, these records weren’t intended to be paid attention to, they were intended to enhance the movies being shown. This music was intended to be played along with silent films and home movies and is really delightful music.

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So sit right down and let the movies of your mind go into full swing. This recording is from a cassette tape that was recorded at the wrong pitch (hopefully corrected) and only 1/2 of the show was recorded…I don’t miss cassettes.

Powder and patches

Laughing Marionette

Demoiselle Chic

Nautical Moments

Cafe Chantant/ Bal Masque

Marital Moments

Fame and Glory / Pagent March

The Spirit Of Pagentry

Catasrophe / Denunciation

In Peking

In A Japanese Garden

Arab Dance

A Street In Algiers No. 2

Salome

Morocco

Valse Egyptienne

Trip To Syria

Miserlou

Allah’s Holiday

A funny thing happened on the way to the station

A funny thing happened on the way to the radio station… Today’s show was broadcast on 03/31/2009. I really enjoyed the April Fools shows, trying my best to pull a fast one on the listeners by playing and featured music making fun of other music and music that deserved to be made fun of.

Jonathan & Darlene Edwards create music with more enthusiasm than talent and it shows up brilliantly. The Edwards, AKA Paul Westin and Jo Stafford reappear with the Natural and the Unnatural Seven. Slim Gaillard’s live epic Opera In Vout is always worth the price of admission. Spread over 4 sides of 2 78’s! What does that equal? 23. Allan Sherman exposes us to the brutal and painful world of music composition by committee with a lesser known gem of his comic and musical genius: Peter and the Commissar. Early spoken word artist Sebastian Cabot demonstrates what can be achieved with a proper mix of Bob Dylan. This mix will indeed leave you shaken. We wrapped the show up in The Screaming Faloshes song Rasta Jew. The Faloshe regard themselves as direct ancestors of the lost tribe of Judea. In fact, they got so lost back in the 15th century that they ended up on a beautiful remote island they called Jewmaica. A few bits from The Firesign Theatre and Monty Python help round out a most delightful program.

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Playlist Tracks:

Monty Python – Rock Notes
Album: Contractional Obligations; Label: Arista
Jonathan & Darlene Edwards – It Might As Well Be Spring
Album: The Piano Artistry Of; Label: Columbia
Page Cavanaugh – She Had To Go and Lose It at the Astor
Album: Musical Madness; Label: Bandstand Records
The Unnatural Seven – Seratan Yob
Album: Musical Madness; Label: Bandstand Records
Slim Gaillard – Opera In Vout
Album: Laughing n Rhythm; Label: Proper

Elsa Popping and her Pixieland Band – Java La Paloma
Album: Delirium In Hi – Fi; Label: Columbia
Pete Townsend Ronnie Lane – April Fool
Album: Rough Mix; Label: MCA
Ringo Starr – I’m A Fool To Care
Album: Sentimental Journey; Label: Apple

The Roches – Steady With The Maestro
Album: Keep On Doing; Label: Warner Brothers
B.J. Snowden – In Canada
Album: Songs In The Key Of Z; Label:
Firesign Theatre – KZTZ / Bob Dylan at the Met
Album: Eat Or Be Eaten; Label: Warner Brothers

The New Renaissance Society – Play With Fire Variation No 1
Album: Baroque -n- Stones; Label: Hanna Barbara Records
Hoosier Hot Shots – Them Hillbillies Are Mountain Williams Now / I’ve Got A Bimbo Down On The Bamboo Isles
Album: 78 RPM; Label: Columbia
The Natural Seven – Them Durn Fool Things
Album: Musical Madness; Label: Bandstand Records
The Electric Company – Love Of Chair
Album: TV Soundtrack; Label: Warner Brothers
Ken Nordine – The Smith Family
Album: Son Of Word Jazz; Label: Dot

Allan Sherman / Boston Pops / Arthur Fiedler – Peter And The Commissar
Album: Peter And The Commissar; Label: RCA
Firesign Theatre – The Toilet
Album: Eat Or Be Eaten; Label: Warner Brothers
Sebastian Cabot – It Ain’t Me Babe
Album: Sebastian Cabot, actor Bob Dylan, poet – a dramatic reading with music; Label: MGM
The Screaming Faloshes – Rasta Jew
Album: Kosher Club; Label: Rhino

Female Rockabilly Singers V1

Originally broadcast on 09/11/2007. This genre seems to be one of those that time was trying to bury. We all know of Elvis, Gene, Jerry and that cast of characters with long sideburns and twisting hips. But there was an equally important (and far less supported) group of girls and young women trying to carve out their niche in the conforming 1950’s. Ranging from cute Shirley Caddell’s Big Bounce, to the terrifying Susan McCrory & The Cannibals’ Rovin’ Gal, to the sultry Kirby sisters’ Blond In Red Velvet, and the weird Juke Box On The Moon by Ginny Millay.

I love this stuff and try and grab onto it whenever I can. Today’s show material was taken from several sources (as most radio shows are). This stuff is worth finding and should be taught in American History classes.

Hot Boppin Girls Vol 1- 8
Memphis Bells – The Women Of Sun Records on 6 CDs
Good Girls Gone Bad
Tough Dolls
Great Swinging Girls
The Girl’s Are Rockin

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Play list Tracks:

Shirley Caddell – Big Bounce
Album: H.B.G. Vol 2; Label: supersonic sound
Linda Burnetter Bobby The Ramblers – Rattle Bones Rock
Album: Great Swinging Girls; Label: White Label Records
Ann Castle – Go Get The Shotgun Grandpa
Album: H.B.G. Vol 8; Label: supersonic sound
Sara Lee – Jim Dandy
Album: H.B.G. Vol 7; Label: supersonic sound
Joyce Paul – Baby You’ve Had It
Album: H.B.G. Vol 7; Label: supersonic sound
Peggi Griffith – Rockin The Blues
Album: H.B.G. Vol 7; Label: supersonic sound
Carol Honeycutt – Teen-Age Rebel
Album: H.B.G. Vol 7; Label: supersonic sound
Jan Moore – Play It Cool
Album: Great Swinging Girls; Label: White Label Records
Sue Sinford – That’s My Heart
Album: Great Swinging Girls; Label: White Label Records
Susan McCrory The Cannibals – Rovin Gal
Album: Great Swinging Girls; Label: White Label Records

Nettles Sisters – Real Gone Jive
Album: H.B.G. Vol 6; Label: supersonic sound
Miller Sisters – Ten Cats Down
Album: Memphis Bells – The Women Of Sun Records CD 1; Label: Bear Family Records
Starr Sisters – Three Young Chicks
Album: Good Girls Gone Bad; Label: Ace
Kirby Sisters – Blond In Red Velvet
Album: Memphis Bells – The Women Of Sun Records CD 1; Label: Bear Family
Bolean Barry – Long Sideburns
Album: H.B.G. Vol 5; Label: supersonic sound
Betty Jo Starr – Eskimo Boogie
Album: H.B.G. Vol 5; Label: supersonic sound
Cathy Sharpe – North Pole Rock
Album: H.B.G. Vol 7; Label: supersonic sound

Billy Jo Spears – Get Behind Me Satan And Push
Album: Good Girls Gone Bad; Label: Ace
Betty Dickson – Shanty Tramp
Album: H.B.G. Vol 8; Label: supersonic sound
Martin Sisters – Voodoo
Album: H.B.G. Vol 7; Label: supersonic sound
Joyce Paul – Bad News
Album: H.B.G. Vol 7; Label: supersonic sound
Pat Molittieri – The U.S.A.
Album: H.B.G. Vol 7; Label: supersonic sound
Libby Dean – Ding Dong Rock A Billy Wedding
Album: H.B.G. Vol 6; Label: supersonic sound
Eileen Barton – How-Ja Do, How-Ja-Do, How-Ja-Do
Album: H.B.G. Vol 8; Label: supersonic sound
Nona Rae – Real Kool Kitty
Album: H.B.G. Vol 5; Label: supersonic sound
Gwen Davis – Seven Lonely Days
Album: H.B.G. Vol 5; Label: supersonic sound
Betty Rodgers – Hey Good Lookin
Album: The Girl’s Are Rockin’; Label: White Label Records

Barbara Reed – Dancing Teardrops
Album: H.B.G. Vol 4; Label: supersonic sound
Ruth Brown – This Little Girls Gone Rockin
Album: H.B.G. Vol 3; Label: supersonic sound
Bernadette The Swinging Bears – Crazy Yogi
Album: H.B.G. Vol 4; Label: supersonic sound
June August – What Does A Lifeguard Do In The Fall?
Album: H.B.G. Vol 3; Label: supersonic sound
Ella Mae Morse – Razzle Dazzle
Album: H.B.G. Vol 3; Label: supersonic sound
Acorn Sisters – Real Gone
Album: Tough Dolls; Label: Buffalo Bop
Colleen Carson – Going Going Gone
Album: H.B.G. Vol 7; Label: supersonic sound
Pricilla Bowman – A Spare Man
Album: Tough Dolls; Label: Buffalo Bop

Jamie Horton – Robot Man
Album: H.B.G. Vol 1; Label: supersonic sound
Jan Amber – The Little Martian
Album: H.B.G. Vol 6; Label: supersonic sound
Ginny Millay – Juke Box On The Moon
Album: The Girl’s Are Rockin’; Label: White Label Records

Cartoon Tunes V1 with Tim Fay

Cartoon historian Timothy Fay talked about and played examples of classic cartoon music. This was a very fun program and I’m glad to get it archived. For me, one of the highlights was finding out the name of the big orange hairy monster who wore tennis shoes in the old Warner Bros cartoons!

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“I’ve been a fan of cartoons and animation for as long as I can remember, and I recently had the pleasure of helping Dig Up the Roots host Greg Carr put together a program on music from the early days of animation. You’ll hear songs from early Max Fleischer cartoons, including Popeye and Betty Boop, as well as some early jazz recordings (which the Fleischer’s used without permission from the artists – oops!). You’ll also hear songs from Disney and Warner Brothers cartoons, as well as novelty recordings featuring famous cartoon characters like Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and some rodent named Mickey. And you can listen as Greg and I talk about the history of this music and the art of animation.”

-Tim Fay

For more information about cartoons and animation, I recommend these fine websites:

Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Research

The Cartoon Art Museum (San Francisco)

Playlist Tracks:

Don Pardo – WTV Toons Sign On
Album: Television’s Greatest Hits; Label: Tee Vee Toons
Eddie Peabody – St Louis Blues / Some Of These Days
Album: Transcription Recording
Cab Calloway – Minnie The Moocher
Album: Transcription Recording; Label:
Mae Questel Rudy Vallee His Connecticut Yankees – Betty Boop
Album: Transcription Recording
Nat Shilkret’s Orchestra – Buffoon
Album: Tunes From The ‘Toons; Label: Pro Arte
Oswald The Rabbit – Radio Rythym Soundtrack
Album: Tunes From The ‘Toons; Label: Pro Arte
Bahnfahrt (Choo Choo Train Ride) – H. Schindler’s Orchestra
Album: Tunes From The ‘Toons; Label: Pro Arte
Billy Costello – I’m Popeye the Sailor Man
Album: Tunes From The ‘Toons; Label: Pro Arte
Floyd Buckley – Popeye
Album: Television’s Greatest Hits; Label: Tee Vee Toons
Billy Costello – Barnacle Bill The Sailor
Album: Transcription Recording
Hoagy Carmichael His Orchestra – Barnacle Bill The Sailor
Album: Tunes From The ‘Toons; Label: Pro Arte
TV Cartoon Theme – Merrie Melodies (Merrily We Roll Along)
Album: Television’s Greatest Hits Vol 2; Label: Tee Vee Toons
Russ Morgan Manner – Looney Tunes (The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down)
Album: Television’s Greatest Hits Vol 2; Label: Tee Vee Toons
Raymond Scott Quintet – Powerhouse
Album: Tunes From The ‘Toons; Label: Pro Arte
Carl Stalling Felix Mendelsson – Medley: Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals / The New Hebrides Overture
Album: Transcription Recording
Del Courtney His Orchestra – Honest John
Album: Tunes From The ‘Toons; Label: Pro Arte
Harry Reser His Eskimos – Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
Album: Tunes From The ‘Toons; Label: Pro Arte
Ben Bernie His Orchestra – What! No Mickey Mouse?
Album: Tunes From The ‘Toons; Label: Pro Arte
International Novelty Orchestra – Mickey Mouse’s Birthday Party
Album: Tunes From The ‘Toons; Label: Pro Arte
Don Bestor His Orchestra – Mickey Mouse and Minnie’s in Town
Album: Tunes From The ‘Toons; Label: Pro Arte