Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, March 30, 2017

UNDERAPPRECIATED MUSIC: FRANKIE LAINE

Frankie Laine (1913-2007) would have been 104 today, March 30.  Although perhaps best known today for his western songs, Laine's repertoire covered the gamut, from musicals to pop standards, from calypso to gospel, and from operetta to romance; it seemed as if there was nothing he couldn't do.  While at Columbia records alone, Laine had 39 hit records.  He performed with many of the great popular singers of his time:  Patti Page, Doris Day, Jo Stafford, The Four Lads,and Johnnie Ray, while hosting such talents as Ella Fitzgerald, Georgia Gibbs, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Shirley MacLaine, Teresa Brewer, and Jack Teagarden.

Laine grew up in Chicago's Little Italy, where his father was once Al Capone's barber.  His wide range of musical interests became evident when his early influences were the very diverse Enrico Caruso and Bessie Smith.  His outspoken opinions on equality had many persons confused as to his race.  Her was a close friend to Nat King Cole and was one of Cole's pall bearers.  He joined Black singers in giving a concert to Martin Luther King's supporters during the Selma to Montgomery march.  He was noted for his charity work, especially with the homeless, the Salvation Army, and Meals on Wheels, and donated much of his time to these and other charities.

His last song, "Taps/My Buddy," was recorded shortly after the September 11 attacks and was dedicated to the firefighters of New York; all profits from that recording are donated in perpetuity to the NYFD.

"That's My Desire"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSKrvEdLXaM

"That Lucky Old Sun"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL3kvxN3xFc

"Cool Water"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jj7qab6KC4

"Mule Train"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZ62MOvS2hQ

"Gunfight at the O.K. Corral:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU84PcOcxuM

"There Must Be a Reason"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmgaSvpO2es

"The Cry of the Wild Goose"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttr_kZDM8lg

"The 3:10 to Yuma"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdG2ohk5LtE

"North to Alaska"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDkJu8-WcFw

"Answer Me, My Love"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0R0LrEF_GA

"The Wayward Wind"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zghTtGg5-Pg

"Rawhide"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EjbzCX3enA

"The Kid's Last Fight"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhFZZNgUVpc

"Granada"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8xOtrZxkA0

"Ghost Riders in the Sky"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ-J6sSo5lw

"Stars Fell on Alabama"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzvCukVIMz8

"Carry Me Back to Old Virginny"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD3Lyq6VK5A

"Robin Hood/Champion the Wonder Horse"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD3Lyq6VK5A

"I Believe"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCh6DM5xZ3M


and there are so many more...

PHILO VANCE: BUTLER MURDER CASE

Philo Vance (that "pain in the pants") goes drilling for murder when he investigates the death of a dentist.  This was radio's third incarnation of S.S. van Dine's famous detective and featured Jackson Beck in the title role.  Purists may be upset that Beck's Vance had little to do with van Dine's character other than the name while others may be pleased that Vance's insufferable personality traits are not evident.

From February 15, 1949:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVsl_aCB0nk&index=23&list=PLHqtXmwpmH0JvOilyzME5tULcLIPrsFnv

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: WHEN I'M WITH MY BABY

Lee Mckinley & the Magnetics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC6LUQL4AHM&list=PLt4bWvuRKY7oNCv4xVy4GVULXbtGJcN9o&index=6

BAD JOKE WEDNESDAY -- WITH APOLOGIES TO MY FRIENDS IN BOTH STATES

What's the difference between a Texas tornado and a Tennessee divorce?
Not much.  Either way, someone's gonna lose a trailer.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE

If you shoot J.R. people may talk about it for a summer, but if you shoot the sheriff or Liberty Valance, they make songs that people will be humming for years.

Here's Gene Pitney.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-sjvz6YKnQ

Monday, March 27, 2017

OVERLOOKED CLIFF-HANGER SERIAL: BURN 'EM UP BARNES (1934)

Jack Mulhall's film career lasted for fifty years, from 1910 to 1959, with 447 credits (including television) on IMDb.  Many of his roles were uncredited, so most people would be excused if they didn't recognize his name.  He had bit roles in such landmark films as Around the World in Eighty Days, The Man with the Golden Arm, My Friend Irma, and The Glass Key.  He starred as Craig Kennedy in the 15-episode serial The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand and he had the title role in this 12-episode serial.

"Burn-em-Up" (sometimes with hyphens, sometimes not) Barnes is a race car driver who comes to the aid of bus line owner Marjorie Temple (Lola Lane, Deadline at Dawn) when a gang of crooks go after supposedly worthless land she owns.  Helping Barnes is his teenaged buddy, Bobby Riley (Frankie Darro,  The Phantom Empire).  Also in the cast was Jason Robards, Sr. (who was billed just as Jason Robarts because his son -- being twelve -- was not yet Jason Robards.)

A lot of cars.  A lot of racing.  A lot of cliffhangers.

Below is the first episode, with links to take you to the remaining eleven episodes.

Enjoy.

https://archive.org/details/burn_em_up_barnes_1 

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: GREEN RIVER

CCR.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5V9nK7-OkM