Sunday Night Follies: 1940’s Style

It’s no secret that I used to spin those platters – on a small town radio station that had a three mile radius of coverage. 100 big watts to a short vertical antenna! Oh those were the days – when I would watch for the bus to come in with the latest market reports – and I could put something like this on the Presto turntable while I ran for the Oklahoman:

Of course, Phil Harris had his biggest hit in a recycled tune called the “Ship Chandlers Shop,” which was a bit risque. But the FCC allowed The Thing, even when they banned the #1 hit of 1948, “Stone Cold Dead in the Market:” So let’s figuratively spin another platter:

Of course, Alice Faye’s husband was not the only much requested artist. Patti Page was from Tulsa, and this tune was played about every third time on daytime radio:

Dinah Shore was also extremely popular, but Jo Stafford was even more popular. Here is one the phone rang off the hook for:

And of course, the relatively rural area, thirty miles from Tulsa, appreciated a good novelty song. Here’s Jo Stafford as “Cinderella G Stump:”

And of course, here’s Tex Ritter, collector of cowboy songs, western movie star, and singer, with the oldest song known to have been originally written in English:

Have fun. The next follies will be the Halloween edition.


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