Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Molly Ryan's New Kickstarter Fundraiser!

Molly Ryan is one of the most delightful persons it is our privilege to know. Molly's presence on the music scene makes the current century a great deal more cheerful than it would be otherwise. Her last Kickstarter-funded album Swing For Your Supper! is truly remarkable in every way, and she's ready to record again. Here's the link to her new project.

Contribute what you can, but remember in so doing you are helping to bring real joy into a world that sorely needs it.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I know it's been a while. . .

I haven't dropped off the face of the earth. We're attending to some stressful and frustrating financial/legal matters this month which should be resolved soon. Or soon enough, at any rate.

Friday, February 28, 2014

If you download RADIOLA! from a-infos radio, please read this

UPDATE (3/12/2014): a-infos radio is back online with its servers in a new home. Contributions are still needed to add disc storage space and replace worn hard drives. Help keep this invaluable service going. Contribute here.

This was an email I just received, and the message is clear that the whole a-infos archive at is about to disappear owing to a loss of server space. RADIOLA! is only one of many worthy programs archived on the site. If this is a service you use, please consider helping whatever way you can.

Dear radio4all producer,

This is a nasty and sad email to send out, but I have no choice. Lyn and Shawn, the other founders of radio4all have no time to continue with the project, we're being booted from our free rack space and power arrangement, and I'm out of cash. I am sending this note to the 250 most recent uploaders (that's pretty much everyone who has contributed a program in the last year). If you want the service to continue, we need some organization, some fundraising, and an expert php/SQL programmer to take over from the excellent foundation that Shawn built -- the servers run without problems for months at a time. I am happy to continue maintaining the hardware and doing the network stuff but I can't do it all. I am hoping that among you all there is a group of people who can form a new radio4all organization, if it is of value to you.

Radio4all at the moment is throttled at 10 megabits per second in order to keep our bandwidth costs to the level that's matched by monthly contributions. If opened wide, even now it immediately consumes about 5 times that. The hardware and software are quite capable of this rate. The real cost of doing this in a data center here is in the range of $1,200 a month, and we need to rebuild the server boxes which have done more than anyone should expect over the past many years.

Here is a summary I sent to the Prometheus radio mailing list a little while ago:

Hello Prometheus friends,

This is a question of interest and an appeal for help. More than 17 years ago, Lyn Gerry and Shawn Ewald from KPFK had the idea for radio4all ( to distribute radio programs from independent producers. They had no way to make it happen from a hosting and server hardware point of view, and I volunteered to do it. We met for an afternoon in Berkeley and figured out how to make it happen. It started with a couple of boxes on a shelf in my workshop in San Jose, now it's serious servers on serious bandwidth at a data center in Santa Clara. I have built the servers from surplus parts and gotten sweetheart deals for bandwidth when I could, and the service is running today with about a hundred programs being uploaded every week and thousands of downloads worldwide. There is about 2 TB of program material in the archive.

Lyn quit the effort several years ago, her organizing job was finished and the vision she had of a free, unregulated mechanism for uploading and downloading radio programs remains today. Shawn did a super job writing the software that runs the site, and migrating it from ColdFusion to a more generic open source implementation. Now he's swamped with his work in New York and has no time to maintain the software. Then there is the little problem of money. No one wants to pay for the service; I have contributed about $3,500 of my own money keeping it running, paying for bandwidth and server parts, and wheedling rack space and power at a colocation facility in Santa Clara. There is a trickle of contributions coming in so that amount is not growing, but it will all end soon.

Our deal for rack space and power has ended, I have two weeks to get the servers out of the rack. The archive server is down, the main server is running on one disk drive, the other drive in the array has failed. This has cost $150 a month, to replace it will be about $350, and the lower-tier discount data center plans I'm being offered will not be as reliable. To replace what we have with equivalent quality will cost around $1,200 a month, and that does not include the cost of the hardware maintenance that is badly overdue. We have had essentially zero downtime in four or five years.

Shawn's suggestion at this point is to migrate the archived programs to and shut off the radio4all service. There are probably plenty of other ways that people can use now (that weren't available 17 years ago) to get their programs out for stations to broadcast. Absent a different solution that's what will happen.

I'm happy to continue keeping the hardware and network running if there is still a need, but I can't do it all. I'm not a fundraiser and I'm not a programmer. Anyone in New York who can talk to Lyn (upstate) or Shawn (Manhattan) to see what they would like to see happen, should do that. They haven't talked to each other in years.

Please forward this mail to whoever you think would be interested in forming a new posse to keep this running. Any questions please write to me at


David Josephson

"All Over the Map" February 28, 2014

(Week 382)

This RADIOLA! is drifting over its own boundaries.

RADIOLA! streams continuously from my Live365 station. Outside the lines-cast here. Each RADIOLA! program is sent to subscribers on my mailing list (email here).

Victor Light Opera Co - Gems from “Floradora” (Stuart) (1914) - Victor 35451 A
Claude Hopkins and his Orch (Orlando Roberson v) - Do You Ever Think of Me (1934) - Decca 353 B
Willard Robison w/Ipana Troubadours - Wake Up! Chill'un, Wake Up! (1929) - from Columbia 1779 D
Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders (Franklyn Baur v) - I Haven't Told Her She Hasn't Told Me (1927) - Victor 20823 B
Synco Jazzers - Two Red Lips (1929) - Madison 5063 B
The Charleston Chasers - My Melancholy Baby (1927) - Timeless CBC 1-040
Lotte Lenya w/The Three Admirals - Alabama Song (Weill-Brecht) (1930) - Mack The Knife (Naxos 8.120831)
Jabbo Smith and his Rhythm Aces - Sweet 'N' Low Blues (1929) - Retrieval RTR 79013
Prince's Band (G. Hepburn Wilson dir) - Tackin' 'Em Down (Intro: 1.Wondrous Eyes of Araby 2.When We Meet in the Sweet Bye and Bye) (1918) - Columbia A6058
Paul Whiteman and his Ambassador Orch - Best Ever Medley (“Dance of the Hours” and “Love in Idleness”) (1920) - Victor 35701 B
Nora Bayes - Jack Norworth - Turn Off Your Light, Mr. Moon Man (1911) - Victor 70038
Henry Burr - You Know You Belong to Somebody Else (1923) - Victor 19026 A
Tampa Blue Jazz Band (Samuels) (Billy Jones v) - Uncle Bud (1921) - Okeh 4522 B
Ragtime Jazz Band - Ragtime'owy Chlopiec - The Ragtime Boy (Dymitr Markiewicz) (1966) - Ragtime Jazz Band (PNCD 1007)
Bibor Olga Ciganyzenekara - Betyar Gyerek Talpig Vasban - Columbia E4231 (Jack Theakston collection)
Royale Trio (Glantz) - Little Girl (1921) - Actuelle 020737 B
Yerkes' S. S. Flotilla Orch - HMS Pinafore (1922) - Vocalion B 14415
Al Winters and his Orch (Jerry Baker v) - Wait'll I Get You in My Dreams (1932) - Crown 3437 B
Harold Stern and the Biltmore Orch (Bill Smith v) - I Wake Up Smiling (1933) - Bluebird B 5019 A
Richard Himber and His Orchestra (Joey Nash v) - It's Psychological (1934) - Complete Vol.2 (Renovation 7007)
Little Jack Little - Hold Me (1933) - Bluebird B 5014 B
Cleo Brown - When (1935) - Decca 632 A
Red McKenzie and his Rhythm Kings - When Love Has Gone (1936) - Decca 734 A
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orch (Bob Goday v) - Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (1936) - Bluebird B 6641 B
Mal Hallett and his Orch (Buddy Welcome v) - Big Boy Blue (1937) - Decca 1163 A
Johnny Claes and his Claepigeons (Benny Lee v) (Gerry Wilmot ann) - Stompin' at the Savoy (1941) - Columbia FB 2688
Bertholt Brecht (w Theo Mackeben's Jazz Band) - Die Ballade von der Unzulanglichkeit (Weill-Brecht) (1929) - Mack The Knife (Naxos 8.120831)
Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians - Chloe (Song of the Swamp) (1944) - Decca 29220 A
Snooks and his Paramount Hotel Orch (Walter Ashby v) - Goodnight, Sweetheart (1931) - Melotone 12245

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Just over three years ago I went way out on a limb with a theory about the identity of Tempo King. I extrapolated that he was actually a vocalist by the name of John Arcesi (1917-1983), who at that time (1936) had recorded with Louis "King" Garcia. My basis came from the Tempo King and Louis Garcia groups having Joe Marsala in common. Joe Marsala lived in the same apartment building as Joe Venuti, who employed Arcesi (then working under the name Don Darcy) as his band vocalist. Venuti was also known to enjoy a good practical joke.

However, here (from vintage sheet music) is a photograph of Tempo King (many thanks to Randy Skretvedt):

And here is a publicity still of Don Darcy (John Arcesi) borrowed gratefully from eBay:

They are obviously not the same person. In further scouring my available reference sources, I find a date of death cited for Tempo King of June 25, 1939. I find no further reference to that other than the entry in Roger Kinkle's The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz 1900-1950.

King's putative birth year was 1915, and I saw another reference to "intestinal complications" as the cause of death. None of the above stated may be quite accurate, of course. I sincerely apologize to all those who followed me down this bumpy dead-end lane of speculation, but at least we had some good tunes along the way.

So, now what?

Friday, February 07, 2014

"Better Than Expected" February 7, 2014

(Week 381)

This RADIOLA! is a distinct improvement over itself.

RADIOLA! streams continuously on my Live365 station. Remarkably adequate-cast here. Each RADIOLA! is sent to subscribers on my mailing list (email here).

David Bispham - Pirate Song (1906) - Marconi 30026
Raymond Scott Quintet - The Girl With the Light Blue Hair (1939) - Columbia 35247
Willard Robison w/Ipana Troubadours - Wake Up! Chill'un, Wake Up! (1929) - from Columbia 1779 D
Ace Brigode and his Fourteen Virginians - Alone At Last (1925) - Columbia 426 D
The Caroliners (Bob Haring) (Scrappy Lambert v) - Why? (1928) - Cameo 8316
Colonial Club Orch (Haring) - March of the Old Guard (1930) - Brunswick 4690
Frank Munn - Let Me Spend the Jouney's End With You (1926) - Brunswick 3250 B
The Tune Peddlers - Blue Shadows (1928) - Vocalion 15745
Willard Robison and his Piano - Clap Yo' Hands (1926) - Perfect 12311
Utica Institute Jubilee Singers - Peter on the Sea (1929) - Victor 21925 B
Yerkes Jazarimba Orch - My Mammy (Intro Um-Pah-Pah) (1921) - Columbia A 3372
Original Memphis Five - Lonesome Mama Blues (1922) - Paramount 20131 A
The Columbians - Limehouse Blues (1924) - Columbia 88 D
Irene Young and Al Weston - Those Country Days Surely Were It (1916) - Columbia A 1995
Isabella Patricola - Lovin' Sam (The Sheik of Alabam') (1922) - Victor 18976 A
Sam Lanin and his Orch (Arthur Hall v) - I'm Sitting On Top Of The World (1925) - Perfect 14523
Eddie South - Blues in the Night (1944) - The Dark Angel of the Fiddle (Soundies SCD 4120)
Banu Gibson - Why Do I Lie To Myself About You? (1990) - You Don't Know My Mind
Elsie Carlisle - 'Leven Pounds of Heaven (1932) - Decca F 3038 A
Walter O'Keefe - The Man on the Flying Trapeze Pt 1 (1932) - Victor 24172 A
Walter O'Keefe - The Man on the Flying Trapeze Pt 2 (1932) - Victor 24172 B
Ambrose and his Orch (Sam Browne v) - Me (1931) - HMV B 6068 B
Clyde McCoy and his Orch - Sugar Blues (1931) - Columbia 2389 D
Rudy Vallee and his CT Yankees - Nagasaki (1933) - Bluebird B 7358 B
Ray Noble and his Orch (Al Bowlly v) - What More Can I Ask? (1932) - Victor 24314 A
Al Winters and his Orch (Gus Fetterer v) - Moon Song (1932) - Crown 3437 A
Benny Goodman and his Orch (Jack Teagarden v) - As Long As I Live (1934) - Parlophone R2695
Ray Nichols and his Four Towers Orch (Billie Hibberd v) - And Then Some (1935) - Bluebird B 6012 A
Henry King and his Orch (Joseph Sudy v) - Love is Never Out of Season (1937) - Decca 1333 B
Matty Malneck and his Orch - Hearts and Flowers (1938) - Decca 2060 B
Leslie Hutchinson - Watching the Stars (1936) - Parlophone F 752
Joe Marsala and his Orch - Lower Register (1941) - Decca 3764 B
Lotte Lenya - Lost in the Stars (1943) - Mack The Knife (Naxos 8.120831)

Friday, January 31, 2014

"Calling In Well" January 31, 2014

(Week 380)

This RADIOLA! is just fine, thank you.

RADIOLA! streams continuously from my Live365 station. Well-disposed-cast here. Each RADIOLA! program is sent to subscribers on my mailing list (email here).

Frank Crumit (Frank Banta p) - Knock at the Door (1924) - Victor 19437 B
Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees - Savage Serenade (1933) - Bluebird B 7358 A
Willard Robison w/Ipana Troubadours - Wake Up! Chill'un, Wake Up! (1929) - from Columbia 1779 D
Don Voorhees and his Orch (Lewis James v) - My Blue Heaven (1927) - Columbia 1129 D
Broadway Broadcasters (Lanin) - When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along (1926) - Cameo 954
Harry Reser's Syncopators (Tom Stacks v) - What A Night For Spooning (1928) - orig Columbia 1524 D
Don Roberts - The Whole World Knows I Love You (1928) - Columbia 1602 D
Jimmie Rodgers - Those Gambler's Blues (1930) - orig Victor 22554
The Charleston Chasers (Eva Taylor v) - What Wouldn't I Do For That Man! (1929) - Timeless CBC 1-040
Ray Miller and his Black and White Melody Boys - Weep No More (My Mammy) (1921) - Columbia A 3519
Paul Ash and his Granada Orch - Meditation from Thais (Massenet) (1924) - Brunswick 2783 A
George Olsen and his Music - My Best Girl (1924) - Victor 19518 A
Marion Harris - Who'll Take My Place? (1922) - Columbia A 3630
Frank Crumit - Say It With a Ukulele (1923) - Columbia 26 D
Jack Chapman and his Hotel Drake Orch (Raymond Davis v) - Let Me Be the First to Kiss You Good Morning (1924) - Victor 19519 B
Maurice Peress Orch - Mama Loves Papa (1987) - The Birth of Rhapsody in Blue (MHS 287531Y)
Maurice Peress Orch - Yes! We Have No Bananas/So This is Venice (1987) - The Birth of Rhapsody in Blue (MHS 827531Y)
Victor Arden and Phil Ohman - Dance of the Demon (Holst) (1922) - Victor 19041 B
Original Memphis Five - Those Longing For You Blues (1922) - Paramount 20131 B
Broadway Bell-Hops (Irving Kaufman v) - It All Depends On You (1927) - Harmony 355 H
Bernie Cummins and his New Yorker Hotel Orch (Walter Cummins v) - F'r Instance (1930) - Victor 22494 B
Snooks and his Paramount Hotel Orch (Walter Ashby v) - Guilty (1931) - Melotone 12245
Jack Denny and his Orch - Oh! What a Thrill to Hear It From You (1932) - Victor 22907 B
Adrian Schubert and his Orch (Marty Golden v) - One Hour With You (1932) - Crown 3282 A
Chick Bullock - Stormy Weather (1933) - Melotone M 12680
Eddy Duchin and his Orch (Lew Sherwood v) - Riptide (1934) - Victor 24613 A
Borrah Minevitch and his Harmonica Rascals - Limehouse Blues (1936) - Decca 1090 A
Bob Skyles and his Skyrockets - Blue Accordion Blues (1938) - Bluebird B 7218 A
Matty Malneck and his Orch - Sing You Sinners (1938) - Decca 2060 A
John Kirby and his Orch - Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes (1939) - Vocalion 4890
Bunny Berigan and his Orch (Ford Leary v) - The First Time I Saw You (1937) - Victor 25593 A
Dorsey Bros Orch (Bob Crosby v) - Lullaby of Broadway (1935) - Decca 370 A

Friday, January 24, 2014

90th Anniversary Celebration of "Rhapsody in Blue" in NYC

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks with Conductor Maurice Peress present the 90th Anniversary Celebration of Rhapsody in Blue, 8 PM Wednesday, February 12th at The Town Hall 123 West 43rd Street, NYC

Paul Whiteman’s historic Aeolian Hall Concert will be recreated on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at The Town Hall, NYC, on the same day and same block as the original concert 90 years ago.

Program features solo pianists Ted Rosenthal, Jeb Patton, and the 22-piece Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Orchestra, conducted by Maurice Peress; Jazz Age concert will feature music of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Victor Herbert, Jerome Kern and Zez Confrey.

"Some Call It Indolence" January 24, 2014

(Week 379)

This RADIOLA! overcomes its own formidable inertia to launch into low orbit.

RADIOLA! streams continuously from my Live365 station. Surly bonds of Earth-cast here. Each episode of RADIOLA! is sent to subscribers on my mailing list (email here).

Billy Watkins - Who Paid the Rent for Mrs Rip Van Winkle? (1914) - Columbia A 1532
Benny Goodman and his Orch (Jack Teagarden v) - I Ain't Lazy I'm Just Dreamin' (1934) - Parlophone R2695
Willard Robison w/Ipana Troubadours - Wake Up! Chill'un, Wake Up! (1929) - from Columbia 1779 D
The Plantation Orch - Silver Rose (1926) - Columbia 4185 (UK)
Dixie Daisies (Bob Haring) (Tom Stacks v) - Imagination (1928) - Cameo 8316
Boyd Senter and his Senterpedes - Beale Street Blues (1929) - Bluebird B 6050 B
Art Gillham and his Southland Syncopators - I Crave You (1927) - Columbia 1007 D
The Tune Peddlers - Darling (1928) - Vocalion 15745
Tom Cline and his Music Featuring Jack Carney - Ev'ry Day Away From You (1929) - Brunswick 4497
Ray Miller and his Black and White Melody Boys - The Sheik (1921) - Columbia A 3519
George Olsen and his Music - Put Away a Little Ray of Golden Sunshine For a Rainy Day (1924) - Victor 19518 B
Paul Ash and his Granada Orch - Caprice Viennois (Kreisler) (1924) - Brunswick 2783 B
Billy Jones and Ernest Hare - Ko-Ko-Mo (1923) - Columbia 26 D
Marion Harris - Fickle Flo (From Kokomo) (1922) - Columbia A 3630
Frank Crumit (Phil Ohman p) - How Come You Do Me, Like You Do? (1924) - Victor 19437 A
Molly Ryan - I Was Lucky (2007) - Songbird In The Moonlight
Polish-Swedish Connection (Dymitr Markiewitz, leader) (Pawel Tartanus, v) - Angry (2008) - Recorded Ilawa, Poland
Victor Arden Phil Ohman - Salut a Pesth (Kowalski) (1922) - Victor 19041 A
Irene Young and Al Weston - Laugh and You'll Never Feel Blue (1916) - Columbia A 1995
The Happy Six - Do You Ever Think of Me (Intro Coral Sea) (1921) - Columbia A 3372
Colonial Club Orch (Haring) (Scrappy Lambert v) - Charming (1930) - Brunswick 4690
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians - Be Careful With Those Eyes (1930) - Columbia 2205 D
Louis Armstrong and his Orch - Body and Soul (1930) - Parlophone R 1355
Elsie Carlisle - Making Conversation (1933) - Decca F 3737 B
Chick Bullock - Have You Ever Been Lonely? (1933) - Melotone M 12680
Mills Brothers - Loveless Love (1932) - Melotone M 13180 B
Harold White and his Orch (ARC band) (Will Osborne v) - Strange Interlude (1932) - Perfect 15665 B
Borrah Minevitch and his Harmonica Rascals - Moonglow (1934) - Decca 174 B
Dolly Dawn and her Dawn Patrol - Robins and Roses (1936) - Bluebird B 6381 A
Ambrose and his Orch (Bert Barnes p) - Rhapsody in Blue (1935) - Decca F 5454
Bob Crosby and his Orch (Frank Tennille v) - East of the Sun (1935) - Decca 502 A