Newsreel: El Cortez Hotel Glass Elevator - 1956

In this newsreel from 1956, the great news reader Ed Herlihy describes the futuristic glass elevator recently installed in the El Cortez Hotel in San Diego, California.  Believe it or not, this will be the future ... of soon-to-be developed tract buildings everywhere.

Ozark Jubilee Boys: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - 1959

Ozark Jubilee Boys perform "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" live in this country tinged version of Jerry Lee Lewis's rhythm  & blues hit.  Witness rockabilly in the making as this young western swing band goes rock & roll.

Billy Mize & Cliff Crofford: Tell Him No - 1959

Billy Mize and Cliff Crofford's harmonies for "Tell Him No" typify the Bakersfield Sound.

From a local television broadcast out of Compton, California in the late 1950's.

Rosalie Allen: Chime Bells - 1940's

Who doesn't love a great yodeler?  

It's Rosalie Allen, who taught herself to play music as a child in Pennsylvania on her brother's guitar.  Involving herself with radio, she scored her first hit covering Patsy Montana's "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart."

In this piece, Rosalie sees her beau off to war, a scenario the world has seen a little too much of lately ...

Later, Rosalie Allen would become a popular County & Western DJ in NYC through the 1950's, and later  opened up her own retail C&W music shop.

Jimmy Wakely: You Are My Sunshine - 1940's

In this clip, fictitious western-swing act Jimmy Wakely & the Sunshine Girls perform "You Are My Sunshine."

Jimmy Wakely was a Hollywood B-Western personality.  With his career zenith during the studio system, Wakely would star in cowboy matinees and be featured in a comic book series.

Nina Simone: Four Women - 1970's

Nina Simone performs an abridged version of her song Four Woman.

How to Live in a City - 1964

Have you ever wondered what makes some cities better than others? In public access television pioneer George C. Stoney's 'How to Live in a City,' the argument is that it all depends on the quality of the public space.

New York City folk singer and architectural critic Eugene Ruskin guides us through unique locales which illustrate the fine line between organic and sterile urban spaces. It all depends on a place's ability to attract and sustain, even if only momentarily, a sense of community.


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