Minnie the Moocher: Cab Calloway & Betty Boop - 1930's

Starting with a phenomenal live moment where Cab Calloway free-form dances to his orchestra swinging slow & sweet to St. James Infirmary.  Then things get rolling.

Home life is tough for Betty, so she hits the road with her friend Bimbo.  They venture into a haunted forest and seek refuge in a dark cave.  Within, they encounter the alter-ego of Cab and his band, the ghost of a walrus backed by a symphony of skeletons, monsters, and condemned ghouls.  

The ending is quite spectacular.

The Larks: The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise - 1955

The Larks - The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

"The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" is a popular ballad with lyrics by Gene Lockhart and music (Toronto 1918) by the concert pianist Ernest Seitz, who had conceived the refrain when he was 12. Embarrassed about writing popular music, Seitz used the pseudonym "Raymond Roberts" when the song was first published by Chappell in 1919.

Labor Day: To Hear Your Banjo Play - 1947

Folk master Pete Seeger narrates Alan Lomax's documentary on the evolution and appreciation of American folk music. Special cameo performances include Woody Guthrie and Brownie McGhee, amongst many others.

Waterloo - Cliff Crofford & Billy Mize - 1959

In this clip multi-instrumentalists and all-around talents Cliff Crofford & Billy Mize perform rollicking, stomping rendition of Waterloo. From 1959, this number is another prime example of the world famous Bakersfield Sound.

Johnny Bond: Diggin' for Gold - 1959

Johnny Bond - Diggin' for Gold

Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You - 1946

Louis Jordan performs "How Long Must I Wait for You" with his Timpany Five.  Considered by some to be no more than a long running novelty act, back in the day he battled Chick Webb and conceived lyrics with wit that rivals Dylan or any modern-day rapper.

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.


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