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Hawaiian Hula Song

1940's

Hawaiian Hula Song

Ana Lani & Ray Kinney: Hawaiian Hula Song w/Steel Guitar - 1940's

Hawaiian Hula Song, a classic. A seductive beauty does the hula while a duo play on guitar and slide. During the last third of the song, the rhythm picks up, becoming swingy. Where Hawaiian traditional and American Jazz meet, practically western swing.  

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Jimmy Wakely & Mary Ford: You Are My Sunshine

1940's

Jimmy Wakely & Mary Ford: You Are My Sunshine

Jimmy Wakely & Mary Ford: You Are My Sunshine - 1940's

In this clip, 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. “You are my Sunshine,” one of the most covered songs […]

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Black Marketing

1940's

Black Marketing

Black Marketing - 1940's

Like a television courtroom drama, the prosecutor deconstructs a criminal enterprise within the meatpacking industry. The dramatization hints at Hollywood crime films of the day, with shakedowns, oblivious accomplices and bribe money wrapped in paper with a soup bone. Despite the fact that the accused are given no opportunity to defend themselves, this piece of […]

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Tica Ti – Tica Ta

1940's

Tica Ti – Tica Ta

Tica Ti - Tica Ta - 1942

Tica Ti Tica Ta, produced in 1942, stars “dynamite swing singer” Ginger Harmon and vaudeville dancing team the Mercer Brothers. On April 18, 1942 Billboard’s Movie Machine Reviews writes, “Ginger Harmon and the Mercer Brothers don South American garb for Tica Ti – Tica Ta. Ginger sings well and the nimble Mercer boys contribute a […]

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Television Code Seal of Good Practice

1960's

Television Code Seal of Good Practice

Dick Cavett: Television Code Seal of Good Practice - 196

In this public service announcement from 1967, Dick Cavett assures television viewers that the channel they are are now watching follows the Television Code of Practice. “Kids are impressionable. That’s why here, at this station, we watch the programs and commercials your child watches carefully. He may see bad guys, but not in the role […]

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The Hut Sut Song

1940's

The Hut Sut Song

The Hut Sut Song - 1940's

Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah add a little brawla, brawla too it, Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah add a little brawla sooit. Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah add a little brawla, brawla too it, Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah add a little brawla sooit. WARNING: This absurd, cartoonish, and thoroughly ridiculous soundie will brand itself […]

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Hollywood Extra Girl

1930's

Hollywood Extra Girl

Hollywood Extra Girl - 1935

I need some faces there that can show soul in their eyes. – Cecil B. DeMille Produced in 1935, Hollywood Extra Girl depicts the life of an extra and what it takes to move up the next rung of the ladder. It stars the iconic director Cecil B. DeMille whose brash dramatics fit perfectly within […]

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Anatomy Of A Murder World Premiere

1950's

Anatomy Of A Murder World Premiere

Anatomy Of A Murder World Premiere - 1959

Anatomy of a Murder, directed by Otto Preminger in 1959, was based on a novel by Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker writing under the pseudonym Robert Traver. Starring James Stewart, Ben Gazzara, Lee Remick, George C. Scott, and Duke Ellington, who wrote the soundtrack,Anatomy of a Murder was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best […]

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Jimmie Rodgers: The Singing Brakeman

1930

Jimmie Rodgers: The Singing Brakeman

Jimmie Rodgers in The Singing Brakeman - 1930

In 1930, Jimmie Rodgers was probably one of the hottest Americana pop artists in America. Five years later, he would be dead. Born in 1897, a native of Mississippi, Jimmie Rodgers, along with the Carter Family, would influence generations of country musicians to come as the Blue Yodeler with songs like “In the Jailhouse Now,” […]

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