Frank Westphal’s Orchestra: Sing You Sinners – 1930’s

In this soundie from the early 1930’s, Frank Westphal’s Orchestra performs Sing You Sinners live on WENR Chicago. Westphal, a

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Turkey in the Straw – 1920’s

In this rare clip from the late 1920’s, an unknown group of musicians perform the American classic “Turkey in the

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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

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Cumberland Ridge Runners: Goofus – 1930’s

In this clip form the 1930s, the Cumberland Ridge Runners perform “Goofus,” a request from a member of the audience of

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Pete Seeger: 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

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Eddie Thomas & Carl Scott: My Ohio Home – 1928

During the 1920’s, lack of money and technology did not stop folks from making great music. Take this duo who

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Bela Lam & Family: Poor Little Benny – 1920’s

Virginia native Zanddervon Beliah Lamb, renamed Bela Lam by Okeh Records, performs the song Poor Little Benny with wife Rose

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Whistler & His Jug Band: Foldin’ Bed – 1929

Whistler & His Jug Band came up out of Louisville, Kentucky, and became the first recorded jug band, according to

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