Jeff Kallman's excellent The Easy Ace: A Journal of Classic Radio
is a wonderful place to spend hours on end, rediscovering the Golden Age of Radio
as it's meant to be discovered and celebrated. Article after article
is filled with a wonderful new vignette about Golden Age Radio History.
---The Digital Deli Online.

[I]n his matchless on-this-day approach to chronicling “yesteryear,”
he easily aces out a less organized mind like mine,
which promptly lapsed into a more idiosyncratic mode of relating the past.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

A Big Deal: The Way It Was, 1 February

1941---Glenn Miller, who is known for orienting his schedule otherwise around his regular fifteen-minute radio program, The Chesterfield Show, signs what is the most lucrative recording deal to date with RCA Victor: the bandleader's new deal guarantees him $750 per side/song.

Although Miller will become legend for his large volume of chart-topping hits, at the time he signs the new RCA deal a label mate continues holding the number one position on Billboard's Best Sellers in Stores survey: Artie Shaw and his Orchestra, whose "Frenesi" will hold that posiiton for three more weeks, until Miller's own "Song of the Volga Boatmen" knockes it out of that spot---for a single week.

Miller will not reach the number one spot on that survey again until 29 November, when he knocks Freddy Martin and his Orchestra's "Piano Concerto in B Flat" out of the top spot with the record that hogs number one for the rest of the year: "Chattanooga Choo-Choo."

Miller will have the second most number one hits on 1941's Best Sellers in Stores chart, with two, but that's way behind Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra's five. ("Amapoli," "My Sister and I," "Maria Elena," "Green Eyes," and "Blue Champagne.") Artie Shaw, Freddy Martin, and Sammy Kaye and his Orchestra will each have one record at the top of that chart, though Shaw will spend the second-most amount of time at the top behind Dorsey.


1949: POOR SUBSTITUTES FOR A PRISON---A year later, several families on The Daily Sentinel's list of poor families to help around the holidays have become unexpectedly well-to-do---and Lenore Case (Lee Allman), Mike Axford (Gilbert Shea), and Britt Reid (Jack McCarthy) suspect something a little more than gumption got them there . . . especially with the husbands/fathers in prison as confessed criminals when the windfalls land, on today's edition of The Green Hornet. (ABC.) Also starring: Mickey Tolan (as Kato).

1954: FIBBER'S BANK STATEMENT---It shows him (Jim Jordan) short $15, which makes him just a little short tempered---until he gets an unexpected surprise: a visitor whose wallet he recovered on a bus six years earlier, on today's edition of Fibber McGee & Molly. (NBC.) Also starring: Marian Jordan. (Warning: Poor audio quality.)


1895---John Ford (director: Screen Director's Playhouse), Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
1901---Clark Gable (as William Clark Gable; actor: So Proudly We Hail, Silver Theater), Cadiz, Ohio.
1904---S.J. Perelman (humourist: Information Please, The Railroad Hour), New York City.
1906---"The Incomparable" Hildegarde (so Walter Winchell designated her; born Hildegarde Loretta Sell; singer/pianist/hostess, Beat the Band, The Raleigh Room), Adell, Wisconsin.
1922---Renata Tebaldi (Metropolitan Opera soprano: The Bell Telephone Hour), Pesaro, Italy; Miriam Wolfe (actress: The Witch's Hour), Brooklyn.
1926---Stuart Whitman (actor: We Hold These Truths), San Francisco.


Blogger Marva said...

Great old time info on the site. Thanks for visiting my blog so I could find yours. I'll link you.

Also, I really appreciate your comments on the illegal aliens. I'll ask my father if he meant just the Guard. I suspect he was meaning (as I edited his idea) to be any service.

Possibly, the Guard option could be for women with children?

Anymore, the Guard troops are finding themselves to be fulltime and re-upped involuntarily. A big lack of military personnel is one reason my father thought of this.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Jeff Kallman said...

Marva---Thank you for noticing! And while it is true that Guard (and Reserve, for that matter) troops find themselves of late to be full-time and re-upped involuntarily, surely that condition won't endure eternally and, absent other sane solutions to the core problem of illegal aliens, I certainly hope your father really had in mind precisely the sort of thing I addressed. He is doing serious thinking at least about the matter, and it is a shame that too many professional thinkers (or do I overestimate their competence?) are doing too much unserious nonthink, about that and other matters . . .

9:22 AM  

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