Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, May 24, 2018

UNDERAPPRECIATED MUSIC: SUN RECORDS

I don't know if Sam Phillips realized the he would be making music history back in 1952 when he started Sun Records in Nashville.  Phillips loved rhythm and blues and wanted to bring it to a white audience and, in doing so, he brought out the first records of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins.  Other sun artists included Conway Twitty, Charlie Rich, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Milton.

The link takes you to The Legendary Sun Records Story, a compilation of sixty great tunes with that essential Sun Records touch.

Let's start rockin':


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTyI3t7uLaU

THE SEARS RADIO THEATER: THE HAMSTER CAPER OF CURTIS CLEEVER

By most accounts old-time radio ended in the early Sixties, pushed aside by music, new, sports, and talk radio.  Radio drama was not completely dead.  In the Seventies such programs as CBS Radio Mystery Theater, Theater of the Mind, and Radio Adventure Theater were all launched, as was The CBS Radio Theater.

Successful producer-directors Elliott Lewis and Fletch Markle pitched a unique idea for a multi-genre radio drama series.  The CBS Radio Theater would present  a different genre each weeknight, each with their own host.  Lorne Greene would host western night; Andy Griffith, comedy night; Vincent Prince, mystery night; Cicely Tyson, "love and hate" night; and Richard Widmark, adventure night.  The show premiered on February 5, 1979 and  ran through February 28 the following year for a total of 266 episodes with 129 original scripts-- some of the repeated scripts were aired with a different cast.

"The Hamster Caper of Curtis Cleever" aired on June 28, 1979 and featured Robert Towers and Noelle North as "a college student and his girlfriend, hoping to become overnight millionaires, go into the hamster-breeding business -- with a gimmick."

Enjoy.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK9Gb-sYFiY

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: ANGELA

RIP, Clint Walker.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0o5Alr3kOMU

BAD JOKE WEDNESDAY

There are only two true definitions of an optimist.

One, an accordion player with a pager; and

Two, a banjo player with a mortgage.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: DOGS AT MIDNIGHT

There was a story this morning on NPR about the resurgence of black lung among central Appalachian coal miners.  An extrapolation of available figures indicates that as many 20% of the miners have the disease. 

It's an apt time to post this Tom Paxton song from 1970.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy-9dc1iWLE

OVERLOOKED TELEVISION: CAPTAIN VIDEO AND HIS VIDEO RANGERS

Captain Video and His Video Rangers (Dumont Television Network, 1949-1955) was the first science fiction series to appear on American television.  Known for its stilted one-shot acting, juvenile plots, cheesy sets, and frequent use of stock footage, it set a very low standard for low-budget television.  Many well-known science fiction writers contributed to the series, including Robert Sheckley, James Blish, Milton Lesser, and Jack Vance.  Sadly, most of the over 1500 original broadcasts have been destroyed; nineteen of the twenty-four surviving episodes can only be seen by appointment at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

The episode below, "Operation Microwave," aired April 21, 1952, and stars Al Hodge as Captain Video.  Hodge took over the title role from Richard Coogan in 1951.  Also featured is Don Hastings (perhaps best known as Dan Hastings, a long-running character on As the World Turns) as the teenage companion known as The Video Ranger.  Helping to round out the cast are Scott Tennyson, Jack Davis, Gordon Mills, Arny Freeman, LeRoi Operti, and a young Jack Weston.  The episode was directed by Steve Previn and written by George Lowther.

Enjoy this blast from the past,


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCSeMlSv3E0

Monday, May 21, 2018

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: OLD BLACK MAGIC

I just finished reading Ace Atkin's latest continuation of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series.  In honor of that book, here's Louie Prima and Keely Smith.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpjxx9BOm-0