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The Four Freshmen Influenced Brian Wilson

The Four Freshmen singing That’s My Desire.

Brian Wilson was enthralled with the harmonies of The Four Freshmen and used that harmony, as the Beach Boys featured the lead singer up front, with the rest of the group harmonizing in the background.

 

 

 
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History Shows on Old Time Radio

Old time radio not only broadcast comedies, detective shows, thrillers and music programs, but also broadcast information programming like Biography In Sound, which consisted of one hour-long broadcasts about famous politicians and personalities in history.The show was broadcast from 1954-1958.

For instance you can listen to shows featuring the life of Babe Ruth, then listen to Franklin Delano Roosevelt life story. Right now I have a Connie Mack program lined up in my MP3 player to play.

Last week I listened to story of Ernie Pyle the war correspondent, who lived with American troops mostly in the European theater. The broadcast features people who remember him as a kid and as an adult.

The list of shows represents a large spectrum of authors, presidents, entertainers and even the elderly painter Grandma Moses.

Readers can view the list of show at: http://www.archive.org/details/BiographiesInSound

 

Cavalcade of America was the longest running historical old-time radio show. It ran from 1935-1953. 741 episodes of the shows are available for purchase at otrcat.com

If you would rather just listen to a few free shows online you can enjoy listening to episodes like Here Is Your War, with James Gleason portraying war correspondent Ernie Pyle and telling the story of the American soldier in combat.

The list of shows at archive.org gives an idea of how many different topics are covered in the show that ran 18 years.

http://www.archive.org/details/OTRR_Cavalcade_of_America_Singles

Mister President is a drama in which Edward Arnold portrayed a different president each week. The show ran from 1947-1953. Listeners asked to guess which president was being represented in each episode. Almost all the presidents in the series were in office in the 18th and 19th centuries.

I listened to the President James Polk episode last week and thoroughly enjoyed Arnold’s portrayal of President Polk.

Archive.org has this list of free shows to listen to. The shows can be downloaded, then uploaded into an MP3 player:

http://www.archive.org/details/Mister_President

 

American Idol: Heejun Han May Be Going Home

Heejun Han should be in the bottom three tonight.

Heejun Han is almost certainly to be in the bottom three, after Randy Jackson said that he was in the most trouble after singing last night. The other two judges, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler declined to give a name of a singer in trouble. I don’t know if this is a good idea, to ask the judges who is safe and who is in trouble. When a judge says someone is safe, the supporters of that singer may not bother to vote for them and we could have another Pia Toscano situation like in Season 10. The producers may instruct the judges to name names, of those singers in trouble instead,  of leaving it to America to decide like Jennifer Lopez stated. Ryan Seacrest was asking this question for a reason and it is to stir up drama, so when a judge refuses to name names there is no drama. Regardless, Heehun Han will be in the bottom three, if there is a bottom three tonight, in the aftermath of the Jermaine Jones dismissal from the show. American Idol producers have a few options, to avoid the show ending a week earlier than planned. The judges could use their save this week or later to keep the show on schedule. Or they could bring Jeremy Rosado back. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Speaking only for myself my favorites are Joshua Ledet, who lives 10 miles from here in Westlake, Louisiana, Shannon Magrane, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez and Erika Van Pelt. It is time that Jimmy Iovine and the guest mentor let the singers pick their own songs. They may have the best interests of the singer at heart, but the singer’s fate can depend on the song choice, so why not let them make that choice. It is better than them thinking later after being voted off the show, that they should have went with their own song choice. One thing for certain is that Joshua Ledet was by far the best singer last night, when he sang the Percy Sledge classic When A Man Loves A Woman. It started a little slow for me, but he brought it home in the last half of the song, as the judges gave him a standing ovation. Ledet is not only a singer, but a natural entertainer and will be interesting to listen to and watch in Season 11. Just hope the judges didn’t give him the kiss of death, by saying he is safe, when in reality nobody is ever safe on American Idol till they win on finale night in May. For more details on last night’s show: http://theclicker.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/14/10692860-a-bad-night-on-american-idol-for-more-than-just-dqd-jermaine-jones

 

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