Summer '67 - Barbecues and Teargas.

Summer ’67 – Barbecues and Teargas.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – ABC News Around The World – July 29, 1967 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

As The Summer of 1967 rolled on; Summer of Love for some, Summer of Discontent for many, the world seemed wrapped up in one form of turmoil or another.

Riots were continuing throughout the East, and this July 29th(a Friday) saw it as the wrapping up of the worst week of it in U.S. history. Sniper fire was reported in Detroit, but the city was declared secure by Governor George Romney. Not so for Wilmington Delaware, Passaic New Jersey, Brooklyn and Poughkeepsie New York, South Bend, Indiana and Cambridge, Maryland. There were 4,000 National Guards in alert in Memphis, but it was quiet there. Ironic, since President Johnson’s Commission on Riots started their work on this day. Answers were being sought as to the meaning behind the rioting – and there was no lack of opinion as to what was at the cause. Most poignant came from Dr. Martin Luther King who said “A nation that can spend 35 billion dollars to fight what I consider an un-just, ill-considered war in Vietnam, and 20 billion dollars to put a man on the Moon, can certainly spend billions of dollars to put God’s Children on their own two feet, right here on earth”.

And Vietnam was also in the news this day. An explosion on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal just minutes before it was supposed to launch an air strike destroyed or damaged some 29 aircraft. Casualty figures from the accident were not released.

Two American airfields north of Saigon were the objects of intense mortar fire from the Vietcong. The mortar attacks killed some 4 U.S. Servicemen and injured some 30 others.

And anti-Mao rioting was going on in China. Paratroopers from the Red Chinese Army landed in Wuhan where rioting had been particularly intense the previous few days. Chinese Army troops arrived and took over Canton where some 20,000 striking railroad workers were on strike.

And that’s just a sampling of what went on this July 29th in 1967, as told by ABC Radio’s News Around The World.

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Shanka of the Dukes - French/Belgian Power duo. Energy level set at 12.

Shanka of the Dukes – French/Belgian Power duo. Energy level set at 12.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Dukes – Live At Festival Evenings, Republic Square – Paris – July 6, 2014 – Oui-FM

Jumping back into Festival season this week with a set by the French/Belgian duo The Dukes, recorded in concert at Oui-FM’s Festival Evenings series, live from Republic Square in Paris.

It was recorded on July 6th.

With the onslaught of bands hitting Festival season all over Europe, it’s a reminder that not all of them are English or American. There is a veritable TON of European bands making the rounds, and a lot of them deserve to be checked out and brought to larger attention.

One of those bands is The Dukes. Getting a big following in France and Belgium, the power duo opened the nights proceedings to a packed audience. They’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback the past couple of years, and even a steady downpour before the show didn’t stop things.

Like most bands in Europe these days, they sing in English (a safe bet they are going after a wider audience) and they are high energy. So don’t let language hold you back, ’cause it won’t.

In all likelihood I don’t think they’ve played the States yet. But with the wide swath many festivals in the U.S. are cutting these days, it’s very possible they’ve already played SXSW or Coachella. But I’m not aware of it. I’m sure fans will point out that I’m wrong if I am.

But in the meantime, check out The Dukes from a couple weeks ago and see what they’re up to. Check out their website and grab any/all of their three albums.

It’s okay to play loud – the original recording has a lot of limiting on it –  so you won’t blow out any speakers while n the process of blowing your mind.

Casualties in Vietnam for this week in 1966: 136.

Casualties in Vietnam for this week in 1966: 136.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – ABC News – Vietnam Update – Number 37 – July 28, 1966 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

As the Vietnam War continued to escalate, the news reports came in with daily, almost hourly regularity. ABC News began a weekly series, Vietnam Update, which attempted to stay on top of the situation, report as much factual material as possible and present the daily Pentagon spin as necessary.

The news on this 37th weekly report for July 28, 1966 was the completion of Operation Hastings, a three week battle just 17 miles south of the border with North Vietnam.  The report covers reactions from the troops, the Pentagon casualty report (136 dead – some 225 were missing) for the week and eyewitness accounts of the fighting.

One report featured a press conference by Whitney Young of The Urban League, who was in Vietnam on a fact-finding mission over allegations of a disproportionate number of Black U.S. combat troops to White combat troops.

But as much as there was a growing tide against the war, programs like this tried very hard to keep the war upbeat and victorious. As time went on, it became harder and harder to maintain the Pentagon Spin as more people began to question why we were even there in the first place and as news coverage came in faster as technology improved.

Vietnam was considered to be the first “televised war”. And even though there was a considerable amount of censorship, the constant access to the flow of information and battlefield reports brought a closer scrutiny to war than ever before.

So here is that report for the week via Vietnam Update over ABC Radio for July 28, 1966.


The odor from Apartment 213 was a clue.

The odor from Apartment 213 was a clue.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – ABC World News This Week – Week Ending July 28, 1991 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

July 28th in 1991 was the end of a horrifying week.

As news filtered out regarding the arrest of a seemingly innocuous pedophile with a drinking problem, the story of Jeffry Dahmer and the cabal of sickness he waged on the human race exploded on to the media.

From his arrest on July 25th to the end of the week, a hideous portrayal emerged of deranged pedophilia and cannibalism, with each new discovery more gruesome than the previous one.

By the end of the week, America achieved a level of numbness but kept asking the proverbial question: “what went wrong?”

It was only the beginning and it would end in a trial and a sentencing. Dahmer would eventually be the object of a revenge killing while in prison – but that was off in the future. For this July 28th it was still unfolding.

There was other news going on this July 28th in 1991.

A Middle-East Peace plan was in the works, with Secretary of State Baker attempting to drum up support ahead of talks. Everyone was in favor of direct talks, but Israel was balking at the idea of anyone from East Jerusalem or the PLO would be part of it.

And another Moscow Summit was in the works, with President Bush getting ready to fly off to another meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev. Gorbachev was getting ready to announce sweeping new measures that made many in the Politburo sit up and take notice. Changes were happening fast and furious in the USSR.

Iraq was still on the burner, with sanctions in place since earlier in the year. The U.S. proposed a sale of Iraqi Oil to pay for food and medicine which were on the list of goods not coming into the country. The Oil sale would also pay war reparations. No word from Baghdad.

And that’s just a small slice of what went on in the world, this week ending July 28th in 1991 as presented by ABC Radio and World News This Week.

Leo Smit - Playing the work he commissioned.

Leo Smit – Playing the work he commissioned.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – NBC Summer Symphony with Milton Katims, Conductor – Leo Smit, Piano – 1953 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

More rarities.This week it’s The NBC Summer Symphony series featuring conductor Milton Katims and pianist Leo Smit in music by Mozart and Alexei Haieff. Mozart’s Symphony Number 41 (Jupiter) and the broadcast premier of Alexei Haieff’s Piano concerto, with the work’s commissioner, Leo Smit as soloist. The concert was recorded on April 18, 1953 (a bit early for Summer but . . . ).

The Haieff Concerto won the New York Critics Circle Award in 1953 and the award was presented during the mid-point of the concert by Music Critic Howard Taubman, who was Chairman of the New York Critics circle.

And you get to hear it here.


Carlos Montoya - a Master of Flamenco.

Carlos Montoya – a Master of Flamenco and its most vocal advocate.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – NPR Options – A Conversation with Carlos Montoya – June 24, 1974 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Carlos Montoya was one of the true legends of Flamenco Guitar. As a founder of the modern-day Flamenco style, Montoya was highly influential and had achieved worldwide popularity and was one of the most its popular practitioners from the early 1950s up to his death in 1993.

Here is a rare interview conducted by NPR in 1974, as part of the Options radio series, where Carlos Montoya talks, not only about his playing and his work, but also that of one of the great historic figures in Flamenco, Niña de Los Peines.

Essential listening for any student of Spanish Flamenco Guitar – or any guitar, for that matter.

Bley, Peacock, Motian - Remarkable interplay.

Bley, Peacock, Motian – Remarkable interplay.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Paul Bley, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian – Live at Satiricon Theater, Essen Germany – March 15, 1999 – Radio Essen

Three masters getting together for a unique collaboration. Pianist Paul Bley, Bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian, in concert at the Satiricon Theater in Essen Germany and recorded by Essen Radio on March 15, 1999.

This concert comes around the time of the release of Not Two, Not One which featured a studio collaboration from the three. This concert, not previously released, features the three in an improvisational setting.

The results, like the collaboration itself, are classic.