1950’s

Joe Williams (Photo: Bill Claxton)

Count Basie Featuring Joe Williams Live From Zardi’s – 1956 – Past Daily Downbeat

Count Basie with Joe Williams, live from Zardi’s in Hollywood – May 14, 1956 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Count Basie featuring Joe Williams on vocals, live from Zardi’s on Hollywood Boulevard from May 14, 1956. The venerable Count Basie with the inimitable Joe Williams – two stalwarts and...

Election 1956

Election 1956 – Shuffling The Cards, Reading The Leaves – Past Daily Reference Room

Election 1956. Late in 1955, when speculation was rife over whether or not President Eisenhower would run for a second term, pundits and commentators fell over themselves predicting a possible outcome – everyone agreed, it would be an Eisenhower victory. But the question was, as of September 9, 1955, would...

President Eisenhower - 1953

President Eisenhower – The 100th Anniversary Of The GOP – Sept. 21,1953 – Past Daily Reference Room

President Eisenhower addresses a Fundraiser held in Boston on September 21, 1953. With the current election season heading to the final few weeks, begin reminded that Political Parties in America have changed dramatically over the years; none probably as much as the GOP. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a popular...

Jean Hubeau

Jean Hubeau Plays Hubeau With Pierre Germain, Baritone – 1952 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Jean Hubeau – Four Songs – Pierre Germain, Baritone with Jean Hubeau, piano – ORTF Radio performance, circa 1952 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection The music of Jean Hubeau this weekend. Mostly recognized for his landmark recordings of other composers works, Hubeau was also contemporary French composer of some note,...

Latinas in America - 1950s

Immigration In The 1950s – Latinos In Kansas 1951 – Past Daily Reference Room

CBS Radio: Mexican-Americans – The People Act – circa 1952 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection Given the highly-charged nature of this years election – the question of Immigration and Immigrants in general seems to have taken center-stage – or at least vying for center stage, amidst the flood of other...

Hollywood Ten - Film and TV Censorship

Blacklists, Censorship And The State Of Writing For Films And TV – Sy Gomberg – 1975 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

Although he wasn’t directly part of the Red Scare during the McCarthy era, writer Sy Gomberg was a well-respected, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Professor who was only too aware of that particularly dark period of our culture. As careers were destroyed and livelihoods were reduced to poverty, the infamous reign of...

Korean War civilan casualities

August 30, 1951 – Meanwhile, Back In Korea . . .

August 30, 1951 – Edward R. Murrow and The News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – News for this August 30th in 1951 had a lot to do with the War in Korea. Attempts at negotiating a ceasefire in July had fallen apart and fighting was escalating. President Truman announced...

Bomb Target U.S.A.

Bomb Target: USA – Red Scare In America 1953 – Past Daily Weekend Gallimaufry

Bomb Target: U.S.A. was a documentary special broadcast by CBS radio in March of 1953. The intended purpose was to expose our vulnerabilities and to scare the living crap out of us, all at the same time. With the Red Scare going full-blast through most communities in America, and threatened...

President Eisenhower

President Eisenhower – Report On The 83rd Congress – August 6, 1953 – Past Daily Reference Room

President Eisenhower and his report to the nation – the report card on the 83rd Congress, delivered August 6, 1953. As was the custom, President Eisenhower delivered a report card to the nation, a status report on how Congress was doing as it was adjourned for the Summer and heading...

Defense in 1957

When a Defense Budget Meant “Money Is No Object” – 1957 – Past Daily Reference Room

Defense Budget 1957 – Do Defense Cuts Endanger Our Security? – The American Forum¬†– August 4, 1957 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Our National Defense in 1957. Here we were, knee-deep in the Cold War, strangled by doomsday scenarios – you couldn’t read so much as a comic book...