1940’s

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Lenny Bruce Meets Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts – 1949 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

Lenny Bruce on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts – April 18, 1949 – CBS Radio/TV – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Something rare and unusual (and certainly historic) this weekend. What is probably one of the earliest, if not the earliest recording of Lenny Bruce doing one of his routines. As...

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October 20, 1944 – ‘I Shall Return’ – Allies Invade The Philippines.

On this day in 1944, a promise made by General MacArthur as he was leaving the besieged islands of The Philippines that he would return, became fact. On October 20, 1944 an allied invasion force reported to be an entire army stormed ashore, effectively cutting the island in two. Reports...

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October 19, 1941 – All Eyes On Moscow

News for this October 19th in 1941 was about the Eastern Front. The German drive to Moscow before the first snows of Winter. The big push was in the area of the Caucasus; the huge Oil fields of Baku which, if captured would mean the German Army would cut off...

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October 15, 1944 – The Greatest Air Attacks Against Germany – Death of The Desert Fox – Hungary Asks For Armistice.

October 15, 1944 – World News Today – CBS Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – October 15, 1944 – News of heavy air activity over Germany this day. In what was described as the “largest concentration ever of Allied air power”, over 1200 bombers took part in massive raids...

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Boris Blinder Plays The Music Of Michel Michelet – 1945 – Weekend Gramophone

It could make a huge difference: Become a Patron! More Contemporary music of the 20th Century this week. Michel Michelet, a native of Kiev, who first migrated to Germany and then, with German persecution of Jews, fled Germany and wound up in the U.S., most notably in Hollywood where he...

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Jo Stafford – 1952 – Past Daily Weekend Gallimaufry

Jo Stafford Time – CBS Radio / Armed Forces Radio Service – 1952 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Jo Stafford; a name which may not ring a lot of bells unless you were around in the 1950s, but a name which was synonymous with Popular music before the dawn...

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October 8, 1941 – Facing East – All Planes For Russia – Big Profits In Defense

We can use the support: Become a Patron! News for this October 8th in 1941 had much to do with events taking place in Eastern Europe. The German push into Russia and the fierce fighting taking place all up and down the Eastern Front. Both sides were claiming gains, while...

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Detroit – City Of The Future In 1949 – October 7, 1949 – Past Daily Reference Room

As a kid growing up in Detroit in the 1950s, I wasn’t really aware of how much Detroit was different than other cities. It was a place I lived with my family and I had no other frame of reference. I was however, aware that my father, who worked in...

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October 2, 1940 – “London Still Stands” – One Month Of The Blitz.

October 2, 1940 – Mutual – John Steele Report From London – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – October 2, 1940 – News for this day was about the continuing air-bombardment of London and cities throughout England by the German air force. Reported from London by John Steele for Mutual, Steele...

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September 29, 1940 – Berlin During Tripartite Season – An Axis Signing.

Sigrid Schultz Reporting From Berlin – Mutual Broadcasting – September 29, 1940 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection September 29, 1940 – News for this day, direct from Berlin and reported by Sigrid Schultz, correspondent for Mutual as well as The Chicago Tribune. The story was the signing of the Axis...