Black History

Johnny Guitar Watson

Johnny “Guitar” Watson – Live In Hamburg – 1976 – Past Daily Backstage Weekend

Johnny Guitar Watson – live in Hamburg – 1976 – FIP/Radio France International – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Become a Patron! Johnny Guitar Watson to inject a little Funk into the weekend. From a live concert broadcast from Hamburg, Germany and picked up by FIP, the eclectic channel from...

Claude Hopkins - Jubilee - 1944

Claude Hopkins -Dorothy Donegan – Stuff Smith – On The Air – 1944 – Past Daily Downbeat

Claude Hopkins – Dorothy Donegan – Stuff Smith Trio – Jubilee Program – October 16, 1944 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – We got bills – we got pressure – we got patrons: Become a Patron! Back over to some Big Band of the 1940s this week. This one from...

Cab Calloway -

November 19, 1994 – Cab Calloway: The Hi-De-Ho Man Has Left The Building – Jesse Helms Slams Bill Clinton – Dianne Feinstein Declares Victory.

Become a Patron! November 19, 1994 – Sad news for the Entertainment world, this day. Bandleader and Singer synonymous with The Jazz Age of the 1920s, Cab Calloway passed away on the evening of the 18th, of complications from a stroke he suffered some months earlier. Calloway was a master...

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong, Theresa Harris, Red Callender, Sonny Woods – On The Air – 1943 – Past Daily Downbeat

Jubilee – Armed Forces Radio – May 24, 1943 – Louis Armstrong, Theresa Harris, Red Callender, Sonny Woods – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Jumping into some wartime Big Band this weekend with a broadcast via Armed Forces Radio of the legendary Jubilee program from 1943. This one featuring the...

Joe Liggins - Jubilee 1945

Jimmie Lunceford, Joe Liggins, Effie Smith – Jubilee -1945 – Past Daily Downbeat

Jubilee – Armed Forces Radio Service – June 11, 1945 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Here is a prime example of just how diverse and all-inclusive Jazz was (and still is). Jubilee was one of the most popular programs aired to service personnel during and just after World War...

Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

Toni Morrison (1931-2019) – Nobel Prize 1993 – Past Daily Reference Room: Tribute Edition

Toni Morrison – Nobel Prize Lecture – 1993 – December 10, 1993 – Swedish Academy – With the virtual onslaught of loss which has characterized 2019 so far, the news of the passing of Toni Morrison, one of the greatest authors of the 20th century, and the first Woman of...

The Hough Riots - July 1966

July 29, 1966 – Three Faces Of Violence – The Fire This Time – Cities On The Verge – Past Daily Reference Room

July 29, 1966 – July was a bad month for America. In reality, it would be the start of what became known as The Long Hot Summer, as the pattern of violence would be repeated over and over in cities throughout the country. In this year, the problems were triple-fold....

Harlem - July 1964

July 24, 1964 – Harlem And The Long, Hot Summer – Past Daily Reference Room

Become a Patron! Fifty-five years ago, on July 24, 1964 Harlem was in the process of sweeping up smashed windows, putting out fires and generally recovering from the events only a few days before. A series of events which would be repeated to the point where the days after June...

Art Neville (1937-2019)

The Neville Brothers With Dr. John – Live In Japan – 1987 (RIP: Art Neville) – Past Daily Soundbooth: Tribute Edition

The Neville Brothers With Dr. John – Live in Japan – July 1987 – (RIP: Art Neville) – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Art Neville (1937-2019) – in a year already hit with the tremendous loss of New Orleans cornerstones Dr. John, Dave Bartholomew and now Art Neville, this is...

Kansas City Flood - July 1951

July 17, 1951 – Kansas City Underwater – Josephine Baker And Racism In A Restaurant.

Become a Patron! July 17, 1951. The big news concerned the devastating floods sweeping over Kansas City, submerging some 2 million acres and causing an untold amount of damage and loss of life. On the day of this newscast, President Truman had finished a tour of the disaster area. He...