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Streets of Surabaya - 1945

December 21, 1945 – The Former Dutch East Indies Erupts In Anti-Colonial Violence.

December 21, 1945 – Don Bell report from Manila -Mutual Broadcasting – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – December 21, 1945. The Independence movement in the Dutch East Indies was quickly gaining momentum and resistance to it was gaining intensity. The Indonesian National Revolution, or Indonesian War of Independence, was an...

December 21, 1939 – Christmas In Wartime – Festive In Short Supply – The Last Of Merry For The Duration.

Despite news earlier in the week of the sinking of the German Battleship Admiral Graf Spee, Germany was celebrating Christmas, this week in 1939, with a shipment of some 1 million Christmas trees into Berlin. War news, it seemed, wasn’t going to deter anybody from celebrating. The trees were plentiful...

Leon Russell

Leon Russell – Slippin’ Into Christmas – 1972 – Past Daily Nights At The Round Table – Holiday Edition

Couple cents? Become a Patron! As crowds line up, snaking down city blocks and shivering in sub-zero temperatures in anticipation of snagging a bargain on what has now become the second Great Holiday; Black Friday – a name which seems ironic, as it should be called Green Friday as retailers...

Style Council – Live At Gold Digger’s – 1984 – Past Daily Soundbooth

Style Council tonight. In concert from Gold Digger’s in 1984 and preserved for posterity by the ever-venerable BBC Radio 1’s In Concert series. When The Jam called it quits and went their separate ways, there was always a question as to what Paul Weller would be doing, what new direction...

Carl Millöcker

Hermann Weigert And The Berlin State Opera In Music Of Millöcker – 1930 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Carl Millöcker – A veritable one-man Factory of Viennese Operetta in the late 19th century. Karl Millöcker – Der Bettelstudent (abridged) – Soloists, chorus and Orchestra of the Berlin State Opera – Hermann Weigert, cond – Recorded in 1930 – Polydor (export) – Deutsche Grammophon (domestic) – Gordon Skene Sound...

Arthur Honegger

Arthur Honegger – Christmas Cantata – 1954 – Past Daily Gramophone Weekend: Holiday Special

Just in time for Christmas. Again from the French Radio Transcription collection. Here is a 1955 radio broadcast performance of A Christmas Cantata by Arthur Honegger, featuring Baritone Pierre Mollet, Maurice Duruflè, Organ. The Chorus of the ORTF, conducted by Yvonne Gouvernè. The Children’s Choir of the ORTF, conducted by...

Hollywood Goes to the War Front

George Fisher’s Let’s Go Hollywood – Christmas With The Troops In 1952 – Past Daily Holiday Gallimaufry

What began during World War 2 as a holiday ritual, continued on for decades as members of the Hollywood contingent boarded planes and headed off to Army camps to spend Christmas with the troops. In 1952 it was Korea. And for 17 days, from Christmas to New Years, the USO...