OLD TIME RADIO - 1 CD-ROM - 77 mp3
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Sammy Kaye's involvement with Radio was also relatively extensive, for a band leader. Kaye had organized his first orchestra while on full scholarship at Ohio State University in the early 1930s. Quickly making a name for himself with both his own compositions, a canny knack for identifying others' new compositions and talent, and a solidly Mid-Western America appeal, Sammy Kaye's star rose quickly. Kaye was responsible for the inspirational "Remember Pearl Harbor" a tune he composed on December 8, 1941, the day after the Pearl Harbor attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. Throughout the World War II era, America learned to 'swing and sway' to the lilting music of Sammy Kaye, his three Kaydets and featured bandmembers 'Chubby' Silvers [brass] and Ernie Rudisill [percussion]. While Sammy Kaye was an accomplished clarinetist and saxaphonist, he was never quite the virtuoso as, for examples, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie or Glenn Miller. But he didn't need to be.
Sammy Kaye's genius was in identifying and promoting great talent and, to an only slightly lesser degree, getting an audience behind him. One of Kaye's inspirations during the era was his "So You Want to Lead A Band" series of programs on Radio and Television. An audience member would be selected to take the baton for a few selections or a whole program. Kaye's three major 'finds' of the era were Tony Alamo, Don Cornell and Laura Leslie, two of whom went on to highly successful careers of their own.
Kaye was also one of RCA Victor's most prolific recording artists. At the time The Sammy Kaye Showroom premiered, Sammy Kaye had already sold in excess of 4 million records for RCA Victor. Victor itself had passed the Billion record mark only two years earlier. Kaye's orchestra was referred to as one of the 'sweet bands' of the era, characterized by comparatively mainstream, traditional favorites, romantic or patriotic new compositions, and traditional dance music. His band was also known for the participation of band members in the band's many comedic routines. Not particularly ground-breaking for the era, but equally endearing the band to its audiences.
Transcribed from the outset, The Sammy Kaye Showroom premiered on May 16, 1949 for a contracted run of twenty-six weeks. Airing three times a week in most markets, some markets aired the program weekly for twenty-six weeks. The vast majority of sponsoring Chrysler dealerships across the country opted for the three-a-week broadcasts, usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
In an attempt to obtain maximum audience involvement--and more visits to Chrysler showrooms across the U.S.--Chrysler dealerships maintained ballots of popular tunes of the era, which showroom visitors could vote on. A given popular selection for any week would become the Chrysler Pick of The Week, closing out one of the three programs each week. Selections from the smash Broadway hit, South Pacific, were prominently featured throughout the 26-week series. South Pacfic had debuted at The Majestic Theatre on Broadway only a month prior to The Sammy Kaye Showroom's own debut. South Pacific continued on for a run of almost five years and 1, 925 performances on Broadway.
Kaye obviously knew a hit when he found it. Kaye's singers, Tony Alamo, Don Cornell and Laura Leslie each sang at least one South Pacific selection a week for The Sammy Kaye Showroom's 26-week run. South Pacific's success was so ubiquitous throughout its five-year run that it was prominently featured on all manner of popular Radio programs of the era, both instrumentally and as plot elements in drama programs of the era, such as The Big Show, The Magnificent Montague, The Danny Kaye Show, The Jack Benny Program, and literally hundreds of others.
Jay Jackson both announced for the program and acted as Chrysler's spokesperson, incorporating repeated plugs of Chrysler's Silver Anniversary Model for 1949 and its 'Prestomatic' fluid drive transmission. Kaye himself waxed effusively over the Silver Anniversary Model's features throughout each program.
Not particularly Chrysler's sexiest looking design of the past 25 years, the Silver Anniversary Model was as boxy and comparatively sedate looking as most of its designs since the ground-breaking Chrysler Airflow design of 1934-1937. The Chrysler CW Airflow Imperial of 1935 was the first American automobile to feature a curved, one-piece windshield among a host of other cutting edge design features. In practice, the Chrysler Airflow was more show than go. Both the DeSoto line and the Chrysler line offered the model, but both lines suffered fit, finish and mechanical shortcomings throughout its short, albeit controversial, life. That hard-learned lesson affected Chrysler for the next twenty years, a period during which Chrysler concentrated more on engineering innovations than on style and 'panache.'
The Sammy Kaye Showroom remains one of Radio's exemplars of contemporary, mainstream variety programs showcasing a relatively 'safe' selection of tunes, a remarkable showcase of South Pacific selections in particular, and a launching pad for both Tony Alamo and Don Cornell. Cornell went on to a singing career spanning almost sixty years. Crooner Tony Alamo, often regrettably mistaken for the infamous evangelist Tony Alamo, most often sang solo selections on The Sammy Kaye Showroom. Cornell and lovely, petite Laura Leslie were most often paired for romantic or lighter standards duet selections throughout the series.
The Sammy Kaye Showroom remains one of the 'sweeter' variety programs showcasing the 'sweet bands' of the era. The better transcribed encodes that survive of the run are wonderfully listenable to this day.
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Sammy Kayes Showroom (01) First Song - Little Girl
Sammy Kayes Showroom (02) First Song - I Still Get A Thrill
Sammy Kayes Showroom (03) First Song - Kiss Me Sweet
Sammy Kayes Showroom (04) First Song - Powder Your Face
Sammy Kayes Showroom (05) First Song - Love Me Love Me
Sammy Kayes Showroom (06) First Song - Sunflower From The Sunflower State
Sammy Kayes Showroom (07) First Song - You Were Meant For Me
Sammy Kayes Showroom (08) First Song - June Is Bursting Out
Sammy Kayes Showroom (09) First Song - Power Your Face
Sammy Kayes Showroom (10) First Song - That Certain Party
Sammy Kayes Showroom (11) First Song - Gal In Galveston
Sammy Kayes Showroom (12) First Song - Crusing Down The River
Sammy Kayes Showroom (13) First Song - Five Foot Two
Sammy Kayes Showroom (14) First Song - Snuggled On Your Shoulder
Sammy Kayes Showroom (15) First Song - On The Alamo
Sammy Kayes Showroom (16) First Song - Forever And Ever
Sammy Kayes Showroom (17) First Song - Baby Face
Sammy Kayes Showroom (18) First Song - Baby Its Cold Outside
Sammy Kayes Showroom (19) First Song - I Want A Girl
Sammy Kayes Showroom (20) First Song - How It Lies
Sammy Kayes Showroom (21) First Song - When The Red Red Robin
Sammy Kayes Showroom (22) First Song - Candy Kisses
Sammy Kayes Showroom (23) First Song - Five Foot Two
Sammy Kayes Showroom (24) First Song - Fiddle Dee Dee
Sammy Kayes Showroom (25) First Song - Its A Great Feeling
Sammy Kayes Showroom (26) First Song - Someone Like You
Sammy Kayes Showroom (27) First Song - Looka Aint She Pretty
Sammy Kayes Showroom (28) First Song - Kiss Me Sweet
Sammy Kayes Showroom (29) First Song - Highland Fling
Sammy Kayes Showroom (30) First Song - Candy Kisses
Sammy Kayes Showroom (31) First Song - Cruising Down The River
Sammy Kayes Showroom (32) First Song - Wonderful Guy
Sammy Kayes Showroom (33) First Song - Yes Yes In Your Eyes
Sammy Kayes Showroom (34) First Song - Every Night Is Saturday Night
Sammy Kayes Showroom (35) First Song - Always True To You
Sammy Kayes Showroom (36) First Song - Hollywood Square Dance
Sammy Kayes Showroom (37) First Song - Five Foot Two
Sammy Kayes Showroom (38) First Song - An Old Fashioned Walk
Sammy Kayes Showroom (39) First Song - Homework
Sammy Kayes Showroom (40) First Song - How It Lies
Sammy Kayes Showroom (41) First Song - Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair
Sammy Kayes Showroom (42) First Song - Belmont Boogie
Sammy Kayes Showroom (43) First Song - Every Night Is Saturday Night
Sammy Kayes Showroom (44) First Song - Ain't She Sweet
Sammy Kayes Showroom (45) First Song - I May Be Wrong
Sammy Kayes Showroom (46) First Song - Baby It's Cold Outside
Sammy Kayes Showroom (47) First Song - Little Girl
Sammy Kayes Showroom (48) First Song - In A Shady Nook
Sammy Kayes Showroom (49) First Song - Yes Sir, That's My Baby
Sammy Kayes Showroom (50) First Song - Always True To You
Sammy Kayes Showroom (51) First Song - Fiddle Dee Dee
Sammy Kayes Showroom (52) First Song - Be Goody Good Good
Sammy Kayes Showroom (53) First Song - Five Foot Two
Sammy Kayes Showroom (54) First Song - It's A Great Feeling
Sammy Kayes Showroom (55) First Song - It's Wonderful
Sammy Kayes Showroom (56) First Song - I May Be Wrong
Sammy Kayes Showroom (57) First Song - Toot Toot Tootsie
Sammy Kayes Showroom (58) First Song - In A Shady Nook
Sammy Kayes Showroom (59) First Song - That's My Weakness
Sammy Kayes Showroom (60) First Song - On The Alamo
Sammy Kayes Showroom (61) First Song - Ain't She Sweet
Sammy Kayes Showroom (62) First Song - Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella
Sammy Kayes Showroom (63) First Song - Honeybun
Sammy Kayes Showroom (64) First Song - Yes, Yes In Your Eyes
Sammy Kayes Showroom (65) First Song - Yes Sir, That's My Baby
Sammy Kayes Showroom (66) First Song - Love Is A Beautiful Thing
Sammy Kayes Showroom (67) First Song - It's A Great Feeling
Sammy Kayes Showroom (68) First Song - Baby It's Cold Outside
Sammy Kayes Showroom (69) First Song - That's My Weakness
Sammy Kayes Showroom (70) First Song - Homework
Sammy Kayes Showroom (71) First Song - Toot Toot Tootsie
Sammy Kayes Showroom (72) First Song - Ain't She Sweet
Sammy Kayes Showroom (73) First Song - Button Up Your Overcoat
Sammy Kayes Showroom (74) First Song - I May Be Wrong
Sammy Kayes Showroom (75) First Song - I Still Get A Thrill
Sammy Kayes Showroom (76) First Song- Fiddle Dee Dee
Sammy Kayes Showroom (77) First Song - Yes, Yes In Your Eyes