Archive for April 6th, 2015

THE FIRST 45 RPM RECORD RELEASED

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Texarkana Baby” by Eddy Arnold (above) was the world’s first commercially
released 45 RPM record in 1949. At first each genre of music had it’s own
color of vinyl, Popular releases on standard black, Country were on green,
Children’s records were on yellow, R&B and Gospel were released on
orange vinyl and Classical singles used red vinyl. Eventually, RCA
soon ended it’s colored vinyl lines due to the production cost.

Blue Big Band copy 3  orange45      kids45  Red Classical copy (1)

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SERIES PREMIERED ON THIS DAY IN 1945

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This Is Your FBI
was a radio crime drama which aired in the on ABC from April 6,
1945 to January 30, 1953 for a total of 409 shows. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover
gave it his endorsement, calling it "the finest dramatic program on the air".

Stacy Harris played the lead role of fictional Special Agent Jim Taylor. Others in
the cast were William Conrad, Bea Benaderet and Jay C. Flippen.

This Is Your FBI was sponsored during its entire run by the Equitable Life
Assurance Society of the United States (now AXA Equitable Life Insurance
Company
). The narrator was Frank Lovejoy early in the show’s run, then
Dean Carlton. The long running series also starred legendary actress, Betty
White
.




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Frank Lovejoy


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Stacy Harris

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RECAPPING PAST NEWS EVENTS

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Ross Simpson

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Merle Ronald Haggard is 78 today.

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RADIO SHOW DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1931

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Little Orphan Annie was adapted to a 15-minute radio show that debuted on WGN Chicago in 1930 and went national on NBC‘s Blue Network. It was one of the first
comic strips adapted to radio and the first late-afternoon children’s serial. It had
about 6 million fans, and left the air in 1942. 

when the show debuted, radio had yet to establish coast-to-coast networks so
two separate casts performed—one in San Francisco starring Floy Margaret
Hughes and the other in Chicago with Shirley Bell as Annie, Stanley Andrews
as "Daddy", and Allan Baruck (and later Mel Tormé) as Joe Corntassel.

When coast to coast networking was established in 1933, the Chicago cast
became the permanent one. Announcer Pierre Andre provided Sandy’s "Arf!"
and sang the theme (as Uncle Andy).

 

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Pierre Andre                                    Stanley Andrews

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A CLASSIC RECORDED ON THIS DAY IN 1963

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The Kingsmen’s recording of “Louis Louie” was released in May 1963, initially
issued on the Jerden label, before being picked up by Wand Records and
released by them in October 1963. It entered the top ten on the Billboard Hot
100
chart for December 7, and peaked at number two the following week, a
spot which it held for six weeks. it remained in the top 10 through December
and January before dropping off in early February. In total, The Kingsmen’s
version of the Richard Berry song, which was recorded in Portland, Oregon,
spent 16 weeks on the Hot 100.

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