Show Details
:: Title :: Your Ballad Man: Singing Newspaper
:: Station :: Mutual Broadcasting Company
:: Date :: 07-17-1948
:: Description :: This program, "The Singing Newspaper," is a collection of topical songs presented by host Alan Lomax as a sampling of headlines.
:: Note 1 ::Theme of topicality: Begins with ballads. High cost of living "A Dollar Ain't a Dollar Anymore." The story of the "Golden Vanity" is still good even though 300 years old. Sam Hall was a bad actor, a real plug ugly. We get his exact words as he walked up the gibbet. Josh White sings "Hard Times" ("Great Goddamighty, Folks is Feeling Bad), an expose' about conditions in the South of the US. Alan explains that a good story is perennially new. He introduces the show with T. Texas Tyler telling the story of the deck of cards, as it was supposed to have occurred among World War II soldiers. Alan adds that this story actually, possibly originated in India and occurs in many languages. In the folk world a good story is always new. Johnny Mercer sings his World War II hit, "Accentuate the Positive," "the sermon for today."
Track List
Seq No Topic Duration Media File
1 Singing Newspaper, part 1 00:14:28
Songs: [A Dollar Ain't A Dollar Anymore], [Golden Vanity], [Hard Times], [Sam Hall]
Participants: [Glazer, Tom], [Guthrie, Woody], [Ives, Burl], [Lomax, Alan], [Seeger, Pete], [Terry, Sonny], [White, Joshua]
Technical Note:Engineer notes: Singing Newspaper TD189-01-00, Murray Arnold Orchestra TD189-02-00.
Original Note:Original notes read: Mutual reference recording, "Singing Newspaper" part 1 "Murray Arnold" - Alan Lomax, host of program featuring folk music on disc (7/17/48).
2 Singing Newspaper, part 2 00:15:13
Songs: [A Deck Of Cards (Story)], [Accentuate The Positive], [Grand Coulee Dam], [OPA Blues]
Participants: [Guthrie, Woody], [Lomax, Alan], [Mercer, Johnny], [Stockard, Ocie and His Wanderers], [Tyler, T. Texas]
Technical Note:Engineer notes: Singing Newspaper TD190-01-00, Murray Arnold TD190-02-00.
Original Note:Original notes read: Mutual reference recording, ?Singing Newspaper? part 2 ?Murray Arnold? - Alan Lomax, host of program featuring folk music on disc (7/17/48).

 

 

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