OT – Nostalgia Column

Here’s a nostalgia column written by former WIP assistant program/music director Bob Russo called “The Way We Were.”

People & places that aren’t here anymore but will always be here.

Remember……..

 

MUSIC

Merv Griffin singing with the Freddy Martin Band…“Liltin” Martha Tilton…

The marriage of Ozzie Nelson to the singer in his band, Harriet Hilliard…Jack Leonard, the singer with the Tommy Dorsey band, before Frank Sinatra…“ Heartaches” by Elmo Tanner with the Ted Weems Orchestra, that sold an amazing 2 million records!Songs with strange titles like, Frenesi, & Amapola…Herb Jefferies, with the Duke Ellington Orchestra & their big hit, “Flamingo”… Angelina(the waitress at the pizzeria)…Horace Heidt & his Musical Knights, with the King Sisters & Alvino Rey The Merry Macs…Wee Bonnie Baker…The Boswell Sisters, Connie, Martha & Helvetia(Vet)…Gene Austin’sMy Blue Heaven,” that eventually sold an amazing five million copies!…Bunny Berigan’s, “I Can’t Get Started…Joe Williams & the Count Basie Band…Bob Crosby & the Bobcats…Ben Bernie, Yow-sah,Yow-Sah…Bon Bon & the Jan Savitt orchestra…Rosemary & Betty Clooney with Tony Pastor’s Band… Russ Columbo…

And until next time, whose band’s theme song was, “Ripplin’ Rhythm”???

MOVIES

Madeline Carrol in the thriller, “The 39 Steps”…Jack Norton, who always played “the drunk”…Gale Sondergard, “The Spider Woman”…Lassie…Child stars, Peggy Ann Garner, Bobby Driscoll & Margaret O’Brien…Margaret Dumont, who the Marx Brothers loved to torment…Buster Crabbe, a gold medal swimmer in the 1934 Olympics, played Tarzan, Flash Gordon AND Buck Rogers!!…Lionel Barrymore & Spring Byington, the original Mr. & Mrs. Hardy…Marion Davies…Greta Garbo & John Barrymore in “Grand Hotel”The Queens of Gossip, Louella Parsons  & Hedda Hopper…Sabu the“Jungle Boy…George “Gabby” Hayes…Al “Fuzzy” St. John…Claude Rains as “The Invisible Man”…George White’s Scandals”…Adele Astaire…Mischa Auer…William Powell & Myrna Loy as Nick & Nora Charles,  in the “Thin Man” movies…Cliff Edwards, the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio 

And until next time, what teenager was the top box office attraction for the years 1940 & 1941???

 

 

 

 

SPORTS

The “long count fight” between Jack Dempsey & Gene Tunney, before 150,000

fans, in Chicago’s Soldier Field…Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias…Sonja Henie, winning 3 gold medals in the ‘28, ‘32 & ‘34 OlympicsTriple Crown Winner,

War Admiral…“Bantam” Ben Hogan…Don Budge…Willie Pep & Sandy Sadler…

Doc Blanchard (Mr. Inside) & Glenn Davis (Mr. Outside)…Helen Wills Moody…

Floyd “Bill” Bevins near no-hitter in the ‘47 World Series…“Tough” Tony Zale…

“Slingshot” Davey O’Brien…CCNY & LIU “basektball’s shaving points” scandals

St. Louis’s Gashouse Gang…“Champagne” Tony Lema…Angelo Bertilli…Jesse Owens…

Van Lingle Mungo…‘Slingin’ Sammy Baugh…Pancho Gonzalez…George Mikan…

Columbia’s Gene Rossides to Bill Swiacki to end Army’s 34 game winning streak

In 1938, Johnny Vander Meer’s backto-back no-hitters…Fritzi Zivic…Sea Biscuit…

Chicago Bears rout the Washington Redskins, 73-0 in the Championship game, in 1940

And until next time, who was known as “The Galloping Ghost??”

 

RADIO

A CBS series, Myrt & Marge…Irene Wicker “The Singing Lady”…Fred Waring & The Chesterfield Supper Club…“Father Knows Best” onThursday nights, sponsored by Maxwell House Coffee…Fireside Chats…The Goldbergs…Jessica Dragonette…The Cliquot Club Eskimos…Allen’s Alley with Titus Moody, Senator Claghorn & Mrs. Nussbaum (you were

expecting Tallulah Bankhead?)…Lum & Abner…Major Bowes…Singin’ Sam,

the Barbasol Man…Baby Snooks…Let’s Pretend…Hello, Duffy’s Tavern, Archie speaking, Duffy ain’t here.  Oh, hello Duffy…Bobby Breen…The Quiz Kids…

Gabriel Heatter, “Ah, yes, there’s good news tonight” Joe Penner, (wanna buy a duck?)

Lux Presents Hollywood…Father Coughlin…Baby Rose Marie (way before The Dick Van Dyke show)

And until next time, who led the march around the breakfast table??

 

TELEVISION

Test Patterns…The Dumont Network…Lanny Ross…Broadway Open House…

Omnibus…Garroway at Large…Carmel Quinn…Faye Emerson…Renzo Cesano (The Continental)…Arthur Murray’s Dance Party…Roller Derby…The $64,000 Question…The Stork Club, with Sherman Billingsley…The Camel News Caravan,  with John Cameron Swayze…Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena…Bishop Fulton J. Sheen…Dagmar…Americana Quiz, with Ben Grauer…“Gorgeous George” …

“Hey Kids, What time is it?? It’s Howdy Doody time!”…Colgate Comedy Hour… Hopalong Cassidy (Bill Boyd)…Kukla, Fran & Ollie…Julius LaRosa…

 

 

DID YOU KNOW

Glen Gray’s, Casa Loma’s Orchestra, was named after the Casa Loma nightclub

in Toronto…Kay Starr’s real name was Katherine Laverne StarkBandleader

Fred Waring invented the Waring Blender…Rita Hayworth once sang with the

Xavier Cugat Orchestra…Alice Faye’s movie contract did not allow her to make

records… Joan Crawford, born Lucille Fay LeSuer, got her film name from a contest, sponsored by Photoplay magazine…Your Hit Parade debuted on radio in 1935

Jo Stafford was an original member of the Pied Pipers…Billie Burke, “The Good

Witch of the North” in the Wizard of Oz, was married to Flo Ziegfield…

James Cagney’s sister Jeanne, played his sister in “Yankee Doodle Dandy”…

Patti Page was born, Clara Ann Fowler…Radio City Music Hall opened on

Dec. 27th,1932 …“Becky Sharp” was the first full length movie in Technicolor…

Bud Abbott’s first name was William & Lou Costello’s last name was Cristillo

Knute Rockne died in a plane crash…Ed Wynn, a native Philadelphian, was born, Isaiah Edwin Leopold, owned a radio network, the Amalgamated Broadcasting System…Archie Blyer, Arthur Godfrey’s bandleader was fired along with Julius LaRosa…Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers made 10 movies together…Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year’ in 1938 was Adolph Hitler…Jean Harlow was the first female movie star to appear on the cover of Life Magazine…Milton Berle made his film debut as a baby in the 1914 movie, “The Perils of Pauline”… The first TV commercial was for Bulova Watches…Bwana Devil was the first full length movie in 3D…Pulitzer Prize winner, author, William Saroyan, wrote the words to Rosemary Clooney’s hit, “Come on-a My House’…Barry Fitzgerald was nominated for best actor & best supporting actor, for the same role, in “Going My Way”

 

 

AND WHATEVER HAPPENED TO

Lucky Strike Blue…Mary Jane candy…Party Lines…Rinso…Schwinn Bikes…

…Movie star’s faces on the lids of Dixie cups…Wax Lips…Carter’s Little Liver Pills…the kissing game, Post Office…Atwater Kent Radios…AirWick…

…Fleischmann’s Yeast…Dagwood sandwiches…Stearns…Carbon Paper…Ouija Boards…Burma Shave Signs…Fountain Pens…Inkwells…Flashbulbs…Telephone Exchanges (Howard, Dewey, etc.)…Ice cube trays with pull levers…Water pistols (that never worked)…Ramblers, Studebakers, Packards…Scheduled Baseball

Double Headers…Pay phones…School Dances…Peashooters…

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7 responses to “OT – Nostalgia Column

  1. Don McNeal or( McNeil, not sure of the spelling )led the march around the breakfast table.
    The show was called “Don McNeal’s Breakfast Club”

  2. Don McNeal, or(McNeil not sure of the spelling)
    led the march around the breakfast table.I think
    the show was called “The Don McNeal Breakfast Club, or just The Breakfst Club.
    Sorry I left my first comment on the wrong thing.

  3. SEEM’S LIKE A BUNCH OF GARBAGE

  4. Most of this is just useless.

    But I would defer to the Old Guard (Marv/Hal Sacks) to confirm my hunch

  5. Must be a slow news week at 3, 6, 10 and maybe even FOX 29!!!

  6. Its a slower week at lauranachman.wordpress.com

  7. It’s one element to briefly reminisce in life, but why does Philadelphia lead the country in its obsession in living and remembering the past more than any other major market? And it can’t be because it’s the birthplace of democracy in the 1700’s. I never understood this fantasy way of thinking. It’s the 21st century, let the past be simply that, the past. How about the old adage, “there’s no time like the present?”

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