Category Archives: music

Jo Stafford Sings American Folk Songs

Probably more than any singer in the country today, Jo Stafford possesses the unique capabilities necessary for a proper presentation of these songs. In the first place, Miss Stafford is a singer and not just a song stylist. And secondly, because of family ties reaching back to Tennessee, these songs have always been a part of her musical life.

American Songs to Sing

Ten traditional American folk tunes sung by John Cohen and the New Lost City Ramblers, Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston, Robert Michael Jones and Richard Shulberg, Alan Mills, Hermes Nye, Pete Seeger, and Adelaide Van Way.

A Journey Into Stereo Sound

For over 12 years, London’s ffrr has been the world renowned symbol for the finest in high fidelity monaural recording. Today, with the advent of the stereo record, London’s technical knowledge and skill brings forth Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound…identified by ffss…the symbol for the finest in high fidelity stereophonic recording.

Vaudeville is Really Alive and Well in Barkerville

Fran Dowie’s infectious brand of music hall entertainment is delighting the hundreds of thousands of visitors that flock every summer to this restored Cariboo gold rush community of Barkerville, 55 miles east of Quesnel. The veteran vaudeville showman, known variously as the Barnum of Barkerville and the High-Priest of Nostalgia, has written directed and generally inspired a small troupe of actors in an annual production of what can be most accurately described as “Barkerville-style music hall”

Ira Ironstrings: The Best Damn Dance Band In the Land

Actually, it was a non-Ironstrings but a fast-friend — Lucy N. Fairweather, our percussionist and Moral Beacon — who inspired us to form our orchestra. that sweet, grey-haired old lady had been passed out in our setting-room rocker for eleven days, just a-rocking and eyeing the bougainvillaea. Came the fateful evening, April 11, 1930. A typical Ironstrings family scene at dusk: the sun falling behind the Ice House, scented breezes wafting in from Kissing Bog, and the whole Ironstrings clan gathered underneath the creeping veranda. Lucy looked up at us Ironstrings, rubbed her antimacassars (which had been ailing of late), smiled benignly, and said, “You Clydes oughta do something about Dance Music. It’s damn well going to the dogs, and tha’s a fact.”

Tempo TR-608: Ben Light, ‘When Day is Done’/’Cocktails for Two’

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.

RCA Victor 10-1561: Mario Lanza, ‘Be My Love’/’I’ll Never Love You’

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.

Decca 45008: Plehal Brothers, ‘Springtime Polka’/’Cuckoo Waltz’

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.

Ira Ironstrings Plays: With Matches

‘Unmask the rogue,’ they demanded…’throw down the cloak of anonymity’…tell us, ‘who is Ira Ironstrings?’ That Ira Ironstrings is a delivish fellow is a foregone conclusion. Elusive too. And as mean a rogue as any black-hearted villain that sailed with Capt. Kidd. But Ironstrings (Lord love his playful spirit) has somehow managed to elude us, too. he’s made his second album and vanished stealthily into the black of night.

Stereo Action Unlimited!

Stereo Action is a new concept of music in motion; a new dimension in recorded sound. Stereo Action brings you unmatched fidelity through the full sound spectrum, plus the exciting new illusion of sound in motion. Soloists and entire sections of the orchestra appear to move thrillingly back and forth across the room. Stereo Action is musical movement so real, your eyes will follow the sound.