Now for something old that’s new! You’re invited to join us for a series of monthly podcasts as we take a stroll through the decades to some of those thrilling days of yesteryear. We’ll draw on our personal collection of records and recollections to visit places where you haven’t been for a long time — or perhaps have never been. At any rate, it’s an audio peek at the past for about an hour every month. This is a freebie and you can listen while browsing through our web site or you can download at no charge and “tune in” on your iPod or other media device.
— Chuck Schaden
REMEMBERING the June birthdates of more than 35 celebrities with a program of records and recollections. Among those who share our audio birthday cake include Marilyn Monroe, Phil Harris, Jane Russell, Pat Boone, Nancy Sinatra, Vic Damone, Robert Preston, Judy Garland, Burl Ives, Kay Kyser, Lena Horne, Guy Lombardo and Dean Martin. 65 minutes.
REMEMBERING to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative with a program of records and recollections. Contributing moral support are Jimmy Durante, Nat King Cole, Kate Smith, Fred Astaire, Johnny Mercer, Al Jolson, the Ames Brothers and Eddie (The Old Philosopher) Lawrence. Plus cast members from “Annie” and “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.” 64 minutes.
REMEMBERING Telephones and Trees this month as we offer records and recollections of Alexander Graham Bell’s incredible invention and J. Sterling Morton’s Arbor Day. We’ll place a long distant call to the past to dial up some memories, melodies and mirth from the Andrews Sisters, the Smothers Brothers, Margaret Whiting, Nichols and May, Ken Alexander, Allan Sherman, Glenn Miller, Al Jolson and the Mills Brothers. 64 minutes.
REMEMBERING Juke Boxes, those colorful coin-operated record players found in diners, dives, drive-ins and ice cream parlors during a nice chunk of the twentieth century. With a stack of platters and an armful of recollections, we’ll remember Rock-Ola, Crosley and Wurlitzer along with Sinatra, Como and Laine, plus Dinah, Sarah and the Four Aces. And don’t forget the Pizza-Juke Box connection! 64 minutes.
REMEMBERING married show business couples working together, including Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Louis Prima and Keely Smith, Harry James and Betty Grable, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and others. Plus we’ll celebrate the February birthdates of Abraham Lincoln, Carmen Miranda, Jimmy Durante and Jack Benny. We’ll remember them all with records and recollections. 65 minutes.
REMEMBERING: Danny Kaye and seven other great show business personalities as we start the New Year right with George Burns, Ethel Merman, Mario Lanza, Carol Channing, Ray Bolger, Sophie Tucker and Elvis Presley. These stars all have one thing in common – and it isn’t that they all sing and that they’re all in show biz. What could it be? Tune in and find out. 63 minutes.
REMEMBERING: Christmas in Chicago in 1940 plus merry music and miscellaneous memories of some celebrity Christmastime birth dates. Also: Seeing the Christmas windows at Marshall Fields in Chicago’s Loop and visiting Wieboldt’s ToyTeria downtown for a Cinnamon Bear coloring book and a Silver Star. Plus: Christmas in Grammar School; shopping in the neighborhoods; trimming a tree at home; and a favorite gift from Santa. 62 minutes.
REMEMBERING: A carton of cigarette commercials before they were banned from radio and television: Chesterfields, Lucky Strike, Camels, and more, with help from Jo Stafford and Phil Harris. Also: the unlikely writer of a song hit by Les Paul and Mary Ford, plus the connection between songwriters Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael. And: Thanksgiving month salutes personalities Bob Hope and Shirley Ross (Thanks for the Memories); Tommy Dorsey (the Sentimental Gentleman of Swing); Dick Powell (crooner-to-tough guy); Patti Page (the Singing Rage); and Roy Rogers (King of the Cowboys). 66 minutes.
REMEMBERING: a trio of duets starring Bing Crosby with Jane Wyman, Louis Armstrong and Al Jolson. Also: a pair of movies that premiered 19 years apart – the first in 1927, the second in 1946, milestones in the career of “the world’s greatest entertainer.” Plus: commemorating the October birth dates of Broadway star Alfred Drake, singer-bandleader Vaughn Monroe and Ziegfeld Follies headliner Fanny Brice. Then: recalling singing groups The Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots with a special appearance by veteran radio announcer Ken Alexander. 56 minutes.
REMEMBERING: The king of the road in song and sign as we recall not only the road, but those famous Burma Shave messages along the way. Also: A movie that takes place almost exclusively on Labor Day and a mini-salute to Labor itself as depicted on the Silver Screen. Plus an “event” in baseball history and some significant September birth dates, including a salute to George Gershwin as he plays his “Rhapsody in Blue” with Paul Whiteman and the orchestra in a 1927 performance. 61 minutes.
REMEMBERING: Her Nibs, Miss Georgia Gibbs; observing the birthdays of Singin’ in the Rain stars Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor; Helen Kane, the Boop-Boop-A-Doop Girl; the beginning and end of WW II with Abe Lyman, Harry James and Spike Jones and his City Slickers; the 1942-44 musicians’ union strike; the indestructible Tony Bennett; and how we all screamed for ice cream. 63 minutes.
Chuck Schaden’s MEMORY LANE Podcast #1 — July, 2016
REMEMBERING: James Cagney’s portrayal of George M. Cohan… a visit to the Chicago Theatre to see Peggy Lee and Martin & Lewis… a Perry Como polka that dominated the airwaves during the summer of 1950… plus the July birthdays of Walter Brennan, Merv Griffin, Myron Cohen and others. 67 minutes.