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Dumpster Vinyl Volume 13: Produced Commercial Intros from “The Big Sound” series PCI-2R

2015/10/18

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Here’s more commercial intros that radio DJs could use in front of spots for local businesses. Not much to add here, really, other than some of these “intros” sound more like “outros”. A lot of the music makes me think of old Hanna-Barbera cartoon end credits.

Enjoy!

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Dumpster Vinyl Volume 12: Produced Commercial Intros from “The Big Sound” series PCI-1R

2015/10/11

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What we have here is a disc of pre-recorded intros to types of commercials for local businesses.  Here’s how I assume these were used: the radio DJ would play one of these and then personally talk about a local business’s sale or products.  You’ve got introductions for car dealerships, furniture stores, realtors; some generically announce a sale, or admonish the listeners to “bring the whole family”.

Keep in mind I have to listen to these all at once when I digitize them.  In aggregate, these come across like a royalty-free version of Wak’s monologue from the Joe Dante film Explorers (1985).

 

Dumpster Vinyl Volume 8: “Go to Church” Public Service from “The Big Sound” series

2015/09/13

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I sure hope you all like being told what to do, because here’s another public service disc from “The Big Sound” series.  This time, the celebrities try to scare you with the idea of hell in the mildest way possible.  And despite the fact that some of them urge you to attend “the church of your choice”, there’s church bells at the end of the tracks.  I kind of don’t think they use church bells at mosques.

Various things I noted:

  • Fabian mentions that he’s a teenager; assuming he’s telling the truth, this recording was made no later than February 5, 1963
  • Fabian is the one celebrity not to have church bells on his track.  I picture his agent screaming over the phone at the Big Sound people: “Church bells would ruin his image! He’s a teenager, f’chrissake!”
  • Henry Mancini doesn’t call himself “Hank” this time, I assume because going to church is important
  • None of the celebrities mentions God specifically.  I’m always interested to see media from this long ago that include proto-PC content
  • I’m not super-familiar with his work, but I’ve always assumed that Milton Berle worked blue sometimes. I wonder what “church” thought of that?

P.S. For those of you playing along at home, this disc is numbered PS-7-R.

Dumpster Vinyl Volume 7: “Stay in School” Public Service

2015/09/06

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Looks like it might be public service announcements for awhile.  This week, we’re dispensing with the spectre of Mother Russia and her many bombs, but we are keeping the “keep the populace in line” angle. That’s right, everybody, Boris Karloff is here to tell those teens to stay in school!

Last week reminded me of Hawkwind “Sonic Attack”; this week’s entry reminds me of the Firesign Theatre.  Namely, their third album, “Don’t Crush that Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers”, one of the major story arcs of which was the 1940s/50s teenage movie featuring Porgie and Mudhead.  I’ve loved the Firesign Theatre for years even with only a glancing, rudimentary knowledge of the media they were spoofing. But every now and then I turn up the types of source material they grew up on and I appreciate them just a little bit more.  Principal Poop’s messages to the students of Morse Science High have definite echoes of the verbiage utilized on this disc.

And this disc gets us one step closer to dating the “Big Sound” series, because Bob Denver’s on here, doing penance for corrupting the youth of America with his stint as Maynard G. Krebs on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, which ran from 1959 to 1963.  Gilligan’s Island started in September of 1964.  So I’m going to put this series of programming elements at early 1964 at the absolute latest.  Sure, there’s an LP auction aggregator website listing discs from this series as being from 1963, but I am a librarian and I know that media objects are the primary source of information about themselves.  So I’m going to just say that we’ve narrowed our range for The Big Sound to 1960-1964.  That’s pretty good for only 6 discs in and being too lazy to triangulate the careers of all these celebrities!

And if any of you goddam teens are reading this, STAY THE FUCK IN SCHOOL, YOU LITTLE SHITS.

Dumpster Vinyl Volume 6: “Civil Defense” Public Service from “The Big Sound” series

2015/08/30

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I’m basically just doing these in the order I’m taking them out of the boxes they’re in, so here’s another from the “Big Sound” series. I suppose we’ll eventually hear from Captain Happy again  This disc has some of the same artists as previous entries in this series, which makes sense.  I guess if you’ve already got Johnny Cash in the studio introducing his songs, you might as well get him to talk about civil defense. Here, we have got a bunch of celebrities telling people that “civil defense is common sense” and to look to a couple of radio frequencies for updates from CONELRAD.  Yes, that’s right, what more comforting word could there be than CONELRAD?

This is one of those times in my life where I finally encounter the source material that spawned endless variations, parodies, and subversions.  That’s not to say that this disc is what everyone heard, and that it was precisely what, say, Hawkwind were referencing in “Sonic Attack”.  Rather, let this disc stand for every bit of polished 1960s media kindly telling people to be scared of what the Russians were going to do to us, but the government is here to protect you. CONELRAD will tell you which foods are safe to eat.

P.S. Was Huckleberry Hound meant to sound like Pat Boone?

P.P.S. Doesn’t the music make you think of Dragnet?

Dumpster Vinyl Volume 5: “Vote” Public Service from “The Big Sound” series

2015/08/23

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This is another disc in the “Big Sound” series, which so far has included the “Spinning the Magic Circle” song introductions.  I have no idea what else was included in the the Big Sound package.  It’ll be just one surprise after another as I dig through these boxes, one record at a time.

This one is called “Vote” Public Service, with a code number of PS-6R-1.  Both sides include music artists (many whom we’ve heard already on the Magic Circle tracks) as well as other celebrities (Ed Sullivan & Jerry Lewis, f’rexample) telling you to get out and vote. There’s also some jingles with a man and woman singing increasingly lame rhymes about voting on Side A.  The idea being, I suppose, that voting is preferable to listening to them rhyme “issue” with “miss you” one more time.  Side B also includes some intros to reporting on voting results at local, state, and national levels, and voting analyses; there’s also an all-purpose “political bulletin” intro, the kind of thing that would come in handy in case one of the candidates started beating up civilians before the polls closed.

This disc is a time capsule, but in a different way from that of the song introductions.  You get a sense of the time period through a number of elements here.  For one, when’s the last time you heard a jingle on the radio that wasn’t trying to sell you something?  There’s a line on one of the tracks about voting “for men” who were running.  Lastly, and this is my favorite, one of the jingles urges voting as a bulwark against “the Red elation to crush our nation”.  What the hell does that mean, anyway?  Was it ever the case that, if the percentage of the populace that voted got too low, there would be no elected leaders?  Did not voting leave the door open for a Russian guy to just waltz up to the Capitol Building, say “I see that there was only a 30% voter turnout, hand me the keys, please”?  Or would whichever American politician did win look at the low turnout, think “well, nobody really cares” and just call up the Kremlin and tell them they won?  I may never understand the 60s.

Dumpster Vinyl Volume 4: Who’s in the Magic Circle Now? from “The Big Sound” series

2015/08/16

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Spinning, spinning, spinning the magic circle of all-time favorites! Who’s in the magic circle now?

Another disc (this one’s RAM-3-R, so I guess I’m doing them in order now), another mix of singers. Again, some I know, some I’ve never heard of.

The ones I knew, or have at least heard of: Henry Mancini (he refers to himself as “Hank”!), Debbie Reynolds, Johnny Cash, Bobby Rydell, Les Baxter.

No idea about these people: Mary Kaye Trio, Bob Crosby, Sue Raney (jeez, those three just sound like store-brand knock-offs, 50-odd years later), Billy Eckstine, Kay Starr, Bud & Travis, Stan Kenton.

Also, starting with this disc, they start introducing a little variation into the production tracks (the part with the announcer that precedes each of the artists). On some of them, instead of saying the standard “Who’s in the magic circle now?”, he lowers his voice and booms “Who’s there now?” It makes it sound like somebody real important’s about to show up; it works on the Johnny Cash track; less so for Stan Kenton.

Maybe I wasn’t paying attention before, but a few of these artists mention the “magic circle of all-time favorites” title on this disc.

Overall, it’s getting kind of weird listening to these in isolation from the music of these singers & artists. Some of the artists refer to the upcoming song as “one of [their] favorites”, but did they even know which songs would be introduced?

P.S. My favorite part is when one of the Mary Kaye Trio starts talking when he’s not supposed to.

Dumpster Vinyl Volume 3: Who’s in the Magic Circle Now? from “The Big Sound” series

2015/08/09

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Yikes, has it been 6 months since I did one of these?

Here we have another in the “Spinning the Magic Circle” series of introductions to songs by the artists who recorded them.  I’m happy to report that the ones on this disc are far less boring.  Steve Allen even makes a joke this time!

The only names I recognize this time around are Connie Francis, Nelson Riddle, Della Reese, Spike Jones, and Steve Allen.  Nelson Riddle was the guy who scored the old Batman TV show!  And I’ve never listened to Spike Jones’s stuff, but I feel like I should now; he introduces his records by saying to get the kids out of the room.

This one might have been first in the series? I didn’t realize until comparing this with the other one, but they have some codes on them.  This one is RAM-1-R; the one I did six months ago was RAM-2-R.

Anyway, here’s another Magic Circle disc. Enjoy!

Dumpster Vinyl Volume 2: Who’s in the Magic Circle now? from “The Big Sound” series

2015/02/06

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Earlier this week I introduced you to Happy Day Radio and Captain Happy. Today I’m going to give you something a little different from the collection of LPs salvaged from a radio station dumpster. Here we have the first in a series (that is, the first I’ve digitized) of introductions to songs by various artists. The “line” of discs seems to be called “The BIG Sound”, though the introductions were made under the title “Spinning the Magic Circle”. Each of these tracks has the “Spinning the Magic Circle” intro, plus an introduction to a song by a singer.  There is no mention of any song title in any of these introductory tracks.  Morever, there is a production track with the “Magic Circle” business, and then space for, I assume, the radio station to record their own intros, or to use if they had a musician there are the station for an interview.  The tracks on side 1 of this disc have the “Magic Circle” intros before the artists talk; side 2 has just the artist introductions plus a production track of just the backing music.

Here’s the information from the paper disc sleeve (these have no cardboard sleeves):

Exclusive United States Distributor:
Richard H. Ullman, Inc.
1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y.

Stars International Presents
The BIG Sound

Stars International and Richard H. Ullman, Inc. are divisions of the Peter Frank Organization, Inc., Hollywood/New York

There is no date on either the sleeve or the disc, but I can make a rough (rough!) guess based on a few clues:

  1. These were found along with the Happy Day Radio discs, which themselves were produced in 1970.
  2. This particular disc features artists who recorded music in the 1950s
  3. One artist in particular hopes that their song will bring back good memories, and two others imply that the song has been around awhile–indicating that this might have been meant for an oldies station (although, I should add, one of the artists introduces a song as being a new recording)
  4. Four of the artists (Kirby Stone, Frankie Vaughan, Pete King, and Steve Allen) refer to their songs as being from their “latest album”. I can confirm that Frankie Vaughan and Steve Allen were recording into the 60s (Stone and King are a little more difficult to research)

So I would have to guess early 1960s at the absolute earliest, and early 1970s at the latest.  Anyways, I hope you enjoy “Spinning the Magic Circle”!

P.S. Doesn’t Steve Allen sound incredibly bored by the whole thing?

Dumpster Vinyl Volume 1: Captain Happy from the “Happy Day Radio” series

2015/02/03

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My uncle (father’s brother) works in construction in a small town in Georgia.  Often his work involves not only building, but also tearing down.  He was, something like 12 years ago, working at a site which included a building which had once housed a radio station.  The building had been gutted, and he happened to see a large number of vinyl records in a dumpster.  My uncle, who always has an eye out for the strange, unknown, and potentially valuable, salvaged them.  I got the chance to listen to a few of these back then, and have recently borrowed the discs from him for the purpose of digitizing them.

The discs themselves were not music, so were not valuable in the sense of rare pressings of famous artists or anything like that.  Rather, these were the bits that went in-between: programming elements.  I’ve yet to catalog what’s there, but these discs seem to span a roughly 20-year period from the 1950s through the 1970s.  We’re talking sound effects, jingles, comedy skits, chapter stories–all non-specific to be usable by any locale.  My own attempts to research these discs have turned up very little information.  I seem to be one of perhaps a miniscule few (in some cases the only person) to own copies of these.

Being a librarian and a collector, I find in myself a constant attraction to those items for which little or no information exists as well as an urgent drive to report on and share them with others.  So my plan now, as stated above, is to digitize and catalog these albums.  I plan on posting them here over the next while.

To begin with, I’d like you offer you one disc from a set of programming elements released as a package called “Happy Day Radio” in 1970.  My understanding is that radio stations could opt to brand themselves as a “Happy Day Radio” station.  The following is the first disc of the “Captain Happy” series of chapter stories.

Here’s the information from the disc:

All music published by Alpenstock Music. A.S.C.A.P. Copyright June 1970.

Authorization to broadcast restricted to license agreement with Hap Day Industries.c Hap Day 1970

Side A:

  1. Champagne Launch
  2. Jar of Mayonaise
  3. Break For Lunch
  4. High Seas
  5. Canary Islands
  6. Entering Troubled Waters
  7. Out Of Fruit
  8. Land Ho
  9. Dropping Anchor
  10. Going Ashore

Side B:

  1. Shop Around
  2. Through Dire Straits
  3. Fly On The Trachometer
  4. Trachometer Bugged
  5. Grundy Swats A Fly
  6. Fudge Brownies
  7. It Could Be A Mosquito
  8. Decoy Fly
  9. Driving Me Buggy
  10. Cosmetic Lady Calling

Cast:

Anncr: William Conrad

Capt. Hap: Michael Rye

Tommy: Bob Arbogast

Prof. Bibble: Alan Barzman

Aunty Grundy: Bob Arbogast

And here are the tracks: