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Forgotten songs from the broom cupboard

50 EpisodesProduced by Miles TubbWebsite

A musical journey through our collection of 78, 45 and 33rpm records, with a definite bias for 78s. The only theme being songs and artists that have been forgotten or are rarely played. We also find out some history behind the record or artist. Forgotten songs from the broom cupboard is a weekly l… read more

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Forgotten Song special. The perfect song for the end of an affair.

November 27th, 2020

8:44

Just one record in this wee FS special. Julie London sings S'Wonderful and Cry me a River,  both recorded in 1955. Cry me a River was originally …

FS49: Phyllis Robins to Effie Atherton and Albert Ammons

November 18th, 2020

58:38

I have a shelf of records in the studio, favourites that I keep returning to and this is a quick selection from those tracks. No notes, less blether. …

FS 48: Burl Ives to Miss Lee Wiley and Dick Haymes

November 11th, 2020

1:02:54

Two folky tunes from Burl Ives start us off. A jolly orchestrated(Percy Faith) version of Oh! Dear! She's wonderful beautiful and the more pared down …

FS 47: Roy Smeck to George Beverley Shea and Alma Cogan.

November 4th, 2020

59:27

A right mix of records this time round. 1910 to 1956. Sixteen tons- Tennessee Ernie Ford, A little bit Independent-Dave King, Thirteen Women- Bill Haley, Irish Mambo- Alma Cogan, I can't tell a Waltz from a Tango- Ray …

FS46: Love songs: Connie Boswell to Hutch and Hildegarde

October 28th, 2020

1:02:45

Its lurve all the way in episode 46. Frankie Laine start us off with a tale of passion amongst the oil fields, Blowing wild. Its a song full of sweep …

FS 45: From Layton and Johnstone to Marvin and Smalle

October 21st, 2020

1:04:18

Sugar Chile Robinson with Numbers Boogie and Bouncing Ball Boogie. We're a big fan of Robinson here, that most grounded of child stars. Separating his two tracks is Harry Parry and his Radio Rhythm Club Sextet, vocals …

FS 44: From Mel Torme to Archie Lewis and Bebe Daniels

October 14th, 2020

1:01:43

We start with two versions  of the same song. Ted Heath and his music gives us an instrumental version of Mountain Greenery and then Mel Torme sings the definitive version of the song. Not forgotten Mel but is not …

Podcast 43: Josh White to Tino Rossi via Eve Boswell & Peggy Dell

October 7th, 2020

58:45

The whole episode is from a charity/ thrift shop haul. Some familiar artists amongst them- Georgia Gibbs, Mugsy Spanier, Eve Boswell, Billy Banks and …

Podcast 42: From Mugsy and Fats to Kitty, Kay and Jean Farrar

September 30th, 2020

58:47

Tennessee Ernie with Smokey Mountain Boogie start us off. Thrillingly its a shout out to the daughter and niece of the Kendrick Brothers- Bob Skyles and his Skyrockets- when I play their track, I'm gonna die with a …

Podcast 41: From Delia and Rose Murphy to Juthika Roy.

September 23rd, 2020

59:01

Bob Skyles and his Skyrockets and Tex Beneke start us off with a flourish. Sadly its the 'last chance saloon' for three of the records in this episode. Condition is a little far gone. Theses copies of Frank and James …

Podcast 40: Danish folk music to a Gujarati film song.

September 9th, 2020

45:25

Its a right old mix this time round. We start with the familiar and Bob Crosby and his Bob Cats from 1937.Then four from the 1920s. Hal Kemp, the …

Podcast 39: Some naughtiness and the cynical side of love

September 2nd, 2020

37:51

Some old favourites and an episode not without a few double entendres. That cheeky fellow George Formby starts us off in his little Wigan garden. I …

Podcast 38: Whispering Jack Smith to Effie Atherton.

August 26th, 2020

1:00:44

All records, apart from one, are from the Booth family collection. That one is Alma Cogan and the jolly but macabre Lizzie Borden. Leslie Holmes …

Podcast 37: Red Nelson via Fletcher Henderson and Nancy Whisky

August 19th, 2020

54:58

Its an imaginary train journey on my part. West to east across the USA, from San Francisco to Hagerstown in Washington County and this is some music to accompany the journey.  Two Choo, choo songs to start: The Merry …

Podcast 36: Forgotten Songs- what's it all about?

August 12th, 2020

14:11

A short one this time round. Some snippets of some old favourites: Roberto Inglez, Leslie(Hutch) Hutchinson, Bob Crosby, Lorrae Desmond, Bob Skyles, …

Podcast 35. Bob Crosby to Patti Page and George Price

August 5th, 2020

56:43

Bob is back, three from him. Lovely 30s music and vocals 'On a steamer coming over,' 1933, from Billy Cotton. Eleven times married Charlie Barnet with another mode of transport 'Sky liner.' Think we need a new copy of …

Podcast 34: Enrico Caruso from 1908 to Charles Penrose in 1922.

July 29th, 2020

33:52

In the studio my guest is a Decca XL Portable wind up record player. So many of these lovely machines were taken to the front in world War One that they were known as the 'Trench gramophone.' 'Mic'd' up it plays us …

Podcast 33: British bands and BBC radio stars from the 1920s & 30s

July 22nd, 2020

1:05:27

Some records from the back of the forgotten Songs shelves! The Happy Wanderer and my mash up pronouncing Oberkirkchen starts us off. Hopefully the …

Podcast 32: The Bell Sisters to Frances Langford via La Palma

July 15th, 2020

58:54

We like Lorrae Desmond on Forgotten songs so we have a couple from her from the mid 50's. Brilliant voice, unjustly neglected. Paula Green and her …

Podcast 30: Western swing , early Country and Yodelling!

July 8th, 2020

34:41

Before starting Forgotten songs from the broom cupboard I was not particularly a Country and Western fan- certainly not of the Nashville sound. …

Podcast 30: Manna Dey to Elizabeth Pollock via some yodelling

June 24th, 2020

57:34

We open with the yodelling cowboy from Chesterfield, Harry Torrani, and My Lancashire yodelling lass. What a tag line, great song too. For the first time of Forgotten Songs we have some Indian music. Manna Dey in Hindi …

Podcast 29: The Blues, Boogie and Jazz

June 20th, 2020

33:45

Another more music, less chat episode. Ten 78rpm records from 1927 to 1951. Two from Tiny Rowland- Bradshaw Boogie and Walkin' the chalk line. Cootie Williams - Blues in my condtion, Hot Lips Page -  My fightin' gal, …

Podcast 28: Harry Parry, Nat Gonella and Joe Daniels on 78rpm

June 19th, 2020

32:40

This episode is all about the music. Some British jazz from the 1930s and 40s. Three lesser known bands that deserve more 'air time.' Harry Parry and his Radio Rhythm Club Sextet play: 'I've found a new baby', 'It don't …

Podcast 27: Lita Rosa to Jean Sablon, Jimmy Shand and Harry Roy

June 17th, 2020

1:00:57

Three dance records to start us off. Two different takes on the accordian - Jimmy Shand with Scottish dance in strict tempo and the far from strict tempo Bob Skyles and his Sky Rockets with 'Swinging with the accordian …

Podcast 26: Tom Foy to Ruth Etting and Roberto Inglez

May 25th, 2020

1:00:37

We open with the greatest love song ever written! Two oldies, Tom Foy, born 1879 and Stanley Kirkby, born 1878. Both men were from thr north of …

Podcast 25: Al Dexter to Paula Green and Lulu Ziegler

May 18th, 2020

1:02:06

You can't go wrong with starting with Tex Beneke. We calm things down with a couple from Hutch - that rich, smooth voice- from 1938 and 1941. First time I've played Wurlitzer organ music and its from the 1937 BBC …

Podcast 24: Mildred Bailey to Jay Wilber and Ukelele Ike

May 11th, 2020

1:02:35

Music and song from the years between the two World Wars. As always we steer away from the big names. Claude Hopkins starts us off with Washington Shuffle. He was born in Virginia and was a talented stride piano player …

Podcast 23: Susette Tarr to Hildegarde via Nino Rico Orchestra

May 4th, 2020

1:02:16

The first of many bespoke podcast recordings to come. Its the usual eclectic mix of tunes. The mysterious Nino Rico orchestra play Rico Vacilon. Who were these fellas? Jane Forrest is another artist with no online …

Forgotten songs 22. Lorrae Desmond to Original Dixieland Jazz

April 27th, 2020

59:57

Can't resist starting off 'Mountain Greenery,' its those lyric, that delivery. Tennessee Ernie with the faintly rude sounding 'Kiss me big.' Patti Page, a massive selling artist in the 1950s, on a Trutone South African …

Forgotten songs 21: Skiffle to Clooney and Dietrich

April 22nd, 2020

1:00:01

A third of the show is dedicated to Skiffle. Chas McDevitt and Nancy Whisky begin proceedings. Chas does some whistling during the song and Nancy wasn't too happy about it apparently. Both artists were Glasgow born. …

Forgotten Songs 20: Leake County Revelers to Helen Forest.

April 15th, 2020

59:58

Mel Torme starts us off with Mountain Greenery. Love the rhyme busting lyrics. Lonnie Donegan with Ham and Eggs. Early Country from Leake County Revelers, from 1928. They were Mississippi local. From 1930 Joe and Bud …

Forgotten Songs 19: Mary Ford to Hot Lips Page

April 8th, 2020

59:13

Yes I start with Eartha again. I've no shame! Couple of Western Swing tracks, Light Crust Dough Boys, billed as a hot string band and Bob Skyles and …

Forgotten Songs 18

April 1st, 2020

59:23

Its not all 78s this time round. Two vinyl pieces of magic from Eatha Kitt from the splendid 1956 LP, 'That bad Earth.' Freddy Randall, part of the post war trad jazz revival in Britain. Illinois Jacquet and his honking …

Paul Small, Hal Kemp to Dinah Shore and Hutch

March 27th, 2020

1:00:01

A bonus episode as we begin this strange time in semi lock down in Edinburgh and around the world. Recorded last year.  I bill it as an episode with …

Forgotten Songs from the Broom Cupboard 16

March 25th, 2020

1:01:10

Melvin Jerome Blanc, the man of a thousands voices- Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Barney Rubble and Bugs. So many Looney Tunes favourites.  Three from Bob Crosby, including a Shakespearian sonnet. Les Compagnions De La Chanson …

Forgotten Songs 15: Winifred Atwell to Arthur Godfrey

March 18th, 2020

1:01:04

The first Forgotten Songs from the Broom Cupboard to be recorded as a podcast. Its the same format as ever, an eclectic mix of lesser known, …

Forgotten Songs 14

March 8th, 2020

1:00:09

William Hannah(pictured) was the top Scottish accordian player in the 1920s and 30s and the rider of fast motorbikes. We have Georgia Gibb, Dorothy …

Forgotten song 13

March 8th, 2020

1:00:02

Quite few British artists this time round. Billy Cotton celebrates The Festival of Britain in 1951. Jazz from long servicing musicians George …

Forgotten songs 12

March 7th, 2020

59:51

It's an odd but energetic start with Alma Cogan, the girl with a giggle in her voice. Here she sings about Lizzie Borden, the girl with an axe in her hand! Lena Horne, when she was still a big band vocalist, Connie …

Forgotten Songs 11

March 7th, 2020

59:55

Rock Island Line the song that originated in the USA and came over to UK to be sung by Lonnie Donegan. We have a 45rpm sneaking in.  A local song, not even Edinburgh its Leith and from the 1980s, its certainly forgotten …

Forgotten songs 10

March 2nd, 2020

59:46

Bit of a naughty with start Cest si bon and Eartha. Fats Waller celebrates Rump Steak in a serenade. Harlan Lattimore and his spaced out 'Chant of the weeds.' Wonder what that's about? Lucky Thompson, jazz sax pioneer, …

Forgotten Songs 9

March 2nd, 2020

1:00:01

Fats Waller bewailing those big feet. The Tanner Sisters sell their toffee apples. They were a support act for Buddy Holly when he toured Britain. …

Forgotten songs 8

March 2nd, 2020

1:01:24

Heavens we start off with some 45rpms. The German, well Austrian, Freddy Quinn. Huge selling star in gemany in the 1950s and 60s. He's going all South Seas and Elvis like. French star Sach Distel also sings in German- …

Forgotten Songs 7

March 2nd, 2020

1:00:01

The rather forgotten racked Mary Ford track. There is more of course.Harry Parry and his Radio Rhythm Club Sextet, George Shearing on piano. Dinah …

Forgotten Songs 6

March 2nd, 2020

59:56

Western Swing from the great Bob Skyles and his Sky Rockets on Birdbird from 1938. The Chee, Chee Girl herself, Rose Murphy. Connie Boswell, who influenced Ellie Fitzgerald. Frank Crumit sings about Prunes. Not too many …

Forgotten Songs 5

February 23rd, 2020

1:00:00

We have a theme in this episode and a mix of 78, 45 and 33 rpm records. My favorite love song: Frankie Froba and Love song in 32 bars. We aren't talking about musical bars here it's pubs..what a woman! Other wise we …

Forgotten Songs 4

February 23rd, 2020

1:01:25

Largely a local charity/ thrift shop haul. Its a crackerly start. Early country from the Carson Robinson Trio, on lovely brown shellac. Leake County …

Forgotten Songs 3

February 23rd, 2020

59:44

What a mix of Forgotten and little played songs and artists and all on 78s. We go back to the early years of the 20th century in this hour. Harry Cove, who sang under at least another 20 names, pops up twice. Under his …

Forgotten Songs 1

December 18th, 2019

1:00:01

Where else would you get this sort of selection and all on 78rpm records. Intriguing labelled blues from The Sonny Terry Trio- Parlophone refer to it …

Forgotten Songs 2

December 18th, 2019

57:14

An all 78rpm episode. The usual eclectic mix of little played or forgotten songs and artists. Presented by Miles Tubb

Amongst others:  Tennessee Ernie Ford, Teresa Brewer ( a long carreer- she was even a guest star on …

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