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Forgotten songs from the broom cupboard.

100 EpisodesProduced by Miles TubbWebsite

Forgotten Songs from the Broom Cupboard is a trawl through a collection of 78rpm and vinyl records seeking out the obscure and lesser played artists, songs and music from 1900 to 1960. Played directly from the original record. We also look into some of the history and stories behind the music and a… read more

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FS100: Too many to mention. Last ever episode. Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B and a whole lot more

January 20th, 2023


This really is it folks! Episode 100, final and last Forgotten Songs from the Broom Cupboard podcast. No Sinatra type returns this time. Hope you …

FS99: Easy listening- Nat, Alma and Perry to Bob Crosby and Marion Mann

January 13th, 2023


We open with the madness of Irish Mambo from Alma Cogan. The two sides of Nat King Cole. First, pared back with his trio- Nat on piano, Oscar Moore …

FS98: Mostly Frankie Laine, a bit of Eartha, some Mugsy, Charlie Barnet and Jules Bledsoe

January 6th, 2023


Hardly forgotten but Frankie Laine certainly doesn't get the credit he deserve in the history of pop. An astonishing 75 year career. Singer, …

F.S End of 2022 special From Fats Waller to a 112 year old recording of Auld Lang Syne

December 31st, 2022


Goodbye 2022. A shorter than normal episode to mark the end of the year. Its party time, Its Scottish dance and song with a wee bit of help from across the pond. We start with Sir Harry Lauder and I love a Lassie. He …

FS97: Frankie Vaughan to Tommy Edwards via Florrie Ford and Lita Rosa

December 28th, 2022


Frankie Vaughan seemed to be constantly present on British Television in 1960s. Mr Moonlight they called him. He had a big voice and a big stage presence, top hat, bow tie and tails. He had many hits during the 1950s …

FS96: Henry Allen to Mr Olly Oakley via Suzi Millar and George Formby

December 27th, 2022


Two Harrys to start us off. Parry- Trust and Parry and James with Memphis Blues. Henry Allen and his Orchestra- Dinah Lou. Allen was one of the major trumpeters of the Swing era and played with King Oliver, Fletcher …

FS95: British bands from Fox, Roy, Mackay, Ros, Gonella, Geraldo and Parry to a very loud Stan Freberg

December 26th, 2022


Stan Freberg starts us off with his version of The Banana Boat song.. 'too loud man.' Freberg was a comedian, musician, puppeteer, advertising creative director but, above all, satirist. Check out his version of John …

F.S 94: The Inkspots to Edna Thomas and Alma Cogan via The Bowhill Colliery pipe band and Dick Barton.

December 25th, 2022


Back after a three month break. What better way to start than with Bob Skyles and his Skyrockets with I'm gonna die with a broken heart. Three from …

FS93: Tommy Handley to Dorothy Squires, Bobby Comber and John Kirby

September 18th, 2022


Some comedy on budget record labels. Last chance plays for some, as they are a little ropey. We start with a right cheery number from comedian Bobby …

FS92: Early Peggy Lee to Taft Jordon, The Joe Corrie players and Dave willis

September 11th, 2022


A couple of cheery and cheeky wartime songs. George Formby with Ukelele Man. Not nearly enough ukelele playing on it quite frankly. Next Dave Willis …

FS91: Archie Lewis to Layton & Johnstone and Josh White

September 4th, 2022


In episode 91 we look at black artists who came to Britain from the 1920s to 1950s. Well the exception is Joe Deniz who was born in Cardiff. We start with Leslie(Hutch) Hutchinson. Born in Grenada in 1900 he arrived in …

FS90: Mac McClintock to Bob Wills, Billie Holliday & John Ashby

August 28th, 2022


Authentic cowboys, well sort of, start us off. Mac McClintock left home to join the circus. Between that, and becoming a singer, actor, composer and …

FS.89: Lil McClintock to The Georgia Crackers and The Tune Wranglers

August 21st, 2022


A good deal of Western Swing,  some early country and a wee bit of blues. Have to give I haven't got a pot to cook(1936)  another airing. Naughtiness …

FS88: Maurice Rocco to George Formby Snr and Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson.

August 14th, 2022


We open with Maurice Rocco- Rocco's Booogie Woogie and Tonky blues. An Australian Pressing on Decca, 1940. Never released in Britain. Rocco played …

FS87: A breeze through Harry Parry and his band

August 7th, 2022


All part of my campaign to make the Welsh born band leader of the 1940s and 50s more well known. Twelve tracks fresh in and out the crate. Well wooden box. Big thanks to Rod Boyd for the donation.

First up- Oceans and …

FS86: Jeri Southern to Connie Haines and Juthika Roy

July 30th, 2022


A rousing start from Winifred Atwell with Cross hands boogie. Nellie Lutcher- Hurry on down. A wee bit naughty. She's a rather neglected R&B jazz singer and composer. Ruby Wright, the daughter of country singer …

FS:85 Victor Theremin to Kay Starr, the Street Singer& Bill Haley

July 22nd, 2022


The fantastic voice of Kay Starr starts us off with: Rock and Roll Waltz(1954), Changing Partners(1954) and Wabash Cannon Ball(1948). The Three Kays …

FS84: Cowboy Jack to Yiddisha Cowboy via Roberto Inglez

July 8th, 2022


We start with two firm favourites. Frankie Froba- Love song in 32 bars and Teresa Brewer- Wang, Wang Blues. Then we go west- sort of! Bradley Kincaid with The Miners Song. Two cowboy songs. A traditional sentimental …

FS.83: Moondog to Bessie Smith and Eck Robertson

July 1st, 2022


An old favourite to start us off- Frankie and Johnny. The best version, from Jimmie Rodgers. Then another variation of the Unfortunate Rake, an 18th …

FS82: Harry Parry and his Radio Rythmn Club Sextet

June 24th, 2022


Harry Parry was born in north Wales in 1912. He trained to be a musical instrument maker but the performance side took over and he moved to London to play in big bands, including Percival Mackey's. He established his …

FS 81 Milton Brown to Lottie Kimsbrough and Pine Top Smith

June 17th, 2022


Milton Brown and his Brownies- Down by the Ohio(1935) What an extraordinary voice Brown had. A pioneer of Western swing his career was tragically cut short when he died of injuries sustained in a car crash in 1936. Bob …

F.S 80. Cowboys and gals and folky blues

June 10th, 2022


Up until now the Forgotten Songs ethos has been to show case forgotten songs and artists from all genres. It's been a real journey of discovery. I've been surprised by how much good music has been neglected. From this …

F.S 79: We're back- Harry Wulson to Billie Anthony via strict tempo

March 18th, 2022


We're back after a six month break. Less chat, more music this time round. We start with a very laid back Louis Armstrong and his version of Blueberry Hill. Billie Anthony was born Philomena McGeachie Levy in Glasgow in …

FS 78: Bob Skyles to Alma Cogan and some singing dogs.

September 17th, 2021


The last episode of Forgotten Songs. What a pleasure it has been  discovering, playing and researching these records, songs and artists. A few old …

FS77: Tom Foy to Florrie Ford, David McCallum and Bing Crosby!!

September 10th, 2021


Big thank you to Neil Guthrie for the donation of family records featured in this episode. They belonged to Martha and Geordie Hardie of Cowdenbeath. 

Lonnie Donegan- Betty, Betty, Betty, Tom Foy- Lizzie, Mimosa 5in …

FS76: Fats Waller to Anita O'Day, Hutch and Phyllis Robins

September 3rd, 2021


Best tracks and stonking tunes from Tex Beneke, Frankie Froba, Teresa Brewer, Fats Waller, Anita O'Day, Lulu Zeigler, Lorrae Desmond, Lonnie Donegan, …

FS75: Billy Cotton to The Stargazers and Felix Mendelssohn

August 27th, 2021


Thanks to John Hearn for donation of these records. Judy Garland and Fred Astaire- A couple of swells, Perry Como- Magic Moments and Catch a fallen …

FS74: Nick Lucas to Billie Anthony and Esther Walker.

August 20th, 2021


Ernie Ford- Shot gun boogie, Teddy Johnston- Mandolin Serenade, William Schwartz- song in Yiddish, Nick Lucas- My bundle of love and Moonbeams, Ester …

FS73: Teresa Brewer, Mary Ford to Wingie Malone & Fats Waller

August 13th, 2021


The Wang, Wang Blues- Teresa Brewer, Take me in your arms- Les Paul and Mary Ford, The Duke's idea and Skyliner- Charlie Barnet-, Keep your seats …

FS:72 Savoy Havana Band to Anne Stephenson and Kay Starr

August 6th, 2021


Up this time round: The Six Swingers- Hot Pie, The Stargazers- I see the moon, Savoy Havana Band- A kiss in the dark, Jay Whidden- I'll see you …

FS71: Don Robertson to Mario Lanza and Edith Lorand.

July 30th, 2021


Records from 1913 to 1956. Hungarian, Trinidadian and Canadian musicians. We have Winifred Atwell- Cross hands boogie, Mario Lanza- Drinking song, Billy Williams- Little Willie's Woodbines, Mr Herbert Payne- The …

FS70: Florrie Forde to Jack Payne, Milt Shaw and J.C Scatter.

May 28th, 2021


Falsetto voices, Australian and Geordie music hall and more budget record gems. Mr Hatherley Clarke (counter tenor)- Till we meet again, Florian Forde- Love me in the Lancashire way, Robert Woodville- There we are then, …

FS69: Bob Skyles, Al Dexter, Archie Lewis and Sophie Tucker.

May 21st, 2021


Softly as in a morning sunrise- Harry Parry, What is this thing called love- Tommy Dorsey, vocals by Connie Haines, Fine brown frame Nellie Lutcher, …

FS68: Sophie Tucker to Nellie Lutcher, George Formby and Hutch

May 14th, 2021


George Formby- When I'm cleaning windows, Oi- Flanagan and Allen, actually that turns into Underneath the arches. Their most famous song. Roy Fox, vocals Buddy Clark The treasure of Sierra Madre. This is the theme song …

FS67: Fats Waller to Tiny Bradshaw, Lulu Ziegler and Eartha Kitt.

May 7th, 2021


No messing about this time round. Another back to back music episode.  Blues in my condition- Cootie Williams, Numbers Boogie- Sugar Chile Robinson, My Alf- Susette Tarri, Wang, Wang Blues- Teresa Brewer, To Menneker- …

FS66: Anita O'Day to Lucky Thompson and Billy Banks

April 24th, 2021


Very little chat this time round. Back to back great music. Tex Benneke- St Louis Blues March, Lionel Hampton- The Munson Street breakdown, Lucky Thompson- Just one more chance, Albert Ammons- Boogie Woogie Stomp, Anita …

FS65: Nellie Lutcher, Delia Murphy and Carl Barriteau.

April 17th, 2021


Cupid on the cake, from Jock McDermott and his New Calton Players starts us off. Cake in the title, perfect. Its on a lovely Piccadilly Record label, …

FS64: Clara Butt, Stanley Kirkby to Tennessee Ernie & Mantovani

April 10th, 2021


A complete mix of tunes and some chat about 78rpm records. Dame Clara Butt from 1918. The top English contralto of her era. Three jolly tunes from …

FS63 Pine Top Smith to Marion Mann and Red Nichols

April 3rd, 2021


A particularly upbeat selection of music this time round. Two from Bob Crosby and two Shakespeare sonnets, fabulous vocals from Marion Mann. Two from …

FS62: Female artists. Gogi Grant to Nina Rae and Ivy Benson

March 27th, 2021


Two from the 1950s to start us off. Australian Lorrae Desmond and from the U.S Gogi Grant. She was named after the RCA A&R man's favourite restaurant. Lesser known British band singers Majorie Kingsley, Jean Farrar, …

FS61: Way out west: Hoosiers Hot Shots to Johnny Denis

March 20th, 2021


Three from Harry Torrani: Sitting in a jailhouse, The Prairie Yodel and Mockingbird Yodel. All self penned. His voice is incredible of the last track and he accompanies himself on the English concertina. Both sides of a …

FS60: Ernest Tubb to Edythe Baker and Ruby Wright.

February 24th, 2021


Three Harrys in this episode. Two from Harry Roy and two from Harry Parry. Our old yodelling friend Harry Torrani sings- Yodelling all day and A …

FS59: Hoosiers Hot Shots to Molly Picon and Mindy Carson.

February 17th, 2021


An energetic start from Hoosiers Hot Shot and Ella Lou Robertson. Master Joe Peterson, Rex records own boy singer, or as described on the label: The phenomenal boy singer. Not entirely true as 'he' was Mary O' Rourke. …

A three record special for Valentines day

February 14th, 2021


Three romantic favourites at Forgotten Songs. Frankie Froba was an American jazz pianist, active from the 1920s until the 50s. Here he plays with the Jimmy Atkins Trio.  Always makes me chuckle- Love song in 32 bars. We …

FS58: Andy Iona to Ethel Smith, Freddy Mills & Wingy Manone

February 10th, 2021


A couple from Forgotten Songs favourite Harry Parry and his Radio Rhythm Club Sextet- Black eyes and Blues for eight. Three from another regular, …

FS57: Hindustani, Hawaiian, Italian and a wee bit of Scottish.

February 3rd, 2021


Blues upstairs and downstairs, from Nat Gonella, starts us off. Two Scottish numbers from Greenock male voice choir, with Loch Lomond and William Hannah with Caledonian circle. Hannah was a leading pre war accordionist …

FS56: Pennies from Heaven- a musical tribute to the TV series.

January 27th, 2021


Dennis Potter's seminal TV 1978 drama was choc full of great music and songs from the 1930s, largely from British dance bands and orchestras. Bob …

FS 55: The fabulous 1950s: Eve Boswell to Jack Scott and Jill Day

January 20th, 2021


Even by the 1950s 78s were beginning see their dominance fade in the record market. Vinyl 33s and 45s was here. This though is a celebration of 50s shellac. To start we have the other side of the cracked Hot Lips Page, …

FS54: Hot Lips Page to Charlie Barnet and Maggie Teyte.

January 13th, 2021


Okay he's a favourite, so its four from Harry Parry, Angry, Lonesome Road, I never knew(vocals: Primrose Hayes, can't find anything out about this woman) and Pontiac jump. We start though with Hot Lips Page and Randy …

FS 53: Arthur Godfrey to Carroll Gibbons and Anne Lenner

January 6th, 2021


Lets bring the joy to a cold Edinburgh day. Eartha Kitt, Bob Skyles, Harry Roy and the McCravy brothers start us off. James and Frank McCravy are in …

Hogmanay 2020 special. Coorie in and pour yourself a dram.

December 31st, 2020


What a strange year its been. Lets forget about it and party. Here to help us is: Jimmy Shand- Blue Bell Polka, Ian Macpherson- My Ain Folk, Kenneth …

FS52: Warm music- Perry Como to Hal McIntyre via Eartha Kitt.

December 25th, 2020


Sort of a Christmas special but not really. Just warm, comforting and fun music. We hear from Fats Domino  La, La, Tommy Dorsey- I'm getting sentimental over you, Harry Parry and his Radio Rhythm Club Sextet- Dim Blues, …

FS51; Big voices, Frankie Laine to Kay Starr via Johnny Ray

December 18th, 2020


Three artists whose voices were precursors to Rock and Roll.  Four from old Leather lungs or steel tonsils himself, Frankie Laine. Jealousy, That's …

FS 50: Jean Goldkette to Doreen Villiers and June Richmond.

December 11th, 2020


Four tracks from Bob Skyles and his Skyrockets- Swinging with the accordion man, I want to live in Loveland and Swing it Mr drummer man. Classic Kendrick Brothers catchy fun from 1938. Donald Peers is a new artist to …

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

November 27th, 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …

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