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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ribaldry On Tuesday Playlist

There were twenty five volumes of a series titled "Radio & Recording Rarities" on the Rhapsody Just Added list last week. I'm still working through Volume 1, which appears to be a collection of pointedly ribald vaudeville-era singles. The sound quality so far is alarmingly good considering the vintage of the recordings.

Volume One starts on a seasonally appropriate high note with Christmas Balls from Ben Light and His Surf Club Boys. Seventy years earlier, it makes Chocolate Salty Balls sound like a church hymn. Apparently Mr. Light had a successful career [Saxony Records] with his stride piano style in more staid settings, but kept the masses happy with the bawdy singles.

I'll report back as I encounter more solid tracks from this series. For today, we'll pair Christmas Balls with another ribald classic, recently restored to Rhapsody after a nearly year-long absence.

Ribaldry on Tuesday Playlist - [Rhapsody Online version]

Christmas Balls - Ben Light and His Surf Club Boys
ILBT's - Joe Walsh

Here are a handful of other historically illuminating songs from Volume 1 of Radio & Recording Rarities:

Ribald Addendum Playlist - [Rhapsody Online version]

Give It To Mary With Love - Cliff (Ukelele Ike) Edwards
She Was Shot In Her Box (At The Opera) - Bruce Raeburn
The Full-Her Brushman - Ben Light and His Surf Club Boys
When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go - Ben Light and His Surf Club Boys


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