Musicmakers of Network Radio: 24 Entertainers, 1926-1962

Musicmakers of Network Radio: 24 Entertainers, 1926-1962

by Jim Cox


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Before television, radio was the sole source of simultaneous mass entertainment in America. The medium served as launching pad for the careers of countless future stars of stage and screen. Singers and conductors became legends by offering musical entertainment directly to Americans in their homes, vehicles, and places of work and play.
This volume presents biographies of 24 renowned performers who spent a significant portion of their careers in front of a radio microphone. Profiles of individuals like Steve Allen, Rosemary Clooney, Bob Crosby, Johnny Desmond, Jo Stafford, and Percy Faith, along with groups such as the Ink Spots and the King’s Men, reveal the private lives behind the public personas and bring to life the icons and ambiance of a bygone era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786463251
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/17/2012
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jim Cox, a leading radio historian, is an award-winning author of numerous books on the subject. A retired college professor, he lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prelude: Real-Life Stories Set to Music 1

1 Bigger Than a Breadbox Steve Allen 5

2 The Vitamin of the Soul Howard Barlow 19

3 The Cheerful Little Earful Jack Berch 33

4 A Musician's Musician Archie Bleyer 39

5 Girl Singer Rosemary Clooney 52

6 The Front Man Bob Crosby 67

7 The Pride of Pine Bluff Jan Davis 80

8 The Creamer Johnny Desmond 94

9 The Irish Nightingale Morton Downey 106

10 With Strings Attached Percy Faith 121

11 NO Trouble I See Red Foley 131

12 Company Man Wilbur Hatch 146

13 America's Basso Jerome Hines 162

14 The Ink Spots: High Tenor & Talking Bass 175

15 The King's Men: A Little Musical Relief 187

16 The Comeback Kid Robert Q. Lewis 198

17 The Piano Kid Vincent Lopez 210

18 Katty Wampus Superdoo Smilin' Ed McConnell 225

19 Old Leather Tonsils Vaughn Monroe 244

20 Troubadour of the Moon Lanny Ross 258

21 A Smile in His Voice Jack Smith 273

22 G.I. Jo Jo Stafford 284

23 Sweetheart of Swing Martha Tilton 298

24 A Different Drummer Helen Traubel 312

Notes 225

Bibliography 351

Index 359

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