Shellac Stack No. 146

Shellac Stack No. 146

Shellac Stack No. 146 plays ball! In this program, we’ve got sanctified singing from Rev. J. M. Gates and Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux, dance tunes from Harold Leonard’s Red Jackets, Nathan Glantz, Philip Spitalny, vaudeville jazz from Al Bernard, a bit of Chopin with pianist Egon Petri, and much more.

Shellac Stack No. 145

Shellac Stack No. 145

Shellac Stack No. 145 joins the leaves in bidding the trees good-bye. After a few autumn-themed songs by the Cook Sisters, Aileen Stanley, Billy Murray, Olive Kline, and others, we hear some spectacular piano from Eadie and Rack and Cliff Jackson, some hot dance from Ted Weems, revisit a children’s classic with Vernon Dalhart, and strut with Bunk Johnson.

Shellac Stack No. 144

Shellac Stack No. 144

Shellac Stack No. 144 only has eyes for you! We look over a four-leaf clover with Jean Goldkette, hear from Eddie Cantor and Andy Griffith, shuffle with Tiny Hill’s Orchestra, and listen to a rare solo record by trumpeter Sylvester Ahola. It’s another musical variety hour on the Shellac Stack!

Shellac Stack No. 142

Shellac Stack No. 142

Shellac Stack No. 142 reminds you that “you can wander anywhere, but you have to go to Italy to roam.” (Ouch!) From the Happiness Boys to Georgia Gibbs; from Bing Crosby to Jerry Colonna; from Joseph Samuels to Jay Wilbur; it’s another 78 rpm variety hour, full of delightfully unexpected musical twists and turns.

A small correction for 78 die-hards: When discussing the Supertone label in this episode, I mistakenly conflated it with another Sears & Roebuck label of the same era: Silvertone. Silvertone was pressed at times by Columbia (and Gennett, among many others), but Supertone was — to my knowledge — never pressed by Columbia. Supertone records were recorded and pressed primarily by Gennett (like the one pictured above), with a few late issues deriving from Brunswick masters. Trivial? Perhaps. But someone might care.

Shellac Stack No. 141

Shellac Stack No. 141

Shellac Stack No. 141 walks with music! It’s another variety assortment this time, from a banjo-accordion duet (Gardoni and Puig) to vocalists Tommy Lyman and Vaughn De Leath, to pianists Johnny Wittwer, Jelly Roll Morton, and Frankie Carle. We eavesdrop on a live concert by the Associated Glee Clubs of America in 1926 and dance to bandleaders Kenn Sisson, Paul Whiteman, Lou Raderman, and much more!

Shellac Stack No. 140

Shellac Stack No. 140

Shellac Stack No. 140 listens to the music of the one man band with Ted Weems! The Whispering Three take us to a Persian Market, the Taskiana Four bring joy to our souls, and the enthusiastic Tony Short treats us to a solo piano rendition of the “Dipper Mouth Blues.” We hear also from Yerkes’ S. S. Flotilla Orchestra, Howard Rattay, Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, Gene Austin, Hazel Gertrude Kinscella, and many more!

Shellac Stack No. 139

Shellac Stack No. 139

Shellac Stack No. 139 cozies up with Armand Hug for some fine ragtime piano and shakes with the Dixieland Jug Blowers! We hear from the Coon-Sanders Orchestra, Joe Haymes, Ruby Newman, Coleman Hawkins, Ukulele Ike (Cliff Edwards), and many more on this program that is at times hot and at times coolly at ease.