Shellac Stack No. 56 casts an eye — and an ear — skyward with songs about the moon, the sun, stars, and space in general as we celebrate New Horizons’ flyby of Pluto this week. Dr. Hoffman gives us an “otherworldly” theremin treatment of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata; recording in Paris, Hubert Rostaing delivers an exquisite saxophone solo of “Stardust”; and Lou Gold, Glenn Miller, Dick Robertson, Skitch Henderson, Paul Whiteman and more are on hand for another (almost) hour of 78s!
Correction: Leon Theremin was the inventor of the theremin (not “Victor” Theremin). I guess I got my wires crossed just a bit! I knew that RCA (Radio-Victor) manufactured theremins commercially in the 1920s and early ’30s, so when I wanted to mention the inventor’s name, “Victor” naturally came to mind. Oh well. Sorry, Leon!