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MUSIC VIDEOS (1920's - 1950)

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Location: Washougal, Washington
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Latest Activity: Jul 17, 2011

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Comment by Oldtimer on July 17, 2011 at 7:33pm
I love this recording of "Ain't Misbehavin" by the Charleston Chasers in 1929, more than life itself...ok, I've over spoken....maybe not more than life...but I sure do like it a lot...recorded 15 years before I was born!
Comment by Oldtimer on July 17, 2011 at 7:32pm
I realize that many Washougal Oldtimer's here couldn't care less about the music I'm posting, but in my mind music just doesn't get any better than this, so I'm doing it anyway. It is Alfredo and his Orchestra's version of "Mean to Me" recorded in 1927. From the beginning through the vocal it is great...and after the vocal it gets better and better right until the end....and I love it so much!!
Comment by Eldon Stuhr (Class of '62) on July 1, 2011 at 12:45pm

This morning, I was going through Google images of the Big Band era and happened upon some photos of a now pretty much forgotten singer. She was born Peggy Lou Snyder in 1909 and in 1932 she took a new name and joined a popular band as its' featured singer...at that time just the second woman to have done that, the first being Mildred Bailey with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. The New York Daily Mirror had run a poll of its' readers in 1930 to determine their favorite band. This band narrowly beat out Paul Whiteman as the favorite, although there is more to that story. Anyway, I have posted those photos on one of my favorite recordings from that band (and I have well over 100 of them). Those that didn't grow up in the 30's, 40's or 50's probably won't be able to name the singer, but those that did probably will. There are some dead giveaways as the photos progress, and the vocal duet with the bandleader and this singer will seal the deal. The answer is revealed in the last photo of the video.

Comment by Eldon Stuhr (Class of '62) on December 19, 2010 at 9:00am
The Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, England. With Bertini and his Blackpool Tower Dance Orchestra playing: Down An Old Irish Lane in 1934 and Ted Weems and his Orchestra playing: Nothin' On My Mind in 1928.

Comment by Eldon Stuhr (Class of '62) on November 25, 2010 at 8:05pm
Benny Goodman & his Orch. - These Foolish Things (v Helen Ward) 1936
My father Nick (Leslie Stuhr) was the greatest fan of 1930's, 1940's big band swing music that I have ever known, and when I was kid at home, more often than not, one of his collection of 78's would be playing.....but at that time of my life in the 50's and early 60's, I was more interested in Elvis and Buddy Holly. The song that I've posted here was one of those in his collection that I recall being one of his favorites and that he played often. It has the most beautifully haunting melody and lyrics I have ever heard.....back then I liked it more than I wanted to admit.....and today I love it more than I could ever express.

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Comment by Eldon Stuhr (Class of '62) on November 22, 2010 at 9:55pm
Arden / Ohman Orchestra - Strike Me Pink (1933)
Comment by Eldon Stuhr (Class of '62) on November 22, 2010 at 9:44pm

Blue Steele and his Orch - There's a Tear for Every Smile in Hollywood (v. Mabel Batson) 1930

My father Nick (Leslie Stuhr) had a huge collection of 78's from the Big Band era, mainly from the late '30's through the '40's, with an occasional one earlier than that....and this is one of them...and one that he played often.... I didn't pay much attention to it when I was at home in the 50's and early 60's, but I love it  so much now! Thanks Nick!

Blue Steele Orch., voc. Mabel Batson - There's A Tear For Every Smile In Hollywood (from Mervyn Le Roy movie: Show Girl In Hollywood) (Composer: Sam H. Stept), Victor 1930

Comment by Eldon Stuhr (Class of '62) on November 22, 2010 at 9:37pm
The High Hatters - Moonlight Savings Time (1932)

The High Hatters was an in-house Victor Talking Machine Company studio band under the direction of Leonard Joy which specialized in arrangements that were incredibly upbeat.

Comment by Eldon Stuhr (Class of '62) on November 22, 2010 at 9:22pm
Charlie Polloy - Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? (1932)

Charlie Palloy is a real obscurity. Obviously he modeled his style on Russ Columbo, but all we know is that he played guitar, led a band for a while, and recorded for the short-lived Crown label
Comment by Eldon Stuhr (Class of '62) on November 19, 2010 at 10:15pm
MGM IN THE 1920'S The Studio, The Stars

A fly-over, a drive up Washington Blvd, then through the Colonnade to meet the stars!

Set to Bing singing "If I Had A Talking Picture Of You" with The Paul Whiteman Orchestra.


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Author Gary Shaw - WHS '59


Gary Shaw, Washougal Class of 1959 is in the process of authoring a set of 6 books, titled The Eric English Chronicles, set in and around the Camas-Washougal area from the early 1960's through the present. I have attached a file that he sent me prefacing information about the books as well as introducing and relating a little about the main characters.... Also included is an outline of the happenings in the 19th Chapter of Book 1 intended for the  publishers. It is not the chapter itself. Here now is the author. Click on the orange to open.

Dick Schaefer (WHS '55) has written a new book that he has published on Amazon. Its' title is The Final Conflict, and a download to your Kindle is available for $4.99. If you do not have a Kindle, a free Kindle application is available for downloading to your PC that will allow you read the book on it.  Simply click on this link to get to Dick's book:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AJB3SD6

Here is a brief synopsis of the book.

A small town man is thrust into 11 days of conflict over Christmas of 1972, against the best air defense structure ever faced by strategic bombers to achieve President Nixon’s "Peace with Honor" exit strategy against North Viet Nam.
This is the Viet Nam "12 O’Clock High" told from the standpoint of the crew force flying the mission: telling the TRUE story----not the written history documented in the archives of the Strategic Air Command.

Dick informs me that his earlier book Mill Town is still available by mail for $15 including shipping from his address. Scroll down to the bottom of this main page for more information.


Click on orange Washougal News link to go there.


The following has nothing whatsoever to do with Washougal senior alumni or nostalgia. It is a small widget that connects every 10 seconds with a random webcam across the world. Some will work, some will not, but when they do, they work well, delivering real time moving images of sights around the world.
Simply click on the lettering name just below the image (not on the image itself as that will open an ad) and the webcam will open in a new larger window. It may take as much as a half minute to begin but when and if it does, it can be very rewarding....it does require a Java application which, if you don't have already, will be offered as a download right then and there.....it also works better with the Firefox browser than it does with Internet Explorer.

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