Listen: Blues & Beyond#21 – The Origins of Some Hit Songs

November 30, 2006

from PRX

Blues & Beyond#21 – The Origins of Some Hit Songs

Producer: Jonny Meister

PRX program description:

“This program looks at the origins of some well-known popular songs. Canned Heat’s “Going Up The Country” came from a Henry Thomas record from the 1920s, though Canned Heat gave no information about their source. Cream did give credit to Blind Joe Reynolds for “Outside Woman Blues” but the original 1929 record is almost unknown. We’ll hear it on this show. British folkies have come up with distinctive arrangements of traditional songs that later became pop hits, without any mention of the musicians who gave these songs their popular form. This program offers selections from Bert Jansch and Martin Carthy that were hits by Paul Simon and Led Zeppelin. Elvis Presley learned the song he recorded on his first single, “That’s All Right” from a 1946 Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup record; we’ll trace that song back as far as 1926, from the great Blind Lemon Jefferson. Also included, the original “Iko Iko”– “Jock-a-Mo” from Sugarboy Crawford– and more. ”

Listen to the program here

Film Sound Cliches – Pt. 1 of 3

November 30, 2006


by Steve Lee for Hollywood Lost and Found

“One sound effect that has found a following with many sound editors and observant movie fans is a distinctive scream named Wilhelm.

In 1951, the Warner Bros. film “Distant Drums” directed by Raoul Walsh starred Gary Cooper as Captain Quincy Wyatt, who leads a group of soldiers to stop some Seminole Indians from threatening settlers in early 19th Century Florida. During a scene in which the soldiers are wading through a swamp in the everglades, one of them is bitten and dragged underwater by an alligator.”

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Film Sound Cliches – Part 2

Film Sound Cliches – Part 3 (The Greatest Hits)


Listen: Sharpen Your Memory – Pt. 2 of 6

November 30, 2006

Part 2: Memorialism
from BBC 4 Radio

“In a new series Mariella Frostrup talks to leading scientists and artists to find out how your memory works.

Why do we have such a clear picture of what we were doing when we heard that John F Kennedy had been shot, or that Princess Diana had died?”

Listen to MEMORIALISM here.