May 11, 2014

Blues and Rhythm Show 130 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 (1:00-2:30 pm)

We try to present a radio that is more than just aural ephemera but sometimes we’re glad that the program is something that can be heard and forgotten. Such was the case with our program of May 6th. If you tuned in and out of the show it’s within the realm of possibility that you might not have been aware of it but the program was a series of errors, proving,  we suppose, the danger that lurks beneath live broadcasting. CDs that didn’t play, songs that were not the ones announced and false starts all in ninety minutes. The plan was to present a selection of early rhythm & blues tracks. tracks made between 1940 and 1948, including a few major artists and marquee acts but also some fairly obscure performers and names that would be less easily recognized today.

We may try to present this show again as a summer repeat and try to get it right. This is one show we wish we had prepared in the production studio.

On the Show:

Earl Hines with Billy Eckstine –  Sepia Tones – The Delta Rhythm Boys – Lillette & her Escorts – Marion Abernathy – Clyde Bernhardt – Memphis Jimmy – Dinah Washington – Amos Milburn – many others

Listen to the program at FM 93.3 in Hamilton or on CFMU online at cfmu.mcmaster.ca. The program will be available to stream or as a podcast until June 3rd.

Contact Us

To reach us with comments or queries, write us at sweartotellthetruth@gmail.com.

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Next week (May 13th)

Blues, gospel and probably some soul music on the program.

Errors and Omissions

On BRS 130, we could not recall the name of the bass singer for the Delta Rhythm Boys, who wrote the lyric to Ellington & Strayhorn’s “Just A-Sittin’ and A-Rockin'” for the group. We settled on Joe Gaines. Knew it wasn’t right. It was Lee Gaines.


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