I recorded this show before I did last Sunday's live one. I expected to like the last one more, since it included Al Bowlly and Henry "Red" Allen, but this one may be better. Sometimes the birthdays line up so well, I'd have to go out of my way to wreck it. There are three distinctive voices: Henry Burr, Sophie Tucker and Russ Columbo. Burr began recording in 1903, and was active until his passing in 1941. Sophie Tucker was making cylinder recordings in 1910, and I remember seeing her on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Russ Columbo had a short, tragic life.
Curl up with a cuppa, whether hot tea or mulled wine, for tonight's UKNY at 11—it's ridiculously cold out there–for thoughtful new releases from C Duncan, Emmy the Great (pictured), Drewford Alabama (aka former Noisettes co-founder Jamie Morrison), Cara Mitchell, and the duo of Maxïmo Park's Paul Mitchell and Field Music's Peter Brewis. There will be suitcases hoisted and long journeys taken, from the South Pacific to outer space, so do come along for the ride.
For the umpteenth time (and counting) it'll be an "All 45 RPM Night" on "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 tonight. All the music that we'll hear on the show will be at least 40 years old—and that's a promise. The proceedings will include an overdue tribute to the great and sadly late Joe Cocker; I have lots of 45s with his name on them. We'll also hear from Buck Owens, Webb Pierce, George Riddle, Red Foley, Eddie Noack, and many many more.