Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Transcription Mystery Disc #175

This 8 inch metal core Recordisc has an outer edge start and spins at 78 rpm. It's one of the unusual cases that is not only labeled, but the edge start box is even correctly checked. It's dated for 10-6-46, with the title "Five Minutes More" and the recorder is marked in cursive capitals... might be RAC, RAG, R+G... can't tell. I really hate cursive. But it's probably just the engineers initials.
The recording is of a popular orchestra playing the tune "Five Minutes More."  I thought it might be Tex Beneke. They cut the song as a hit single in 1946, but so did Glen Miller, Bob Crosby, The Three Suns, Frank Sinatra, and even Skitch Henderson. This is none of those bands.

At the 2:30 mark I figured out why. It's not a dub of a record. It's a live radio recording. The Host breaks in amid light applause and says "There goes that band again" as string music fades up. That phrase was the closing theme of the Dick Jurgens Orchestra. The audio is too good for this to be a live recording, it had to be a recording of a radio performance. Dick Jurgens was playing the Hotel Claremont in June of 1946, and Yank Bandstand for ARFS that fall. He didn't have his own CBS program until 1948. I deduce that somehow this is a recording from one of those "Yank Bandstand" programs. More here.