[78-L] Ballad for Americans - Aircheck ???

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca.invalid
Sat Jul 11 20:18:44 PDT 2015

I've wondered that myself! Would love to hear it.

Meanwhile, over on a couple of Facebook groups, I've been mentioning a sort of Original Cast recording of "Oklahoma!" that predates the Decca album by at least a month. Alfred Drake and Joan Roberts sang a number of the songs on a Treasury Star Parade program, recorded for broadcast September 26, 1943.


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> Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2015 23:10:52 -0400
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> Subject: [78-L] Ballad for Americans - Aircheck ???
> Has the aircheck of the CBS broadcast been issued on LP or CD ??
> I thought there might be a Mart56 issue, but don't find it listed
> anywhere.
> According to the GoldIndex the aircheck exists in excellent quality.
> 11523. The Pursuit Of Happiness. November 5, 1939. CBS net. Sustaining. With
> Gertrude Niessen and Robert Benchley out to buy clothing for the Mrs. Carl
> Van Doren appears in a skit written by himself about Benjamin Franklin. The
> program concludes with Robeson's famous, "Ballad for Americans." Norman
> Corwin (producer, director), Burgess Meredith (host), Gertrude Niesen,
> Robert Benchley, Carl Van Doren, Paul Robeson, Carl Carmer, George Faulkner
> (writer), Hank Lewis (writer), Al Garson (writer), Mark Warnow (music
> director). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.
> Thanks, Thomas.
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