[78-L] 1966 broadcasts on "The Education of a Record Collector, " KRAB-FM, Seattle

Dennis Flannigan dennis.flannigan at gmail.com.invalid
Mon Jan 4 10:23:41 PST 2016

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After consideration, it seems one way to demonstrate what music might be
heard on KRAB is to give you a representative list of programs during one
week from a program guide selected at random. This is from Guide #74:

*Stravinsky through the years: Movements for Piano & Orch (1959); Oedipus
Rex (1927); Ragtime (1918)*
Arnold Van Wyk's Symphony No 1 in A (South African Broadcasting Corp)
*Music of Juan Crisostome de Arriago: Overture to "The Happy Slaves";
Cantata, "Agar"; Nonetto, Overture*
Irene Weiss Piano Recital (CBC): Schumann: Novelette in f#, op 21;
Prokofiev: 7 Visions Fugitives, op 22

*Gagaku, music of the high court of Japan: Instrumental suite "Gojoraku"
(The Five Virtues); "Ranryo O" (The Prince Lanling)*Jazz - Selections from
Discovery with the Charles Lloyd Quartet and from the Monterey Jazz Festival

*Rhythm and Blues*
Concerted Efforts: Schoenberg: Violin Concerto; M Prohaska: Orchestral
Concerto No 2
*A Short Heinrich Schutz Festival, Part 1 and only: 6 Motets; Saint John
Rolf Cahn presents the folk music and blues of Ric Von Schmidt (KPFA)
*Couperin's "Apotheose De Lully" (CBC)*
Autumn in Warsaw Festival, program 2: Wisiewski: 3 traditional pieces;
Baird: 4 Dialogiues for Oboe and Chamber Orch

*Ellington On Top: The best of The Duke in a series of recordings made
between 1927 and 1940*
Plums from RAI: Hindemith: Konzertmusik for Strings & Bass; Schubert:
Deutsche Messe, d 872
*Juicy Flute: Messiaen: Merle Noir; Matsudaira: Somaksah*
Jazz Now: Lowell Richards' weekly assay into the swinging territory of
modern music
*A Rara Avis or two: Vivaldi: Flute Concerto "Bullfinch"; Handel: Organ
Concerto "Cuckoo and the Nightengale"*
Madrigals of John Wilbye, courtesy of Alfred Deller & Co

*Stockhausen: Gesang der Junlinge (1928)*
Quartet's from South Africa: Priaulx Rainier: Quartet for Strings; Arnold
Van Wyk: Quartet No 1
*A Koto Recital: Music of Yamada Kengyo*
The Blues Weekly
*Opera from Holland (Radio Nederland): Sem Dresden's "Francois Villon"*
Art of the Fugue: Bach's method fully explicated by Helmut Walcha

A note about audio streaming - The audio on this site is now streamed
through the "JW Player" and will start to play almost immediately upon
clicking on the "▶ Listen now" link.

*Some genre have their own pages:*

KRAB Has the Blues - King Biscuit Time with Bob West

KRAB has the Blues - Urban Blues with Dick Shurman

BlueGrass to KRABgrass - American Traditional

Ethnic Music with Robert Garfias

The Penultimate KRABgrass Apr 7, 1984, presented here as a memorial to Tiny
Freeman <http://www.krab.fm/KRAB-Tiny-Freeman-and-the-Last-KRABgrass.html>

The Robotnor Hours with Ray Serebrin

Vintage Rock with Greg Whitcomb

Newest additions are at the top of the list below

The text in *bold italic* that begins each program description is quoted
from the original program guide entry.

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The Service From the Seattle House of Refuge Church of God Pentecostal -
KRAB Aug 18, 1968

*Bishop R. J. Causey preaches and leads the congregation*

Between Jun and Oct 1968, Sundays at 6:00pm KRAB would play a recording
made of the morning's service. A similiar program was aired during 1975.

▶ Listen now - The Service From the Seattle House of Refuge Church of God
Pentecostal - KRAB Aug 18, 1968 (59:07)

Recording courtesy Bob West

Classic Jazz with Mike Duffy: Alternate Takes - KRAB Jul 3, 1965

*Mike Duffy compares alternate takes of recordings by Teagarden, Dodds,
Waller, Morton, etc*

According to the first anniversary program guide (Dec 1963) "*Last June,
Mike Duffy and Ray Skjelbred trudged up to the station with 3000 78's,
indelible optimism, and a theme: "Jug Music." It was fun and went late into
the night.....*"

That same guide lists on Dec 7, "*Classic Jazz: Program 16 in the
continuing series with Mike Duffy and Ray Skjelbred*"

For the next 20 years Mike and Ray, sometimes Mike alone, or Ray alone,
continued on KRAB until Mike's last show, "Vintage Jazz", on Apr 15, 1984
(KRAB's last day). They played in a band, The Great Excelsior Jazz Band,
and frequently performed at KRAB events such as "The Great Carpet Sweep"
(Seattle's first light show held in Kirkland Nov 1966) and "The Richard AC
Greene Warren G Harding Memorial Rally for Land Commissioner" (Nov 1968).

Mike passed away in May this year (2015), and Ray wrote the following:
"Mike Duffy was my friend for 55 years. He died Memorial Day weekend. He
was a passionate musical listener and bass player and we stayed good
friends all this time because he was also a deep person in many other ways.
Mike and I shared an abiding involvement in literature, teaching, history,
politics and, in general, a linking of cultural connections. Mike was my
first friend in jazz, even before I began playing piano and I will miss him

We miss him too, but hope he is out there playing that bass and thinking
about doing another program.
[image: Tape 2][image: Tape 2]

According to the tape box, this is program number 55.

▶ Listen now - Classic Jazz with Mike Duffy: Alternate Takes - KRAB Jul 3,
1965 (62:09)

Recording courtesy Jack Straw Foundation, M1118.1 and M1118.2

There are a number of recordings of Mike's and Ray's Classic Jazz programs,
and they will eventually have their own page devoted to them. A personal
note: One Sunday in 1965 or 1966, at the age of 17 shortly after I was
hired by Lorenzo to watch the station on Sunday's, Mike and Ray came in to
pre-record their program. I had never handled 78's before, and struggled
getting them cued properly. Working with such stars was quite intimidating.

Music of Seattle's Taverns - KRAB Apr 6, 1976, recorded Mar 22, 1976

*P. K. Dwyer and Donna Beck; Barbara Bush, and Ron W. Bailey, some of
Seattle's best pass-the-hat tavern musicians, bring you solos, duos, trios
and quartets, from a LIVE-at-KRAB pub-jam session on March 22,
1976.Run-fetch-a-pitcher-and-get-the-baby-some-beer!*[image: Tape 2]

Here are some links for more info about the performers:

PK Dwyer and Donna Beck

Ron W Bailey

Produced and introduced by Judith Hadley, with a "semi-live audience".

▶ Listen now - Music of Seattle's Taverns - KRAB Apr 6, 1976 (66:27)

Recording courtesy Jack Straw Foundation, M0218

KRAB Music Hall - KRAB Jul 4, 1982

With John Jay. Other somewhat similar programs aired on KRAB featuring
recordings made in the first half of the century using prehistoric
technology included the following:

*Songs Like It Aint But Oughta Be* ("Jack Roberts hosts a program of
straight music of the thirties. Syruppy
melodies, golden throats, visions of Busby Barnaby choreography, etc.
Wonderful!" 1968-1969?);

*Nostalgic Syrup* ("Dave Jones with straight music of the late 20's, the
30's and the 40 's");

*Smitty's Old Records* (Earl Smith with "songs of the good old days ..
ragtime .. vaudeville", 1970-1972);

*Yesterday's Sunshine* (Ellfed Parry plays old 78's 1975-1976);

*Memory Lane* (Frank Olin with Old 78's, 1976-1980);

*KRAB Music Hall *(John Jay, Bill Osborne and Barbara Hayes with "American
popular music from the 1890s to 1950, 1980-1984)

▶ Listen now - The KRAB Music Hall - KRAB Jul 4, 1982 (27:24)

Recording courtesy of aircheck collector George Gucinski, who offered this
when I posted in several radio history web sites about the KRAB archive

Equal Time with Fred Lieberman - KRAB Nov 29, 1976

*"A new show with Ethnomusicolgist Fred Lieberman. Professor Lieberman will
make it possible for you to hear what you probably have never heard."*

[image: Tape 2]In this program some choral music of Stravinsky; biwa and
voice from Japan; P'i -pa played by Lui Pui-yuen; and New Mexican Alabados
sung by Cleofes Vigil.

▶ Listen now - Equal Time with Fred Lieberman - KRAB Nov 29, 1976 (58:18)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, M0964

True Blues, with Dave White - KRAB Aug 26, 1981

*As an extension from our "prewar blues" show, dark and murky corridors
will be swamped with a blue light as the many blind recording greats,
including Blind Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Sonny Terry guide us
through the dusty, winding roads of ancient record grooves with your
chaperone, Dave White.*

▶ Listen now - True Blues, with Dave White - KRAB Aug 26, 1981 (61:56)

Recording courtesy Glen Beebe

The KRAB Top 10 - Only to be heard on KRAB, over and over

What did you hear on KRAB, only on KRAB, that seemed to be played more
frequently than necessary? Or maybe it just seemed that way. Here are some
musical selections that I remember being very popular with volunteers and
listeners alike.

Hey you! We are still waiting to hear from any of you that have memories
surviving from listening to KRAB. Or did I just imagine all this? Nominate
something you heard on KRAB that got stuck in your memory, that you believe
to be "top ten" material. Remember, only heard on KRAB, and heard often.
Write us at archive at krab.fm

*The Manhattan Transfer does the Java Jive* - Gouda's Theme

*John Cage and David Tudor: Indeterminacy - Story number 90* - No
explanation necessary

*The Crane, by Harry Partch*, from the Twelve Intrusions (later reduced to
eleven). These short works appeared on KRAB frequently. The earliest we can
document Partch on KRAB was Apr 15, 1963 with Castor and Pollux in a
concert of dance music sandwiched between Bugaku and two horos from

*Sundanese "Water Music"* - In an ethnic music program from 1963, Bob
Garfias mentions that KRAB has a sign-on theme. Why yes, of course. And the
one he describes was immediately dripping through my head, Sundanese Water
Music on a Folkways album. The sign-on themes changed at least as often as
the person doing the morning show changed, and sometimes oftener. This one
is a duet for suling and kecapi. The notes to the album were by Henry

*Whispered song in praise of a benefactor*; performed on inanga and sung by
Francois Muduga; 1967 (KRAB Jun 14, 1970)

*Cosmic Love by Ralph Lundsten*, from the album Olskog; 1970 (An electronic
new-age interpretation of Serge Gainsbourgs popular and exceedingly
self-indulgent *J'Taime)* (KRAB Jan 14, 1972)

*Cantata Ich habe genug, by J S Bach*; performed by Dietrich Fischer
Dieskau ("Dishcloth" as he was known to his friends)

▶ Listen now: The KRAB Top 10

*Point of clarification - As of today, the "Top 10" is only a top 7. Are
there any former KRAB listeners in the audience with memories of what they
could only hear on KRAB, but heard it, perhaps, a little too often?*

Start at the Start, with George Romansic - KRAB Sep 13, 1981

R.I.P. George Romansic, an Unsung Pioneer of Northwest Indie Music Culture,
(1956-2015) - Kelton Sears in Seattle Weekly, Jan 26, 2015

▶ Listen now - Start at the Start, with George Romansic - KRAB Sep 13, 1981

Recording courtesy Gregg Whitcomb

Life Elsewhere with George Romansic, Judith Malmgren, Jim Anderson, and
Norman Batley - KRAB 1979 to 1984

Life Elsewhere was first revealed Saturday, Mar 3, 1979 with this notice

*More curious than involved? Tune in for painfully loud and unintelligible
music, from the Buzzcocks and x-ray spex. Also the delightful Yes LA., not
produced by Brian Eno. An approach to rock with George Romansic, Judith
Malmgren, and Jim Anderson.*

It occurred again Apr 28, 1979 with this

*The second of monthly doses of real music, this time exploring George's
fascination with metric groups, Judy's keen interest in screaming women and
Jim's attempt to discover WHO KILLED BAMBI.*

It was Gojira (ゴジラ), wasn't it?

And then, in Jan 1980, beneath the title "smith-corona, My Sharona", the
manifesto appeared:

*As Darwin predicted in his Origin of the Species, Life Elsewhere has not
remained the same. Initially produced by Judy Malmgren, George Romansic,
and Jim Anderson in January of 1979, Life Elsewhere was a punk rock show
airing once a month. In September of this year Norman Batley joined us and
the show has been expanded to every other Saturday night. Life Elsewhere is
a new wave music show committed to bringing Seattle the new, the exciting,
and the ignored music of the Seventies.*

*Norman moved to Seattle a year ago and his contacts with the British music
scene bring us tapes and records not available in the United States.
George's roots are more basic to the American scene, veering towards the
unusual. Judy can't give up the sounds of the sixties that first drove her
parents crazy, and Jim adds a local enthusiasm, his finger ever on the
throbbing pulse of the city.*

*Commercial radio has become an institution which denies airplay to musical
variants from the norm, an instrument of the corporations which dictate
what our ears will receive. The prohibitive expense of vinyl and the
veritable plethora of shiny black discs present a difficult if not
impossible barrier to those who seek epiphany producing sounds. Though the
impetus may be political, our underlying love of rock and roll continues as
we bring to Seattle the music which it asks for and needs to initiate the
previously unexposed. Our hope is to provide a medium of communication, as
is the intent of listener-supported radio, and a means of escape for late
night Saturday hours. Join us on into Sunday morning. We invite you to
listen, entreat you to call (325-5110), and enjoy any and all written

*Buzzcocks Sex Pistols Tom Verlaine Lou Reed Pere Ubu Ramones Cabaret
Voltaire B-52's XTC X-Ray Spex Eno Only Ones Patti Smith Dictators The Jam
Kleenex Siouxsie and the Banshees Teenage Jesus and The Jerks Heartbreakers
The Clash James White and The Blacks The Contortions Ultra Vox T.V.O.D.
Alternative T.V . Public Image Generation X Richard Hell and The Voidoids
Destroy All Monsters Dead Boys Sham 69*

▶ Listen now - Life Elsewhere with George Romansic and Jim Anderson - KRAB
Nov 3, 1979 (85:52) *(updated)*

▶ Listen now - Life Elsewhere with George and Jim - KRAB Feb 23, 1980

▶ Listen now - Life Elsewhere with George and Jim - KRAB Apr 13, 1980

▶ Listen now - Life Elsewhere with Norman Batley - KRAB Apr 12, 1984 (39:45)

Recordings courtesy Gregg Whitcomb and Paul Dorpat

Seattle's Chinese: Asian Arts in an American City - KRAB May 27, 1980

*Traditional music and poetry performed by Chinese residents of Seattle. In
addition to instrumental music and poetry, excerpts from Peking and
Cantonese Opera are featured. Some of the performers speak about their
particular art--when, where and how they learned it--and reflect upon its
ties to their homeland. This is the fourth in a series of programs that
focuses upon the musical and verbal folk arts of various Pacific Northwest
communities. Produced by Howard Weiss and Phil Andrus; funded, in part, by
a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.*

The narration is by Christopher Laycock.

▶ Listen now - Seattle's Chinese - Asian Arts in an American City - KRAB
May 27, 1980 (61:14)

Recording courtesy Phil Andrus

Hula Blues - Polynesian Music in Seattle - KRAB Jul 19, 1980

*The hula and the sounds of the Hawaiian guitar have become part of a
stereotyped image of Polynesian music. Samoans and Tongans living in
Seattle continue to perform the songs and instrumental music of their
homelands. The sampling of their music included in this program reveals
variety and complexity not indicated by common stereotypes. In addition to
performances, several members of Seattle's Polynesian community discuss how
traditional music functions in the nontraditional context of Seattle**.*

*This program was produced for KRAB by Howard Weiss and Phil Andrus; funded
in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.*

▶ Listen now - Hula Blues - Polynesian Music in Seattle - KRAB Jul 19, 1980

Recording courtesy Phil Andrus

Steve Lalor and Group with a LIVE concert from the Doughnut Shop - KRAB Mar
12, 1965

Here is "Monte Curlew and the Rhythm Blossoms", with Steve Lalor, Danny
O'Keefe, David Brooks, and Larry Van Over, and a bunch of others packed
into the studio. It seems Lorenzo Milam engineered, wearing his engineer's
cap (as pictured on the Richard AC Greene page. Lorenzo's scrawl is
unmistakable on the label of tape 2. On Tape 3 David Cutler writes "Might
be interesting as fill in place of records."

Tape 1 of 3 is missing, but what we have includes the following:[image:
Tape 2]

Looking Glass
After You're Gone (Hey baby)
Diamond Joe
Mean Mother Woman
?[image: Tape 3]
Baby, What You Want Me To Do
The Look of Love
Steel Rail Blues
Parchman Farm (Devil Got My Woman)

▶ Listen now - Steve Lalor and Group with a LIVE concert from the Doughnut
Shop - KRAB Mar 12, 1965 (58:59)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M0304 and M0305

The Electrifying Warriors at the Tender Mercy Deliverance Center - KRAB 1983

The first reference I can find to gospel music on KRAB was Dec 18, 1963, a
"Big Fat Obscure Jazz- Blues-Gospel Festival", which was a return event of
a program that Mike Duffy, Ray Skjelbred, and William R Lovy, Sr. did in
the Spring of 1963.

Other highlights over the years included:


   "The Gospel Show with Rev Causey and his congregation" (Jun 30, 1968);

   Christmas Month Service recorded at the the First A.M.E. Church in
   Seattle, with the Reverend Cecil L Murray and the church choir (Dec 24,

   "Not a live broadcast, but a *LIVE* broadcast from the House of Refuge
   Church of the Pentecost, complete with its remarkable congregation and
   choir, drums, piano, organ, trumpet, tambourine, and a special Christmas
   sermon by the Reverend Robert J. Causey" (Dec 25, 1974);

   The Total Experience Gospel Choir in the KRAB music studio (Apr 6, 1977);

   TEGC again, this time live from the Bilalian Kitchen (Jun 13, 1977);

   And in the 1980's, "Sea-Tac Gospel Train" hosted by Sister Mae Campbell;
   "The Gospel Hour" hosted by Sister Anjetta Hardison; and "Gospel Pearls", a
   program with a lot of hosts: Fred Katz and Cleven Ticeson (Oct 1978 - Oct
   1980); Tim Weatherly (Dec 1980); Diane Watt; "The Weatherlys"; Tim
   Weatherly and Anjetta Hardison (1982 - 1984).

Bob West made this recording. According to his notes it features Tim
Weatherly with the Electrifying Warriors performing at the Tender Mercy
Deliverance Center located at 2520 S Dearborn. Pastor John Sauls presiding.
It was aired on "Gospel Pearls" in 1983 or 1984.

▶ Listen now - The Electrifying Warriors - KRAB 1983 (69:11)

Recording courtesy Bob West

Music of Burma with Joan Rabinowitz - 1982-1984

Joan Rabinowitz came to KRAB through the UW Dept of Ethnomusicology, and
had a regular program between 1982 and 1984. She is now the Executive
Director of the Jack Straw Foundation.[image: tape label]

▶ Listen now - Music of Burma with Joan Rabinowitz - 1982-1984 (61:32)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M-1506

Roswell with Live Jazz: The Chrono Synclastic Infundibula - Aug 12, 1973

This was probably one of the first live music broadcasts from firehouse 25.
Since a lot of guides from 1973 are missing from the archive, we can't know
exactly what was scheduled the night of Aug 12th, but the tape label says

The musicians are Jeff Johnson, guitar; Dean Johnson, bass; David Lewis,
electric piano; Robert Harris, percussion; Rekovic (?), tenor sax and flute.

"Play various tunes including "Badia" by Weather Report, and various
originals. Bad gaps in program caused by tech problems when recorded."

Roswell and the musicians may be annoyed as the levels change dramatically
at the gaps, but I've left them in anyway. Bob Friede's (music director and
general manager of that time) Sharpie scrawl is distinctive on the tape
label.[image: tape label]

Was Roswell reading The Sirens of Titan?

▶ Listen now - Roswell with Live Jazz: The Chrono Synclastic Infundibula -
Aug 12, 1973 (32:10)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M-1583

39 Years ago on KRAB.....The Tibetan Book of the Wet - KRAB Sep 3, 1975,
recorded Aug 18, 1975

*A walk through the KRAB rain forest, realized the day the roof leaked
everywhere. An impromptu composition. ("Liquid" -- the Daily Rag.) With the
KRAB Aqua-Infinity Arkestra, Including: Jeff Follette, ethereal space
conduit; Leila Gorbman, Pepsi can: Lee Read, orange juice bottle and
shovel; Chuck Reinsch, tape, jar, and vacuum cleaner hose; Johnny Walker,
heating grate: Stu Witmer, conduit and soprano buckets; Greg Palmer, bass
buckets; Shanti, styrofoam cup; Bob Weppner, sheet metal and acoustic bead
curtain. Produced by Tom Eckels, with the assistance of Gravity.*

[image: tape label]A summer storm (mid-afternoon Aug 18, 1975) brought the
KRAB staff together for a spontaneous collaboration that started with a
rush to protect the Production Room equipment and a search for containers
to catch the deluge. Do any of the perpetrators remember whose idea it was
to broadcast this live?

▶ Listen now - The Tibetan Book of the Wet - KRAB Sep 3, 1975 (37:53)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M-1483

200 Years of Obnoxious American Music - Greg Palmer with a Bicentennial
Special - Jun 7, 1976

Just in time for America's special day.....[image: tape label]

*A Marathon presentation of obnoxious, or loathsome, or simply inane
recordings; either performer, material or both performer and performance
reaching crud standards. Including notes for other obnoxicologists.*

▶ Listen now - 200 Years of Obnoxious American Music - Greg Palmer with a
Bicentennial Special (38:56)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M-0552

Seattle Symphony Review with Geoffrey Hewings - Oct 10, 1967

[image: Seattle Times 1967-10-09]

*GEOFF HEWINGS comments on the Gala Opening of Oct. 9th, with "Belshazzar's
Feast" and all.*

Shortly after starting this web site, Geoffrey Hewings was amongst the
first KRAB programmers I was able to locate via a web search: His KRAB
volunteer work is mentioned in his CV. Between Mar 1967 and Jul 1969, he is
heard in over fifty three programs: Commentaries; readings, discussions and
occasional interviews about World Affairs; morning and afternoon classical
music programs; a series of readings from "The English" by David Frost and
Antony Jay; and reviews of Seattle Symphony concerts.

Here is Geoff's review of the opening concert of the Symphony's 1967-68

▶ Listen now - Seattle Symphony Review with Geoffrey Hewings - Oct 10, 1967

Recording courtesy Geoffrey Hewings

ISCM: Contemporary Concert - Recorded Apr 23, 1966, KRAB May 27, 1966

A concert on the occasion of a meeting of the International Society for
Contemporary Music (ISCM) and the American Musicological Society in Seattle
in 1966.


   [image: tape label]Transitoria, for clarinet and piano, by Terrance
   Kincaid (Michael Davenport, clarinet;Alastair Hood, piano)

   Piano Sonata Op 1, 1909, by Alan Berg (Fay Bolcom, piano)

   String Trio, by Alastair Hood (Dorothy Davenport, violin; Constance
   Whalen, viola; Lura Tuttle, cello)

   Madrigal II, by Posseur (William Bolcom, harpsichord; Elizabeth Crooks,
   flute; Joanna Jenner, violin; Laura Tuttle, cello)

   Concerto for Orchestra Op 24, by Webern (NW Chapter ISCM Chamber
   Ensemble, directed by Alastair Hood)

   Aleatoric Study, by Stumpff (Alastair Hood, harpsichord; William Bolcom,
   piano; Joanna Jenner, violin; Elizabeth Crooks, flute; bar stools and
   fortune cookies)

Recorded at Piggott Hall, Seattle University, by Dave Calhoun.

▶ Listen now - NW Chapter ISCM Chamber ensemble: Contemporary Concert -
KRAB May 27, 1966 (41:03)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M-0063

Vintage Jazz with Mike Duffy - Apr 15, 1984

Mike Duffy and Ray Skjelbred must have been at KRAB from near the very
start, since program guide 25 (the first anniversary edition) has this
program description for Dec 7, 1963:

*8:00 CLASSIC JAZZProgram 16 in the continuing series with Mike Duffy and
Ray Skjelbred, drawn from their extensive collections on 78's and LP’s.
This program deals with "The Great saxophonists: Bechet, Hawkins, Rollini,
and others.”*

In addition to their regular show, Mike and Ray were members of the Great
Excelsior Jazz Band which played at numerous KRAB events, as well as
writing and performing the  songs for the notorious campaign of Richard AC
Greene for Land Commissioner.

In Aug of 1968 it was announced that “Due to the passing of Ray Skjelbred
into the Golden Gate of San Francisco, Mike Duffy goes it alone with his
famous fractious fingerin'.”  Eventually Ray returned to Seattle, and
performs regularly in Pioneer Square.  To find out what he’s up to, check
out his web site.

Here, from KRAB’s last day, is an excerpt of Mike Duffy’s “Vintage Jazz”.
We hope to be able to share some of the older programs soon.

▶ Listen now - Vintage Jazz with Mike Duffy - Apr 15, 1984 (50:57)

Off-the-air recording courtesy Paul Dorpat
A Selection of Music Broadcast on KRAB

Recently we were loaned a number of tapes that may be dubs of recordings
from the old KRAB archives, or may have been recorded over-the-air. We
can't tell for sure. But the contents of the the recordings are without a
doubt typical KRAB. Some have less than sparkling audio quality, and since
the tape labels are sometimes not enlightening, only a sample of the tape
is shared below.

If you would like to hear complete recordings with restored audio quality,
you may be able to find them atSmithsonian Folkways.

▶ Listen now - Open KRABplayer to select what you want to hear

Amalia Rodrigues and the Fado - KRAB Mar 4, 1969 (4:29)

"Erros meus"

[image: Amalia Rodrigues]

Bessie Smith, announced by Bob West (King Biscuit Time): Easy Rider,
Cake Walkin' Babies, Muddy Water (9:29)
[image: Bessie Smith]

Mississippi John Hurt - Cow Hooking Blues (3:34)
[image: Mississippi John Hurt]

An excerpt from Ed Mignon's New Record Review (5:26)

Bobongo (song and dancing) by the Ekonda tribe of the Congo - KRAB May 28,
1966 (2:14)
[image: Ekonda]

Classical Oud Performed by Khamis El Fino - KRAB Feb 10, 1973 (13:44)
[image: Oud]

Om Kolthoom sings "Akoulak Ih-Aan EI-Shouk Ya-Habiby" ("How could I express
my longing for you, my darling") - KRAB Mar 6, 1965 (30:41)
[image: Om Kolthoom]

Lui Tsun Yuen - Chinese Classical Masterpieces for the Pipa and Chin - KRAB
Aug 2, 1969 (14:22)
[image: Pipa and Chin]

Russian Folk Music from commercial recordings collected by Robert Garfias
[image: Russian folk music]

Classical Indian Music from the UNESCO Collection - Svara Mandala, in mode
Brindavani-Tilang played by Svami D.R. Parvatikar - KRAB Feb 23, 1971 (3:08)
[image: Brindavani]

South Indian Nagasvaram Music - *Mamavasadavaraday* performed by
Karukurichi P. Arunachalam - KRAB Oct 30, 1967 (9:34) (Full piece is 17
min; only 9:34 is on the tape.)
[image: Nagasvaram]

Gagaku - Ranryo 0 (The Prince Lanling) and Etenraku (Ancient Chinese Court
Music) - KRAB Nov 4, 1965 (25:40)
[image: Gagaku]

Gagaku Netori from Kagura Uta Suite (Shinto Ceremonial) - KRAB Nov 21, 1968

Evening Ceremony, Eiheiji Temple, Soto Zen service for the dead - KRAB Dec
25, 1967
[image: Shinto Ceremonial]

Recordings courtesy Nancy Keith
Music of Egypt from the Consulate of the United Arab Republic - KRAB 1964

In 1962 as KRAB was getting ready to go on the air, and then also during
the first few years, Lorenzo, Jeremy and others sent letters out to
embassies and consulates in the US, to United Nations member offices, and
to radio broadcast systems overseas, requesting that they share recorded
examples of their country's music, and spoken arts. The result was the
occasional package with a one-time shipment that someone had scrabbled
together, or sometimes KRAB made it on to a list, and there were regular
shipments from Radio Nederland, Deutsche Welle, RAI, NHK, RSA, and others I
can't remember.

I think there were six or maybe a dozen tapes that came from the consulate
of the United Arab Republic. By the time they were sending material to us,
the UAR was only Egypt. This is from two of the tapes - in my naive
ignorance what I thought the best. You can judge for yourself. (Hekayet
Shaab and Batal Al-Salam are phenomenal)

Note, the spellings (and translations) below are as found on the original
tape labels, and not altered to conform to contemporary standards.

*Program 1 (47:15)*
Abdel-Halim Hafiz: Baad-Ein (It is too Late)
Abdel-Halim Hafiz: Abo Oyon Gariaa (Daring eyes)
Abdel-Halim Hafiz: Hekayet Shaab (The story of a Nation)
Om-Kolthoum: Batal Al-Salam (Hero of Peace)
Unidentified Egyptian sounds

▶ Listen now - Music from the UAR, Program 1 - KRAB Feb 13, 1969

*Program 2 (47:16)*
Fayza Ahmed: Ya, Amma El-Amar Ala-El-Bab (Oh mother, my darling is by the
Mohamed Abdel-Wahab: Aziza
Mohamed Abdel-Wahab: Bent Al-Balad (Egyptian girl)
Mohamed Abdel-Wahab: Zina
Mohamed Abdel-Wahab: Balad Al-Mahbob (The home town of my beloved)
Om Kolthoum: two songs from "Rabaa El-Adawiea" (a very famous lady in Islam
Nagat el Saghira: Ariba Mansiah (Forgotten)
Unidentified Egyptian sounds

▶ Listen now - Music from the UAR, Program 2 - KRAB Dec 26, 1964

Recordings collection of C Reinsch

Jul 23, 2014 - A former KRAB listener writes from Taipei regarding Program
2, "from 38:39 is not Arabic music, but South Indian". This is a mystery.
The tape label says "Unidentified Egyptian sounds" (but has no timings),
but it certainly sounds South Indian. Perhaps the tape onto which the
original UAR program was copied had previously been used, and not properly
"Can all you bongo-ists hear me out there?" - Three by Henry Jacobs, 1965

Beginning in the early 1950's, Henry Jacobs brought a sly wit and a kind of
slapstick Zen to the production of electronic and experimental audio
compositions. The forms and themes of these compositions, almost always
manipulating sound with new uses of technology, include interview with
fictitious characters, exploration of formats of educational radio programs
about ethnic music, montage, sound effects, and social and philosophical
commentary. Mix in a little Dada, and it became impossible for the listener
to sort the seriously absurd from the absurdly serious.

There is something about Jacobs' productions that make me wonder what
influence he may have had on a couple of other Bay area radio jokesters,
Jim Coyle and Mal Sharpe, whom I used to listen to on KGO during the mid

▶ Listen now - Three by Henry Jacobs

*Umdagumsubudu, KRAB Mar 3, 1965 (7:50)*

Although this seems to have been later credited to Alan Watts, I recollect
a 7" 45 floating around the doughnut shop with Umdagumsubudu on one side
and with the credit to Henry Jacobs, and that is also how it was credited
in program guide number 56.

*Professor Irwin Corey interviewed by Henry Jacobs, KRAB Apr 20, 1965

Corey's rambling non-sequiturs were made for Jacobs' straight man. A
re-mastered, and complete, version of the interview is available directly
from Irwin Corey's web site. According to one source, if you visit New
York, you may find him hawking CD's on the street. Be sure to get an
autographed copy.

Recording collection of C Reinsch

*[image: Henry Jacobs - La Bomba]La Bomba, a Mexican Dance, KRAB Sep 29,
1965 (31:40)* - While many, if not most, of Jacobs' programs appeared first
on KPFA, I cannot find any indication of La Bomba being broadcast anywhere
*except* at KRAB. That it has not reappeared on any of the recent
compilations makes me wonder if the master was destroyed in a 1995 fire. La
Bomba was created somewhere between Dec 1963 and Sep 1965.

Recording courtesy Nancy Keith

If you are interested in hearing more of Henry Jacobs, take a look at John
Whiting's web site where you will find a Conversation beween Whiting and
Jacobs recorded in 1994 as well as of productions by Jacobs. There are also
albums that have been re-released by Smithsonian Folkways and Important
Records, and an article and interview atSmithsonian.
Yokoku: Music of the Japanese Noh drama - KRAB Nov 13, 1965

[image: Hagoromo]




▶ Listen now - Yokoku (31:16)

Recording collection of C Reinsch

New Music for Solo Trombone Performed by Stuart Dempster (KPFA Aug 11,
1966) - KRAB Nov 18, 1966

*Recital by San Francisco trombonist Stuart Dempster, with a personal
repertoire of works of Austin, Cage, Erickson, Berio, Oliveros & Childs.*

As you can see above, the description in the Guide did not provide a lot of
detail. More information is available now: The program is announced by
Charles Boone, a composer himself. The concert took place June 24, 1966 at
the San Francisco Tape Music Center, which coincidently happened to be
KPFA's San Francisco studio at 321 Divisadero Street.

At the time of this concert, Stuart Dempster was principal trombonist of
the Oakland Symphony and a faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory
and San Francisco State College.

I have a vivid memory of playing the tape of this performance during my
Friday night engineering shift. It is not a concert one would easily forget.

▶ Listen now - New Music for Solo Trombone Performed by Stuart Dempster -
KRAB Nov 18, 1966

*Part 1 (62:50)*

1 - Changes: In Open Style, for trombone and magnetic tape (1965) by Larry

2 - Solo, for sliding trombone (1957-58) by John Cage;

3 - Ricercar à 5 (1966) by Robert Erickson

*Part 2 (41:09)*

4 - Sequenza V, for solo trombone (1966) by Luciano Berio;

5 - Theater Piece, for trombone player, garden hoses, & tape (1966) by
Pauline Oliveros and Elizabeth Harris;

6 - Sonata, for solo trombone by Barney Childs

This recording has been shared under a Creative Commons license by the Internet
Archives, RADIOM, and the Pacifica Archives.
[image: CreateCommons]
[image: RadiOM]
Education of a Record Collector with Ed Mignon - KRAB Jul 17, 1966 and Jul
31, 1966

*The Phantom (of the opera) Strikes Again. Ed Mignon hides in the wings
with rapier drawn.*

Between September 1964 and September 1966, Ed Mignon recorded about 25
programs, including reviews of new records, an interview of Julian Bream,
commentary about music, and the series, "Education of a Record Collector".

Ed Mignon died January 17, 2012 in Tucson, where he had been living since
retiring from the University of Washington. From the obituary published in
the Seattle Times:

*During the 1960s Mr. Mignon was employed by the Boeing Scientific Research
Laboratory in Seattle. He left in 1966 to accept a fellowship for four
years of study at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received
a PhD in information science. While at Berkeley, he participated in
research leading to the development of the Internet at Berkeley's Institute
of Library Research. His research supervisor said the "the most intense,
intelligent, and sensitive work came from the heart, head, and hands of Ed
Mignon," a compliment Mr. Mignon valued above all others. Mr. Mignon later
returned to Seattle and began his teaching career at the University of
Washington, where he taught information science for more than 30 years.*

*After his retirement, he and his wife, Molly moved to Tucson, where Mr.
Mignon became a friend of the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, writing a number
of compositions performed by that ensemble, including "Frolic," which
received its premier lastOctober, and "Optimistic Overture,"first performed
in November, 2008. Another of his compositions, "A Short Symphony,"was
performed by the Arizona Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Mignon continued composing
music up to the time of his death.**[image: tape label]*

So far two recordings of Ed's programs have been found. They are
consectutive parts of a series he did on Opera. This first was recorded on
July 17, 1966, sub-titled Opera #3 of 4, and described in the program guide
with the above description.

▶ Listen now - Education of a Record Collector, Opera Nbr 3 - KRAB Jul 17,
1966 (65:44)

* * * * *

Based on Mignon's comments at the beginning of this next recording, it was
recorded Jul 31, 1966, and is number 4 in what was becoming a longer series
than he had originally planned. In this episode he presents several
singers, including Friedrich Schorr (1926), Lauritz Melchior (1941), Pol
Plançon (1903), Lilli Lehmann (1905), Enrico Caruso (1920), and duets by
Alma Gluck and Louise Homer (1920) and Beniamino Gigli and Giuseppe De Luca
(1929). Unfortunately, we do not have guide number 93 (Jul 27 to Aug 10,
1966), so we do not know how the program was originally described.

*New Dec 2015:* ▶ Listen now - Education of a Record Collector, Opera Nbr 4
- KRAB Jul 31, 1966 (59:24)

Jul 17 recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M1454; Jul
31 recording courtesy Saint Louis State Historical Society of Missouri
(KDNA archive).
A Conversation With John Cage - KRAB Feb 23, 1966

*The composer of sounds and spaces talks with Lorenzo Milam and Bill
Holcomb of the UW School of Music*

The earliest appearance of John Cage on KRAB that has been identified so
far is April 11, 1963, just four months after KRAB went on the air. Over
the next 22 years, Cage's explorations of sound (randomness, coincidence,
silence, more silence) became regular features of KRAB's schedule. If KRAB
had a "top-ten", *Indeterminacy* would have been near number one.

The exact date this was recorded is unknown, but sometime before February
23, 1966. This is the interview about which I have written elsewhere on the
web site. I was pleased to discover that the tape box label confirmed my
memory of the occasion. What I had forgotten was the [image: tape label]amount
of cigarette smoke and ash that would fill the studio during and after a
recording session. The label credits Lorenzo as the Producer, so I suspect
he was the one that added the musical excerpts that punctuate the interview.

▶ Listen now - Composer John Cage in conversation (64:54)
*Flannigan & Friends*
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