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Weekend Audition: Your ABC’s, But Basically Belafonte

Released in 1956, Calypso was the album that made Belafonte's career and spent 31 weeks at the top of the Billboard album charts.

ADAMS.  KUNC airs the songs of Ryan Adams, including those from his newest album, Ashes and Fire.  Not to be confused, of course, with a Sinatra classic, here’s his song, “New York, New York,” from his album, Gold. It is dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The date of this video casts an eerie feeling: September 7, 2011. 


BELAFONTE.  Harry Belafonte has been performing – acting or singing – since the 1940s.  In The New York Times, Garrison Keillor recently reviewed 84-year-old Harry Belafonte’s new autobiography, My SongNPR also profiled Harry Belafonte last month on Morning Edition. Belafonte’s album, Calypso, was the first LP to top a million copies sold!  So, I can’t leave you songless – here he is having fun in 1978 with his friends, The Muppets:


CLOTHESLINE REVIVAL.  You’ve perhaps enjoyed on KUNC the inventive soundscapes of Clothesline Revival (a k a Conrad Praetzel). Here’s fascinating vintage 1930's footage of the Old South with 1940 vocals by “Uncle" Bradley Eberhard and underlying instrumentals by Clothesline Revival, a blend of eras and esthetics.



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