Happy birthday, Joan Crawford!
Here’s to the self-reliant and very strong Ms. Joan Crawford on the 110th anniversary of her birth!
Happy birthday, Vera Lynn!
Sad as it is to consider, there are very few performers from the Cladrite Era who are still with us. That’s just one more reason—and there are many others—why we should celebrate the life and career of Dame Vera Lynn, who was born 98 years ago today in East Ham, East London.
Ms. Lynn played a vital role in keeping morale high during World War II, and if the song we’re sharing below didn’t inspire all those fighting men and women (and the loved ones awaiting their return) to keep a stiff upper lip and hold on for happier times, we don’t know what could have. If you can listen to this song with tearing up, you’re a better man than we are, Gunga Din!
Here’s wishing you many happy returns of the day, Ms. Lynn!
Éirinn go Brách!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from this grand Irish gal and all your pals at Cladrite Radio! We’re mixing in a few Irish favorites today with our usual collection of toe-tapping tunes of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, so if you’re not already listening, tune in right away!
Save the Automat (Doc)!
There are three days left in this fundraising campaign. Surely nearly everyone who reads this has at least five smackers to kick in for Lisa Hurwitz’s documentary about the history of Automats. Heck, pledge 10 bucks, and you’ll get recognized in the film’s closing credits! And if you donate more than that, there are some fabulous premiums awaiting you.
The Oscars, 1945 Style
We enjoy the occasional award show, but Oscar night is our favorite because of the history and tradition associated with it. The Academy Awards debuted way back in 1927; 2015 marks the 87th presentation of these storied statuettes.
As we post this, the chances are pretty good that you are prepping your home prior to the arrival of guests for your Oscar party or perhaps making a batch of guacamole (hopefully, you’re using Boris Karloff’s recipe) to take to a friend’s Academy Awards gathering. If so, we’ve got the perfect hour’s worth of listening to accompany those chores.
The 17th Academy Awards ceremony, held on March 15, 1945, at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, was the first to be broadcast nationally on the radio (on the Blue Network, the precursor to ABC) and also the first to feature clips from the various nominated pictures. And what pictures they were! Double Indemnity, Going My Way, Lifeboat, Gaslight and The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek are just a few of the classic pictures that were nominated for the top awards that year.
Host Bob Hope was in top form that night, and the proceedings came off in a mere 66 minutes. And you, dear reader, can experience that magical evening anew by clicking the link below.
Come and cuddle by the fire in the evening.
We'll forget about the snow and rain.
While the skies are stormy, your arms will warm me.
It's winter again.
It's so thrilling when it's chilly in the winter
And the frost is on the window pane.
Hear the sleighbells ringing; my heart is singing.
It's winter again.
—It's Winter Again
Lyrics by Arthur Freed; music by Al Hoffman and Al Goodhart, 1932