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JAMES MELTON ~ THE ROMANTIC DUETS VOLUME NO.1
FBCD424
1. Let Me Bring You Music – opening theme [Melton only] 1.09
2. George Gershwin Medley with Mary Martin Something For the Girls, 1944 7.50
3. Long Ago and Far Away with Ginny Sims 4-1-1945 3.15
4. Hymns of Thanksgiving with Annamary Dickey 11-18-1945 3.25
5. Because You Are You [Red Mill] with Annamary Dickey 3-24-1946 2.38
6. Will You Remember [Maytime] with Annamary Dickey 1-20-1946 3.10
7. With a Song In My Heart with Kathryn Grayson 7-9-1944 1.32
8. Why Do I Love You [Show Boat] with Grace Moore 2-4-1945 1.56
9. We’ll Gather Lilacs [Perchance To Dream] with Virginia Haskins 5-26-1946 2.56
10. Boheme: O Mimi tu piu with Lawrence Brooks 9-3-1944 4.25
11. La Traviata: Libiano with Erna Berger 1-8-1950 5.06
12. Say Not Love Is A Dream with Mary Martha Briney 5-7-1950 3.17
13. I’ve Told Every Little Star [Music in the Air] with Virginia Haskins 7-28-1946 3.26
14. With a Song in My Heart with Virginia Haskins 9-1-1946 3.12
15. I Dream Too Much with Jane Wilson 9-15-1946 3.53
16. Il Trovatore: Miserere with Unknown Soprano 2.15
17. Why Do I Love You? [Show Boat] with Jane Powell 8-6-1944 4.36
18. Porgy and Bess: Bess You Is My Woman Now with Rose Bampton 5-24-1946 3.09
19. Sweethearts [Sweethearts] with Eleanor Steber Voice of Firestone 6-3-1946 3.43
20. You Are Love [Show Boat] with Victoria Schools 4-7-1946 2.07
21. Sweethearts] [Sweethearts] with Lillian Murphy 8-11-1948 3.08
22. The Touch of Your Hand [Roberta] with Lillian Murphy circa 1949 2.33
23. Porgy and Bess: Bess, You Is My Woman Now with Lillian Murphy circa 1949/50 4.07
Total Playing Time 79.03
JAMES MELTON ~ THE ROMANTIC DUETS, VOLUME NO. 2
FBCD425
1. Good Night, Sweetheart with Joan Roberts 8-22-1943 3.05
2. People Will Say We’re In Love [Oklahoma!] with Joan Roberts 8-8-1943 3.52
3. I Love You So [Waltz] [The Merry Widow] with Irra Petina 9-3-1944 3.45
4. Tosca: Act 1 duet with Grace Moore 11-26-1944 6.00
5. Our Song with Grace Moore 11-26-1944 3.34
6. Only A Rose [The Vagabond King] with Annamary Dickey 3-10-1946 2.30
7. I Love You So [Waltz] [The Merry Widow] with Jane Lawrence 3-31-1946 4.05
8. I’ll See You Again [Bitter Sweet] with Kathryn Grayson 7-9-1944 6.25
9. La Boheme: O soave fanciulla with Dorothy Kirsten 10-22-1944 3.49
10. Deep in My Heart [The Student Prince] with Patrice Munsel 5-13-1945 5.11
11. La Traviata: Parigi o cara with Bidú Sayão 6-10-1945 5.04
12. La Forza del Destino: ’Solene in quest’ora with Frank Sinatra/ 5.19
Porgy and Bess: Bess, O Where's My Bess? - Frank Sinatra 2-15-1945
13. Il Trovatore: Ai nostril monti with Risë Stevens 2-15-1945 4.02
14. Love’s Rondalay with Florence Quartararo 6-16-1946 2.32
15. La Boheme: O Mimi tu piu with Andrew Gainey circa, 1949/50 3.16
16. Close as Pages in a Book [Up in Central Park] with Genevieve Rowe, 1947 4.33
17. They Didn’t Believe Me [The Girl From Utah] with Geneveive Rowe, 1947 4.38
18. La Traviata: Brindisi with Lillian Murphy 8-11-1948 3.02
19. Some Day [Her Regiment] with Lillian Murphy circa 1948/49 3.25
Total Playing Time 79.23
JAMES MELTON RECORDINGS FROM THE THIRTIES - Volume 1
FBCD426
1. Ah Moon of My Delight [Liz Lehman] Seiberling Singers Prob. 1935 4.50
2. Serenade [Frasquita] [Lehar] Jack Benny Program, 6-2-1933 3.56
3. Forbidden Melody [Writers unknown] Kellogg Promenade, 1934 1.48
4. A Melody From the Sky [Louis Alter – Sidney Mitchell] [1936 film: Trail of the Lonesome Pine] Kellogg Promenade, 1935 3.51
5. Mavis [Lefever-Craxton] Sealtest Sunday Night Party, 1937 3.51
6. The Shadow Waltz [Film: The Gold Diggers of 1933] [Warren - Dubin] Al Goodman, cond. Ward’s Bread Hour, 1933 2.28
7. Li’l Gal [Johnson - Dunbar] Sealtest Sunday Night Party, 1937 2.30
8. Mah Lindy Lou [Strickland] Magic Key of RCA 12-29-1935 2.26
9. La Traviata: Parigi o cara [Puccini] with Helen Jepson Magic Key of RCA, 12-29-1935 3.48
10. Bird Songs At Eventide [Coates] Prob. Sealtest Sunday Night Party, 1936 3.32
11. Vilia [The Merry Widow] [Lehar] Palmolive Beauty Box, 3-26-1935 2.16
12. I Hear A Thrush At Eve [Charles Wakefield Cadman – Nellie Richmond Ebelbert] 2.14
13. Tell Me That You Love me Tonight [Paralami D’Amore ] [Cesare Andrea Bixio - Bishop Nehru] 1.16
14. Begin the Beguine [1935 Jubilee] [Cole Porter] Magic Key of RCA 1939 3.24
15. Everywhere the Stars Shine Down [The Rose of Algeria] [Victor Herbert - Glen MacDonough] with Francia White Palmolive Beauty Box, 2-1-1936 2.57
16. It’s De Lovely [Cole Porter][Red, Hot & Blue] Rexall Magic Hour, 1937 1.36
17. A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody [Berlin] Ziegfeld Follies of the Air 1-27-1936 1.35
18 Yours Is My Heart Alone [The Land of Smiles] [Lehar] Ziegfeld Follies of the Air 1-27-1936 4.00
19. Where Am I? [1935 film: Stars Over Broadway] [Warren - Dubin] / Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie [Carson J. Robison] Opening of NBC Studios, 12-17-1935 Introduced by Al Jolson 5.03
20. Midnight in Paris [Con Conrad - Herb Magidson] with Patty Chapin, Al Goodman Orchestra] [Ziegfeld Follies of the Air] 1-27-1936] 3.30
21. Mother O Mine[Frank Tours] Rexall Magic Hour, 1937 2.22
22. Summer Night [Warren – Dubin][1936 film: Sing Me A Love Song ] Rexall Magic Hour, 1937 3.12
23. Because [Guy d’Hardelot - Edward Teschemacher] Rexall Magic Hour, 1937 2.16
24. The Touch of Your Hand [Jerome Kern - Otto Harbach] [1934 Roberta] Town Hall, 1937 3.04
25. Though You Say No, Your Eyes Say Yes [Teresina - Oscar Straus] with Jessica Dragonette Lucky Strike, 4-1934 2.28
26. Stroll Along the Boulevards of Paris in the Spring [Teresina - Oscar Straus] Lucky Strike 4-1934 2.50
Total Playing Time 78.11
JAMES MELTON
SONGS OF THE THIRTIES, Vol. 2
FBCD427
1. Make Believe [Show Boat] [Kern - Hammerstein II] Brunswick 20115, 8-9-1932 4.16
2. You Are Love [Show Boat] [Kern - Hammerstein II] Brunswick 20115, 7-30-1932 4.46
3. Hills of Home [Calhoun - Fox] Montgomery Ward M-6064B, 2-25-1930 3.42
4. The Old Refrain [Kreisler] Montgomery Ward M-6064-B 2-25-1930 3.45
5. A Dream [Cory-Bartlett] Brunswick 15227, 1934 3.04
6. The Bohemian Girl: Then You’ll Remember [Bunn - Balfe] Brunswick 15227, 3-20- 1935 3.04
7. Fleur de Lys [Unknown] Regal l G-9247, 4-11-1928 3.19
8. She Rested By the Broken Brook [Unknown] Brunswick 15224, 4-5, 1934 3.06
9. Come Love With Me [Unknown] Brunswick 14970, 4-5- 1934 2.00
10. I’m Falling in Love With Someone [Naughty Marietta]
[Herbert - Young] Brunswick 15228, 6-6-1935 3.07
11. Only a Rose [The Vagabond King] [Friml - Hooker]
Musical Moments, 1938 3.10
12. The Rose of Tralee [Spencer - Glover] Musical Moments, 1938 2.32
13. Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie [Robinson] [Stars Over Broadway] Ziegfield Follies of the Air, 1-27-1936 Rexall 1937 2.37
14. Porgy and Bess: Summertime [Gershwin - Heyward - Gershwin] Magic Key, 1939 3.16
15. Were You Just Pretending? [Jerome - Ruby] Columbia 2100-D, 1929 3.14
16. Ah Sweet Mystery of Life [Naughty Marietta] [Herbert - Young] Brunswick 15228, 6-6-1935 3.04
17. Just a Little Love, A Little Kiss [Ross - Silesu] Brunswick 15225,11-2-1934 3.23
18. My Heart Stood Still [A Connecticut Yankee] [Rodgers - Hart] Columbia 1294-D 1928 2.48
19. Now You’re In My Arms [Wrubel - Downey] Columbia 2465-D, 5-15-1931 3.26
20. Short’nin’ Bread [Wood-Wolfe] Sealtest Sunday Night Party, 1936 2.08
21. Macushla [Mcmurrough-Rowe] Columbia 1932-D 12-18-1928 2.38
22. Your Eyes Have Told Me So [Kahn - Vanalstein - Blaufuss] Brunswick 15442, 7-23-1934 3.24
23. At Your Service Madame [with Jane Froman] [Warren - Dubin] [Stars Over Broadway] film soundtrack 1935 7.14
TOTAL PLAYING TIME 76.53
JAMES MELTON – THE ART OF SONG
FBCD428
1. Falling in Love With Love [Boys from Syracuse][Rodgers - Lorenz Hart] 2.52
2. Holiday For Strings [David Rose] 1.49
3. Sing to Me Guitar [Mexican Hayride] [Cole Porter] 3.35
4. Angel’s Serenade [Gaetano Braga, Arr. Black] 3.16
5. Title Unknown - Orchestra 3.26
6. I’ll Take Romance [Film of same name][Ben Oakland – Oscar Hammerstein 11] 3.33
7. Laura [Film of same name] [David Raksin – Johnny Mercer] 3.12
8. La Boheme: Musetta’s Waltz Song [Giacomo Puccini] 2.38- Dorothy Warenskjold
9. Manon - Le reve [Jules Massenet] 3.26
10. One Kiss [The New Moon] [Sigmund Romberg – Oscar Hammerstein 11]with Lillian Murphy 3.30
11. Promise That We Never Part [Pyotr Tchaikovsky - Don Black] 3.46
12. Chopsticks - Orchestra 2.50
13. Time Was [Mexican Title "Duerme"][Miguel Rada – Bob Russell] 2.40
14. La Boheme: O soave fanciulla [Giacomo Puccini ]with Dorothy Warenskjold] 3.29
15. Frenesi [Albere Dominguez – Bob Russell – Ray Charles] 2.24
16. Give Me One Hour [The White Eagle][Rudolf Friml – Brian Hooker] 3.00
17. It’s a Most Unusual Day [Film: Date With Judy][Jimmy McHugh – Harold Adamson] 2.48
18. Sweethearts [Sweethearts] [Victor Herbert - Robert B. Smith]
with Lillian Murphy 3.07
IGOR GORIN - OPERA AND SONG, VOLUME 4 "THE PRINCE OF BARITONES'
FBCD429
1. I Pagliacci: Prologue [Leoncavallo] Allied, 1955 5.20
2. Tannhäuser: O du mein holder Abenstern [Wagner] Allied, 1955 4.43
3. Un Ballo en Maschera: Eri tu [Verdi] Allied, 1955 6.14
4. Il Barbiere di Sivigllia: Largo al factotum Allied, 1955 4.52
5. La Traviata: Di provenzi il mar [Verdi] Allied, 1955 4.34
6. Hérodiade: Vision fugitive [Massenet] Allied, 1955 4.29
[The above all have orchestra conducted by Donald Voorhees, and were originally issued on Allied LP 3003]
7. Zazà: Zazà , piccolo zingara BTH 11:16:1953 2.28
8. Tannhäuser: O du mein holder Abendstern [Wagner] [sung in English] VOF 5:21:1945 4.30
9. Faust: Dio possente [Gounod] 3.43
10. Andrea Chenier: Nemico della patria [Giordano] BTH 11:16:1953 4.05
11. Ernani: O de’ verd’ anna miei [Verdi] BTH 4:16:1956 5.13
12. The Blind Ploughman [Clark:Hall] Allied, 1955 3.06
13. Song of the Open Road [Malotte] Allied, 1955 2.43
14. Sylvia [Speaks] Allied, 1955 3.17
15. Had You But Known [Denza] Allied, Denza] Allied, 1955 3.32
16. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring [Bach] Allied, 1955 3.15
17. Just For Today [Seaver] Allied, 1955 3.15
18. The Lord’s Prayer [Malotte] Allied, 1955 3.18
19. Vienna City of My Dreams [Siecznski] Allied, 1955 2.59
Tracks 12-19 are conducted by Carmen Dragon, and were originally issued on Allied LP 2000.]
Total Playing Time 77.02
IGOR GORIN OPERA & SONG, VOLUME 5
FBCD430
1. Drinking Song [Student Prince] [Romberg - Donnelley] VOF 12-10-1945 1.49
2. I Love Life [I. M Cassel - Manna Zucca] VOF 1-29-1945 1.49
3. Song of the Mounties [Rose-Marie] [Friml - Hammerstein 11] 2.47
4. Into the Night [Clara Edwards] BTH 11-21-1955 3.35
5. Elegie [Massenet] VOF 2-9-1946 3.31
6. Dark Eyes [Occhi Neri - Russian Gypsy Song] [Hermann - Hrebinka] VOF? 3.31
7. Through the Years [Heyman - Youmans] VOF 12-31-1951 2.37
8. Sweet Songs of Long Ago VOF 2.15
9. On the Road to Mandalay [Speaks - Kipling] VOF 3.52
10. Among the Living [Malotte] RCA 3.27
11. My Friend [Malotte] RCA 4535, 8-22-1940 2.11
12. None But the Lonely Heart [Tchaikovsky] VOF? 3.12
13. Twenty-third Psalm [Malotte] RCA 12245, 5-4-1938 3.33
14. Agnus Dei [Bizet] VOF? 3.02
15. Colorado Trail [Trad. Arr. Scott] Sun Ray. Dec. 1964 3.47
16. You’ll Never Walk Alone [Carousel] [Rodgers - Hammerstein 11] 3.39
Sun Ray. Dec. 1964
17. Rondine al Nido [De Crescenzo] Sun Ray, Dec. 1964 3.38
18. The Lights Are Gone [Goutmanovich] Sun Ray, Dec. 1964 4.32
19. Viut Vitri [Trad. Arr. Gorin] Sun Ray, Dec. 1964 3.23
20. Through the Years [Heyman - Youmans] Sun Ray, Dec. 1964 3.16
21. Aprile [Tosti] Sun Ray, Dec. 1964 4.05
22. Winter Wind [Goutmanovitch] Sun Ray, Dec. 1964 4.39
23. Yemenite Song [Weiberg] Sun Ray, Dec. 1964 4.02
[Tracks 15 through 23 were first issued privately and later re-mastered on Golden Crest CRS 4192]
Total Playing Time 78.45
THE ART OF RICHARD BONELLI
FBCD431
1. Cuban Love Song [Cuban Love Song] [Stothart] Chesterfield 3-16-1935 3.15
2. Night and Day [Cole Porter] Chesterfield 2-23-1935 2.33
3. Blue Moon [Rodgers - Hart] Chesterfield 3-25-1935 3.16
4. Ol’ Man River [Show Boat] [Kern] Chesterfield 2-2-1935 3.16
5. Lolita [Buzzia-Peccia] Chesterfield 4-3-1935 3.18
6. Song of the Vagabonds [The Vagabond King] [Friml - Hooker - Post]
Chesterfield 3-16-1935 2.21
7. Thy Beamin' Eyes [MacDowell - Gardner] Chesterfield 3-9-1935 2.18
8. Floods of Spring [Rachmaninoff] Chesterfield 3-9-1935 2.00
9. Bird Songs at Eventide [Coates] Chesterfield 2-2-1935 3.04
10. Captain Straton’s Fancy [Masefield - Warlock] Chesterfield 2-2-1935 3.10
11. Danny Deever [Kipling - Damrosch] conductor Victor Kolar, Ford Sunday Evening Hour 3-8-1936 3.42
12. Play Gypsies [Countess Maritza] [Kálmán] Chesterfield 2-2-1935 3.43
13. I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen [Westendorf] conductor Victor Kolar, Ford Sunday Evening Hour 12-23-1934 2.57
14. On the Road to Mandalay [Speakes] Brunswick 50122, 1927 4.31
15. Luna d’estate [Tosti] Brunswick 15148, 1929 2.28
16. Invictus [Huhn] Chesterfield 2-16-1935 2.17
17. The Barber of Seville: Largo al factotum [Rossini] conductor Victor Kolar Ford Sunday Evening Hour 12-23-1934 4.43
18. Il Trovatore: Il balen [Verdi] Met Opera, conductor Papi] 2-15-1936 6.22
19. Herodiade: Vision fugitive [Massenet] conductor Victor Kolar, Ford Sunday Evening Hour 12-23-1934 4.39
20. Paglilacci: Prologue [Leoncavallo] MET Opera Orchestra, conductor Bodanzky 2-29-1936 5.09
21. Lucia di Lammermoor: Dalle stanza [Donizetti] conductor Papi, Met Opera, 2- 3-1940 5.40
Conductor for all the Chesterfield - Andre Kostelanetz
Total Playing Time 77.33
THE ART OF LILY PONS
FBCD432/433
CD: 1 [All selections from soundtracks]
I DREAM TOO MUCH Release date: 11 - 29 - 1935
1. Lakmé: Bell Song [Leo Delibes] 5.52
2. Jockey on the Carousel [Dorothy Fields - Jerome Kern] 3.11
3. I’m the Echo [Dorothy Fields - Jerome Kern] 1.57
4. I Dream Too Much [Dorothy Fields - Jerome Kern] 4.38
5. I Got Love [Dorothy Fields - Jerome Kern] 2.54
THAT GIRL FROM PARIS Release date: 1 - 1 - 1937
6. Barber of Seville: Una voce poco fa [Rossini] 6.30
7. Tarantella [Heinrich Panofka] 1.36
8. The Call to Arms [Edward Heyman - Arthur Schwartz] 3.45
9. Seal It With a Kiss [Edward Heyman - Arthur Schwartz] 3.19
10. Blue Danube Waltz - jazz version [Johann Strauss - Ralph Freed] 4.23
HITTING A NEW HIGH Release date: 12 - 24 - 1937
11. I Hit a New High [Harold Adamson - Jimmy McHugh] 5.02
12. This Never Happened Before [Harold Adamson - Jimmy McHugh] 4.37
13. Let’s Give Love Another Chance [Harold Adamson - Jimmy McHugh] 1.34
14. Parysatis: Air du Rossignol [Camille Saint-Saens] 4.34
15. Mignon: Je suis Titania [Ambroise Thomas - Barbier & Carre] 2.50
16. Lucia di Lammermoor: Mad Scene [Salvator Cammerano - Gaetano Donizetti] 6.45
[Andre Kostelanetz conducted Pons' operatic selections in all these RKO films.]
17. Vocalise, Op.34, No. 14 [Sergi Rachmaninoff] BTH 9 - 16 – 1946 3.50
The other tracks in the set are almost all from radio air-checks. Two selections were from unpublished RCA test - pressings that were never released anywhere. These were all preserved in the collection of Miss Pons.
18. Caprice Viennoise [Geraldine Farrar - Fritz Kreisler] Chesterfield Hour 11 - 23 – 1935 3.23
19. Lullaby [Cyril Scotto] Chesterfield Hour 1 - 1 – 1936 2.41
20. Fortunio: La Vieille maison grise [André Messager] Chesterfield 1 - 1 – 1936 2.29
Total Time: 78.39

CD: 2
1. Villanelle [Eva Dell Acqua] Chesterfield 1 - 18 - 1936 5.14
2. Lo! Here the Gentle Lark [Shakespeare - Henry Bishop] Chesterfield 4 - 12 - 1936 5.02
3. With All My Heart [McHugh - Kahn] Chesterfield 4 - 25 - 1936 3,14
4. Martha: Last Rose of Summer [arr. Frederich von Flotow] Chesterfield 5 - 20 - 1936 4.06
5. Fortunio: Si vous croyez que je vais dire [André Messager] Chesterfield 5 - 27 - 1936 2.51
6. Theme and Variations [Camille Saint-Saëns] Chesterfiled 4 - 25 - 1936 4.10
7. By the Bend of the River [Clara Edwards] Chesterfield 6 - 3 - 1936 2.42
8. Come to Me [Andre Kostelanetz] Chesterfield 6 - 3 - 1936 1.38
9. For You Alone [Gousikoff] Chesterfield 6 - 10 - 1936 3.15
10. Orientale [Cêsar Qui] Chesterfield 6 - 17 - 1936 3.20
11. Je vous adore [Sam Coslow - Victor Young] Chesterfield 6 - 17 - 1936 2.47
12. I’ll Follow My Secret Heart [Conversation Piece] [Noel Coward] Lux Radio Theater 1936 1.56
13. L’Enfant et les sortilèges: Air de L’Enfant [Colette-Ravel] [piano-Frank La Forge] RCA 051215 6-3-1940 Unpublished 1.30
14. Come Unto These Yellow Sands [Shakespeare - Frank LaForge] [piano - Frank La Forge] RCA 051218, 6 - 3 - 1940 Unpublished 1.55
15. Rigoletto: Three excerpts - Quel vecchio maledivami…Sì, vendetta…Lassù in cielo [with Giuseppe DeLuca] [conductor-Papi] MET Opera, 3-12-1940* 7.55
16. La Marseillaise [De L’Isle] 8-23-1944 1.23
17. Rigoletto: E il sol dell’anima [w. Eugene Conley] [Verdi] Standard Hour 9 - 24 - 1950 7.24 : 8. La Traviata: Ah fors e liu…Sempre libera Standard Hour 10 - 28 - 1951 7.18
19. Aprês un rëve [Gabriel Faure] [piano - Earl Wild] 4 - 8 - 1971 2.19
20. Daughter of the Regiment: Salut a la France [conductor - Andre Kostelanetz] NY Philharmonic Concert 5 - 31 - 1972 1.52
21. Les Filles de Cadix [Delibes] [conductor - Thomas Mancini] Palm Springs concert 3 - 3 - 1973 1.37
22. Estrellita [Manuel Ponce] Merv Griffin Show 4 - 17 - 1974 3.52
Total Time 78.48
[Andre Kostelanetz was the conductor for the Chesterfield broadcasts.]
[Track 21 is from Miss Pons final concert in Palm Springs, California. Track 22 was from Miss Pons final public appearance.]
John Charles Thomas, Volume 1
FBCD434
1. Bluebird of Happiness [Edward Heyman - Sandor Harmati] RCA 2160, 3-19-1941 3.25
2. Can’t You Hear Me Calling, Caroline? [William Gardner - Caro Roma] 3.29
3. Chanson triste [Lahor - Duparc] RCA 11-8568, 8-17-1939 3.04
4. Il Trovatore: Il balen [Giuseppe Verdi] 2.59
5. In the Time of Roses [L. Relhardt] 2.51
6. Mah Lindy Lou [L. Strickland] RCA 1554, 5-26-1931 3.15
7. The Lord’s Prayer [Alfred Hay Malotte] 3.20
8. Love Me and the World is Mine [Dave Reed - Ernest Ball] 2.32
9. Freedom Marching Song [Carroll Hollister] 2.25
10. Mattinata [Leoncavallo] 1.53
11. Mr. Jim [Robertson - Malotte] 2.13
12. My Hero [The Chocolate Soldier][Oscar Straus - Stanislaus Stange] 3.49
13. My Message [DeHardelot] 2.42
14. Sailormen [J. Wolfe] 3.11
15. Sing a Song of Sixpence [Alfred Hay Malotte] RCA 2054, 5-27-1938 2.05
16. Sing Me To Sleep [Bingham - Greene] 3.47
17. Somewhere a Voice is Calling [Newton - Tate] 3.12
18. A Song in My Heart* [The Chocolate Soldier][Oscar Straus] RCA 11-8610, 1-16-1942 3.29
19. Sweet and Low [Tennyson - Barnby] 3.03
20. Thine is My Heart Alone [The Land of Smiles] [Löhner - Lehar] 2.23
21. Mayday Carol [Deems Taylor] 2.35
22. Carmen: Toreador Song [Bizet] 4.41
23. A Child’s Prayer [Gustav Klemm - Rachel Field] 3.26
24. Gwine to Hebb’n [Wood-Wolfe] 3.19
25. Fulfilment [Tietjens-Russell] [piano-Hollister] RCA 10-1087, 1-8-1942 2.12
26. Au Pays [Holmes]`[piano: Hollister] RCA 15184, 6-2-1938 3.16
Total Time: 78.32
Cover photo: John Charles Thomas with Carrol Hollister at the piano.
* This song was written for the final performances that John Charles Thomas gave of The Chocolate Soldier. He told Oscar Straus that he did not have enough to sing and Straus composed this song for him to sing. All selections not otherwise marked are from the Westinghouse Radio series which Thomas had from 1943 through 1946. Victor Young and his orchestra and the Ken Darby Chorus were also featured on most broadcasts.
John Charles Thomas, Volume 2
FBCD435
1. La Favorita: Vien, Leonora [Donizetti] Ford Sunday Evening Hour 3-10-1940 5.22
2. Aida: Ciel! Mio padre!...Rivedrai le foreste [with Norena Greco] MET Opera 2-21-1942 7.50
3. Faust-O toi sainte médailie…Avant de quitter ces liex [Gounod] MET Opera,, 4-14-1942 5.27
4. Tannhauser-How still the twilight breaks [O du mein holder abendstern] [Wagner] 4.28
5. Andrea Chenier: Nemico della patria [Giordano] 5.05
6. Herodiade-Vision fugitive [Massenet] RCA 1639, 1-14-1934 3.37
7. All the Things You Are [Very Warm For May [Kern/Hammerstein II] [orchestra - Victor Young] RCA 11-8110, 12-13-1944 4.02
8. All Through the Night [Welsh folk tune, 1784] 2.21
9. Begin the Beguine [Jubilee] [Cole Porter] 3.50
10. A Brown Bird Singing [Haydn Wood] 3.03
11. David and Goliath [Malotte] 4.03
12. Forgotten [Eugene Cowles] 3.21
13. Just For Today [Blanche Seaver] 3.10
14. Pirates of Penzance: Major General’s Song [Sullivan - Gilbert] 3.08
15. Men of Harlech [traditional Welsh song] 2.13
16. Fortunio: J’amais la vieille maison grise [Messager] 2.30
17. Tell Me That You Love Me Tonight [Bixio] 3.12
18. HMS Pinafore: When I Was a Lad [Sullivan - Gilbert] 2.34
19. Through the Years [Heyman-Youmans] 3.06
20. The Golfer’s Lament [Malotte] Groucho Marx Show, 12-5-1957 5.09
Total Playing Time 79.06
All selections not otherwise marked are from the Westinghouse Radio series which Thomas had from 1943 through 1946. Victor Young and his orchestra and the Ken Darby Chorus were also featured on most broadcasts.
John Charles Thomas, Volume 3
FBCD436
1. You Are Free [Apple Blossoms] [with Lucille René] [Kreisler - Jacobi] Vocalion 2002, May 1920 3.08
2. I’m Going Home to My Blue Hills & Gwin to Hebb’n [Wolfe] [piano - Hollister] Chicago, 12-17-1935 [Opening of NBC Studios in Hollywood; JCT was in Chicago for concerts] 6.24
3. Danny Deever [Damrosch] Magic Key of RCA, 5-1-1938 4.47
4. Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair [Foster] Magic Key of RCA 5-1-1938 4.44
5. From the Land Of the Sky Blue Water [Cadman] Magic Key of RCA, 5-1-1938 2.25
6. Sing a While Longer [O’Hara] Magic Key of RCA, 5-1-1938 2.59
7. Steal Away [Hall - Johnson] Magic Key of RCA, 5-1-1938 4.35 8. Ol’ Man River [Show Boat] [Kern - Hammerstein 11] Magic Key of RCA, 5-1-1938 3.58
9. Traëme [Wesendonk Lieder][Wagner] 5.12
10. Someone Like You [Worthington] & Ol’ Man River [Show Boat] [Kern - Hammerstein 11] Chicago, 1939 5.13
11. Don Carlos: Per mi giunto [Verdi] Magic Key of RCA, 12-18-1938 4.38
12. Miranda [Belloc - Hageman] 2.15
13. Pagliacci: Prologue [Leoncavallo] 5.23
14. My Journey’s End [May Foster] [conductor - Tours] RCA 15736, 9-18-1939 4.35
15. Ev’ry Time I Feel de Spirit [Negro Spiritual][orchestra - Shilkret] RCA 2168, 3-19-1941 2.43
16. Oh What a Beautiful Morning [Oklahoma1] [Rodgers - Hammerstein II] 3.04
17. Gypsy Baron: Open Road, Open Sky [Ronnell - Strauss] [orchestra - Tours] RCA 16184, 8-23-1939 2.43
18. Herodiade: C’en est fait… Salomé demande [Massenet] 1948 Hollywood Bowl 5.18
19. Barber of Turin [Russel] 3.11
Total Playing Time 78.04
All selections not otherwise marked are from the Westinghouse Radio series which Thomas had from 1943 through 1946. Victor Young and his orchestra and the Ken Darby Chorus were also featured on most broadcasts.
John Charles Thomas, Volume 4
FBCD437
1. Introduction of JCT by Gene Buck Opening of Golden Gate Bridge 5-28-1937, tracks 1 – 8. 2.37
2. Introduction of selections JCT will sing 1.36
3. Home On the Range [Guion] 3.50
4. Might Lak’ a Rose [Stanton - Nevin] 2.39
5. Ol’ Man River [Show Boat] [Kern - Hammerstein 11] 2.42
6. Sally, Won’t You Come Back? [Ziegfeld Follies of 1921] [Friml - Stamper] 2.59
7. The Lord’s Prayer [Malotte] 3.17
8. Closing Remarks [Thomas & Buck] 3.18
9. Rolling Down to Rio [German] Brunswick 15200, 8-23-1928 1.45
10. Nichavo [Jerome - Zucca] Brunswick 15200, 8-22-1928 2.27
11. Canzonetta [The Love Letter] [Jacobi] Vocalion, 30145, November 1921 3.09
12. I Love the Girls, Girls Girls [Apple Blossoms][Kreisler - Jacobi] 2.42
13. Danny Boy [new words by Mrs. John Charles Thomas] 3.31
14. Sympathy [The Chocolate Soldier][Straus - Stange] with Hope Manning - later known as Irene Manning [orchestra - Tours] RCA 18061, 4-28-1941 4.22
15. Jean [Harry Burleigh] 3.03
16. Barber of Seville-Largo al factotum [Rossini] [orchestra - Tours] RCA 15860, 8-19-1939 4.34
17. Bonnie George Campbell 2.10
18. Border Ballad [F. H. Cowen] 2.14
19. Love Can Be Dreamed [Gypsy Baron] [Strauss - Ronnell] RCA 16184, 8-24-1939 3.58
20. Thy Beaming Eyes [MacDowell] 2.52
Total Playing Time 79.22
All selections not otherwise marked are from the Westinghouse Radio series which Thomas had from 1943 through 1946. Victor Young and his orchestra and the Ken Darby Chorus were also featured on most broadcasts.
REMEMBERING SERGIO FRANCHI
FBCD438
1. Wind Beneath My Wings Jeff Silbaby – Larry Hemley – Bette Midler ] 4.44
2. Caruso [Lucia Dalla] [1968 Film The Secret Of Santa Vittoria ] 4.53
3. Memory [Cats] [Andrew Lloyd Weber - Trevor Nunn] 3.30
4. O Sole Mio (It’s Now Or Never) [Eduardo Di Capua ] 2.33
5 Perdere L’amore [Massimo Ranieri] 4.11
6. Santa Lucia Luntana [E. A. Mario] 3.38
7. Chitarra Romana (Roman Guitar) [Eldo di Lazzaro - C. Bruno] 3.17
8. Nonti Scordar Di Me[Ernesto De Curtis ] 2.50
9. Musica Phoibita [Martino Stanislao – Luigi Gastaldon] 3.54
10. On A Clear Day [1970 Musical Of The Same Name] [Burton Lane – Alan Jay Lerner] 4.12
11. Let Me Try Again [Paul Anka ] 3.05
12. Chiove [Bovio - Nardella] 3.31
13. Torna [Massimo Ranieri] 3.26
14. Speak Softly Love [Love Theme From The Godfather] [Nino Rota – Larry Kusik]/ I Have But One Heart [Johnny Fabrow – Marty Symes ] 4.14
15. Vesti La Giubba [Pagliacci]– Leoncavallo ] 2.39
16. And I Love You So [Don Mclean ] 3.29
17. Buona Sera (Signorina) [Fred Buscaglione] 3.03
18. You Will Be My Music [Joe Raposo] 4.13
19. Volare [Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu] [Domenico Modugno] 3.51
20. Extracts from Ed Sullivan Shows:
Core Ingrato [Catari, Catari] [Salvatore Cardillo - Ricardo Cordiferro]; Funiculli, Funiculla [Luis Denza - Appino Turco]; Stella By Starlight [Victor Young - Ned Washington]; And This Is My Beloved [Kismet] [Borodin - Forrest - Wright] Time Alone Will Tell [Non Pensare A Mia] [1944 Film Pin-Up Girl] [James Monaco - Mack Gordon]; You’ll Never Walk Alone [The Sound Of Music] [Rodgers - Hammerstein 11]; Noche De Ronda [Augustin Lara]; Love Is All [Engelbert Humperdinck – Roger Glover]; Hatikvah [National Athem Of Israel, Based On Poem By Naftali Herz Imber]; Jean [Rod Mckuen]; Just Say I Love Her [Don Mclean]; The Lord’s Prayer [Albert Hay Malotte]; Granada [Augistan Lara]; No Man Is An Island [Joan Baez]. 7.02
Total Playing Time 77.44
The Incomparable JAN PEERCE, Volume 1
FBCD439
1. Sweetheart, My Own Sweetheart [Robin Hood] [De Koven] with Jessica Dragonette Palmolive Beauty Box, 9-1-1937 1.39
2. La Traviata: Excerpts [Verdi] with Robert Robert Weede and Rosemarie Brancato [conductor: Erno Rapee] Radio City Opera Co. 10-16-1938
Act 2 – Mi chiamaste? Che bramate? Di sprezzo degno…
Act 3 – Parigi, o cara…È strano!* 11.02
3. Russia Is Her Name [Kern - Harburg] [film: Song of Russia] [conductor: Andre Kostelanetz] The Pause That Refreshes, 6-20-1943 4.34
4. Pledge of Allegiance [Malotte] Great Moments in Music, 1944 3.08
5. Love Me Tonight [The Vagabond King] [Friml - Hooker]with Anne Jamison Great Moments in Music, 1944 2.53
6. Play Fiddle Play [Deustch - Altman] [conductor: George Sebastian] Great Moments in Music, 5-17-1944 2.49
7. A Dream [Grieg] [conductor: Victor Young] Great Moments in Music, 9-28-1944 2.45
8. Tosca: Oh! Dolci baci, o languide [Puccini] [conductor: George Sebastian] Great Moments in Music, 9-28-1944 1.29
[This was sung at the conclusion of a program devoted to Norwegian Music as a “preview" of the Tosca broadcast for the following week.] 9. The Bubble [High Jinks] [Friml - Harbach] [conductor: George Sebastian] Great Moments in Music, 9-12-1945 3.03
Tracks 10 - 13 all from The Ford Sunday Evening Hour, 6-9-1944
[singers: Rose Bampton, Leonard Warren, Jennie Tourel & Jan Peerce] [conductor: Wilfred Pelletier]
10. La Forza del Destino: Solenne in quest’ora [Verdi] with Warren 4.18
11. La Traviata: Brindisi [Verdi] with Bampton 3.02
12. Rigoletto: Quartet -Un di, se ben rammentomi…Bella figlia dell’amore [Verdi] with Bampton, Warren, Tourel 5.04
13. Martha: Good Night Quartet & Finale of Act 3 [Flotow] with Bampton, Tourel, Warren 2.56
14. Un Ballo in Maschera: Di tu se fedele [Verdi] [conductor: Antonicelle] Metropolitan Opera 11-22-1947 2.54
15. La Forza del Destino: Invan Alvaro with Enzo Mascerini [Verdi] [conductor: Gaetano Merola] Standard Hour 10-2-1949 4.32
16. Lucia di Lammermoor: Ah! Talor…Ah! Verrano a te sull’aure [Donizetti] with Nadine Conner [film: Of Men and Music][conductor: Victor Young] 4.37
17. Il Trovatore: Miserere [Verdi] with Zinka Milanov [conductor: R. Cellini] RCA 49-3740, 5-9-1951 4.18
18. L’Arlesiana: Lamento di Federico [conductor: J. Perlea] RCA 2-28-1955 2.55
Timing: 78.29
The Incomparable JAN PEERCE Volume 2
FBCD440
1. An di Musik [Schober - Schubert][piano: Warner Bass] 3-10-1955 3.06
2. Der Musensohn, D-764 [Franz - Schubert][piano: Warner Bass] Philadelphia 3-10-1955 1.53
3. Love Is Blind They Say [Love Has Eyes] [Bishop][piano: Warner Bass] Philadelphia 3-10-1955 2.21
4. Old Mother Hubbard [Healy - Hutchinson][piano – Warner Bass] Philadelphia 3-10-1955 2.00
5. O Holy Night [Adolphe Adam] Salvation Army disc, 1957 3.11
6. The Holy City [Weatherly - Adams] Salvation Army disc, 1957 4.25
7. Rigoletto: Sognando o vigile sempre…È il sol del’anima..Addio [Verdi] with Gianna D’Angelo Voice of Firestone, 1961 5.00
8. Don Giovanni: Dalla sua pace [Mozart] [conducto: Rosenstock] MET Opera 1-29-1963 3.54
9. Don Giovanni-Il mio tesoro [Mozart] [conductor: Rosenstock] MET Opera 1-29-1963 4.15
10. Fiddler on the Roof selections: Matchmaker, Sunrise Sunset, If I Were a Rich Man, Tradition, To Life [Jerry Bock - Sheldon Harnick] with Roberta Peters Hampstead, New York recital, 12-18-1976 10.58
11. Faith! [Sharon Frank/Dorothy Moskoski][orchestra: Hugo Winterhalter] RCA 47-7109, 11-15-1957 2.30
12. A Child’s First Christmas [Stan Lebowski - John Lehmann] [orchestra: Winterhalter] RCA 47-7109, 11-15-1957 2.55
13. Rigoletto: Quartet - Un di, se ben rammentomi…Bella figlia dell’amore [Verdi] with Gertrude Ribla, Nan Merriman, Giusepe Valdengo V-Disc 75-A, 6-25-1943 5.27
14. Serenade [Ständchen][Rellatab - Schubert] [conductor: A. Fistoulari] from RCA LM 143, 9-6/8-1950 [England] 3.40
15. La Forza del Destino: Final Trio - È questo ancora sange d’un Vargas! [Verdi] with Delia Rigal, Giorgio Tozzi] [conductor: Silvio Varviso] MET Opera - Gala Farewell, 4-16-1966 8.17
16. La Boheme: Dunque è propino finita! [Puccini] with Marilyn Horne, Norma Lynn, Richard Torigi [conductor: Janos Ferencsik] Hollywood Bowl, 9-3-1963 5.36
17. Will You Remember? [Maytime] [Young – Romberg] [piano: Warner Bass] with Roberta Peters Philadelphia, 3-10-1955 2.33
18. Granada [Agustin Lara] Merv Griffin TV Show, 1976 3.29
Timing: 77.02
James Melton
Favourites from the Air-waves
FBCD441
1. When the Boys Come Home [Roy Gourley - D. A. Nowlin] Texaco 4-22-1945 1.24
2. Why Do I Love You [Show Boat] with Annamary Dickie [Kern - Hammerstein II] Texaco 1-13-1946 4.43
3. Where Are You Now with Ethel Smith, organ Texaco 3-10-1946 2.41
4. If I Could Tell You [Idabelle Firestone] Voice of Firestone 6-3-1946 1.25
5. La Traviata: Parigi, o Cara - with Eleanor Steber [Verdi] 3.51
Voice of Firestone, 6-3-1946
6. Surrey With the Fringe On Top [Oklahoma!] Texaco, 5-6-1945 4.30
7. Will You Remember? [Maytime] with Eleanor Steber [Young - Romberg] 3.47
Voice of Firestone, 6-3-1946 8. Ol’ Man River [Show Boat] [Kern - Hammerstein II] Texaco, 9-1-1946 3.12
9. Oklahoma [Oklahoma!] [Rodgers – Hammerstein II] Texaco, 5-6-1945 2.48
10. Easy to Love [film: Born to Dance] [Porter] Texaco 1.19
11. People Will Say We’re in Love [Oklahoma!] - with Risë Stevens 3.30
[Rodgers – Hammerstein II] Texaco, 12-24-1944
12. Day In, Day Out [Mercer - Bloom] Texaco, 9-16-1946 3.16
13. The Riff Song [The Desert Song] [Romberg - Hammerstein II - Harbach] 2.10
Harvest of Stars 11-9-1947
14. Beyond the Sea [Trenet - Lawrence] Harvest of Stars 11-17-1948 4.10
15. Torna a Surriento [De Curtis] Harvest of Stars 3.27
16. Valencia [José Padilla] Harvest of Stars, 10-26-1947 1.51
17. Ah Moon of My Delight [In a Persian Garden] [Liza Lehman] Harvest of Stars 5.33
18. Romberg Medley - with Mary Martha Briney and chorus Harvest of Stars 5-7-1950 4.25
19. The Touch of Your Hand [Roberta] - with Lilian Murphy [Kern - Harbach] 2.38
Harvest of Stars
20. Falling in Love With Love [The Boys From Syracuse] [Rodgers-Hart] 0.51
Harvest of Stars, 7-30-1950
21. June is Bustin' Out All Over [Carousel] [Rodgers - Hammerstein 11] 3.10
Texaco 6-2-1946
22 Buttons and Bows [Evans - Livingston] Harvest of Stars 11-17-1948 3.52
23. It’s a Most Unusual Day [film: A Date With Judy] 2.39
[Harold Adamson-Jimmy McHugh] Harvest of Stars
24. Porgy and Bess: O Bess, O Where’s My Bess [Gershwin- Heyward - Gershwin] 3.31
Harvest of Stars
25. All Through the Day [film: Centennial Summer] [Kern - Hammerstein II] 4.18
Texaco, 9-15-1946
Total Playing Time79.49
The undated Harvester programs were broadcast between 1947 and 1950
Vivienne Della Chiesa
You Keep Coming Back Like a Song
FBCD442/443
CD 1:
1. When I Lost You [Berlin] 2.04
2. I’m An Indian Too [Annie Get Your Gun] [Berlin] 2.34
3. Supper Time [As Thousands Cheer] [Berlin] 3.41
4. You’re Laughing At Me [Film: On The Avenue] [Berlin] 2.45
5. The Little Things In Life [Cut from film Reaching For The Moon] [Berlin] 2.24
6. How About Me? [Berlin] 2.53
7. What’ll I Do? [The New Music Box Revue] [Berlin] 3.28
8. You Keep Coming Back Like A Song [Film: Blue Skies] [Berlin] 3.54
9. Say It With Music [The Music Box Revue] [Berlin] 2.08
10. Russian Lullaby [Film: Blue Skies] [Berlin] 2.33
11. Let’s Have Another Cup Of Coffee [Face The Music] [Berlin] 2.43
12. The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On) [Will O’ The Whispers] [Berlin] 3.06
13. Reaching For The Moon [Film of same name] [Berlin] 2.16
14. When You’ve Got A Guy In Some Other Town [Wayne - Jay] 2.17
15. You Do Something To Me [Fifty Million Frenchmen] [Porter] 2.13
16. The Kiss In Robin’s Eyes [Wayne - Chiesa] 2.41
17. Let’s Not Talk About Love [Let’s Face It!] [Porter] 2.49
18. Yellow Bird [A. & M. Bergman - Luboff] 2.59
19. Dear Heart [Film of the same name][Mancini - Evans - Livingstone] 1.54
20. Jenny [Lady In The Dark][Weil - Gershwin] 2.41
21. Lazy Afternoon [The Golden Apple] [Moross - Latouche] 2.22
22. To Keep My Love Alive [A Connecticut Yankee] [Rodgers - Hart] 3.36
23. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To [Something to Shout About] [Porter] 2.12
24. Nice Work If You Can Get It [Film: A Damsel In Distress] [Gershwin - Gershwin] 2.00
25. Haunted Heart [Inside U.S.A] [Schwartz - Dietz] 3.24
26. From This Moment On [Out Of This World] [Porter] 1.53
27. Love Letters In The Sand [Kenny - Kenny] 2.39
28 All Over Again [Rowne] 2.56
29. You’re Someone New [Captain - Rowne - Stevens] 2.50
Bonus Track: Vivienne in classical mode - from a radio broadcast (with less than perfect sound quality). 30. Sadko: Song of India [Rimsky-Korsakov] 2.28
Timing: 79.47

CD 2:
1. Come Rain Or Come Shine [St. Louis Woman] [Arlen - Mercer] 2.45
2. Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home [Warfield - Williams] 1.41
3. On The Street Where You Live [My Fair Lady] [Lerner - Loewe] 2.23
4. Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me [Bloom - Koehler] 2.41
5. Beale Street Papa [Robinson - Turk] 2.46
6. One For My Baby [Film: The Sky’s The Limit] [Arlen - Mercer] 3.25
7. No Man’s Gonna Make Me Blue [Brando] 3.22
8. I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good [The 1940s Radio Show] [Ellington - Webster] 3.03
9. All Of Me [Simons - Marks] 2.01
10. Love Me Or Leave Me [Whoopee!/Simple Simon] [Donaldson - Kahn] 2.15
11. Am I Blue? [On With The Show] [Akst - Clarke] 3.28
12. Solitude [Ellington - Mills - DeLange] 2.55
13. My Way [Anka - Revaux - Francois] 4.16
14. Until It’s Time For You To Go [St. Marie] 4.01
15. Did I Ever Really Live/ [The Fig Leaves Are Falling] [Hague - Sherman] 2.23
16. Since You Came Into My Life [Henry] 2.20
17. Where Are They Now? [Craig - Whitney] 3.43
18. If I Only Had Time [Delanoe - Fishman - Fugain] 3.15
19. The Love Of A Good Man [St. Marie] 3.08
20. Somewhere My Love [Jarre - Webster] 3.16
21. Meditation [Jobim - Mendonca - Gimbel] 3.37
22. Those Were The Days [Raskin] 5.30
23. Lovers Such As I [Webb] 3.23
24. Light A Candle (Say A Prayer) [O’Neil - Howe] 2.38
25. An Affair To Remember [Film of the same name] [Warren - Adamson - McCary] 2.34
Bonus track: Vivienne in a more classical mode again. A radio broadcast of a Mexican song that used to be a great favourite of sopranos. The sound quality is less than perfect. 26. Estrellita (Little Star) [Ponce] 2.50
Timing: 79.04
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