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Discover the Voice of Cantor Moshe Schwimmer this High Holy Days

RSA Blog - Fri, 09/03/2021 - 10:31

This High Holy days we wanted to highlight the voice of Cantor Moshe Schwimmer.

Moshe Schwimmer was born with the gift of a beautiful singing voice. As a child his singing delighted all who heard him. But, being a serious and studious young man, he desired to develop his talents through study and hard work. And so, at the age of 18, he set out to study music and liturgy at the Brunn Music Conservatory in Czechoslovakia (now Austria).

Inside the conservatory he was welcomed into the cantor’s choir. His knowledge of liturgical music grew and his rich baritone voice became polished and more defined. Outside the conservatory Hitler was on a rampage. Sadly, the synagogue in Brunn was torched and burned by the Nazis. Moshe was determined to increase his skills. He fled to Budapest where he continued to study, created the OMIKE performance group, and gave concerts, until the Hungarians sent him to a forced labor camp and then to a concentration camp.

After his liberation in 1944, he appeared throughout Eastern Europe, but it was not until his travels took him to Germany that his talents were truly recognized.  He was invited to sing for the state-run radio station in Munich.  Soon he had his own hour-long weekly radio program which was broadcast all over Europe.

This wonderful recording was created by the JSA from the private recordings of Cantor Moshe Schwimmer and can only be heard on this website. Moshe Schwimmer was a cantor whose beautiful voice and soulful singing touched audiences for decades. Yet, his voice might have been lost forever were it not for one man’s strong desire to cherish his brother’s memory and protect his legacy.

Zalman Schwimmer (a.k.a. Sydney), personally hand-carried his brother’s private tape recordings (along with some memorabilia and biographical information) to the Wimberly Library on Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus. He told us about his brother, “He never made any commercial recordings.  That wasn’t for him. He didn’t want to be famous. He didn’t try to please others.  He was just always striving for perfection.”

 

Listen to the voice of Cantor Moshe Schwimmer

Discover the voice of Cantor Moshe Schwimmer this High Holy Days by visiting the Recorded Sound Archives website and listening to his album High Holy Days in a Conservative Synagogue (https://rsa.fau.edu/album/36556).

Looking for more music to celebrate the High Holy Days this year? Look no further, the Recorded Sound Archives has a collection of over 40 recordings for you to choose from and share and enjoy with your family.

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Happy 14th Anniversary BioShock! – Lets Talk Vintage Music!

RSA Blog - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 15:06

Did you know that the whole BioShock video game franchise features vintage music from the early 1930s-50s? Music can be heard playing on a phonograph throughout Rapture. In total, 30 licensed songs can be heard throughout the game. Here at the Recorded Sound Archives you can discover and listen to 8 of these vintage songs.

This year in celebration of BioShock’s 14th anniversary we created this collection highlighting original recordings that can be heard throughout the Bio Shock video game.

Discover the inspiration behind the video game series BioShock and listen to the ORIGINAL recordings here at the Recorded Sound Archives in the collection below.

Happy 14th Anniversary BioShock!

In this collection you can listen to 8 original recordings or versions of those songs that can be heard throughout the video game itself.

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Celebrate Martin Bookspan’s 95th Birthday by listening to this 2013 Lecture

RSA Blog - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 05:48
Martin Bookspan had life-long friendships with two great classical music geniuses, Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. As the voice of the PBS television series Live from Lincoln Center from 1976 to 2006, Martin Bookspan riveted audiences with his eloquently distinctive voice and extensive knowledge of classical music. The N.Y. Times (May 24, 2006) described Bookspan as  “One half erudite informer, the other half grandfatherly guide, [who kept audiences] tuned in during intermissions with easy-to-digest program notes and anecdotes.” A generous supporter of the Judaica Sound Archives now the Recorded Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University Libraries, Bookspan spoke before a sold-out audience at FAU Libraries’ 2013 Kultur Festival in March. Today Martin Bookspan would have been turning 95, he passed away earlier this year in April at his home in Aventura, FL. In celebration of his life, we wanted to share these video clips taken during a lecture he gave in 2013 at FAU Libraries.  My Friends: Leonard Bernstein & Aaron Copland Lecture Presented by Martin Bookspan at FAU’s Wimberly Library on March 5, 2013   (1) Bookspan talks about the young Leonard Bernstein (2) Bookspan interviews Leonard Bernstein (3) Bookspan remembers Aaron Copland (4) Copland’s Lincoln Portrait (5) Concluding remarks You can also listen to Martin Bookspan narrating Copland: A Lincoln Portrait on the Recorded Sound Archives website by clicking here. Please note, due to copyright some items may only be available as a 45-second snippet. If you are a Researcher or Educator in need of full access to these recordings, please visit the Recorded Sound Archives website to apply for Research Station Access by click here.

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Celebrate Pride Month with these 5 Vintage Songs!

RSA Blog - Fri, 06/18/2021 - 10:47
June is Pride month and here at the Recorded Sound Archives we wanted to share 5 vintage songs you should know, in some cases we have the original while in other cases, we have other singers who also sang the song as well. Celebrate Pride Month with these 5 Vintage Songs!
    1. Prove It On Me Blues (1928) by Ma Rainey – https://rsa.fau.edu/track/129948
    2. If Love Were All  by (1929) Noël Coward – https://rsa.fau.edu/track/21779
    3. Mad About the Boy (1932)by Noël Coward – https://rsa.fau.edu/track/35018
    4. Easy Living (1937) by Billie Holiday & Teddy Wilson – https://rsa.fau.edu/track/123567
    5. My Funny Valentine by Rodgers & Hart- https://rsa.fau.edu/track/33989

 

Please note, due to copyright some items may only be available as a 45 second snippet.

If you are a Researcher or Educator in need of full access to these recordings, click here.

FAU Students, Faculty and Staff can listen to recordings unrestricted by logging into the Research Station using their FAU NET ID.

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10 pieces of music that were inspired by Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

RSA Blog - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 15:07
The life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr inspired many musicians to try to express his beliefs, ideas and legacy through music. Here are a few you might want to listen to as a way of honoring King’s memory. Discover 10 pieces of music that were inspired by or dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  1. Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2
  2. By The Time I Get to Arizona by Public Enemy
  3. Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder
  4. We Shall Overcome by Bruce Springsteen
  5. One Vision by Queen
  6. Like a King by Ben Harper
  7. MLK by U2
  8. Three Black Kings by Duke Ellington
  9. Gates of Justice by Dave Brubeck
  10. Brother K. by Dizzy Gillespie
Here at the Recorded Sound Archives you can listen to Gates of Justice by Dave Brubeck. When writing this composition, Dave Brubeck has always maintained that the essential message of The Gates of Justice is brotherhood of man. Listen to the original recording, here at the Recorded Sound Archives at FAU Libraries.

Please note, due to copyright some items may only be available as a 45 second snippet.

If you are a Researcher or Educator in need of full access to these recordings, click here.

FAU Students, Faculty and Staff can listen to recordings unrestricted by logging into the Research Station using their FAU NET ID.

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Happy New Year – Discover Staff Favorites from 2020

RSA Blog - Thu, 01/14/2021 - 11:04
Did you know that FAU Libraries has a sound archive which you can access and listen to recordings for research from the comforts of your own home? Last year, the Recorded Sound Archives digitized 2,018 albums along with 2,235 songs for those to access reaching over 140 countries, and receiving 183,962 hits from all over the world. As a New Year’s gift and a welcome to the FAU community we wanted to share a few staff favorites from 2020. Discover Staff Favorites from 2020
  1. A la Luz de la Luna by Tito Schipa
  2. La Donna E Mobile (Act 3) by Enrico Caruso
  3. Frenesi by Artie Shaw and his Orchestra
  4. In the Mood by Glenn Miller
  5. Caminito by Xavier Cugat
  6. The Red Cross Store Blues by Huddie Leadbelly
  7. Once was by Harry Belafonte
  8. Je Cherche Un Homme by Eartha Kitt
  9. When the Roses Bloom Again by Elton Britts
  10. Civilization (Bongos, Bongos, Bongos) by Andrews Sisters & Danny Kaye

And let us know in the comments, some of your favorite vintage artists, albums and songs.

 

 

Please note, due to copyright some items may only be available as a 45 second snippet.

If you are a Researcher or Educator in need of full access to these recordings, click here.

FAU Students, Faculty and Staff can listen to recordings unrestricted by logging into the Research Station using their FAU NET ID.

 

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Happy 5th Anniversary Fallout 4! – Lets Talk Vintage Music!

RSA Blog - Tue, 11/10/2020 - 18:27
Happy 5th Anniversary Fallout 4! Did you know that the whole Fallout video game franchise features vintage music from the early 1930s-50s? This year in celebration of Fallout 4’s 5th anniversary we created this collection highlighting original recordings that can be heard throughout the Fallout 4 video game series. Discover the inspiration behind the video game series Fallout 4 and listen to the ORIGINAL recordings here at the Recorded Sound Archives in the collection below. Happy 5th Anniversary Fallout 4! – Lets Talk Vintage Music   In this collection you can listen to 4 original recordings or versions of those songs that can be heard throughout the video game itself.

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Lola Flores Coloring Page – Celebrate Hispanic Heritage through Music and Portraits

RSA Blog - Thu, 10/15/2020 - 20:35

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Recorded Sound Archives is exploring music through portraits.  This week discover and learn more about Spanish singer, actress, dancer and business woman Lola Flores in the video below.

If you enjoyed learning about Lola Flores you can listen to one of her recordings in the Recorded Sound Archives: https://rsa.fau.edu/artist/14933

Please feel free to download a coloring page we created of Lola Flores that you can color and hang up in celebration of Hispanic heritage month and we hoped you enjoyed learning a little bit about these Hispanic musicians.

DOWNLOAD – Lola Flores coloring page

To discover more Hispanic/Latin musicians visit : https://rsa.fau.edu/featured-collections/spanish-latin-american-recordings

And follow us on social media as we explore music history through Halloween & LGBTQ history this month.

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Chucho Martinez Gil Coloring Page – Celebrate Hispanic Heritage through Music and Portraits

RSA Blog - Mon, 10/12/2020 - 13:18

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Recorded Sound Archives is exploring music through portraits.  This week discover and learn more about Mexican Singer and Composer Chucho Martinez Gil in the video below.

If you enjoyed learning about you can listen to one of his recordings in the Recorded Sound Archives: https://rsa.fau.edu/artist/5077.

Please feel free to download a coloring page we created of Chucho Martinez Gil that you can color and hang up in celebration of Hispanic heritage month and join us this week to find out which Latino musician we end up exploring next.

DOWNLOAD – Free Chucho Martinez Gil coloring page

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Desi Arnaz Coloring Page – Celebrate Hispanic Heritage through Music and Portraits

RSA Blog - Fri, 10/02/2020 - 13:04

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Recorded Sound Archives is exploring music through portraits.  This week discover and learn more about Cuban American Musician and Bandleader – Desi Arnaz in the video below.


If you enjoyed learning about Desi Arnaz you can listen to five of his recordings in the Recorded Sound Archives: https://rsa.fau.edu/desi-arnaz

Please feel free to download a coloring page we created of Desi Arnaz that you can color and hang up in celebration of Hispanic heritage month and join us next week to find out which Latino musician we end up exploring next.

DOWNLOAD – Free Desi Arnaz coloring page

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Ernesto Lecuona Coloring Page – Celebrate Hispanic Heritage through Music and Portraits

RSA Blog - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 10:52


In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Recorded Sound Archives is exploring music through portraits. Enjoy the first of four videos created in celebration of Hispanic/Latino artists. This week discover and learn more about Cuban composer and pianist – Ernesto Lecuona and Lecuona’s Cuban Boys in the video below.

If you enjoyed learning about Ernesto Lecuona you can listen to two of his recordings in the Recorded Sound Archives: https://rsa.fau.edu/ernesto-lecuona

Please feel free to download a coloring page we created of Ernesto Lecuona that you can color and hang up in celebration of Hispanic heritage month and join us next week to find out which Latino musician we end up exploring next.

DOWNLOAD – Free Ernesto Lecuona coloring page

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Music for the High Holy Days and Online Services This Year

RSA Blog - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 10:05

Looking for music to celebrate the High Holy Days this year? Look no further, the Recorded Sound Archives has a collection of over 40 recordings for you to choose from and share and enjoy with your family.

Here are a few favorite albums, which can be listened to in full on the Recorded Sound Archives website.

Selichot Service by Cantor Joseph Schwartzman

Selichot Service by Cantor Joseph Gross

Complete Selichot Service by Cantor Zvee Aroni

High Holiday Chants by Cantor Salomon Pinkasovitch

High Holiday Chants by Cantor Samuel Taube

High Holiday Moods by Cantor Leib Glantz

High Holiday Prayers (Volume 1) by Cantor Moshe Koussevitzky

High Holiday Selections by Malavsky Family

High Holy Day Prayers Live for the First Time by Cantor Leibele Waldman

High Holy Days in a Conservative Synagogue by Moishe Schwimmer

Rosh Hashana – Day 1 by Cantor Zvee Aroni

Rosh Hashana – Day 2 by Cantor Zvee Aroni

Rosh Hashanah by Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner

Rosh Hashanah New Years Service Abraham Birnbaum – Rosh Hashanah New Year Service by Cantor Israel Goldstein

Rosh Hashanah by Cantor Yosef Rosenblatt

Yom Kippur Chants, Volume 3 by Cantor Zawel Kwartin

Yom Kippur  Day (Parts 1 & 2) by Cantor Zvee Aroni

Yom Kippur Day (Part 3 – Conclusion) by Cantor Zvee Aroni

Yom Kippur; Excerpts From the Traditional Liturgy by Cantor Moshe Ganchoff

Midnight Selichot Service by Cantor Leib Glantz

Experience the High Holidays Online

If you’re looking to attend High Holiday Services, Cantor Azi Schwartz and the Park Avenue Synagogue will be broadcasting their services through their website.

And will be accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Brass and chamber orchestra.

A Schedule of their services is available on their website – https://highholidaysstreaming.pasyn.org/

 

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Join Ben Roth-Aroni as he shares some new and old tunes on his player piano

RSA Blog - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 13:35

Do you think player pianos are a thing of the past? Join Ben Roth-Aroni as he shares some new and old tunes on his player piano at home during National Piano month!

Loved this video? Discover a series we created in 2013 featuring Bob Berkman as he goes into further detail in how the player piano works!

If you’d like to discover more piano rolls, you can listen to more through featured collections on the Recorded Sound Archives website!

 

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RSA Staff’s Favorite Eddy Duchin Songs!

RSA Blog - Mon, 08/17/2020 - 16:04

Here at the Recorded Sound Archives, we listen to A LOT of music, while digitizing and scanning recordings for research.

With the library being closed, we’ve had to get a little creative in how our department works since we’re so dependent on the physical recordings. So we’ve been working hard behind the scenes doing quality control on recordings and meta data since we haven’t been recording as much these days.

This week, we wanted to start by sharing and highlighting some RSA Staff’s Favorite Eddy Duchin Songs!

Check out the list below and let us know some of your favorites.

RSA Staff’s Favorite Eddy Duchin Songs!

1. To Be Or Not To Be – https://rsa.fau.edu/album/11011

2. It’s Great to Be in Love Again – https://rsa.fau.edu/album/14376

3. Love Walked In – https://rsa.fau.edu/album/12504

4. Summertime – https://rsa.fau.edu/album/12506

5. I’ve Got Something in My Eye – https://rsa.fau.edu/album/11029

6. Cheek to Cheek – https://rsa.fau.edu/album/11017

7. Lover come back to me – https://rsa.fau.edu/album/12497

8. Did you ever see a dream walking? – https://rsa.fau.edu/album/11012

9. I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plans – https://rsa.fau.edu/album/12503

10. It’s De-Lovely – https://rsa.fau.edu/album/11030

11. Summertime – https://rsa.fau.edu/album/12506

12. A Rendezvous with a Dream. – https://rsa.fau.edu/album/10148

13. Sometimes – https://rsa.fau.edu/album/12500

14. S’ Wonderful. – https://rsa.fau.edu/album/12505

15. So you’re the One. – https://rsa.fau.edu/album/12496

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It’s National Hot Dog Month – Enjoy Some Songs!

RSA Blog - Tue, 07/28/2020 - 11:24

Did you know it’s National Hot Dog month? We had almost forgotten until a co-worker brought it up in conversation last week.

Here at the Recorded Sound Archives we’ve got a few songs about Hot Dogs that you can listen to from home that we wanted to share!

While digging around to share  Hot Dogs and Knishes with you we discovered a few more songs that were digitized. Enjoy these five songs about hot dogs.

Discover Five Songs About Hot Dogs!
  1. Hot Dogs and Knishes by Aaron Lebedeff
  2. Ooh! Hot Dog by Benny Goodman
  3. Hot Dog by Molly Picon
  4. Sam, the Hot Dog Man by Lil Johnson
  5. Hot Dog by Blind Lemon Jefferson

 

Please note, due to copyright some items may only be available as a 45 second snippet.

Are you a Researcher or Educator in need of full access to these recordings? Visit the Recorded Sound Archives website to apply for Research Station Access by click here.

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How Did Eddy Duchin Become Reisman Orchestra’s Leader by 1932?

RSA Blog - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 14:58

Eddy Duchin never pretended to be a great musician.

One of the members of Eddy Duchin’s orchestra once said “…Many people didn’t listen to him as much as they looked at him, he was the only musician I’ve ever known who could play a thirty-two-bar solo with thirty-two mistakes and get an ovation afterwards…

So how did Eddy Duchin become the Reisman Orchestra Leader by 1932? Well, While enrolled at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy near Cambridge at the age of nineteen Eddy Duchin auditioned for a part in Leo Reisman’s Orchestra as a pianist. Which he got enjoying tremendous popularity in New York’s Central Park Casino. His effortless technique and charming personality not only won him the job. But also made him stand out among the long list of those aspiring to join. Three years later, his personality and flashy style had captured customers and Duchin had himself taken over the engagement becoming the leader of the Reisman Orchestra.

Throughout the 1930s, Duchin’s Orchestra played primarily in hotels like the Waldorf-Astoria in New York and appeared on quite a few radio series along with in two films.

He went on to get married and have a son, named Peter who went on to follow in his father’s musical footsteps. During the war, Duchin joined a commission in the Navy where he paid little attention to music. By the end of the war his popularity had declined and so had his health. In 1951, he passed away from leukemia.

Discover more recordings at Recorded Sound Archives

Here at the Recorded Sound Archives, you can listen to recordings by both Eddy Duchin and Leo Reisman’s Orchestra.

Please note, due to copyright some items may only be available as a 45 second snippet.

Are you a Researcher or Educator in need of full access to these recordings? Visit the Recorded Sound Archives website to apply for Research Station Access by click here.

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Purim Memories & The Story of Esther!

RSA Blog - Tue, 03/10/2020 - 08:07

During my early childhood (early 50’s) in N.E. Philadelphia, I listened to Gladys Gewirtz singing all the songs from the Jewish holidays and holy days on our big RCA-Victor S-1000.

 

My grandma Nessie’s hamantashen were so yummy I couldn’t stop eating them.  Sadly, she passed away when I was 7 [Z”L].  Many years went by. Now I’m 73 and I work with thousands of recordings (Jewish, Jazz & Classical) at the RSA, but Gladys Gewirtz will always have a special place I my memory.  I still miss my Grandma!

 

 

 

 

Ben Roth

P.S. Prune Hamantashen are my favorites.

 

Purim – The Story of Esther

Esther (née Hadassah), an orphan raised by her uncle Mordechai, was taken against her will to Persian King Ahasuerus’s harem. There, she was forced to prepare herself for her first night with the King by spending six months doused in oil of myrrh and another six in sweet odors ointments. The night of their union, Ahasuerus loved Esther “above all women” and made her the Persian Empire’s Queen. Esther replaced Queen Vashti, who had been sentenced to death because she had refused to display her beauty to the attendants of the King’s feast.

When events took a turn for the worst and Esther learned that Prime Minister Haman planned to kill all Jews in the Persian empire she decided to act immediately to prevent the genocide. She told her uncle: “Go, gather all the Jews together and fast for me.  Neither eat nor drink for three whole days. ” Mordecai argued that these three days fast happened to include the Passover night, which should not be a night of fasting. Esther retorted, “Without Jews, who needs Passover?”

She invited both Ahasuerus and Haman to a private banquet. At that banquet Esther told the king of Haman’s plan to massacre all Jews in his kingdom, then acknowledged her own Jewish ethnicity. The information about Haman enraged King Ahasuerus and he gave an order that Haman be hanged.   He also elevated Mordecai to prime minister and gave Jews the right to defend themselves against any enemy.

Looking for music to celebrate Purim, discover over 20 vintage albums to choose from here at the Recorded Sound Archives!

 

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Celebrating Black Blues Artists for Black History Month!

RSA Blog - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 07:46

In celebration of Black History Month, the Recorded Sound Archives has curated a collection of Black Blues Artists some of which are currently on display on the 1st floor of the FAU Wimberly Library for the month of February.

Click to discover 14 Blues Artists such as the voices of Huddie Leadbelly, Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith and more in this collection!

In celebration, FAU Libraries and the Recorded Sound Archives have put together a Spotify playlist Celebrating Black Blues Artists coinciding with the exhibit currently on display. Click to listen to 12 recordings and discover who these Blues Artists influenced from Nirvana to The Weavers and more down below. Enjoy!

 

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RSA Staff Shares Holiday Music Favorites!

RSA Blog - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 10:23

Whether you celebrate Chanukah or Christmas, here at the Recorded Sound Archives we’ve got you covered.

You can listen to the story of Chanukah, or have you ever wonder how Christmas is celebrated in Israel? Discover how both Christmas and Chanukah are celebrated in Israel in the late 50s and 60s. Along with Christmas hymns such as Oh, Come All Ye Faithful and Silent Night, Holy Night or silly songs like I want a hippopotamus for Christmas and All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth.

We even have a few Hanukkah sing-alongs (Volume 2, Volume 3) for you to sing-a-long and enjoy with children. Or perhaps you’re looking for a modern take on some old Chanukah classics, discover Kenny Ellis Hanukkah Swings.

With over 100 recordings for you to choose from between our Chanukah and Christmas collections, the Recorded Sound Archives staff has put together a list of our favorite songs for you to listen to with family and friends.

Enjoy!

RSA Staff Shares Holiday Music Favorites!

1. Chanukah in Song: Mi yimalel/(Yeladim binerot) by Gladys Gerwirtz; Eve Lippman

2. Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / __ days ’till Christmas (15 through 9) by Spike Jones

3. Ocho Kandelikas by Kenny Ellis

4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Frank Sinatra

5. Chanukah in Song (Side 4): Oy Chanukah by Gladys Gewirtz; Eve Lippman

6. Silent Night, Holy Night (Stille Nacht) by Helen Traubel

7. Chanukah Piano Medley by Benjamin Roth-Aroni

8. We Wish You a Merry Christmas by The French Quarter Band

9. Medley: Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah; Who Can Retell by Kenny Ellis

10. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by Gayla Peevey

 

Please note, due to copyright some items may only be available as a 45-second snippet.

If you are a Researcher or Educator in need of full access to these recordings, click here.

 

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6 Vintage Songs Made Infinitely Creepier by Horror Movies

RSA Blog - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 04:05

While some horror films feature blood-curdling scores (Jaws, Halloween, The Exorcist), there are certain songs that will forever be associated with the movies they helped make all the more terrifying. Just in time for Halloween, here are six vintage songs made infinitely creepier by horror movies, four of which you can find here at the Recorded Sound Archives.

First up, is the Jeepers Creepers franchise which features the song Jeepers Creepers playing through the radio prior to the creature approaching and can be found playing on an old-timey radio as the movie progresses.

 

Here at the Recorded Sound Archives, you can listen to a few versions of the song by artists such as Larry Clinton and his orchestra , Jack Teagarden and the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.

But our personal favorite here in the sound archive is Ethel Water’s version of Jeepers Creepers.

 

 

Next up is a classic from the 90s, while not necessarily a horror movie we’ve included it in honor of all things spooky. Hocus Pocus features three witches that come back to life after being accidentally summoned. In the movie, Winifred Sanderson along with her sisters sing the tune I Put a Spell on You at the town’s Halloween Party which was originally released in 1956 and sung by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

Watch the clip below to see Screamin’ Jay Hawkins perform I Put a Spell On You back in 1989 on the Arsenio Hall Show.

 

Another haunting tune that can be found in the Recorded Sound Archives, is Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips by Johnny Marvin who originally sang the song prior to Tiny Tim which is featured in the movie Insidious.

Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips starts to play as the Demon who is terrorizing this family uses a victrola-like device to sharpen its nails while the song plays on with marionettes and puppets moving about.

 

You can listen to the original by Johnny Marvin in the sound archive by clicking here.

Next up is the movie Misery which features Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes an obsessed fan who kidnaps her favorite writer forcing him to rewrite his novel.

At one point, she exclaims with happiness that she’ll play her favorite song in the movie which just so happens to be Liberace’s Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 along with I’ll be seeing you both of which can be found here at the Recorded Sound Archives on the album Liberace by Candlelight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, we have Halloween II with the song Mr. Sandman by the Chordettes which can be heard playing at the beginning of the movie’s opening credits and as the film comes to an end.

click here to watch the opening scenes from the movie to listen to the song.

While we only feature six songs, there are tons out there to be discovered four of which you can listen to here at the Recorded Sound Archives.

Please note, due to copyright some items may only be available as a 45 second snippet.

If you are a Researcher or Educator in need of full access to these recordings, click here.

 

 

 

 

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