Pilot Episode-Overview of 1940s and 1950s popular music

Show 01, Pilot,” is an introduction to the program that provides an overview of music in the 1940s and 1950s, from the Big Bands through Rock & Roll. Performances by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Lena Horne, Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, and Sheb Wolley. 

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Episode 2- Group Vocals

Show 02, “Vocal groups,” highlights interesting songs by vocal groups, some well-known and at least one that’s fairly obscure.  Performers include The Andrews Sisters, The Kingston Trio, The Ink Spots, The Charioteers, The Four Lads, and The Skyliners.

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Episode 3- About Dancing

Show 03, “Songs about dancing,” includes 16 songs about dancing, at least one of which you’ve probably never heard before. Performers include Fred Astaire, Rosemary Clooney, The Diamonds, Patti Page, Barbara Cook, and Julie Andrews.

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Episode 4- Not So Boring 40’s

Show 04, “The not-so-boring 1940s,” has a wide variety of music including a vaudeville routine, jazz, vocal groups, a patriotic protest song and of course the Big Bands. Performers include Sammy Kaye, The Three Suns, Woody Guthrie, Benny Goodman, The Mills Brothers, and Ella Fitzgerald.

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Episode 5- Fabulous Females

Show 05, “Fabulous females,” features 15 talented female vocalists singing wonderful love songs, some happy and others very sad. Performers include Alice Faye, Margaret Whiting, Eydie Gorme, Judy Garland, Helen Forrest and Mary Ford.

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Episode 6- Music of Cole Porter

Show 06, “The Music of Cole Porter,” is not to be missed, featuring 15 memorable songs Porter wrote, mostly for Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies. Performers include Louis Armstrong, Dion and the Belmonts, Buck Howdy, Della Reese, Pat Boone, and Cole Porter himself.

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Episode 7-Great Guys

Show 07, “Great Guys,” includes 15 songs by 15 male vocalists, each of whom made music history in his own way. Performers include Dick Haymes, Tony Bennett, Buddy Holly, Johnny Mathis, Jimmy Durante, and Bing Crosby.

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My Ghostwriter’s Hobby
A note from Paul Merriman

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Rich Buck for more than 20 years. We both retired from Merriman, Inc. about the same time and Rich generously agreed to continue helping me craft my ideas into coherent articles and books. I am not a writer; Rich is. His writing has helped countless numbers of people understand stuff – life changing stuff, and become savvy investors. Those who have benefitted from the articles and books with my name also owe a debt of gratitude to Rich.

It is my delight to share with you his hobby – a weekly radio show called 45 RPM, Music from 40s and 50s. This is the music I grew up with, and he spices it with tales of comedy, tragedy, scandal, romance, and the drama of the recording artists’ lives and times.

Ever the ghostwriter, the host of the show is Sam Waldron, Rich’s on-the-air persona. Loving the music from his youth and enjoying learning about performers, songwriters and the songs themselves, and in high school and college he was a part-time disc jockey at four radio stations.

“In 2018, the combination of time during retirement, personal technology (a laptop and iTunes) and the bandwidth of low-power FM radio stations all came together to let me fulfill a long-term desire to create a music show to share popular songs and some of the stories behind them,” says Rich. 45 RPM, Music of the 40s and 50s, is broadcast weekly on two community radio stations in Western Washington: KMRE-FM in Bellingham and KBFG in North Seattle.

Each one-hour show follows a theme, such as, Music of the 1940s; Songs About Dancing; The Music of Cole Porter; Group Vocals; The Music of Elvis Presley.

So, if you also love this music, bookmark this page and revisit weekly. You can also find a link to it by scrolling to the bottom of the home page and click on the logo for 45 RPM, Music of the 40s and 50s.  Get up and dance, sing along and whatever you do, enjoy yourself!