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The Big Broadcast for June 28: Lover

Elmer Feldkamp's band in 1933 with Richard Rodgers' "Lover."


I've always been curious about the relationships that were part of songwriting duos. Did friendship play a role, or was it more a matter of a good working relationship? Or maybe something imposed contractually by a music publisher or film studio. Lyricist Joe Young is being honored tonight. He wrote with co-lyricist Sam M. Lewis from 1916 to 1930, then they split, and each had great individual success for the rest of their lives. Composer Richard Rodgers' birthday is another of seven being celebrated. He wrote with Lorenz Hart from 1919 until 1943, then Oscar Hammerstein until 1959. A number of other lyricists followed, and he even supplied his own!

Lyricist Irving Caesar is also part of the show. He launched his career with a huge success, "Swanee," written with George Gershwin in 1918, and introduced by Al Jolson. I'm proud that he once sent "The Big Broadcast" a fan letter...and a check for a WFUV Membership, which in those days was our monthly "Folio."

We'll also have the songs of George M. Cohan, who was actually born on the 3rd of July.

Vocalists Seger Ellis and Dick Robertson fill out the four hours, along the the amazing multi-instrumentalist Adrian Rollini. Rollini first led a band at age 14! He was skilled on the bass saxophone, vibes and piano, along with such oddities as the goofus and "hot fountain pen."