Archive for May, 2010

FTV 212 High Tea with Mrs. Miller

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on May 28th, 2010

This week on From The Vault we dig deep inside our vault to present one of our gems of High Kitsch, the words and music of Mrs. Miller.

In 1966, Mrs. Miller rose to stardom as an unlikely pop-music sensation who sang off key and out of rythym. Having relocated from Dodge City, Kansas to Claremont, California she connected against all odds with the folks at Capitol Records, recorded an album, and became an instant phenomenon – to the tune of 250,000 copies sold in three months – a pretty big deal for the late Sixties!

WBAI producer Richard Lamparski, who hosted the series “Whatever Became of…” couldn’t resist interviewing Mrs. Miller as she visited New York in 1966 to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. Lamparski intersperses his interview with several tracks from Mrs. Miller’s first record, including covers of The Beatle’s “A Hard Days Night” and Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walking.”

Those of you who remember Mrs. Miller and her music are going to be surprised with the interview and the storytelling of this delightful entertainer. Those of you who have not yet heard the song stylings of Mrs. Miller, you are in for a real treat. In fact, while researching for this program we found ourselves pressed to recall a recording that compares to the curiosity and intimacy of this little gem – a true Pacifica classic!

Curious Fact: Signed copies of Mrs. Miller first record “Mrs. Miller’s Greatest Hits” would raise more money for WBAI during the 1966 fund drive cycle than any other “thank-you” gift that year…

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FTV 211 Sun Ra

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on May 21st, 2010

This week on From The Vault we take a look at one of the most innovative artists and creative forces of our time, jazz musician and composer Sun Ra. Guided by two KPFK – Los Angeles music programmers and Sun Ra admirers, Mark Maxwell and Carlos Niño, we’ll explore some of the more abstract ideas of Sun Ra. The Pacifica Radio Archives has two landmark interviews with Sun Ra, including one of the oldest known recorded interviews conducted by Dennis Irving in 1968, and a 1991 interview with KPFK producer Jay Green titled, “Getting Better than Good, Notes from the Omniverse.” Through these recorded interviews, Sun Ra gives us a glimpse of his unique perspective on humanity’s existence and place in the Universe, and guests Mark and Carlos explain the impact Jazz legends had on Sun Ra… and the impact Sun Ra had on others.

From the Vault is proudly presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project.

Recordings used to make this episode:

BB3287 Interview with Sun Ra MORE INFO / PURCHASE

KZ1759a-b Getting Better than Good: Notes from the Omniverse / Sun Ra MORE INFO / PURCHASE

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FTV 210 Lena Horne

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on May 14th, 2010

This week on From on the Vault, Pacifica Radio Archives honors the incredible life of the talented and beautiful Lena Horne, who died on Sunday, May 9, 2010 at the age of 92. Horne was a powerful voice on Pacifica Radio over the years as she blazed the trail for minority artists of all kinds in music, film, dance, and radio. Lena, a Sound Portrait of a Multifaceted Lady, a candid interview conducted by Gene Dealessi in 1966, is our primary focus in this hour, because it perfectly demonstrates the scope and conviction of this amazing Black artist. We will also play a several short segments of Horne, as she introduces a 1968 broadcast on KPFK and also introduces Miriam Makeba at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles.

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Recordings used to make this episode:

BB0921 Lena, a Sound Portrait of a Multifaceted Lady MORE INFO / PURCHASE

BC0674 Lady Day MORE INFO / PURCHASE

KZ1576 Miriam Makeba at the Coconut Grove, 1968 MORE INFO / PURCHASE

BB4648 Listen Ofay, Revisited MORE INFO / PURCHASE

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FTV 209 Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on May 7th, 2010

This week on From on the Vault, we celebrate Karl Marx’s birthday with a performance of Marx in Soho, Howard Zinn’s play that resurrects the German philosopher in defense of his theory and character. A one-man play written in 1999, Marx in Soho starred Brian Jones and effectively potrayed Marx as a family man struggling to support his wife and children. This performance was recorded specifically for radio in 2001 by KPFK in Los Angeles.

We end this week by remembering the 40th anniversary of the Kent State shootings with audio selections from a powerful Pacifica Radio documentary Red, White and Blue Monday: May 4, 1970, produced by Bill Northwood and Claude Marks in December of 1970.

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Recordings used to make this episode:

PZ0443 Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn MORE INFO / PURCHASE

BC0015 Red, White and Blue Monday: May 4, 1970 MORE INFO / PURCHASE

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