SOUNDS LIKE RADIO
By Your Humble Host
SOUNDS LIKE RADIODec 08, 2023
LOS 259 Bing Crosby-Judy Garland Christmas Show
Your Humble Host is here with a new Christmas show we haven't presented before. Oh, you're gonna like it too. Bing Crosby & Judy Garland are in top form joking and singing in a Bing Show from December 6, 1950. This is from my very own Bing Vault. Sound is better here than what you may find on the interwebs. Then as a Bing Bonus after the show Bing puts on his mod dancing shoes and starts grooving. Enjoy.
LOS 158 The Whistler At Christmas Time
From deep into the Christmas Vault of the Library of Sound we find Volume 158 and The Whistler!! Yes, it's a Christmas edition of The Whistler as it was originally heard on December 25, 1944. Today the Whistler is giving out a Christmas Bonus. But is this a good thing?
You never know when the Whistler starts a puckerin'. But Your Humble Host is the curious sort, so let's find out.
Christmas Special Vol 7 from Sounds Like Radio
This is Volume 7 of our series of Christmas Special shows featuring the greatest Christmas music you may not have heard in a while and a Great Gildersleeve Christmas show too.
This is a Christmas Gildy show from December 21, 1949 when Marjorie & Bronco have a very special announcement and Gildy has a very touching gift for Marjorie. It's one of the best written episodes of the Gildy series.
This is the main reason we present the Great Gildersleeve each week, it was such a quality written show, amusing and at times quite touching and emotional. This episode is an example.
Enjoy our wonderful Christmas music we have for you here and also a very nice Christmas episode of The Great Gildersleeve. (By the way, that's Julie London pictured here with this show dressed as Santa as she’ll be singing us a really sweet song today on Volume 7 too.)
LOS 258 Bing Crosby Show Sings & Talks of Wine Experts
Your Humble Host once again enters the Bing Wing of the Library of Sound (LOS) for Volume 258. And what we have for you is a Bing Short Show from December 27, 1954. Today Bing will be singing some very nice songs and in addition will be talking about wine experts. Sounds like an interesting show, I like the music in this one too. Enjoy.
LOS 257 Fred MacMurray-Carole Lombard Made For Each Other
Welcome to Your Humble Host's Library of Sound (LOS) today Volume 257. We present Fred MacMurray & Carole Lombard starring in the radio adaptation of Carole Lombard's classic movie, "Made For Each Other". A rare opportunity to hear these 2 together on the radio from February 19, 1940. A movie I discovered a long time ago and now here is the really fine radio version. Please enjoy.
Vol. 152 Our Trees Theme As Gildersleeve Tries To Save A Tree
Well, well, it's our Sounds Like Radio show Volume 152. Today on the November 14, 1951 episode of The Great Gildersleeve it's all about trees and trying to save the tree on Marjorie & Bronco's lot next door. That's where they plan on building a house and now have to decide to keep or chop that big old tree.
To help out Your Humble Host has invited a bramble of folks over to serenade all in the name of Trees. That's also our theme for today. Sit in a tree if you like and listen to our tree minded Sounds Like Radio.
LOS 251 Jean Shepherd As A Kid Gets Spicy Detective!
Jean Shepherd is back on the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 251. Oh, Your Humble Host has a great classic Shepherd kid story for you today. Shep talks about how when he was a kid discovering a very interesting magazine called "Spicy Detective"! Even I remember as a kid seeing Spicy Detective at the News Stand. I may even have peeked. You're in for a goody originally heard in 1971. Sounds like it could have been recorded this afternoon.
LOS 250 Philip Marlowe Finds A Corpse That Won't Stay Dead
Your Humble Host once again brings you down those rain soaked streets to join Philip Marlowe in another action packed mystery. From February 12, 1949 it's the "Adventures of Philip Marlowe" back on the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 250. Episode "The Lonesome Reunion" has Marlowe hot on the trail of the loot from a bank robbery, but that's just the beginning of this wild episode. I'll tell you more in my introduction.
Vol. 151 Gildersleeve Niece & Hubby Want House Of Their Own
It's time for Sounds Like Radio Volume 151. On today's November 7, 1951 Great Gilersleeve we find Marjorie & Bronco are feeling crampt and want to buy a house of their own. Now the only problem is money. What to do, what to do? Ahh, Your Humble Host has come up with a solution (thanks to Birdey).
It's a fun show today as we get to hear from Bob Hope, Julie London, Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee duet, Doris Day, Elvis Presley, Rosemary Clooney & a classic biggie from Mario Lanza. Clear out them pipes and let loose just like Mario in today's Sounds Like Radio!
LOS 249 Johnny Dollar Blooming Blossom Matter
The Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 249 returns with Yours Truly Johnny Dollar and the Blooming Blossom Matter from January 20, 1957. Your Humble Host always turns to Johnny Dollar when fraud and murder is afoot.
LOS 248 Bing Crosby Talks Honesty In This Short Show
From the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 248 Your Humble Host is very happy to bring you an early short show from Bing Crosby. This one was heard November 22, 1954, Bing talks about honesty, sports and sings some fine songs to boot. Why Bing even introduces me by name, calling me "Your Humble Host" at the top of our Library of Sound Bing presentation. Thanks Bing! Great sound on this one too.
Vol. 150 Gildersleeve Asks Babs Can't We Be Friends
On Sounds Like Radio Volume 150 the Great Gildersleeve from October 24, 1951 tries to make friends with his new girlfriend's daughter, Babs. But Babs is being just a bit difficult to get along with.
Who can Gildy turn to for advice on this delicate situation? Why Your Humble Host, of course. I just happen to have a few folks here with me to help out. Jaye P. Morgan (she's our featured picture this week), The Ink Spots in stereo, Ella Fitzgerald, Robert Mitchum, Jo Stafford, Bing Crosby & Al Jolson in stereo too. Now if they can't come up with any suggestions nobody can.
Can't see Jaye P.'s picture? Go to our home podcast site and you'll see a different picture that accompanies every single show, it's right here:
LOS 247 Sherlock Holmes & Stockbroker's Clerk
It's off to 221 B Baker Street with Your Humble Host as we enter the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 247 for an episode of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It's another actual Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock story entitled "The Stockbroker's Clerk". Carleton Hobbs as Holmes and Norman Shelly as Watson are back for another mystery here originally presented February 23, 1960. I'll call for the transport, "Cabbie, Cabbie!"
LOS 246 The Whistler Rings Notes In The Night
The Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 246 brings back an old favorite, The Whistler! Today the Whistler sees that justice is done as he rings out "Notes In The Night" as it was originally heard June 27, 1942. Your Humble Host realized it's been much too long since the Whistler has puckered out a tune around here. Bring on The Whistler!
LOS 244 Quiet Please It's A Strange Inquest
From the Library of Sound Volume 244 Your Humble Host brings you Quiet Please and a neat little story called "Inquest" as it was originally heard August 3, 1947. An unusual tale we played once at Halloween time, but it's not a Halloween show.
LOS 243 The Shadow On The Isle of Fear
The week of Halloween Specials begins today with our favorite spooky type crime fighter, The Shadow! Your Humble Host travels with you and the Shadow to "The Isle of Fear" as it was originally heard Halloween Eve on October 30, 1938. The Shadow knows Crime Does Not Pay, a very good lesson for all.
Vol 149 Great Gildersleeve Marjorie's 1st Date Anniversary
Your Humble Host is here with a Great Gildersleeve show from October 17, 1951. As Gildy does his best to remind Bronco of the anniversary of his first date with Marjorie. Marjorie has had no trouble remembering and thinks Bronco is sure to remember to. I sense trouble in the home.
Well, we can't have that happen here on Sounds Like Radio so we hope to ring a few bells with Bronco when he hears Patsy Cline & Crystal Gayle in a duet, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Jim Reeves, Kitty Kallen (as pictured with this episode), Eddy Arnold, Ronnie Milsap and none other than Billie Holiday all together in today's Volume 149 with Your Humble Host.
Can't see Kitty Kallen's picture? Go to our home podcast site and you'll see a different picture that accompanies every single show, it's right here:
LOS 241 Jean Shepherd Comments On Today
From the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 241 Your Humble Host brings you a Jean Shepherd show. From my very own tape collection comes this interesting show as Jean comments on the sorry state of today's reading standards. From a tape I recorded on February 25, 1975 it was originally broadcast live though on Janurary 15, 1974. It's a good thing Shep ain't around to see how low things have gone since.
Vol 148 Great Gildersleeve Judge Hooker's Yearly Dinner Reunion
Today on Sounds Like Radio's Volume 148 of The Great Gildersleeve we find the Gildy family visiting Judge Hooker for his yearly reunion celebrating the first time Hooker brought Leroy & Marjorie over to Gildersleeve for him to adopt. Judge Hooker invites Leroy to stay for the week-end as he has no kids and is all alone. Leroy ain't thrilled at first but agrees to cheer up the Old Goat as Gildy calls him.
Now Your Humble Host has a few guys and gals here to lend their voices on this situation. Helping out will be Judy Garland (in stereo from the '40's), Grandpa(!) even pays us a visit to tell us how he sees it, Doris Day & Donald O'Connor in a duet (they're our featured picture with this show), Bing Crosby, Lola Albright, Roy Rogers & the styling of Arthur Tracy will all help to round out this fine set of music. It's all good and it's all here.
Can't see Doris & Donald's picture? Go to our home podcast site and you'll see a different picture that goes with every single show, it's right here:
LOS Vol 239 Humphrey Bogart's Back for Bold Venture
Your Humble Host has returned with Volume 239 of the Library of Sound (LOS) feartureing BOOOOLD VENNNNTURE. That's right Bogie and Bacall are back for more in today's episode called "Tears of Siva" from June 11, 1951. It's Bogie at his best on the radio and right here on the Library of Sound!
LOS 238 Sam Spade Missing Newshawk Caper
Your Humble Host is back with our old PI buddy, Sam Spade. Today Sam digs into the Missing Newhawk Caper as it was originally broadcast July 18, 1948. Howard Duff is the perfect Sam Spade and on the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 238 you'll find out why.
Vol 147 Great Gildersleeve Tries Constructive Criticism
Your Humble Host returns this week with Volume 147 of Sounds Like Radio as Gildy will be trying out constructive criticism in order to be re-elected Jolly Boys president. Hmm, how will the Jolly Boys all like hearing each other's constructive (of course) remarks? We'll find out.
But the one thing I could not find out is what songs to play that would go with today's theme of constructive criticism. It doesn't exist SOOOOO Your Humble Host has thrown out the rules and we're just going to listen to some music today we happen to like a lot. Stopping by to do their part will be Dinah Shore, Andy Williams, Jimmy Dean, Joni James (who's picture you see along side this week's show), a stereo Bing Crosby, Vaughn Monroe & The Andrew Sisters in '60's stereo recordings & Waylon Jennings will sing us our favorite Waylon song.
Can't see Joni's picture? Go to our home podcast site and you'll see a different picture that goes with every single show, it's right here:
LOS 237 Hopalong Cassidy Elects A Sheriff
Your Humble Host returns riding Hoppy's horse, Topper, no less to tell you all about today's Library of Sound (LOS) western adventure with Hopalong Cassidy. Listen as Hopalong helps to elect a sheriff originally heard March 31, 1951. It's western style action here on the Library of Sound.
LOS 236 The Shadow Faces Murder From The Grave
The Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 236 has arrived and with it a classic Shadow episode. Your Humble Host urges you to hold on to your hats as the Shadow faces "Murder From The Grave" as it was originally broadcast April 6, 1941. There's only one guy who knows where evil lurks, that's The Shadow!
Vol 146 Great Gildersleeve's Marjorie Wants A Job!
Your Humble Host sees it's time now for Volume 146 of Sounds Like Radio as we find the September 26, 1951 Great Gildersleeve as he's in quite a pickle. It seems Marjorie has decided out of the blue to get a job and leave them little babies of hers to Bronco and Birdey and Gildy. Oh my, babies now for the whole family to watch while Marjorie is out "finding herself" as the say in today's parlance.
To help Marjorie come to her senses and get back to them little babies we have Burl Ives, Dinah Washington, a Bing Crosby two-fer, Betty Brewer and Gordon Jenkins, Dean Martin, Lee Wiley & Big Al Downing. Wowzers if that ain't enough nothing is.
LOS 234 Jean Shepherd's 1st DJ Experience
Jean Shepherd is back on Sounds Like Radio's Library of Sound Volume 234. Your Humble Host is proud to play you another one of my very own exclusive tapes of Shep I recorded myself. This one from November 11, 1974 (Holy Smokes 50 years ago, I can't believe it, it sounds like it could have played just yesterday, talk about timeless) as Jean will talk about his very first experience as a DJ on the radio. Now just let me hit the play button on the old tape recorder while you hit the play button here. We are all playing together, quite nicely I might add.
LOS 235 Philip Marlowe & The Long Rope
Philip Marlowe is back on the Library of Sound Volume 235 as he looks into the case of the Long Rope originally heard February 5, 1949. Your Humble Host is here to pick up any stray strands that fall from The Long Rope!
Vol. 145 Great Gildersleeve's New Girl & School for Leroy
It's Volume 145 for Sounds Like Radio and today Your Humble Host will be talking of new girls and going back to school. Why? Because that's the subject of our Great GIldersleeve from September 19, 1951. It's an exciting show as Gildy meets Bullard's sister for the first time and little Leroy has to go back to school.
But all is well when you have Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Fred Mertz a.k.a. William Frawley, Peggy Lee, Crazy Gugenhiem who visits today, a school days all time classic song and a bonus from Johnny Hartman.
In our picture with today's show Bing & Peggy have an apple just as the school teacher has in today's show. Can't see it? Go to our home podcast site and you'll see a different picture that goes with every single show, it's right here:
LOS 233 Johnny Dollar Investigates Suspicious Death
The man with the action packed expense account Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar is back on Sounds Like Radio's Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 233. Today Johnny is called upon to investigate a suspicious death on a boat. It's the Desalles Matter originally heard January 13, 1957. If Johnny's on the job he'll find out what's what and who's it.
LOS 232 Boris Karloff Storytime of the 3 Sillies
It time once again for Storytime on the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 232. Our favorite weaver of tales is back, Boris Karloff will tell us of "The 3 Sillies". Perhaps a story not as well known as others but just as interesting.
Vol. 144 Great Gildersleeve Going To Races & Being Nice
In today's Sounds Like Radio Volume 144 we find our hero, Gildersleeve, with a pair of horse racing tickets, now's his chance to ask his girl to go. BUT NO, Leroy's fighting with some kid and Gildy tries to set an example to Be Nice and all will be well. Hmm, well we're going to find out what happens in today's show.
And here to help Your Humble Host with those thoughts of going to the races and still trying to teach Leroy nice lessons we have some nice folks--Perry Como, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Dinah Washington, Frank Sinatra, Wanda Sa & Sergio Mendes. Let's all head to the races like Bing Crosby as seen in our picture for this week's show! Can't see it? Go to our main podcast site and you see a different picture that goes with every show, it's right here:
LOS 231 Sherlock Holmes & Beryl Coronet
It's off to 221 B Baker Street with Your Humble Host as we enter the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 231 for an episode of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It's another actual Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock story entitled "The Beryl Coronet". Carleton Hobbs as Holmes and Norman Shelly as Watson are back for another mystery here originally from June of 1959. I'll call for the transport, "Cabbie, Cabbie!"
Vol 143 Great Gildersleeve Returns & So Does Sounds Like Radio!
It's the grand return of the Great Gildersleeve and for Sounds Like Radio Volume 143 in an all new season of music & mirth from your very own Humble Host. In today's first episode of the season from September 5, 1951 we find that Leroy wants a car real bad and he's even going to buy a car!! He can't even drive yet but that's where the fun begins for Gildy & the neighbors. Leroy's got that old car fever, Your Humble Host knows how it is when you get that mad desire to get just the perfect car you've been wanting.
We'll see how things go but they are bound to go much better with a little help from Dinah Shore, Kookie (from 77 Sunset Strip) and Joanie Sommers, Bing Crosby, Jaye P. Morgan, Nat King Cole, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Rosemary Clooney & The Mills Brothers. From Chevys to Oldsmobiles, Fords & Buicks we've got it all in today's fun filled first episode of this new season for Sounds Like Radio!
FYI: We feature a picture to accompany each and every episode here of Sounds Like Radio and of all our Library of Sound shows. If you don't see those pictures for every show you'll find them on the Spotify podcast site here:
By the way today's picture is the very first car I bought, a beautiful 1977 Olds Cutlass Supreme, silver with red pin stripe, red 1/2 vinyl top and bright red velour seats interior. Oh, how I wish I had that car again.
LOS 230 Humphrey Bogart BOLD VENTURE Blue Moon
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall are back on the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 230 in BOOOOLD VENNNTURRE! Today a desperate father comes to Bogie to ask him to get his daughter back from the "Blue Moon", a gambling ship and find out why she can't seem to leave. Your Humble Host thinks this sounds like a job for Bogie & Bacall, it's a good thing they're right here. Listen to this neat little episode mixing humor and action.
LOS 228 A New Bing Crosby Shortie Show!
Your Humble Host once again finds himself wandering through the Bing Wing of the Library of Sound and finds Volume 228, A Bing Crosby 15 min. Show we haven't had on Sounds Like Radio. From November 29, 1954 Bing sings and talks about letters received and then discusses his favorite features of cars both new & old.
Some nice little ditties from Bing and interesting subjects. What more could you want out of 15 minutes? Let's enjoy this together.
LOS 229 Jean Shepherd Talks Hobbies
For Sounds Like Radio's Library of Sound Volume 229 Your Humble Host turns to open his personal Jean Shepherd Tape Vault containing the many Shep shows I recorded in the 1970's. Well, what have we here? A February 24, 1975 tape when Jean talks about all kinds of interesting hobbies. I think having a hobby is important to everyone, it provides you with doing something you love and is fun to do. I have several hobbies I've enjoyed for years. Let's listen to some of the hobbies Jean has in mind.
LOS 227 Nero Wolfe Is Next Witness!
It's time for an all time favorite here on the Library of Sound--Nero Wolfe the master detective who puts it all together. Today on the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 227 Nero Wolfe is called to court to be the "Next Witness". This is not only an outrage to Nero to have to leave his house but then to sit and realize that the man accused is innocent!
Only one course for our gourmet detective, get up and leave before he is called to testify. Now the police are searching for Nero for contempt of court. Your Humble Host knows that when Nero is on the case the real murderer will be brought to justice.
LOS 226 The SHADOW Finds Phantom Fingerprints
The Shadow Returns to Your Humble Host's Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 226 as he seeks a murderer who is supposed to be dead. From October 29, 1939 today's Shadow is called "The Phantom Fingerprints". The Shadow knows where evil lurks.
LOS 225 Jack Benny Show w/AL JOLSON!
Quite an entertaining show today on the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 225 as Your Humble Host presents a Jack Benny Show with special guest star--Al Jolson! One of the all time great entertainers was Jolie along with one of the funniest guys who could get a laugh with just a look. Have fun with this Jack Benny & Al Jolson classic from April 2, 1950.
A Bing Crosby Special Shortie Show Returns
Welcome to another Bing Crosby Show (6/18/56) from the Bing Wing of the Vast Library of Sound Vol. 14. It’s time for a great short 15 min. show from the one and only Bing Crosby. Your Humble Host loves these latter day 1950’s shows and so will you. In this episode in addition to Ken Carpenter & Bing banter we'll also hear from one of Bing's boys-Lindsay.
LOS 224 Sam Spade Spins Wheel of Life
From the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 224 comes this action packed and funny Sam Spade detective story, "The Wheel of Life Caper" as it was originally broadcast July 11, 1948. Howard Duff IS Sam Spade who no doubt slathers on that crazy Wild Root Cream Oil.
LOS 223 Hopalong Cassidy Hears Devil's Drums
From the Humble Host Ranch we bring you another exciting Western story on the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 223 with Hopalong Cassidy! Your Humble Host gallops into the Humble Host Barn to pick out this Hopalong adventure straight out of the Hoppy Files.
Today Hoppy & California get involved helping a pretty Senorita as "The Devil's Drums" are heard in this March 24, 1951 episode. Hoppy & California (the great Andy Clyde) get serious when murder is afoot!
LOS 222 Phil Harris-Alice Faye Step Out
On the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 222 we've got another funny one. It's the Phil Harris - Alice Faye Show from December 8, 1946 as Phil & Alice at home and when stepping out manage to have some crazy fun. It's a good way to start the week here with a laugh on Sound Like Radio, enjoy.
LOS 221 Philip Marlowe He's Not An "Easy Mark"
Today on the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 221 we're set for some detective action, Philip Marlowe style with Your Humble Host. As Marlowe sees to it he's no "Easy Mark" in this January 29, 1949 episode. Marlowe, Nero Wolfe, Sherlock Holmes some of the all time classic detective fiction heroes we love here on the Library of Sound. Let's listen...
LOS 219 Quiet Please It's Pavanne, It's Thought Provoking
Your Humble Host brings you a bit of an odd one today, as the Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 219 presents a June 18, 1949 Quiet Please with a story called Pavanne. Pavanne was one of the earliest examples of dance music from the 1500's! Or is Pavanne today a story to inspire thought and consideration? Well, you'll have to hear it for yourself and make up your own mind. Quiet Please, one of the most unique radio shows you'll ever hear. And here's an example of it you just can't classify. Let's listen and Quiet Please.
LOS 220 Jean Shepherd-Train Scarey Stories
Jean Shepherd is back on this Library of Sound (LOS) Volume 220. Your Humble Host brings you another one of my very own original tapes I made of Shep back in the '70s. Today from February 20, 1975 Jean is going to talk about Train accidents he's seen and car accidents. I'll tell you what happened when I played this tape for my Dad many many moons ago.
Now this show was originally broadcast on WOR AM on November 25, 1974 but I recorded it as an FM syndicated show in Feb. '75 with all commercials cut and sound quality much improved. Listen to one of the Shep shows I can still remember hearing back then, it's a classic.