Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! As my Christmas gift to you, I offer up an hour of great music from cartoons, inspired by animation, covered by other artists or material recorded by our favorite cartoon voice actors.
A few months ago I was offered the chance to create a broadcast radio pilot – and I took the opportunity to concoct a “test” hour of cartoon musical tracks I love. I had put stuff like this on mix tapes back in the day – and today this kind of stuff is all over my iPod. It’s a mash up of material ranging from Raymond Scott, Carl Stalling and Scott Bradley, Paul Whiteman, What No Mickey Mouse?, It’s a Hap-Hap-Happy Day, The Pink Panther Theme, Eep Oop Ork Ahh Ahh and I Love To Singa… all this and much more.
Where can you hear this? On Christmas Day – this Wednesday December 25th – at 1pm Pacific (that’s 4pm Eastern) on LA’s public supported KPFK 90.7FM (A Pacifica Station). It can also be heard online at www.kpfk.org – and will be available for download (free) afterward at their archive.
You can also listen to it if you CLICK HERE.
If you like it and would like to see/hear this broadcast/podcast continue all I ask is that you let the General Manager of KPFK know – via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com – or on a message via our new Cartoons In Stereo Facebook page. This is not a Kickstarter campaign, nor is any money being solicited – it’s just something I want to do and I have a broadcaster willing to give it a try.
To give you a small idea of the kind of music I’m spinning, here are a few embeds…
The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
A vintage Paramount Music Roll playing the “Looney Tunes” theme – and sing along with the words on the roll itself!
“What! No Mickey Mouse?”
Popular 1930s Bandleader Ben Bernie had a hit with this.
“Melody Time” opening theme
I love this introductory tune; a Disney song you never hear beyond the opening of the film. Written by George Weiss and Bennie Benjamin, Buddy Clark sings a longer cover version which I play in my show. Here’s the original movie version:
Practising The Piano (1935)
I’ll play anything recorded by Mae Questel, anything! I love her voice.
Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye (1949)
…and that goes double for anything recorded by Mel Blanc!
Join me on Christmas Day – this Wednesday December 25th – at 1pm Pacific (4pm Eastern) at KPFK 90.7FM. And tell your friends!