This Saturday Joe Bev presents 78 RPM Jazz with a Sense of Humor: "The Upbeat Heartaches of Ted Weems" (and Perry Como), including:
1."Somebody Stole My Gal" (1923)
2. "Holiday In Venice" (1931)
3. "I Don't Want Your Kisses" (If I Can't Have Your Love) (1929)
4. "My Troubles Are Over" (1928)
5. Highways are Happy Ways (When They Lead The Way To Home) (1927)
6. "Me And The Man In The Moon" (1928)
7. "Remarkable Girl" (1929)
8. "The Man From The South" (With A Big Cigar In His Mouth) (1941)
9. "Washing Dishes With My Sweetie" (1930)
10. "My Baby Just Cares For Me" (1930)
11. "Look Who's Here!" ( 1931)
13. You Can't Pull The Wool Over My Eyes (1936)
14. "Nola" (1938)
15. "Oh! Monah" (1947)
16. "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" (1939)
Ted Weems was a popular mid-western bandleader who started his band in 1923 while attending the University of Pennsylvania. Around 1925 he moved his band to Chicago where he played in hotels and ballrooms around the city while also touring the mid-west.
In 1932 The Weems Orchestra started appearing regularly on a sponsored nationwide radio program with Jack Benny. It was through radio that Weems made a name for himself and he continued to be associated with popular radio programs throughout the 1930s and 1940s such as The Fibber McGee and Molly Show and Beat The Band. In 1936 vocalist Perry Como joined the band. In 1942 the Weems Orchestra disbanded when Ted joined the Merchant Marines. After World War II, Weems put together another band which continued until the early 1950s.
Perry Como was an American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century he recorded exclusively for the RCA Victor label after signing with them in 1943. "Mr. C.", as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records for Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and pioneered a weekly musical variety television show, which set the standards for the genre and proved to be one of the most successful in television history. Como was seen weekly on television from 1949 to 1963, then continued hosting the Kraft Music Hall variety program on a monthly basis until 1967. His television shows and seasonal specials were broadcast throughout the world.
Also a popular recording artist, Perry Como produced numerous hit records with record sales so high the label literally stopped counting at Como's behest. His combined success on television and popular recordings was not matched by any other artist of the time. Como's appeal spanned generations and he was widely respected for both his professional standards and the conduct in his personal life. In the official RCA Records Billboard magazine memorial, his life was summed up in these few words: "50 years of music and a life well lived."
Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) has been producing radio in many genres since 1971 when he was 12. At 19 in 1980, Bev became the youngest person to produce a radio show for public radio. He co-hosted The Jazz Show with Garret Gega in the early 80s, a four hour a week mix classic jazz and comedy. Bev also worked for WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ and produced documentaries for WNYC New York Public Radio on jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton.
Bev also produces, directs, writes and voices half of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, which is has been highest rated radio show on Cult Radio A-Go-Go! for many weeks. Joe Bev's other weekly radio show, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour debuted at #2.
Ten weeks ago, the veteran voice actor added his third hour for Cult Radio, called The Joe Bev Experience which airs right after The Jazz-O-Rama Hour.
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