Elgin Thanksgiving Day Greeting To America

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


106771. Elgin Thanksgiving Day Greeting To America. November 23, 1944. CBS net, WJAS, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sponsored by: Elgin. The first tune is, "You Can Always Tell A Yank." Spike Jones and The City Slickers play their great arrangement of, "Holiday For Strings" (featuring 4 bars by a singing chicken). They also play, "It Never Rains In Sunny California." The show features a drama about one of the 1939 World's Fairs, possibly titled, "The World Of Tomorrow." From New York City, Edgar Bergen tells Charlie the story of Hiawatha. Ken Carpenter (announcer), Don Ameche (host), Allan Jones, Louis Silvers and His Orchestra, Garry Moore, Jimmy Durante, Spike Jones and The City Slickers, The Charioteers, Ed Gardner (in a "Duffy's Tavern" skit), Frances Langford, Elsie Janis ("The Sweetheart Of WWI"), Edgar Bergen, Sondra Barkova (11-year-old violinist), Lina Romay, Lois Collier. 1:56:07. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

101805. Elgin Thanksgiving Day Greeting To America. November 22, 1945. CBS net, WJAS, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sponsored by: Elgin Watch. 4:00 P.M. The first tune is, "Vive Le Compaigne," sung by Lauritz Melchior. "The William Tell Overture" will never be the same after "Matty Melneck and The Swing Wing" get through with it. Mrs. Vincente Lim speaks emotionally about wives and mothers during ther war. She hopes that her husband (Philippine General Vincete Lim) will return home safely. Actually, he was beheaded by the Japanese on December 31, 1944. Jim and Marian Jordan appear as Fibber McGee and Molly. Edgar and Charlie discuss the meaning of Thanksgiving. Don Ameche and Maureen O'Hara appear in, "The Constant Flame." Cass Daley sings a very clever version of, "You Can't Blame A Girl For Trying." Don Ameche (host), Lauritz Melchior, Garry Moore, Jimmy Durante, Ken Carpenter (commercial spokesman), Matty Malneck and The Swing Wing, Abe Most, Milton DeLugg, Louis Silvers (conductor), The Charioteers, Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Edgar Bergen, Elsie Janis ("The Sweetheart of World War I"), Lina Romay, Mrs. Vincente Lim, Bill Thompson, Edward Marr, Cass Daley, Maureen O'Hara, Samuel Carter (writer). 1:35:43. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

102358. Elgin Thanksgiving Day Greeting To America. November 28, 1946. CBS net, WJAS, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sponsored by: Elgin. The recording starts about 45 minutes into the show. Peter Lind Hayes takes radio back to 1621 and the first Thanksgiving. Jack Benny is interviewed about his start in radio. Don Ameche and Catherine McLeod appear in, "The House With The Blue Shutters." Red Skelton appears as, "The Mean Widdle Kid." Don Ameche (host, performer), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Lauritz Melchior, Barbara Jo Allen (as "Vera Vague"), The Charioteers, Barbara Jo Allen (as Vera Vague), Peter Lind Hayes, Lou Bring and His Orchestra, The Elgin Male Chorus, Margaret Whiting, Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Sandra Gould, Frank Nelson, The Sportsmen, Catherine McLeod, Sheldon Stark (writer), Lina Romay, Edna Skelton Borzage (writer), Pat McGeehan, Verna Felton, Jimmy Durante, Garry Moore, Candy Candido, Vera Jean Verais (? soprano), Burl Ives. 1:49:09. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

3640. Elgin Thanksgiving Day Greeting To America. November 27, 1947. CBS net, KQW, San Jose aircheck. Sponsored by: Elgin Watches. "The Sixth Annual Elgin Thanksgiving Day Greeting To America." The first tune is, "It's A Grand Night For Singing." Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore perform together for the first time "since getting shows of their own." "News Scoops From Hollywood," Candy Candido appears as "Mr. Ripple." Fifteen-year-old Mary Jane Smith sings. Sir Lancelot sings a calypso watch commercial! Larry Storch does impersonations. Margaret Whiting and Vera Vague join Jimmy Durante singing a clever original parody about a possible woman president (to the tune of "Feudin', Fightin' and Fussin'"). The Page Cavanaugh Trio sings a delightful Elgin commercial to the tune of, "The Lady From Twentynine Palms." Bob Sweeney and Hal March drive to the studio (don't ask them what an "Oh, For Goodness Sakes" sandwich is). The winners of the SPEBQSA competition sing barbershop harmonies. Yehudi Menuhin plays "Habanera" by Sarasate (accompanied by his sister on the violin). He then plays a duet with another violinist...Jack Benny! Artie Auerbach does an Elgin commercial as, "Mr. Kitzel. Cathy and Elliott Lewis are featured in a well-written story about a housewife's last day. Good radio! "A Child's Thanksgiving" features Red Skelton as, "Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid." After he says grace, Clem Kaddiddlehopper finds himself in one of the Elgin watch commercials! Allan Jones, Louis Silvers and His Orchestra, Jimmy Durante, Garry Moore, Candy Candido, Mary Jane Smith, Sir Lancelot, Larry Storch, Margaret Whiting, Barbara Jo Allen, The Page Cavanaugh Trio, Al Viola, Bob Sweeney, Don Ameche (host), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Hal March, The Doctors Of Harmony, Yehudi Menuhin, Jack Benny, Artie Auerbach, Betty Wright (writer), Cathy Lewis, Elliott Lewis, Red Skelton, Verna Felton, Lurene Tuttle, Pat McGeehan. 1:59:31. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

5238. Elgin Thanksgiving Day Greeting To America. November 25, 1948. NBC net. Sponsored by: Elgin Watches. "The seventh Annual Thanksgiving Day Greeting To America." The first tune is, "Cosi, Cosa." Dean Martin is introduced as a promising "newcomer" and "a star of tomorrow." Don Ameche (host), Mario Lanza, Garry Moore, Jimmy Durante, The Mills Brothers, Barbara Jo Allen (as "Vera Vague"), Andre Previn, Bob Hopkins, Jack Benny, Frances Langford, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Red Skelton, The Elgin Orchestra, Robert Armbruster (conductor), Ken Carpenter (announcer), Earl Levy (producer), John Christ (producer), Ed Helwig (writing supervisor), Frank Nelson, Artie Auerbach, Lurene Tuttle, Verna Felton. 1:58:54. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

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