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The Scotch mist swept back in from the sea, and it rained all day … and it rained all night. And then it kept on raining, with a stiff south-westerly driving the water horizontally across the land. There was no chance of staying dry, so Algy found himself a perch with a good view of the hay field. He was fascinated by the perpetual motion of the rippling grasses, with each gust of wind setting off a new wave. It reminded Algy of a silly song …

          This little ripple had rhythm
          And the other little ripple had none
          So all day through
          And all night too
          He kept on singing
          Boo-boo-ley-doop, Boo-boo-ley-doop, Boo-boo-ley-doop …

So for everyone who is feeling too hot, or who just needs cheering up with a wee bit of nonsense, Algy offers you This Little Ripple had Rhythm by Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra, and the watery animation that accompanies it in the old movie The Big Broadcast of 1938.

Algy dedicates this post especially to all his friends who are suffering from the heatwave currently affecting the western parts of North America. He hopes that this may help you feel slightly cooler. If he could send you some of this cold, wet weather, he would!

For just under a year in the mid-1940s, a company called Sav-Way Industries of Detroit, Michigan, produced a series of 78s that were like no others.

What set apart the seventy-four 10-inch Vogue records that Sav-Way released over between May 1946 and April ’47 was that they were picture discs—phonograph records that have an image embedded in transparent vinyl, usually depicting a scene that relates to the song on that side of the disc. Read more…

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Science!

Movie: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Song: “It’s De-Lovely” by Shep Fields & His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra 

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Shep Fields and his Orchestra feat. Ken Curtis - The Caissons Go Rolling Along (Bluebird version)

"Entrenchments 2015" - Daily Drawings and an Interview with Radio New Zealand

For the past four weeks I have been in beautiful Wellington, New Zealand, where I have the extraordinary privilege of participating in “Entrenchments 2015″, a commemorative project at Victoria University of Wellington. “Entrenchments” is an initiative of Dr. Marco Sonzogni, the Director of the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation, and of Dr. Sydney Shep, Director of the University’s…

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Best Original Song 1938: Thanks for the Memory (The Big Broadcast of 1938)

With music composed by Ralph Rainger and lyrics by Leo Robin, Thanks for the Memory was introduced in the 1938 film The Big Broadcast of 1938 by Shep Fields and His Orchestra with vocals by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross. It became Hope’s signature tune, with many different lyrics adapted to any situation.

The Big Broadcast of 1938 was the last in a series of Big Broadcast movies that were variety show anthologies. It was directed by Mitchell Leisen.