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Everyone could use a little humor, so this time we are featuring two comedy records: Party Record Company 11 featuring “I Married an Acrobat” and “She Lost It” performed by Carol Chapelle and Let’s Have Fun! 17 featuring “Sam the Marine” and “Any Ice Today, Lady?” performed by… someone? Also: wrestling.

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Two records from very obscure labels this episode–one so obscure I’m not even sure it has a name. Broadcast Recordings 416 features “Ballad to a Lovely Lady” and “Lili Marlene” performed by Ken Griffin and our second record with serial numbers PC5029 and PC5030 which features the songs “Dancing Doll” and “My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice” performed by the American Radio Warblers with Preston Sellers at the organ. Also: sports and recreation.

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This time around we listen to two records recorded in Germany for the American Odeon Label: Odeon 10122 featuring “Bummelpetrus” and “Wiener Zugvögel” and Odeon 10174 featuring “Handwerker-Leben: Poutpourri” parts 1 and 2, all of which are performed by anonymous German musicians. Also: car trouble-not-trouble.

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Another couple of records with hidden connections as we listen to Vocalion 4155 featuring “By the Campfire’s Glow” and “Why’d Ya Make Me Fall in Love” performed by Allan Fielding (and his Tic Toc Music) and OKeh 06543 featuring “The Air Corps of Uncle Sam” and “I’ve Changed My Penthouse for a Pup Tent” performed by the Texas Rangers. Also: children.

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This episode we listen to two records from the Varsity Label: Varsity 108 featuring “A Tree in the Meadow” performed by Barbara Brown and “Blue Bird of Happiness” performed by the Jimmie Valentine Quintet, and Varsity 101 featuring “Woody Woodpecker” performed by the Varsity Orchestra (with vocals by FRANK) and “My Happiness” performed by the Tyler Duo. Also: neighbor turkey.

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This week we listen to two less-well-known Chicago-based labels: Tower 1473 featuring “Drifting Sands” and “Bewitched” performed by Bill Snyder and His Orchestra and Aristocrat 104 featuring “Get on the Ball, Paul” and “No Greater Love” performed by Sherman Hayes and His Orchestra. Also: dental surgery.

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More music from the old country–just a different old country–this week as we listen to Etna Records 1252 featuring “Grattami… Grattami il Formaggio” and “Betty… She Eats Lots of Spaghetti” and Etna 1274 featuring “I No Wanna Go Home” and “Comare… Comarella”, all four of which are performed by Nicola Paone. Also: on being different.

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Polkas and a little something different this week when we listen to Dana 717 featuring Stás Jaworski and the Milton Delugg Orchestra playing “Błysk, Bam, Alakazam” and “Ta Rzecz” and Dana 3107 featuring Joe Kurat and His Orchestra performing “Sunnyside Polka” and “My Pal”. Also: connections.

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Back from hiatus and featuring two more polka records, Dana 502 and 509, with “Oj Tadarum” and “Helicopter Polka” performed by Walt Dana and His Orchestra and “Carpathian Polka” and “Two Dancing Michels” performed by Ted Maksymowicz and His Orchestra. Also: late breaking book review.

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Another short episode this week. We listen to Dana 2054, featuring “My Fanny” and “Hop Scotch Polka” performed by Gene Wisniewski and His Harmony Bells Orchestra, and Dana 3062, featuring “Power House Polka” and “Cross Town Polka” performed by Ted Powers and His Orchestra. Also: Feelings. Again.

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