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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge October 9, 2019

On this week’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show we legged it to London to celebrate that wonderful city and all of its worldly wonders.

Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge show is broadcast every Wednesday, 5-6 pm Eastern Standard Time (2-3 pm on the West Coast and 10-11 GMT in Europe) at http://www.radiofairfax.org. Radio Fairfax also can be heard on Tune In Radio at tunein.com, and streamed on smartphones by downloading the Tunein app. It also can be streamed on Roku and Google TV at: http://tinyurl.com/3uqfsz9

Past shows from this year are now available to listen to in their entirety at: https://www.mixcloud.com/Flashfriend/

  1. “Kalua,” composed by Jerome Kern and recorded in London in 1930 by Spike Hughes and His Orchestra and appearing on the solarial CD: Jazz Goes Hawaiian -- From Honolulu to Hollywood – Jazz, Blues & Popular Specialties Performed Hawaiian Style.

  2. “My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua,” the 1933 song credited to Tommy Harrison and Bill Cogswell, performed in the late 1930s and featured on the reliquarious retrospective: Felix Mendelssohn and His Hawaiian Serenaders. Mendelssohn, who claimed to be related to the 19th Century classical composer, also was the proprietor of a shady Soho nightclub before World War II.

  3. “You Ought to See Sally on Sunday,” the song written by Harry M. Woods and sung in 1933 by Al Bowlly with Ray Noble & His Orchestra appears on the singer’s fond look back: Just a Bowl of Cherries. He was killed by a bomb during the London blitz in World War II.

  4. “Three White Feathers” was composed by Noel Coward for the 1932 review: Words and Music, and is drawn with silver sugar tongs from the time traveling treasure, A Marvelous Party With Beatrice Lillie, who shares a bit of banter with the British actor Hugh French.

  5. “Leaning on a Lamp Post” was inked by Noel Gay and was performed by the British ukulele master and master comedian George Formby in his 1937 movie: Feather Your Nest, and can be found on the bulging box set: With My Little Ukulele in My Hand.

  6. “London by Night” was written by Carroll Coates and warbled for us by Frank Sinatra on his 1962 lyrical LP: Great Songs From Great Britain, arranged and conducted by the Canadian composer Robert Farnon.

  7. “Sail Away” was another song composed by Noel Coward for the 1961 Broadway musical of the same name and was vocalized by the British-born singer Mabel Mercer on her 1961 admirable album: Once in a Blue Moon, conducted by George Cory.

  8. “A Foggy Day,” is delightfully derived from 1959 landmark LP: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George & Ira Gershwin Songbook, accompanied by Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra. The song was originally written for the 1937 Fred Astaire, George Burns and Gracie Allen Movie: A Damsel in Distress.

  9. “Safety Sue” was a 1958 radio public service announcement recorded by the Duke of Bedford, cricket and football star, Denis Compton, champion Formula 1 driver Stirling Moss and Sheila van Damm, who was a pioneering female race car driver after World War II and who was the proprietress of Soho’s Windmill Theatre, which she inherited from her father and was famed for its scantily clad dancing girls and vaudeville-style comedy and cabaret acts. This was fatefully found on the historical document: Soho Blondes & Peeping Toms! Saucy Vocals From the ‘50s and ‘60s.

  10. “Yer Gotta Get Aht,” inked by Leslie Sarony, was waxed by the British actor and comedian Norman Wisdom in 1960 and is featured on the robustious retrospective: And This Is Me – Britain’s Finest Thespians Sing. We can only imagine what he would think of today’s London, following almost 60 more years of additional construction and congestion.

  11. “Wonderful Land” was composed by Jerry Lordan and was a hit for the British guitar band The Shadows in 1962. This version was recorded 42 years later by The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain on their copacetic compact disc The Secret of Life.

  12. “These Foolish Things” was sung by the American canary Joy Bryan on her 1961 amorous album: Make the Man Love Me, with Wynton Kelly on Piano, Al Viola on Electric Guitar, Leroy Vinnegar on Bass and Frank Butler on Drums. The 1936 song was created by British composer Jack Strachey with words penned by Lyricist Eric Maschwitz under his pen name, Holt Marvell, for Joan Carr for a late-evening revue broadcast by the BBC. It expresses his feelings about his missing his lover, Anna May Wong, who left him in England to return to Hollywood.

  13. “Soho Nights,” performed by the perfumed pan-British trio, The Puppini Sisters on their superlitious CD: The Rise & Fall of Ruby Woo.

  14. “Wouldn't It Be Loverly,” the classic song by Lerner & Loewe for the 1956 musical: My Fair Lady sung by Britain’s Ian Shaw on his duet album with pianist Cedar Walton titled, In a New York Minute, including David Williams on Bass.

  15. “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” the 1939 song by Eric Maschwitz and Manning Sherwin, performed in 1981 and found on The Manhattan Transfer Anthology – Dream in Birdland.

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