Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The Big Midwestern Hayride! PLUS, A Special Request
Here's a wonderful recording made in the early days of home-use reel to reel recording, taped directly off someone's TV some time during .
The show in question is something called "The Big Midwestern Hayride", which you can read about in a few different sites, and see short clips of on Youtube. This sounds like a pretty wonderful slice of down-home entertainment from a time and place very different from today.
But this is an entire half-hour episode, featuring a remarkable number of groups and performances for a 30 minute show. I don't recognize any of these artists' names, but perhaps someone more familiar with the country, square dance and related sounds of the era might know some of them.
It's unclear to me when exactly this would have been recorded. The show ran on both ABC and NBC at various points during the '50's, but the show which comes on afterwards (heard for about two minutes) is "Topper", which ran on CBS. So I'm guessing the airing of "Topper" was a rerun, showing on another network, at some point after its 1953-55 run. But who can be sure.
Oh, and one more thing - fans of Negativland - and in my view, everyone should be a fan of Negativland - are sure to get a kick out of the sponsor of "The Big Midwestern Hayride".
Download: Various Artists - The Big Midwestern Hayride
Okay, now here's the bonus (sic). After I posted a single excerpt from a tape of a somewhat tone-deaf someone singing along with a country song (at the bottom of this post from one month ago), I had a request to provide the entire tape.
So... here it is! I hope you enjoy it a LOT more than I do!
Download: Unknown - Singing Along with the Country Hits