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  This may be the single worst Dusty Show ever ... so far. It was a weird week. I just couldn't seem to get a show off the ground. Many false starts ... second guessing ... and real-life interruptions. Then suddenly ... I had one night left to produce a show. So what I ended up doing was melding two previously abandoned half-shows and sending it in. I should have just aired a re-run. The Doyle Slater character gets boring pretty fast. In hindsight, I wish i had done the whole show in the Easy Favorites format. That was more fun. I had an e-discussion with Mike Lupica of FMU about the "Easy Listening" format. He pointed out to me how he felt that it was a great loss when Easy Listening stations disappeared from the radio landscape and I agree. At the time, back in the day, I suppose many young people thought it was pretty annoying. A real symbol of an anti-music older generation. But now, I love my easy listening albums and closer inspection reveals that whole genre to have produced some rather innovative and even experimental records. After all ... it was usually done by good musicians who probably needed work and skilled directors given a certain amount of leeway to make music which embodied certain "moods." Hense the often used term, Mood Music. As I mentioned to Mike, I would take Muzakā„¢ over Smooth Jazz (today's equivalent of Easy Listening) any day. Then again ... maybe 30 years from now Smooth Jazz from the turn of this century will end up being cool somehow. Hard to imagine but who knows? I will most likely be annelid fodder by then. Anyway ... apologies to those who found this episode less than satisfactory and thanks to those precious few who seemed to enjoy it. I think you were just being kind.
Doyle Slater Fills In
Doyle enjoys Fox News and Rush Limbaugh
  The relentlessly repeated background music for all the Doyle Slater segments is from a Bud Shank LP on World Pacific called "California Dreamin'." The song is called "Gotta Go" and was written by Marty Paich and Rod McKuen.
Modern Sound  The Spirit Of This Land   Favoriting Hootenanny And American Ballads  Modern Sound  1964?  LP  I usually buy anything I see on the Modern Sound label. Lo-budget knock off LP's out of Nashville where studio musicians re-create the favorites of the day. Some of these are delightfully horrible. 
Doyle is On a Roll
Doyle Doesn't Whistle Or Hum
Whistling Jack Smith  I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman   Favoriting The Greatest Hits From England  Parrot  1967  LP  #20 in the states in 1967 and #5 in England. This was a studio project and there was no actual person named Whistling Jack Smith. Someone was "appointed" to be him when the record took off, but the hit machine stopped there. One-hit wonderland but a good one. 
Dusty Is Lying Down
Sally Field  Find Yourself A Rainbow / Felicidad   Favoriting The Flying Nun  Colgems  1967  LP  Sorry if I was a bit brusque with these two Sally songs. i just couldn't handle it. She was a label-mate to the Monkees though on the Colgems label. Fun to think of them hanging out. 
  Oh my. This show is abyssmal.
Doyle Dislikes Feelings and Emotions
Doyle's Housefly Exhibit
William Hanna  The Jetsons (Main Title)   Favoriting Television's Greatest Hits  TVT  1986  LP  Originally written in 1962. Evidently performed by William Hanna of Hanna Barbera fame?? Or he wrote it?? Anyway ... it's pretty great. 
Wayne Shanklin  Jockey Martin   Favoriting The Modern Minstrel  Coral  50's  LP  I have played Wayne before on the Dusty Show. I am not sure why but I love this song and have ever since I found this in some forlorn thrift store in Florida. "Go on and use the whip whip whip!" Wayne also wrote Frankie Laine's huge hit "Jezebel." 
  Doyle salutes some e-mailers. You can e-mail me immediately: dusty@wfmu.org I'd like to hear from you.
An Abrupt and Inexplicable Shift into the Easy Favorites!
Muzak  Living Together, Growing Together   Favoriting Stimulus Progression 5  Muzak  1973  LP  Volumes could be written about Muzak and it's effect on our minds. I love this Stimulus Progression Lp and vividly remember the elevator music of my youth. It's all quite scientific. As the liner notes say ... "Muzak programs are employed to create environmental conditions condicive to improved customer relations and profits." Oh, dear. Another curious thing ... if this is #5 ... where are the other LP's? I see #5 in thrift stores quite often. Here is an excellent site to read more. http://www.clarisonus.com/blog/?p=49 
The Electronic Concept Orchestra  Stella By Starlight   Favoriting Electric Love  Limelight  1973  LP  Eddie Higgins on Moog synthesizer. This is a great LP. I use it all the time as Dusty background music. The 3rd and final ECO LP and representative of a trend at the time that saw early MOOG enthusiasts mixing synth and real strings for a new kind of Easy Listening experience. This was all in response to Walter (now Wendy) Carlos' initial success in this arena. Read more about Moog here: http://www.obsolete.com/120_years/machines/moog/ 
Alfred Newman  Inez' Theme   Favoriting Airport (Original Soundtrack Album  Decca  1970  LP  Another wonderful album of music from the motion picture, Airport. Can I just tell you how bummed I am that i have abused the crap out of my albums making these shows all these years! Talk about ringwear and split seams. I could have made a fortune on EBAY. I'll be lucky to get a quarter for them at a yard sale now. I'm queasy just thinking of it. Losing sleep. Nuerotic nocturnal calculations of immeasurable loss. 5 years ago this LP was prisitine. Now, it looks as though it has been run over by a Cub Cadet riding mower. I need to go digital. I never learned to take care of my things. 
Dory and Andre Previn  Chance Meeting   Favoriting Valley Of The Dolls Soundtrack  20th Century Fox  1967  LP  Always spooks me seeing Sharon Tate on the LP cover. 
The Organ Happenings  Shadows   Favoriting The Organ Happenings  Power Records  Late 60's?  LP  Power Records of Newark, NJ. Who could fault a band named The Organ Happenings?! Front and back cover features an ecstatic youngish gal dancing in a miniskirt. 
Jose Feliciano  And I Love Her   Favoriting Feliciano  RCA  1968  LP  Here's some interesting reading concerning Feliciano's controversial rendering of the National Anthem in 1968 which was to cloud his career for years. http://www.josefeliciano.com/anthem.html 
Floyd Cramer  The Monkees Theme   Favoriting Floyd Cramer Plays The Monkees  RCA  1967  LP  Man, I am so lucky I found this album. I don't actually have to listen to it, but I can hold it ... and I own it! Jealous? 
More E-mailers Acknowledged. Thanks for writing to me. As of today (5/21/06) it is almost unfathomable to me that I haven't received a crank e-mail about this show. You guys are too nice! dusty@wfmu.org
John Barry  Florida Fantasy   Favoriting Midnight Cowboy (Soundtrack)  United Artists  1969  LP  Ratso dreams of Florida. 
Arthur Feidler and the Boston Pops  And I Love Her   Favoriting Play The Beatles  RCA  1969  LP  Didn't even realize until making this playlist (a week late!) that I had played two instrumental versions of "And I Love Her." I am also disturbed today about Paul and Heather splitting so it all ties in. 
Motley Moment - is there an option key for umlots?
The Walter Wanderly Trio  Here's That Rainy Day   Favoriting Cheganca  Verve  ?60's  LP  Great sound from Sao Paulo Brasil courtesy of Creed Taylor. I am getting some play from all those lounge records I bought a few years ago! I blame Irwin Chusid for this glut of Martin Denny and the like ... now that the fad has wained. Still love this stuff though. 
Gil Trythall  Cattle Call (Edit)   Favoriting Switched On Nashville - Country Moog  Athena  1970  LP  Another example of the "Switched-On" movement started by Wendy Carlos. Country Moog. It doesn't get much better/worse than this. Where have all the good times gone? 
Muzak  The First Time Ever I saw Your Face   Favoriting Stimulus Progression 5  Muzak  1973  LP  See above for more Muzak info. 
The Electronic Concept Orchestra  Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet   Favoriting Electric Love  Limelight  1973  LP  See above for more info on ECO. 
  Well, that's it. Finally this show ends. Thanks for checking out the program and the playlist. You guys have been great with your support and comments. I really enjoy your feedback. If you would like to e-mail, please do. dusty@wfmu.org The answering machine hasn't been checked in a while, but I'll bet there are some calls on there I could air. If you want to call and leave somethign I can play on the air I heartily invite you to do so. Get odd! 201 521 1375 Until next time this is the Pidge in Wisconsin saying .... always remember!

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