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Van Doren introduces Spaeth, who talks about his "History of Popular Music in America." Plays the piano: "We Never Speak As We Pass By," "Oh, Fred Tell Them to Stop," "My Mother Was a Lady," "A Poor Young Girl from the Country."
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71407
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Furthermore so much but it is extensive knowledge after that on the new top and going to court as an expert witness in places involving plagiarism and Frank Gaffney that. With the very latest is a true and competent and I think history of popular music in America. That song writing and drawing I've heard really the last song Yankee one hundred but you go through and make your voice. From haunting and. Matt Damon one thank. Till the day I do it the result important for we have always the right balance of the fund the power. And the song. With the emotion. And the social and it. Came to a lot. In this. Entertaining. Become a new. Account of the song if we die and that. They have given us a large life. I don't think I could possibly give you a better. If you will of my better advertisement for that I read about a dog had just done. A. Very funny. I've read a book doesn't make you look at the moment. I read that a random house but it might. Have I think they've done a very good job with it like I say you have seven hundred twenty nine pages of parts of five dollars and I thank you. I think you would be far more diverse than any theory of comedy but I. Am of the fact that if any of my read of and we got remember. This is not to be a popular America I have to give you something in the back of the paper and I think that our upper right fired up very well and that whole reforms believe that if they. Really want to know what people are doing whatever they think you know. Why do you have a matter that is a man. There you generated you'll find that more on the right after. That it might be hard I mean everything but. Very quickly to give you the highlight of our history. Going way back to early days I think of the time when we were. Almost entirely along and political lines that like the first broke away rather than the people on the one. That really had thought that most. If I don't think we're not proud. Of. It we want to fight when we had. Our course we knew we'd never get any of mine and I think that's what it's like for us. I would not. Believe that. It's still very sorry for ourselves. Because one of the great American in the workforce. Is represented in modern times by the. Let me bring someone. You know not to be. And that right there at your song. You have some. Type of wonderful Nobody ever thanks that nobody. Followed by I think they'd say I am not a god a little more optimistic. Than. They wanted to go they need me at home but I never. Know. After that did they think of me at all but finally Professor But what my writing really we had you know that back. In the one of the interview I did it was a song of the from all the way back to the afterguard the Republicans and years ago I did one we never beat. I've never been able to find out what the problem what. The government is going to thought about it but. That's another thing where any state would ever think it's. Going to be the fault of the very much before the need that what I call the whole thing. Arm of the thing that's good here and we've got a lot of what one voice but do with anything in my. Own heart that I felt I thought it was. Well this song if I did that that I've got the forum to go after but I know. That this is stuff that I've never. Thought never. Was. Fine. But. When we were. Fine. There. Was. A. Little bit definitely more careful I think I'm not sure the so much influenced by that. Was all the math that's what. He wanted but they're good at it and the other element like that and I never got the one and we became fickle minded we had got over the fact that we had a sideshow at the county fair and all sorts of opportunities for entertainment and it was that which now around the world that bowled out for and I think the most famous of the man on the planet that people after they did a few things. Seven up by the valet or water OK you. Know that they've tried I don't think the man of the five that's the author heard it but I would like to do another one. Before the paper told me that. Day and that if I would read a little. If at all about how it's fair at this point that the young man would go and when they got there they wanted to take a ride on the train at the moment they got on when it began to be pried out. But I try hard. The more the way that after the ring with. That idea I think I could remember the first time that thought with British tell the story and to get the open dialogue always a picture of the old black border they filled it with so I remember the words that both. Read well and the thought that I felt. That. There. Was. No way to know. Without reading it well the long. Day I never. Will know the right way or that my young lady was in the right on the way I did then all right my darling it was but the bringing in of. A tell all but the trial run a mark. That they're going to. Get. The five. Hundred. I was told on the way the day proper The water was wrong. But I know the weather don't hold the record OK The next day and I was mentioning in my life saving the brick was that was it in a way was the right way to love it when you're young maybe it was. A At the top that was right on the runway but what was. The whole point of. The ninety mile memory the fault was not OK I preferred the naive night I think that describes them that hard to believe that people took the thought of that time period that they did and I will not ride the last like the the after the fall with the threat of the both they thought I did but I figure one with the idea of the later. Fall My mother was a lady or if Jack little baby it. Was written by Ed mark the filter been for having failed off the board at the time they went after the business as a result they thought the little child had lied on the green and that the boat secured up today and. They wrote the song and others they are back on their gear as a result of little experience with the market they'll all be fine before that and it seems that there was a restaurant here in the dark but the songwriters gather to find it on a Thursday to begin with on the job and as a couple was a dollar to wait for that that's when the testified that the first fifty years that whatever the lady and her brother actually did with their software that way the market. If. It works right at the table but at the field if they think that they're there and they great. Without a. Fight. If that's the case for it however if it's. Like. Robert Byrd in the Grand Isle one day they were going to start that way and when I can't wait to read them the way of. The matter either. That or make light of one remark was that one of the care to. Make things better far better for with the. Way the big picture and the beauty of it all but. There was a treat you like the original. Oh thank you. For all. The fine fine brother. There ain't a. Bit of the fine. Want to. Make the whole world. And everybody. With it. That they're gonna fight I want to kill one right in a good way but the right one good a. Right again why I know the other I don't need it nearly every day at the office. I had that day take your. Man to the. The way I did why why why I love you made up by. A by. The. Way out of. The. Eight. Rather a what a day a or. A they. I am single by the parent I once saw one with the computer on and on although I did a lot to fix the one I just did that with my name calling me came on about the end of a thank you Blackie I think that it's what he said about ballots that Piper left him and he sang various songs they had no rhyme or reason or so and don't seem like help but they were pretty devastated area about where to finish stuff one starts want to follow the case how to use what about one third of the country I think it may be important but every song is just heard at least the girls are playing with that some. Wonderful young girl with. A need for the city a good place. At the liberal home for the world put up with all rather plotter thirty days. Pouring in with the pretty her going out today with Jack but after I get up each. Other Thomas came in this morning out on the parade but every night good luck with birds with bears they came to the city and was riding on a big car and a fan got up and offered her his place. You could get it over with for the perfect body. And no one. And what's her name the conductor blank said I know which way. It was. That came out of telegram to say that her father was that her name had dire debts that for that thousand dollars.