OTRS 129 “BEAUTIFUL MUSIC OF OLD-TIME MEXICO” w/ ZAC SALEM, ROBERT ARMSTRONG & MARK POLLOCK

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John’s Old Time Radio Show ZAC SALEM ROBERT ARMSTRONG & MARK POLLOCK – “BEAUTIFUL MUSIC OF OLD-TIME MEXICO”. Wonderful early Mexican string band & ensemble records from the collections of Zac Salem and yours truly with OTRS regulars, Hawaiian steel great & Cheap Suit Serenader co-founder Robert Armstrong, fellow record collector Mark Pollock and yours truly. Thanks to Mark for helping record this show remotely.

  1. Los Bootleggers – El Trio Alegre
  2. Duda – Arturo Vasquez
  3. Sigue Adelante – Lidya Mendoza
  4. Danzas Tipicas – Ignacio Orozco
  5. El Manoso – Orquesta Tipica Fronteriza
  6. Andale, Vamos, Platicando – Medina River Boys
  7. Mariquita Esta Durmiendo – Hermanos Pizano
  8. No Te Llenes De Orgullo Mujer – Hermanos Chavarria
  9. Pasion – Guty Cardenas
  10. El Taconaso – Narciso Martinez
  11. La Balbinita – Los Madrugadores
  12. La Rosa – Nicandro Castilo con sus Huastecos
Mark Pollock, Zac Salem & Robert Armstrong
Los Hermanos Chavarria
Guty Cardenas
Los Madrugadores
Lidya Mendoza
Narciso Martinez
Nicandro Castillo
Trio Garnica

OTRS 127 R. CRUMB’S RECORD ROOM part 56 “CRUMB IS FOND OF GRANDE DERRIERES!”

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I don’t want to shock anyone but R. Crumb is drawn to ladies with large derrieres and he’s got the records to prove it! John Heneghan, Robert Crumb & Eden Brower play fabulous 78 rpm records from Crumb’s record collection in France.

  1. My Fat Girl – Chris Bouchillon
  2. Minnie The Mermaid – Bernie Cummins and his Hotel New Yorker Orchestra
  3. Big Fat Mama Blues – Charlie Spand
  4. I Don’t Want To Get Thin – Sophie Tucker
  5. She Shakes A Mean Ash Can – Pigmeat Pete & Catjuice Charley
  6. The Duck Yas Yas – Oliver Cobb & his Rhythm Kings
  7. Fat Fanny Stomp – Jim Clarke
  8. What’s It? – Jimmie Rodgers
  9. Big Fat Gal – Lester Pete Bivins
  10. I’ll Rise When The Rooster Crows – Binkley Brothers Dixie Clodhoppers
Aline Kominsky-Crumb, the original “Devil-Girl”!
Eden Brower & R. Crumb
Eden Brower & R. Crumb
Eden Brower & R. Crumb
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John Heneghan & R. Crumb
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R. Crumb & Eden Brower
Eden Brower & R. Crumb

OTRS 126 “SQUEEZEBOX HEROES OF DAYS GONE BY” w/ ROBERT ARMSTRONG & MARK POLLOCK

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John’s Old Time Radio Show ROBERT ARMSTRONG & MARK POLLOCK – “SQUEEZEBOX HEROES OF DAYS GONE BY”. Remember when chicks used to think that the lanky guy standing in the back of the orchestra with the accordion strapped around his neck was hot? Me neither. Listen to great old 78 records featuring accordion greats from the collections of Hawaiian steel great & Cheap Suit Serenader co-founder Robert Armstrong, fellow record collector Mark Pollock and yours truly. Thanks to Mark for helping record this show remotely.

  1. Spanish Shawl – Frank Salerno
  2. Ain’t She Sweet Gardino & Puig
  3. Le Chemin Du Paradis – Salimbeni et son orchestre refrain par Francino
  4. Double Check Stomp – Duke Ellington Orchestra
  5. Alabama Jubilee – Homer Christopher & Ramey Van Vink
  6. Valse De Mon Vieux Village (My Old Home Town Waltz) – Amedie Ardoin
  7. Flor Marchita – Narciso Martinez
  8. It Fair Cows the Cuddy – McKAy Kemp
  9. Walabalaba – Lu Myalo and his Concertina
  10. China Boy – Ozark Red and his Ozark Mountain Boys
  11. Irish Reel Medley – Frank Quinn & Eddie Dunn
Mark Pollack & Robert Armstrong
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Amede Ardoin
Robert Armstrong
Mark Pollack

OTRS 125 “TRANSPORTATION SONGS!” w/ ROBERT ARMSTRONG & MARK POLLOCK

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John’s Old Time Radio Show ROBERT ARMSTRONG & MARK POLLOCK – “TRANSPORTATION SONGS!”. Remember the days when people looked forward to travel in America before our infrastructure was crumbling and billionaires were robbing our tax dollars to fly penis rockets around the moon? Me neither. Listen to great old 78 records about transportation from the collections of Hawaiian steel great & Cheap Suit Serenader co-founder Robert Armstrong, fellow record collector Mark Pollock and yours truly. Thanks to Mark for helping record this show remotely.

  1. Railroad Blues – Sam McGee
  2. Transportation Blues Part 1 – Charlie Troutt’s Melody Artists
  3. Transfusion – Scatman Crothers
  4. C. C. & O. Blues – Pink Anderson and Simmie Dooley
  5. Transportation Blues Part 2 – Charlie Troutt’s Melody Artists
  6. Jackass Caravan – Cactus Pryor & his Pricklypears
  7. Gone Dead Train – King Solomon Hill
  8. V-8 Ford – Willie Love
  9. Hard To Race – Dave Stogner with his Hayride Gang
  10. Ford V-8 – The Cedar Creek Sheik
  11. Buick 59 – The Madallions
  12. Waiting For The Robert E. Lee – Estelita , Buddy Bregman & Orchestra
  13. When The Robert E. Lee Comes To Town – Harry Reser
Mark Pollack & Robert Armstrong
Scatman Crothers & Redd Foxx
Sam McGee
The Medallions
Scatman Crothers
Pink Anderson
King Solomon Hill (I think…)
Charlie Troutt’s Melody Artists
Cactus Pryor
Pink Anderson
Mark Pollack & Robert Armstrong
Harry Reser

OTRS 120 “GREAT INSTRUMENTALS OF DAYS GONE BY” w/ ROBERT ARMSTRONG & MARK POLLOCK

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John’s Old Time Radio Show ROBERT ARMSTRONG & MARK POLLOCK – “GREAT INSTRUMENTALS OF DAYS GONE BY”. Fantastic early 78 rpm INSTRUMENTAL records from the collection of Hawaiian steel great & Cheap Suit Serenader co-founder Robert Armstrong, fellow record collector Mark Pollock and yours truly. Thanks to Mark for helping record this show remotely.

  1. Mountain Blues – Jimmy Smith
  2. Celeste Blues – Meade Lux Lewis
  3. Hurdy Gurdy Solo – Le Bourree
  4. Potato Salad – Bernie Ladd & John Cali
  5. Wahine Slack Key – George Keoki Davis
  6. Shore Leave – The Three Old Salts
  7. St. Louis Blues – Willie “Red” Newman
  8. Shine On Harvest Moon – Willie “Red” Newman
  9. Penny Whistle Blues – Willard Cele
  10. Sourwood Mountain – Evans & McClain
  11. Tin Ear – Bob Effros
  12. Lover – Perry Botkin
  13. Bye Bye Blackbird – Eddie Peabody
Robert Armstrong & Mark Pollock
Eddie Peabody

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Five Harmaniacs (Willie “Red” Newman 2nd from left)
Robert Armstrong & Mark Pollock

OTRS 119 “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE BANJO?” w/ ROBERT ARMSTRONG & MARK POLLOCK

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John’s Old Time Radio Show ROBERT ARMSTRONG & MARK POLLOCK – “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE BANJO?”. Fantastic early 78 rpm BANJO records from the collection of Hawaiian steel great & Cheap Suit Serenader co-founder Robert Armstrong, fellow record collector Mark Pollock and yours truly. Thanks to Mark for helping record this show remotely.

  1. West Lawn Polka – Fred J. Bacon
  2. Keep Off The Grass – Vess L. Ossman
  3. Down In Tennessee Blues – Homer Davenport
  4. Darlin’ Cora – B. F. Shelton
  5. Meddlin’ With The Blues – Herbert Leonard & Larry Mays
  6. Minglewood Blues – Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers
  7. Wait Til The Clouds To Roll By – Uncle Dave Macon
  8. If I Can’t Have You – Sleepy Hall’s Melody Boys
  9. Foolin’ Around (Tiger Rag) – Roy Smeck & Art Khan
  10. So Is Your Old Lady – Arthur Fields & Banjo (prob) John Cali
  11. Calling – Harry Reser
  12. Mia Adonata – Frank Fazio
  13. Uyu Mzathu – Monyoso & Kachre
  14. Down South – Harry Reser’s Banjo Boys
Robert Armstrong & Mark Pollock
Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers
Vess Ossman
Uncle Dave Macon

OTRS 118 “GREAT GUITAR RECORDS” w/ ROBERT ARMSTRONG & MARK POLLOCK

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John’s Old Time Radio Show ROBERT ARMSTRONG & MARK POLLOCK – “GREAT GUITAR RECORDS”. Fantastic early 78 rpm GUITAR records from the collection of Hawaiian steel great & Cheap Suit Serenader co-founder Robert Armstrong & Fellow record collector Mark Pollock. Thanks to Mark for helping record this show remotely.

  1. Blue Guitar Stomp – Clifford Hayes’ Louisville Stompers
  2. Playing With The Strings – Lonnie Johnson
  3. Misty Mornin’ – Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  4. Sizzling The Blues – Monk Hazel & his Beinville Roof Orchestra
  5. Haunted Nights – Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  6. Wild Man Blues – Johnny Dodds & his Chicago Boys
  7. Guitar In High – Teddy Bunn
  8. Turkey In The Straw/ Arkansas Traveller – Alphus McFayden
  9. Cannon Ball Rag – Merle Travis
  10. Bryant’s Bounce – Jimmy Bryant & Speedy West
  11. Wine Cooler – T. J. Fowler
  12. She Left Me A Mule – Big Joe Williams
  13. Te Amo Me Dijiste – Lydia Mendoza
Robert Armstrong & Mark Pollock
Robert Armstrong & Mark Pollock
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Robert Armstrong & Mark Pollock

OTRS 117 “GREAT NOVELTY RECORDS” w/ ROBERT ARMSTRONG & MARK POLLOCK

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John’s Old Time Radio Show ROBERT ARMSTRONG & MARK POLLOCK – “GREAT NOVELTY RECORDS”. Fantastic early 78 rpm NOVELTY records from the collection of Hawaiian steel great & Cheap Suit Serenader co-founder Robert Armstrong & Fellow record collector Mark Pollock. Thanks to Mark for helping record this show remotely.

  1. Thanks For The Lobster – Fred Van Eps Banjo
  2. Mama Ines – Havana Novelty Orchestra
  3. Hunting Tigers Out in “Indiah” – Leslie Sarony
  4. Etiquette Blues – Harry Reser’s Six Jumping Jacks
  5. Rhapsody In Blues – Borrah Minevitch
  6. I Can’t Sleep In The Movies Anymore – Broadway Merry Makers (Fred Hall & His Sugar Babies)
  7. D D Hoedown – Shell Chemical Corporation
  8. Little Dog Yodel – Ralph Richardson
  9. The Swiss Boy – Smiley Burnette
  10. Singin’ In The Bath Tub – Macy & Smalle
  11. Dinah – Billy Costello
  12. Rubenola – Rudy Wiedoeft
  13. Castration of the Strawberry Roan – The Sons Of The Pioneers
  14. Tom and Jerry in Honolulu – Tom & Jerry
  15. If I Know’d Youse A’ Comin’ I’d Cut My Throat – Cactus Pryor & His Pricklypears
  16. Ape Call – Nervous Norvus (Jimmy Drake)
Mark Pollack & Robert Armstrong
Robert Armstrong & Mark Pollock
Robert Armstrong
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Harry Reser
Fred Hall
Fred Van Eps
Billy Costello
Robert Armstrong & Mark Pollock

OTRS 116 ROBERT ARMSTRONG “GREAT EARLY HAWAIIAN RECORDS”

John’s Old Time Radio Show ROBERT ARMSTRONG – “GREAT EARLY HAWAIIAN RECORDS”. Fantastic early 20th Century Hawaiian 78 rpm records from the collection of Hawaiian steel great & Cheap Suit Serenader co-founder Robert Armstrong. Fellow record collector Mark Pollock is also present at the Armstrong interview and many thanks to him for helping record Armstrong remotely in this new age of Covid.

  1. Tu-Tu-E, Tu-Tu-Hoi – Kalama’s Quartet featuring Mike Hanapi & Bob Matsu
  2. Ama Ama – Sam Alama
  3. Mona Chimes – Frank Ferera
  4. Hilo March (Mindanao March) – Bennie Nawahi (although Bennie didn’t think this was him in a 1980 interview)
  5. Paahana Hula – Madame Riviere’s Hawaiians
  6. The Rose Of Heaven – Walter Kolomoku’s Honoluluans
  7. I Nikiniki Malie – Kalama’s Quartette featuring Mike Hanapi
  8. Tomi Tomi – Sol K. Bright
  9. The Hula Blues – Jim and Bob (The Genial Hawaiians)
  10. Hula Girl – Sol Hoopii and his Novelty Quartette
  11. Hula Girl – Andrew Aiona’s Novelty Four
  12. La Rosita – Sol K. Bright
  13. Minnehaha – Andy Iona and his Islanders Sam Koki & Dan Stewart
  14. Faa Navenave – Augie Goupil and his Royal Tahitians
  15. Let’s Go To Honolulu – Kostas Bezo’s White Birds
  16. Oua Oua – Kanui & Lula
  17. Moana Chimes – Sam Ku West and his Royal Hawaiians
Robert Armstrong
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Robert Armstrong & Mark Pollock
Cheap Suit Serenaders
Robert Armstrong & Mark Pollock
Good Tone Banjo Boys – Crumb, Armstrong &
painting by Robert Armstrong
ukulele painted by R. Armstrong
Sam Alama
Sol K Bright
Yazoo cover by Armstrong
Grass Skirt record cover by Armstrong
Kalama's Quartet
Kalama’s Quartet
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David Burrows (left), Mike Hanapi (right)
JIM & BOB
Sol Hoopii
Sol Hoopii
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Kanui & Lula
Sam Ku West
Sam Ku West

OTRS 115 “THE LOST BENNIE NAWAHI INTERVIEW BY ROBERT ARMSTRONG Pt. 2”

John’s Old Time Radio Show “THE LOST BENNIE NAWAHI INTERVIEW BY ROBERT ARMSTRONG Pt 2”. Recently unearthed interview with the King of the Hawaiian guitar & Ukulele Bennie Nawahi from 1980 by Hawaiian steel great & Cheap Suit Serenader co-founder Robert Armstrong. Also present are Bennie’s wife Betty and his stepson Norman Peterson as well as Robert Crumb, who is also an interviewee and Spencer Quinn. This episode starts with an interview with Robert Crumb from the present, remembering the day he met Bennie and then the 2nd part of the interview Armstrong recorded with Bennie is played in it’s entirety, unedited. In Part 2 they listen to some of Nawahi’s records that Bennie had including many records he personally recorded which have NEVER BEEN HEARD BEFORE (and are currently lost as far as we know)!!!! There is some background talking but I decided not to edit it or replace the known records with clean tracks because the feel of being “in the room” with those guys seems more important than a perfect record listening scenario. Mark Pollock is also present at the Armstrong interview and many thanks to him for helping record Armstrong remotely in this new age of Covid. This is a two part interview of Bennie which will be followed by an episode where Armstrong spins some very fine Hawaiian discs from his collection.

Robert Crumb interview (2021)

Bennie Nawahi interview Part Two

Records played by Bennie (during interview)

  1. Vana Vana – King Nawahi Trio
  2. (The end of) Hawaiian Capers – King Nawahi’s Hawaiians
  3. My Little A-1 Brownie – Charles (Bernard “Slim”) Smith, Nawahi & Benny Goodman
  4. (partial) Guitar Rhythm – Georgia Jumpers
  5. California Blues – Georgia Jumpers
  6. Big Feet Rag – Georgia Jumpers
  7. Ukulele Benny – Georgia Jumpers
  8. Hawaiian Love-Bird – King Nawahi’s Hawaiians w/ Bill Cody
  9. Hula Medley – King Nawahi Trio
  10. If I Had A Talking Picture Of You – Hawaiian Beach Combers
  11. I Get The Blues When It Rains – King Nawahi Trio
  12. Fort Street – Bennie Nawahi
  13. Nola/ Swanee River/ Taps – Bennie Nawahi
  14. My Adobe Hacienda – King Nawahi Trio
  15. Maui Girl – King Nawahi Trio
Robert Armstrong interviews King Bennie Nawahi 1980
Good Tone Banjo Boys – Crumb, Armstrong & Spencer Quinn!
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BENNIE NAWAHI (FAR RIGHT)
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Bennie Nawahi
Benny Nawahi
Robert Armstrong & Mark Pollock