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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 21-23, 2014)

A combining of traditional western music and hot jazz with a little bit of bluegrass and gospel mixed in, western swing quickly gained acceptance and became very popular in the 1930s.

Thursday, August 21 (7:30 p.m.)
Rockin’ in the Rockies (Columbia, 1945)
The Hoosier Hot Shots–creators of madcap “rural midwestern jazz”–Mary Beth Hughes and the Cappy Barra Boys Harmonica Band, and Spade Cooley and his western swing band provide several toe-tapping tunes in this musical comedy about show biz hopefuls on a Western ranch.  The Three Stooges also appear, with Moe playing it straight and Larry and Curly acting as a team.

                                                        Friday, August 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Joey McKenzie and His Western Flyers (Live Event)
A blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, Texas-style fiddling, jazz and swing standards will be presented on the Packard Theater stage, performed by Joey McKenzie and His Western Flyers. The Flyers consist of Katie Glassman, a two-time national fiddle champion and vintage-style singer, and Gavin Kelso, a world-class upright bass player. On May 10, 2013, McKenzie and Kelso performed in the first-ever live music concert in the Packard Campus Theater as part of the Quebe Sisters Band.

Saturday, August 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Russell Hayden with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys Double Feature
Perennial Western sidekick Russell Hayden launched his own starring series with Columbia pictures as “Lucky,” the same character he’d previously portrayed in Hopalong Cassidy films. Supporting players are Dub “Cannonball” Taylor as his comic assistant and Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys providing musical interludes. Filming for the eight features in the series was done in mid-to-late 1942, but the Westerns were released over an extended period from the fall of 1942 through the summer of 1944. They were always slick and crammed full of action.

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys serenade Alma Carroll in Silver City Raiders (Columbia, 1943)

Silver City Raiders (Columbia, 1943)
Lucky tries to prove that crooked land baron Bart Dawson (Paul Sutton) doesn’t have prior claim on the entire territory as he proclaims. When legal methods don’t pan out, Lucky and his pals use a more direct approach to drive Dawson out of town.

The Last Horseman (Columbia, 1944)
Lucky Rawlins, foreman of the Bar W ranch, finds himself cheated out of a check for $12,000, the proceeds from a cattle drive. The culprit is the local banker, Cash Watson (John Maxwell), who has learned that the railroad is interested in buying up the local ranches and it is up to Lucky to expose his dastardly deed.

Celebrating Tony Schwartz

Listen!  What do you hear?  Walking around the streets of a city, if you aren’t listening to music or talking on the phone, you can hear the city speak – snippets of conversations, traffic, planes, sirens – familiar sounds of work and play, or the “voice” of the city. Tony Schwartz, born August 19, 1923, […]

Robin Williams

There’s lots of reminiscing in the Moving Image Section today about Robin Williams. My younger colleagues first remember him from Aladdin (1992) and Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), for others it was his Eighties films Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) and Dead Poets Society (1989), and for folks of my generation, he’ll always be a little bit Mork. […]

World War I

 The following is a guest post by Matt Barton, Recorded Sound Curator, National Audio-Visual Conservation Center This Monday marked the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of World War I.  Songs relating to World War I are very well documented in the Library’s National Jukebox, which provides over 10,000 78-rpm discs recorded in the 1920s and before. For […]

Ask Your Doctor if This Film is Right for You: Using Movies to Market Pharmaceutical Drugs

A constant theme of “Now See Hear!” is the amazing variety of moving images and sound recordings in the Library’s collections. I confess that I am especially fond of educational, industrial, and promotional films like Facts About Film or Blame It on Love, and so will regularly write about those. The Ordeal of Thomas Moon […]

Studs Terkel’s Music Interviews

As Mike Mashon mentioned in his recent blog post, Tales of the Unexpected, you never know what you’ll find in the Library’s collections. While the Library has great interviews of musicians, as found in the Joe Smith Collection, the Studs Terkel Collection contains interviews of musicians and performers that are particularly fascinating and revealing. Since […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 31 – August 2, 2014)

A program of animated shorts selected to demonstrate the concept and basic elements of sound design, as well as four acclaimed animated features, will be screened this week as part of the Film Foundation’s “Story of the Movies: The Animation Universe” development workshop for classroom teachers.  Held at the Packard Campus from July 31—Aug. 2, […]

Meet the Packard Campus Institute

The following is a guest post from Carla Arton, a Processing Technician in the Recorded Sound Section. Here at the Packard Campus of the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, we not only pride ourselves on providing excellent reference and preservation services for our collections, our staff also actively participates in ongoing professional development. In addition […]

Of Cantonese Opera and Guatemalan Marimba

This week we will explore the wealth of ethnic recordings that are available in the Library’s National Jukebox and other online collections.  The Jukebox includes some 10,000 recordings of 78-rpm discs made before 1926. To browse these recordings, visit the site’s browse all recordings page and click the headings “language” and “target audience.” Pictured at the right are Alfredo and Flora de Gobbi, a husband […]