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Industrial Musicals; The Complicated Story Of Gus Cannon; That Was A Hit?!? On Will To Power

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Friday, June 06, 2014

Gus Cannon's album 'Walk Right In' was released on Stax Records in 1963. Gus Cannon's album 'Walk Right In' was released on Stax Records in 1963.

In this episode: The book Everything’s Coming Up Profits digs into the golden age of post-WWII “industrial musicals” created by big American corporations. Co-author and Late Show With David Letterman writer Steve Young shares some of the Broadway quality songs composed for the auto industry in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

Then: Dom Flemons, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, tells Soundcheck the story of 20th century blues singer Gus Cannon, whose song “Walk Right In” was a hit for the Rooftop Singers in the 1960s. We take a listen to his minstrel-inflected music, and find out who he was singing for.

Plus: Another installment of our series That Was A Hit!?!, about "Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley" by Will To Power.

Guests:

Dom Flemons, Paul Ford and Steve Young

The Complicated Story Of Bluesman Gus Cannon

Dom Flemons, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, tells Soundcheck the story of 20th century blues singer Gus Cannon, whose song “Walk Right In” was a hit for the Rooftop Singers in the 1960s. We take a listen to his music, and find out who he was singing for.

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Automotive Musicals

The new book Everything’s Coming Up Profits digs into the golden age of post-WWII “industrial musicals” created by big American corporations. Co-author and Late Show With David Letterman writer Steve Young shares some of the near-Broadway quality songs composed by (and for) the auto industry in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

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That Was A Hit?!?: Will To Power, 'Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley'

In our occasional series That Was A Hit!?!, we look at songs that snuck onto the pop charts and achieved improbable success. This week, Paul Ford -- contributor to online magazine The Morning News and writer of his own blog F-Train -- dug out this gem "Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley" by Will To Power.

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Hamilton Leithauser, Wyatt Cenac and San Fermin will be performing live at BAM on June 7 for RadioLoveFest.

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Join Soundcheck tomorrow night at BAM with Hamilton Leithauser, Wyatt Cenac, and San Fermin.

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