Ken's Radio Transcription Recordings

August 2001 I was lucky to have received copes of Ken's Radio Transcriptions. Most are played on the Wurlitzer ES but there is a good mixture of Hammond sounds too. As far as we can make out, these recordings were made on 15" type LP's. possibly by or for the American Forces Network, during or just after the war. Everyone who has listened to these tapes agrees that Ken plays in a much free-er style than we are accustomed to hearing and the varying styles and moods proves what a perfectionist Ken was and a far better organist than given credit. Boring and using the bass pedals as 'rests' Never!

Ever since hearing Ken's "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" LP I had hoped that he would have played some Scottish songs. It was a nice surprise to hear him play two in this collection. Annie Laurie and Auld Lang Syne and what a nice job he has made too, although I don't know what Traditionalist would have made of him 'swinging' Auld Lang Syne. I like it. Here, he simply sits down and 'plays' the organ. These recordings more than deserve to be produced as a brilliant CD collection.

I'll see you in my Dreams
Goodnight, Sweetheart
Oh, You Beautiful Doll
Cuddle Up a Little Closer
Honey
Blue Hawaii
Trees
Someday You'll Want Me
Ain't She Sweet
All of Me
Tennessee Waltz
Anniversary Song
For All We Know
Always in My Heart
Lilli Marlene
Far Away Places
Angry
Annie Laurie
Humoresque
When My Baby Smiles at Green Eyes
Hi Lilli-Hi Lo
The Band Played On
Song of the Islands
Sunrise Serenade





Lady of Spain
Chloe (Song of the Swamp)
The World is Waiting for the Sunrise
For You
I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover
Dream
Let the Rest of the World Go By
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
The Bells of St. Mary's
I'll Get By
Peg O' My Heart
It's Only a Paper Moon
April Showers
Alice Blue Gown
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life
It Had to be You
Drifting and Dreaming
I'm Confess'n
Diane
In A Little Spanish Town
Barcarole
Tea for Two
Beautiful Isle of Somewhere
Beautiful Ohio





Paradise
Isle of Capri
Deep Purple
Serenade ( Student Prince)
Vienna City of My Dreams
Jealous
Merry Widow Waltz
Wonderful One
Blue Danube
The Glowworm
Drigo Serenade
Mary's a Grand Old Name
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Serenade (Schubert)
La Paloma
When the Organ Played at Twilight
Now is the Hour
Narcissus
Brahms Lullaby
Marie
The Little Old Mill
I Don' t Know Why
Always
Doll Dance
Gimme a Little Kiss





Ti-Pi-Tin
Caprice Viennois
Yours
Sentimental Journey
Whispering
Louisiana Waltz
Does your Heart Beat for Me?
For Me and My Gal
Do You Ever Think of Me?
Once in a While
Ramona
The Waltz You Saved for Me
Galway Bay
I'll Take You Home, Kathleen
Auld Lang Syn
Love's Old Sweet Song
Maria Elena
Baby Face
I'll Always Be in Love with You
In Apple Blossom Time
Forever and Ever









Eric's Comments: "Kurt  has the original radio transcription records also. They are a larger diameter than ordinary LP's but run at 33.33 RPM like a regular LP. But, interestingly enough, the recording groove starts at the center of the record and spirals out. Also, they are red instead of black, and they are transparent. There are other selections of other types of music on these radio transcriptions besides just Ken's music, but we couldn't listen to them because he has no way of playing them".

Anyone out there have a means to playing and transferring these recordings to audio tape or CD!

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