I suggest asking the Kitchen Sisters:
On Aug 13, 2016, at 7:11 PM, chuck reinsch <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The 14.4 realaudio file is still accessible at this url: http://www.npr.org/programs/lnfsound/stories/990806.stories.html
> I was able to play it with VLC, but as you say the audio quality is poor.
> The text on the page where this audio appears is "Quest for Sound Curator Jay Allison brings us Buster Keaton. Listener Bob Borgen has a tape of the silent film star at a party in 1962. Some friends gave him a ukelele and recorded his songs, stories and memories of Vaudeville."
> Perhaps "Bob Borgen" has a better copy, but this it was originally aired in NPR Aug 6, 1999.
> Chuck Reinsch
> On 8/13/2016 2:17 PM, Thomas Stern wrote:
>> I recently became aware of this tape, recorded at a party in 1962. Buster
>> Keaton sings with ukulele and talks about vaudeville (19teens), blue
>> and sings a bit of a blues with mention of "high yeller woman". The
>> recording is an extra in the new UK blu-ray Keaton Shorts 1917--23 dvd set,
>> has been issued previously on a Masters of Cinema DVD set, and there was an
>> NPR show (seems sound file now deleted). I have difficulty understanding
>> a good part of this - not a great recording, but also my diminished hearing.
>> 1. Does anyone know of a transcript of this material ??
>> 2. Is there a better sound CD or other source for this recording ??
>> 3. Has there been any discussion of the tape and the sources for the songs
>> Keaton performs ?? I am particularly curious about the HIGH YALLER verses
>> which I associate with blues performers and wonder where Keaton would have
>> heard this material ??
>> Best wishes, Thomas.