Thanks for the correction Matthew. Yes, there is a reel of episodes or an
episode of "Your Ballad Man" at the Folklife Center and David put me in
contact. The person overseeing that archive says Ahbez and/or "Nature Boy"
are not featured on the reel however.
On Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 9:23 AM Barton, Matthew <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Alan Lomax's show was actually called "Your Ballad Man: The People's
> Songbag," or just "Your Ballad Man," though it wouldn't surprise me if
> you've seen radio listings or articles from the period calling it "The
> Ballad Man."
> There's a show or two under the full, first title in the Alan Lomax
> Collection at the Library of Congress, though I can't say if this is one of
> them. There may also be a playlist for the show you want, or correspondence
> about it. The American Folklife Center at LOC may be able to help with
> this, and David Sager can refer you to them.
> Matthew Barton
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> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Looking for Radio Programs Related to the Composer of
> "Nature Boy"
> Hello Everyone...
> I am new to this list. Was recommended to join by David Sager of the
> Library of Congress with whom I spoke with last week about possible old
> radio shows that featured Eden Ahbez---the composer of the American
> standard "Nature Boy."
> Here are the main three shows I am searching for (based in listings from
> newspaper and radio/TV industry publications from 1948-49):
> -June 5, 1948 episode of Alan Lomax's "The Ballad Man" in which he plays
> "Nature Boy" and discusses its lyrics.
> -Fall 1948, unnamed talk show on KMPC-Los Angeles in which Ahbez himself
> hosts five minute segments, talking about health tips and spirituality, and
> playing one song per episode. I have about five news clippings announcing
> this show. No exact dates however.
> -A May 1949 episode of "This Is Broadway," CBS Radio, a talent show
> featuring guest panelists such as big-band legend Artie Shaw and author
> Clifton Fadiman. Ahbez appeared on one of the earliest episodes which
> may've also been filmed and broadcast on television.
> Thanks for taking a look. If anyone knows of any other programs related to
> Ahbez or "Nature Boy" I would be most grateful to find them as well.
> Brian Chidester