Friday, October 12, 2012

Rare Janis Joplin Recording Uncovered on The Joe Bev Experience - Saturday, October 12 - 3 pm (ET) on CRAGG

Joe Bev presents documentary on the birth of Austin music, part of "The Joe Bev 3-hour Block" airing every Saturday, starting 1 pm (ET) / 10 am (PT) at

Host Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) presents "From Moonshine to Armadillos: The Birth of the Austin Music Scene" on 12th edition of The Joe Bev Experience airing Saturday, October 12 at 3 pm ET / noon PT on  right after Joe Bev's Comedy-O-Rama Hour and Jazz-O-Rama Hour (part of "The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block" starting 1 pm ET).

Veteran award-winning producer Joe Bevilacqua hosts this hour long program outlining the History of Threadgill's and Armadillo World Headquarters and their contribution to the birth of the Austin music scene and their influence on the Nashville Sound and Country Rock.

Featuring commentary and music by many of the key players of the time.

"This program offers a soup to nuts history of Austin's growth into the live music Mecca that it's become today. The show is more than just contemporary talking heads and music--it features an amazing collection of archival interviews and recordings (including tape of some never-before-heard early Janis Joplin performances, which should qualify as an authentic archival treasure). The production is well put-together, flowing smoothly between many different elements." -Eric Nuzum, NPR's Vice President for Programming.

THE HISTORY: Perhaps country music lover and bootlegger Kenneth Threadgill had more in mind when he opened his Gulf filling station just north of the Austin city limits in 1933, for the day that Travis County decided to "go wet" in December of the same year, Kenneth stood in line all night to be the first person to own a liquor license in the county.

Soon, the filling station became a favorite spot for traveling musicians since it was open 24 hours for drinking, gambling and jamming. Kenneth would sing songs by his beloved Jimmie Rodgers nightly. Musicians who came to play were paid in beer. Such was the atmosphere at Threadgill's, it was only when a curfew was enacted in 1942 that its owner had to get a key for the front door, before that it had yet to have been locked. The quintessential Austin beer joint continued to flourish into the sixties, and changed with the social climate of the era by inviting the folkies, hippies and beatniks to his Wednesday night singing sessions with open arms.

Janis Joplin
Threadgill's love for people and music smoothed out the conflicts that usually occurred when longhairs met with rednecks at the time, and because of this, a new culture tolerance emanated from the club, which had a profound effect upon its patrons and the music that came from it. It was here that Janis Joplin developed her country and blues hybrid-styled voice that would blur the lines between country and rock n' roll.

In 1974, when Austinites and the nation were extolling the benefits of living in the heart of the Lone Star State, and the "Cosmic Cowboy" movement, which had its roots directly planted in the history of Threadgill's and Armadillo World Headquarters, was at its peak, tragedy struck Kenneth Threadgill when his wife Mildred died, and he decided to close his club. After nearly succumbing to the city of Austin's desire to demolish the original Threadgill's site which had become an eyesore, it was purchased by Eddie Wilson, owner of the Armadillo World Headquarters, a sister venue of a kindred spirit. Wilson's idea, however, was to make Threadgill's a Southern style restaurant, based on the success of the menu that he offered at his kitchen at the Armadillo. So, on New Year's Eve 1980, the Armadillo closed, and on New Year's Eve 1981, Threadgill's opened as a restaurant. It was an instant success.

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In 1982, the main building burned down, but Wilson reopened only three months later with an added commissary kitchen and banquet hall which has evolved into the Country Store Museum and Eddie Wilson Memory Archive and Upstairs Store. Threadgill's World Headquarters In 1996, Threadgill's World Headquarters was opened in south Austin, right beside the residence of the Armadillo Headquarters. Wilson has made a distinction between the two locations: the original, north location has the theme of Austin between the 1930's and the 1960's. The south location celebrates the history of the Armadillo and its salad days of the 1970's. The memorabilia of the Headquarters represents the hey-day of this era from the juke box which contains many of the artists who played the Armadillo to the piano that hangs from the ceiling which has been played by artists as diverse as Jerry Lee Lewis to Captain Beefheart. At either venue, Wilson is proud to boast that "in matter of music and food, we represent a time before disco or microwaves."

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Joe Bevilacqua is a veteran radio theater producer and voice actor. He also works on stage and is the winner of the 2012 New York TANYS Award for Excellence in Acting. He has performed at the Improv, Caroline's on Broadway, Catch a Rising Star, the Comic Strip, opened for Uncle Floyd, worked with Al Franken, Shelley Berman, Louis Black and Rick Overton. Joe has also MC'd shows featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Mahr and Gilbert Gottfried. He has been regularly heard on National Public Radio and Sirius-XM Radio and has produced hundreds of hours of audiobooks. He currently produces and hosts three radio hours per week for the Internet radio station Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!

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Sing Along 78 RPM Records - Saturday, October 12, 2 pm (ET) - on CRAGG

Joe Bev presents 78 RPM Jazz with a Sense of Humor: "Follow the Bouncing Ball" 
on The Jazz-O-Rama Hour, part of "The Joe Bev 3-hour Block" air every Saturday, starting 1 pm (ET) / 10 am (PT) at

"The Sidewalks Of New York", "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" and "It Had to Be You" will be among the 78 RPM records heard on the 16th edition of Joe Bev's Jazz-O-Rama Hour airing this Saturday, October 12, at 2 pm (ET) / 11 am (PT) on Internet radio powerhouse Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!

Joe Bev presents 78 RPM Jazz with a Sense of Humor
This Saturday Joe Bev presents 78 RPM Jazz with a Sense of Humor: "Follow the Bouncing Ball", including:

  1. "The Sidewalks Of New York" - The Nat Shilkret Orchestra (1928)
  2. "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" - Nick Lucas (1927)
  3. "It Had to Be You" - Isham Jones (1924)
  4. "Baby Face" - Jan Garber (1926)
  5. "As Time Goes By" - The Columbians / Freddie Rich Orchestra (1920s)
  6. "Moonlight and Shadows" - Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (1936)
  7. "Sing Song Girl" - Bob Haring's Colonial Club Orchestra (1930)
  8. "Honolulu Baby" - Weintraub's Syncopators (1936)
  9. "Managua, Nicaragua" - Guy Lombardo's Orchestra (1946) "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The "Positive" Kay Kyser and his Kollege of Muiscal Knowledge (1944)
  10. "Dem Bones, Dry Bones" - The Delta Rhythm Boys (1930s)
  11. "Well, Git It!" - Glen Grey & the Casa Loma Orchestra (1930s)

"Sidewalks Of New York" was written in 1894 by lyricist James W. Blake and vaudeville actor and composer Charles B. Lawlor in 1894. The song proved successful afterwards, and is often considered a theme for New York City. Many artists, including Mel Tormé, Duke Ellington, Larry Groce and The Grateful Dead, have performed this song. Governor Al Smith of New York used it as a theme song for his failed presidential campaign in 1928. The song is also known under the title "East Side, West Side" from the first words of the chorus.

Nick Lucas
Nick Lucas born Dominic Nicholas Anthony Lucanese was an American singer and pioneer jazz guitarist, remembered as "the grandfather of the jazz guitar", whose peak of popularity lasted from the mid-1920s to the early 1930s.In 1922, at the age of 25, he gained renown with his hit renditions of "Picking the Guitar" and "Teasing the Frets" for Pathe Records. In 1923, the Gibson Guitars proposed to build him a concert guitar with an extra deep body. Known as the "Nick Lucas Special," it has been a popular model with guitarists since. In the same year, he began a successful career in recording phonograph records for Brunswick and remained one of their exclusive artists until 1932. By the late 1920s, Lucas had become well known as "The Crooning Troubadour" due to the success of the recordings he made for Brunswick Records. In 1929, he co-starred in the Warner Brothers Technicolor musical, Gold Diggers of Broadway, in which he introduced the two hit songs "Painting the Clouds with Sunshine" and "Tiptoe Through the Tulips".

Priscilla Lane
"It Had to Be You" is a popular song written by Isham Jones, with lyrics by Gus Kahn, and was first published in 1924. The song was performed by Priscilla Lane in the 1939 film The Roaring Twenties and by Danny Thomas in the 1951 film I'll See You in My Dreams. The latter film was based loosely upon the lives of Gus Kahn and his wife Grace LeBoy Kahn. It was also performed by Dooley Wilson in the 1942 film Casablanca, Betty Hutton in the 1945 film Incendiary Blonde, and by Diane Keaton in the 1977 film Annie Hall. It was also performed in the film A League of Their Own by Megan Cavanagh.

"Baby Face" is a popular song written by Harry Akst, the lyrics by Benny Davis. The song was published in 1926. That same year, Jan Garber had a number one hit with the song. It was covered by many recording artists of the time (and since then), including Al Jolson and The Revelers. The Buffalodians did a version in 1926 with Harold Arlen on piano. In 1943, an instrumental version appears in the Tom and Jerry short "Baby Puss".In 1958, Little Richard peaked at number twelve on the R&B chart and number forty-one on the pop chart with his version of the song.In 1962, American singer Bobby Darin recorded a version as a single. In late-1975, disco studio group Wing and a Prayer Fife and Drum Corps recorded a disco version of the song where it peaked at number two for two weeks on the disco chart.This version also went to number thirty-two on the soul chart and number fourteen on the Hot 100 during the winter of 1976

"As Time Goes By" is a song written by Herman Hupfeld in 1931. It became most famous in 1942 when it was sung by the character Sam (Dooley Wilson) in the movie Casablanca. The song was voted No. 2 on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs special, commemorating the best songs in film. It was used as a fanfare for Warner Bros. Pictures since 1998.

Freddie Rich Orchestra
The Columbians is a nick of the famous Freddie Rich Orchestra. Smith Ballew, born in 1901 in Texas, was one of the first row crooners of the turn of 1920/30s. He sung for most of the leading orchestras (Leo Reisman, Ben Selvin, Sam Lanin, The Dorsey Brothers, Joe Venuti, Frankie Trumbauer, Ben Pollack) and record labels in New York. After the Great Depression he established his own dance band and since 1936 became famous also as a "singing cowboy" for 20th Century Fox B 'western' movies. The rest of the actors of this clip need not to be introduced.

Dem Bones, Dry Bones or Dem Dry Bones is a traditional spiritual song. The melody was written by African-American author and songwriter James Weldon Johnson.

Delta Rhythm Boys
The Delta Rhythm Boys were an American vocal group active for over 50 years in the 20th century. The group was first formed at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma in 1934 by Elmaurice Miller, Traverse Crawford, Essie Joseph Adkins and Otha Lee Gaines. In 1936 they moved to Dillard University in New Orleans, where they worked under Frederick Hall[disambiguation needed] under the names New Orleans Quintet and Frederick Hall Quintet. Clinton Holland (soon replaced by Carl Jones) and Kelsey Pharr (replaced by Hugh Bryant in 1962) replaced Miller and Adkins. Rene DeKnight became their pianist. Peter O'Toole sings the song in the 1972 film, The Ruling Class. The song "Dry Bones" was also featured as the second track on the Rain Man movie soundtrack.

Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) has been producing radio in many genres since 1971 when he was 12. At 19 in 1980, Bev became the youngest person to produce a radio show for public radio. He co-hosted The Jazz Show with Garret Gega in the early 80s, a four hour a week mix classic jazz and comedy. Bev also worked for WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ and produced documentaries for WNYC New York Public Radio on jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton.

Bev also produces, directs, writes and voices half of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, which is has been highest rated radio show on Cult Radio A-Go-Go! for many weeks. Joe Bev's other weekly radio show, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour debuted at #2.

Ten weeks ago, the veteran voice actor added his third hour for Cult Radio, called The Joe Bev Experience which airs right after The Jazz-O-Rama Hour.

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NEW Comedy-O-Rama: "Welcome, Sophie!" - Tune in October 12 at 1 pm (ET) on CRAGG


Joe Bev & Lorie Kellogg's Comedy-O-Rama Hour is part of
"The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block
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The Comedy-O-Rama Hour premieres Camp Waterlogg-A-Go-Go!  "Welcome Sophie" airing Saturday, October 12, as part of "The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block" starting at 1 pm - listen online at

On this Saturday's original improvisational radio theater comedy hour, Ellis and Elise are bored with Camp Waterlogg now that they are no longer stars of TV"s "Beluga Battles" until Andy and Lkie bring them the camp's new dog Sophie.

The scenes feature the real life pet of Joe Bevilacqua and Lorie Kellogg. The married couple, who create Comedy-O-Rama each week, rescued nine month old border collie Sophie Tucker.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Lefty and Olive Pitts are still eating sushi in scenes recorded live at a Japanese restaurant in New Paltz, New York.

"We welcome Sophie to our home AND our radio show this Saturday," explains Bev, who adds, "You can also hear our chickens on the show!"

Bev and Kellogg improvised all the character's voices.

Lorie Kellogg also performs the radio cartoon: "A Plate Full of Music" by Pedro Pablo Sacristan.

Husband and wife, Joe Bev and Lorie Kellogg have been working together since they met in 1996. They recently toured with their Vaudeville in the Catskills stage show, in which they performed "Lambchops" the classic Burns and Allen comedy routine, and Bev MCd and performed the classic Abbott and Costello routine Who's On First? with Bob Greenberg. A second tour is planned for February and March 2013 (TBA).

Right after The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, Joe Bev's second weekly show The Jazz-O-Rama Hour airs and that is followed by his THIRD weekly hour The Joe Bev Experience".

Sophie, Joe and Lorie on their first day!
Rescued from the Glen Highland Farm in Morris, NY
Now in its 34th week on Cult Radio-A-Go-Go! (and its 94rd since 2002 including the Sirius XM broadcasts), The Comedy-O-Rama Hour is produced by Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev). Bevilacqua is a veteran radio theater producer and voice actor. He also works on stage and is the winner of the 2012 New York TANYS Award for Excellence in Acting. He has performed at the Improv, Caroline's on Broadway, Catch a Rising Star, the Comic Strip, opened for Uncle Floyd, worked with Al Franken, Shelley Berman, Lewis Black and Rick Overton. Joe has also MC'd shows featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Mahr and Gilbert Gottfried. He has been regularly heard on National Public Radio and Sirius-XM Radio and has produced hundreds of hours of audiobooks.

Lorie Kellogg is the co-producer. Kellogg started her education at the Kansas City Art Institute. There she studied painting, printmaking, photography, commercial design and video. She continued to Graduate School at the California Institute of the Arts where she received her MFA in Film/Video. Lorie is a graphic designer creating websites, logos, newsletters, newspaper & magazine layout, package design, ad design, and edits video & audio. On Comedy-O-Rama, Lorie also voices Ranger Lorie, Olive Pitts, Lkie (Sqweeky), Mrs. Terwilliger,  and half of voices in the Pedro cartoons.

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