The Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors
I don't normally publicize our new Premier Collections CD releases via
78-C, but we've just introduced a new set which I know will be
tremendously exciting to quite a few of the people who subscribe to this
Produced by Transco, the Transcription Company of America, "The Cocoanut
Grove Ambassadors" was a syndicated series of "remotes" that replicated
the sound and style of live broadcasts of the early 1930s. Featuring the
bands that played at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub at the Ambassador
Hotel in Los Angeles - Gus Arnheim, Ted Fio Rito, Phil Harris, Jimmy
Grier, and others - these fifteen-minute programs were heard nationwide
from about 1931 thru 1934. The programs were beautifully recorded and,
when heard today, offer not only rich room-filling sound but also
arrangements that were either not commercially released or are performed
in full-length versions that extend far beyond the three-minute running
time of most commercially offered 78's of the time.
Radio Archives has been fortunate to gain access to a large collection
of original 16" Transco recordings from the personal collection of
long-time enthusiast Jim Bedoian. We made brand new digital transfers
from these rare shellac discs, then both CEDAR processed and
painstakingly restored forty full-length programs from "The Cocoanut
Grove Ambassadors" radio series. These shows, presented in full-length
format complete with openings, closings, and song introductions, are now
available in a brand new 10-CD Premier Collection.
Over the years, musical selections from some of these programs have been
offered on LPs, tapes, and CDs -- but, to my knowledge, this is the
first time that so many of them have been made available in a single
collection, complete and just as originally aired in the early 1930s.
You can read all about "The Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors" at:
These beautifully packaged sets also make great gifts, so be sure to
order now in plenty of time for Christmas delivery.
Thanks and Happy Holidays from Radio Archives!
First Generation Radio Archives
"Preserving Radio's Past for the Future"
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