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Arthur Godfrey Collection

Godfrey's conversational style made his show seem like a friend talking to listeners directly. Update: 50 new recordings

75 old time radio show recordings
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Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts in front of what later would become the Ed Sullivan Theater
Comedy/Amateur Talent Show (1945 - 72)

Arthur Godfrey selling Asprin

We all can agree that things are better said straight than garbling up the truth. Arthur Godfrey felt the same way. Arthur grew up in the early parts of the 20th century, where radio waves were the staging grounds for advertising companies to wage their "wars." It was probably Arthur's youth that help him look beyond the "war" and talk directly to people that these advertising companies where dehumanizing.

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Arthur Godfrey was born in the "School of Hard-Knocks," in New York City, in 1903. Not a very bright child, even all the way up to his death in 1983, Arthur learned all his "skills" on the hard streets of the Big Apple. In 1921, Godfrey joined the Navy and worked as a radio operator when on sea duty. It was at sea where he learned how to play his famous instruments that identified him throughout his career, the Ukulele and the Banjo. After his duty was up in the Navy, Arthur went off to live in Detroit, where he got a job selling cemetery lots. It was here that Arthur noticed that he was good at selling things (he must have been really good at selling lots if he could sell to a bunch of sad family members who were looking to bury their loved ones)!

Photo of first broadcast, 1941: Mr. Godfrey is center foreground, the band and singers are in the background. The lead singer, Patty Clayton, is at right.

After a brief stint as a cab driver, Arthur joined the service, AGAIN, but this time, in the Coast Guard. One day, when he and his fellow guardsmen were listening to a Radio amateur hour show on WFBR, Arthur said, 'I can do that!" After showing up at the radio station with his buddies, the manager of the show squeezed them into a time slot on the show. After their performance, the manager decided to keep them on for future shows. This served as a launching pad for Arthur's career.

Arthur Godfrey with his UkuleleIn the 1930s, Arthur's popularity was growing exponentially. This method other announcers sold their sponsors' products, which was to appeal to a larger group instead of one singular "person," fueled his popularity. Godfrey was once quoted saying, "If there are more than two people in a room, they've got better things to do than listen to the radio." In doing so, Godfrey was viewed as the "guy next door." Coupled with his natural humor and informality, Godfrey landed his own show, "Arthur Godfrey Time."

Here, he would have regular talents, "non-stars" he would call them, come on to the show and showcase their talent for the audience. At the end of the show, the audience and Arthur would serve as the judges. If they liked any of the talents, they would ask them to come back to the next show and compete against the next influx of talent. If that same talent kept on winning, then they were invited to join the show's band, nicknamed the "Little Godfreys." It was from here that the McGuire Sisters and the Chordettes originated from.

After many successful seasons, the Network decided to build a mini-studio inside Arthur's 800-acre farm in upstate Virginia, mainly to convey a sense of reality to the audience. From here, Arthur would do his shows, while Arthur chatted with the rest of his cast who were stationed all over the country, usually doing so while eating his breakfast and reading the daily newspaper. This was the format of the show until its run was ended in 1972, by Arthur Godfrey himself.

For more talent scount excitement, see also: Major Bowes.

Arthur Godfrey Time ticket

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    75 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 38 hours, 50 min
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    Volume 1 - 39 shows - total playtime 19 hours 20 minutes
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    1. Arthur Godfrey 390921 WSJV Washington, DC.mp3
    2. Arthur Godfrey 460708 Remo Back From Flu.mp3
    3. Arthur Godfrey 460709 Shut Your Mouth Baby.mp3
    4. Arthur Godfrey 461108 Guest Dick Benedict.mp3
    5. Arthur Godfrey 461113 Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel.mp3
    6. Arthur Godfrey 461218 You Keep Coming Back Like A Song.mp3
    7. Arthur Godfrey 470113 Guest Billie Holliday.mp3
    8. Arthur Godfrey 470311 Johnny Daggan.mp3
    9. Arthur Godfrey 470519 Skyriders.mp3
    10. Arthur Godfrey 470610 Alan Schackner.mp3
    11. Arthur Godfrey 470701 Little White Lies.mp3
    12. Arthur Godfrey 470702 ChiBaba ChiBaba.mp3
    13. Arthur Godfrey 470703 In Good Old Summertime.mp3
    14. Arthur Godfrey 470704 I Want to sing an American Song.mp3
    15. Arthur Godfrey 470707 Heartaches.mp3
    16. Arthur Godfrey 470708 I Got Sun In Morning.mp3
    17. Arthur Godfrey 470709 Between Devil and Deep Blue Sea.mp3
    18. Arthur Godfrey 470710 Porter Love Song.mp3
    19. Arthur Godfrey 470716 2nd Anniv Atomic Bomb Test.mp3
    20. Arthur Godfrey 470908 It Had To Be You.mp3
    21. Arthur Godfrey 470912 Guests Dixiebell Mary Jane.mp3
    22. Arthur Godfrey 471121 Predictions.mp3
    23. Arthur Godfrey 471128 Day After Thanksgiving.mp3
    24. Arthur Godfrey 471230 After A Big Snowstorm.mp3
    25. Arthur Godfrey 480720 If That Ain't Love.mp3
    26. Arthur Godfrey 481008 Guest Gene Autry.mp3
    27. Arthur Godfrey 490120 Mississippi.mp3
    28. Arthur Godfrey 490404 Tunetimers.mp3
    29. Arthur Godfrey 490411 Stewart Hall.mp3
    30. Arthur Godfrey 490418 Lenny Bruce, John Connolly.mp3
    31. Arthur Godfrey 490425 Ted Martin, Michael Guida.mp3
    32. Arthur Godfrey 490502 Joseph Portney.mp3
    33. Arthur Godfrey 490509 Novelaires, Evelyn Bradshaw.mp3
    34. Arthur Godfrey 490523 Richard Hayes.mp3
    35. Arthur Godfrey 490530 Julio Giamonte, Carol Donn.mp3
    36. Arthur Godfrey 490926 Chordettes.mp3
    37. Arthur Godfrey 491128 White Guard-Bill Bloxom.mp3
    38. Arthur Godfrey 500424 Kenneth Smith.mp3
    39. Arthur Godfrey 500501 Robert Marshall.mp3
    Volume 2 - 36 shows - total playtime 19 hours 29 minutes
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    1. Arthur Godfrey 500508 Billy Albert.mp3
    2. Arthur Godfrey 500515 Mort Jay and the Showmen.mp3
    3. Arthur Godfrey 500522 Beverly Bowser.mp3
    4. Arthur Godfrey 500529 Vera Conti.mp3
    5. Arthur Godfrey 500605 Diane Dixon, Melodymen.mp3
    6. Arthur Godfrey 500612 Dorothy Steiger.mp3
    7. Arthur Godfrey 501002 Georgia Sawtell.mp3
    8. Arthur Godfrey 501220 Connie Francis.mp3
    9. Arthur Godfrey 520909 First Joke Is About A Clean Shirt.mp3
    10. Arthur Godfrey 530105 Pretty Baby.mp3
    11. Arthur Godfrey 530621 Robert Q Lewis 1 of 2.mp3
    12. Arthur Godfrey 530623 Robert Q Lewis 2 of 2.mp3
    13. Arthur Godfrey 531015 Firing Julius La Rosa on the Air.mp3
    14. Arthur Godfrey 531021 Arthur Is Talking About Kleenex.mp3
    15. Arthur Godfrey 640120 30th Anniversary.mp3
    16. Arthur Godfrey 640121 30th Anniversary.mp3
    17. Arthur Godfrey 640122 30th Anniversary.mp3
    18. Arthur Godfrey 640123 30th Anniversary.mp3
    19. Arthur Godfrey 650712 From Los Angeles.mp3
    20. Arthur Godfrey 651013 News Show.mp3
    21. Arthur Godfrey 651014 News Show.mp3
    22. Arthur Godfrey 690328 Eisenhower Tribute At Beginning.mp3
    23. Arthur Godfrey 720322 Remember When.mp3
    24. Arthur Godfrey 720323 Students From Lyman College.mp3
    25. Arthur Godfrey 720325 Almost Heaven West Virginia.mp3
    26. Arthur Godfrey 720404 Recalling 1971.mp3
    27. Arthur Godfrey 720412 Recalling 1963.mp3
    28. Arthur Godfrey 720419 Recalling 1956.mp3
    29. Arthur Godfrey 720420 Recalling 1955.mp3
    30. Arthur Godfrey 720421 Recalling 1954.mp3
    31. Arthur Godfrey 720422 Recalling 1953.mp3
    32. Arthur Godfrey 720423 Recalling 1952.mp3
    33. Arthur Godfrey 720424 Recalling 1951.mp3
    34. Arthur Godfrey 720425 Recalling 1950.mp3
    35. Arthur Godfrey 720426 Recalling 1949.mp3
    36. Arthur Godfrey 720427 Recalling 1948.mp3
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    75 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 38 hours, 50 min
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    Volume 1 - 39 shows - total playtime 19 hours 20 minutes
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    1. Arthur Godfrey 390921 WSJV Washington, DC.mp3
    2. Arthur Godfrey 460708 Remo Back From Flu.mp3
    3. Arthur Godfrey 460709 Shut Your Mouth Baby.mp3
    4. Arthur Godfrey 461108 Guest Dick Benedict.mp3
    5. Arthur Godfrey 461113 Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel.mp3
    6. Arthur Godfrey 461218 You Keep Coming Back Like A Song.mp3
    7. Arthur Godfrey 470113 Guest Billie Holliday.mp3
    8. Arthur Godfrey 470311 Johnny Daggan.mp3
    9. Arthur Godfrey 470519 Skyriders.mp3
    10. Arthur Godfrey 470610 Alan Schackner.mp3
    11. Arthur Godfrey 470701 Little White Lies.mp3
    12. Arthur Godfrey 470702 ChiBaba ChiBaba.mp3
    13. Arthur Godfrey 470703 In Good Old Summertime.mp3
    14. Arthur Godfrey 470704 I Want to sing an American Song.mp3
    15. Arthur Godfrey 470707 Heartaches.mp3
    16. Arthur Godfrey 470708 I Got Sun In Morning.mp3
    17. Arthur Godfrey 470709 Between Devil and Deep Blue Sea.mp3
    18. Arthur Godfrey 470710 Porter Love Song.mp3
    19. Arthur Godfrey 470716 2nd Anniv Atomic Bomb Test.mp3
    20. Arthur Godfrey 470908 It Had To Be You.mp3
    21. Arthur Godfrey 470912 Guests Dixiebell Mary Jane.mp3
    22. Arthur Godfrey 471121 Predictions.mp3
    23. Arthur Godfrey 471128 Day After Thanksgiving.mp3
    24. Arthur Godfrey 471230 After A Big Snowstorm.mp3
    25. Arthur Godfrey 480720 If That Ain't Love.mp3
    26. Arthur Godfrey 481008 Guest Gene Autry.mp3
    27. Arthur Godfrey 490120 Mississippi.mp3
    28. Arthur Godfrey 490404 Tunetimers.mp3
    29. Arthur Godfrey 490411 Stewart Hall.mp3
    30. Arthur Godfrey 490418 Lenny Bruce, John Connolly.mp3
    31. Arthur Godfrey 490425 Ted Martin, Michael Guida.mp3
    32. Arthur Godfrey 490502 Joseph Portney.mp3
    33. Arthur Godfrey 490509 Novelaires, Evelyn Bradshaw.mp3
    34. Arthur Godfrey 490523 Richard Hayes.mp3
    35. Arthur Godfrey 490530 Julio Giamonte, Carol Donn.mp3
    36. Arthur Godfrey 490926 Chordettes.mp3
    37. Arthur Godfrey 491128 White Guard-Bill Bloxom.mp3
    38. Arthur Godfrey 500424 Kenneth Smith.mp3
    39. Arthur Godfrey 500501 Robert Marshall.mp3
    Volume 2 - 36 shows - total playtime 19 hours 29 minutes
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    1. Arthur Godfrey 500508 Billy Albert.mp3
    2. Arthur Godfrey 500515 Mort Jay and the Showmen.mp3
    3. Arthur Godfrey 500522 Beverly Bowser.mp3
    4. Arthur Godfrey 500529 Vera Conti.mp3
    5. Arthur Godfrey 500605 Diane Dixon, Melodymen.mp3
    6. Arthur Godfrey 500612 Dorothy Steiger.mp3
    7. Arthur Godfrey 501002 Georgia Sawtell.mp3
    8. Arthur Godfrey 501220 Connie Francis.mp3
    9. Arthur Godfrey 520909 First Joke Is About A Clean Shirt.mp3
    10. Arthur Godfrey 530105 Pretty Baby.mp3
    11. Arthur Godfrey 530621 Robert Q Lewis 1 of 2.mp3
    12. Arthur Godfrey 530623 Robert Q Lewis 2 of 2.mp3
    13. Arthur Godfrey 531015 Firing Julius La Rosa on the Air.mp3
    14. Arthur Godfrey 531021 Arthur Is Talking About Kleenex.mp3
    15. Arthur Godfrey 640120 30th Anniversary.mp3
    16. Arthur Godfrey 640121 30th Anniversary.mp3
    17. Arthur Godfrey 640122 30th Anniversary.mp3
    18. Arthur Godfrey 640123 30th Anniversary.mp3
    19. Arthur Godfrey 650712 From Los Angeles.mp3
    20. Arthur Godfrey 651013 News Show.mp3
    21. Arthur Godfrey 651014 News Show.mp3
    22. Arthur Godfrey 690328 Eisenhower Tribute At Beginning.mp3
    23. Arthur Godfrey 720322 Remember When.mp3
    24. Arthur Godfrey 720323 Students From Lyman College.mp3
    25. Arthur Godfrey 720325 Almost Heaven West Virginia.mp3
    26. Arthur Godfrey 720404 Recalling 1971.mp3
    27. Arthur Godfrey 720412 Recalling 1963.mp3
    28. Arthur Godfrey 720419 Recalling 1956.mp3
    29. Arthur Godfrey 720420 Recalling 1955.mp3
    30. Arthur Godfrey 720421 Recalling 1954.mp3
    31. Arthur Godfrey 720422 Recalling 1953.mp3
    32. Arthur Godfrey 720423 Recalling 1952.mp3
    33. Arthur Godfrey 720424 Recalling 1951.mp3
    34. Arthur Godfrey 720425 Recalling 1950.mp3
    35. Arthur Godfrey 720426 Recalling 1949.mp3
    36. Arthur Godfrey 720427 Recalling 1948.mp3
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    75 recordings on 41 Audio CDs
    total playtime 38 hours, 50 min

    Disc A001

    1. Arthur Godfrey 390921 WSJV Washington, DC

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    Disc A002

    1. Arthur Godfrey 460708 Remo Back From Flu
    2. Arthur Godfrey 460709 Shut Your Mouth Baby

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    Disc A003

    1. Arthur Godfrey 461108 Guest Dick Benedict
    2. Arthur Godfrey 461113 Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel

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    Disc A004

    1. Arthur Godfrey 461218 You Keep Coming Back Like A Song
    2. Arthur Godfrey 470113 Guest Billie Holliday

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    Disc A005

    1. Arthur Godfrey 470311 Johnny Daggan
    2. Arthur Godfrey 470519 Skyriders

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    Disc A006

    1. Arthur Godfrey 470610 Alan Schackner
    2. Arthur Godfrey 470701 Little White Lies

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    Disc A007

    1. Arthur Godfrey 470702 ChiBaba ChiBaba
    2. Arthur Godfrey 470703 In Good Old Summertime

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    Disc A008

    1. Arthur Godfrey 470704 I Want to sing an American Song
    2. Arthur Godfrey 470707 Heartaches

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    Disc A009

    1. Arthur Godfrey 470708 I Got Sun In Morning
    2. Arthur Godfrey 470709 Between Devil and Deep Blue Sea

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    Disc A010

    1. Arthur Godfrey 470710 Porter Love Song
    2. Arthur Godfrey 470716 2nd Anniv Atomic Bomb Test

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    Disc A011

    1. Arthur Godfrey 470908 It Had To Be You
    2. Arthur Godfrey 470912 Guests Dixiebell Mary Jane

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    Disc A012

    1. Arthur Godfrey 471121 Predictions
    2. Arthur Godfrey 471128 Day After Thanksgiving

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    Disc A013

    1. Arthur Godfrey 471230 After A Big Snowstorm
    2. Arthur Godfrey 480720 If That Ain't Love

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    Disc A014

    1. Arthur Godfrey 481008 Guest Gene Autry

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    Disc A015

    1. Arthur Godfrey 490120 Mississippi
    2. Arthur Godfrey 490404 Tunetimers

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    Disc A016

    1. Arthur Godfrey 490411 Stewart Hall
    2. Arthur Godfrey 490418 Lenny Bruce, John Connolly

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    Disc A017

    1. Arthur Godfrey 490425 Ted Martin, Michael Guida
    2. Arthur Godfrey 490502 Joseph Portney

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    Disc A018

    1. Arthur Godfrey 490509 Novelaires, Evelyn Bradshaw
    2. Arthur Godfrey 490523 Richard Hayes

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    Disc A019

    1. Arthur Godfrey 490530 Julio Giamonte, Carol Donn
    2. Arthur Godfrey 490926 Chordettes

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    Disc A020

    1. Arthur Godfrey 491128 White Guard-Bill Bloxom
    2. Arthur Godfrey 500424 Kenneth Smith

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    Disc A021

    1. Arthur Godfrey 500501 Robert Marshall
    2. Arthur Godfrey 500508 Billy Albert

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    Disc A022

    1. Arthur Godfrey 500515 Mort Jay and the Showmen
    2. Arthur Godfrey 500522 Beverly Bowser

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    Disc A023

    1. Arthur Godfrey 500529 Vera Conti
    2. Arthur Godfrey 500605 Diane Dixon, Melodymen

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    Disc A024

    1. Arthur Godfrey 500612 Dorothy Steiger
    2. Arthur Godfrey 501002 Georgia Sawtell
    3. Arthur Godfrey 501220 Connie Francis

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    Disc A025

    1. Arthur Godfrey 520909 First Joke Is About A Clean Shirt
    2. Arthur Godfrey 530105 Pretty Baby

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    Disc A026

    1. Arthur Godfrey 530621 Robert Q Lewis 1 of 2
    2. Arthur Godfrey 530623 Robert Q Lewis 2 of 2
    3. Arthur Godfrey 531015 Firing Julius La Rosa on the Air

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    Disc A027

    1. Arthur Godfrey 531021 Arthur Is Talking About Kleenex
    2. Arthur Godfrey 640120 30th Anniversary

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    Disc A028

    1. Arthur Godfrey 640121 30th Anniversary

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    Disc A029

    1. Arthur Godfrey 640122 30th Anniversary

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    Disc A030

    1. Arthur Godfrey 640123 30th Anniversary

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    Disc A031

    1. Arthur Godfrey 650712 From Los Angeles

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    Disc A032

    1. Arthur Godfrey 651013 News Show

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    Disc A033

    1. Arthur Godfrey 651014 News Show

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    Disc A034

    1. Arthur Godfrey 690328 Eisenhower Tribute At Beginning
    2. Arthur Godfrey 720322 Remember When

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    Disc A035

    1. Arthur Godfrey 720323 Students From Lyman College
    2. Arthur Godfrey 720325 Almost Heaven West Virginia

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    Disc A036

    1. Arthur Godfrey 720404 Recalling 1971
    2. Arthur Godfrey 720412 Recalling 1963

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    Disc A037

    1. Arthur Godfrey 720419 Recalling 1956
    2. Arthur Godfrey 720420 Recalling 1955

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    Disc A038

    1. Arthur Godfrey 720421 Recalling 1954
    2. Arthur Godfrey 720422 Recalling 1953

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    Disc A039

    1. Arthur Godfrey 720423 Recalling 1952
    2. Arthur Godfrey 720424 Recalling 1951

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    Disc A040

    1. Arthur Godfrey 720425 Recalling 1950
    2. Arthur Godfrey 720426 Recalling 1949

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    Disc A041

    1. Arthur Godfrey 720427 Recalling 1948

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