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The Barry Wood in Old Time Radio

Starring radio's favorite baritone and the sensational voice of Margaret Whiting. Update: 27 additional recordings

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(total playtime 8 hours, 10 min)
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    "Its The Bary Wood Show ... starring radio's favorite baritone and the sensational voice of Margaret Whiting ... "

    Barry Wood

    When many OTR fans today hear of Lucky Strike Cigarettes, the first thing that comes to mind is the "L.S.M.F.T." era of The Jack Benny Program. While the nonsensical ramblings of tobacco auctioneer "Speed" Riggs was a bit of a shock to fans used to hearing the gang sing "Jay, Ee, Ell, Ell, OHHHH!" at the top of each episode, the transition from General Foods to cigarettes had little effect on the quality of the show.

    Speed Riggs' jabber at the beginning of the program did not originate when he joined Jack and the Gang in the fall of 1944, however. Lucky Strikes had a long presence in radio, notably with Your Hit Parade beginning in 1935. The show's premise was that the producers would survey sheet music sales, record sales, bandleader requests, juke-box numbers, and disk jockey play to determine the top ten most popular songs in the nation for a given week. "Count-down" programs would be important during the Disk Jockey era, but during the reign of Your Hit Parade, the networks were still discouraging the play of recorded music, which meant a program showcasing songs needed singers.

    Margaret WhitingTreasury Department head Henry Morgenthau Jr. asked composer Irving Berlin for a song to promote the sales of Defense Bonds. The song "Any Bonds Today?" was given to singer Barry Wood and released June 10, 1941, about the same time that Wood was hired by Your Hit Parade. "Any Bonds" would be covered by the Andrews Sisters, Tommy Dorsey, Kay Kyser, Gene Autry, and Bugs Bunny, but because he was able to push it in Hit Parade, the song was definitely Wood's.

    Wood was from New Haven, Connecticut, b. 1909, had attended Yale and was the younger brother of bandleader Barney Rapp. In addition to "Any Bonds", Wood was also associated with War-time ditties like "Arms for the Love of America", "We Did It Before (And We Can Do It Again)", and another Bond-drive tune, "Ev'rybody Ev'ry Payday".

    Hit Parade promoters marketed Wood as the nation's "sweater boy" in contrast to the "sweater girls" who were making such a splash in Hollywood pin-ups. Sadly, what most Radio historians remember about Barry Wood's time at Hit Parade was that he was fired in the spring of 1943 to make room for "the new guy", Frank Sinatra. One of the most memorable things about the entire Hit Parade saga was what a pain in the rear Sinatra turned out to be, but that is a story for another time.

    Barry Wood continued to record as well as appear on the radio, especially on Treasury Department programs. After the War, ZIV Syndications put together The Barry Wood Program to sell to local programmers who would insert their own advertisements into the quarter-hour spots. Wood would go on to enjoy success in television production. He passed away in 1970.

    • Your Hit Parade, NBC, Wood was the programs leading male vocalist in 1943-44.
    • Command Performance, March 13, 1942, AFRS. Kate Smith hosts and answers a request from a Navy Yeoman to have Barry sing "There's Gonna Be a Great Day".
    • Philco Radio Hall of Fame, February 6, 1944, Blue Network. Before his rendition of "My Blue Heaven", Wood cracks a joke about being replaced by Sinatra.
    • Treasury Song Parade, 1944 Treasury Syndication. A series of quarter-hour spots of fine music and a Defense Bond pitch.
    • The Barry Wood Program, 1946, ZIV Syndication. "America's favorite baritone" was backed up by Margaret Whiting, the Melody Maids, and Henry Sylvern and His Orchestra.

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    26 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 8 hours, 10 min
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      26 shows - total playtime 8 hours 10 minutes
      1. Any Bonds Today 420211 Igor Gorin Fanny Brice.mp3
      2. Barry Wood Show 460000 007 Blue Skies.mp3
      3. Barry Wood Show 460000 111 Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue.mp3
      4. Barry Wood Show 460000 117 Foot Loose And Fancy Free.mp3
      5. Barry Wood Show 460000 118 Sweet Sue.mp3.tmp.mp3
      6. Barry Wood Show 460000 121 Im Looking Over Four Leaf Clover.mp3
      7. Barry Wood Show 460000 122 Sing Something Simple.mp3
      8. Barry Wood Show 460000 123 Lone Prarie.mp3
      9. Barry Wood Show 460000 124 No Business Like Show Business.mp3
      10. CP 420313 003 Kate Smith Henny Youngman Robert Benchley.mp3
      11. Four For Fifth 440700 4 Eday.mp3
      12. Guest Star 470921 0027 Barry Wood.mp3
      13. Radio Hall Of Fame 440206 010 Besame Mucho.mp3
      14. RecollectAt30 570206 33 American Album Of Family Music.mp3
      15. Something For Girls Series 440000 07 Barry Wood Al Goodman.mp3
      16. Treasury Hour 411021 Robert Montgomery.mp3
      17. Treasury Song Parade 440612 083 John Charles Fremont.mp3
      18. Treasury Song Parade 440619 084 Edwin Booth.mp3
      19. Treasury Song Parade 440626 085 Buffalo Bill Cody.mp3
      20. Treasury Song Parade 440703 086 Mark Twain.mp3
      21. Treasury Song Parade 440710 087 Jane Adams.mp3
      22. Treasury Song Parade 440717 088 Edward Hay.mp3
      23. Tsp 204 Over There Starring Barry Wood And Georgia Gibbs.mp3
      24. Vd441000 292b Barry Wood Al Goodman Cl Private Mary Brow.mp3
      25. Your Hit Parade 421114 Ive Got Gal In Kalamazoo.mp3
      26. Your Hit Parade 430123 Afrs As Long As Your Not In Love.mp3
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    26 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 8 hours, 10 min
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      26 shows - total playtime 8 hours 10 minutes
      1. Any Bonds Today 420211 Igor Gorin Fanny Brice.mp3
      2. Barry Wood Show 460000 007 Blue Skies.mp3
      3. Barry Wood Show 460000 111 Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue.mp3
      4. Barry Wood Show 460000 117 Foot Loose And Fancy Free.mp3
      5. Barry Wood Show 460000 118 Sweet Sue.mp3.tmp.mp3
      6. Barry Wood Show 460000 121 Im Looking Over Four Leaf Clover.mp3
      7. Barry Wood Show 460000 122 Sing Something Simple.mp3
      8. Barry Wood Show 460000 123 Lone Prarie.mp3
      9. Barry Wood Show 460000 124 No Business Like Show Business.mp3
      10. CP 420313 003 Kate Smith Henny Youngman Robert Benchley.mp3
      11. Four For Fifth 440700 4 Eday.mp3
      12. Guest Star 470921 0027 Barry Wood.mp3
      13. Radio Hall Of Fame 440206 010 Besame Mucho.mp3
      14. RecollectAt30 570206 33 American Album Of Family Music.mp3
      15. Something For Girls Series 440000 07 Barry Wood Al Goodman.mp3
      16. Treasury Hour 411021 Robert Montgomery.mp3
      17. Treasury Song Parade 440612 083 John Charles Fremont.mp3
      18. Treasury Song Parade 440619 084 Edwin Booth.mp3
      19. Treasury Song Parade 440626 085 Buffalo Bill Cody.mp3
      20. Treasury Song Parade 440703 086 Mark Twain.mp3
      21. Treasury Song Parade 440710 087 Jane Adams.mp3
      22. Treasury Song Parade 440717 088 Edward Hay.mp3
      23. Tsp 204 Over There Starring Barry Wood And Georgia Gibbs.mp3
      24. Vd441000 292b Barry Wood Al Goodman Cl Private Mary Brow.mp3
      25. Your Hit Parade 421114 Ive Got Gal In Kalamazoo.mp3
      26. Your Hit Parade 430123 Afrs As Long As Your Not In Love.mp3
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    26 recordings on 10 Audio CDs
    total playtime 8 hours, 10 min

    Barry Wood Disc A001

    1. Tsp 204 Over There Starring Barry Wood And Georgia Gibbs
    2. Treasury Hour 411021 Robert Montgomery
    3. Any Bonds Today 420211 Igor Gorin Fanny Brice

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    Barry Wood Disc A002

    1. CP 420313 003 Kate Smith Henny Youngman Robert Benchley

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    Barry Wood Disc A003

    1. Your Hit Parade 421114 Ive Got Gal In Kalamazoo

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    Barry Wood Disc A004

    1. Your Hit Parade 430123 Afrs As Long As Your Not In Love
    2. Something For Girls Series 440000 07 Barry Wood Al Goodman

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    Barry Wood Disc A005

    1. Radio Hall Of Fame 440206 010 Besame Mucho

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    Barry Wood Disc A006

    1. Treasury Song Parade 440612 083 John Charles Fremont
    2. Treasury Song Parade 440619 084 Edwin Booth
    3. Treasury Song Parade 440626 085 Buffalo Bill Cody

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    Barry Wood Disc A007

    1. Four For Fifth 440700 4 Eday
    2. Treasury Song Parade 440703 086 Mark Twain
    3. Treasury Song Parade 440710 087 Jane Adams

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    Barry Wood Disc A008

    1. Treasury Song Parade 440717 088 Edward Hay
    2. Vd441000 292b Barry Wood Al Goodman Cl Private Mary Brow
    3. Barry Wood Show 460000 007 Blue Skies
    4. Barry Wood Show 460000 111 Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue
    5. Barry Wood Show 460000 117 Foot Loose And Fancy Free
    6. Barry Wood Show 460000 118 Sweet Sue.tmp

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    Barry Wood Disc A009

    1. Barry Wood Show 460000 121 Im Looking Over Four Leaf Clover
    2. Barry Wood Show 460000 122 Sing Something Simple
    3. Barry Wood Show 460000 123 Lone Prarie
    4. Barry Wood Show 460000 124 No Business Like Show Business
    5. Guest Star 470921 0027 Barry Wood

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    Barry Wood Disc A010

    1. RecollectAt30 570206 33 American Album Of Family Music

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