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Travelling constantly and always on the edge of society, the exotic Gypsies have always added spice to OTR stories.

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    Thelma Todd Gypsy costume 1930s

    Europeans are traditionally tied to the land. In pre-industrial times, farming was the predominant lifestyle, you and your folk may not own the land you worked on, but every year you would put in a crop, tend it, harvest it in season, store as much as you could to get through the winter, sell or trade the excess, and start over again the next year. Villages and towns sprung up as trading and cultural centers. Occasionally, some of the men would be called up to go and fight for the local lord in some military operation or another, but in all likelihood, you would eventually be buried in the yard of the same church you were baptized in as a baby.

    In time, agriculture became more efficient and the technology and capital came along to attract folks to cities where they might work in factories or as traders and merchants. They still felt a connection to the land, their families still worked the farms, food came into the city from the local countryside, and even city dwellers had a permanent home they would return to every day. On the fringe of this settled society, there arose a group of were the Gypsies.

    "Gypsy" is considered a racial slur by many. It refers to the dark-complexioned wanderers first seen in the European countryside as early as the 12th century. Because of their dark skin, the assumption arose that they came from Egypt, however, they were mainly descended from the Rom peoples from the Indian subcontinent. There is a legend of a Persian king who was dismayed to learn that his poorest subjects could not afford to enjoy music. He appealed to the king of India, who sent 10,000 musicians to Persia where the king gave each an ox, a donkey, and a donkey-load of grain. The idea was that the musicians could plant the grain to feed themselves and they would be able to play for the poor while the crop was growing, but the musicians misunderstood, ate the oxen and the grain, and returned, hungry, to the Persian king a year later. Angered that they had squandered his gift, the king ordered them to leave his kingdom and to wander the world.

    Romani Gypsy Boy 1940sThe Romani spread across Europe from the Balkans to the British Isles, and there are an estimated one million Romani living in the United States. The Irish Travellers are culturally very similar to the Romani, however, they arose in the British Isles and are genetically Irish. The Travellers spread throughout Britain and many immigrated to North America in response to the Irish famines of the mid-1800s. Travellers and Romani both travel in closely knit extended family groups, traditionally riding and living in highly decorated, barrel-shaped "Gypsy wagons". Their lifestyle precludes formal education and illiteracy is common, however, experience in dealing with people who consider them to be outsiders has engendered a form of native wisdom and they are known to be skilled traders. Being outsiders, they also received a reputation for being dishonest and untrustworthy. The terms "gypo" or "to be gyped" refer to being victimized by gypsies, which led to Romany peoples and Travellers to regard Gypsy as a derogative title.

    The wanderers served the Settle communities as tinkers who were skilled at repairing metal cooking pots, as well as entertainers known for their singing and dancing skills. Sometimes slight-of-hand and fortune telling were added to the shows which, along with the exoticism of their lifestyle, helped to create a supposed connection between Gypsies and supernatural forces. This alone was enough to make Gypsies favored companions for Chandu the Magician. Even more dreadful than the Gypsies' alleged dishonest practices is their ability to impose a powerful curse on anyone foolish enough to cross them. Gypsy curses are plot points of shows like Inner Sanctum Mysteries and Suspense, and even turn up on less fantastical programs like Crime Club and Gunsmoke.

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      44 shows - total playtime 17 hours 53 minutes
      1. BCRC 600307 First Song Gypsy In My Soul.mp3
      2. BCRC 610906 First Song Gypsy In My Soul.mp3
      3. Blondie 400422 043 Gypsy Queen.mp3
      4. Chandu 320912 136 Chandu Warns Nicky.mp3
      5. Chandu 481007 074 Secret Meeting.mp3
      6. Chandu 481011 076 Map Found.mp3
      7. Chandu 481012 077 Fortune Told.mp3
      8. Chandu 481018 081 Gypsy Coming After Betty And Bob.mp3
      9. Chandu 481102 092 Trying To Escape.mp3
      10. Chandu 481110 098 Call From Paris.mp3
      11. Chandu 481112 100 Stranger Spotted.mp3
      12. Chandu 481115 101 Fortune Told.mp3
      13. Chandu 481116 102 Chandler Trapped.mp3
      14. Chandu 481117 103 Enters Cave.mp3
      15. Chandu 481118 104 Learns Estabens Identity.mp3
      16. Chandu 481122 106 Metsos Killed.mp3
      17. Chandu 481125 109 Nadji Arrives.mp3
      18. Chicago Theatre Of Air 500506 337 Gypsy Princess.mp3
      19. CP 430327 059 Kay Kyser Lennie Hayton Hedda Hopper.mp3
      20. Crime Classics 540428 Widow Magee And 3 Gypsies.mp3
      21. Crime Club 470814 Gypsy Sings Of Death.mp3
      22. Downbeat 162 Gypsy Love Song.mp3
      23. Dr Christian 400131 Gypsy Love.mp3
      24. Front Page Drama 401207 0398 Gypsy Murder Case.mp3
      25. Ganda 101 San Juan Capistrano Ca Gypsies And Fortune Telling.mp3
      26. Good News Of 380331 022 Louis B Mayer.mp3
      27. Gunsmoke 580622 Target.mp3
      28. Hogans Daughter 490726 Looking For Job.mp3
      29. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 440422 Melody Of Death.mp3
      30. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 480802 Murder Ship.mp3
      31. Jack Benny Program 461006 590 Jack Listens To World Series.mp3
      32. Kraft Music Hall 420423 Marines Hymn Capt. Floyd J. Sweet.mp3
      33. Lone Ranger 460417 2065 Drum Of Weohpa.mp3
      34. Magic Key 360112 015 Adele Astaire Pickens Sisters.mp3
      35. Philip Marlowe 500922 White Carnation.mp3
      36. Railroad Hour 521208 219 Gypsy Baron.mp3
      37. Rocky Jordan 490731 Varlachi.mp3
      38. Romance 560811 Gypsy.mp3
      39. Sherlock Holmes 460211 202 Guileless Gypsy.mp3
      40. Star Spangled Theater Gypsys Hand.mp3
      41. Strange Adventure 450000 Wolf Of Desert.mp3
      42. Suspense 600117 Time Place And Death.mp3
      43. Time To Smile 410212 020 Joe Di Maggio.mp3
      44. Worlds Great Novels 480102 Wuthering Heights Pt.1 Of 4.mp3
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      44 shows - total playtime 17 hours 53 minutes
      1. BCRC 600307 First Song Gypsy In My Soul.mp3
      2. BCRC 610906 First Song Gypsy In My Soul.mp3
      3. Blondie 400422 043 Gypsy Queen.mp3
      4. Chandu 320912 136 Chandu Warns Nicky.mp3
      5. Chandu 481007 074 Secret Meeting.mp3
      6. Chandu 481011 076 Map Found.mp3
      7. Chandu 481012 077 Fortune Told.mp3
      8. Chandu 481018 081 Gypsy Coming After Betty And Bob.mp3
      9. Chandu 481102 092 Trying To Escape.mp3
      10. Chandu 481110 098 Call From Paris.mp3
      11. Chandu 481112 100 Stranger Spotted.mp3
      12. Chandu 481115 101 Fortune Told.mp3
      13. Chandu 481116 102 Chandler Trapped.mp3
      14. Chandu 481117 103 Enters Cave.mp3
      15. Chandu 481118 104 Learns Estabens Identity.mp3
      16. Chandu 481122 106 Metsos Killed.mp3
      17. Chandu 481125 109 Nadji Arrives.mp3
      18. Chicago Theatre Of Air 500506 337 Gypsy Princess.mp3
      19. CP 430327 059 Kay Kyser Lennie Hayton Hedda Hopper.mp3
      20. Crime Classics 540428 Widow Magee And 3 Gypsies.mp3
      21. Crime Club 470814 Gypsy Sings Of Death.mp3
      22. Downbeat 162 Gypsy Love Song.mp3
      23. Dr Christian 400131 Gypsy Love.mp3
      24. Front Page Drama 401207 0398 Gypsy Murder Case.mp3
      25. Ganda 101 San Juan Capistrano Ca Gypsies And Fortune Telling.mp3
      26. Good News Of 380331 022 Louis B Mayer.mp3
      27. Gunsmoke 580622 Target.mp3
      28. Hogans Daughter 490726 Looking For Job.mp3
      29. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 440422 Melody Of Death.mp3
      30. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 480802 Murder Ship.mp3
      31. Jack Benny Program 461006 590 Jack Listens To World Series.mp3
      32. Kraft Music Hall 420423 Marines Hymn Capt. Floyd J. Sweet.mp3
      33. Lone Ranger 460417 2065 Drum Of Weohpa.mp3
      34. Magic Key 360112 015 Adele Astaire Pickens Sisters.mp3
      35. Philip Marlowe 500922 White Carnation.mp3
      36. Railroad Hour 521208 219 Gypsy Baron.mp3
      37. Rocky Jordan 490731 Varlachi.mp3
      38. Romance 560811 Gypsy.mp3
      39. Sherlock Holmes 460211 202 Guileless Gypsy.mp3
      40. Star Spangled Theater Gypsys Hand.mp3
      41. Strange Adventure 450000 Wolf Of Desert.mp3
      42. Suspense 600117 Time Place And Death.mp3
      43. Time To Smile 410212 020 Joe Di Maggio.mp3
      44. Worlds Great Novels 480102 Wuthering Heights Pt.1 Of 4.mp3
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    44 recordings on 20 Audio CDs
    total playtime 17 hours, 53 min

    Gypsies Disc A001

    1. Downbeat 162 Gypsy Love Song
    2. Ganda 101 San Juan Capistrano Ca Gypsies And Fortune Telling
    3. Star Spangled Theater Gypsys Hand

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    Gypsies Disc A002

    1. Chandu 320912 136 Chandu Warns Nicky

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    Gypsies Disc A003

    1. Magic Key 360112 015 Adele Astaire Pickens Sisters

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    Gypsies Disc A004

    1. Good News Of 380331 022 Louis B Mayer

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    Gypsies Disc A005

    1. Dr Christian 400131 Gypsy Love
    2. Blondie 400422 043 Gypsy Queen
    3. Front Page Drama 401207 0398 Gypsy Murder Case

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    Gypsies Disc A006

    1. Time To Smile 410212 020 Joe Di Maggio

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    Gypsies Disc A007

    1. Kraft Music Hall 420423 Marines Hymn Capt. Floyd J. Sweet

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    Gypsies Disc A008

    1. CP 430327 059 Kay Kyser Lennie Hayton Hedda Hopper
    2. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 440422 Melody Of Death
    3. Strange Adventure 450000 Wolf Of Desert

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    Gypsies Disc A009

    1. Sherlock Holmes 460211 202 Guileless Gypsy
    2. Lone Ranger 460417 2065 Drum Of Weohpa

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    Gypsies Disc A010

    1. Jack Benny Program 461006 590 Jack Listens To World Series
    2. Crime Club 470814 Gypsy Sings Of Death

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    Gypsies Disc A011

    1. Worlds Great Novels 480102 Wuthering Heights Pt.1 Of 4
    2. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 480802 Murder Ship
    3. Chandu 481007 074 Secret Meeting

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    Gypsies Disc A012

    1. Chandu 481011 076 Map Found
    2. Chandu 481012 077 Fortune Told
    3. Chandu 481018 081 Gypsy Coming After Betty And Bob
    4. Chandu 481102 092 Trying To Escape

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    Gypsies Disc A013

    1. Chandu 481110 098 Call From Paris
    2. Chandu 481112 100 Stranger Spotted
    3. Chandu 481115 101 Fortune Told
    4. Chandu 481116 102 Chandler Trapped

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    Gypsies Disc A014

    1. Chandu 481117 103 Enters Cave
    2. Chandu 481118 104 Learns Estabens Identity
    3. Chandu 481122 106 Metsos Killed
    4. Chandu 481125 109 Nadji Arrives

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    Gypsies Disc A015

    1. Hogans Daughter 490726 Looking For Job
    2. Rocky Jordan 490731 Varlachi

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    Gypsies Disc A016

    1. Chicago Theatre Of Air 500506 337 Gypsy Princess

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    Gypsies Disc A017

    1. Philip Marlowe 500922 White Carnation
    2. Railroad Hour 521208 219 Gypsy Baron

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    Gypsies Disc A018

    1. Crime Classics 540428 Widow Magee And 3 Gypsies
    2. Romance 560811 Gypsy

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    Gypsies Disc A019

    1. Gunsmoke 580622 Target
    2. Suspense 600117 Time Place And Death
    3. BCRC 600307 First Song Gypsy In My Soul

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    Gypsies Disc A020

    1. BCRC 610906 First Song Gypsy In My Soul

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