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Harry Richman Collection

Best known for introducing Irving Berlin's hit "Puttin' On the Ritz" in the 1931 movie of the same title, Harry Richman was a musician that lived life to it's fullest. Update: 4 additional broadcasts

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14 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 4 hours, 20 min)
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Harry RichmanSongman Harry Richman did very well for himself. The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Harry was a veteran Vaudeville performer by the time he was 18, and had been piano accompanist for stars like Mae West and Nora Bayes. He debuted on Broadway in 1922, and appeared in several versions of the Scandals revue and The Ziegfeld Follies.

Harry RichmanHarry really hit the big time when he introduced Irving Berlin's hit “Puttin' On the Ritz” in the 1931 movie of the same title. Several other artists, including Fred Astaire, have had hits with the song, but Harry really made it his own. Once he had his fortune, Harry became a bit of a playboy adventurer. Sometimes with less than happy results.

In 1931, Harry bought a 36 foot motor yacht named Chevalier II. One summer day he docked in Long Island, bought 140 gallons of fuel, hired a pilot and invited some of his friends from the Follies for a day of sunshine and fishing. It is unclear whether Harry or the hired skipper pushed the starter button, but the blast when the gasoline fumes was heard for miles. Most of the passengers were either near a hatch and blown over the side, or safely on deck, but Follies starlet Helen Walsh was below in the cabin. Hearing her screams, Richman and another passenger fought through the flames to reach her. Harry took Helen over his shoulder, carried her to the deck and tossed her to safety before jumping in after her. Doctors thought that she would survive her injuries, but the toxins from the smoke took her that night. Thinking she would be fine, a bandaged Harry performed that night.

Harry RichmanIn 1935, Harry appeared on The Shell Chateau, hosted by Wallace Beery and showcases several of his show hits, including “Puttin' on The Ritz”.

An adventure with better results occurred in 1936 when Harry met flier Dick Merrill after a show in Miami. Since Harry had recently achieved his pilot certification, Merrill “planted” the idea for a trans-Atlantic flight. To this point, no one had done a round trip flight, so Harry told Dick to find an airplane. They got hold of the Vultee that Jimmy Doolittle had used in 1935 to set a transcontinental record in 1935, and began modifying it for their adventure. Richman thought it was a good idea to fill every empty space they could find on the aircraft with ping pong balls to use as flotation should they be forced to ditch. The flight cost Richman $360,000 and came off without a hitch. He sold autographed ping pong balls for years afterwards.

After the “Ping Pong Flight”, the Florida Citrus Growers hired Harry to host a syndicated program entitled It's Florida's Treat. The 15 minute spots had an extended music interlude for the local announcer and featured variety fare with some great musical and comic guests like Pick and Pat, Mildred Bailey, Cliff Edwards, Connie Boswell and others.

Richman was Lucille Ball's guest on Mail Call in 1943, showing that his act still had appeal. Harry got it right when he titled his autobiography in 1966: A Hell Of A Life.

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    14 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.50
    total playtime 4 hours, 20 min
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      14 shows - total playtime 4 hours 20 minutes
      1. Harry Richman Dodge 360112 09 Lets Go.mp3
      2. Harry Richman Dodge 360116 04 Thanks Million.mp3
      3. Harry Richman Dodge 360116 08 Its Dangerous To Love.mp3
      4. Harry Richman Dodge 360122 07 Broken Record.mp3
      5. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Got Rhythm Connie Boswell.mp3
      6. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Keep Sunny Side Up L.Wiley.mp3
      7. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Lady Of Spain, C.Edwards.mp3
      8. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Liza, Pick And Pat.mp3
      9. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Louisina Hayride C.Edwards.mp3
      10. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Love Parade Lee Wiley.mp3
      11. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Mimi, Mildred Bailey.mp3
      12. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Song Vagabonds Pick Pat.mp3
      13. Mail Call 431124 066 L.Ball Harry Richman, K.Thompson.mp3
      14. Shell Chateau 351012 028 Wallace Beery.mp3
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      14 shows - total playtime 4 hours 20 minutes
      1. Harry Richman Dodge 360112 09 Lets Go.mp3
      2. Harry Richman Dodge 360116 04 Thanks Million.mp3
      3. Harry Richman Dodge 360116 08 Its Dangerous To Love.mp3
      4. Harry Richman Dodge 360122 07 Broken Record.mp3
      5. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Got Rhythm Connie Boswell.mp3
      6. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Keep Sunny Side Up L.Wiley.mp3
      7. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Lady Of Spain, C.Edwards.mp3
      8. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Liza, Pick And Pat.mp3
      9. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Louisina Hayride C.Edwards.mp3
      10. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Love Parade Lee Wiley.mp3
      11. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Mimi, Mildred Bailey.mp3
      12. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Song Vagabonds Pick Pat.mp3
      13. Mail Call 431124 066 L.Ball Harry Richman, K.Thompson.mp3
      14. Shell Chateau 351012 028 Wallace Beery.mp3
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    14 recordings on 5 Audio CDs
    total playtime 4 hours, 20 min

    Harry Richman Disc A001

    1. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Got Rhythm Connie Boswell
    2. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Keep Sunny Side Up L.Wiley
    3. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Lady Of Spain, C.Edwards
    4. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Liza, Pick And Pat

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    Harry Richman Disc A002

    1. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Louisina Hayride C.Edwards
    2. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Love Parade Lee Wiley
    3. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Mimi, Mildred Bailey
    4. Harry Richman Floridas Treat 1937 Song Vagabonds Pick Pat

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    Harry Richman Disc A003

    1. Shell Chateau 351012 028 Wallace Beery

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    Harry Richman Disc A004

    1. Harry Richman Dodge 360112 09 Lets Go
    2. Harry Richman Dodge 360116 04 Thanks Million
    3. Harry Richman Dodge 360116 08 Its Dangerous To Love
    4. Harry Richman Dodge 360122 07 Broken Record

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    Harry Richman Disc A005

    1. Mail Call 431124 066 L.Ball Harry Richman, K.Thompson

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