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The Mirth Parade

A fun variety show in the vein of The Jack Benny Program, with a variety of themes and music all within a quarter hour.

26 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 6 hours, 15 min)
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7 Audio CDs


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"Horray for the Red White and Blue"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Don WilsonEveryone enjoys a parade. The excitement of the crowd as they await the Grand Marshal's appearance, the ornate floats, the scout troops marching by, the princesses on horses or waving from the back seat of a grand convertible, the big balloon characters, and the marching bands!

The music from the marching band is always fun to listen to, but for many the best part is watching the trim drum major leading the band with his ornate baton or mace, striding smartly in front of the band in his uniform.

The drum major for The Mirth Parade was Don Wilson, even though no one ever expected to see Don in a tight fitting uniform! The Mirth Parade was a quarter hour syndicated comedy program from Bruce Ells Productions. The show was recorded in 1933, a year before Don joined Jack Benny and his gang. Listening to Don as host on The Mirth Parade, we can be forgiven for expecting him to begin singing out: "Jay, Ee, El-El, Ohhh!"

The program begins with a typical musical interlude to allow for the local sponsor to add his message, then the announcer introduces Don and his theme for the evening, which range from Alarm Clocks to Traveling Salesmen, Bicycling, Women in Politics, Actors, Ice Cream, Firemen, Farmers, even Telephone Operators. Next Don does a sketch with "Tizzie Lish" played by Bill Comstock, "Asthma", a black-face character likely played by Bob Burns, or Italian dialect comedienne Minerva Eureka. This is followed by a musical number, usually from The Three Cheers, and another comedy sketch before the closing music and another message from the sponsor.

In a lot of ways, The Mirth Parade is all the fun of the classic Jack Benny Program compressed into a quarter hour. Of course, without Rochester, Mary, Phil Harris, Dennis, or Jack, but still a lot of fun for everyone!

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    26 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 6 hours, 15 min
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      26 shows - total playtime 6 hours 15 minutes
      1. Mirth Parade 330000 01 Asthma.mp3
      2. Mirth Parade 330000 02 Rocked In Cradle Of Deep.mp3
      3. Mirth Parade 330000 03 Shuffle Off To Buffalo.mp3
      4. Mirth Parade 330000 04 Fire! Fire! Fire! Turn Hose On Me.mp3
      5. Mirth Parade 330000 05 Sailing, Sailing.mp3
      6. Mirth Parade 330000 06 Jimmy Valentine.mp3
      7. Mirth Parade 330000 07 This Is Life.mp3
      8. Mirth Parade 330000 08 Storybook Land.mp3
      9. Mirth Parade 330000 09 Pony Boy.mp3
      10. Mirth Parade 330000 10 Buy American.mp3
      11. Mirth Parade 330000 11 Two Tickets To Georgia.mp3
      12. Mirth Parade 330000 12 Daisy, Daisy.mp3
      13. Mirth Parade 330000 13 Toreador Make Ready.mp3
      14. Mirth Parade 330000 14 Any Ice Today, Lady.mp3
      15. Mirth Parade 330000 15 Hooray For Red, White And Blue.mp3
      16. Mirth Parade 330000 16 In Room Two And Hundred And Two.mp3
      17. Mirth Parade 330000 17 Please Go Way And Let Me Sleep.mp3
      18. Mirth Parade 330000 18 Aninius Club.mp3
      19. Mirth Parade 330000 19 Please Dont Talk Me When Im Gone.mp3
      20. Mirth Parade 330000 20 I Miss My Swiss Miss.mp3
      21. Mirth Parade 330000 21 Woo, My Operation.mp3
      22. Mirth Parade 330000 22 Let Me Call You Sweetheart.mp3
      23. Mirth Parade 330000 23 Wrong Number.mp3
      24. Mirth Parade 330000 24 Wait Til Cows Come Home.mp3
      25. Mirth Parade 330000 25 Cop On Beat, Man In Moon, And Me.mp3
      26. Mirth Parade 330000 26 Its Tulip Time In Holland.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    26 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 6 hours, 15 min
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      26 shows - total playtime 6 hours 15 minutes
      1. Mirth Parade 330000 01 Asthma.mp3
      2. Mirth Parade 330000 02 Rocked In Cradle Of Deep.mp3
      3. Mirth Parade 330000 03 Shuffle Off To Buffalo.mp3
      4. Mirth Parade 330000 04 Fire! Fire! Fire! Turn Hose On Me.mp3
      5. Mirth Parade 330000 05 Sailing, Sailing.mp3
      6. Mirth Parade 330000 06 Jimmy Valentine.mp3
      7. Mirth Parade 330000 07 This Is Life.mp3
      8. Mirth Parade 330000 08 Storybook Land.mp3
      9. Mirth Parade 330000 09 Pony Boy.mp3
      10. Mirth Parade 330000 10 Buy American.mp3
      11. Mirth Parade 330000 11 Two Tickets To Georgia.mp3
      12. Mirth Parade 330000 12 Daisy, Daisy.mp3
      13. Mirth Parade 330000 13 Toreador Make Ready.mp3
      14. Mirth Parade 330000 14 Any Ice Today, Lady.mp3
      15. Mirth Parade 330000 15 Hooray For Red, White And Blue.mp3
      16. Mirth Parade 330000 16 In Room Two And Hundred And Two.mp3
      17. Mirth Parade 330000 17 Please Go Way And Let Me Sleep.mp3
      18. Mirth Parade 330000 18 Aninius Club.mp3
      19. Mirth Parade 330000 19 Please Dont Talk Me When Im Gone.mp3
      20. Mirth Parade 330000 20 I Miss My Swiss Miss.mp3
      21. Mirth Parade 330000 21 Woo, My Operation.mp3
      22. Mirth Parade 330000 22 Let Me Call You Sweetheart.mp3
      23. Mirth Parade 330000 23 Wrong Number.mp3
      24. Mirth Parade 330000 24 Wait Til Cows Come Home.mp3
      25. Mirth Parade 330000 25 Cop On Beat, Man In Moon, And Me.mp3
      26. Mirth Parade 330000 26 Its Tulip Time In Holland.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    26 recordings on 7 Audio CDs
    total playtime 6 hours, 15 min

    Mirth Parade Disc A001

    1. Mirth Parade 330000 01 Asthma
    2. Mirth Parade 330000 02 Rocked In Cradle Of Deep
    3. Mirth Parade 330000 03 Shuffle Off To Buffalo
    4. Mirth Parade 330000 04 Fire! Fire! Fire! Turn Hose On Me

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    Mirth Parade Disc A002

    1. Mirth Parade 330000 05 Sailing, Sailing
    2. Mirth Parade 330000 06 Jimmy Valentine
    3. Mirth Parade 330000 07 This Is Life
    4. Mirth Parade 330000 08 Storybook Land

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    Mirth Parade Disc A003

    1. Mirth Parade 330000 09 Pony Boy
    2. Mirth Parade 330000 10 Buy American
    3. Mirth Parade 330000 11 Two Tickets To Georgia
    4. Mirth Parade 330000 12 Daisy, Daisy

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    Mirth Parade Disc A004

    1. Mirth Parade 330000 13 Toreador Make Ready
    2. Mirth Parade 330000 14 Any Ice Today, Lady
    3. Mirth Parade 330000 15 Hooray For Red, White And Blue
    4. Mirth Parade 330000 16 In Room Two And Hundred And Two

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    Mirth Parade Disc A005

    1. Mirth Parade 330000 17 Please Go Way And Let Me Sleep
    2. Mirth Parade 330000 18 Aninius Club
    3. Mirth Parade 330000 19 Please Dont Talk Me When Im Gone
    4. Mirth Parade 330000 20 I Miss My Swiss Miss

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    Mirth Parade Disc A006

    1. Mirth Parade 330000 21 Woo, My Operation
    2. Mirth Parade 330000 22 Let Me Call You Sweetheart
    3. Mirth Parade 330000 23 Wrong Number
    4. Mirth Parade 330000 24 Wait Til Cows Come Home

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    Mirth Parade Disc A007

    1. Mirth Parade 330000 25 Cop On Beat, Man In Moon, And Me
    2. Mirth Parade 330000 26 Its Tulip Time In Holland

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