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Philco Radio Time with Bing Crosby

After 10 years on Kraft Music Hall, Bing Crosby developed his own pet project using the newest recording advances of the day.

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Philco Radio Time One personality from the Golden Age of Radio who needs no introduction is Bing Crosby. Best loved and remembered for his rendition of White Christmas, Bing's ability to take advantage of new technologies as they came along boosted his career. There is no denying Bing's rich voice, but it was his ability to take advantage of electrical amplification that allowed him to develop his trademark laid back, intimate style.

Bing was not afraid to invest his own money in technology. He had long advocated recording his radio programs so that the best material could be broadcast, but both CBS and NBC felt that audiences would not be receptive to Canned performances. After all, the best radio comics, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Fred Allen, even Crosby himself, got the biggest laughs on the material that did not go exactly right.

The networks scoffed that prerecording was simply a dodge to allow Crosby to get more time on the golf course. Bing stuck to his guns, and eventually walked out on Kraft Music Hall, after being with the show for 10 years.

Bing CrosbyArmy Signal Corp Officer Jack Mullin's mission was to investigate German recording and broadcasting technology at the end of the war. Among his discoveries was a magnetic recording machine that used tape and provided a higher fidelity recording than traditional shellac records.

Crosby saw a demonstration of the technology when Mullin pitched it to the movie industry. He immediately saw the potential for radio programs, but he could not sell it to the NBC brass.

Bing CrosbyHowever, ABC, which had recently formed from the Blue Network, found the idea of a pre recorded show much more acceptable. ABC offered Bing $30,000 per week to produce the Philco shows, and he received another $40,000 from independent stations, which aired the show from lacquer/aluminum disks.

Bing had complete control over the production, which he found incredibly rewarding. Not only was he able to use the recording technology, he was able to place the microphones to his best advantage. Bing was a significant enough celebrity that he had little trouble attracting guest talent. The shows were recorded before a live audience, usually lasting 35-45 minutes, and the best material kept for the broadcast. Those closest to Bing reported that his favorite element of the production was being able to work in a hat, rather than wearing the hated toupee which was necessary in the NBC studio.

The show is a great listen, not only for Bing and his guests great music, but also for the fun, informal tone of the show. Many of Bing's guests had a close association with other sponsors, and Bing had little problem allowing them a good natured plug while still getting the message across for Philco. Bing also made regular plugs for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the professional baseball team in which he had part ownership.

Once the songs were sung, the editing done, and the show in the can, Bing still had time to get to the golf course.

Bob Hope Bing Crosby

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    79 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 39 hours, 26 min
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    Volume 1 - 40 shows - total playtime 19 hours 55 minutes
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    1. Philco Radio Time 461016 Bob Hope.mp3
    2. Philco Radio Time 461023 Spike Jones.mp3
    3. Philco Radio Time 461030 Les Paul Trio.mp3
    4. Philco Radio Time 461106 Skitch Henderson and Ralph Mendez.mp3
    5. Philco Radio Time 461113 Ezio Pinza.mp3
    6. Philco Radio Time 461120 Burl Ives.mp3
    7. Philco Radio Time 461127 Judy Garland.mp3
    8. Philco Radio Time 461204 Jimmy Durante.mp3
    9. Philco Radio Time 461211 Jerry Colonna.mp3
    10. Philco Radio Time 461218 Skitch Henderson and Peggy Lee.mp3
    11. Philco Radio Time 461225 Skitch Henderson and the Charioteer.mp3
    12. Philco Radio Time 470101 Joe Frisco and Peggy Lee.mp3
    13. Philco Radio Time 470108 Mickey Rooney and Peggy Lee.mp3
    14. Philco Radio Time 470115 Al Jolson.mp3
    15. Philco Radio Time 470122 George Jessel and Lina Romay.mp3
    16. Philco Radio Time 470212 Groucho Marx and Peggy Lee.mp3
    17. Philco Radio Time 470219 Leo McCarey, William Frawley and J.mp3
    18. Philco Radio Time 470226 Andrews Sisters and Joe Frisco.mp3
    19. Philco Radio Time 470305 Al Jolson.mp3
    20. Philco Radio Time 470319 Danny Kaye and Peggy Lee.mp3
    21. Philco Radio Time 470326 Jack Benny and Mary Livingston.mp3
    22. Philco Radio Time 470402 Al Jolson and John Charles Thomas .mp3
    23. Philco Radio Time 470409 Alec Templeton and Peggy Lee.mp3
    24. Philco Radio Time 470416 Jimmy Durante.mp3
    25. Philco Radio Time 470423 Les Paul and Burl Ives.mp3
    26. Philco Radio Time 470430 Groucho Marx and Dorothy Shay.mp3
    27. Philco Radio Time 470507 Al Jolson and Irving Berlin.mp3
    28. Philco Radio Time 470604 Fred Allen and Connie Boswell.mp3
    29. Philco Radio Time 470611 Alec Templeton and Ethel Merman.mp3
    30. Philco Radio Time 470618 Bob Hope and Jimmy Demaret.mp3
    31. Philco Radio Time 471015 Dinah Shore.mp3
    32. Philco Radio Time 471022 Clifton Webb and Burl Ives.mp3
    33. Philco Radio Time 471029 Boris Karloff and Victor Moore.mp3
    34. Philco Radio Time 471112 Peter Lorre and Williams Bros.mp3
    35. Philco Radio Time 471119 Barry Fitzgerald and Dorothy Kirste.mp3
    36. Philco Radio Time 471126 Frankie Laine.mp3
    37. Philco Radio Time 471203 Al Jolson.mp3
    38. Philco Radio Time 471210 Walter O'Keefe.mp3
    39. Philco Radio Time 471217 Joe Frisco, Eileen Woods and Rudol.mp3
    40. Philco Radio Time 471224 Christmas Show The Small One.mp3
    Volume 2 - 39 shows - total playtime 19 hours 31 minutes
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    1. Philco Radio Time 471231 Danny Thomas.mp3
    2. Philco Radio Time 480107 Lone ranger and Walter O'Keefe.mp3
    3. Philco Radio Time 480114 George Burns.mp3
    4. Philco Radio Time 480121 Burns and Allen.mp3
    5. Philco Radio Time 480128 Esther Williams.mp3
    6. Philco Radio Time 480204 Jimmy Durante and Dick Haymes.mp3
    7. Philco Radio Time 480211 Oscar Levant.mp3
    8. Philco Radio Time 480218 Robert Taylor.mp3
    9. Philco Radio Time 480225 Peggy Lee.mp3
    10. Philco Radio Time 480303 Jack Benny.mp3
    11. Philco Radio Time 480310 Jimmy Stewart.mp3
    12. Philco Radio Time 480317 Maragret O'Brien.mp3
    13. Philco Radio Time 480324 Wild Bill Elliott.mp3
    14. Philco Radio Time 480407 Fred Astaire.mp3
    15. Philco Radio Time 480414 Fibber McGee and Molly.mp3
    16. Philco Radio Time 480428 Claudette Colbert.mp3
    17. Philco Radio Time 480505 Barry Fitzgerald.mp3
    18. Philco Radio Time 480519 Ethel Merman.mp3
    19. Philco Radio Time 480526 Beatrice Lilly and Alec Templeton.mp3
    20. Philco Radio Time 480929 Claudette Colbert and Crosby Boys .mp3
    21. Philco Radio Time 481013 Ray Milland and Bill Gargan (Vancou.mp3
    22. Philco Radio Time 481020 Dan Dailey and Marilyn Maxwell.mp3
    23. Philco Radio Time 481027 William Powell and Peggy Lee.mp3
    24. Philco Radio Time 481103 Edgar Bergen.mp3
    25. Philco Radio Time 481110 Oscar Levant.mp3
    26. Philco Radio Time 481208 Morton Downey and Kay Starr.mp3
    27. Philco Radio Time 481215 Bob Hope.mp3
    28. Philco Radio Time 481229 Mills Bros, Peggy Lee and Joe Venut.mp3
    29. Philco Radio Time 490105 Harry James and Betty Grable.mp3
    30. Philco Radio Time 490112 Johnny Mercer.mp3
    31. Philco Radio Time 490126 Abe Burrows and Peggy Lee.mp3
    32. Philco Radio Time 490202 Jimmy Durante and Gertrude Nielson.mp3
    33. Philco Radio Time 490209 Groucho Marx and Connie Haines.mp3
    34. Philco Radio Time 490216 Bob Burns and Kay Starr.mp3
    35. Philco Radio Time 490223 Peggy Lee and Abe Burrows.mp3
    36. Philco Radio Time 490302 Burl Ives and Dinah Shore.mp3
    37. Philco Radio Time 490309 Phil Harris.mp3
    38. Philco Radio Time 490518 Johnny Mercer and Rhonda Fleming.mp3
    39. Philco Radio Time 490601 Last Show.mp3
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    79 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 39 hours, 26 min
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    Volume 1 - 40 shows - total playtime 19 hours 55 minutes
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    1. Philco Radio Time 461016 Bob Hope.mp3
    2. Philco Radio Time 461023 Spike Jones.mp3
    3. Philco Radio Time 461030 Les Paul Trio.mp3
    4. Philco Radio Time 461106 Skitch Henderson and Ralph Mendez.mp3
    5. Philco Radio Time 461113 Ezio Pinza.mp3
    6. Philco Radio Time 461120 Burl Ives.mp3
    7. Philco Radio Time 461127 Judy Garland.mp3
    8. Philco Radio Time 461204 Jimmy Durante.mp3
    9. Philco Radio Time 461211 Jerry Colonna.mp3
    10. Philco Radio Time 461218 Skitch Henderson and Peggy Lee.mp3
    11. Philco Radio Time 461225 Skitch Henderson and the Charioteer.mp3
    12. Philco Radio Time 470101 Joe Frisco and Peggy Lee.mp3
    13. Philco Radio Time 470108 Mickey Rooney and Peggy Lee.mp3
    14. Philco Radio Time 470115 Al Jolson.mp3
    15. Philco Radio Time 470122 George Jessel and Lina Romay.mp3
    16. Philco Radio Time 470212 Groucho Marx and Peggy Lee.mp3
    17. Philco Radio Time 470219 Leo McCarey, William Frawley and J.mp3
    18. Philco Radio Time 470226 Andrews Sisters and Joe Frisco.mp3
    19. Philco Radio Time 470305 Al Jolson.mp3
    20. Philco Radio Time 470319 Danny Kaye and Peggy Lee.mp3
    21. Philco Radio Time 470326 Jack Benny and Mary Livingston.mp3
    22. Philco Radio Time 470402 Al Jolson and John Charles Thomas .mp3
    23. Philco Radio Time 470409 Alec Templeton and Peggy Lee.mp3
    24. Philco Radio Time 470416 Jimmy Durante.mp3
    25. Philco Radio Time 470423 Les Paul and Burl Ives.mp3
    26. Philco Radio Time 470430 Groucho Marx and Dorothy Shay.mp3
    27. Philco Radio Time 470507 Al Jolson and Irving Berlin.mp3
    28. Philco Radio Time 470604 Fred Allen and Connie Boswell.mp3
    29. Philco Radio Time 470611 Alec Templeton and Ethel Merman.mp3
    30. Philco Radio Time 470618 Bob Hope and Jimmy Demaret.mp3
    31. Philco Radio Time 471015 Dinah Shore.mp3
    32. Philco Radio Time 471022 Clifton Webb and Burl Ives.mp3
    33. Philco Radio Time 471029 Boris Karloff and Victor Moore.mp3
    34. Philco Radio Time 471112 Peter Lorre and Williams Bros.mp3
    35. Philco Radio Time 471119 Barry Fitzgerald and Dorothy Kirste.mp3
    36. Philco Radio Time 471126 Frankie Laine.mp3
    37. Philco Radio Time 471203 Al Jolson.mp3
    38. Philco Radio Time 471210 Walter O'Keefe.mp3
    39. Philco Radio Time 471217 Joe Frisco, Eileen Woods and Rudol.mp3
    40. Philco Radio Time 471224 Christmas Show The Small One.mp3
    Volume 2 - 39 shows - total playtime 19 hours 31 minutes
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    1. Philco Radio Time 471231 Danny Thomas.mp3
    2. Philco Radio Time 480107 Lone ranger and Walter O'Keefe.mp3
    3. Philco Radio Time 480114 George Burns.mp3
    4. Philco Radio Time 480121 Burns and Allen.mp3
    5. Philco Radio Time 480128 Esther Williams.mp3
    6. Philco Radio Time 480204 Jimmy Durante and Dick Haymes.mp3
    7. Philco Radio Time 480211 Oscar Levant.mp3
    8. Philco Radio Time 480218 Robert Taylor.mp3
    9. Philco Radio Time 480225 Peggy Lee.mp3
    10. Philco Radio Time 480303 Jack Benny.mp3
    11. Philco Radio Time 480310 Jimmy Stewart.mp3
    12. Philco Radio Time 480317 Maragret O'Brien.mp3
    13. Philco Radio Time 480324 Wild Bill Elliott.mp3
    14. Philco Radio Time 480407 Fred Astaire.mp3
    15. Philco Radio Time 480414 Fibber McGee and Molly.mp3
    16. Philco Radio Time 480428 Claudette Colbert.mp3
    17. Philco Radio Time 480505 Barry Fitzgerald.mp3
    18. Philco Radio Time 480519 Ethel Merman.mp3
    19. Philco Radio Time 480526 Beatrice Lilly and Alec Templeton.mp3
    20. Philco Radio Time 480929 Claudette Colbert and Crosby Boys .mp3
    21. Philco Radio Time 481013 Ray Milland and Bill Gargan (Vancou.mp3
    22. Philco Radio Time 481020 Dan Dailey and Marilyn Maxwell.mp3
    23. Philco Radio Time 481027 William Powell and Peggy Lee.mp3
    24. Philco Radio Time 481103 Edgar Bergen.mp3
    25. Philco Radio Time 481110 Oscar Levant.mp3
    26. Philco Radio Time 481208 Morton Downey and Kay Starr.mp3
    27. Philco Radio Time 481215 Bob Hope.mp3
    28. Philco Radio Time 481229 Mills Bros, Peggy Lee and Joe Venut.mp3
    29. Philco Radio Time 490105 Harry James and Betty Grable.mp3
    30. Philco Radio Time 490112 Johnny Mercer.mp3
    31. Philco Radio Time 490126 Abe Burrows and Peggy Lee.mp3
    32. Philco Radio Time 490202 Jimmy Durante and Gertrude Nielson.mp3
    33. Philco Radio Time 490209 Groucho Marx and Connie Haines.mp3
    34. Philco Radio Time 490216 Bob Burns and Kay Starr.mp3
    35. Philco Radio Time 490223 Peggy Lee and Abe Burrows.mp3
    36. Philco Radio Time 490302 Burl Ives and Dinah Shore.mp3
    37. Philco Radio Time 490309 Phil Harris.mp3
    38. Philco Radio Time 490518 Johnny Mercer and Rhonda Fleming.mp3
    39. Philco Radio Time 490601 Last Show.mp3
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    79 recordings on 40 Audio CDs
    total playtime 39 hours, 26 min

    Disc A001

    1. Philco Radio Time 461016 Bob Hope
    2. Philco Radio Time 461023 Spike Jones

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    Disc A002

    1. Philco Radio Time 461030 Les Paul Trio
    2. Philco Radio Time 461106 Skitch Henderson and Ralph Mendez

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    Disc A003

    1. Philco Radio Time 461113 Ezio Pinza
    2. Philco Radio Time 461120 Burl Ives

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    Disc A004

    1. Philco Radio Time 461127 Judy Garland
    2. Philco Radio Time 461204 Jimmy Durante

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    Disc A005

    1. Philco Radio Time 461211 Jerry Colonna
    2. Philco Radio Time 461218 Skitch Henderson and Peggy Lee

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    Disc A006

    1. Philco Radio Time 461225 Skitch Henderson and the Charioteer
    2. Philco Radio Time 470101 Joe Frisco and Peggy Lee

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    Disc A007

    1. Philco Radio Time 470108 Mickey Rooney and Peggy Lee
    2. Philco Radio Time 470115 Al Jolson

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    Disc A008

    1. Philco Radio Time 470122 George Jessel and Lina Romay
    2. Philco Radio Time 470212 Groucho Marx and Peggy Lee

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    Disc A009

    1. Philco Radio Time 470219 Leo McCarey, William Frawley and J
    2. Philco Radio Time 470226 Andrews Sisters and Joe Frisco

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    Disc A010

    1. Philco Radio Time 470305 Al Jolson
    2. Philco Radio Time 470319 Danny Kaye and Peggy Lee

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    Disc A011

    1. Philco Radio Time 470326 Jack Benny and Mary Livingston
    2. Philco Radio Time 470402 Al Jolson and John Charles Thomas

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    Disc A012

    1. Philco Radio Time 470409 Alec Templeton and Peggy Lee
    2. Philco Radio Time 470416 Jimmy Durante

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    Disc A013

    1. Philco Radio Time 470423 Les Paul and Burl Ives
    2. Philco Radio Time 470430 Groucho Marx and Dorothy Shay

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    Disc A014

    1. Philco Radio Time 470507 Al Jolson and Irving Berlin
    2. Philco Radio Time 470604 Fred Allen and Connie Boswell

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    Disc A015

    1. Philco Radio Time 470611 Alec Templeton and Ethel Merman
    2. Philco Radio Time 470618 Bob Hope and Jimmy Demaret

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    Disc A016

    1. Philco Radio Time 471015 Dinah Shore
    2. Philco Radio Time 471022 Clifton Webb and Burl Ives

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    Disc A017

    1. Philco Radio Time 471029 Boris Karloff and Victor Moore
    2. Philco Radio Time 471112 Peter Lorre and Williams Bros

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    Disc A018

    1. Philco Radio Time 471119 Barry Fitzgerald and Dorothy Kirste
    2. Philco Radio Time 471126 Frankie Laine

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    Disc A019

    1. Philco Radio Time 471203 Al Jolson
    2. Philco Radio Time 471210 Walter O'Keefe

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    Disc A020

    1. Philco Radio Time 471217 Joe Frisco, Eileen Woods and Rudol
    2. Philco Radio Time 471224 Christmas Show The Small One

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    Disc A021

    1. Philco Radio Time 471231 Danny Thomas
    2. Philco Radio Time 480107 Lone ranger and Walter O'Keefe

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    Disc A022

    1. Philco Radio Time 480114 George Burns
    2. Philco Radio Time 480121 Burns and Allen

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    Disc A023

    1. Philco Radio Time 480128 Esther Williams
    2. Philco Radio Time 480204 Jimmy Durante and Dick Haymes

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    Disc A024

    1. Philco Radio Time 480211 Oscar Levant
    2. Philco Radio Time 480218 Robert Taylor

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    Disc A025

    1. Philco Radio Time 480225 Peggy Lee
    2. Philco Radio Time 480303 Jack Benny

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    Disc A026

    1. Philco Radio Time 480310 Jimmy Stewart
    2. Philco Radio Time 480317 Maragret O'Brien

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    Disc A027

    1. Philco Radio Time 480324 Wild Bill Elliott
    2. Philco Radio Time 480407 Fred Astaire

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    Disc A028

    1. Philco Radio Time 480414 Fibber McGee and Molly
    2. Philco Radio Time 480428 Claudette Colbert

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    Disc A029

    1. Philco Radio Time 480505 Barry Fitzgerald
    2. Philco Radio Time 480519 Ethel Merman

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    Disc A030

    1. Philco Radio Time 480526 Beatrice Lilly and Alec Templeton
    2. Philco Radio Time 480929 Claudette Colbert and Crosby Boys

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    Disc A031

    1. Philco Radio Time 481013 Ray Milland and Bill Gargan (Vancou
    2. Philco Radio Time 481020 Dan Dailey and Marilyn Maxwell

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    Disc A032

    1. Philco Radio Time 481027 William Powell and Peggy Lee
    2. Philco Radio Time 481103 Edgar Bergen

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    Disc A033

    1. Philco Radio Time 481110 Oscar Levant
    2. Philco Radio Time 481208 Morton Downey and Kay Starr

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    Disc A034

    1. Philco Radio Time 481215 Bob Hope
    2. Philco Radio Time 481229 Mills Bros, Peggy Lee and Joe Venut

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    Disc A035

    1. Philco Radio Time 490105 Harry James and Betty Grable
    2. Philco Radio Time 490112 Johnny Mercer

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    Disc A036

    1. Philco Radio Time 490126 Abe Burrows and Peggy Lee
    2. Philco Radio Time 490202 Jimmy Durante and Gertrude Nielson

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    Disc A037

    1. Philco Radio Time 490209 Groucho Marx and Connie Haines
    2. Philco Radio Time 490216 Bob Burns and Kay Starr

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    Disc A038

    1. Philco Radio Time 490223 Peggy Lee and Abe Burrows
    2. Philco Radio Time 490302 Burl Ives and Dinah Shore

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    Disc A039

    1. Philco Radio Time 490309 Phil Harris
    2. Philco Radio Time 490518 Johnny Mercer and Rhonda Fleming

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    Disc A040

    1. Philco Radio Time 490601 Last Show

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