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Texaco Town

Starring Deanna Durbin and more: Texaco Town is a variety show filled with the vaudeville zaniness.

78 old time radio show recordings
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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Vaudevillians found a natural home on Radio: Jim and Marian Jordan (Fibber McGee and Molly), Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Fred Allen, and Ed Wynn, just to name a few. Even this list of big Radio names can't begin to compare with the showbiz success.

Denna Durbin Texaco TownEd Wynn had become an "Over-Night" Radio star on The Fire-Chief in 1932, however his personal life and popularity began to implode by 1935. To replace their failing star and preserve their Tuesday evening slot, the Oil Company adopted a serialization of a Broadway extravaganza, Jumbo. The show was performed at the Hippodrome in New York City, and featured the elephant nightly placing his foot on Jimmy Durante's head (Jimmy Durante and Eddie were long time friends, having met in 1910, while Durante was a honky-tonk piano player and Eddie a singing waiter). Two weeks before the curtain went up, the serialized version came to the radio as The Jumbo Fire-Chief Program. The Broadway production of Jumbo folded after just 233 performances. On the radio the program became The Fire-Chief Concert with the same cast and orchestra (less Durante and the elephant). The radio show was dedicated weekly to a different location, with Texaco's home state of Texas saved for last. The Fire Chief Concert would eventually transform into The Texaco Star Theatre, musical variety shows with different hosts, eventually becoming vehicle for Fred Allen, and laterMilton Berle on television.

In the mean time the Jumbo cast was coming to the end of its usefulness was able to fill the bill. The show got a new orchestra, but kept Jimmy Wallington, who was the announcer since the Chase-Sanborn days. Another regular that came to the new show from the old was the garbled Greek of Harry Einstein's "Parkyakarkus" ('Park your Carcus,' or "Sit Down!")

Additions to the new show's company were child stars Bobby Breen and Deanna Durbin. Breen was born Nov 4, 1927, making him almost nine ; his voice and professionalism were far beyond his years, however.He played the part of Eddie's son, and in the tradition of Junior sidekicks, usually got the best of Eddie before launching into his song. Deanna Durbin came to the attention of Universal Studio's exec Rufus LeMaire. He felt that radio exposure would help Deanna's first movie Three Smart Girls. Eddie was impressed with her singing, but only agreed to put her on the premier of Texaco Town after LeMaire offered to pay her fees. She became a regular after listeners sent in more than 4,000 letters asking to hear the young girl with the operatic voice sing again. Her young age, the demands of her movie career, and the need to travel coast to coast for the broadcasts were an incredible burden on the young talent, but she remained good friends with Eddie and his family, and has had a long and successful movie and singing career. Durbin has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1722 Vine St, but does her best to avoid the spotlight these days.

Texaco Town is filled with the zaniness that the Variety Shows of former Vaudeville players are known for. Eddie adopted the plastic fireman's helmet used by Ed Wynn. The Texaco association would run until March 23, 1938. Eddie then moved on to Camel Cigarettes. In the fall Texaco Star Theater would have Adolph Menjou and John Barrymore as stars.

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    78 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 37 hours, 42 min
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    Volume 1 - 39 shows - total playtime 19 hours 18 minutes
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    1. Texaco Town 360920 01 First Show.mp3
    2. Texaco Town 360927 02 Radio Station Broadcast.mp3
    3. Texaco Town 361004 03 Advertising.mp3
    4. Texaco Town 361011 04 Missing Radio Show.mp3
    5. Texaco Town 361018 05 Putting Texaco On Map.mp3
    6. Texaco Town 361025 06 Female Elephant.mp3
    7. Texaco Town 361101 07 Bobby Wants A Raise.mp3
    8. Texaco Town 361108 08 Football.mp3
    9. Texaco Town 361115 09 From New York Hippodrome.mp3
    10. Texaco Town 361122 10 Script Is Stolen.mp3
    11. Texaco Town 361129 11 Script Is Found.mp3
    12. Texaco Town 361206 12 Guest Leslie Howard.mp3
    13. Texaco Town 361213 13 Cast Goes On Strike.mp3
    14. Texaco Town 361220 14 Rehearsing For Texaco Town Follies.mp3
    15. Texaco Town 361227 15 Texaco Town Follies Act 1.mp3
    16. Texaco Town 370103 16 Texaco Town Follies Act 2.mp3
    17. Texaco Town 370110 17 Oscar Is Still Missing.mp3
    18. Texaco Town 370117 18 No Music For Program.mp3
    19. Texaco Town 370124 19 Camille.mp3
    20. Texaco Town 370131 20 Eddies Birthday.mp3
    21. Texaco Town 370207 21 Gangsters Take Over Show.mp3
    22. Texaco Town 370214 22 Hamlet.mp3
    23. Texaco Town 370221 23 Balancing Budget.mp3
    24. Texaco Town 370228 24 Government Radio Show.mp3
    25. Texaco Town 370307 25 On Town In Hollywood.mp3
    26. Texaco Town 370314 26 At Cocoanut Grove.mp3
    27. Texaco Town 370321 27 Renards Parents Visit.mp3
    28. Texaco Town 370328 28 Guest Igor Gorin.mp3
    29. Texaco Town 370404 29 Man From Harvard.mp3
    30. Texaco Town 370411 30 Casting Gone With Wind.mp3
    31. Texaco Town 370418 31 Russian 99915 B.mp3
    32. Texaco Town 370425 32 Wallington Wants To Quit Show.mp3
    33. Texaco Town 370502 33 On A Picnic.mp3
    34. Texaco Town 370509 34 How Eddie Met His Costars.mp3
    35. Texaco Town 370516 35 Eddies Book On Marriage.mp3
    36. Texaco Town 370523 36 Housetohouse Broadcast.mp3
    37. Texaco Town 370530 37 Show Aired To England.mp3
    38. Texaco Town 370606 38 Eddie Stanley Meets Cast.mp3
    39. Texaco Town 370613 39 Saymore Goes For Pinky.mp3
    Volume 2 - 39 shows - total playtime 18 hours 24 minutes
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    1. Texaco Town 370620 40 Fathers Day.mp3
    2. Texaco Town 370627 41 Love Bug.mp3
    3. Texaco Town 370704 42 Saymore Wants To Marry Pinky.mp3
    4. Texaco Town 370711 43 Breach Of Promise Suit 1 St Half Only.mp3
    5. Texaco Town 370718 44 Bribing Judge.mp3
    6. Texaco Town 370725 45 Case Goes To Court.mp3
    7. Texaco Town 370801 46 Trial Continues.mp3
    8. Texaco Town 370808 47 Case Is Closed.mp3
    9. Texaco Town 370815 48 Rehearsing Shakespeare On Pinkys Ranch.mp3
    10. Texaco Town 370822 49 Preparing To Return To Hollywood.mp3
    11. Texaco Town 370829 50 Shakespeare In Hollywood.mp3
    12. Texaco Town 370905 51 Pinky Inherits One Million Dollars.mp3
    13. Texaco Town 370912 52 At Gold Mine.mp3
    14. Texaco Town 370929 53 First Show Of New Season.mp3
    15. Texaco Town 371006 54 Prisoner Of Zenda.mp3
    16. Texaco Town 371013 55 Jimmy Gets Acting Fever.mp3
    17. Texaco Town 371020 56 Eddie Starts A Movie Company.mp3
    18. Texaco Town 371027 57 25 Years In Show Business.mp3
    19. Texaco Town 371103 58 French Movie Star.mp3
    20. Texaco Town 371110 59 Men Fall For Fifi.mp3
    21. Texaco Town 371117 60 Shooting Picture.mp3
    22. Texaco Town 371124 61 Pinky Falls For Fifi.mp3
    23. Texaco Town 371201 62 Movie Opens.mp3
    24. Texaco Town 371208 63 Palm Springs Property 1 St Half Only.mp3
    25. Texaco Town 371215 64 Good Humor Water.mp3
    26. Texaco Town 371222 65 At Eddies Palm Springs Sanitorium.mp3
    27. Texaco Town 371229 66 Guests Dave Rubinoff Tony Martin.mp3
    28. Texaco Town 380105 67 Listener Poll.mp3
    29. Texaco Town 380112 68 Snow White.mp3
    30. Texaco Town 380119 69 Eddie Buys A Race Horse From Pinky.mp3
    31. Texaco Town 380126 70 Renard Rides Eddies Horse.mp3
    32. Texaco Town 380202 71 Race Against Jack Bennys Maxwell.mp3
    33. Texaco Town 380209 72 School For Radio.mp3
    34. Texaco Town 380216 73 School For Radio.mp3
    35. Texaco Town 380223 74 Mutiny On Bounty 2 Nd Half Only.mp3
    36. Texaco Town 380302 75 A Day At Eddies Radio School.mp3
    37. Texaco Town 380309 76 Guest Gloria Swanson.mp3
    38. Texaco Town 380316 77 25 Years In Show Business Again!.mp3
    39. Texaco Town 380323 78 Last Show Of Series.mp3
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    78 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 37 hours, 42 min
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    Volume 1 - 39 shows - total playtime 19 hours 18 minutes
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    1. Texaco Town 360920 01 First Show.mp3
    2. Texaco Town 360927 02 Radio Station Broadcast.mp3
    3. Texaco Town 361004 03 Advertising.mp3
    4. Texaco Town 361011 04 Missing Radio Show.mp3
    5. Texaco Town 361018 05 Putting Texaco On Map.mp3
    6. Texaco Town 361025 06 Female Elephant.mp3
    7. Texaco Town 361101 07 Bobby Wants A Raise.mp3
    8. Texaco Town 361108 08 Football.mp3
    9. Texaco Town 361115 09 From New York Hippodrome.mp3
    10. Texaco Town 361122 10 Script Is Stolen.mp3
    11. Texaco Town 361129 11 Script Is Found.mp3
    12. Texaco Town 361206 12 Guest Leslie Howard.mp3
    13. Texaco Town 361213 13 Cast Goes On Strike.mp3
    14. Texaco Town 361220 14 Rehearsing For Texaco Town Follies.mp3
    15. Texaco Town 361227 15 Texaco Town Follies Act 1.mp3
    16. Texaco Town 370103 16 Texaco Town Follies Act 2.mp3
    17. Texaco Town 370110 17 Oscar Is Still Missing.mp3
    18. Texaco Town 370117 18 No Music For Program.mp3
    19. Texaco Town 370124 19 Camille.mp3
    20. Texaco Town 370131 20 Eddies Birthday.mp3
    21. Texaco Town 370207 21 Gangsters Take Over Show.mp3
    22. Texaco Town 370214 22 Hamlet.mp3
    23. Texaco Town 370221 23 Balancing Budget.mp3
    24. Texaco Town 370228 24 Government Radio Show.mp3
    25. Texaco Town 370307 25 On Town In Hollywood.mp3
    26. Texaco Town 370314 26 At Cocoanut Grove.mp3
    27. Texaco Town 370321 27 Renards Parents Visit.mp3
    28. Texaco Town 370328 28 Guest Igor Gorin.mp3
    29. Texaco Town 370404 29 Man From Harvard.mp3
    30. Texaco Town 370411 30 Casting Gone With Wind.mp3
    31. Texaco Town 370418 31 Russian 99915 B.mp3
    32. Texaco Town 370425 32 Wallington Wants To Quit Show.mp3
    33. Texaco Town 370502 33 On A Picnic.mp3
    34. Texaco Town 370509 34 How Eddie Met His Costars.mp3
    35. Texaco Town 370516 35 Eddies Book On Marriage.mp3
    36. Texaco Town 370523 36 Housetohouse Broadcast.mp3
    37. Texaco Town 370530 37 Show Aired To England.mp3
    38. Texaco Town 370606 38 Eddie Stanley Meets Cast.mp3
    39. Texaco Town 370613 39 Saymore Goes For Pinky.mp3
    Volume 2 - 39 shows - total playtime 18 hours 24 minutes
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    1. Texaco Town 370620 40 Fathers Day.mp3
    2. Texaco Town 370627 41 Love Bug.mp3
    3. Texaco Town 370704 42 Saymore Wants To Marry Pinky.mp3
    4. Texaco Town 370711 43 Breach Of Promise Suit 1 St Half Only.mp3
    5. Texaco Town 370718 44 Bribing Judge.mp3
    6. Texaco Town 370725 45 Case Goes To Court.mp3
    7. Texaco Town 370801 46 Trial Continues.mp3
    8. Texaco Town 370808 47 Case Is Closed.mp3
    9. Texaco Town 370815 48 Rehearsing Shakespeare On Pinkys Ranch.mp3
    10. Texaco Town 370822 49 Preparing To Return To Hollywood.mp3
    11. Texaco Town 370829 50 Shakespeare In Hollywood.mp3
    12. Texaco Town 370905 51 Pinky Inherits One Million Dollars.mp3
    13. Texaco Town 370912 52 At Gold Mine.mp3
    14. Texaco Town 370929 53 First Show Of New Season.mp3
    15. Texaco Town 371006 54 Prisoner Of Zenda.mp3
    16. Texaco Town 371013 55 Jimmy Gets Acting Fever.mp3
    17. Texaco Town 371020 56 Eddie Starts A Movie Company.mp3
    18. Texaco Town 371027 57 25 Years In Show Business.mp3
    19. Texaco Town 371103 58 French Movie Star.mp3
    20. Texaco Town 371110 59 Men Fall For Fifi.mp3
    21. Texaco Town 371117 60 Shooting Picture.mp3
    22. Texaco Town 371124 61 Pinky Falls For Fifi.mp3
    23. Texaco Town 371201 62 Movie Opens.mp3
    24. Texaco Town 371208 63 Palm Springs Property 1 St Half Only.mp3
    25. Texaco Town 371215 64 Good Humor Water.mp3
    26. Texaco Town 371222 65 At Eddies Palm Springs Sanitorium.mp3
    27. Texaco Town 371229 66 Guests Dave Rubinoff Tony Martin.mp3
    28. Texaco Town 380105 67 Listener Poll.mp3
    29. Texaco Town 380112 68 Snow White.mp3
    30. Texaco Town 380119 69 Eddie Buys A Race Horse From Pinky.mp3
    31. Texaco Town 380126 70 Renard Rides Eddies Horse.mp3
    32. Texaco Town 380202 71 Race Against Jack Bennys Maxwell.mp3
    33. Texaco Town 380209 72 School For Radio.mp3
    34. Texaco Town 380216 73 School For Radio.mp3
    35. Texaco Town 380223 74 Mutiny On Bounty 2 Nd Half Only.mp3
    36. Texaco Town 380302 75 A Day At Eddies Radio School.mp3
    37. Texaco Town 380309 76 Guest Gloria Swanson.mp3
    38. Texaco Town 380316 77 25 Years In Show Business Again!.mp3
    39. Texaco Town 380323 78 Last Show Of Series.mp3
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    78 recordings on 39 Audio CDs
    total playtime 37 hours, 42 min

    Disc A001

    1. Texaco Town 360920 01 First Show
    2. Texaco Town 360927 02 Radio Station Broadcast

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    Disc A002

    1. Texaco Town 361004 03 Advertising
    2. Texaco Town 361011 04 Missing Radio Show

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    Disc A003

    1. Texaco Town 361018 05 Putting Texaco On Map
    2. Texaco Town 361025 06 Female Elephant

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    Disc A004

    1. Texaco Town 361101 07 Bobby Wants A Raise
    2. Texaco Town 361108 08 Football

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    Disc A005

    1. Texaco Town 361115 09 From New York Hippodrome
    2. Texaco Town 361122 10 Script Is Stolen

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    Disc A006

    1. Texaco Town 361129 11 Script Is Found
    2. Texaco Town 361206 12 Guest Leslie Howard

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    Disc A007

    1. Texaco Town 361213 13 Cast Goes On Strike
    2. Texaco Town 361220 14 Rehearsing For Texaco Town Follies

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    Disc A008

    1. Texaco Town 361227 15 Texaco Town Follies Act 1
    2. Texaco Town 370103 16 Texaco Town Follies Act 2

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    Disc A009

    1. Texaco Town 370110 17 Oscar Is Still Missing
    2. Texaco Town 370117 18 No Music For Program

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    Disc A010

    1. Texaco Town 370124 19 Camille
    2. Texaco Town 370131 20 Eddies Birthday

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    Disc A011

    1. Texaco Town 370207 21 Gangsters Take Over Show
    2. Texaco Town 370214 22 Hamlet

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    Disc A012

    1. Texaco Town 370221 23 Balancing Budget
    2. Texaco Town 370228 24 Government Radio Show

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    Disc A013

    1. Texaco Town 370307 25 On Town In Hollywood
    2. Texaco Town 370314 26 At Cocoanut Grove

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    Disc A014

    1. Texaco Town 370321 27 Renards Parents Visit
    2. Texaco Town 370328 28 Guest Igor Gorin

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    Disc A015

    1. Texaco Town 370404 29 Man From Harvard
    2. Texaco Town 370411 30 Casting Gone With Wind

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    Disc A016

    1. Texaco Town 370418 31 Russian 99915 B
    2. Texaco Town 370425 32 Wallington Wants To Quit Show

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    Disc A017

    1. Texaco Town 370502 33 On A Picnic
    2. Texaco Town 370509 34 How Eddie Met His Costars

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    Disc A018

    1. Texaco Town 370516 35 Eddies Book On Marriage
    2. Texaco Town 370523 36 Housetohouse Broadcast

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    Disc A019

    1. Texaco Town 370530 37 Show Aired To England
    2. Texaco Town 370606 38 Eddie Stanley Meets Cast

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    Disc A020

    1. Texaco Town 370613 39 Saymore Goes For Pinky
    2. Texaco Town 370620 40 Fathers Day

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    Disc A021

    1. Texaco Town 370627 41 Love Bug
    2. Texaco Town 370704 42 Saymore Wants To Marry Pinky

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    Disc A022

    1. Texaco Town 370711 43 Breach Of Promise Suit 1 St Half Only
    2. Texaco Town 370718 44 Bribing Judge

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    Disc A023

    1. Texaco Town 370725 45 Case Goes To Court
    2. Texaco Town 370801 46 Trial Continues

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    Disc A024

    1. Texaco Town 370808 47 Case Is Closed
    2. Texaco Town 370815 48 Rehearsing Shakespeare On Pinkys Ranch

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    Disc A025

    1. Texaco Town 370822 49 Preparing To Return To Hollywood
    2. Texaco Town 370829 50 Shakespeare In Hollywood

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    Disc A026

    1. Texaco Town 370905 51 Pinky Inherits One Million Dollars
    2. Texaco Town 370912 52 At Gold Mine

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    Disc A027

    1. Texaco Town 370929 53 First Show Of New Season
    2. Texaco Town 371006 54 Prisoner Of Zenda

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    Disc A028

    1. Texaco Town 371013 55 Jimmy Gets Acting Fever
    2. Texaco Town 371020 56 Eddie Starts A Movie Company

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    Disc A029

    1. Texaco Town 371027 57 25 Years In Show Business
    2. Texaco Town 371103 58 French Movie Star

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    Disc A030

    1. Texaco Town 371110 59 Men Fall For Fifi
    2. Texaco Town 371117 60 Shooting Picture

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    Disc A031

    1. Texaco Town 371124 61 Pinky Falls For Fifi
    2. Texaco Town 371201 62 Movie Opens

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    Disc A032

    1. Texaco Town 371208 63 Palm Springs Property 1 St Half Only
    2. Texaco Town 371215 64 Good Humor Water

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    Disc A033

    1. Texaco Town 371222 65 At Eddies Palm Springs Sanitorium
    2. Texaco Town 371229 66 Guests Dave Rubinoff Tony Martin

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    Disc A034

    1. Texaco Town 380105 67 Listener Poll
    2. Texaco Town 380112 68 Snow White

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    Disc A035

    1. Texaco Town 380119 69 Eddie Buys A Race Horse From Pinky
    2. Texaco Town 380126 70 Renard Rides Eddies Horse

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    Disc A036

    1. Texaco Town 380202 71 Race Against Jack Bennys Maxwell
    2. Texaco Town 380209 72 School For Radio

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    Disc A037

    1. Texaco Town 380216 73 School For Radio
    2. Texaco Town 380223 74 Mutiny On Bounty 2 Nd Half Only

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    Disc A038

    1. Texaco Town 380302 75 A Day At Eddies Radio School
    2. Texaco Town 380309 76 Guest Gloria Swanson

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    Disc A039

    1. Texaco Town 380316 77 25 Years In Show Business Again!
    2. Texaco Town 380323 78 Last Show Of Series

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