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Willson-Nesbitt Summer Show also known as The Johnson Wax Program

starring the music sensation, Meredith Willson, this summer replacement old time radio show was the basis for Nesbitt's program Headlines of the Past, which would evolve into John Nesbitt's Passing Parade.

12 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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6 Audio CDs


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"Letter To Adolf Hitler"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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"The Johnson Was Program present Brilliant Conductor/Composer Meredith Willson and MGM's Noted young Commentator Star, John Nesbitt", Tuesday nights on NBC during the summer of 1942.

Meredith WillsonThe 1941-42 season of Fibber McGee and Molly ended with the McGees packing for vacation. Harlow Wilcox and the Johnson Wax Company were not about to let us spend the summer forgetting the wonders of Johnson's Wax, Johnson's CarNu, or Johnson's Glo-Coat. With Fibber and Molly out of town they turned Willson and Nesbitt.

Meredith Willson is best known for writing the classic American musical, The Music Man, which gave us such classic tunes as "Seventy Six Trombones", "Gary, Indiana", and "Till There Was You." Willson had been part of John Philip Sousa's Band during the 1920's, and became a music director in radio during the 30's. He was nominated two academy awards for the scores of The Great Dictator(1940) and Little Foxes(1941).

John Nesbitt was an actor, narrator, announcer, producer and screenwriter from Vancouver B.C. He claimed that his father had left him a trunk full of newspaper clippings and strange stories. These would become the basis for his program Headlines of the Past, John Nesbittwhich would evolve into John Nesbitt's Passing Parade, premiering in 1937. MGM produced a series of short films featuring Nesbitt's Passing Parade stories from 1938 through 1949. The films were re-edited for television syndication, and eventually shown in their original from on Turner Classic Movies.

The Summer Program of 1942 was the result of discussions between long time friends Willson and Nesbitt. "For several years Meredith Willson and I have been discussing just such a program" explains Nesbitt, "No formality, no fanfare, no hoopla, just as if you were having a musical party in your own home, heaven help you..." The music is layered around one of Nesbitt's stories. In reflection of the war effort, the story will have a patriotic theme, and the music will be full of Joy.

This collection is also part of the John Nesbitt Collection. Fans of Fibber McGee and Molly will be gratified to hear Harlow Wilcox staying gainfully employed...

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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.



    12 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 50 min
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      12 shows - total playtime 5 hours 50 minutes
      1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420630 01 Passing Parade.mp3
      2. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420707 02.mp3
      3. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420714 03.mp3
      4. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420721 04.mp3
      5. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420728 05.mp3
      6. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420804 06.mp3
      7. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420811 07 Wings On High.mp3
      8. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420818 08 Yankee Doodle March.mp3
      9. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420901 10 Manhattan Beach.mp3
      10. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420908 11.mp3
      11. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420915 12 My 10-Ton Baby And Me.mp3
      12. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420922 12 Letter To Hitler.mp3
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    12 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 50 min
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      12 shows - total playtime 5 hours 50 minutes
      1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420630 01 Passing Parade.mp3
      2. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420707 02.mp3
      3. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420714 03.mp3
      4. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420721 04.mp3
      5. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420728 05.mp3
      6. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420804 06.mp3
      7. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420811 07 Wings On High.mp3
      8. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420818 08 Yankee Doodle March.mp3
      9. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420901 10 Manhattan Beach.mp3
      10. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420908 11.mp3
      11. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420915 12 My 10-Ton Baby And Me.mp3
      12. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420922 12 Letter To Hitler.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



    12 recordings on 6 Audio CDs
    total playtime 5 hours, 50 min

    Disc A001

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420630 01 Passing Parade
    2. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420707 02

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    Disc A002

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420714 03
    2. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420721 04

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    Disc A003

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420728 05
    2. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420804 06

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    Disc A004

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420811 07 Wings On High
    2. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420818 08 Yankee Doodle March

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    Disc A005

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420901 10 Manhattan Beach
    2. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420908 11

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    Disc A006

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420915 12 My 10-Ton Baby And Me
    2. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420922 12 Letter To Hitler

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