I wouldn’t have thought to put these two things together, would you?
The National Guard Show
Starring Mindy Carson and Red Barber
Carson provides the vocals, while Barber does a short sports interviews.
Goldin dates these episodes as 1951, and so does the person who wrote on the label.
The National Guard Show 41
First Song What is This Thing Called Love?
Red Barber interviews Yale University football coach Herman Hickman.
The National Guard Show 42
First Song Almost Like Being in Love
Barber interviews sports star Gene Tunney.
I have to wonder if this show is an early version of what we’ve already seen as “Let’s Go to Town”. What I like better about these is that they sound like they are live performances of these songs, instead of commercial ones. Carson sounds wonderful backed by the small ensembles.
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