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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Wurlitzer organ at the Sanfilippo residence in Barrington, IL
1927 Wurlitzer organ in the Sanfilippo Residence, Barrington, IL

That Golden Glow

A 50th anniversary celebration of the ongoing activities of the American Theatre Organ Society.

Theatre organs, invented to provide accompaniment to ‘silent films’ in the early days of the 20th century, found themselves unneeded in their original line of work by the mid 1930s. Yet their novel and engaging sounds continue to fascinate and entertain. Check next month’s A.T.O.S. National Convention, July 1-5, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Contact the Organ Historical Society Catalog for access to a large variety of theater organ recordings on compact disc.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • June 06, 2005

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

JERRY HERMAN: It’s TodayStan Kann (1929 Wurlitzer/Fox Theatre, Saint Louis, MO) SKCD-1001

DOC DOUGHERTY & ELLIS REYNOLDS: I’m confessin that I love youGeorge Wright, em>in the style of Jesse Crawford (Hollywood Philharmonic Organ/George Wright Residence, Hollywood, CA) Banda CD-42001

JIMMY DORSEY: Oodles of NoodlesGeorge Wright (Hollywood Philharmonic Organ/George Wright Residence, Hollywood, CA) Banda CD-438

ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM: One-note SambaJohn Seng (Wurlitzer/Mundelein Auditorium, University of St. Mary, Mundelein, IL) P&P Productions 051193

VICTOR HERBERT: FleuretteSimon Gledhill (1928 Wurlitzer/Tower World Ballroom, Blackpool, England, UK) OS Digital CD-205

GEORGE GERSHWIN: Someone to watch over meAshley Miller (Wurlitzer/Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY) Sony Music CD-23627

DON GEORGE: I’m beginning to see the lightDan Bellomy (1928 Wurlitzer/Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, NY) Pure Digital CD-1326

COLE PORTER: It’s alright with meScott Foppiano (1928 Robert-Morton/Artlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA) SBTOS-961

KARL HOSCHNA: Cuddle up a little closerDave Wickerham (1926 Barton/Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet, IL) WS Productions CD-1997

COLE PORTER: Anything goesJelani Eddington (Barton/Oscar Mayer Theatre, Madison, WI) Pipedreams Archive recorded May 4, 2004

HAROLD ARLEN: If I only had a brainDavid Peckham (1925 Marr & Colton/Clemens Center, Elmira, NY) Veteran Hill Productions 1961

TOLCHARD EVANS: IfRon Rhode (1929 Kimball/Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, PA) Roxy Productions CD-105

ROBERT ELMORE: Fantasy on Nursery Themes –Robert Elmore (1929 Kimball/Convention Hall Ballroom, Atlantic City, NJ) ACCHOS CD-02

RUBE BLOOM: Fools rush in –Larry Kass (1929 Wurlitzer/Ronald Wehmeier residence, Cleveland, OH) Razzmatazz 1998

WILBUR SCHWANDT: Dream a little dreamBrett Valliant (Wurlitzer/Little River Studio, Wichita, KS) BVO CD-515

HENRY MANCINI: Pink PantherCharlie Balogh (Wurlitzer/Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa, AZ) Organ Stop CD-108

COLE PORTER: Just one of those thingsTom Hazleton (Wurlitzer hybrid/Nethercutt Collection, San Sylmar, CA) Klavier K 77025

JOHN WILLIAMS: Theme from Schindler’s ListLyn Larsen (1927 Wurlitzer/Place de la Musique, Sanfilippo Residence, Barrington, IL) Musical Contrasts CD-207

ERNESTO LECUONA: MalaguenaHector Olivera (1929 Möller/Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA) Vantage CD-6306

Filler –MARVIN HAMLISH & CAROL BAYER SAGER: Nobody does it better –George Wright; Banda CD-430