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2008 - week 41, from 12 October - New York

PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:01 pm
by Charlie
To listen to this show from our link on the home page, you need to choose 'more episodes' above the panel at the foot of 'iPlayer'

Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Tampa Red - When I Take My Vacation in Harlem - The Sound of the City: New York - USA - EMI - 7243 539741-2

2 - Don Azpiazu Y Su Orchestra con Antonio Machin - El Manisero - 25 Versions Clasicas de El Manisero - Cuba - Tumbao - TCD-801

3 - The Bamboo Orchestra with Wilmouth Houdini - Poor But Ambitious - Stranded in the USA - Trinidad - Trikont - US-0326

4 - Garnet Mimms - A Quiet Place - Birth of Soul, Vol 3 - USA - Kent - CDKEND 189

5 - Wax Poetic - Earth Song - Three - USA/Turkey - Doublemoon - DM0002

6 - Zagnut Cirkus Orkestar - Dolia Goca - Gypsymania: Music from the Bulgarian Bar - USA - Bulgarian Culture Centre - BCC 606

7 - Explainer - Lorraine - The Very Best of Explainer - Trinidad - Charlie's - SCR1010


As the World Service coverage of the US elections reaches New York, here’s a soundtrack to welcome them. Impossible to cover the entire range of New York’s music scene, just a few snapshots.

Tampa Red

I always get a kick out of Tampa Red playing the role of a Manhattan socialite taking a trip uptown to Harlem, where he dances with ‘an armful of heaven’ to the music of Duke and Calloway. I’ve always taken ‘an armful of heaven’ to be a friendly woman, but suddenly wonder, was this a sly reference to heroin?

Antonio Machin

From the 1920s through to the late 1940s, many bands and singers travelled from Caribbean islands to play concerts in New York and to make records while they were there, in better studios than were available back home. ‘El Manisero’ (‘The Peanut Vendor’) was written in 1928 by Cuban composer Moses Simon for a French cabaret show, but the version that made the song world famous was recorded two years later in New York by the Cuban Orchestra of Don Azpiazu, featuring vocalist Antonio Machin. The record’s success led to a lifetime career for the singer, who lived for many years in Spain. Ever since the 1950s, when walking around New York, the sound of Latin music is more prevalent than pop music, blaring from bars, cabs and apartment windows.

Wilmouth Houdini

“Too proud to beg, too honest to stealâ€


PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:18 am
by Charlie
email from:

1. Anthony Martin, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Where can I buy 25 Versiones Clasicas de El Manisero
Label: Tumbao Cat. Number: TCD-801

Can't find it on the Internet.


Anthony Martin

CG reply: can anybody help?

2. Martha Furman Kojro (coy-row) (pronounce coy-row), rural phelps county. mo.

Dear Charlie,

The 10/12 show was just too New York centered. How about some sea chanties from New England or some "roots" music from Appalachia or some miners' songs (Va., WVa.,Tenn.) or good old Bluegrass from Kentucky. Last time I looked on a map the aforementioned places were on the east coast area. And Native American music , too -the first Americans!

Otherwise a good broadcast.

Yours Truly,


CG reply: Martha, the show's location was tied into the route taken by the World Service journalists covering the US election, rather than being a general all-American lucky dip.


3. Peter Casto, Singapore

I love Charlie Gillett's "The World of Music". I usually listen to it twice a week. One comment for him: I wish you play a bit more of Puerto Rican salsa - a livelier, more "mod" variant of salsa. There is always a tendency to play Cuban music in your program. Having said that, Charlie, are you familiar with the classic "boleros" of the 50s and 60s, many of which were sung by Cuban stars, such as Olga Guillot. Do you know about her? Wonderful voice and style. Finally, thanks for your program!!


CG reply: fair criticism, Peter, I will try to rectify and no, I don't know Olga (maybe a distant cousin, who knows) and will investigate


4. caroline cooke, bridport

the best music i have heard on the radio for ages



Hello Charlie, great show, keep up the good work.
Love the Wax Poetic track.Having problems finding it. (itunes/amazon etc. Any ideas? Best wishes, David.

CG reply:

The original album, Wax Poetic, is still shown at - select 'English' and scroll through to the end of the catalogue because they put the first release last, and this was their second.

In the running order on the album, 'Mother Earth' (sometimes also called 'Earth Song') is track 17 (out of 18 altogether)

The song is also the last track on CD 2 of my compilation The Sound of the City: New York but I couldn't find that listed for sale anywhere, not even second hand. It comes and goes.


Name: Ian Long, London

Hi Charlie - the programme is always excellent, but I had to congratulate you on the 11 - 17 October edition, I think it was music of the various diasporas of New York City - really fantastic and evocative stuff. I used to listen to you as a very young kid in the mid-70s on Radio London - the first time I heard all kinds of music. The cajun version of "The Promised Land" sticks in my mind!

PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:33 am
by Gordon Neill
The Google shopping tab comes up with nothing if you try the full title, but just type 'El Manisero' and, amongst the various suggestions, you get:,info=938971 Sometimes computers can be so dumb.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:23 am
by DavidM
Charlie, do you know the Congolese version of "El Manisero"; from about 1954, "Mazole Vanga Sanga" by Bokalanga ?. It's on the compilation Roots of Rumba Rock from Crammed Discs. It's a gem.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:53 pm
by taiyo no otosan
I don't wish to be a spoilsport, but, when was that Garnet Mimms track released? And when was 'Sweet Caroline' written? It sure sounds like the drunk bloke is singing the old barbershop standard, 'Sweet Adeline' to me.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:28 pm
by Charlie
taiyo no otosan wrote:I don't wish to be a spoilsport, but, when was that Garnet Mimms track released? And when was 'Sweet Caroline' written? It sure sounds like the drunk bloke is singing the old barbershop standard, 'Sweet Adeline' to me.

Your are right, of course - Neil's hit was about eight years later! Another myth bites the dust.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 4:14 pm
by Charlie
taiyo no otosan wrote: It sure sounds like the drunk bloke is singing the old barbershop standard, 'Sweet Adeline' to me.

email from

1. Jeremy Clarke, Bristol, England

Great to hear Garnet Mimms. I never tire of the 'Sound Of The City' CDs.

You said the drunk was singing 'Sweet Caroline'. I always heard it as 'Sweet Adeline' (my mother's name).

I just listened again – I'm sure I'm right!


2. roderick macfarquhar, edinburgh

I always enjoy Charlie's programme, but on Saturday last, he confused the song "Sweet Adeline" , a song favoured by American drunks of a bygone era, with "Sweet Caroline", the Neil Diamond song, which is of a much later vintage than the track he played (about a man's inability to get some sleep in NYC).


3. John Poole, Lapworth, Warwickshire

It was a nice surprise to hear A Quiet Place by Garnett Mimms, but I think that the drunk was singing Sweet Adeline - drunks would not be singing Sweet Caroline for another five years after A Quiet Place was recorded

Best wishes