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Louie’s Hungry Five - Pgm 5, Part 2
Some months ago, I posted a sequence of early radio serial broadcasts by the “Little German Band”, “Louie’s Hungry Five”, which originated at WGN in Chicago. The series was developed by the station after they lost “Amps n’ Andy” so they could cash in on the lucrative syndication transcription market. The shows I posted a few months ago dated from 1931.
Doug Hopkinson and Ryan Ellett produced a detailed and illustrated article about the series that tells the story much better than I can.
Next up on the blog, part of two earlier “Louie’s Hungry Five” broadcasts, probably dating from late 1930. While the later discs I posted previously were pressed by Columbia, here’s a disc recorded at Marsh Laboratories and likely distributed just a few weeks after the syndicated show debuted in October 1930.
In program 5 of the series, the band is at some kind of carnival and walking through an attraction with funhouse mirrors. We only hear the second part of the show on this disc.
The show was transferred from an original Marsh Laboratories Electra shellac 12” transcription, matrix number 6075.
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