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Weekends At The Roundtable - Miriam Makeba

This is the first of what I hope will be a weekly event. A sort of breather from the bobblehead bludgeoning that goes on most weekends. I plan to ru

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This is the first of what I hope will be a weekly event. A sort of breather from the bobblehead bludgeoning that goes on most weekends. I plan to run the gamut of music - from Jazz, Classical, Experimental all the way to garage. The big difference is, nothing is currently available on CD or download - it all comes by way of records (yes, lp's, 45's and 78's!) with the occasional odd tape tucked in there, and no junk.

So our premier cut kicking us off, comes by way of my tape archive.

While I was researching the Kennedy 100 Days clip earlier last week, I ran across a tape from the Hollywood Bowl in September 1962 which featured the first public performance of Dave Guard's Whiskey Hill Singers (Guard was in the Kingston Trio, and upon his departure formed The Whiskey Hill Singers to, sadly not a whole pile of success), which was the opening act for Miriam Makeba. Makeba was just getting started in the U.S., having toured previously with Harry Belafonte. I was deeply saddened by her passing late last year, and I was always captivated by her wonderfully expressive voice. I am late on the tribute, but her voice is timeless anyway.

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Here she is in a recording never issued and rescued (as most of my tapes were) from not a very-good fate, made at the Hollywood Bowl in September of 1962. This excerpt features two songs: "The Click Song" and "Wimoweh", better known as The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

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