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Louise Brooks inspired, silent film themed music of the Twenties, Thirties and today - featuring recordings by early film stars, music from the movies, show tunes, sweet jazz, dance bands, European rarities, novelty numbers, and lots, lots more.
DJ: RadioLulu
Location: San Francisco, CA

Created: Dec 29, 02
Updated: Apr 21, 14
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Louise Brooks

RadioLulu is a Louise Brooks-inspired, silent film themed station streaming music of the 1920s, 1930s, and today.


Launched in 2002, this unique station features music from six of Brooks' films - the haunting themes from Beggars of Life (1928) and Prix de Beaute (1930), as well as musical passages from The Canary Murder Case (1929), Empty Saddles (1936), and Overland Stage Raiders (1938). There are vintage recordings by Brooks' co-stars including W.C. Fields, Adolphe Menjou, Noah Beery, Joan Blondell, Frank Fay, Grace Moore, and Cary Grant, and songs by Brooks' friends, like Libby Holman, Bruz Fletcher, and Ross Berkel. Other tracks associated with the actress include Xavier Cugat's "Siboney" (recommended by Brooks in "Fundamentals of Ballroom Dancing"), "Somebody Loves Me" (her favorite Gershwin tune), and two numbers by Sid Kay's Fellows (the jazz band seen playing in the wedding reception scene in Pandora's Box). RadioLulu also plays contemporary tributes to the actress by the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark (OMD), John Zorn, Soul Coughing, and cartoonist Robert Crumb, who is heard playing on "Chanson pour Louise Brooks".


RadioLulu streams rare recordings by early Hollywood figures such as Clara Bow, Charlie Chaplin, Joan Crawford, Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Pola Negri, Dolores Del Rio, Jean Harlow, Claudette Colbert, Tallulah Bankhead, Barbara Stanwyck, and Dorothy Lamour. Among others, Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell sing "If I Had A Talking Picture Of You," one of a number of movie-related songs on RadioLulu. There's also "Take Your Girlie to the Movies," "At the Moving Picture Ball," and "Hooray for Hollywood," as well as songs about Garbo, Chaplin, Zasu Pitts, and Buster Keaton.


And that's not all.... You'll hear Maurice Chevalier's much-loved recording of "Louise," the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks' recording of "Louise, You Tease," and a handful of different recordings of the ever popular "Don't Bring Lulu" and "Lulu's Back in Town". This eclectic, always entertaining station plays dance bands, crooners, torch singers, hotel orchestras, show tunes, novelty numbers, standards, and some hot 20s jazz including the "Charleston," "Black Bottom," and "Varsity Rag". Among the European tracks are early German-language recordings by Marlene Dietrich, the German dramatist Bertolt Brecht singing "Mack the Knife" in 1929, little heard gems by the 1930s Polish chanteuse Hanka Ordonówna, and a stirring number by the great British cinema organist Sidney Torch.


RadioLulu highlights many leading Jazz Age stars - Kay Thompson, Duke Ellington, Ben Selvin, Fats Waller, Fred Waring, Annette Hanshaw, Rudy Vallee, Helen Kane, Russ Colombo, Harry Richman, Mildred Bailey, Lee Wiley, Ruth Etting, Nan Wynn, and Frankie Trumbauer, as well as Anny Ondra, Dajos Bella, Josephine Baker, Django Rheinhart, Lucienne Boyer, Mistinguett, and even Kiki of Montparnasse. There's Nate Shilkret playing "Flapperette," and Marion Harris singing "I'm a Jazz Vampire". There are also rarely heard artists like the Eskimo Pie Orchestra and Golden Gate Orchestra, as well as the likes of the Brox Sisters, Scrappy Lambert, Emil Coleman, Fred Elizalde, and Dorothy Dickson.


For more about Louise Brooks - please visit the Louise Brooks Society website at www.pandorasbox.com, or check out it's long-running blog or Facebook page. RadioLulu has a Twitter account @Radio_Lulu. Thanks for your interest and support, and thanks for listening!


Thomas Gladysz
Director, Louise Brooks Society

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