30s music online from RadioLulu on Live365 Internet Radio
Louise Brooks inspired, silent film themed music of the Twenties, Thirties and today - featuring recordings by early film stars, as well as dance bands, show tunes, music from the movies, novelty numbers, European rarities, and lots more.
DJ: RadioLulu
Location: San Francisco, CA

Created: Dec 29, 02
Updated: Apr 15, 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). Other vintage tracks associated with the actress include "Somebody Loves Me" (Brooks' favorite Gershwin tune) and Xavier Cugat's "Siboney" (recommended by Brooks in her booklet "Fundamentals of Ballroom Dancing"). There are also recordings by Brooks' co-stars - Adolphe Menjou, Joan Blondell, Noah Beery, Grace Moore, and Cary Grant. And songs by Brooks' friends - Bruz Fletcher, and Libby Holman.

Also featured are rare recordings by other early Hollywood figures, including Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro, Gloria Swanson, Charlie Chaplin, Joan Crawford, Bebe Daniels, Lupe Velez, Buddy Rogers, Jean Harlow, Dolores Del Rio, Dick Powell, Mae West, Tallulah Bankhead, and Dorothy Lamour. Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell can be heard singing "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."

And that's not all. . . . You'll hear Maurice Chevalier's much-loved recording of "Louise," as well as the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks' recording of "Louise, You Tease." There are Jazz Age crooners, torch singers, dance bands, hotel orchestras, show tunes, novelty numbers, standards, and some real sweet jazz. And some hot jazz too! European tracks include Pola Negri's classic "Tango Notturno," the Russian-born Ilja Livschakoff and his Tanz Orchester playing their homage to Garbo, early German-language recordings by Marlene Dietrich, the unforgettable 1930s Polish chanteuse Hanka Ordonówna, and the great British cinema organist Sidney Torch. There's the German dramatist Bertolt Brecht singing "Mack the Knife" in 1929, and contemporary cartoonist Robert Crumb playing on "Chanson pour Louise Brooks". What's more, you'd be hard-pressed to find a station that plays more tracks with Lulu in their title (including the ever popular "Don't Bring Lulu") than the always eclectic, always entertaining RadioLulu!

Who else is featured on RadioLulu? How about Kay Thompson, Cliff Edwards, Duke Ellington, Ben Selvin, Fats Waller, Fred Waring, Abe Lyman, Annette Hanshaw, Rudy Vallee, Helen Kane, Paul Whiteman, Ted Weems, Russ Colombo, Harry Richman, Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, Lee Wiley, Ruth Etting, and Frankie Trumbauer, as well as Gertrude Lawrence, Camilla Horn, Anny Ondra, Lillian Harvey, Josephine Baker, Django Rheinhart, Lucienne Boyer, Mistinguett, and even Kiki of Montparnasse. There are rarely heard artists like the Eskimo Pie Orchestra, Piccadilly Players, and Golden Gate Orchestra, and Scrappy Lambert, Paul Ash, Fred Elizalde, and Dorothy Dickson. RadioLulu also plays contemporary musical tributes to Louise Brooks by the likes of Rufus Wainwright, John Zorn, Soul Coughing, Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark (OMD), The Green Pajamas, and others.

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 at @Radio_Lulu. Thanks for your interest and thanks for listening!

Thomas Gladysz
Director, Louise Brooks Society

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