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Marlin R Taylor spread beautiful music around the USA in the mid 20th century via syndication to independent radio stations


Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers member Marlin Taylor honored. He  is best remembered as the “father” of the instrumentally-based 24/7 stereo-radio format that became known as “Beautiful Music,” which he originated in Philadelphia with the sign-on of WDVR, 101 FM in 1963.

Lou Whiteson's albums "A Touch of Latin" and "Beautiful Music" now on our station stream

  We have added selections from two albums by the Lou Whiteson orchestra to our playlist at www.BEAUTIFULinstrumentals.com's radio stream. 1952 saw the beginning of his interest in Latin American music, for which, like his colleague Stanley Black, he became famous. Other BBC Radio programmes in which he appeared either as player or conductor included Cavalcade Of Light Music, Saturday Serenade, Music All The Way , Music Mixture where he worked with Gilbert Vinter, Serenade In The Night, Midday Melody Hour, Melody Time, Melody Showcase, Time For Music, Music Of The Sunny South, Music For The Housewife, Fiesta and Lights On. Although always known as Lou, the given name on his birth certificate was Lewis Solly. He was born in 1912; the family lived originally at 19 Wentworth Street, Spitalfields, in the heart of London’s Jewish East End. His father was Nathan Weitzen, a tailor who had been born in Galicia (which was a territory east of Austria that straddled the present border between Poland and Ukraine). The family moved to the North London suburb of Stoke Newington, where Lou started school and began fiddle lessons there at the age of 9; he showed considerable promise and was latterly taught by Henry Kenning. More bio at... ROBERT FARNON SOCIETY

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Music From Studio X - WOR, Mutual Radio

Music from Studio X was an American network radio program of recorded music on the Mutual Broadcasting System originating from WOR in New York. The program premiered on July 9, 1956 with host John A. Gambling; [photo left] The broadcast was heard Monday through Saturday between 9:05 PM and 1 AM EST, and on Sundays between 1:30 PM and 5 PM, with a 15-minute news break at 11 PM by newscaster Lyle Van. The theme music was written and conducted by Joe Leahy. Columnist J. P. Shanley's New York Times' review of July 10, 1956 praised the program, calling it "a welcome step in the direction of civilized radio entertainment", designed to appeal to "listeners who are interested neither in the classics nor in rock and roll". Lush instrumentals and vocal recordings were aired, many of them original to the program. On the program's premiere broadcast, music from the then-contemporary "My Fair Lady" was featured. General Teleradio, later known as RKO-General, a division of the General Tire & Rubber Co. at that time controlled RKO Radio Pictures and its record subsidiary RKO/Unique Records as well as the Mutual network, and used the Studio X program to promote recordings by RKO/Unique artists; including performers like Rudy Vallee, Ted Lewis, and The Harmonicats, whose most successful years were past them by this time. RKO/Unique also released an LP of Joe Leahy's theme music from the program. WPAT-FM in Patterson, New Jersey had been presenting a similar program entitled "Gaslight", except without broadcasting vocal music. WOR actually did construct a special studio - Studio X - for the new program at the station. "Music from Studio X" was heard from WOR for three years, until 1959.WIKIPEDIA

Anthony "Tony" Acquaviva May 10, 1925 - September 27, 1986, also known professionally as Acquaviva, was an American composer, conductor and string instrumentalist, and the founder of the New York Pops Symphony Orchestra.

Acquaviva was a graduate of the United States Military Academy and served in the Army's orchestral division from 1944 to 1948. As a struggling young musician in New York, he roomed with singer Guy Mitchell, sleeping on the floor for lack of furniture and once admitted to the press that the refrigerator there contained only one jar of mustard. WIKIPEDIA | Joni James
He married Joni James in 1956 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City and served as her manager and conductor. He recorded for MGM Records (notably the LP album "Music of Acquaviva", MGM E3226), and his works include "The Cavalier's Ball" and "My Love, My Love", the latter of which was recorded by his wife and reached Gold Record status at its release. Acquaviva later fell into bad health, and Joni James retired from performing to care for him (and their two children, adopted from Italy) for the last 18 years of his life. In recent years several authors have confused Tony Acquaviva with his younger brother Nick, who is the cowriter of "My Love, My Love" and numerous other Joni James hits. Tony Acquaviva did not compose songs which Joni James recorded, however, uncredited, he reportedly according to Joni James did write the bridge for the English version of the standard "That's All," a song he also successfully recorded.

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