Music
Local Musicians and Bands, My Personal Music Collection Lists and Other Music Nostalgia

  • Select HERE to view Wilmington Radio Station “Music Survey” sheets and other photos and data...

Click on selection to view my personal MP3 music collection lists
(Other decades and collections will follow: 1930-1979)
(Every song is encoded using 160 Kbps or greater)

Note: These are LISTINGS ONLY - NOT THE ACTUAL MUSIC
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MUSIC FROM OUR TIME
MUSIC FROM THE DECADES
Enjoy selections from the years 1920 to 1970

Listen to Jimmy Smith playing
at the Club Baby Grand in 1956

Click HERE to listen to the 81 minute live performance with Introduction by former Radio Station WILM personality Mitch Thomas.

1920s

1930s

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

The History of Rock & Roll is a 52-hour long radio program that the stations would broadcast usually on the long holiday weekends.  Presented here is the 1st hour.

The History of Rock & Roll - Hour #1

 

Local Musicians

  • The Banjo Dusters
  • The Range Riders (Photo)
  • The Blue Rangers (Photo)
  • The Trail Blazers
  • Ogilvy Highlanders Pipe Band (North American Champions in 1973)
  • City of Wilmington Pipe Band and Scottish dancers
  • Olla Belle Reed, bluegrass singer lived in Newport
  • Cab Calloway
  • The Commanders

Ralph Pryor (left) and Paul Richardson (1960)

'Tex' Larraine and The Range Riders ('Hank', 'Tex', 'Slim', 'Shorty' and 'Cheyenne') doing a
radio broadcast over WDEL, July 1936 (submitted by B.Hartman)

Above 3 photos of Hank 'Rusty' Russell and The Blue Rangers

Rusty was first known as "Little" Charlie Russell and played with Frankie DelCoglin's Band, "The Trail Blazers".
They appeared weekly on Saturday mornings on radio station WAMS. They also were featured regularly at the Columbus Hall for dances and live 'Remotes'. Additionally, appearances were made at the Queen and Warner Theaters and for a short while, The Strand Theater.

After that, Rusty "Winged It" solo on radio station WTUX.  Then returned to WAMS as "Hank Russell, The Blue Ranger".  Plans for a nightly, hour-long program of records and live music on radio station WILM were scrapped when he was drafted into the US Army during the Korean War.

"The Young Sound" logo sticker from CBS-FM music service from mid-1960's to the early 1970's
Click HERE (Real Audio file) for "The Young Sound" theme by Tony Hatch - who also wrote 'Downtown'


Revised: February 28, 2010