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Musical Happenings in 1927


As we prepare to celebrate CKUA’s 95th birthday on November 21, we thought we’d take a look at some other cool musical happenings from the year 1927.

Jimmie Rodgers participated in his second recording session, recording four sides at Camden, New Jersey: “Ben Dewberry’s Final Run,” “Mother Was a Lady (If Brother Jack Were Here),” “Blue Yodel (‘T’ for Texas),” and “Away Out on the Mountain.”

There was an electric re-recording of George Gershwin‘s “Rhapsody in Blue” by Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra, directed by Nathaniel Shilkret, with Gershwin at the piano.

Bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley was born in McClure, Virginia.

Duke Ellington opened at The Cotton Club in Harlem.

Béla Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 1 premiered in Frankfurt with the composer at the piano and Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting.

Sophie Tucker, also known as “the last of the red-hot mamas,” had a number one hit with “Some of These Days.” It’s been re-recorded by many other artists, including Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, and even Canada’s own Serena Ryder.

As we have fun imagining what the world was like 95 years ago, we hope that you’ll think about CKUA’s unqiue place in the year that was 1927. We have a fascinating, storied past, and we’re looking forward to celebrating 100 years in 2027. Happy birthday, CKUA!