There was no intention that the “Old Gold” series, featuring Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, should form a part of these Directories which, originally, were to show as much as is known of the sponsored radio series in which Bing Crosby had appeared as a solo performer.  Then, out of the blue and into my lap, fell an enormous amount of detail, via Wig Wiggins, from Mr. E. Scott Whalen of Columbus, whose conscientious research into various Ohio newspapers of that time has revealed comprehensive, pre-broadcast particulars of a great many of the “Old Gold” programmes. 

It is worth mentioning that when I was struggling with researching any of Bing’s radio series, dated prior to 1944, I would have given my eye teeth for such detailed listings.  I also harboured the impossible dream that someone might have actually listened to the programmes and compiled a radio log of what they had heard.  Improbability became reality when it was pointed out to me that such a log, for the Old Gold series had, indeed, been created, portions of which had already been published in the book, “Bix - Man And Legend by Richard M. Sudhalter & Philip R. Evans with William Dean-Myatt.  The “someone” who hovered over his wireless, in 1929, jotting notes, was Warren W. Scholl (journalist, Whiteman historian and the earliest recognised expert on the Whiteman orchestra) and a letter from Philip Evans to Malcolm Macfarlane provided further fragments regarding Crosby’s participation in the early programmes of the series. 

There was now a plethora of information, any portion of which I was reluctant to discard, indiscriminately.  I do not consider myself qualified to criticise or decry, any of these sources, although I have become only too familiar with the misinformation contained in newspapers which describe Bing, variously as a “baritone”, “tenor” and “contralto” or twist song titles out of recognition – “I’d Do Anything For You” becoming the exact opposite, “I’d Do Nothing For You” and “I Wanna Be Loved By You”, in defiance of any sort of syntax or meaning, being shown as, “I Want To Be A Lover By You”.  Similarly, “Revolutionary Rag” will provide a frustrating search through the reference books unless one is aware that Irving Berlin had chosen to prefix the title of his tune with “That” and we can only conjecture, that many of these errors will be accounted for by misread notes or wrongly transcribed telephone messages. 

Questions still crowd my mind.  Scholl was human and there are, bound to have been, considerable difficulties involved in accurately cataloguing the make-up of these radio shows, particularly seventy years ago, without the benefit of any recording equipment, when a missed title would be gone forever but he is scrupulous enough to admit when titles have been missed (on one occasion as many as ten).  Whether this was due to poor radio reception or the sheer volume of the data he was attempting to scribble down, between numbers, is not known. 

To a mere tyro, like myself, his knowledge of the musicians and their work is quite awesome, enabling him to state, quite unequivocally, “as recorded on Victor....or Columbia .....” Or, to be able to say on August 27th, “(as on March 5 but Bix with derby mute)”.  And again, to report, with incredible detail, “Ponce Sisters vocal, with Crosby release.  Malneck takes verse on violin; next chorus eight bars of Rank, and Trumbauer in release of last chorus”.  In addition, his comments are devastatingly forthright, describing consecutive arrangements as “miserable”, again “miserable” and “even worse” but was he, just as fallible as the Press, almost as fallible or, not quite as fallible?  I am inclined to toward the last option.  There are, inevitably, minor errors in song titles but if hearing is believing this should be the work of greater authenticity.

It is unfortunate that less than half of the total of 66 programmes are covered as, obviously, the book concerns itself with only the shows, featuring Bix Beiderbecke and author, Philip R. Evans further explains, “....When I started to research my Frank Trumbauer book, I contacted Warren and asked if I might have the balance of the programmes for my Tram book.  He told me that he had tossed them out, not feeling they were of interest to anyone.  I about cried.”  I will join Philip in his tears because Warren Scholl is now deceased and so that any questions that I had for him will remain unanswered.

On occasions, these independent sources are in virtual agreement (see Programme No.14) and on others, they differ, wildly (see Programme No.  21). In some cases Whiteman appears to have abandoned most of the programme, as printed, for something entirely different. This raises another question. Even in those early days, listeners were quick to take up their pens or telephone the studio with their complaints and surely, tuning in to hear a favourite piece, as scheduled, only to find that it had not been included in the broadcast would be a major source of irritation.  Might this have been the reason, that later in the series, explicit pre-broadcast details of the programmes became rarer in the newspaper columns, remembering that it was not until mid 1938 that most of the nation’s press united in their embargo on all radio “chatter”. 

In view of Scholl’s “missed titles” coupled with the fact that I feel unable to abandon any of the items uncovered by E. Scott Whalen’s prodigious researches, I am including every scrap of information that has been made available to me and in the hope that it will not further, confuse, I have adopted the following method of identification: Titles which are not included in any newspaper listings are marked (a).  Song titles from the separate sources which coincide are marked (b).  This should leave anything that is unmarked as being taken, solely, from the newspaper listings but please note that this refers to titles only.  Sometimes, there is confliction as to who may have performed a particular vocal and these alternatives are shown (See Programme No. 29). In some cases, the only data that survives is a list of songs, frustratingly, without the performers.  In addition, there is the possibility that Bing Crosby/The Rhythm Boys may not have appeared in every programme and although research continues, the numbers that featured their talents may, forever, remain a matter of speculation.  Nevertheless, I am confident that anything set down here represents a greater detail of the content of the complete Paul Whiteman-Old Gold Shows than has yet been published. 

There is another important point to make.  One of the slightly irritating journalistic foibles that has been noted is a propensity to refer to, “Bing Crosby and the Rhythm Boys”.  To those who know the score, this might seem to be as fatuous, as saying, “Groucho and the Marx Brothers” but in fairness, it should be said that, in 1929, the make-up of the seminal trio may not have been so well known.  In fact, the only reason for bringing this to your notice is because there are also allusions to “Bing Crosby and the Old Gold Trio” and I found myself with a deal of extra work when Philip Evans pointed out that Frank Trumbauer’s personal diary of the time, stated that Bing Crosby was a member of the “Old Gold Trio”.  Once again, who am I to refute the words of a musician who was there?  In consequence, as in the case of the Rhythm Boys, I have been obliged to shew all titles which featured the Old Gold Trio, as Crosby items.  We have only to discover that he was also part of the Cheerleaders Quartet to consider re-titling the series, “The Bing Crosby Show”!!!  Unless otherwise indicated, the quotes shown after the programme data are from the original Columbus newspapers consulted by E. Scott Whalen.

NOTE: Lionel’s lists were prepared many years ago when his research had to be carried out at the Newspaper Library in London on microfiche. Now, with many newspapers being available online, it has been possible to add much information and many reviews of the shows. The reviews confirm that the songs actually heard often differed from the song lists issued to newspapers prior to the shows.

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Titles which are not included in any newspaper listings are marked (a).  Song titles from the separate sources which coincide are marked (b).  This should leave anything that is unmarked as being taken, solely, from the newspaper listings but please note that this refers to titles only. 

No. 1  5th February 1929

From Station WABC New York.  With Eddie Cantor.



  The Japanese Sandman


  Do You Ever Think Of Me? 


  Linger Awhile


  How About Me? 

  Liebestraume (Liszt)

*Makin' Whoopee                                                                   The Rhythm Boys 

  I'm Bringing A Red, Red, Rose                                                Jack Fulton

  My Angeline (My Angel-een)                                                 Jack Fulton                             

  My Pretty Girl                                                                                  


*Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)                                                          


  Where Is The Song Of Songs For Me?

  Riverboat Shuffle

  Singin' The Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home)


"Paul Whiteman, King of Jazz, has decided on his inaugural program for the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman hour, which is to be broadcast Tuesday night, at 9 o'clock, over a nationwide hook-up of stations of the Columbia Broadcasting System. In order to make a gala occasion of his first radio concert he has prepared his program with great care and with an eye to pleasing his mammoth audience.  The first number that he will present will be a medley of songs of the past that first made him famous.  This medley will be followed by a large number of the very latest musical hits, presented in a way that only the famous King of Jazz can do."


“With your kind permission, or without it, KPLA tonight at 6 o'clock presents Paul Whiteman, Paul the Symphonizer, King of All Jazz and Grand Sachem of Syncopation. And Mr. Whiteman will present his orchestra; and it will present an hour of sublimated jazz; while thirty or forty million ears will be present at the presentation. The broadcast originates in New York and travels, via Columbia. Expect it every week for several months. Have you learned how to recognize expectant ears? They twitch.

(Dick Creedon, Los Angeles Examiner, February 5, 1929)

Paul Whiteman and his dance orchestra will provide an hour's entertainment beginning at 6 over the Columbia System, KMTR the local representative. It is said that the sum Mr. Whiteman will receive tonight will exceed any amount ever paid a radio artist. Of course it is best to remember that this is according to publicity, we do not know.

(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, February 5, 1929)

The outstanding radio event last night was the debut of the Old Gold cigarette hour. This brought the world famous Paul Whiteman to the air listeners as a steady feature. His music was as delightful as ever, but lacked the sight of Whiteman to really make it a big hit. Not that the melody, the overtones and all of the Whiteman music mannerisms were not employed, but it needed a sight of Whiteman to really help it.

There are so many orchestras that are good on the air today that while the name of Whiteman is an outstanding one, it was needed to put the Lorrilard program across. It was offered over WABC and the Columbia net. At the dinner preceding the program. Whiteman made a very nice little speech for such a big man and hoped that he would please. Major Andrew White and other CBS officials were all on hand to help launch the million dollar program.

Oh yes, Eddie Cantor had a few moments from his dressing room at the Ziegfeld review he is starring in. He did the advertising for the period. To our mind this part of the program could just as well have been omitted. Still and all, Paul Whiteman and his Old Gold program will undoubtedly prove a great success.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, February 6, 1929)

My admiration of Paul Whiteman and his orchestra was based mostly on information I gleaned from newspaper and magazine articles. He was head and shoulders above other orchestras in popularity in the 1920s. I had heard some of his records over a local radio station, but have absolutely no memory of reading of or hearing Bing Crosby and The Rhythm Boys. Imagine my delight when I read that Paul Whiteman and his orchestra would be featured in an hour-long coast-to-coast radio broadcast for Old Gold cigarettes in February 1929. I can recall how excited I was on the day of the broadcast that was scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Pacific Coast time, and wanted to be home from school and finish with dinner and be ready for the program.

      I wish I could say that I remember the songs that Bing sang on that first Old Gold program, but I do clearly recall how taken I was with the quality and timbre of his voice, having never heard anyone sing like that before. I can truly say that I became an instant Crosby fan. Vocalists with the dance bands of the 1920s usually played an instrument and generally were not very good singers, but Bing was different.

      The Old Gold programs continued weekly for many months from various cities and venues. The best I can remember is that Bing would sing two or three solos and the Rhythm Boys would sing about the same number of songs on each broadcast. The song titles I can recall that Bing sang most often were “I’ll Get By”, “Oh, Miss Hannah” and “Louise”. They became favorites of mine and remain so today.

(Virgil Edwards, writing in BING magazine, summer 1999)

No. 2  12th February 1929
From Station WABC New York


 Fallen Leaves
 Button Up Your Overcoat
 Chinese Lullaby
Limehouse Blues                                                 (b)

 Valse Inspiration                                                  (b)                 

  B-Natural Blues                                                  (b)

  Marianne                                                            (b)

  Lover, Come Back to Me                                  (b)



It is doubtful that Bing appeared on this show.


"The second of the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman dance programs on the Columbia network, last Tuesday night was replete with musical nuance.  While subject to a little re-routining, as to number sequence, the instrumental skill of the Whitemanites is as superb as ever before.  Good contrast was the switch from the sympathetic saxophone solo, 'Valse Inspiration' to, 'The B-Natural Blues' - an extremely torrid rendition.  The revival of 'Limehouse Blues' was a peach of an orchestration and the distinctive 'New Moon' numbers, 'Marianne' and 'Lover, Come Back To Me', etherised by special permission of the copyright owners, were among the most unusual musical entries.  Regardless of Old Gold winning all these contests, this time it was at both Yale and Princeton, Whiteman is giving them radio ballyhoo of extraordinary calibre." 

("Variety" 20th February 1929)

No. 3  19th February 1929 

From Station WABC New York.


  Rhapsody In Blue (Gershwin)

*Where The Shy Little Violets Grow                           (b)        The Rhythm Boys

*When Summer Is Gone                                             (b)       

  The Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers (Jessel)


  Magnolia (Mix The Lot, What've You Got)

  Méditation from ‘Thaïs’ (Massenet)

  My Angeline (My Angel-een)                                    (a)        Jack Fulton

  St. Louis Blues                                                          (a)


"Gershwin's famous 'Rhapsody In Blue', strains of which have been identified with the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman hour since its inception over the Columbia Broadcasting system two weeks ago, will be played in its complete form by Whiteman in the nationwide broadcast over a 42 station hook-up, at 9 o'clock.  Thousands of requests have been received by the P. Lorillard Company, makers of Old Gold Cigarettes.  Written for the Carnegie Hall concert of the Whiteman Orchestra and dedicated to the Whiteman group, the Rhapsody is closely identified with the King of American jazz."

Whiteman, Old Gold, WABC, hard to beat this combination. The orchestra was exceptionally good last night. Ted Husing was in good voice also. The “St. Louis Blues” could readily drive anyone’s blues away. The undercurrent of the “Rhapsody in Blue” and many others and even as Old Gold is called first among the cigarettes, so must Paul Whiteman and his Old Gold orchestra come very close to first place if the feature does not actually occupy that position.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, February 20, 1929)

No. 4  26th February 1929 

From Station WABC New York.


  By The Waters Of Minnetonka

*I'll Get By                                                                  (a)  

  You're The Cream In My Coffee

  A Room With A View

 Lover, Come Back to Me

 Button Up Your Overcoat

*My Castle In Spain Is A Shack In The Lane                (a)

 Doin' The Raccoon

 My Mother's Eyes

 (My) Wonderful One

*Mississippi Mud                                                         (a)        The Rhythm Boys

*So The Bluebirds And The Blackbirds Got Together   (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  If I Had You



*You Wouldn't Fool Me, Would You?                         (a)

 I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby

 I Never Knew

 Tea For Two


 Lady Of The Evening 


“The mighty Wagner was not the kind of fellow to turn over in his grave. Nothing less than a back-somersault and a couple of handsprings would give him any emotional relief. Therefore, if earthquakes are recorded tonight, 6 o'clock, when Paul Whiteman's orchestra presents "Wagneriana" to a coast-to-coast radio audience, you will understand that Richard, wherever he is buried, is putting in a conscientious protest. "Wagneriana" is what happens when Mr. Whiteman toys with the great German's more familiar tunes–sort of worrying them a bit in the modern manner. Mr. Whiteman's symphonic syncopated arrangements of the classics might be called antiseptic jazz. Tune in KPLA-KMTR, 6pm.”

(“Los Angeles Examiner”,  26th February, 1929)

Paul Whiteman made a curtain speech last night before the microphone of WABC. He told listeners that he was giving his very best to the radio listeners, as he was also a radio fan and appreciated good music. This was needless as any listener can readily tell that Whiteman music is the best of its kind that can be heard.

He opened with “Minnetonka” and followed this with “I’ll Get By.” Whitemanisms cropped out all through the rendition. Few orchestra leaders, we believe, can please so completely as can Whiteman. To be sure as P. Lorillard & Co. are sponsors of the program, it is only fair to mention that it was the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman Hour. Frankly, as for as we are concerned, the Old Gold part of the period is unessential; just give us Whiteman.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, February 27, 1929)

No. 5  5th March 1929

From Station WABC New York.   Announced by Ted Husing.


  Song Of India (Rimsky Korsakov)                             (a)

  Till We Meet Again                                                   (a)        Jack Fulton



  Caresses                                                                    (b)

  Say It With Music                                                      (b)

  My Darling

  April Showers                                                            (a)                                                       

  An Orange Grove In California                                    (b)

  The Sheik Of Araby


Medley of Waltz Themes: 

  My Hero (Strauss)                                                     (b)

  The Pink Lady Waltz (Caryll)                                     (b)

  The Merry Widow Waltz (Lehar)                               (b)

  The Blue Danube (Strauss)                                        (b)

  Sympathy (Friml)                                                       (b)


  Sweethearts On  Parade                                            (b)

  China Boy                                                                 (b)

*My Suppressed Desire                                              (a)        The Rhythm Boys

*Where The Shy Little Violets Grow                           (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  Liebestraum (Liszt)                                                    (a)

*Give Your Little Baby Lots Of Lovin'                         (b)       



*A Precious Little Thing Called Love                           (b)       The Rhythm Boys

  A Love Tale Of Alsace Lorraine                                (b)        Jack Fulton

  Glad Rag Doll


  I Wanna Be Loved By You                                       (b)                                           

  Sweet Georgia Brown                                               (a)


"Old favourites, including a medley of famous waltz themes, will be the main feature of the broadcast that the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman hour will present over WBBM, WKRC and other stations of the Columbia Broadcasting System, on Tuesday night, at 9 o'clock.  The waltz themes will consist of five numbers that were popular favourites of some years back.  They range from 'The Blue Danube' and 'Merry Widow' waltz on and include pieces such as 'My Hero' from 'The Chocolate Soldier' and 'The Pink Lady'"


Regularly, on Tuesday night, the Columbia broadcasting system assaults the nation's bunion citadels with Paul Whiteman's and Guy Lombardo's orchestras, and aggravated arches and tantalized toes get up and go. These two transcontinental dance programs step out from KPLA-KMTR at 6pm and 8pm, respectively, while KFWB also participates in the latter. Whiteman's and Lombardo's musical osteopaths employ different techniques in the massaging of chords into a state of vital harmony–some toes and ears responding more readily to Mr. Whiteman's more subtle treatment; some to the rhythmic decisiveness and rich simplicity of Guy the Lombardo. But, basing predictions on local reactions, it seems that Guy Lombardo is steadily scaling one side of the pinnacle of popular pre-eminence, while Paul Whiteman is slipping slowly and gracefully down the other. At least, Whiteman for the first time since he publicly acknowledged that he is father of the symphonic jazz baby, can hear the hot blast of an adversary on his trail. I have been thinking a great deal lately about what to do with members of the family who don't like jazz during these two rousing weekly broadcasts. Here is my conclusion and a very fine one it is:
Put the objecting members in the four corners of the attic and give each a pan of mixed or mingled dried peas and beans. Suggest that they sort the peas and beans into two piles. This will keep their minds off their troubles much like golf. And you will be surprised how the suggestions will be received.”

(“Los Angeles Examiner, 5th March, 1929)

No. 6  12th March 1929  

From Station WABC New York.  Announced by Ted Husing.


  Oriental                                                                     (b)

*Louise                                                                       (a)       

  How About Me?                  



  Whispering                                                                (b)

  Avalon                                                                      (b)

  The Japanese Sandman                                             (b)

  Till We Meet Again

  Who                                                                          (a)

  Do You Ever Think Of Me?                                      (a)


Waltz Medley:

  Marie                                                                       (b)

  Jeannine, I Dream Of Lilac Time                               (b)

  My Angeline (My Angel-een)                                    (b)        Jack Fulton

  What'll I Do                                                              (b)


Medley from "Lady Fingers":

*Something To Live For                                               (b)       

  Ga-Ga                                                                       (b)

  You're Perfect                                                           (b)


  O Ya Ya                                                                   (b)       

*(A Real) American Tune                                             (b)       

*So The Bluebirds And The Blackbirds Got Together   (a)        The Rhythm Boys

*From Monday On                                                     (a)        The Rhythm Boys



  Doin' The Raccoon                                                   (b)

  I'm Bringing A Red, Red, Rose

*I Faw Down And Go Boom                                      (a)        The Rhythm Boys                  

  My Mother's Eyes                                                     (b)

  I'll Never Ask For More                                           (b)


  Avalon Town                                                             (b)

  Don't Hold Everything                                                (b)


  Singin' The Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home)        (a)


"Paul Whiteman will ask the advice of the radio audience in helping him select his favourite girl in the program.  The difficulties of Mr. Whiteman's problem are shown in the fourth group which he is presenting.  This is a waltz group, including, 'Marie', then, 'Jeannine', then 'Angeline' and finishing with the heartfelt query, 'What'll I Do'"


No. 7  19th March 1929

From Station WABC New York.  Announced by Ted Husing.


  Canadian Capers                                                       (b)

*Diga Diga Doo                                                          (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  When Summer Is Gone        



  Gypsy Blues                                                              (b)

  When Buddha Smiles                                                (b)

  Sweet Lady                                                               (b)

  My Man (Mon Homme)                                            (b)

  Dear Old Southland                                                   (b)


  Dusky Stevedore                                                      (a)

  Who                                                                         (a)        The Whiteman Trio (Fulton-Gaylord-Heatherton)


Hawaiian Medley:

  One, Two, Three, Four                                             (b)

  Honolulu Eyes                                                           (b)

  Aloha Oe                                                                  (b)


  The Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers (Jessel)            (a)

*I'll Get By                                                                 (b)       


Tango Medley:

  Rose Room                                                               (b)

  Irresistible                                                                 (b)

  La Seduction                                                             (b)


*In A Little Spanish Town                                                     The Rhythm Boys

*Where The Shy Little Violets Grow                                     The Rhythm Boys



  In The Shadows                                                        (b)

  Carolina In The Morning                                           (b)

  Bambalina                                                                 (b)

  California (Here I Come)                                          (b)


*I Kiss Your Hand Madame                                       (a)       

  Hot Lips                                                                   (b)

  Pickin' Cotton                                                           (a)


"To prove that his orchestra is equally good in presenting any form of music, Paul Whiteman has selected a waltz medley and a tango medley for his weekly program over the Columbia network.  The program, however, also will contain several of the latest musical hits and two medleys of old favourites"


“Paul Whiteman and his orchestra will play several medleys for the 6 o'clock Columbia Chain program which may be heard over KMTR. One will consist of three tangos, "Roseroom," "Irresistible" and "La Seduction," another of waltzes, "One Two Three Four," "Honolulu Eyes," "Aloha Oh," and "Where the Shy Little Violets Grow" while a third medley will be made up of "In the Shadows," "California in the Morning," "Babalina" and "California Here I Come."

( Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, March 19, 1929)


No. 8  26th March 1929 

From Station WABC New York.  Announced by Ted Husing.


  Hymn To The Sun                                                     (a)

  Nola (Arndt)                                                             (a)


Spiritual Medley: 

*Swing Low, Sweet Chariot                                       (b)

  Nobody Knows De Trouble I've Seen                      (a)

  All God's Chillun Got Wings                                     (a)

  Deep River                                                               (a)


*There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder                  (b)       

  Punch And Judy                                                       (a)

  Blue Hawaii                                                              (a)        Jack Fulton

*Coquette                                                                  (b)       

  Runnin' Wild!                                                           (a)

  Till We Meet Again                                                  (a)        Jack Fulton

  Everybody Loves You                                             (a)

*The Things That Were Made For Love

(You Can't Take Away)                                 (b)       



  Magnolia (Mix The Lot, What've You Got)              (a)

  I'm On The Crest Of A Wave                                  (a)

  I'd Rather Be Blue Over You

            (Than Happy With Somebody Else)               (a)

  Anything Your Heart Desires                                    (a)


  Cradle Of Love                                                       (a)

  Weary River                                                            (a)        Ray Heatherton

   Bo-Peep                                                                  (a)


“There are some selections which we do not mind hearing in jazz arrangements, but we are not sure how we feel about doing this with negro spirituals. However, on the 6 o'clock program over the Columbia chain, released by KMTR-KPLA, Paul Whiteman and his orchestra will play a medley of the following spirituals: "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," "Nobody Knows," "All God's Children Got Wings" and "Deep River." There will be two other medleys, one of waltz tunes, the other of foxtrots.”

(Zuma Palmer. Hollywood Daily Citizen, 26th March, 1929)


“Paul Whiteman will not withdraw his support from active arches. At 6 o'clock, his band gives Mary Pickford's new theme song, "Coquette," its first airing. He will also dust off a group of worthy spirituals which includes "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," "All God's Children Got Wings," "Nobody Knows" and "Deep River."

(Dick Creedon, Los Angeles Examiner, 26th March, 1929)


No. 9  2nd April 1929  

From Station WABC New York.  Announced by Ted Husing.


  Pale Moon

  Pompanola                                                                (a)



French Medley:

  Madelon                                                                    (a)

  On The Boulevard                                                     (a)

  Ca C'Est Paris                                                           (a)


Waltz Medley:

  Down By The Old Mill Stream

  Sweet Adeline

  In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree

  After The Ball



  Moonlight And Roses                                                (b)

  Among My Souvenirs                                                (b)

  My Buddy                                                                 (b)

  Ramona                                                                     (b)


 *Diga Diga Doo                                                         (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  I Kiss Your Hand Madame                                       (a)         Ray Heatherton

*South Wind                                                               (b)        The Rhythm Boys

  The Song I Love                                                       (b)         Ray Heatherton

  Violetta from "La Traviata" (Verdi)                            (a)

  China Boy                                                                 (a)

  If I Had You                                                             (a)        The Ponce Sisters



  Sleepy Time Gal                                                        (b)

  Somebody Stole My Gal                                           (b)

  Mary Lou                                                                  (b)

  The Things That Were Made For Love

(You Can't Take Away)                                  (b)


  When Day Is Done

  Moonlight On The Ganges


  Asleep In The Deep

  Sam, The Old Accordion Man

  In A Little Spanish Town



  My Sin                                                                      (a)        Ray Heatherton

  That's A-Plenty                                                          (a)


Note:  Warren W. Scholl notes, “unknown title after ‘Pompanola’” (‘Gypsy’?)


“If you prefer popular music at this time, 6, turn your dial to KMTR because that station will release a Columbia program to be presented by Paul Whiteman and his orchestra. One medley to be offered includes "Moonlight and Roses," "Among My Souvenirs," "My Buddy" and "Ramona." Another will be made up of "Sleepy Time Gal," "Mary Lou" and "Things Were Made For Love."”

(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, 2nd April, 1929)

Paul Whiteman playing over WABC for the Old Gold program, rendered a fine group of old and new waltzes. Some of them were rather old, and others were hardly published as yet, but all of them had a Whiteman swing to them that was delightful to listen to.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, April 3, 1929)

No. 10  9th April 1929

From Station WABC New York.  Announced by Ted Husing.


  Valencia                                                                    (b)

  Jericho                                                                      (a)

  Song Of The Volga Boatman

  High Upon A Hilltop



  Pretty, Petite And Sweet                                          (b)

  Angela Mia (My Angel)                                            (b)        Ray Heatherton

  Indian Love Call                                                       (b)

  Roses Of Yesterday                                                 (b)


*Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)                                  (b)        The Rhythm Boys

  I Love To Hear You Singing                                     (b)        Jack Fulton


Waltz Medley:

  Gypsy Love Song (Herbert)

  Valse Bluette

  Mighty Lak' A Rose

  Roses Of  Picardy


Waltz Medley:

  Down By The Old Mill Stream                                 (a)

  Sweet Adeline                                                          (a)

  In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree                       (a)

  After The Ball                                                           (a)


*Futuristic Rhythm                                                      (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  Lover Come Back To Me                                         (a)

  Rough And Ready                                                                Piano Solo

  Good Little, Bad Little You

  I Must Have That Man

  Hay-Straw!                                                              (b)

*Deep Night                                                               (a)       

*My Melody Man                                                       (a)        The Rhythm Boys



  Tea For Two                                                             (b)

  Allah's Holiday                                                          (b)

  I'm Always Chasing Rainbows                                   (b)

  Dardanella                                                                 (b)


  Breezin’ Along With The Breeze

  Some Of These Days                                                                       

  Sugar Is Back In Town                                              (a)

*Honey                                                                       (a)       


"The new and the old in popular music will rub elbows again when Paul Whiteman lifts his baton to start the next Old Gold Hour over a nation-wide hook-up of the Columbia Broadcasting System at 9 o'clock, Tuesday evening.  Playing in  groups of several selections each, Whiteman will dig into his portfolio of old-time favourites and bring therefrom such songs of yesteryear as, 'Tea For Two', 'Allah's Holiday', 'I'm Always Chasing Rainbows' and 'Dardanella'.  In opposition to these, just to prove that he is not a 'back number', Whiteman will also present some of the latest numbers such as, 'Let's Do It' and other red hot products of the writers' pens"


“Paul Whiteman and his famous orchestra will entertain from New York, beginning at 6 o’clock. Radio fans will be glad to learn that Whiteman’s contract over the network has been extended to last seven weeks longer, and will be broadcast every Tuesday night as usual by KMTR. The new and the old in the field of popular music will rub elbows when he lifts his baton to start tonight’s hour. Playing in groups of several selections each. Whiteman will dig into his portfolio of old time favorites for such songs as “Tea for Two,” “Allah’s Holiday,” “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” and “Dardenella.” In opposition to these he will present some of the latest number, among them, “Let’s Do It,” and others.”

(Los Angeles Evening Herald, April 9. 1929)


No. 11  16th April 1929 

From Station WABC New York.  Announced by Ted Husing.


  I'm Just Wild About Harry                                        (a)

  Stars And Stripes Forever (Sousa)                            (a)

  Humoresque (Dvorak)

  My Castle In Spain (Is A Shack In The Lane)


Medley from "Spring Is Here":

  With A Song In My Heart                                        (b)

  Yours Sincerely                                                        (b)

  Why Can't I?                                                            (b)


Waltz Medley:

  An Old Love Affair                                                  (b)

  Where Is The Song Of Songs For Me?

  Heart O' Mine                                                          (a)

  Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise                               (b)

  Love Take My Heart                                                (b)


  Rose Room                                                               (a)

*The Things That Were Made For Love

(You Can't Take Away)                                  (b)       

  When Day Is Done                                                   (a)

*Hallelujah!                                                                (a)        The Rhythm Boys

*I'll Get By                                                                 (a)       


Tango Medley:

  La Seduction                                                             (b)

  La Rhumba                                                               (b)

  La Violetera (Padilla)

  La Rosita                                                                   (a)


  I Must Have That Man

  Mean To Me



  Dreaming Of The Day                                              (b)

  My Heart Stood Still                                                (b)

*Miss Annabelle Lee                                                  (b)        The Rhythm Boys

  I'd Rather Be Blue Over You

            (Than Happy With Somebody Else)               (b)


  Sunrise To Sunset                                                     (a)        Ray Heatherton

*When Summer Is Gone                                             (a)       


  Nola (Arndt)

  If I Had You

  There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder                

  The Birth Of The Blues

  (When I'm Walkin' With My) Sweetness

*Where The Shy Little Violets Grow                          (a)

*Sweet Georgia Brown                                              (a)       


“Paul Whiteman–king of jazz–will be with us tonight! Six o'clock's the hour! KMTR is the station. Don't fail to tune in. A group of tangos and waltzes will distinguish the program, broadcast over ABC network, direct from New York. The program will, as usual, be opened with strains of the "Rhapsody in Blue," There will be 23 numbers in all, so it looks as if we were going to have some real entertainment from Paul and his famous band. Here's part of the program: "Humoresque," medley from "Spring is Here," tango medley:"An Old Love Affair," "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise," etc., etc.

(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, 16th April, 1929)

No. 12  23rd April 1929

From Station WABC New York.  Announced by Ted Husing.


 *March Of The Musketeers                                        (b)       

  Élégie (Massenet)

  Give Your Little Baby Lots Of Lovin'

  Doin' The New Lowdown                                         (a)


French Medley:

  Ca C'Est Paris

  On The Boulevard




  You're The Cream In My Coffee                              (a)

  A Room With A View                                              (a)

  Lover, Come Back To Me                                       (b)

*Button Up Your Overcoat                                        (a)        The Rhythm Boys


  My Troubles Are Over


Waltz Medley:

  My Hero                                                                  (b)

  The Blue Danube (Strauss)                                       (b)

  The Pink Lady Waltz (Caryll)                                   (b)

  The Merry Widow Waltz (Lehar)                             (b)

  Sympathy                                                                 (a)


*Nobody's Fault But Your Own                                (a)       

  Every Moon's A Honeymoon                                   (a)        The Whiteman Trio (Fulton-Gaylord-Heatherton)

  Doin' The Raccoon                                                  (a)

  Ma Belle                                                                  (b)        Ray Heatherton          


Medley from “Show Boat”

*Ol' Man River                                                          (b)       

  Make Believe                                                           (b)       

  Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man                                      (b)

  Why Do I Love You?                                              (b)

 *Ol' Man River (Reprise)



  Caresses                                                                 (a)

  Say It With Music                                                   (a)

  April Showers                                                         (a)

  An Orange Grove In California                                (a)

  The Sheik Of Araby                                                (a)


  Sweethearts On Parade

  Sweet Suzanne

  A Precious Little Thing Called Love

  I Kiss Your Hand, Madame


  Sleepy Water                                                           (a)        Jack Fulton

*Building A Nest For Mary                                        (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  Don't Hold Everything                                              (a)


“Four of the outstanding numbers from Ziegfeld's musical success, "Showboat," will be played by Paul Whiteman and his orchestra as a feature of his broadcast from 6 to 7 tonight over KMTR and the ABC chain. The medley will be opened and closed with "Ole Man River," and is to include "Let's Make Believe," "Can't Help Lovin' That Man," and "Why Do I Love You?" As usual, Gershwin's famous "Rhapsody in Blue" is to provide the signature for this program, which will have as its first selection, Massenet's "Elegy," an example of one of Whiteman's inimitable arrangements of the classics. This will be followed by "Give Your Little Baby Lots of Lovin'," as a contrast. Another medley represented at this time will contain excerpts from the most popular waltzes of all times as "My Hero," "Blue Danube," "Pink Lady," and "The Merry Widow." The musical show, "The Three Musketeers," will contribute two of its tunes to the program with "Ma Belle" and the stirring "March of the Musketeers." Among the recent hits of today which will be given original interpretations by the king of jazz are "Precious Little Thing Called Love," "I Kiss Your Hand, Madam," and "Sweethearts On Parade."”

(Zuma Palmer, “Hollywood Daily Citizen”, 23rd April, 1929)


No. 13  30th April 1929

From Station WABC New York.  Announced by Ted Husing.


  Here Comes The Showboat                                      (b)

  Steamboat                                                                (b)



  A Precious Little Thing Called Love                          (b)

  A Love Tale Of Alsace Lorraine                               (b)

  Glad Rag Doll                                                           (b)


Irving Berlin Medley:

  Remember                                                                (b)

  Marie                                                                       (b)

  Russian Lullaby                                                         (b)        Jack Fulton

  Where Is The Song Of Songs For Me                       (b)

  Coquette                                                                   (b)


Tango Medley:

  Rose Room

  La Rosita

  La Seduction


*Diga Diga Doo                                                          (a)        The Rhythm Boys

*Louise                                                                       (a)       

*Honey                                                                       (a)       


*Oh! Miss Hannah                                                      (b)       

  That's Living                                                              (b)

  She's My Girl                                                            (b)

  Meditation from ‘Thais’ (Massenet)                          (b)

  Liebestraum (Liszt)                                                   (b)


"New Moon" Medley:

  Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise

  Lover Come Back To Me



  Laughing Marionette                                                  (b)

  Till We Meet Again

  My Lucky Star                                                          (b)        Ray Heatherton

  China Boy                                                                 (a)


…Of course, regardless of how well the gobs played, our favorite was Paul Whiteman. We found ourselves still intrigued with his opening “Rhapsody in Blue.” Other pieces that sounded well were “Showboat,” with a good vocal chorus; “Steamboat,” with some rather weak boat whistles; “Alsace Lorraine," with a very pleasing vocal bit, and “Little Thing Called Love.” My goodness how that Whiteman man and his boys can play. Even though we don’t smoke cigarettes, we are almost tempted to do so each time we hear Whiteman in order to add our penny toward keeping him on the air with his Whiteman-Old Gold Hour.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, May 1, 1929)

No. 14  7th May 1929

From Station WABC New York.  Announced by Ted Husing.


  Jericho                                                                       (b)

  Canadian Capers                                                        (b)



  That's How I Feel About You                                     (b)

  A Precious Little Thing Called Love                            (b)

  Let's Dream                                                               (b)

  Sleepy Time Gal                                                         (b)


Waltz Medley:

  Ramona                                                                     (b)

  Charmaine                                                                 (b)

  Jeannine, I Dream Of Lilac Time                                (b)

  Chiquita                                                                     (b)



  Alexander's Ragtime Band                                         (b)

  King Chanticleer                                                        (b)

  Everbody's Doin' It Now                                           (b)

  Floating Down The Mississippi River

                                    (On My Way To New Orleans)

  Sunrise To Sunset                                                     (b)        Ray Heatherton

*Nobody's Fault But Your Own                                 (b)       

  I Kiss Your Hand Madame                                      (b)        Ray Heatherton

  La Veeda                                                                 (b)

  Spain                                                                       (b)


French Medley:

  Madelon                                                                   (b)

  On The Boulevard                                                    (b)

  Ca C'Est Paris                                                          (b)


  Eyeful Of You                                                          (a)


*My Castle In Spain Is A Shack In The Lane             (b)       

*You Wouldn't Fool Me Would You?                        (b)       

  Valencia                                                                   (b)


French and Spanish songs will lend a foreign tone to the program that the Paul Whiteman Hour will present at 5 o’clock from KMTR over the Columbia network of stations. The French songs include the popular war tune “Madelon,” “On the Boulevard,” and “Ca C’est Paris.” Spain will be represented by “La Veda” and “Spain.” There will be a special medley dedicated to such fair ladies as “Ramona,” “Charmaine,” “Jeannie,” and “Chicquita.” The program will conclude with “Tomorrow,” “Castles In Spain,” You Wouldn’t Fool Me, Would You?” and “Valencia.”

(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, 7th May, 1929)

Paul Whiteman led the Old Gold orchestra to some new laurels last night over WABC. The opening of the feature was peppy with “Jericho,” a new one and “Canadian Capers,” old but snappy, sharing the honors. In the latter selection, the xylophonist had a chance to display his wares. In fact, he almost stole the whole piece with his fine playing. “Ramona” and “Chiquita,” acted as the basis for a series of waltzes. There was a good vocal chorus in the latter. The feature revived such old timers as “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and others of that vintage.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, May 8, 1929)

No. 15  14th May 1929

From Station WABC New York.  Announced by Ted Husing.


*Futuristic Rhythm                                                     (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  Runnin' Wild!                                                           (a)


  Canoe-dle-oodle Along


Spiritual Medley: 

*Swing Low, Sweet Chariot                                      (b)       

  Nobody Knows De Trouble I've Seen

  All God's Chillun Got Wings                                     (b)

  Deep River                                                               (b)


Hawaiian Medley:

  Blue Hawaii                                                              (b)

  Aloha Oe                                                                 (b)

  Honolulu Eyes                                                          (b)


*There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder                 (b)       

  Sittin' And Whittlin'                                                  (b)        Al Rinker

  Wait Till You See "Ma Cherie"                                 (b)

*The One That I Love, Loves Me                              (b)       

  Weary River                                                            (b)        Jack Fulton


Tango Medley:

  La Violetera (Padilla)                                                (b)

  My Pavo Real Girl                                                     (b)

  Jarame                                                                      (b)


Summer Medley:

  Love Is In The Air

  All By Yourself In The Moonlight

  I'm All Of A Twitter


  I'm Looking For Someone To Love                          (b)

*Hallelujah!                                                                (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  Avalon Town                                                           (b)        Jack Fulton

   In The Land Of Make Believe                                 (b)

*Oh! Baby Have A Heart                                           (a)       

*Good Morning, Evening And Night                           (b)        with Quartet

  When Dreams Come True


Note:  Warren W. Scholl notes, “titles missed for ‘Tango Medley’”


"Featuring an arrangement of four well known spirituals, 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot', 'Nobody Knows', 'All God's Children' and 'Deep River' by Ferde Grofe, Paul Whiteman's Old Gold program, to be broadcast on Tuesday, at 8 pm, represents one of the finest programs from a musical standpoint the popular conductor has yet announced.  In contrast with previous programs, next week's Old Gold Hour is completely made up of music new to Broadway.  A tango medley, a summer medley and a distinctive waltz medley are outstanding in the program to be broadcast from WABC"


"The King of Jazz"–Paul Whiteman–presents his famous orchestra tonight over the ABC network, station KMTR, from 5 to 6 o'clock. A medley of numbers appropriate to the approaching summer season will feature the broadcast, among them being "Love Is In the Air," "Parking in the Park in the Moonlight," "I'm All of a Twitter." He'll vary his program, however, with the rendition of one medley of negro spirituals, a tango medley, and a large number of popular current dance hits which include "Rainbow Round My Shoulder," "Where Dreams Come True," "Avalon Town," and "The One That I Love Loves Me."

(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, 14th May, 1929)

How well we liked numbers that Paul Whiteman played over WABC last night. He opened with “Futuristic Rhythm” and put more real pep and melody into it than we have heard any other band leader get out of his musicians. “Running Wild,” a trifle old, was very pleasing also. We like the manner in which Whiteman groups his numbers. Sort of a series of interlocking melodies. We are glad to know that even though Paul and the boys are going to California to make talkies that they will keep up their Old Gold programs on the way out there and also after they arrive. We also feel certain that the Whiteman music on the talkie screen will be as much of a success as his radio performances.

A series of negro spirituals were delightfully played and sung. “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” was outstanding. The banjo work was outstanding in these numbers. The Hawaiian group were also very pleasing in their rendition. Sung by Whiteman‘s soloist, who, we think, is a personal triumph to Whiteman's selection, the pieces were truly fine to listen to.

The tangos were remarkably good, giving the swing to the music that only Whiteman can produce. “Violetters” (sic) had good cadence, but we regret that we did not catch that old favorite of ours, “My Pavo Real Girl.” Quite an old timer that pleased out in the West some years ago.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, May 15, 1929)


No. 16  21st May 1929 

From Station WABC New York.  Announced by Ted Husing.



  California (Here I Come)                                          (b)

  Hello, Frisco!

  When I First Met Kate By The Golden Gate

  I Love You, California                                             (a)


Medley from "Spring Is Here":

  With A Song In My Heart                                        (b)

  Yours Sincerely                                                        (b)

  Why Can't I?                                                            (b) 


Waltz Medley:

  I'm Sorry Dear                                                          (b)

  Evangeline                                                                 (b)

  Oh, Sweetheart Where Are You Tonight?                  (b)


*Canoe-dle-oodle Along                                             (a)        The Rhythm Boys

*Oh! Miss Hannah                                                      (b)       

  Laughing Marionette

*I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling                                     (a)       

*Orange Blossom Time                                               (b)       

  Nobody's Sweetheart                                                (a)       

  Red Hair And Freckles                                              (b)

  When Dreams Come True


  Mean To Me                                                              (b)        Jack Fulton



  I Can't Give You Anything But Love                          (b)

  I Never Knew                                                           (b)

  Tea For Two                                                             (b)

  Margie                                                                       (b)

  Lady Of The Evening                                                 (b)


*Building A Nest For Mary                                          (a)        The Rhythm Boys

*S'Posin'                                                                      (a)       

  I Love To Hear You Singing                                       (b)        Jack Fulton

  Stars And Stripes Forever (Sousa)                              (a)

  Avalon Town

  Where The Shy Little Violets Grow


Paul Whiteman and his orchestra will broadcast their Old Gold Hour program at 9:00 o'clock tonight, before leaving for the Pacific coast on the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman Special. As usual, the concert will come from WABC. The program would not be complete without, “California. Here I Come,” and every native son will join in on “I Love You California.” A highlight of this last broadcast will be Jessie L. Deppen’s new song, “Red Hair and Freckles.” The Old Gold Hours will be broadcast from Chicago and Denver on the westward trip and will continue at the usual time each Tuesday from the Pacific coast after the arrival of the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman Special.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, May 21, 1929)

No. 17  28th May 1929

From Station WBBM Chicago.


*Diga Diga Doo                                                          (b)        The Rhythm Boys

  Canadian Capers                                                       (b)


Foxtrot Medley:

  I Can't Forget

  Who Cares What You Have Been

  Oh, Baby Where Can You Be



French Medley:

  Madelon                                                                    (a)

  On The Boulevard                                                     (a)

  Ca C'Est Paris                                                           (a)


Waltz Medley:

  A Smile, A Kiss                                                        (b)        Jack Fulton

  (The End Of) A Perfect Day

  My Dear


*Hallelujah!                                                                 (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers

*Till We Meet                                                             (b)       

  O Ya Ya                                                                   (b)

  Pickin' Cotton                                                            (b)


Medley from "Lady Fingers":

*Something To Live For                                             (b)       

  Ga-Ga                                                                      (b)

  You're Perfect                                                           (b)


Foxtrot Medley:

  Doin' The Raccoon                                                   (b)

*I Faw Down And Go Boom                                      (b)        The Rhythm Boys

  My Mother's Eyes                                                     (b)

  I'll Never Ask For More                                            (b)


*Red Hair And Freckles                                              (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  I'm Just A Vagabond Lover

*My Sin                                                                      (b)       

  Sugar Is Back In Town                                              (b)

  China Boy                                                                 (b)


The Old Gold-Paul Whiteman hour will be heard from Chicago at 7 o'clock this evening, and it is from the Windy City that the first concert on Whiteman's Western tour will be broadcast over the Columbia system and WFBM. The maestro and his musicians will be the guests of WFBM and he will offer a large and varied program of dance music for the first “touring” broadcast. A waltz medley will include "'A Smile, A Kiss," “When You Come to the End of the Day" and “My Dear." Among the old time successes will be "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and a more recent medley from "Lady Fingers.”

(The Indianapolis Star, May 28, 1929)

No. 18  4th June 1929  

From Station KLZ, Denver.


  Pompanola                                                                (b)

  Jericho                                                                       (a)

  Dusky Stevedore


Foxtrot Medley:

  I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling                                     (b)

  To Be In Love                                                           (b)        Jack Fulton

  Please Let Me Dream (In Your Arms)                       (b)

  In The Land Of Make Believe                                   (b)


Waltz Medley:

  My Hero                                                                   (a)

  The Blue Danube (Strauss)                                        (a)

  The Pink Lady Waltz (Caryll)                                     (a)

  The Merry Widow Waltz (Lehar)                               (a)

  Cecile                                                                        (a)


  By The Waters Of Minnetonka                                 (b)

*I'll Get By                                                                 (b)       

  Nola (Arndt)                                                             (b)

*If I Had You                                                             (b)       


Medley from "Show Boat":

  Ol' Man River

  Make Believe

  Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man

  Why Do I Love You?


Waltz Medley:

  Down By The Old Mill Stream

  Sweet Adeline

  In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree

  After The Ball


Foxtrot Medley:

  A Precious Little Thing Called Love                         (b)

  A Love Tale Of Alsace Lorraine                              (b)

  Glad Rag Doll                                                          (b)


  Sweet Georgia Brown                                              (b)

  Lover, Come Back To Me                                       (b)        Jack Fulton

  Runnin' Wild!                                                           (b)

  Punch And Judy                                                       (b)


"The home folks will have an opportunity to see one of their favourite sons, now famous, when Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra arrive at Denver on the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman Special for the Old Gold Hour weekly broadcast.  The jazz king and his men will be heard from 8 to 9 pm as guest artists of station KLZ.  The arrival of the Special on Monday gave Whiteman time to inspect his extensive ranch not far from the city, where his prize-winning cattle and dogs are bred.  A re-union of old friends suggests such songs as 'Down By The Old Mill Stream', 'In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree' and 'Sweet Adeline'.  All three of these are on the program along with an up to date selection of dance music"


“Paul Whiteman is now using "California, Here I Come" as a theme song. The plump master of jazz stops periodically to broadcast to the world that he is Los Angeles bound. Last week we heard him from Chicago, where his theme song was "I Want to be Missed by You." This afternoon he comes out of Denver via KMTR. The hour is 5 o'clock, and a medley of tunes from "Show Boat" is one of the major allurements of the program.”

(“Los Angeles Examiner”, 4th June, 1929)

No. 19  11th June 1929  

From Station KYA San Francisco.  Announced by Ted Husing.


  China Boy

  O Ya Ya                                                                   (a)

  Here Comes The Showboat                                      (a)


Medley from "The Little Show":

  I've Made A Habit Of You                                        (b)

*Moanin' Low                                                             (b)       

  Or What Have You?                                                 (a)


Waltz Medley:

  Please Let Me Dream (In Your Arms)                      (b)

  A Smile, A Kiss                                                        (b)

  Old Fashioned Love Affair                                        (b)


*Red Hair And Freckles                                             (b)        The Rhythm Boys

*Louise                                                                       (a)       


  Ploddin' Along                                                          (b)        Al Rinker

  Tiger Rag                                                                  (a)


*Canoe-dle-oodle Along                                            (b)        The Rhythm Boys

  When My Dreams Come True                                  (a)        Jack Fulton


Tango Medley:

  La Seduction

  Rose Room

  La Rosita


*Nobody's Fault But Your Own                                (b)       

*S'Posin'                                                                   (b)       

  I Want To Meander In The Meadow                       (b)        Jack Fulton



*There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder                 (b)       

  Sittin' And Whittlin'

  Wait Till You See "Ma Cherie"


  To Be In Love                                                          (b)

  Come On, Be Sociable

  Eyeful Of You                                                          (b)

  Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers

  Sweet Georgia Brown                                              (a)


"Concluding a coast to coast musical pilgrimage, Paul Whiteman and his Old Gold Orchestra will broadcast their first program from San Francisco, on Tuesday, over a nationwide network of CBS.  This regular Old Gold Hour from 8 to 9 pm will give radio fans throughout the country an opportunity to hear some of Broadway's  newest song hits played by the acknowledged leader in the popular music field.  It will come from the studio of KYA and will be re-broadcast from WABC, New York city, over Columbia's 44 stations"

Paul Whiteman’s Old Gold Hour signed on at 9 o’clock over WABC and a few minutes later 10 o’clock hit in and weren’t we sore? That’s one of the fleetest hours Old Man Chronometer ever ground out.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, June 12, 1929)

No. 20  18th June 1929

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  Announced by Ted Husing.


  Jericho                                                                       (b)

*Feeling The Way I Do                                                (a)        The Rhythm Boys


Medley from "Music In May": (Titles unknown)            (b)


  Pompanola                                                                 (a)


  Medley from "The Student Prince":                             (b)

  The Drinking Song (Drink! Drink! Drink!)

  Deep In My Heart, Dear


  Palm Trees

  Alabamy Snow

  El Choclo

  I’ve Got A Feeling I’m Falling

*Oh! Miss Hannah                                                      (a)       

  You're My Silver Lining Of Love                               (a)        Jack Fulton

  What A Day!

  I've Made A Habit Of You


Waltz Medley:

  Drigo's Serenade

  I Can't Forget Hawaii Or You


*Reachin' For Someone                                              (a)         

*Oh! Baby, Have A Heart                                          (b)       

  The Things That Were Made For Love

(You Can't Take Away)                                  (a)

  China Boy                                                                 (a)



Note:  Warren W. Scholl notes, "Medley from 'Music In May' (Titles missed)" (Both the newspapers of the day and Scholl concur that the programme contained the medley from this obscure musical which had opened on Broadway in early January and closed after only 80 performances!?); "Medley from 'The Student Prince' (Two titles missed)"; "Five titles missed" (Between 'You're My Silver Lining Of Love' and Reachin' For Someone') and (after 'China Boy') "Balance of program lost".


“Paul Whiteman and his broadcasting artists who arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday, will broadcast their regular Tuesday concert over the Columbia network from KMTR, official broadcasting station of ‘The Evening Herald’. Thus, the prominent radio station becomes the point of origin for the Whiteman-Old Gold program rather than the western releasing terminals, causing the reversal of transcontinental from west to east through the Columbia Broadcasting System. Featured on tonight’s program from the current Broadway success, ‘Music In May’; two selections from ‘The Student Prince’ and a tango group.  The Rhythm Boys will entertain with several numbers.”

(‘Los Angeles Evening Herald’ 18th June 1929)


“Los Angeles will become the source of a regular nationwide weekly feature broadcast for the first time tonight, when the Paul Whiteman Hour is presented over KMTR. Special arrangements were made to rush Whiteman from Pantages theater to the studio of KMTR in time to come before the mike at 5 o’clock. . . It is planned to have Whiteman  give his Tuesday broadcast hour from a special remote control at the Universal lot wired up to KMTR and hence, eastward, on the chain. This plan is being devised so Whiteman will have very little interruption during the filming of his first talking picture, ‘The King Of Jazz’”.

(‘Los Angeles Record’ 18th June 1929)


“Calmly, with a nonchalance quite amazing under the circumstances, KMTR waits the arrival of Paul Whiteman and his band at the studio this evening, 5 o'clock. Mr. Whiteman and his perambulator-full of symphonic jazz babies will enter by the ordinary front door just like you and I. They will even ascend ten floors in the ordinary elevator just like plain folk–thus spikes the report that Mr. Whiteman had chartered the freight elevator for the round trip to KMTR. But once before the microphone, in the glass-partitioned sanctuary, set apart from the world like a rare specimen in a bottle, Mr. Whiteman will assume his crown, become Paul the First, King of Jazz, and broadcast an hour’s syncopated greeting to his subjects from coast to coast. This first Whiteman program to leak from Los Angeles goes out over the Columbia system. Features will be a tango group, including "El Chocio," an old-timer that tantalized before the war when America, young and fearless, decided for the first time that it, too, could tango; and two selections from the "Student Prince." Jack Fulton, tenor, Bing Crosby, baritone, and the Rhythm Boys also will be put in motion. KMTR, 5 to 6pm.”

(Dick Creedon, Los Angeles Examiner, 18th June, 1929)


“Beginning tonight Paul Whiteman and his musicians will broadcast their weekly transcontinental programs from the studios of KMTR. Everyone finds his way to Hollywood at some time or another during his lifetime. As is customary, Paul Whiteman will direct his orchestra in the playing of a group of medleys. Taking a few titles from here and there we find listed, "Silver Lining of Love," "Things That Were Made For Love," "What a Day," "Drinking Song" from "Student Prince" and "I Can't Forget Hawaii Or You."
(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, 18th June, 1929)

No. 21  25th June 1929

From Station KMTR, Los Angeles.  Announced by Harry Von Zell.


  Valencia                                                                    (a)

*March Of The Musketeers                                        (a)       

  Marche Slav (Tchaikovsky)

  Kammenoi Ostrow (Rubinstein)


Spiritual Medley:

  Every Time I Feel The Spirit

  Get On Board, Little Chillun

  Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho


  Deep Night                                                               (a)

*Futuristic Rhythm                                                      (a)        The Rhythm Boys


Waltz Medley:

  The Song Of Songs                                                   (b)

  Love, Here Is My Heart                                            (b)

  L'Amour, Toujours, L'Amour (Everlasting Love)        (b)


  The Wedding Of The Painted Doll                             (a)

  I've Made A Habit Of You                                        (a)

  Doin' The Raccoon                                                   (a)

  A Broken Idol                                                          (a)


Tango Medley:

  La Violetera (Padilla)                                                 (b)                                           

  My Pavo Real Girl                                                      (b)       



*Hallelujah!                                                                 (a)        The Rhythm Boys

*Nobody But You                                                      (b)       

  Gotta Feeling For You

  You're My Silver Lining Of Love                               (a)        Jack Fulton

*Building A Nest For Mary                                         (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  What A Day!                                                            (a)

  Don't Hold Everything                                               (a)


Medley from "Blackbirds Of 1928":

  Gotta Have That Man

  I Can't Give You Anything But Love

  Diga Diga Doo


Medley from "Spring Is Here":

  With A Song In My Heart                                       

  Yours Sincerely                                                                    

  Why Can't I?            


  Number Three


  Anything To Hold Your Baby

  Button Up Your Overcoat


Darky melodies and negro spirituals will feature the Paul Whiteman program tonight at 5 o’clock over KMTR, official broadcasting station of The Evening Herald. By direct wire from the Universal lot, where Whiteman is engaged in making a sound picture, the music will be transmitted to the powerful tower of KMTR, where the nationwide broadcast will be released to the Columbia network of radio stations. Spirituals included in one of the medleys to be offered are, “Every Time I Feel the Spirit, “Get On Board,” “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” and “Gotta Have Dat Man.” Another medley from the musical success, “Spring Is Here,” will include, “Why Can’t I?” “Yours Sincerely,” and “There’s A Soul In My Heart.”

(Los Angeles, Evening Herald, 25th June, 1929)


"Every Time I Feel the Spirit," "Get On Board," and "Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho," negro spirituals, have been arranged into a medley by Paul Whiteman for his 6 o'clock dance program over KMTR. The waltz medley will consist of "Song of Songs," "Love, Here Is My Heart," and "L'Amour Toujours L'Amour." From "Spring Is Here," You will be entertained with "Why Can't I?" Yours Sincerely," and "There's a Song in My Heart."

(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, 25th June, 1929)

No. 22  2nd July 1929

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  Announced by Harry Von Zell.


  Hittin' The Ceiling

  Wildflower                                                                (b)


Wartime Medley:

  Mademoiselle From Armentieres (Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo)          (b)

  Over There                                                                (b)

  You're A Grand Old Flag                                          (b)

  It's A Long Way To Tipperary                                   (b)


Waltz Medley:                                                             (b)

  By The Side Of The Western Sea

  That Night Among The Roses                                                Jack Fulton

  Love Sings A Song In My Heart


*My Sin                                                                      (a)       

  Cigarette                                                                   (a)

*Number Three                                                           (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  The Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers (Jessel)            (b)

*You Were Meant For Me                                          (a)       

  Makin' Whoopee                                                       (b)

  I'm Bringing A Red, Red, Rose                                  (b)

  Lady Of The Morning                                                (b)        Jack Fulton

  Kewpie                                                                      (b)

  You Belong To Me                                                  

  Here Comes The Showboat

  Runnin' Wild!

  Dardanella                                                                 (b)

*Honey                                                                       (b)       

  Little Coat Of Tan                                                     (a)         

  I'm Just Wild About Harry                                         (b)

  Pickin' Cotton                                                            (a)


Note:  Warren W. Scholl notes, "Three titles missed in Waltz medley".


“Paul Whiteman and his orchestra will be on the air at 6 over KMTR with a dance program. Last week we do not think any of the scheduled numbers were played, but dance tunes are dance tunes and many of them sound alike, or almost so. What will the orchestra play tonight? Quien sabe?”

(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, 2nd July, 1929)

Paul Whiteman and the Old Gold Orchestra came East to us last night from Universal City, California. The Coast air seemed to have had rather a bad effect on Whiteman. Several of his symphonic arrangements had notes in them that we feel sure should not have been there. Still and all, the greater part of the program was enjoyable. There was a set of George M. Cohan numbers stood out quite well. “Lady of the Morning” was pleasing and the revival of “Dardanella” still showed that number to be a hit. There was one bad transmission break during the playing of this number.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, July 3, 1929)

No. 23  9th July 1929  

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  Announced by Harry Von Zell.


*I'm Referrin' To Her 'N' Me                                      (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)                            (a)

  Canadian Capers

  Button Up Your Overcoat

  You, Just You                                                           (b)

  Singin' In The Rain                                                    (a)

*Song Of Siberia                                                         (b)       

  Drigo's Serenade                                                       (b)

  Number Three                                                           (a)

  Laughing Marionette                                                   (b)

  Ma Belle                                                                    (b)        The Cheerleaders Quartet

  O Ya Ya                                                                    (b)

  Pagan Love Song                                                       (a)        The Whiteman Trio (Fulton-Gaylord-Heatherton)

  Trés Moutarde

  Can It Be True

*I'll Never Ask For More                                                                   

  I Want To Meander In The Meadow                          (b)

*Out Where The Moonbeams Are Born                       (a)                   

  Carolina In The Morning

  The Sun Is At My Window                                        (b)

  Canoe-dle-oodle Along                                             (b)        The Cheerleaders Quartet

  Sweet Georgia Brown

  Doin' The New Lowdown   

*Baby, Oh Where Can You Be?                                 (a)       

  Runnin' Wild!                                                             (a) 


"One of those haunting melodies that have been written about the barren wastes of Russia - 'Song Of Siberia' - will be featured by Paul Whiteman and his Old Gold Orchestra during the Old Gold Hour to be broadcast from station KMTR, Universal City, from 8 to 9 pm.  It will be vocalised by Bing Crosby, baritone.  Forty stations of the Columbia System will re-broadcast the entire Old Gold program, nationally.  "Drigo's Serenade", an unusual waltz number, is another selection in this group"


We do not know whether Paul Whiteman and his orchestra will play any of these numbers on the program which KMTR broadcasts at 5 but they are listed for tonight. In one medley there will be, maybe, "Carolina in the Morning," "The Sun Is At My Window," "Sweet Georgia Brown," and "Doin' the Low Down." Bing Crosby is scheduled to sing the refrain from "Song of Siberia," and of "I'll Never Ask For More" and Jack Fulton, "Ma Belle" from "Three Musketeers."

(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, 9th July, 1929)

As delightful a waltz as was ever written, the “Drigo Serenade” was rendered by Paul Whiteman and his band on the Old Gold program last night over WABC. When it comes to knowing how to present music with proper effects, Whiteman is pre-eminent. We have been familiar with this number for many years, but seldom is it so pleasingly played as Whiteman rendered it. “Song of Siberia” was rather dramatic in its moments, but the vocal effects by Bing Crosby were very well handled. Whiteman and the band sounded much better than they did a week ago. We also liked the playing of “Ma Belle” from the “Three Musketeers”.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, July 10, 1929)


No.  24  16th July 1929 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  Announced by Harry Von Zell.


  It Goes Like This (That Funny Melody)                    (b)

  Back In Your Own Back Yard                                 (b)        The Cheerleaders Quartet



  Where Were You? - Where Was I? (Exactly Where We Are)          (b)

  Right Out Of Heaven (Into My Arms)                        (b)

  Yours Sincerely                                                         (b)


Waltz Medley:

  Evangeline                                                                (b)

  Where Are You Tonight?                                         (a)        The Cheerleaders Quartet

  Sweetheart (Will You Remember?)

  Marie                                                                       (b)


Medley from "Hollywood Review Of 1929":

*Your Mother And Mine                                            (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  Singin' In The Rain                                                    (b)        The Cheerleaders Quartet with solo verse by Al Rinker

*Orange Blossom Time                                               (b)        The Cheerleaders Quartet with solo verse by Al Rinker           

  The Breakaway


Medley from "The Little Show":

  I've Made A Habit Of You                                      (b)

  Moanin' Low                                                              

  Or What Have You?                                               (b)

  Hut In Hoboken


*I'm Just A Vagabond Lover                                     (b)       

  Sweethearts' Holiday                                               (b)        The Cheerleaders Quartet

  Miss You                                                                (b)

  Finding The Long Way Home                                  (b)

  The Things That Were Made For Love

(You Can't Take Away)                                (b)

  Sing A Little Love Song                                           (b)        The Cheerleaders Quartet


  When We Get Together In The Moonlight               (b)        The Cheerleaders Quartet

  Down Among The Sugar Cane                                (b)

  To Be In Love                                                         (a)

  I Want To Meander In The Meadow                       (a)

  Kewpie                                                                   (a)


Once again Paul Whiteman and his orchestra will entertain at 5 over the Columbia system of which KMTR is a link. One of the medleys listed consist of "Habit of You," "Moaning Low," "What Have You" and "A Little Hut" all from "Little Show." The last of 8 combinations will consist of "Finding the Long Way Home," "I'm Just a Vagabond Lover," "Things That Were Made For Love," and "Down Among the Sugar Cane."

(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, 16th July, 1929)

Paul Whiteman provided the best of the lighter vein music on the air last night. “Vagabond Lover” was a real delight to listen to and this is praise indeed, especially when one considers the number of times that this number has been heard on the radio recently. The opening was bit old but peppy. This was “It Goes Like This, etc.” The Whiteman boys sang in good unison and although several of their numbers could have been just a bit more harmonious they were good when compared with the general run of radio singers.

Whiteman’s Old Gold program emanated from KMTR, out in California. Sort of gave it a romantic California tinge, but the leader did not cloy up his period with the numerous selections that are called typical of that State. Therefore, in addition to good music, this lack of Californian numbers was to be appreciated.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, July 17, 1929)

No. 25  23rd July 1929 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  Announced by Harry Von Zell.


  The Breakaway                                                         (b)

  What A Day!                                                            (b)

  The One That I Love Loves Me                                (a)

  If You Believed In Me                                              (b)

  I'd Do Anything For You                                          (b)

  Here We Are                                                            (b)

*Some Sweet Day                                                      (a)        The Old Gold Trio

  I'll Always Be In Love With You                               (a)        The Cheerleaders Quartet

*Give Your Little Baby Lots Of Lovin'                         (a)       

  Just Another Day Wasted Away (Waiting For You)   (a)

  It Don't Mean A Thing Without You                          (b)


  To Be In Love

  Hot Footin' It

*My Blue Heaven                                                       (b)        The Old Gold Trio

  Someday You'll Realise You're Wrong                      (a)

  In The Garden Of Tomorrow                                    (a)        Jack Fulton

*Love Me Or Leave Me                                             (a)       

  Glad Rag Doll                                                           (a)


Foxtrot Medley:

  One Moment More With You

  Then I'll Know Why

  On Top Of The World Alone


  Ploddin' Along


Medleys of tunes from "The Little Show Boat" will supply the program from Paul Whiteman's bungalow studio in Universal City tonight, which will be a feature of the evening's entertainment to be broadcast over KMTR, official broadcasting station of The Evening Herald, from 5 to 6 o'clock.
After opening with "Rhapsody in Blue," the orchestra will paint a musical picture of California with "Its Orange Blossom Time."

(Los Angeles Evening Herald, 23rd July, 1929)


"The Old Gold Paul Whiteman Hour on a nationwide hook-up will continue the light popular music characteristic of Summer dance programs.  Broadway songwriters, at the present time, in Hollywood, will contribute a group of new selections, heretofore not broadcast on the air.  The male quartet, the Old Gold Cheerleaders, will be heard in several arrangements.  Paul Whiteman leads his Old Gold Orchestra in another characteristic Waltz medley and in addition, Bing Crosby, baritone will offer several vocal interpolations in the program"

No matter how many times we hear Paul Whiteman play, either over the radio or on the stage, we always enjoy the little interlude of the “Rhapsody in Blue.” Last night Whiteman again played from the Pacific Coast. His opening dance numbers contained both pep and melody. I did not care for either the singing or playing of “I’ll Always Be in Love with You” as interpreted by Whiteman last night, although the balance of the program pleased us immensely.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, July 24, 1929)


Note:  Warren W. Scholl notes, "Two titles missed"

No. 26  30th July 1929  

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  Announced by Harry Von Zell.


  Hittin' The Ceiling                                                    (b)

  Ca C'Est Paris                                                         (b)

*Broadway Melody                                                   (b)       

*Your Mother And Mine                                            (b)        The Rhythm Boys

  That's Living                                                             (b)

*My Dear                                                                  (b)       

  My Lucky Star                                                         (b)

*Hindustan                                                                 (b)        The Rhythm Boys

*Punch And Judy                                                        (b)        The Old Gold Trio

*Dusky Stevedore                                                       (a)        The Old Gold Trio

  Sugar Is Back In Town                                              (b)

  Dream Memory                                                         (a)

  S'Posin'                                                                     (b)

  Happy Because I'm In Love                                      (b)

*Nobody's Fault But Your Own                                  (b)       

  Every Moon's A Honeymoon                                    (b)        Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord & Al Rinker

  Do What You Do                                                      (a)

  Alabamy Bound

  Great Day!

  Avalon Town


"Paul Whiteman and his Old Gold Orchestra will broadcast their Tuesday program from Universal City.  The program will be made up of summer dance hits.  Bing Crosby and the Old Gold Trio will round out the program with interpolations"


No. 27  6th August 1929 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  Announced by Harry Von Zell.


With Mildred Bailey and Mary Nolan.


  I'd Do Anything For You                                         (a)

  Heigh-Ho, Everybody, Heigh-Ho                             (a)

*Pagan Love Song                                                     (a)        The Old Gold Trio

*Wake Up, Chillun, Wake Up                                    (a)        The Old Gold Trio

  Beautiful Ohio                                                           (a)

*My Madonna                                                           (a)       

*Garden In The Rain                                                  (a)        The Old Gold Trio

  Ain't Misbehavin'                                                      (a)

*Walking With Susie                                                  (a)       

  Moanin' Low                                                           (a)        Mildred Bailey

  If You Believed In Me                                              (a)

*Little Pal                                                                   (a)       


"Mary" Medley:

  Mary Make-Believe                                                  (a)

  Mary Lou                                                                  (a)

*Building A Nest For Mary                                         (a)


*You're My Silver Lining Of Love                              (a)       

  That Rhythm Man                                                     (a)


“Another in the series of Old Gold-Paul Whiteman Tuesday evening programs will be broadcast  tonight from station KMTR in Universal City from 7 to 8 o'clock, Central Standard time, over Columbia  Broadcasting System and the national hookup of forty stations.  A group of song--'Girls Named Mary'  including such hits as Mary, Make Believe, Mary Lou, and Building a Nest for Mary is dedicated to Mary Nolan, the film star, who will be Paul Whiteman's guest in the Old Gold studio on this occasion.  The program will be made up of a number of light summer dance tunes, and Bing Crosby, baritone, and the Old Gold Trio will offer a number of vocal interpolations throughout the hour.”

(Press Release)

WABC made a poor contact immediately after announcing the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman program. However when Whiteman’s music was finally heard, coming to us from out in California, the effect more than made up for any break in contact. “I'll Do Anything for You,‘ the opening number was very peppily played, Goodness knows how many times we listen to the “Pagan Love Song,” but few are the times we listen to it as Paul Whiteman plays it. “Wake up, Chillun, Wake Up” was another that was truly Whitemanic in its rendition. “My Madonna” promises to be a hit, but we did like the waltz measures of "Beautiful Ohio" much better than any fox trot that was played.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, August 7, 1929)


No. 28  13th August 1929

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  Announced by Harry Von Zell.


*Alabamy Bound                                                        (a)       

  Fiddlin' Joe                                                               (a)

*You Were Meant For Me                                         (a)       

  Sugar Cane 'Round My Door                                    (a)

  I Found A New Baby                                               (a)

*Just Another Kiss                                                      (a)       


Medley from "Hot Chocolate":  

  Dixie Cinderella                                                        (a)

  Sweet Savannah Sue

  Off Time


  Where The Sweet Forget-Me-Nots Remember         (a)

  The Toymaker's Dream                                             (a)

  Don't Wake Baby Up                                               (a)

  Am I Blue                                                                 (a)        Mildred Bailey

  Believe It Or Not (I Found My Man)                        (a)

  Till We Meet Again                                                   (a)        The Cheerleaders Quartet

  My Melody Man                                                      (a)

  Ploddin' Along

  No One Can Take Your Place                                  (a)        The Cheerleaders Quartet

  Song Of The West                                                    (a)

  Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)                            (a)

  Waiting For The Robert E. Lee                                 (a)


Note:  Warren W. Scholl notes, "Two titles missed from 'Hot Chocolate' Medley" and one other. Subsequently found in newspaper reports.

The weekly dance program by Paul Whiteman and his orchestra, one of the outstanding WMAL-Columbia Broadcasting System presentations tonight, will feature a medley of song hits from the current musical success “Hot Chocolates.” The orchestra will also play a group of other popular numbers, which includes “Toymaker’s Dream,” “Fiddlin’ Joe” and “You were Meant for Me.”

(Evening Star, August 13, 1929)

Paul Whiteman‘s Old Gold program last night sort of sounded a bit off to us. There were arrangements that did not have the former smoothness of Whitemanic arrangement to them. This was noticeable in “Am I Blue" and in the several numbers following it. The solo work for the number was not impressive to us either. "Till We Meet" was a return to the Whiteman style. As was also "My Melody Man," but several of the other numbers did not click with us in the least. We also did not care much for the comparison made by the announcer between the choice of hats and cigarettes. Rather far fetched in that hats go by styles of one brand and cigarettes go chiefly by brands. However, the program was bright all the way through and provided generally good entertainment, and who could ask for more?

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, August 14, 1929)

No. 29  20th August 1929

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  Announced by Harry Von Zell.


*I'm Referring To Her 'N' Me                                     (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  Alabamy Snow                                                         (a)

*Memories Of One Sweet Kiss                                  (a)       

*Feeling The Way I Do                                              (a)        The Rhythm Boys

*Waiting At The End Of The Road                             (a)       


Waltz Medley:

  Sleepy Valley                                                            (a)

  Can't Forget Hawaii                                                  (a)

  Celia                                                                         (a)

  Finesse                                                                     (a)


*Oh! Baby, Have A Heart                                          (a)       

  Last Night, Honey                                                     (a)

*Futuristic Rhythm                                                      (a)        The Rhythm Boys

*I'm Just A Vagabond Lover                                      (a)       

  Good Little, Bad Little You                                       (a)        Mildred Bailey

  I'll Tell The World About You                                   (a)

  Satisfied!                                                                   (a)


"Sally" Medley:

  Sally, Won't You Come Back?                                 (a)

  I Wonder What's Become Of Sally                           (a)

  I'm Sorry Sally                                                          (a)


  I'll Never Ask For More                                            (a)        Mildred Bailey

  Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)                                   (a)

  Jericho                                                                       (a)


*Satisfied!                                                                   (b)       

*Good Little, Bad Little You                                       (b)       

  Oh! Baby, Have A Heart                                          (b)        The Cheerleaders Quartet

  I'll Tell The World About You                                   (b)        The Cheerleaders Quartet

  Waiting At The End Of The Road                             (b)        The Cheerleaders Quartet


"Bing Crosby, baritone, appearing with the Cheerleaders Quartet on the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman Hour, will sing three numbers for which he has become well-known over the air, 'Satisfied', 'Vagabond Lover' and 'Good Little, Bad Little You'.  The quartet will furnish a vocal refrain to many of the orchestral numbers, which include, 'Waiting At The End Of The Road', 'Baby Have A Heart' and 'I'll Tell The World About You'"

Paul Whiteman and his Old Gold Orchestra was somewhat better this week than it was last week, and there was, fortunately, no atmospheric disturbance to break up the WABC presentation. “Last Night Honey” was well played and sung. “Baby, Have a Heart" was about the snappiest number that Whiteman offered. “Can’t Forget Hawaii" sounded anything but Hawaiian in trend, but was good music for all of that. The story of the three bears and the Old Gold test did not hit our fancy as good comparison, but then fairy tales are always interesting over the air.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, August 21, 1929)


No. 30  27th August 1929 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  Announced by Harry Von Zell.


*March Of The Musketeers                                        (b)       


Jingles Medley:

  I've Made A Habit Of You                                       (b)

  Or What Have You?                                                 (a)


*(When I'm Walkin' With My) Sweetness                   (a)       



*Honey                                                                      (b)       

*Nobody's Fault But Your Own                                 (b)       

  Eyeful Of You                                                          (b)


*Where Is The Song Of Songs For Me?                     (a)        Mildred Bailey & The Old Gold Trio

  Do Something                                                           (b)

  Beautiful                                                                   (b)

  Maybe, Who Knows?                                              (b)        Mildred Bailey

  The Wedding Of The Painted Doll

*Looking For Love                                                     (b)        The Old Gold Trio

  I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling                                    (b)        Mildred Bailey

  Sweet Georgia Brown                                              (b)

*You Wouldn't Fool Me, Would You?                       (b)        The Old Gold Trio

*Junior                                                                       (a)       

  Avalon Town                                                           (b)

  I Wanna Be Loved By You                                      (b)

  China Boy                                                                (b)


"Moonlight" Medley:

  Moonlight And Roses

  On Moonlight Bay

  By The Light Of The Silvery Moon


  The Blue Room



Evidently the thought that he will shortly return to the East keyed up Paul Whiteman a bit last night, for his musical renditions were much better than they have been for some time past. For awhile, this feature threatened to become mediocre, but within the past two weeks distinct change for the better has been noted in the Old Gold Hour over WABC and the CBS. From the opening selection, “March of the Musketeers” on through the balance of the period, it was nearer Whitemanic than nearly any other program he has offered since he started West to work in the speakies.

The early numbers last evening were, for the most part, new to us. “An Eyeful of You” and “Nobody’s Fault But Your Own.” A series of waltz numbers were played in typical Whiteman manner, which means very well done. Of these, “Where Is the Song of Songs for Me” was the outstanding number. The vocal work in this number was also pleasing, although we cannot say that we care especially much for the feminine voice that chimed in with the male singers of the group.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, August 28, 1929)

No. 31  3rd September 1929 

From Station WABC New York.


  Valencia                                                                    (b)

  O Ya Ya                                                                   (b)

*When You're Counting The Stars Alone                     (b)       

  Same Old Moon, Same Old June                               (b)        The Ponce Sisters

  Singin' In The Rain                                                     (b)

  The Merry Widow Waltz (Lehar)                               (a)

  Dancing Dominoes                                                     (b)

  Moanin' Low                                                             (b)        Mildred Bailey

  Where The Butterflies Kiss The Buttercups Goodnight    (b)        The Ponce Sisters

*Broadway Melody                                                    (b)       

  Heigh-Ho, Everybody, Heigh-Ho                              (b)

  I'd Do Anything For You                                          (b)

*I'm Doing What I'm Doing For Love                         (a)       

*If You Believed In Me                                              (b)        Mildred Bailey with The Rhythm Boys

*Huggable, Kissable You                                           (a)       

  Scotchie                                                                   (b)

  What A Day!                                                           (b)

*The Breakaway                                                        (a)        The Rhythm Boys

  Waters Of Venice

  He's A Good Man To Have Around

  Let's Be Sociable

  That's Where You Come In

  Miss You


(Headline)  “Bing Crosby, Tenor Soloist, With Paul Whiteman's Players”

"The following program will be broadcast over WABC, WBBM, WKRC, WCAU and the Columbia Broadcasting System at 8 o'clock by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra with Bing Crosby, tenor (!)"


“We give this program of Paul Whiteman's orchestra at 5 over KHJ for what it is worth. Bing Crosby, tenor, will be the soloist. Instrumental number scheduled are "Oh Ya Ya," "Valencia," "When You're Counting the Stars Alone," "Singin' in the Rain" (not a bad idea at that), "Same Old Moon," "Water of Venice," a waltz, and some other popular ditties. We have a sneaking idea that we read somewhere that this concert was to be given in the New York studios of the Columbia Broadcasting Company. Mr. Whiteman paid the west coast quite a visit.”

(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, 3rd September, 1929)

Paul Whiteman and the boys played somewhat better than they have lately done over WABC. The Old Gold group were in fine form last night and put lots of vim into their renditions. “The Breakaway” was a good example of how a musician must work on a hot night. Leading this selection, we would be willing to bet that the smiling Paul must have lost at least 10 pounds. Paul Whiteman, in his curtain speech, sounded sincerely glad to be back on Broadway again and we feel sure, from the brand of entertainment offered that just being East again made Whiteman’s boys give so much better a performance.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, September 4, 1929)


No. 32  10th September 1929 

From Station WABC New York.  Announced by Ted Husing.


  Swanee                                                                     (b)

*Alabamy Bound                                                        (b)        The Old Gold Trio

  St. Louis Blues                                                          (b)        Mildred Bailey

*Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere                     (b)       

*Red Hair And Freckles                                             (b)        with The Ponce Sisters


Victor Herbert Medley:

  The Angelus                                                              (b)

  Kiss Me Again                                                          (b)

  I'm Falling In Love With Someone

  A Kiss In The Dark                                                   (a)

  Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life                                       (b)        Jack Fulton


  Back In Your Own Back Yard                                 (b)        The Ponce Sisters


  After You've Gone                                                    (b)        Mildred Bailey

  El Choclo                                                                  (b)

*Song Of Siberia                                                        (b)       

  Bugle Call Rag                                                          (b)

  Nobody's Sweetheart                                               (b)

*(When I'm Walkin' With My) Sweetness                   (b)       

  Wake Up, Chillun, Wake Up                                    (b)        Vocal by Whiteman's 'New' Trio

  Laughing Marionette                                                 (b)

  National Emblem March                                           (b)



"A group of Victor Herbert's waltzes, 'Angelina' (sic), 'Kiss Me Again', 'Falling In Love With Someone' and 'Sweet Mystery Of Love' will be played during the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman Hour to be broadcast at 8 o'clock.  Bing Crosby, contralto (!!!); Jack Fulton, tenor; the Old Gold Trio and the Ponce Sisters will also be heard during this period"


“Paul Whiteman tonight, KHJ via Columbia from New York City. Time, 5 o'clock. The Whiteman program will feature Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey and Jack Fulton in vocal interruptions.”

(Dick Creedon, Los Angeles Examiner, 10th September, 1929)

Paul Whiteman and his Old Gold Orchestra put across their pleasing hour’s program over WABC. There was just a bit more singing than was usual on the feature. “Kiss Me Again” was well sung and so was “Alabama Bound,” but we did not care much for Whiteman’s girl blues singer. Some of Whiteman’s arrangements sound a bit odd and the blending of one song into another sometimes makes one think that there has been a slip-up on the part of the musicians. However, when all is balanced, the Whiteman-Old Gold program is just about at the top of the list for pleasing music.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, September 11, 1929)

No. 33  17th September 1929 

From Station WABC New York.  Announced by Ted Husing.


  Marche Militaire (Schubert)


  To Be In Love

  Runnin' Wild!

  Rhythm King

  The Missouri Waltz

  Down South                                                   (b)

  I Love To Hear You Singing

  Twelfth Street Rag

  Sugar Cane 'Round My Door                          (b)


Southern Medley:

  Old Black Joe

  My Old Kentucky Home (Goodnight)

  Swanee River

  Carry Me Back To Old Virginny


  The Breakaway

  Every Moon's A Honeymoon

  Do What You Do

  Dusky Stevedore                                              (b)

  Marche Militaire (Schubert)


"A novelty in the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman Hour when it is next heard over the nationwide hook-up of the Columbia Broadcasting System will be the opening and the closing of the hour with a march, 'March Militaire'.  The opening strains of the march will follow immediately after Whiteman's new long popular signature, 'Rhapsody In Blue'.  Southern songs and melodies will be sprinkled all through this hour of dance music and Mildred Bailey, the new blues singer, the Old Gold Trio, Jack Fulton, Bing Crosby and the Ponce Sisters will all be heard in vocal interpolations"

Paul Whiteman can always be counted upon to offer something that is the last word in modern melody in the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman hour each Tuesday evening. The program this week included Whiteman adaptations of “Down South,” “Sugar Cane ‘Round My Door,” “Dusky Stevedore” and a medley of old southern melodies. This is the highest-priced program on the air from actual cost to the sponsor and the reason is easily apparent to the person who likes Whiteman music, and 99 percent of the population of this country does.

(The Indianapolis Times, September 18, 1929)


No. 34  24th September 1929
From Station WABC New York.  Announced by Ted Husing.


   Russian Rag                                                            (b)

   La Sorella                                                               (b)

   Dream Memory

   Pagan Love Song                                                    (b)

   What A Day!

   Southern Roses (Strauss)

  *The One That I Love Loves Me

   Willow Tree                                                                         Mildred Bailey

  *Baby, Oh Where Can You Be?                                                      

    Crazy Rhythm


Oriental Medley:

   Chinatown, My Chinatown

   I Want To Go To Tokyo                                                      The Ponce Sisters

   Chinese Lullaby


   Dancing Tambourine

   You're My Silver Lining Of Love                                         Mildred Bailey and The Old Gold Trio

   It Goes Like This (That Funny Melody)

   That's A-Plenty

   El Fresco (Sousa)

  Believe It Or Not  (I Found My Man)                             (a)


“‘Willow Tree’ and ‘My Silver Lining of Love’ are scheduled to be sung by Mildred Bailey, contralto, on the Columbia program at 5 over KHJ.  Bing Crosby will contribute ‘The One I Love Loves Me’ and "Baby Where Can You Be," and Paul Whiteman's Orchestra, a Chinese medley—‘Chinatown’, ‘Want To Go To Tokio’ (sounds like Japan to us), and ‘Chinese Lullaby’, ‘Crazy Rhythm’, ‘Southern Roses Waltz’ and ‘Dream Memory’”.
(“Hollywood Daily Citizen”
24th September 1929)

Tuesday evening dance tunes. Paul Whiteman and the Old Gold Hour. Typically Whitemanesque in its construction and the arrangements are all that anyone could wish for. Old timers like "La Sorella” and the “Russian Rag” were played in a manner that brought them completely up to date. “Believe It or Not” had all the earmarks of a hit and other selections all contained the notes that so few in addition to Whiteman are able to draw from a band.  The difference between the Whiteman music of the Pacific Coast and the Whiteman of Broadway is truly startling.  Out on the coast he was almost mediocre in his work, but since his return—right back at the top of the list. Even the "Pagan Love Song” sounds different and better as Whiteman presents it. A waltz proved the group also master of this tempo.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, September 25, 1929)

No. 35  1st October 1929 

From Station WABC New York.  Announced by Ted Husing.

 What A Day!

*Swanee Shuffle                                                                      The Old Gold Trio

 One Sweet Kiss                                                        (b)          Ponce Sisters

 Can't We Be Friends                                                               Mildred Bailey

*Happy Because I'm In Love

*Love Me                                                                  (b)          Mildred Bailey and The Old Gold Trio

 Dance Of The Babies In The Wood

*Little Pal

*Ain't Misbehavin'                                                                   Mildred Bailey and The Rhythm Boys

 Wedding Of The Painted Doll

*Great Day                                                                             The Old Gold Trio

 Mississippi Dry                                                                       Ponce Sisters

 China Boy

*Hallelujah!                                                                             The Rhythm Boys

*Fox Trot Medley, Spirituals                                                   Bing Crosby and Mildred Bailey

*There Comes The Show Boat                                                The Old Gold Trio

 Without A Song                                                                      Jack Fulton

 Punch And Judy

 Georgia Pines                                                         (a)


The first presentation of music from the new show “Great Day” will be heard when the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman orchestra goes on the air this evening at 9 o'clock over WABC and the chain. The Old Gold trio will sing a medley of songs from the newest Broadway presentation and Bing Crosby will sing "Happy Because I'm in Love." There will be numerous vocal interpolations throughout the hour by those already mentioned, by Mildred Bailey, the Ponce Sisters and Jack Fulton. Paul Whiteman and his Old Gold Orchestra will also offer a novelty fox trot, "Dance of the Babies in the Wood."

(“The Staunton News Leader” 1st October 1929)

Peppy and lively, with good rhythm and a set of arrangements that are pleasing to the last degree, Paul Whiteman and the Old Gold orchestra revived old numbers and presented new ones over WABC. A period without a moment's dullness was offered. “One Sweet Kiss” had a well sung verse and was decidedly well played, We like Whiteman and his music very much, but at that, we feel that it would be possible for him to overdo his radio work and therefore are glad that he appears but once each week.

“Love Me” was a sweet bit, with a pleasing tenor voice doing the chorus work and Whiteman’s boys chiming in with the obligato. This a very pretty little waltz number and should attract attention throughout the coming season. “Georgia Pines,” one that we think about the best of the current crop of songs was also presented by Whiteman. Mildred Bailey did the singing at this point in the program and scored a hit. There was also a neat bit of piano work that was most outstanding.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, October 2, 1929)


No. 36  8th October 1929

From Station WABC New York.

 Lovable And Sweet

*This Is Heaven                                                                               The Old Gold Trio

 Tinkle, Tinkle                                                                                  Mildred Bailey                                                                            

*I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful)                           The Old Gold Trio

 Wait For The Happy Ending

*Sleepy Valley

 Big Boy Jess

*Honeysuckle Rose                                                                           The Old Gold Trio

 Medley from George White's "Scandals"

        Bigger And Better Than Ever

        Love Is Free To Everyone

        There's Something Spanish In Your Eyes

        Bottoms Up



*That's You Baby                                                                               The Rhythm Boys

 Fox Trot Medley (Victor Herbert Themes)

        I'm Falling In Love With Someone

        The Italian Street Song

        *Gypsy Love Song

        When You're Away                                                                     Mildred Bailey

        March Of The Toys

 A Year From Today

 Melancholy                                                                                         Mildred Bailey

*When You’re Counting The Stars Alone

 The Flippity Flop

*Walking With Susie                                                             (b)          The Old Gold Trio

 Climbing The Stairs


Rhythm Boys Heard in Paul Whiteman Program

Mildred Bailey, “Bing” Crosby, Jack Fulton, The Old Gold Trio and the Rhythm Boys will be heard during the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman Hour to be broadcast over station WABC and the C. B. S. at 9 o’clock tonight. A medley from George White’s “Scandals” and one from Murray Anderson’s “Almanac” will be played during this program together with a Fox Trot medley built on Victor Herbert’s themes with vocal accompaniment by Messrs. Crosby and Fulton.

(The Morning Star (Allentown, Penn.) 8th October 1929)

One of the most attractive bits on the air last night was the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman broadcast over WABC. We liked that lively little bit, “Walking with Susie,” about as good as any of the light and airy Whiteman tunes. There are some good singers with this group, too, and Paul’s own message with regard to future programs is always of interest.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, October 9, 1929)

No. 37  15th October 1929

From Station WABC New York.



*Pretty Little You                                                                               The Old Gold Trio


One-Step Medley:

  Stepping Along

*I'm In Seventh Heaven                                                                    

*Song Of The Blues                                                                           The Old Gold Trio


  Shoo-Shoo-Boogie Boo                                                                    Mildred Bailey

  The Moonlight Reminds Me Of You                                   (b)           Jack Fulton

  I Can't Remember The Words

*Lonely Troubadour                                                  

  Big City Blues                                                                      (b)          Mildred Bailey


*I Get The Blues When It Rains                                                          The Old Gold Trio


Medley of Kern hits:

  What A Day!

  More Than You Know                                                                      Mildred Bailey


*True Blue Lou                                                                                   The Rhythm Boys

  Where The Shy Little Violets Grow

  Bottoms Up


A medley of Kern hits will feature the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman hour of dance music over the nationwide network of the Columbia broadcasting system and KHJ. The orchestra also will play “Zonky,” a new tune by the authors of “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Mildred Bailey, the blues singer, who has become a popular part of the program, will, as her principal contribution, sing “More Than You Know,” from “Great Day.”

(The San Bernardino County Sun, 15 Oct. 1929)

“Big City Blues” and others were sung by Mildred Bailey, with Paul Whiteman and his Old Gold Orchestra. The orchestra is good, nay, is better than good; it is one of the three or four best on or off the air, but we can’t say that we particularly care for Miss Bailey’s singing. WABC and the CBS have one of the real headliners of the air with this group. A waltz, “Moonlight Reminds Me,” was a delight as both played and sung.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, October 16, 1929)

No. 38  22nd October 1929

From Station WABC New York. 


  Dixie Jamboree

*Tip-Toe Through The Tulips (With Me)                                The Old Gold Trio

  Sing A Little Love Song                                                       The Old Gold Trio

*Walking With Susie                                                             

*Red Hair And Freckles                                                         The Rhythm Boys

*Dance Away The Night                                                        Mildred Bailey & The Old Gold Trio

*To Be In Love                                                                      The Old Gold Trio

  I Wish I Knew                                                                      Mildred Bailey

*Oh! Miss Hannah                                                     

*Don't Get Collegiate                                                             The Rhythm Boys


Medley from "Sunny Side Up":

  Turn On The Heat

  If I Had A Talking Picture Of You

  I'm A Dreamer (Aren't We All)                                            Mildred Bailey


*Same Old Moon, Same Old June                                         The Old Gold Trio

*Won't You Give In                                                              

*Oh! Baby Have A Heart                                                                  

  China Boy

  Stars And Stripes Forever

A medley of tunes from “Sunnyside Up,” Broadway success, will feature in a Paul Whiteman concert Tuesday night at 9 o’clock over WABC and the Columbia Broadcasting system. The orchestra will be assisted by “Bing” Crosby, Mildred Bailey and a trio.

(The Tampa Tribune, October 20, 1929)

Paul Whiteman led his Old Golders through some fine musical renditions last night over WABC. Whiteman offers some good singing lads and the trio is indeed noteworthy. We cannot quite see how Mildred Bailey is given the high rating she receives, for there is, to our way of thinking, nothing outstanding about her voice in the least.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, October 23, 1929)


No. 39  29th October 1929

From Los Angeles.


  Marche Militaire (Schubert)

  Singin' In The Rain

*Moonlight And Roses                                                           The Old Gold Trio

  St Louis Blues                                                                      Mildred Bailey

  Get On Board Little Chillun                                                  The Cheerleaders Quartet

*Beautiful Ohio                                                                      The Old Gold Trio

*Great Day                                                            (b)            with The Cheerleaders Quartet

  Can't We Be Friends?                                          (b)               

  Valencia                                                               (b)             Mildred Bailey

  Broadway Melody

*Oh! Baby Have A Heart                                                                  

*Without A Song                                                                   


  How Am I To Know?                                                           Mildred Bailey

  I Should

*Laughing Marionette                                                              The Old Gold Trio


*What A Day!                                                                         The Rhythm Boys

*Diga Diga Doo                                                                       The Rhythm Boys


Old Gold moves its radio feature to Hollywood with the return of Paul Whiteman to California for the purpose of making his muchly publicized picture, now to become a revue built upon mammoth proportions, “The King of Jazz.” The Old Gold Hour is the only commercial feature to originate on the Pacific coast. Thousands of dollars are expended weekly by the sponsors of the hour in presenting one of radio’s outstanding personalities, while an additional elaborate outlay, from a technical and program standpoint, is necessary to present the hour from the coast.

With Whiteman will go also the singers who have become so closely identified with the Old Gold Hour, the trio composed of Jack Fulton, Bing Crosby and Al Rinker, the famous Whiteman Rhythm boys, and Mildred Bailey, blues singer, the latter a “find” for Whiteman while upon the Pacific coast during the summer months, and whose singing has won a nationwide following within the brief space of a few months.

(Tucson Citizen, October 27, 1929)

Paul Whiteman and his Old Gold Orchestra performed in the usual good manner of the group over WABC. Their work with “Great Day” was very good indeed. “Can't We Be Friends” was a real hit as played by the Old Gold Orchestra, but we cannot enthuse over Mildred Bailey, Whiteman’s blues singer. Her voice is neither beautiful nor exceptionally pleasing. In fact, there is a distinct lack of intonation to most of her renditions. Whiteman revived “Valencia” in a manner that brought a pleasant memory, and also some good piano playing.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, October 30, 1929)

No. 40  5th November 1929 

From Universal Studios, Los Angeles via station KHJ. With John Boles.


 Stars And Stripes Forever

 Over There                                                             (b)           The Cheerleaders Quartet


French Medley:


  On The Boulevard

  Ca C'Est Paris


Wartime Waltz Medley:

  Roses Of Picardy

*Dear Old Pal                                                                        

  My Buddy


  Rio Rita                                                                                   Mildred Bailey

  Willow Tree                                                                            Mildred Bailey

*Miss You                                                                                The Old Gold Trio

  Mississippi Dry                                                                        Mildred Bailey

*Tip-Toe Through The Tulips (With Me)                                   The Rhythm Boys                  

  Old Gold Dance                                                                      The Old Gold Trio

*Marianne                                                                                 The Old Gold Trio


  Lonely Troubadour                                                                  Jack Fulton

*Baby, Oh Where Can You Be?                                                       

  Piccolo Pete


  "Do You Remember That Night" Medley:

  There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight


  Goodbye Broadway, Hello France

  The Yankee Doodle Boy



French and American airs will mark the celebration of Armistice Day by Paul Whiteman and his Old Gold Orchestra during the regular weekly Old Gold Hour 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesday night over KHJ, Los Angeles, and a nation-wide network of the Columbia Broadcasting System, continuing the second series of Whiteman’s broadcasts from the Pacific Coast…John Boles, distinguished tenor, who is now appearing in the talking and singing motion picture version of the Ziegfeld success “Rio Rita,” will be the guest of Paul Whiteman and Old Gold for this program. Mr. Whiteman offering the theme song of his film success. Mildred Bailey, Bing Crosby, and Jack Fulton will again sing individual numbers.

(The Capital Times, November 3, 1929)

Whiteman and the Old Gold orchestra was another group that returned to war days for the theme of the evening. From Los Angeles by way of the Columbia network and WABC, this program held well to its former standards and pleased all the way through. The vocal choruses were all well sung, and the various groups of numbers were well diversified. “Over There,” which we heard on virtually seven or eight programs last night, was best played by the Whiteman group.  

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, November 6, 1929)

No. 41  12th November 1929

From Los Angeles. 

  Pomp And Circumstance (Elgar)

*Don't Get Collegiate                                                                  The Old Gold Trio

*Won't You Give In                                                              

  Bottoms Up

  More Than You Know                                                              Mildred Bailey

  Love Me                                                                                   Jack Fulton

  Here We Are

  Just You And Me

  Bigger And Better Than Ever

*Rhythm King                                                                             The Rhythm Boys

  I'd Do Anything For You

  Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)

  Ain't Misbehavin'

  Wake Up, Chillun, Wake Up

  Heigh-Ho, Everybody, Heigh-Ho                                             The Old Gold Trio

  If You Believed In Me                                                              Mildred Bailey

*Alabamy Bound                                                                        The Old Gold Trio

  I've Made A Habit Of You

  China Boy


Opening with “Pomp and Circumstance,” the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman hour will again be broadcast over KHJ and a nation-wide network of the Columbia broadcasting system. The new French waltz, “Love Me,” will be among the featured tunes of the hour and will be sung by Jack Fulton, tenor. Mildred Bailey, the popular blues singer, will be heard in “More Than You Know” from the musical success, “Great Day,” and the ballad “If You Believed in Me,” The Old Gold trio and the famous Rhythm Boys will also offer a number of vocal interpolations throughout the program.

(The San Bernardino County Sun, November 12, 1929)

No. 42  19th November 1929 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  With Jack Oakie and Nancy Carroll.


  Doin' The Raccoon

  Alma Mammy                                                                           Jack Oakie

*Collegiate Sam                                                                         The Rhythm Boys


Foxtrot Medley:

  (consisted of eight college songs)


  The Right Kind Of Man                                                            Mildred Bailey

  The Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi                                                   Jack Fulton

  Ida (Sweet As Apple Cider)

  That Revolutionary Rag

  The Dance Of The Paper Dolls


  Back In Your Own Back Yard

  If I Had My Way

  Should I?

  What Wouldn't I Do For That Man                                          Mildred Bailey



  My Sweeter Than Sweet                                                          Nancy Carroll

  I'm Only Making Believe

  The Varsity Drag



"This week the Old Gold Hour will be given over to a special football program by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.  Included in the program will be a foxtrot medley of eight college songs, a special arrangement called, "Collegiana", "Varsity Drag" and the well-known waltz song, "Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi".  As usual the King of Jazz presents the Rhythm Boys, the Old Gold Trio, Mildred Bailey and Bing Crosby, during the hour"

Jack Fulton, sweet voiced and a darn good singer, rendered that pleasing old hit, “Sweetheart of Sigma Chi” during the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman Hour over WABC. Mildred Bailey sang too, but for some reason or other we cannot find any alluring quality to her voice. Jack Oakie, movie and talkie actor, sang "Alma Mammy" and interpolated a little side line, asking some lass named Sally in Brooklyn how she was. We hope she replied.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, November 20, 1929)


No. 43  26th November 1929   

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  With William Haines and Hedda Hopper.


  Turn On The Heat

  Stepping Along

  Chant Of The Jungle

  The Right Kind Of Man



  Same Old Moon, Same Old June

  Honeysuckle Rose

  Navy Blues

  Song Of The Blues

  Beside An Open Fireplace

  Miss Wonderful

  Love Made A Gypsy Out Of Me

  I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful)

  When You're Counting The Stars Alone

  That Wonderful Something

  Little By Little

  Doin' The Boom Boom

  I Can Do Wonders With You

"The song hits of two popular motion pictures, "Sunny Side Up" and "Paris" will be heard during the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman Hour to be broadcast over WABC at 9 o'clock tonight. Mildred Bailey, contralto; Bing Crosby, baritone; Jack Fulton, tenor and The Rhythm Boys will be heard with the Old Gold Trio in vocal choruses during the program."
(The Brooklyn Citizen, 26 Nov. 1929)

Paul Whiteman and the Old Gold group again entertained from the Pacific Coast over WABC and the CBS. Moderns, played in a dance rhythm, were the songs of the evening. Whiteman can generally be counted on to put over a good program, but we do think that his programs in the West are not up to the calibre of those rendered in the East.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, November 27, 1929)


No. 44  3rd December 1929 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  With John Boles, Jack Egan and the Duncan Sisters..


Zonky, From Now On



I Think You’ll Like It

I’m Doing What I’m Doing For Love

Somebody Like You


Dream Love (waltz)



Sunnyside Up

Would I Love To Love You                                                               Jack Egan

Painting The Clouds With Sunshine                                 (b)


Spanish Doll

Memories Of Just One Sweet Kiss                                 (b)



Nobody Loves You Like I Do

Gay Love

A Little Kiss Each Morning


Lady Luck

I’m In Love With You



My Fate Is In Your Hands

Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere

Here Comes The Showboat

Oh, La La

Someday Soon                                                         (a)                     Duncan Sisters


"The second appearance over the air of John Boles, noted screen and stage star, will occur in the Paul Whiteman-Old Gold Hour presented by KFRC here, at 6 o'clock this evening.  Boles will sing two numbers.  Typical Whiteman numbers will comprise the rest of the program"

("San Francisco Chronicle" 3rd December 1929)

…Mr. Boles will sing two numbers and with him will appear Jack Egan, star of “Broadway Scandals” now being released. Typical dance numbers feature the King of Jazz and his vocalists, Mildred Bailey, Bing Crosby, Jack Fulton and the Rhythm Boys, will round out the program.

(San Bernardino Daily Sun, 3rd December 1929)

Paul Whiteman, by way of WABC, put across one of the best programs we have heard in a long time. The music was lively and played in a manner that just made one keep stepping along. Their best numbers were “Painting the Clouds with Sunshine” and in a slower tempo “Memories of One Sweet Kiss.” During the program Whiteman introduced the Duncan Sisters, who sang in perfect harmony their rendition of “Some Day Soon.”

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, December 4, 1929)


No. 45  10th December 1929 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  With The Brox Sisters.


  Pomp And Circumstance (Elgar)

  I'm The Medicine Man For The Blues

  Wouldn't It Be Wonderful

  Singin' In The Rain

  All I'm Asking Is Sympathy


  If You Were The Only Girl In The World

  To Be Forgotten


  What Is Life Without Love?



  Georgia Pines

  Lonely Troubadour

  Bigger And Better Than Ever


  To Be In Love                                                                                Mildred Bailey

  Without A Song

  When I See My Sugar

  Look What You've Done To Me

  Building A Nest For Mary

  What A Day!

The King of Jazz will present a number of new popular Hollywood dance tunes, such as “Wouldn’t It Be Wonderful.” “The Hoosier Hop,” “If You Were the Only Girl” and “Look What You’ve Done for Me.” The Old Gold trio, Paul Whiteman’s Rhythm Boys, Mildred Bailey, contralto; Bing Crosby, baritone, and Jack Fulton will offer vocal interpolations throughout the hour.

(San Bernardino Daily Sun, December 10, 1929)

Paul Whiteman and the Old Gold Orchestra, playing over WABC and the Columbia System, scored roundly with his program of popular jazz melodies. Whiteman put across one of the best of his recent periods and had several fine harmonizers with him. These did some very good work, but unfortunately for giving proper credit, we missed the names of the group.

However, Mildred Bailey, as usual, failed to impress us with her singing. This was especially true with her work during “To Be in Love." Among the better played numbers were “Lonely Troubadour,” “The End of the Road” and “Bigger and Better.” The singing and playing of “Without a Song” was one of the high spots of the program.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, December 11, 1929)


No. 46  17th December 1929

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  With Mary Margaret Owens.


*Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)                                   (b)            The Old Gold Trio

*Red Hot And Blue Rhythm                                                               The Rhythm Boys

  I'm Walking With Moonbeams (Talking To The Stars)                      Mildred Bailey

  Why (Is There A Rainbow In The Sky?)

*I Could Do It For You                                                                    

  Diane (I'm In Heaven When I See You Smile)                                    Jack Fulton

  With You - With Me                                                                         Mildred Bailey

*Tanned Legs                                                                                     The Rhythm Boys

  Nola                                                                                 (a)


Medley from "Show Boat":

  Make Believe

  Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man

  Why Do I Love You?


  Ol' Man River                                                                  (b)


*A Night Of Happiness                                                                     

  A Ship Without A Sail                                                                      Mildred Bailey

  Sitting By The Window

  Ploddin' Along                                                                                  Al Rinker

  Some Sweet Day                             


"The Old Gold-Paul Whiteman Hour will present Mary Margaret Owens in a special arrangement of songs from "Show Boat".  Among the new numbers to be heard in this program are, "You're Responsible", "With You, With Me", "Tanned Legs" and "Blue Eyes Get Red, Ready For Love"  The Rhythm Boys, Mildred Bailey (Contralto), Bing Crosby (Baritone), Jack Fulton and Al Rinker will also be heard during the program"

("San Francisco Chronicle" 15th December 1929)

(The detailed programme listing which follows the above quote does not contain the two of the titles mentioned therein - "You're Responsible" and "Blue Eyes Get Red, Ready For Love")

Paul Whiteman and the Old Gold Orchestra scored well with the program of modern jazz. Whiteman continues to do well with this account and due to his wiseness in not making more than one air appearance a week keeps him in good demand with radio fans. From the opening selection of “Liza” through to “Nola,” “Old Man River” and others, this WABC and CBS period was a true success. However, we cannot understand why Whiteman insists on lowering the high quality of his orchestra with the mediocre singing of Mildred Bailey. Whiteman is surely enough of a musician and leader to recognize the fact that singing of the calibre of Miss Bailey’s has no place on a program of his standard. However, as far as the music went, this program was completely good, even to the singing of the movie stars.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, December 18, 1929)

No. 47  24th December 1929 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  With Jack Oakie, Polly Walker and Marguerite Padula.

 Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)

 Happy Because I'm In Love

 My Love Parade

 I'll Still Go On Loving You

 A Place To Call Home

 Dream Lover

 Selection ("Hit the Deck")

 Great Day

 Laughing Marionettes

 Reaching For The Moon

 Sweeter Than Sweet

 What Do I Care

 Campus Campers

 Sophomore Prom

 Too Wonderful For Words

 Sitting By The Window

 Italian Kisses

 Lucky Little Devil


A wide variety of popular dance numbers will be presented by the Paul Whiteman orchestra over the nationwide network of the Columbia Broadcasting System and KHJ. The stars of “Hit the Deck”, Jack Oakie, Polly Walker and Marguerite Padula, will be the guest artists on this occasion and will sing numbers from the show. The “King of Jazz” will play a special selection of Christmas Music as a background to the following numbers…

(San Bernardino Daily Sun, December 24, 1929)


No. 48  31st December 1929  

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  With Ruth Roland and Ben Bard.

*H'lo Baby                                                                                The Rhythm Boys
*Dixie Jamboree                                                                        The Old Gold Trio
*Chant Of The Jungle
 Why Was I Born?                                                                     Mildred Bailey
*Collegiate Sam                                                                         The Rhythm Boys
 Dream Lover                                                                             Jack Fulton
 Mah Belle                                                                                
The Old Gold Trio
 Moanin' Low                                                                             Mildred Bailey
*Deep In The Arms Of Love                                                     
The Old Gold Trio
 Punch And Judy
 Marharita                                                                                  Jack Fulton
 Happy Days Are Here Again
 I'm Not Me, I'm You
*I'm Following You                                                                  
The Old Gold Trio
Through (How Can You Say We're Through?)                           Mildred Bailey
*Ever So Goosey                                                                       The Rhythm Boys
*I Don't Want Your Kisses
 Stars And Stripes Forever


Ruth Roland and Ben Bard will be guest artists in the New Year’s Eve broadcast of the Paul Whiteman orchestra at 8 p.m. today through the Columbia Broadcasting System. Bing Crosby, Whiteman’s baritone, will have a prominent part in the jazz program, singing three speciality numbers, “Chant of the Jungle”, “Someone,” and “I Don’t Want Your Kisses.”

(The Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette and Republican, December 31, 1929)

No. 49  7th January 1930 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.


*Flippity Flop                                                                                     The Rhythm Boys

*Hard To Get                                                                                     The Old Gold Trio


  Daddy, Won't You Please Come Home                                            Mildred Bailey

*Where The Butterflies Kiss The Buttercups Goodnight                       The Old Gold Trio

  All I'm Asking Is Sympathy                                                               Jack Fulton


Medley from "Fifty Million Frenchmen"

  You Do Something To Me

  I Worship You

  The Queen Of Terra Haute

  Paree, What Did You Do To Me?


*Miss You                                                                              

*Turn On The Heat                                                                (b)           The Old Gold Trio

*Since I Found You                                                              

*What More Can I Say?                                                                     The Old Gold Trio

  If I Can't Have You                                                                           Mildred Bailey

*Pretty Little You                                                                               The Old Gold Trio

  Laughing Marionette

  Take Everything But You                                                                  Mildred Bailey

*(You Made Me Love You) Why Did You?                                       The Old Gold Trio

  I've Made A Habit Of You

*Alabamy Bound                                                                                The Old Gold Trio

  Can't We Be Friends                                                            (a)         Mildred Bailey

  St. Louis Blues                                                                     (a)         Mildred Bailey

  Sweet Georgia Brown                                                          (a)

The Old Gold hour with Paul Whiteman and his orchestra, features a fox-trot medley from the current musical comedy “Fifty Million Frenchmen.” Mildred Bailey, contralto; Bing Crosby, baritone, and Jack Fulton, tenor, will assist the orchestra. (Evening Star (Washington DC), 7th January 1930)

The Paul Whiteman-Old Gold presentation via WABC was par excellence. Mildred Bailey, soloist with a real “blue” tone, sang “Can’t We Be Friends” and “St. Louis Blues” in swell fashion.  The orchestra “Turned on the Heat” and got oodles of syncopation from this song and “Sweet Georgia Brown” had a lot of sparkle and pep—if you know what we mean.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, January 8, 1930)


No. 50  14th January 1930 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  With Mary Nolan.


*Should I?                                                                                           The Old Gold Trio

*Bottoms Up                                                                                      The Rhythm Boys

*Too Wonderful For Words                                                  

  I'm Only Making Believe                                                                   Mildred Bailey


Selections from "Shanghai Lady":

  I Wonder If It's Really Love (Further titles unknown)                          Mary Nolan


  A Ship Without A Sail

*I've Got A New Love Affair                                                           

*Don't Get Collegiate                                                                         The Rhythm Boys

  The Woman In The Shoe                                                                  Mildred Bailey

  Singin' In The Rain

  Through (How Can You Say We're Through?)                                  Mildred Bailey

  Lady Luck                                                                                        Vocal duet


Selections from "Nina Rosa": (Titles unknown)


  Wouldn't It Be Wonderful                                                                 Mildred Bailey

*He's So Unusual                                                                               The Old Gold Trio

*Gypsy Dream Rose                                                                

  Tain’t No Sin (To Take Off Your Skin And Dance Around In Your Bones)

The Old Gold Paul Whiteman hour, another outstanding WMAL attraction tonight, will bring to the air not only the ‘king of jazz’ and his orchestra but also a famous guest star in the person of Mary Nolan, motion picture star. She will make her appearance when Whiteman’s Orchestra plays a medley of the hits from her latest talking picture success, “The Shanghai Lady.”

(Evening Star (Washington DC), 14th January 1930)

Not satisfied with giving us his excellent music alone, Paul Whiteman on the Old Gold presentation via WABC introduced a guest artist who has risen from the ranks of a Ziegfeldian chorus to a prominent position in Hollywood and pictures. Mary Nolan, the former Imogene Wilson, was the star and by her great performance showed us the reason she has advanced so rapidly. Mildred Bailey, whom we would call a “blueologist,” was delightful, even more so than last week. The orchestral version of “Wouldn’t It Be Wonderful?” was outstanding.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, January 15, 1930)


No. 51  21st January 1930 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  With Charlie King and Stanley Smith. Several tunes from the new Marilyn Miller picture Sally are featured.


 March Of The Musketeers

 Nobody's Sweetheart

 If I Had A Talking Picture Of You

 How Am I To Know

 My Love Parade                                                                (b)               Stanley Smith

 Medley from "Sally"

 You Were Meant For Me

 Sweetheart, We Need Each Other

 Waters Of Venice

 Dance Of The Paper Dolls

 Italian Kisses

 Deep In The Arms Of Love

 (I'm A Dreamer) Aren't We All?

 Lovable And Sweet


 West Wind


 One Girl

 Every Moon's A Honeymoon

 Love Ain't Nothing But The Blues                                      (a)                  Charles King

 Lucky Me And Lovable You                                             (a)                  Charles King


Charles King, star of “Broadway Melody” and Stanley Smith, juvenile, will sing some of the latest hits from new screen musical revues tonight, when they appear with Paul Whiteman on the Old Gold hour. The program, heard through WJAS at nine o’clock, will feature orchestral selections from Marilyn Miller’s new picture, “Sally”. Mildred Bailey, Jack Fulton, Bing Crosby and the Rhythm Boys will complete the personnel.

(The Indiana Gazette, 21st January 1930)


We do hope that Charles King gets a bit of rest tomorrow night. Last evening and Monday night we listened to him singing over WABC and on both occasions he offered “Love Ain’t Nothing but the Blues,” and also “Lucky Me and Lovable You.” Mr. King is pleasing, but we do not think his work is good enough to stand two successive nights of the same songs. Too bad that WABC had transmission trouble during the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman program on which King sang. For a few moments at the start of the final quarter-hour, a studio pianist carried on and then, with one of the neatest bits of tiller work that we have listened to, a studio orchestra in New York picked up the work and carried on while Whiteman was completely dropped. Very neat and clever on the art of the Columbia Broadcasting System. Mildred Bailey sang a bit better than usual, and Stanley Smith, another movie star, offered “My Love Parade” in very good style. Whiteman’s music, what there was of it to hear, was as pleasing as ever, and most of the vocal arrangements were outstanding.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, January 22, 1930)

“When Joe [Venuti] and I were in Hollywood with the Whiteman orchestra in 1929, working on the Old Gold radio program, Charlie King was our guest star on one program. Charlie was an attraction because he'd been featured in one of the first musical talkies. The Old Gold show ran for a whole hour. We rehearsed for it afternoons at the old KHJ studio in downtown Los Angeles. In those days radio was regarded as a frighteningly technical medium and we approached it much more seriously than we did later in its development. We rehearsed and rehearsed to make sure everything would be perfect. The soloists had to learn their positions at the microphone; the section mikes had to balance; the opening had to come off with split-second precision. As part of this intensive preparation, we were rehearsing with Charlie King. Charlie was a singer of the old school. He was a great guy, but in the opinion of such irreverent individuals as myself, he was far better as a comedian and dancer than as a singer. He was what we call a ricky-tick singer today - meaning that his style was a little on the razzmataz side.

During rehearsal, when he began to give out with that "Just bring a sma-aile to Old Broadway" stuff, Venuti was fascinated and he kept his eyes on Charlie throughout the rehearsal. Before the show we had an hour break, and when we went out to find something to eat, Joe disappeared. He came back just before we went on the air.

As I've said, a radio program was more or less sacrosanct then, so we were nervous and Whiteman was in a swivet. He was getting money by the sackful from Old Gold and it would continue to jingle in - if things went smoothly. His music was the best in the land, and it had to sound that way. It wasn't transcribed. He had only one crack at it - when we were on the air. So there was much tension before the show. Then voom! the red light was on and the awful moment had arrived. The show started well, and presently it was time for Charlie King's solo. He stood up to face the mike. As he took his place, Joe opened his violin case and pulled out an old blunderbuss of the vintage of 1870, and drew a bead on Charlie. We began to laugh. We didn't really think that Joe would shoot King, but you never could be sure with Venuti. He was wholly unpredictable, and I remember thinking that King was in some slight jeopardy, even if the weapon was loaded only with rock salt.

Joe kept the gun on him, as if daring him to send one more corny note soaring from his larynx, and I thought Whiteman would have a stroke. He'd lost control of the band; we were laughing so hard we were hors de combat and Charlie King was singing a cappella. But toward the end some of the more sedate instrumentalists rallied and mustered enough breath to give Charlie a finishing chord. Undoubtedly Venuti helped age Whiteman.”

(Bing Crosby, writing in Call Me Lucky)


No. 52  28th January 1930 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  With Blanche Sweet, Benny Rubin and J. Harold Murray.


*(You Made Me Love You) Why Did You?                                     The Old Gold Trio

*Hard To Get                                                                                   The Old Gold Trio

*Sweet Nothings Of Love                                                     

  Daddy, Won’t You Please Come Home                                          Mildred Bailey

* Ain’tcha                                                                                         The Old Gold Trio

*What Is Life Without Love                                                              The Old Gold Trio

*Harmonica Harry                                                                            The Rhythm Boys

  If I Can’t Have You                                                                        Mildred Bailey

  Punch And Judy

*Baby, Look What You’ve Done To Me

  Medley from “Cameo Kirby” featuring J. Harold Murray

  She’s Such a Comfort To Me

  This Thing Called Love                                                                    Mary Margaret Owens

  Since I Found You

  If You Want To See Paree

  Ca C’est Paree


 "At 6 tonight, KHJ will present Blanche Sweet, motion picture actress who will be the guest artist in an hour of music presented by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra" 

("Los Angeles Times"  28th January 1930)

Paul Whiteman's music was good last night as he played from the Pacific Coast and it was relayed over the CBS and reached us from WABC. In fact, the orchestrations were even smoother than we have heard Whiteman produce in some time. The introduction of Blanche Sweet was a bit of a disappointment inasmuch as she did little but acknowledge her thanks to the invisible audience for being introduced. Later on the program, however, Benny Rubin displayed that rare artistry that marks him a truly great entertainer. Rubin's monologue regarding his baby and how to bring it up was a real scream. While we heard but little improvement in Mildred Bailey’s singing, the Old Gold Hour could readily be classed as a good one.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, January 29, 1930)


No. 53  4th February 1930

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.   With Lew Cody (mc), Richard Arlen, Jack Oakie, Madge Bellamy, Lola Lane, June Clyde, Lilian Roth, Harry Richman and Sam Coslow.


  Get On Board, Little Chillun

 Tain’t No Sin (To Take Off Your Skin And Dance Around In Your Bones)

*Won't You Give In

*Do Ya Love Me                                                                          The Old Gold Trio

 Here Am I                                                                                     Mildred Bailey

 With You                                                                                       Harry Richman

 Puttin' On The Ritz

 Singing A Vagabond Song

 There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie

 Alice in Wonderland

 Gone                                                                                             Mildred Bailey

*If I'm Dreaming

 He's So Unusual


*One I Love Just Can't Be Bothered With Me, The

 Would He Do The Same For Me

 Why Was I Born?                                                                         Mildred Bailey

 I've Got A New Love Affair                                                          Jack Fulton

 Feeling That Way

 The Shepherd's Serenade                                                               Jack Fulton

 Gypsy Dream Rose                                                                       Jack Fulton

*When You're Smiling                                                                    The Old Gold Trio

*Red Hot And Blue Rhythm                                                            The Old Gold Trio


“Harry Richman and Lew Cody, at opposite ends of the country, will act as star performer and master of ceremonies, respectively, on the Paul Whiteman Old Gold program as heard over The Fresno Bee station and the Columbia Broadcasting System tonight. Lew Cody will be assisted by an imposing list of screen celebrities in making this broadcast one of the evening’s best entertainment features. Madge Bellamy, Lola Lane, Mildred Harris, Richard Arlen, Jack Oakie, Lilian Roth, and June Clyde are expected to participate.”

(“The Fresno Bee”, 4th February, 1930)


“Harry Richman, for three years stage star of “George White’s Scandals”, will celebrate his advent to talking pictures by singing from New York in the Paul Whiteman–Old Gold Hour over the Columbia network at 9 o’clock Tuesday night. The Richman picture, for which Berlin composed the music, and in which Richman is supported by Joan Bennett, James Gleason and Lilyan Tashman, was recently completed at the United Artists Studio in Hollywood and has not yet been exhibited. Mr. Whiteman and his orchestra will play the five songs that Mr. Richman sings in “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, the occasion marking the world premiere rendition of Irving Berlin’s newest compositions.”

(“The Marion Star”, Ohio, 4th February 1930)

Old Gold’s first anniversary program was quite an affair as presented from California and elsewhere over the Columbia System and heard through WABC. Artists of the movies, the stage and the radio all combined to make the affair a success. However, all of the others together did not approach the smoothness of the work of Harry Richman and even though he is somewhat prejudiced in his own favor, we still believe him to be one of the outstanding radio—as well as stage—-stars of the day. Whiteman’s music was up to standard and pleased mightily.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, February 5, 1930)


No. 54  11th February 1930

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.


*H'lo Baby                                                                               (b)        The Rhythm Boys

*Never Say Die                                                                                   The Rhythm Boys

  Strike Up The Band                                                                (b)       The Cheerleaders Quartet

  Soon (Gershwin)                                                                     (b)        Mildred Bailey

*Ride On, Vaquero                                                                   (b)

  There Must Be Someone Waiting For Me

*Congratulations                                                                       (b)          The Old Gold Trio

  As Long As I'm With You                                                                   Mildred Bailey

*Looking At You                                                                  

*I Have To Have You                                                                       


Medley from “Sons O’ Guns”: (Titles unknown)


  What Love Can Do

*Collegiate Love                                                                                  The Rhythm Boys

  What Would I Care

*South Sea Rose                                                                                  The Old Gold Trio

*A Little Kiss Each Morning              

Broadway’s two biggest current musical smashes “Strike Up the Band,” and “Sons ‘O Guns,” furnish the high lights of the Old Gold program over the Columbia Broadcasting System this evening from9 to10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The song hit “Soon” from “Strike Up the Band,” written by George Gershwin, the Prince of composers, and arranged for the occasion by the King of jazz, Paul Whiteman, will be sung by Mildred Bailey, and the dashing “Ride On Vaquero,” from the same peppery show will be chanted by Bing Crosby.

(The News, (Paterson, New Jersey), 11th February 1930) 

Paul Whiteman, that royal personage of jazz, gave another of his fine programs emanating from the Pacific Coast and heard through WABC. Whiteman opened with “Hello Baby” and the Rhythm Boys did some excellent vocal interludes. One thing for Whiteman, he always offers a most varied program, but then again, with a complete hour in which to do so, he has much leeway and can put across the type of programs that time limits restrict other leaders from doing.

“Strike Up the Band” was another number that scored. This composition is rapidly becoming one of the most popular on the air. We note a sharp curtailing of announcements during the Old Gold program that is most pleasant for the listener. We also hope that other program sponsors follow the lead of this sponsor and of Littman, who have both cut down the breaking in of commercial notations to the least possible amounts.

We may be all wrong, but we still cannot see Mildred Bailey as a top-notch blues singer, or a singer of the quality that Whiteman should have connected with him as a soloist on a nation-wide program. Her singing of’ “Soon” was hardly worthy of mention last night. The manner in which Whiteman switched from one selection to another without announcements was the greatest improvement that we have noted in any program in many a moon. A good word is deserving for young Mr. Crosby who sang a romantic hit entitled “Ride On, Vaquero.” This chap's other numbers were also decidedly well rendered. A trio scored success with “Congratulations,” and all went well indeed with the Whiteman program.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, February 12, 1930)                            


No. 55  18th February 1930

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.   With Hedda Hopper and Lawrence Gray.

  March Of The Old Guard                                                      (b)

  Nobody's Using It Now

*Singing A Vagabond Song

  Blue Turning Grey Over You                                                                  Mildred Bailey

*Hangin' On The Garden Gate

  The Merry Widow (Lehar)

*Love Made A Gypsy Out Of Me

  Through (How Can You Say We're Through?)                                        Mildred Bailey

*Someday Soon                                                                                       The Rhythm Boys                                                                                      

  Dancing Butterfly

*Honeysuckle Rose

 *Happy Days Are Here Again                                                                   The Rhythm Boys

  Language Of Love                                                                                    Mildred Bailey

  Should I?

  The Woman In The Shoe

  Wonderful Something

  Have A Little Faith In Me                                                                        Mildred Bailey

  Sunny Side Up (Keep Your)

  Painting The Clouds With Sunshine


Note:   It is claimed that Hedda Hopper sang songs from her film “High Society Blues” which starred Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell.  None of the songs from the above mentioned list were used in the film. However it does seem as though there were two completely different press releases about this show.

Coming Eastward from KHJ out in Los Angeles, the Old Gold music was presented by Paul Whiteman through WABC locally. This program is nearly always one to be counted on for a complete hour of entertainment. Last night was no exception and the early selection, a rendition of the “March of the Old Guard” gave a pleasing change to Whiteman’s usual jazz opening theme. However, immediately thereafter, the regular Whiteman themes came on in rapid succession.

Lawrence Gray, motion picture star, sang a piece during this program and while his efforts were good, his voice was rather indifferent for a singer. However, as he is a movie personality, we imagine that his public and movie fans in general were well satisfied. Whiteman has done quite well in presenting motion picture stars to the public by way of radio and this, we feel sure, attracts many additional listeners to his program.

Miss Hedda Hopper, another featured movie player, took the microphone with much assurance and told a number of age old incidents which she insisted on hanging on Paul. It may have been all right with Whiteman, Miss Hopper and the gag man who wrote Miss Hopper’s little speech, but most of the incidents she related were aged before Whiteman even came into the world. At that, her voice was clear and concise and she presented a much better radio personality than did her fellow motion picture star.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, February 19, 1930)


No. 56  25th February 1930 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  With Lupe Velez.


  If You Want To See Paree (Look In My Eyes)

  Ca C'est Paris

*Love Is A Dreamer                                                              

  Moanin' For You                                                                               Mildred Bailey

*Piccolo Pete                                                                                      The Rhythm Boys

  Once Upon A Time

*Song Of The Moonbeams                                                                 The Old Gold Trio

  Cryin' For The Carolines                                                                   Mildred Bailey

  If I Were King

  Spanish Doll

*Deep In The Arms Of Love                                                 

*Sweet Nothings Of Love                                                     

  Wouldn't It Be Wonderful?

*Funny, Dear, What Love Can Do                                                      The Old Gold Trio

*Without My Gal                                                                                The Old Gold Trio

  What Is This Thing Called Love?                                                       Mildred Bailey

  Until Love Comes Along

*Can't You Understand?                                                                     The Old Gold Trio

  Bigger And Better Than Ever

  Caribbean Love Song                                                                       Lupe Velez

“Lupe Velez, “Whoopie Lupe” of the films, will appear on the program with Paul Whiteman and his orchestra at 6 over KHJ. Featured with Miss Velez will be the Mexican Marimba Band of Agua Caliente. Her part of the program comes from Los Angeles, Mr. Whiteman’s from San Diego, so ‘tis said.”

(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, February 25, 1930)

A Sigmund Romberg waltz was the first attractive number that appeared on the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman Hour over WABC and the CBS last night. To be sure, there were a number of fast moving renditions prior to this one, with Bing Crosby and Mildred Bailey getting in some good work—especially the former. However, the waltz was played in a manner that almost out-melodied Whiteman at his best.

Lupe Velez, motion picture star, was the guest of the Whiteman program and sang rather monotonously through her nose. Her voice did not register well at all over the air and we harked back a while ago when this vivacious young lady appeared at one of the Broadway motion picture palaces. At that time, she packed the crowds in, did a dance step or two and was just about the hit of the season. Her radio appearance, therefore, was a real disappointment to us.

A bit more charm was displayed by Miss Velez when she made her curtain speech at the conclusion of her song. It was in more or less broken English and had intonations that were alluring indeed. Her closing remark in calling her radio friends “Darlings” was a master stroke of showmanship.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, February 26, 1930)


No. 57  4th March 1930 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  With Lilian Roth, Joseph Wagstaff, Sam Coslow, Milton Sills and Doris Kenyon.

*Turn On The Heat                                                                            The Old Gold Trio

*Same Old Moon, Same Old June                                                      The Old Gold Trio

*The One I Love Just Can't Be Bothered With Me

 Like A Dream                                                                                    Mildred Bailey

 I Never Dreamt

 The Shepherd's Serenade                                                                   Jack Fulton

*The White Dove

 Talk Of The Town


*But Where Are You                                                                          The Old Gold Trio

 Medley from "The Vagabond King"

*I'm On A Diet Of Love                                                                     The Rhythm Boys

 Mona                                                                                                 Mildred Bailey

 Garden Of Tomorrow

 I've Made A Habit Of You

 Bigger And Better Than Ever


“Lillian Roth and Joe Wagstaff will be the guest artists with Paul Whiteman’s orchestra at 6 on the program which originates at KHJ. They will be accompanied by Sam Coslow, one of Tin Pan Alley’s prolific song writers. Several of the selections by members of the Whiteman organization will be “Like a Dream,” “I Never Dreamt,” “Garden of Tomorrow,” and “One I Love.””

(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, March 4th, 1930)

Stepping out of her latest role in the new Paramount talkie, “Honey,” Miss Lilian Roth, young and vivacious star of many a Broadway operetta, graced the Paul Whiteman Old Gold Hour, Tuesday evening, on the Columbia coast-to-coast network.

With her at the microphone was another screen favorite in the person of Joe Wagstaff, aristocratic star of the latest Fox films, “Song of Kentucky” and “Let’s Go Places.”

Accompanying this duet was Sam Coslow, Tin Pan Alley’s prolific song writer, composer of “Bebe,” “Wanita,” “Not Yet Suzette” and other hits.

    (The Daily Item (Pennsylvania), March 5, 1930)


No. 58  11th March 1930 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  With Edmund Lowe, Lilyan Tashman and June Parker.


  The Rogue Song                                                                               The Cheerleaders Quartet

*Tain’t No Sin (To Take Off Your Skin And Dance Around In Your Bones)   The Rhythm Boys

*My Love Parade                                                                              

  Darn Fool Woman Like Me                                                              June Parker

*Dancing To Save Your Sole                                (a)                          The Rhythm Boys

  Dream Lover                                                                                     Jack Fulton

*Anytime's The Time To Fall In Love                                                  The Old Gold Trio

*Sing You Sinners                                                                               June Parker & The Old Gold Trio

*When You're Counting The Stars Alone                                            The Old Gold Trio

  Dance Of The Paper Dolls

*Sweepin' The Clouds Away                                                              The Old Gold Trio


Medley from "Flying High" (Titles unknown)


*Baby, Look What You've Done To Me                                           

*I Never Dreamt                                                                                 The Old Gold Trio

  You Will Come Back To Me                                                             June Parker

*Sweeter Than Sweet                                                            

*Singing In The Bathtub                                                                       The Rhythm Boys



(a)        Not a spelling error!  The song is from the film, "Paramount On Parade" which showcased most of the studio's top stars.


"Two popular screen stars and a Southern California crooner will entertain listeners during the Paul Whiteman-Old Gold Hour, over KFRC, Tuesday evening from 6 to 7 o'clock.  Lilyan Tashman, former Ziegfeld Follies beauty who made a hit in 'The Trial Of Mary Dugan' and other Fox successes, will be one of the screen stars featured in the program.  Her husband, Edmund Lowe, who played important parts in 'What Price Glory' and 'The Cock-Eyed World', is the other.  June Parker, KHJ crooner, the Whiteman band and the Rhythm Boys are among the other features promised for Tuesday night"

("San Francisco Chronicle" 9th March 1930)


“June Parker must be the least bit excited tonight for she makes her first appearance on a nation-wide broadcast when Paul Whiteman presents his weekly program over KHJ at 6. Edmund Lowe and Lilyan Tashman, two stars in the world of make-believe, will be guest artists with “The Little Girl Blue.”

 (Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, March 11th, 1930)

While Paul Whiteman music is still a real air feature, the majority of his motion picture star guests are not so good. Last night, during the Old Gold WABC period, Lilyn Tashman stepped forward and told listeners that she and Paul and George Gershwin and Bud de Sylva and several more were all friends and that was all she did do. There was plenty of talk on the Whiteman period last night, and most of it was of direct advertising nature, which just about spoiled the goodness of the Whiteman music. Cadman’s compositions were about the best portions of the Whiteman broadcast.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, March 12, 1930)


No. 59  18th March 1930 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles.  With John Boles,  Jeannette Loff and Lloyd Hughes.


  Happy Days Are Here Again

  Sweet Nothings Of Love

  Should I?                                                                                           Jack Fulton

  What Do I Care                                                                                Mildred Bailey

*You Do Something To Me                                                  

  Song Of The Dawn                                                                           John Boles with Chorus

  Or What Have You?

  Lady Luck

  I've Made A Habit Of You

*Someday Soon                                                                                  The Old Gold Trio

  I'm Following You                                                                              Mildred Bailey

  Where The Golden Daffodils Grow                                                     Mildred Bailey

*Get On Board, Little Chillun                                                               The Old Gold Trio

  Chant Of The Jungle                        

  Dream Avenue

*When You're Counting The Stars Alone                                         

  Why (Is There A Rainbow In The Sky?)

*(You Made Me Love You) Why Did You?                                         The Old Gold Trio


"John Boles, declared one of Screenland's most talented young actors will be presented as guest artist of the Paul Whiteman-Old Gold Hour, over the Columbia system, presented locally by KFRC at 6 pm.  Boles, now starring with Laura LaPlante in the talkie 'La Marseillaise' (sic), will sing several of the songs in this picture.  The Whiteman band and the Rhythm Boys will render their sprightly arrangements of popular melodies"

("San Francisco Chronicle" 18th March 1930)


(Some confusion here.  Although 'La Marsellaise' was sung in the movie, its release title was 'Captain Of The Guard')


“John Boles is scheduled to sing “Song of the Dawn” on the Paul Whiteman concert at 6 over KHJ. Lloyd Hughes and June Parker are also supposed to take part on this program. When the first trumpet of the Whiteman orchestra was called back to New York, Cecil Noe of Raymond Paige’s KHJ orchestra stepped in to do the pinch tooting and is doing it well according to latest reports.”

(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Daily Citizen, 18th March 1930)

John Boles, Jeannette Loff and Lloyd Hughes, prominent screen luminaries, were guest artists on the Paul Whiteman WABC period. Boles is the possessor of a voice with wide range and unusual beauty. He teamed with Miss Loff to offer a duet of outstanding proportions. The Rhythm Boys also did their share toward furthering festivities. This was another top-speed presentation with a sprinkling of everything in the way of popularities and Mr. Hughes sang with surprisingly good voice.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, March 19, 1930)


No. 60  25th March 1930 

From Station KMTR Los Angeles. With Jeanette Loff and Grace Hayes.


*H'lo Baby                                                                                          The Rhythm Boys

*Loose Ankles                                                                                     The Old Gold Trio

*I Don't Need Atmosphere (To Fall In Love)                       (b)           

  Cooking Breakfast For The One I Love                              (b)            Mildred Bailey 

  A Bench In The Park                                                                          Jeanette Loff

*Fascinating Devil (With Those Angel Eyes)                         (b)

  When A Woman Loves A Man                                                           Mildred Bailey

*I'm A Dreamer (Aren't We All)                                                           The Old Gold Trio

  Song Of India

  Saving Myself                                                                                      Mildred Bailey

  A Ship Without A Sail

  Strike Up The Band

*Never Say Die                                                                                    The Rhythm Boys

  South Sea Rose                                                                                   Mildred Bailey

*Love Ain't Nothing But The Blues                                      

  Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere                                                Mildred Bailey

*Turn On The Heat                                                                               The Old Gold Trio

  When You're Smiling                                                         (a)               Jeanne Lang


"Beautiful Jeanette Loff who essays the featured feminine lead against Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in the all-talking picture production, 'Party Girl' will be the guest artist of the Old Gold-Paul Whiteman Hour over the Columbia system on Tuesday evening from 6 to 7 o'clock.  KFRC presents this program locally.  Miss Loff who will also be featured in the new Paul Whiteman picture, 'The King Of Jazz', soon to be released, will offer, among other things, 'The Bench In The Park' song from the Whiteman picture.  Paul Whiteman's band will be heard in arrangements of the newest musical hits"

("San Francisco Chronicle" 23rd March 1930)

Paul Whiteman and his Old Gold orchestra offered music in the typical dance rhythm of the day and put it across the CBS and WABC in fine style. Jeannette Loff, motion picture star of Whiteman’s new picture, sang with good effect “A Bench in the Park,” and Mildred Bailey did a bit better than usual. A trio of male voices and the Rhythm Boys also sang well. The musical hits included “I Don’t Need Atmosphere,” “Fascinating Devil” and “Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love.” Bing Crosby was in good voice and scored with his numbers. Later in the program, a new number, “When You’re Smiling” proved a decisive hit, and Jeanne Lang sang in just about the best manner of any soloist on the Old Gold program.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, March 26, 1930)


No. 61  1st April 1930

From Station KFRC San Francisco. Announcer Don Ball.

*Heigh-Ho, Everybody, Heigh-Ho! 

*Worryin' Over You                                                                        The Rhythm Boys

*Chinnin' And Chattin' With Mary                                                    The Rhythm Boys

*Blue Is The Night

*Cinderella Brown                                                                           The Old Gold Trio

*Diane (I’m In Heaven When I See You Smile)                                The Old Gold Trio

  Ragamuffin Romeo

 I Want To Do Things

*'Leven Thirty Saturday Night

 The Woman In The Shoe

*Anytime's The Time To Fall In Love                                                The Old Gold Trio

*On The Sunny Side Of The Street

*Exactly Like You                                                                             Mildred Bailey & The Old Gold Trio

*Pretty Little You                                                                              The Old Gold Trio

  Knockin’ On Wood

*Garden Of Roses And You

  Through! (How Can You Say We're Through?)                                Mildred Bailey

*Me And The Girl Next Door                                                            The Rhythm Boys

*A Cottage For Sale                                                                          The Old Gold Trio


"KFRC Offers Paul Whiteman Band On Air - Jazz King En Route East To Broadcast Program On SF Station Tonight" (Headlines) 

"Paul Whiteman's band, returning to the East via San Francisco will offer its weekly Old Gold Hour from the KFRC Studios tonight, beginning at 6 o'clock.  Whiteman has completed his new talkie, 'The King Of Jazz' which is soon to be released.  Five new musical numbers will be included in the program, tonight"

("San Francisco Chronicle" 1st April 1930)


Paul Whiteman and the Gold Orchestra—ah me, this WABC program is one to warm the cockles of the heart of he who loves good syncopation and jazz. Whiteman is aptly termed the “King of Jazz,” for his melodies prove him just this. All the old local favorites were there, including the ever-popular Rhythm Boys, Bing Crosby and Mildred Bailey. Crosby improves with each broadcast and Miss Bailey did much better than she formerly did. Perhaps it is the approaching Eastern trip to Broadway that is pepping her up, but she surely was splendid last night.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, April 2, 1930)

No. 62  8th April 1930

From the Civic Auditorium, Seattle WA.. Announced by Harry Von Zell.


 I've Got My Eyes On You

*Why?                                                                                                  The Old Gold Trio

 I Still Remember                                                                                   Mildred Bailey

 Blue Turning Grey Over You                                            (b)                 Mildred Bailey

*It Happened In Monterey                                                 (b)

*Just An Hour of Love                                                                           The Old Gold Trio

 Gone                                                                                                     Mildred Bailey

*Alice In Wonderland

*Liza (All The Clouds’ll Roll Away)                                                        The Old Gold Trio

 Ragamuffin Romeo

*Would You Do The Same For Me

 Romance                                                                           (b)               Jack Fulton

*Love Is A Dreamer                                                                             The Old Gold Trio

 When You're Smiling

*Where The Butterflies Kiss The Buttercups Goodnight                         The Old Gold Trio

 You Will Come Back To Me                                                                Mildred  Bailey

 Washing Dishes With My Sweetie


 Sailing On A Sunbeam                                                         (b)


 "Songs from the latest talking screen successes will be played and sung during the coming Old Gold Hour to-night when Paul Whiteman directs his famous jazz orchestra from the civic auditorium at Seattle.  The program will be relayed from that northwest city direct to New York, whence the Columbia System will transmit it over its nationwide network. Outstanding among the features of this hour will be Bing Crosby's rendering of hits from two musical comedies now on Broadway.  One is the waltz song, 'It Happened In Monterey' from Whiteman's picture, 'King Of Jazz.'  The other is the novelty number, 'Alice In Wonderland,' from Harry Richman's picture, 'Puttin' On The Ritz.' With Crosby on the program will be the popular crooner, Mildred Bailey, who will sing 'Blue Turning Gray Over You' and 'I Still Remember.'  Jack Fulton, tenor, will sing the new ballad, 'Romance,' and Whiteman's 32-piece band will include in its own repertoire such hits as 'Why?' from 'Sons o' Guns' and 'Hay Straw' from 'Song Of The West.' This program goes on the air this evening at 9 eastern standard time."

('Bangor Daily News', 8th April, 1930)

Paul Whiteman and his symphonic jazz orchestra, who appear on the Old Gold offering via WABC, went “Sailing on a Sunbeam” and brought penetrating rays of music to our hearts—yes, they did. Bing-Crosby warbled some pretty dittys, the most fetching of which was, “It Happened in Monterey” from the maestro’s picture, “The King of Jazz.” Jack Fulton sang about something that has always intrigued us, “Romance” and accomplished this to good effect. Mildred Bailey, blues crooner, said that she was “Blue Turning Gray over You”—wonder it she meant us. This was a good all around presentation.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, April 9, 1930)

No. 63  15th April 1930 

From Station KOIN Portland, Oregon. Announced by Harry Von Zell.


*The Rogue Song                                                                                Quartet

*Let Us Drink To The Girl Of My Dreams                                             The Old Gold Trio

*Oh! Baby, Have A Heart

*Anytime's The Time To Fall In Love                                                    The Old Gold Trio

 Through! (How Can You Say We're Through?)                                    Mildred Bailey

*So The Bluebirds And The Blackbirds Got Together               (b)         The Rhythm Boys

*Medley from "Cameo Kirby"                                                   (b)         The Old Gold Trio / Mildred Bailey / Jack Fulton         

 Sing A Little Theme Song

 Telling It To The Daisies

*You Do Something To Me

 Rhapsody In Blue                                                                      (b)         featuring Roy Bargy

*Let Me Sing And I’m Happy                                                     (b)

 Looking At You                                                                                      Mildred Bailey

 On A Blue And Moonless Night                                                               Jack Fulton

 Good For Nothing But Love

*Some Day Soon                                                                                      The Old Gold Trio


“Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue” will be played in its entirety when Old Gold presents Paul Whiteman’s orchestra tonight at 9 o’clock thru WJAS. The feature marks the sixth anniversary of the maestro’s association with Gershwin’s greatest work, written especially for Whiteman. Strains of the opus are used as the signature and musical interludes of the Old Gold broadcasts each week.

(“Indiana Evening Gazette”, Pennsylvania, 15th April 1930)


Paul Whiteman presented the Old Gold musical diversion over the CBS and WABC. While good singing and musical renditions were the keynote of the period, the outstanding work was with that rapidly becoming famous "Romance" from "Cameo Kirby," and also the playing of the Gershwin "Rhapsody in Blue." This latter was played in honor of an anniversary of the first time that Whiteman offered the number at Carnegie Hall. While bits from this number have been played with every Whiteman broadcast as the theme song, it has lost none of its attractiveness when rendered complete.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, April 16, 1930)

"The band continued to do concerts in Washington and Oregon, but our final radio show with Bing took place on April 15 in Portland.  The Rhythm Boys sang their final number, SO THE BLUEBIRDS AND THE BLACKBIRDS GOT TOGETHER with us.  Bing did an additional four solo spots and bowed out with LET ME SING AND I'M HAPPY. Paul was very sad to see the trio leave the band.  Times were hard with the depression all around us, and the tastes of the public in the music of the day were changing. The trio (Harry Barris, Al Rinker, and Bing Crosby) felt that the contacts that they made while we were in Hollywood might help their careers.  They had a chance for a job at the Cocoanut Grove and been promised possible film work.  They all felt that their future was in Hollywood. We knew that Bing's future was in Hollywood, and on September 29 he married Wilma Wyatt (Dixie Lee).  Bing was appearing with Gus Arnheim's Orchestra at the time." 

(Frank Trumbauer as quoted in Tram: The Frank Trumbauer Story)


No. 64  22nd April 1930 

From Station WABC New York


 Bing was not on this show

It is rumored that Paul Whiteman plays three violins at one time —-one on each chin. He didn't do it last night, but his outfit did plenty. We doff our proverbial hats to the “King of Jazz,” for he gave us a royal performance. Dance inspiring tunes with a subtle swing and richness of melody came through our speaker as these boys rode the airy waves via WABC. From their opening few bars of “Rhapsody in Blue” to their closing refrain they maintained a dance program of the highest merit and seemed better than ever before.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, April 23, 1930)


No. 65  29th April 1930 

From Station WABC New York.  With Catherine Dale Owen.


  Nobody's Sweetheart

  Lady Luck

  Singing River

  Man From The South

  Let's Do Something Different Tonight

  Song Of Songs


  With My Dreams

  Land Of The Sky Blue Water

  Punch And Judy

  Cryin' For The Carolines

  To My Mammy

  So Sympathetic


  Swing Me In A Hammock Of Moonbeams                                      Catherine Dale Owen

  When The Little Red Roses Get The Blues For You

  I'm In Training For You

  I'm Following You

  Dixie Jamboree

 Bing was not on this show

Paul Whiteman, back in New York after one or two visits to talkie land, sounded better than usual with his Old Gold program. This had a more finished, mellow and possibly contented sound to it than did the Whiteman broadcasts from the West coast. There was quite a bit of romance to the program and the more melodious numbers such as “Land of the Sky Blue Waters” had their full share of time. At that, there were plenty of the ultra modern numbers and Paul, in person, read an announcement or so. We noted that Mildred Bailey has also come on East with the Whiteman group and while her singing or “I Never Dreamt” hardly justified this, she still is the Whiteman prima donna.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, April 30, 1930)


No. 66  6th May 1930 

From Station WABC New York. With Irene Dunne and John Held Jr.


  Happy Days Are Here Again                                                          Trio

  Dancing To Save Your Soul                                                            Trio

  Ship Without A Sail

  What Do I Care                                                                                Mildred Bailey

  Without You                                                                                     Trio


  Medley of College tunes:

  Mysterious Mose

  Under A Texas Moon                                                                       Trio

  Wouldn't It Be Wonderful                                                                Mildred Bailey

  Should I

  Blue Night

  Exactly Like You                                                                              Mildred Bailey

  Why (Is There A Rainbow In The Sky?)                                            Trio

  Gone                                                                                                  Mildred Bailey

  Sweeter Than Sweet


 Bing was not on this show


"Paul Whiteman's Orchestra is to present two well-known artists on the Old Gold Hour through WHK relay at 8 pm.  First of all, there'll be Irene Dunne, star of 'Show Boat' now appearing in the lead, opposite Everett Marshall in RKO's picturization of 'Babes In Toyland'.  John Held Jr., cartoonist,, is to be the second star.  He's to give a brief talk. The orchestra will offer a medley of college tunes.  The broadcast tonight is to bring to an end the long string of programs which has made up the current series played by the Whiteman Orchestra"

Paul Whiteman and the Old Gold orchestra played with usual vim and vigor over WABC. The musical portions of the program were well presented and the male singers were well voiced. Mildred Bailey, as usual, failed utterly to score even the least little bit of credit for herself.

This was especially noticeable during her singing of “Sing You Singers,” “Gone.” and the other numbers she rendered. There is so little merit reason for Miss Bailey being kept in the Old Gold group, as on a comparative basis with the rest of the Whiteman aggregation that it does not seem fair to listeners to have her appear on the program so often. Paul Whiteman made a neat little speech at the close of the hour, harking back to 16 months successful contact as the air representative of Old Gold, and hoped that listeners would remember this group in the future. Sounded like the end of the Whiteman-Old Gold combination.

(David Bratton, Brooklyn Times Union, May 7, 1930)

"Despite reports of successors to Paul Whiteman on the Old Gold Radio Hour, it is understood that the hour has been abandoned by the cigarette people.  Whiteman played it once weekly for an hour at an average salary of $5,000 per week for sixteen months.  Whiteman's gross amount from Old Gold was $350,000, with station charges etc., the broadcasting for the period cost Old Gold over $1,000,000.

("Variety" 14th May 1930)