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April Fool's with Harry Shearer

   
 

March 28th, 2001 ~ Tomfoolery and trickery for April Fool's! We examine several hoaxes in the history of American music including the strange story of faux blues man Otis 'Elevator' Gilmore. We'll also investigate the market of finger traps and hand-buzzers from an old-timer in the joke shop business. Comedian Harry Shearer drops in for visit with tales of his role in an Abbot and Costello movie, his days with the band Spinal Tap, and his current role as voice master for The Simpsons. Plus music from Spike Jones, Eric Dolphy, Jonathan Richman and Aretha Frankin.

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Hour One   Hour Two  
  • Open Bed: Hokey Wolf
    Hanna-Barbera Classics Vol. 1, Rhino
  • Chain of Fools Aretha Franklin
    Lady Soul, Rhino
  • Fool at the Wheel Little Richard
    The Formative Years, Bear Family
  • Class Clown George Carlin
    Classic Gold, Warner Bros
  • She Doesn't Laugh at My Jokes Jonathan Richman
    Having a Party with Jonathan Richman, Rounder
  • Instrumental: I'm a Mindless Idiot Meat Puppets
    Meat Puppets II, Ryko
  • Trickster Junior Delgado
    20 Classic Hits, Sonic Sounds
  • Dirty Tricks The Sweet Inspirations
    The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles Vol.3, Fantasy
  • Trick Pat Martino
    East!, Fantasy
  • Joker k.d. lang
    Drag, Warner Bros
  • Instrumental: The Simpsons End Credits (Philip Glass Homage)
    Go Simpsonic with the Simpsons, Rhino
  • SEGMENT: Harry Shearer
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  • See My Vest The Simpsons
    Songs in the Key of Springfield, Rhino
  • Powerhouse Raymond Scott
    Reckless Nights & Turkish Twilights, Sony
  • War Dance for Wooden Indians Don Byron
    Bug Music, Nonesuch
  • Minnie the Moocher Cab Calloway
    Are You Hep To the Jive, Sony
 
  • Open Bed: The Rattler Omar Shariff
    Essential Blues Piano, House of Blues
  • SEGMENT: Harold Benjin, owner of Jack's Joke Shop in Boston, the oldest store of its kind in the U.S.
  • Fools' Hall Of Fame Rudi Richardson
    Sun: The Singles Collection Vol.4, Bear Family
  • I Been a Fool Mercy Dee Walton
    Macy's Troubles, Arhoolie
  • Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread) Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey
    Battle of the Bands, BMG
  • Everybody's Somebody's Fool Betty Carter
    Round Midnight, Atco
  • I Pity the Fool Ann Peebles
    St. Louis Woman/Memphis Soul, Hi
  • Who Will the Next Fool Be Charlie Rich
    Feel Like Going Home, Epic/Legacy
  • Instrumental: Out to Lunch Eric Dolphy
    Out to Lunch, Blue Note
  • April Fool Eric Dolphy
    Here and There, Fantasy
  • Fool's Gold Johnny Otis
    Rhythm & Blues Caravan-The Complete Savoy Recordings, Atlantic
  • INTERVIEW: Redd Foxx
  • The Joke Reggie Hall
    Chess New Orleans, MCA
  • INTERVIEW: Otis "Elevator" Gilmore
  • Joker Lee Morgan
    Search For The New Land, Blue Note
  • Instrumental: Clink, Clink, Another Drink Spike Jones
    Musical Depreciation Revue, Rhino
  • April Showers Spike Jones
    Musical Depreciation Revue, Rhino
  • March Winds, April Showers Ruth Etting
    More Than You Know, Box Office
  • Appalachian Spring New York Philharmonic
    Bernstein Century: Appalachian Spring, Sony
  • Spring is Here Nina Simone
    Nina Simone Anthology The Colpix Years, Rhino
  • End Bed: Fools Rush In Zoot Sims
    The Riverside Records Story, Riverside