Circus & Mardi Gras


February 17th, 1999 ~ Step right up for our Greatest Show on Earth as we go to the circus in songs and sounds. Carousels, sideshows and the Big Top with music from Chet Baker, Smokey Robinson and Patsy Cline. We'll also talk with retired circus workers in the wintering grounds of Sarasota, Florida. And do the Mardi Gras mambo to a parade of sounds celebrating Fat Tuesday.

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  • Open Bed: Lil Egypt (Ying-Yang) Coasters
    50 Coastin' Classics, Atlantic/Rhino
  • Life Sly & the Family Stone
    Anthology, Epic
  • Sideshow by the Seashore Luna
    Penthouse, Elektra
  • Martha's Vineyard carousel
  • Honky Tonk Merry Go Round Patsy Cline
    First Recordings, Rhino
  • Circus in Rhythm Lester Young
    Master Takes With Count Basie/Lester Young, Savoy Jazz
  • Laszlo the Great
    Circus Spectacular, London
  • Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (early takes ) The Beatles
    The Beatles Anthology 2, Capitol
  • Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! The Beatles
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, EMI
  • Spinning Wheel Chet Baker
    Talkin' Verve: Groovy!, Verve
  • Carnival Natalie Merchant
    Tigerlily, Elektra
  • Instrumental: Carnival Mose Allison
    Down Home Piano, Prestige
  • INTERVIEW: Alva Johnson and Jackie Leclaire of the Ringling Brothers Circus
  • Tears of a Clown Smokey Robinson
    Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Anthology, Motown
  • Tears of a Clown The Beat
    This Are Two Tone, Chrysalis
  • Circus March Aaron Copland
    Orchestral Works/Ormandy/Previn, Sony Classical
  • Before the Parade Passes By Carol Channing
    Star Spangled Rhythm, Smithsonian Collection
  • Joe Avery's Piece The Young Tuxedo Brass Band
    Sounds of New Orleans Streets: Funeral & Parade Music, Atlantic
  • New Suit Wild Magnolias
    Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Mardi Gras
  • Olodum, a Banda do Pelo Olodum
    Sounds of Bahai Vol. 2, Sound Wave
  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans Professor Longhair
    New Orleans Piano, Atlantic
  • Manteca Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie's Big Band
    A Carnival of Cuban Music, Rounder
  • Instrumental: Mardi Gras Zydeco Nathan and Cha Chas
    Your Momma Don't Know, Rounder
  • La Guignolee Charlie Pashia & Joe Politte
    I'm Old But I'm Awfully Tough: Traditional Music of the Ozark Region, Missouri Friends of the Folk Arts
  • Mardi Gras Song Coteau
    Highly Seasoned Cajun Music, Rounder
  • Notre Dame de 7 Doleurs
    Caribbean Revels - Haitian Rara & Dominican Gaga, Smithsonian Folkways
  • Do Whatcha Wanna Pt. 3 Rebirth Brass Band
    New Orleans Party Classics, Rhino
  • Instrumental: Second Line, Pt. 1
  • INTERVIEW: The Dixie Cups
  • Iko-Iko The Dixie Cups
    The Red Bird Story, Charly
  • Two Way Pocky Way Indians of the Nation
    United We Stand, Divided We Fall, Indians of the Nation
  • Indian Red Young Guardians of the Flames
    New Way Pockey Way, First Tribe
  • Mama Roux Dr. John
    Mos Scocious, Rhino
  • Mardi Gras '99 All That
    The Whop Boom Bam, Upstart
  • Take Me to the Mardi Gras Paul Simon
    There Goes Rhymin' Simon, Warner Brothers
  • End Bed: The Day After Mardi Gras Lakefront Loungers
    Mardi Gras Parade, GBH