November 27 – ‘Lopez speaking’, Magical Mystery


Live music radio begins

26-year-old US bandleader, pianist Vincent Lopez and band play for a 90-minute broadcast on Westinghouse-owned station WJZ (833 AM — now WABC). (*)

Soon Lopez is doing a weekly 90-minute remote from the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan; the signal is sent to the transmitter by Western Union lines. Nola — written by Felix Arndt in 1915 — becomes Lopez’s signature tune. 1922 Nola  Lopez record 

Working with him in 1924-5 was Benjamin Albert Rolfe, who would eventually lead (courtesy Chicago booking agency MCA Inc.) NBC’s famous Lucky Strike Dance Orchestra (hour-long shows on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 pm. each week) from September, 1928 to 1931.

On Feb. 5, 1929 CBS counters the NBC show with Paul Whiteman‘s ‘Old Gold’-sponsored show Tuesdays at 10 pm. — and the cigarette ad race is on.

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The Beatles release their psych rock album Magical Mystery Tour.

It’s also the soundtrack for a one-hour film. The colour film fails in the UK when it’s aired on black-and-white BBC1 TV in December … and is not aired in the US. Penny Lane  Film intro 

The album, on the other hand, remains at US#1 for two months beginning in January. It also contributes greatly to the — despite no internet —  international Paul is dead phenomenon (*) two years later. (Rumors — not stupid ones like those that came later — had been circulating on midwest campuses for -months- before the documented radio or press mentions. McCartney had a moped accident on 26 December 1965, chipping a tooth.) ▷Beatles FAQs▹