139 episodes

A weekly musical podcast diving into popular music of the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

The Bad Piano Player John Wing Jr.

    • Music
    • 4.2 • 18 Ratings

A weekly musical podcast diving into popular music of the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

    Sam Coslow III - Stories

    Sam Coslow III - Stories

    This week, the Bad Piano Player goes into his bag of Sam Coslow songs and stories for-- would you believe it-- a third time! Six great songs and fabulous stories to go along with 'em. Mae West, Garbo, Mabel Normand, and some sketchy singing too! How can it miss, when the chorus goes like this! Tune in, my darlings. I'll be at the piano.

    • 40 min
    Kahal & Fain

    Kahal & Fain

    This week, Fortnight Tuesday brings two more giants of the American songbook, the team of Irving Kahal, lyricist, and Sammy Fain, composer, both members of the Songwriters' Hall Of Fame, and two men we've featured before, but at last they get the singular honor of their own private, six-song episode. Tune in, my beauties, and be enchanted.

    • 36 min
    Ralph Rainger

    Ralph Rainger

    This week, the Bad Piano Player assays the redoubtable Ralph Rainger; composer, arranger, accompanist, preparer of piano rolls, bandleader, and oh yes, lawyer. Film composer nonpareil in a bright but short career. You may not have heard of him, but you have heard him. Tune in, Raingers!

    • 34 min
    Victor Schertzinger

    Victor Schertzinger

    This week, the bad piano player features violinist, composer, director, screenwriter, and in his time, Da Hardest Workin' Man in Show Bidness. Say hello to Victor Schertzinger, director of 88 films and holder of 146 soundtrack credits. Tune in, kids. It's gonna be epic.

    • 35 min
    Jack Little

    Jack Little

    This week, the Bad Piano Player assays a composer/bandleader/singer you've never heard of. I swear! Radio and recording star of the 1930's Jack Little, who was of course known as Little Jack Little, not to be confused with the vaudeville Little Jack Little, who was only four feet five inches tall. No! Not that guy. The other guy! Tune in, kids. Gonna be epic.

    • 33 min
    Sam Coslow II

    Sam Coslow II

    This week, the Bad Piano Player does his second foray into the incredible career of songwriter Sam Coslow. From New York, Tin Pan Alley, to Hollywood, and finally, Wall Street. As always, with songs! Tune in, kids.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

joe positive ,

Nothing else like it

Listening to this podcast is like hanging out in someone's living room listening to songs with a little bit of history thrown in, which is my idea of a good time. If you like pop music and pop music history, this is for you. And even if you don't, this is definitely for you.

downwardcat ,

I like it.

I like to know about these old songs. Any other time I’ve heard them was during some weird social situation where the music was just part of it.

tettospare ,

Taste and Wit

Just listen and enjoy. Fresh light on standards, new gems you didn’t know about.

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