Host Bryan Wright brings you a variety of 78 rpm records from the 1900s through the 1950s on each "Shellac Stack" program. You'll hear jazz, dance bands, blues, ragtime, vocals, country, classical, and more -- all direct from original 78 rpm pressings.
Shellac Stack No. 272
Shellac Stack No. 272 dispenses hugs and kisses galore, with Aileen Stanley, Morton Downey, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Pearl Bailey, Joseph C. Smith, Charles Capper, Rudy Vallee, Albert Sandler, Jean Goldkette, and many more. Thank you for supporting the Shellac Stack on Patreon: patreon.com/shellacstack
Shellac Stack No. 271
Shellac Stack No. 271 gives you a couple nights in June. We visit the “Cafe Mozart” with Anton Karas; dance with Gene Rodemich, the Ipana Troubadours, and Willie Creager; and enjoy some fine jazz courtesy of the Metronome All-Stars, pianist Johnny Wittwer, and Cyril Watts and His Jazzmen. More too! Thank you for supporting the … Continue reading »
Shellac Stack No. 270
Shellac Stack No. 270 parades with Pauline Alpert and Sam Lanin and journeys to Spain and New Orleans. We hear from artists as diverse as Paul Ash, Brother Bones, Jimmie Noone, Dick Hyman, Jesse Crawford, the Rondoliers and Piano Pals, Earl Hines, Pete Daily, and many more. Join us!
Shellac Stack No. 269
Shellac Stack No. 269 waddles and then glides with Paul Ash and Arthur (Guitar Boogie) Smith. We’ve got songs about cats and dogs from Isham Jones, Prince’s Military Band, and the Dixie Stars; vocals from Dick Todd, Kay Starr, and Aileen Stanley; and marvelous piano by Frank Banta and Raie Da Costa. Much more too!
Shellac Stack No. 268
Shellac Stack No. 268 finesses the ivories with Muriel Pollock, Vee Lawnhurst, and Art Tatum. We take a stroll along Blue Sky Avenue with Orville Knapp and dance to the bands of Claude Hopkins, Fletcher Henderson, Jimmie Lunceford, and Chick Webb. Stirring vocals from Ethel Waters, Bing Crosby, and more. Join us for an hour … Continue reading »
Shellac Stack No. 267
Shellac Stack No. 267 follows the fleet with vocalist/pianist Turner Layton. We hear from vocal harmony group the Eskimo Quartette, dance with Lou Gold, Harry Roy, Sam Lanin, Jean Goldkette, and Josh Duffee’s Graystone Monarchs (on a 2022 78 rpm record!). We travel the world with Mieko Itai, Bernard Witkowski, Alfred Apaka, and Tony Murena. … Continue reading »
Always interesting, forever fascinating
I mostly listen to film related podcasts. Imagine my surprise when The Shellac Stack came up as a recommendation. How did they know I love old music and collect 78 RPM records?
Bryan Wright is the genial host of this well organized show. With over 200 episodes he has created a simple and consistent format. He pulls vintage 78 records from his collection and plays them. He also engages in a brief discussion giving all the pertinent information: the song, artist, composer, record label, date of recording and even the matrix number and any other interesting information. Most episodes clock in at just under an hour. The records generally span fifty years, 1900 well into the 1950s. The podcasts sound like a radio show, which is where he started, but better; there are no commercials or news breaks. Actually, I wouldn’t mind it a bit if he discussed the music more. A couple of episodes broke format when he was joined by his friend, JiHoon Suk. They shared records and knowledge and it was most interesting.
Many of the recordings are VERY obscure. Some of the songs and artists I haven’t even heard of. If you’re hoping to discover the music that time forgot, this is the podcast for you!
I would like to mention that our host is, in fact, Dr. Bryan Wright, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a musicologist, pianist and composer. He has several CDs to his credit and they are on his own label, Rivermont Records. I own some of them and they are most outstanding and I highly recommend them.
And I also highly recommend The Shellac Stack.
I dare you to not to grin listening to this delightful, constantly surprising podcast showcasing rare 78 rpm recordings. Host Bryan White makes you feel as if you’re sitting with an old friend; his musical erudition is vast, but always presented with a dollop of humor. Long may the Shellac Stack keep spinning.
Great selections, great commentary!
This podcast is what the title suggests - a program featuring shellac 78 rpm records from the first half of the 20th century. The content is delightfully varied, with informative commentary and great way to learn about music and musicians from that era. The sound quality from these old records is surprisingly good, with minimal surface noise without sounding dull. I always look forward to each episode - I have been enjoying these since the beginning!