About This Blog

This is my blog devoted to vintage recordings from the early decades of the 20th century.  My name is Dismuke and I am a 78 rpm collector who lives in Fort Worth, Texas USA.

The forerunner of this blog was my Dismuke’s Hit of the Week which I updated between 1999 and 2010 with the occasional help of some of my guest contributor friends.   The old Hit of the Week updates are no longer updated but you can still view and listen to them here.  Please note that most of the audio files on the site are in Real Audio format and audio files prior to late 2003 were made before I had the audio restoration equipment I have today.

As with my Hit of the Week updates, my blog will feature recordings from a wide variety of musical genres from roughly 1900 through 1940.   Between postings here, I also send out Twitter updates with recommendations and links to great vintage recordings elsewhere on the Internet.

I also operate a 24 hour Internet radio station, Radio Dismuke that is more narrowly focused on 1920s and 1930s popular music and jazz.


8 Responses to About This Blog

  1. Walter Gray says:

    Your Blog has been recommended to me by bostonblakie and I find it to be most interesting.
    I look forward to gleaning information and adding to my 78rpm listening enjoyment. Thank you for sharing with us.

  2. W. Scott Parker III says:

    Dismuke – The Sleepy Hall And His Collegians selections were just wonderful! Thank you!!

  3. W. Scott Parker III says:

    Now – Go find some Jack Albin that I don’t know. 🙂

  4. Don says:

    I enjoyed listening to the music from the “Hit of the Week” website you had earlier and now enjoy your new Blog website. I used to be able to download some of the music from your previous website to be able to listen to my favorite songs later. I can’t seem to do the same thing with your new Blog website. Am I missing something or is that no longer possible?

  5. Michael Gross says:

    Great sounding music that I just accidently stumbled on. Brings back a lot of memories when 78’s were popular (and the only record available). Will recommend your site to all my OLD friends and hope you can keep the music coming. Thanks for all your trouble.

  6. Jeff says:

    I love the music and I have a website on wordpress about cars made by the Moon Motor Car Company of St. Louis. They made Moons, Dianas, Windsors and Ruxton automobiles from 1906-1930. I would love to email you about how you put the music on this website. Thank you

  7. Adrian Ettlinger says:

    This is a query, looking for some information about a mid-1930’s song “Sweet Varsity Sue”. Wondering if anyone happens to know anything of the “back story” behind this song. The only recording I’ve heard is Bunny Berigan’s. I also recently was able to acquire a copy of the movie in which it was featured, “Life Begins in College”. Then I was able to purchase the sheet music. The writers composed a total of eleven choruses, mentioning a total of fifty-seven colleges, and evidently did much research into the colors of all these schools, naming flowers that would be appropriate to each. Some of the choruses are geographically specialized, mentioning colleges in specific geographic regions. Has anyone ever seen an interview of any of the writers (Charles Tobias, Al Lewis and Murray Mencher) in which there is any background on the creation of this song? ————–Adrian Ettlinger

  8. Leah says:

    I was wondering if there was a way to download your current offerings from your new blog like from your old site? I am rather computer challenged.

    Thanks for sharing your records. I listen to Radio Dismuke all the time, day and night, on my Squeezebox.

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