The CLUB HANGOVER Archive, 1954-58
April 25, 2013 8:09 AM   Subscribe

In the 1950s, Club Hangover was the place to go in San Francisco to hear Dixieland and New Orleans jazz. Thanks to tapes from KCBS being preserved and passed on, you can now listen to 25 complete and unedited half-hour broadcasts from Club Hangover, with recordings of Louis Armstrong, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Kid Ory, Muggsy Spanier, Ralph Sutton, and Jack Teagarden, all from 1954-58.
posted by fings (6 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
Seriously, today it's currently Nob Hill Adult Theatre?
I have never been to San Fran, but I hope that Nob Hill has some historic meaning, and not just penis.
posted by It is better for you not to know. at 8:18 AM on April 25, 2013

Not just penis.
posted by Floydd at 8:44 AM on April 25, 2013

From a Yelp review: "Have you ever had those mornings where you wake up hungover, immediately search for your phone, call your friend and say: 'Lets never do that again'. Well I have and it was after being at Nob Hill Theatre."

But to put this discussion back on track, the sound quality of the Club Hangover broadcasts is great, and a half-hour of Earl Hines will brighten any morning. I'll be seriously raising my mood and lowering my productivity for however many days it takes to get through the whole list.

When I was barely an adult, I had an older neighbor who had lived in San Francisco and hung out at the Hangover. He would drop names and make me feel jealous that he got to be in the same room with them. This is the next best thing.
posted by Longtime Listener at 9:14 AM on April 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

This is just wow.

Semi-related: I did a piece for public radio on the early history of jazz bootlegs which talks about these "hot clubs", and their role in spreading and preserving jazz in the era before consumer-level magnetic tape.
posted by mykescipark at 9:27 AM on April 25, 2013 [2 favorites]

Heard about this link on the podcast. It deserves way more comments.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 5:46 PM on May 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

Ditto, came here directly from the podcast. This is a phenomenal collection! The recording quality is amazing!

Not to derail too much, but tangentially, the podcast discussion of old timey radio broadcast voices reminded me of this interview with Bill Crawford, author of the book "Border Radio: Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics, and other Amazing Broadcasters of the American Airwaves" about the unregulated radio stations just across the border in Mexico that operated from the 1920s-1960s where a lot of country music acts like the Carter Family and Western swing acts, as well as the famous DJ Wolfman Jack all got their starts. Fantastic accents and music too!

Anyways, excellent link, many thanks!!
posted by Queen of Spreadable Fats at 10:09 AM on May 9, 2013

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