About There Goes That Song Again

We listen to and talk about the popular music and the artists of the 1940s, 50s and 60s & also re-discover forgotten artists and songs. The emphasis is mostly on the easy-listening music of the era before the arrival of rock and roll and which also continued beyond. Regular features may include tributes to particular artists, interview excerpts, songs from the 20s or 30s revived in the 40s, 50s or 60s, songs that topped the charts 60, 70 or 80 years ago – and more!    

In our second hour, we usually take an in-depth look each week at a particular aspect of the music of the 1940s, 50s or 60s. Each “Special” may feature a specific artist, event, anniversary, Broadway show, Hollywood musical or other theme. It’s also an opportunity to take a detailed look at the history of a particular aspect of the era and re-discover forgotten artists and songs.

You can also hear a two hour repeat on Fridays at 2pm.                            

You can email comments and requests to Brian at [email protected]

A selection of programs may be heard as podcasts at mixcloud.com/theregoesthatsongagain


10am Wednesday 10th April, 2024 and Repeat 2pm Friday 12th April, 2024

We again hear a song introduced by Bob Rogers on his radio program in 1964; our article from “Downbeat” magazine remembers Lucy Anne Polk; we celebrate “International Monuments Day” coming up on 18th April; The Crew Cuts are our 50s vocal group; we remember British comedian and singer Ken Dodd; and “Anything you can do: is our revived song 

10am Wednesday 20th March, 2024 and Repeat 2pm Friday 22nd March, 2024

This week on TGTSA (10am Wednesday 20th March, repeated 2pm 22nd), in the first hour you’ll hear segments on a popular vocal group of the 1950s, The Gaylords; Sydney radio personality of the 1950s Allan Lappan; and Bob Rogers introducing another song on his radio program in 1964. In Brian’s Special in the second hour, he again has Bing Crosby singing songs on his radio shows, this time songs that were popular in 1951 and 1952. 

10am Wednesday 28th February, 2024 and Repeat 2pm Friday 1st March, 2024

This week, along with our usual segments in which Bob Rogers introduces a song as he did on air in 1964, and our revival segment, we look at the use of the organ in populsr music in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

10am Wednesday 27th December, 2023 and Repeat 2pm Friday 29th   December, 2023

On TGTSA this week, we look ahead to the New Year with songs like “What are you doing on New Year’s Eve” and “Let’s start the New Year right”, and you’ll hear the 1949 New Year’s Day broadcast of Perry Como’s 15 minute “Supper Club” radio program.

10am Wednesday 29th November, 2023 and Repeat 2pm Friday 1st  December, 2023

In our segment with Bob Rogers, he talks to Ringo and George while on tour with the Beatles and plays a song by Bill and Boyd. We listen to some songs which have an uncanny resemblance to other songs.  And we recall two of the most popular vocal groups of the 1940s: The Mills Brothers and The Ink Spots.

10am Wednesday 22nd November, 2023 and Repeat 2pm Friday 24th November, 2023

We first hear two songs in memory of John Kennedy on the 60th anniversary today of his assassination that shocked the world in 1963.  Bob Rogers’ segment this week is from after he returned home from touring with the Beatles in June, 1964.. He plays a song by Jimmy Nichols, the drummer who replaced Ringo on the first part of their tour in Australia.     In our segment on music presenters from the 1950s and 60s, this week we feature John Laws.  And we’ll conclude the hour with several pop hits for country music artists.  


Program Description of some Shows in 2022:

10am Wednesday 26th October and Repeat 2pm Friday 28th October, 2022

 Completing our Smith, Brown and Jones trilogy, this week in the first hour of TGTSA we’ll hear lots of songs about PEOPLE by the name of Jones, and in our Special in the second hour, every ARTIST has the name Jones. We’re calling the program this week “Keeping up with the Joneses”.  

10am Wednesday 19th October and Repeat 2pm Friday 21th October, 2022

This week it’s the turn of the Browns.  In the first hour, we’ll hear lots of songs about people by the name of Brown and from artists by the name of Brown.

10am Wednesday 12th October and Repeat 2pm Friday 14th October, 2022

In the 1940s and 50s, there was an expression “Every Tom, Dick and Harry” referring to the prevalence of three boys’ names.  And three of the most common surnames were Smith, Brown and Jones.  Every one probably knew people having each of those surnames.   And so it was with popular music of that era, both in song titles and artists themselves.  This week in Brian’s first hour, it’s the turn of the Smiths, with Browns and Jones to follow over the next two weeks. Brian will also include a tribute to country singer Loretta Lynn who died last week.   

10am Wednesday 5th October and Repeat 2pm Friday 7th October, 2022

This week we have a political speech by Peter Sellers in our comedy segment; celebrate 80 years since veteran radio presenter Bob Rogers began his career in 1942; hear Perry Como with a song he recorded in 1939 and again in 1947; two songs with boys’ names; and we remember The Chipmunks and The Nutty Squirrels.

10am Wednesday 28th September and Repeat 2pm Friday 30th September, 2022

We lhear some songs from 1945, we feature Peter Sellers in our comedy spot and Johnnie Ray is our artist who re-recorded two earlier songs in different style.  And we hear a new song by 510 Jazz reviving the bossa nova beat.

10am Wednesday 21st September and Repeat 2pm Friday 23rd September, 2022

We hear another excerpt of a radio show by Bob Hope in our Comedy Segment.  And The Four Freshmen are our featured Vocal Group.

10am Wednesday 14th September and Repeat 2pm Friday 16th September, 2022

This week our two girls about whom songs were written are Mona Lisa and Nina.  We’ll hear an excerpt of a radio show by Bob Hope in our Comedy Segment.  And we’ll continue with the Four Aces as our featured Vocal Group.

10am Wednesday 7th September and Repeat 2pm Friday 9th September, 2022

This week we start with “September in the Rain”; our revival is “Let’s face the music and dance”; we hear Part 3 of our Comedy segment with George Burns & Gracie Allen and their guest Frank Sinatra; we remember song writer Rod McKuen; we visit some cats and finish with out Girls’ Names Songs segment.

10am Wednesday 31st August and Repeat 2pm Friday 2nd September, 2022

This week we first welcome Spring; hear two songs from Sam Cooke ahead of our Special today; comedy from Stan Freberg and from George Burns & Gracie Allen and their guest Frank Sinatra; and songs from Frank Sinatra and Mario Lanza.

10am Wednesday 24th August and Repeat 2pm Friday 26th August, 2022

This week in our Comedy segment we hear Part 1 of a George Burns radio show with Frank Sinatra as guest; our Revival is “I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter”; and our group of four is The Four Aces.

10am Wednesday 17th August and Repeat 2pm Friday 19th August, 2022

This week in our first hour we feature Cilla Black, along with a comedy segment featuring the Bob Newhart, our Revivals segment,

10am Wednesday 10th August and Repeat 2pm Friday 12th August, 2022

This week in our first hour we pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John, along with another comedy segment featuring the Smothers Brothers, our Revivals segment, some songs popular in 1955, and our girls’ names segment.  

10am Wednesday 3rd August and Repeat 2pm Friday 5th August, 2022

This week in our first hour we have some songs about honey, along with another comedy segment featuring the Smothers Brothers.  

10am Wednesday, 27th July, 2022 and Repeat 2pm Friday, 29th July, 2022

Last week we noted the 53rd anniversary since the first men landed on the moon and we played several songs about the moon.    Well, this week we’re giving equal time to the sun.   All our songs are about the sun, sunshine or sunrise, and conveying a wide range of emotions.

10am Wednesday, 20th July, 2022 and Repeat 2pm Friday, 22nd July, 2022

This week in our first hour, on the 53rd anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon, we’ll include lots of songs about the moon as well as our usual segments. 

10am Wednesday, 13th July, 2022 and Repeat 2pm Friday, 15th July, 2022

This week we have our usual segments, including our comedy segment in which we again feature the Smothers Brothers, and we remember Irish singer Val Doonigan, 

10am Wednesday, 29th June, 2022 and Repeat 2pm Friday, 1st July, 2022

This week in our first hour we feature American singer and film actress Monica Lewis and British musician, song writer and arranger, John Keating.

10am Wednesday, 22nd June, 2022 and Repeat 2pm Friday, 24th June, 2022

Brian Crabbe was an avid listener to radio while growing up Sydney in the late 1940s, the 1950s and the 1960s. With the recent closure of iconic Sydney commercial station 2CH after 90 years on air, this week Brian remembers some of the presenters on 2CH who played the music of that period, either at the time or reminiscing in more recent years.   Included are Bob Pollard, Walter Elliott, Brian Henderson, Max Rowley, Dal Myles, Howard Craven, Phil Haldeman, Sam Kronje, John Mahon, and in more recent years Ward Austin, Chris Kearns and Bob Rogers.  It’s a two-hour Special with lots of audio excerpts and music of the period.

10am Wednesday, 15th June, 2022 and Repeat 2pm Friday, 17th June, 2022

In our first hour today, we feature two vocalists who sang with groups and later went solo: Ronnie Gilbert of the Weavers and Jim Ed Brown of the Browns.  And we also remembers the sweet sounds of the George Melachrino Orchestra.

10am Wednesday, 8th June, 2022 and Repeat 2pm Friday, 10th June, 2022

This week in our first hour our Comedy segment again features Spike Jones. aWe also have our other usual segments: two songs with girls’ names, our Revival, songs with changed tempos, and an artist who recorded their songs a second time. 

10am Wednesday, 1st June, 2022 and Repeat 2pm Friday, 3rd June, 2022

In our first hour today, we celebrate the arrival of winter with three songs; our Comedy segment features more Spike Jones recordings; we have a segment featuring songs with changed tempos within; and we hear two different hit versions of the same song by Tommy Edwards, first in 1951 and again in 1958.

10am Wednesday, 25th May, 2022 and Repeat 2pm Friday, 27th May, 2022

In our first hour today, our Comedy segment features Spike Jones; we hear three songs by Rosemary Clooney with the “Mambo King” Prez Prado; we have Rosetta and Mandy as our two songs with girls’ names; “Oh you beautiful doll” is our revival from the First World War Years; and we hear two songs that topped the charts in May, 1965.

10am Wednesday, 18th May, 2022 and Repeat 2pm Friday, 20th May, 2022

We open with an election song and a comedy political speech, then reminisce about the careers of British singer Jackie Trent and American vocal group The Lettermen. At a quarter to the hour we begin a 75 minute Special in tribute to Perry Como on the 110th Anniversary of his birth on 18th May, 1912. His manager, orchestra leader, and his daughter fondly reminisce about him. 

10am Wednesday, 11th May, 2022 and Repeat 2pm Friday, 13th May, 2022

This week we sing and dance to 3 songs, listen to two songs addressing girls formally by their last names, hear a medley of songs by Ben E. King, celebrate Tommy Roe’s 80th birthday on 9th May, and reminisce with our revived song “The Darktown Strutters’ Ball”.

10am Wednesday, 4th May, 2022 and Repeat 2pm Friday, 6th May, 2022

This week we consider different words used to refer to mothers, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Deanna Durban’s birth, the 103rd of Pete Seeger’s, and the 86th birthday of Elgelbert Humperdink.

10am Wednesday, 27th April, 2022 and Repeat 2pm Friday, 29th April, 2022

Regular listeners will recall that two weeks ago we had a 90 minute Special in tribute to Bobby Rydell who died earlier this month, just a few weeks short of  his 80th birthday.  So Tuesday this week, 26th April, is the 80th anniversary of Bobby’s birth, and a good reason to pay an additional tribute to Bobby.  This time, we feature an interview that Bobby did with popular Sydney radio presenter Bob Rogers when Bobby was visiting Sydney in 2007 .  

10am Wednesday, 20th April, 2022 and Repeat 2pm Friday, 22nd April, 2022
This week in our first hour we have our segments with songs from “long, long ago”  and the names of girls.    We also have songs from three Italian-American singers: this week Tommy Leonetti, Toni Arden and Ezio Pinza.


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