Category Archives: Biography

TRR: Episode 45, “The Street Singer’s Romance”



The tenor Arthur Tracy was popular in the 1920’s and 30’s, going by the name of “The Street Singer.” His version of “Pennies From Heaven” was chosen from among hundreds for the soundtrack of the 1981 film of the same name. Tracy had one true love, but their relationship was complicated by the fact that she was trapped in a loveless marriage.

“The Street Singer’s Romance Revealed” by John Skinner, from Radio Stars Magazine, Sept., 1933

The Reader

TRT: 24:28

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TRR: Episode 37, “Grandfather’s Three Lives”



Clarence Day, Jr. is perhaps most famous for his autobiographical memoir about his family, “Life With Father” (1935). Day passed away before seeing the fame the novel reached, including a Broadway play and the 1947 film starring William Powell.

In his 1921 collection, “The Crow’s Nest,” Day wrote a biography of Sir Charles Dilke. In this episode, we’ll hear Day’s story of Charles Dilke, how he came to power, and subsequently, to ruin.

“Grandfather’s Three Lives” (1921) by Clarence Day, Jr.

The Reader

TRT: 29:15

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com and Archive.org.


TRR: Episode 35 “To a Wild Rose”



Edward MacDowell was an American composer, once considered one of the greatest musical geniuses of his time. MacDowell died in 1908, at the mere age of 47 years. By the end of the 1950’s he was all but forgotten, supplanted by the American greats who would follow. In this episode, we share an assessment of his life and work written for the New York Herald shortly before his death.

“An American Composer: The Passing of Edward MacDowell” (1906) by James Huneker

The Reader

TRT: 24:36

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com and Museopen.org.