Monday, March 8, 2010

Beginnings

"One Hand On The Radio" (Bill Caddick/Pete Bond) is a song by Canadian singer, Aengus Finnan, and the name of this blog.  All my life I've had one hand on the radio, in fact or in mind.  And while nowadays it is usually through the computer and not radio, music is always playing as I go through my days.

My first store-bought record was a 78 by Dean
1916 PACKAGING OF SUN-MAID 
RAISINS SHOWING LORRAINE
  COLLETT AS THE SUN-MAID GIRL
Martin, my mother bought it for me.  It was 1954 and the record was called "Sway."  The song still holds up but there is better Dean Martin (less background production) –– my favorite, a 1963 album called "Dream With Dean."

In 1954 I was eight years old and "Sway" brought some rhythm into my life.  I had known about the song because I had heard it first on our kitchen radio.  A radio which, in memory, was  cream colored and bakelite. Years later I came to associate "Sway" with the Sun-Maid box of raisins in our kitchen, in particular with the Sun-Maid raisin girl, who seemed perky and rhythmic herself.
 
LORRAINE COLLETT
IN 1915
Some years back I read an obituary about the real model for the Sun-Maid raisin girl, Lorraine Collett.  Here is an excerpt from a Wikipedia entry about her:

   Lorraine Collett was born to George Dexter
   Collett and Martha Elizabeth Falkenstein in
   Kansas City, Missouri. In 1915, Collett was
   attending high school and working part-time
   as a seeder and packer for the Griffin &
   Skelley Fruit Packing Company in Fresno,
   California for $15 a week. That May she was    spotted by Leroy Payne, one of the executives
   of the raisin cooperative, while drying her curly brown hair and wearing her      mother's red bonnet in the backyard of her family's home. She was hired to    promote the California Associated Raisin Co. by handing out free samples at
   the Panama-Pacific Exposition
and participating in an unusual promotion that
   had her
dropping raisins from an airplane flying over San Francisco.

Lorraine Collett was born in 1892 and died in 1983.  Collett, kitchen, radio, music –– all swirl together and warmly anchor something for me.

4 comments :

Daryl said...

Congratulations Kit! There is always room for one more in this crowded bloggosphere! How wonderful you remember such detail from when you were a mere impressionable eight years old!

J. Austin - said...

Brings back memories of my first record (Catch a Falling Star and Put it in Your Pocket, Save it for a Rainy Day) about 1957. And the old radio too. Welcome to blogging!

Kit said...

So good so far. Where are the dogs?

Dylan said...

Kit, it's lulu on as her son's three toad sloth google account. Love to hear your musings on music, always an inspiration and keeps me young too. love you. xo

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