Wynken, Blynken and Nod
Produced by Kathy Schalch
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As a child, NPR's Kathy Schalch knew her grandmother loved to sing. But she
didn't know that her grandmother and her grandmother's sister were the
anchors of a singing trio called Wynken, Blynken and Nod. They were heard on
radio stations WGN and WBBM in the 1920s and 30s. Chicago voted them the
most popular singing group.
Gay and Lu Matthews, 1929.
Courtesy John Krizek
Kathy's grandmother Gay never talked about this
exciting part of her life. She gave it all up when she married and had
children. And so did her Aunt Lu. But Kathy uncovered their secret and
explores their careers.
Michael Kieffer of the Origin Jazz Library, Producer/Audio Restoration/Audio
Archivist transferred the Jean Goldkette 78 rpm record heard in this piece.
Thank you to the following people who did much of the research necessary to
make this piece possible:
Greta Mill Heslet
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