GK: Our sound-effects man, Fred Newman, does our show as a hobby. His real line of work is training performing animals at his ranch in Bogalusa. Radio is only a hobby with Fred, his true love is animal performance ---- he believes that all species have a need to express feeling ----- even chickens (CHICKEN OPERA PZZICATO)--- and he doesn't train them to sing so much as he gives them permission to let their creativity out ---- also caribou (CARIBOU) ---- this animal in its wild state is terribly shy, and it's only when its in captivity that the caribou feels free to express itself ---- sort of an irony there---- (CARIBOU PASSACAGLIA) ----- Fred says, Let it out, caribou, just let it out. And this Pekinese (YIPS) ---- a kind of a high-pitched dog and Fred has given it vocal training to make it a baritone Chihauhua (BRANDENBURG) ---- and this sea lion (SFX) ---- this sea lion had aspirations it didn't even know about until Fred took it in hand and taught it to sing "Some Enchanted Evening" (SFX) while ringing a bell (SFX) ----- animals have a lot of untapped talent and Fred has found out how to bring that out ----- such as this humpback whale (SFX) whom Fred has taught to sing "When the Saints Go Marching In" ----- wouldn't this be an asset to New Orleans, a whale, living in a tank in the river, singing "When the Saints Go Marching In" and throwing beads with its flippers (SFX, WHALE SINGING)----- but we can't do it without your support. The Fred Newman Animal Music Camp depends on you for your support. Call now. Any contribution helps. And as a thank you to you, this tote bag.....with a singing cat inside it. (ST LOUIS WOMAN)
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).