Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber

Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.

Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.

Hans Jeff Borger

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

New Year's Eve with Guy Lombardo

While some Americans might get nostalgic for the days when Dick Clark was young and hosting the nation's New Year's Eve party on television, I have to go back further to when Guy Lombardo reigned as King of the New Year's Eve festivities.

His sound had a unique corniness and charm. It was called "The Sweetest Music This Side Of Heaven." His brother sang many of the songs in his strange but endearing way.

Lombardo was from London, Ontario and up until 2007 there was a Lombardo museum. Apparently and unfortunately time marches on and the collective memories of pop music have gotten Alzheimers and the museum was closed due to lack of interest.

Here at the Nostalgic Rambler, we haven't forgotten, so turn the clocks back and relive some Lombardo.

Click here for "Powder Your Face With Sunshine" from 1957 and here for a summary welcoming in the year 1958.

Click here for "Enjoy Yourself, It's Later Than You Think" with some great Lombardo pictures and here for "Boo Hoo," a great video from the Lombardo tv show featuring the Lombardo trio.

For more info on Guy Lombardo visit The Guy Lombardo Society, which also has some great audio from his radio programs. Happy New Year Everyone!

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