Young and Old

It’s night time in the big city.

A man bangs the 8 ball into the corner pocket.

Neon sputters and goes out.


(Smells Like Teen Spirit (instrumental) – The Bad Plus)


Bob reads from William Shakespeare “As usual, Willie the Shake / Sheik said everything you need to say, so for the next hour we’ll just be presenting footnotes of a musical variety on the subject of youth and age, young and old…”

Singers and Songs

  • Albert King
    As the Years Go Passing By

    (NBC background music)

  • Mose Allison
    Young Man Blues

    “Here’s that madman, the gentleman out of Tippo, MS, no stranger to you long-time listeners.”

  • Small Fry

    “A trumpet player and a singer who filled that gap between rhythm and blues and jazz.”

  • Like Young

    “Got kind of a beatnik sound to it, so feel free to snap your fingers, on the two and the four, please!”

    “Yeah, ridin’ that rainbow to cloudsville…crazy, man!”

  • The Ramones
    I Don’t Wanna Grow Up

    “The Ramones mostly wrote their own songs, so when they decide to do someone else’s, it better be a hell of a song.”

  • Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)

    “Here’s an example of how a great song is not a prisoner of time or place. Music travels through the air, so it knows no boundaries, it knows no borders.”

  • Prince Buster
    Enjoy It (Enjoy Yourself)
  • Laura Lee
    Separation Line
  • Older Guys

    “Recorded for A & M. And I believe the A & M Studios were on the site of Charlie Chaplin’s old studio, right there on Labrea. I’m not sure if this song was recorded there, but it would be somehow appropriate because Charlie Chaplin was definitely an older guy who had a taste for the younger girls.”

  • Muddy Waters
    Young Fashioned Ways

    “Maybe some day there will be a question on the Trivial Pursuit card ‘Who was the first artist ever played on TTRH.”

  • Jimmie Murphy
    We Live A Long Long Time To Get Old
  • Old And Only In The Way

    “Interestingly, oftentimes when Charlie Poole performed live, he would obscure parts of the lyrics when he sang. He forced record buyers to buy his records, simply so they could figure out what he was singing…He was known as a country artist, so that’s mostly what he recorded, but if you saw him live, you would hear a mixture of minstrel songs, Victorian ballads, humorous burlesque-type numbers, as well as old-timey country music.”

  • Aged And Mellow
  • Old Man

    “From his best selling album, Harvest…gee I thought it would have been ‘Trans’”

  • Ray Barretto
    Happy Birthday Everybody

Other People and Players

The Places

  • Tippo, MS
  • Bloomington, IN
  • Hollywood
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Glendale
  • London
  • Jamaica way
  • Chicago
  • Detroit
  • Berlin
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Nashville
  • Bimini
  • Bahamas
  • Spain
  • St. Augustine, FL
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Vietnam

Record Labels

Other Songs and Albums

  • Mose Allison Sings
  • Live At Leeds
  • Adios Amigos
  • Introducing Linda Lawson
  • Stardust

    “One of the most famous songs Hoagie ever wrote was Stardust, and like many songwriters, he wasn’t sure where it really came from. This is what he had to say, the first time he heard a recording of Stardust: ‘And then it happened, that queer sensation that this melody was bigger than me. Maybe I hadn’t written it at all. The recollection of how, when, and where it all happened became vague as the lingering strains hung in the rafters of the studio. I wanted to shout back at it, maybe I didn’t write you, but I found you’… I know just what he meant.”

  • What a Difference A Day Makes

The Guests

  • Marianne Faithful



  • Peter Pan Syndrome

    “Some people think this is a bad thing, but I think if more adults kept their youthful sense of wonder, this might be a better world.”

Other Separation Lines

  • The Mason Dixon Line
  • The Equator
  • The Iron Curtain
  • Berlin Wall
  • The International Date Line
  • The 50 Yard Line

May/December Romances in the Oval Office

  • James Madison (43) , Dolley Payne Todd (26)
  • Grover Cleveland (49) , Frances Folsom (21)
  • Benjamin Harrison (62) , Mary Scott Lord Dimmick (37) (also the niece of his first wife)
  • John Tyler (64) , Julia Gardner (24)

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