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Dr. Bob Lochte was the producer of the award-winning Christmas in the Fifties and is the host and producer of The Eisenhower Hour. "I've been developing this concept for about ten years," Lochte said. "It took me that long to collect the background material for the show."
Back then, we sang. We sang at school. We sang at recess. We sang on camping trips and at Sunday School. We sang at home, gathered around the piano. We sang while we worked and just because it was fun. And of course, we sang along with the radio. We all knew the words to folk songs, kid songs, pop songs, hymns, funny songs, and the ones our grandmother taught us.
“Songs We Used to Sing” celebrates that great tradition with two hours of fun and familiar American songs performed by artists across the spectrum of popular music – from Dolly Parton to Pete Seeger, from Bruce Springsteen to Louis Armstong, from Johnny Cash to Judy Collins.
The Eisenhower Hour takes a fun and nostalgic look at the Fifties by bringing the past into the present and putting such popular culture subjects as music, lifestyles, fads, the written word, entertainment, celebrities, and politics in context of their time and place. The inspiration for the weekly playlist is the rotation that would be found on a jukebox or in one of the original Top-40 radio formats, a combination of Pop, Novelty, Country and Western, Rhythm and Blues, Instrumentals, and early Rock 'n' Roll. The principle for selecting music is what was popular at the time.