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Windjammers Unlimited is pleased to present this collection of historically significant original recordings. We are grateful to Eric Beheim (WJU #66) whose research initiated and dominates this WJU collection. Thanks, Eric, for providing your outstanding content and knowledge to this PRESERVATION effort. We anticipate that the work of others will join this fine collection over time.

Except for the 1930 Victor Records – Ringling, access to the recordings is restricted to Members or those with a subscription. CLICK on the licks below to learn about the collections and hear the recordings. [files; time]

ALPHABETICAL INDEXAn index with links to the specific tunes occurring in the following recordings.
RECORD ALBUMS==============================
1930 Victor Records – Ringling
PUBLIC ACCESS
When the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was playing Philadelphia in 1930, Merle Evans and the Ringling band visited the RCA Victor studios in nearby Camden, New Jersey. (See NOV-DEC 2020 Circus Fanfare for Eric Beheim’s article.) [6; 17:31]
1941 Columbia Recording – Ringling
“CIRCUS”
During their 1941 Madison Square Garden engagement, Merle Evans and the Ringling band recorded eight sides for Columbia Records. (See JAN-FEB 2021 Fanfare for Beheim’s article.) [8; 22:33]
1949 Capitol Recording – RBBB
“Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus Band”
Recorded by Capitol Records during a Ringling Los Angeles appearance. (See MAR-APR 2021 Fanfare for Eric Beheim’s article.) [8; 23:45]
1949 Capitol Recording – RBBB
“Circus Parade”
Recorded by Capitol Records during a Ringling Los Angeles appearance. (See MAR-APR 2021 Circus Fanfare for Eric Beheim’s article.) [8; 21:39]
1953 Decca Recording – Ringling
“Circus Time”
This is Decca’s album was initially released with 8 sides. The Ringling Band under Merle Evans had studio-recorded 14 tunes in total. The other 6 were released on later LPs. (See MAY-JUN 2021 Circus Fanfare for Eric Beheim’s article.) [8; 19:56]
CHILDRENS RECORDS==============================
1948 Bozo’s Circus BandBilly May leads the band of top studio musicians in this tribute to circus music. [6; 15:35]
1954 Bozo’s MerryGoRoundA recording of carousel music.
Four tunes. [4; 13:24]
SESAC RECORDINGS============================
King Band SESAC RecordingsFt. Dodge Municipal Band led by Karl King provided transcription recordings for use in radio broadcasts. King composed 8 of the 10 tunes. [10; 22:08]
CIRCUS CONCERTS============================
1967 Circus Music Concert
Merle Evans Concert at Midwest Band Clinic, Chicago, December ’67. Nine selections plus a medley of most of 12 tunes. [16; 52:34]
1968 Circus Music Concert
Merle Evans Concert at Midwest Band Clinic, Chicago, December ’68. Includes commentary by Merle Evans and Paul Yoder. [16; 66:41]
FITCH BANDWAGON RADIO============================
1943 Fitch Bandwagon – RinglingRingling Band under bandmaster Merle Evans appearing on the Fitch Bandwagon radio show from Madison Square Garden. [8; 29:01]
1944 Fitch Bandwagon – RinglingRingling Band under Merle Evans appearing on the Fitch Bandwagon radio show from Madison Square Garden. Includes SPEC segment called Panto’s Paradise. [6; 22:30]
1945 Fitch Bandwagon – RinglingRingling Band under Merle Evans appearing on the Fitch Bandwagon radio show from Madison Square Garden. Includes portion of Alice in Wonderland SPEC. [4; 15:19]
1946 Fitch Bandwagon – RinglingRingling Band appearing on the Fitch Bandwagon radio show. This was a studio recording and not from Madison Square Garden as in the past. [7; 20:43]
CIRCUS PERFORMANCES============================
1949 Ringling Production NumbersRecordings of the four production numbers in the 1949 RBBB Circus performance. [4; 30:25]
1950 Ringling Selected ActsRecording Matinee April 20, 1950 at Madison Square Garden, New York City. [11; 89:54]
1951 Ringling Production NumbersRecordings of the four production numbers in the 1951 RBBB Circus performance plus music for the elephant act and a galop medley. [6: 39:13]
1952 Ringling Production NumbersIncludes three production numbers – Spec, Equestrian, Aerial Ballet with original John Ringling North tunes. [3; 25:24]
1953 Ringling Production Numbers & Center Ring FeatureIncludes four production numbers – Overture, Spec, Equestrian, Aerial Ballet. Also has center ring feature starring 5-year-old xylophone prodigy “Mister Mistin, Jr.” [6; 32:50]
1955 Ringling-Barnum Circus Perf.
Recording of entire 2 1/2 hour Ringling performance was made in Miami near the end of the 1955 Season, possibly Merle Evans’ last show under canvas. [26; 141:23]
1956 Ringling TV Special John Ringling North’s orchestral musical program under Izzy Cervone. [10; 53:51]
1956 Ringling Production NumbersNorth’s SPEC and Aerial Ballet using Frank Loesser tunes. [2; 19:50]
1959 Cristiani Circus PerformanceRare recording. Ramon Escorcia is the bandleader. Los Angeles Performance. [19: 88:30]
1961-1963 Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. SelectionsMusic for Elephant Act (1961);Clyde Beatty CAT Act (1963) [2; 19:48]
1962 Mill Bros. Circus PerformanceBandleader Joe Stephan. Music for 17 Acts recorded live. [17; 64:35]
1963 Hanneford Circus SelectionsCovers the music for the Hanneford Riding Act and the Princess Tajana Act. [2; 19:10]
1967 Shrine Circus ActsActs from a 1967 Shriners Circus: Dog Act, Elephants, Bareback Riders. Bandleader is Izzy Cervone with “Boom-Boom” Browning on drums. [3; 21:54]
BAND ORGANS============================
Myrtle Beach “Ruth” Band OrganThis band organ was 20 feet long, 11′ high, 7′ deep and weighed about 2 tons.  Its façade included 18 hand carved figures 12 of which moved in rhythm with the music while others beat drums.  The organ itself had 400 different pipes, a snare drum, a bass drum, a cymbal, and chimes. [10; 49:57]
1954 Bozo’s Merry-Go-RoundCapitol Records Bozo’s Merry-Go-Round : 4 tunes using a Wurlitzer 165 Band Organ. [4; 13:24]
OTHER============================
March Indienne1930s era European Recording