Smith, meet Blythe

Tomorrow night at 9pm in New York, PBS is airing a concert by Stephanie Blythe focusing on the music made famous by Kate Smith, beloved Depression and WWI-era singer and eventually radio and TV show hostess.  There will be repeat screenings on Sunday too.

Having never really heard of this Smith character, I turned to the Internet Archive to see what they had on her, and they didn’t disappoint; they’ve got lots of songs, from as far back as the 1920s, as well as full audio and video of her variety hour shows, from both radio and TV.  That being said, I can’t figure out how to embed PBS & Internet Archive media here : |

So with that, take my word and visit the Live from Lincoln Center minisite on PBS to see recent episodes featuring Kristen Chenoweth, Josh Groban, the New York Philharmonic, and even the 2012 Richard Tucker Opera Gala concert in their entirety.

And here’s just one example of the Internet Archive‘s unique holdings, a full 1953 episode of the Kate Smith Hour!  Singing, dancing, and more!  The IA is worth getting lost in for a little while, so enjoy!