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St. Louis Blues - Alvino Rey's talking steel guitar sequence from Jam Session (1944)

This number from the 1944 Ann Miller musical "Jam Session" features a puppet voiced with a "talking" steel guitar, producing an early analog "vocoder" effect...

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Comment by kareng on November 29, 2016 at 2:18am

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Comment by STURTEWAGEN on November 20, 2016 at 7:11am

Selected from the film "Jam Session" (1944) with Ann Miller, Louis Armstrong and his orchestra, Alvino Rey and orchestra, Jan Garber and orchestra, Glen Gray and orchestra, Teddy Powell and orchestra, Nan Wynn and The Pied Pipers

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