Chuck’s Classics, featuring Ella Mae Morse


Do you remember Blacksmith Blues?

How about Ella Mae Morse?
This song was released in 1952. The bg on Ella Mae, she was hired at age 14 by Tommy Dorsey. This song was her biggest hit. She was Active from the 1940’s to 1990’s. Ella had six children. She died Dec 1999 at age 75


Chuck Benson

Chuck Benson – Started his broadcast career in 1960 as a writer at CKYL, Peace River, AB, where in 1965 he won the Gold Leaf Award (now called the Juno) for Top Disc Jockey for Canada. From there, a brief stint at CFRN, Edmonton, AB as Promotions Manager for AM/FM Radio. Then in ’62 helped open CKNL Fort St. John, BC. In ’68 Chuck and two others (Ernie Mushtuk and Ernie Mykyte) started up Yellowhead Broadcasting Ltd out of Edson, AB, eventually ending up with satellites in Grande Cache, Jasper, Whitecourt and Hinton, AB. He sold his interests and moved to Vancouver, ending up with CFVR, Abbotsford as General Sales Manager, then Manager of CHPQ, Parksville, and eventually as a Sales Consultant with CIGV-FM in Penticton. Chuck is retired from broadcasting and living with his wife in Parksville.


  1. I love this kind of music. Helen O’Connell doing “Tangerine” and “Green Eyes” with Bob Eberly (now, that fellow had a voice). How about Anita O’Day doing a rendition of “Sweet Georgia Brown” at the Newport Jazz festival. And, Julie London aka Nurse Dixie McCall from the old 70’s Emergency TV series. She could torch sing as well as any of the best. Maybe toss in some Dorothy Dandridge singing “Chatanooga Choo Choo” with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.


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