Radio: The Yellow Rose of Ford

The call letters of radio station WGMS stand for Washington's Good Music Station. Two years ago, pursuing its cultural aims, WGMS presented a concert by the National Gallery Orchestra, featuring The Confederacy, a medley of Southern songs prepared and conducted by Richard Bales. When Columbia Records brought out an album of the songs last fall, WGMS proudly broadcast the premiere of the long-playing disk.

This summer, in Manhattan, bearded Mitch Miller, Columbia's pop record genie, was talked into listening to one of The Confederacy's songs, The Yellow Rose of Texas. He agreed that there was a possible hit in its bouncy rhythms,...

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