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High Fidelity

Josh Kun finds forgotten treasures in old, discarded LPs

November 17, 2008

In this podcast, we go way beyond Barbra Streisand to hear some all-but-forgotten Jewish music of the 20th century—from Leo Fuchs singing “The Yiddish Twist” on his 1960s album Shalom, Pardner to the Temptations performing a Fiddler on the Roof medley from the album On Broadway.

Josh Kun and Roger Bennett dug up these gems, along with hundreds of other LPs, in a quest to tell the story of Jews in America through music and album covers. Kun spoke to Nextbook about their findings, which they chronicle in their new book, And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past as Told by the Records We Have Loved and Lost.

Listen to “Fiddler on the Roof Medley” performed by the Temptations

Listen to “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” performed by the Barry Sisters

Listen to “Now” performed by Lena Horne

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Sara Ivry is the host of Vox Tablet, Tablet Magazine’s weekly podcast. Follow her on Twitter @saraivry.