The Grafters Club

Radio Faustina

Main Stage - Matinee - Featurette - Jukebox

Radio Faustina is what we call the recordings made by Orville "Chick" Braley, our grandfather, Michael's grandson, and Sam and Lou's grand-nephew. Chick lived in the Madison, Wisconsin area, but traveled extensively throughout his life as a working sax player in dance bands.

Chick made these recordings in his declining years when he got together with his old bandmates.

Other musicians participating include Frankie Barnes on piano, Charlie Johnson on guitar, Red on sax, and trumpet man "Hot Lips" Howie Nelson, with guest vocalist Pearl.

You can see where we got the name Faustina, though we don't know how long he might have been with that band, or who else was in it. That's grandma standing by the band's trailer.


The Braley Tapes

Chick apparently recorded these on 1/4" tape around 1961. Of several tapes we digitized, this material comes from a single tape recorded in March of 1962, containing, seemingly, a gig on each side. The setting is obviously a small club, perhaps in Madison, where the musicians and the patrons are practically at the same table. The tunes are mostly pop tunes from the Twenties and Thirties. Lots of conversation, lots of rough edges, and a good time was had by all.

A Good Man Is Hard To Find MP3
Doin' It Wrong MP3
Everywhere You Go MP3
I Dream of You MP3
I Just Do MP3
I'm Confessin MP3
Now I Don't Work Anymore MP3
Sheik of Araby MP3
Skirts MP3
Streets of Cairo (The Snake Charmer) MP3
Sweet Georgia Brown MP3
Unknown MP3
Unknown MP3
Unknown MP3
Up The Lazy River MP3
Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey MP3
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams MP3
You''ll Be There MP3


The Chick Disks

These tunes were originally recorded by Chick on 78 rpm records, late in life, sometime around 1959-1960. He began his career in the late Twenties and played all his life. Most of these tracks were apparently recorded at home, for fun, though some were recorded in clubs.

I'm Confessin' MP3
I Surrender Dear/Are You Satisfied MP3
I'm In The Mood For Love MP3
It Had To Be You MP3
Miss You MP3
Moon Medley MP3
My Baby Smiles At Me/Who's Sorry Now MP3
Sheik of Araby/Nobody's Sweetheart MP3
Unknown MP3
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams MP3