Anniversary Album: First Five Years

The Anniversary Album features a roundup of comedy sketches, songs and stories from the early years of A Prairie Home Companion.

If you showed up on July 6, 1974, at the Janet Wallace Auditorium at Macalester College in Saint Paul and plunked down your $1 admission (50 cents for kids) to attend the very first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, you were in select company. There were about 12 people in the audience. But those in attendance thought there were worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon, so Garrison Keillor and the APHC team went on with the show for another 42 years.  Those early years are remembered fondly among fans from Minnesota.  In 1979, the show began national distribution and expanded its broadcast range far beyond the midwest.  Many elements of the show remained but additonal comedy elements and a regular News segment were added.

This festive collection is a nostalgic trip through five years of America's favorite radio show.  

“Commercials” for Powdermilk Biscuits, Jack’s Deep Valley Bed and more introduce songs and sketches like “The Finn Who Would Not Take a Sauna” and “The Cat Came Back.” Selected from the original live radio broadcasts.


Hello Love, Sister Nell and Dirty Reuben, Turn Your Radio On, Powdermilk Biscuit Spot and Theme, I Know You Rider, Rockin’ Alone, Powdermilk Biscuit Theme, The Finn Who Would Not Take a Sauna, Timas Hans Schottis, Getting in the Cows, Hiberman Reel, Joe Trudeau’s Time, Saint Adele’s Reel, Minnesota Moon, Fearmonger’s Spot, Teddy Bears’ Picnic, I’ll Keep on Loving You, D&D Hull Tax Service Spot, Sunday Rag, The Cat Came Back, Ölandis Tös, Jack's Deep Valley Bed Spot, Answer Only with Your Eyes, Do Right Woman, Suppertime, All God’s Children, The Ballad of the Maples, Stepstone

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