While Bree has no idea exactly how old these recordings are, titles on the labels tie them to the heady days of Crazy Water and the company’s associated radio shows – 1930s-40s?
An e-mail from Bree described them as follows:
“Produced for the Crazy Water Company, they contain The Crazy Man (eight programs) and Crazy Crystals, Series B (eight programs). Also, the Crazy Serenader, (six programs), the Crazy Mineral Wells Broadcast (ten programs), and Souvenirs, 2 programs. Only two programs of the intriguing production entitled, The Black Ghost, are in this collection.”
The discs now reside at the University of North Texas Music Library Archive in Denton, where Bree deposited them for preservation purposes.
“I met the people out at the archives building,” Bree said, “and since then they’ve bought another building that’s just about the same size or bigger, and it’s like a converted airplane hangar. All they had in there at that time were LPs. It was like ‘Indiana Jones’ when they were putting the crate up safely. It was just awe inspiring, how huge it was and with the university being tied to music as closely as it is. And all he [the UNT archivist] could assure me was that they would be properly housed until UNT got to where they could process them.”
Bree said the library board approved locating the local treasures with UNT, “though some were a little disappointed they wouldn’t be kept locally.”
This happened a couple of years ago, Bree estimated, and time passed.
“When UNT Portal to Texas History was doing a program here this summer for local area repositories, I mentioned that I never heard back from them [concerning the recordings],” said Bree. “So she sent me a link to the finding guide so I could see where they reside.”