Happy Birthday: Ray Anthony

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Ray Anthony is a gifted Trumpeter, Songwriter and Bandleader who was born on January 20th, 1922 in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania.  Happy Birthday Ray!

 - If you'd like to learn a little more about Ray Anthony and hear a couple of his songs, then check out the Podcast Extra: 

Big Band Birthdays - January 20: Ray Anthony

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Happy Birthday: Ray Eberle

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January 19th marks the birthday of vocalist Ray Eberle.  Ray was born January 19, 1919 in Mechanicville, New York.  Happy Birthday Raymond!

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Big Band Birthdays - January 19: Ray Eberle


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Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

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Glenn Miller fans are no strangers to the famous Miller Medleys.  The majority of them followed the fun format of "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue".  So, what's the story behind those classic compilations?

At the end of 1939, Paul Whiteman and his band ended their run on the Chesterfield Cigarettes radio series that was broadcast on CBS.  Glenn Miller and His Orchestra were chosen to take his place.  For the first 13 weeks of the new series Glenn Miller would also be joined up with The Andrews Sisters.

These shows were scheduled to be 15 minutes long.  The challenge the show producers faced over the first three months of the series was fitting in as much Miller Music as possible while providing time for at least one song for The Andrews Sisters.  Miller also demanded that his own vocalists Marion Hutton, Ray Eberle and Tex Beneke be featured on all of the programs. The solution: "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue" medleys that were performed during the joint broadcasts with The Andrews Sisters.

The medleys really caught on and soon became a staple in Glenn Miller's live performances. Glenn continued the format until he broke up the band to join the military in the Fall of 1942.  While in the military, the format was used again by Glenn Miller and the Army Air Forces Band for the famous "I Sustain the Wings" broadcasts in 1943 and 1944.  He also used the medleys during various BBC broadcasts as well.


Some Great Examples of Glenn Miller Medleys

I believe there are over seventy different recorded "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue" medleys floating around out there scattered throughout various record releases and old radio remotes.

You can hear many of these medleys right here on Swing City Radio.

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Forgotten World War II Song Finally Released

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On Friday, January 15th, 2021, the song “I’m Dreaming of No One But You” written by Leona Augustine, will finally make it's recorded debut.  Swing City Radio will be premiering the song a little after 12pm (Noon) EST on Friday the 15th.  We will replay the premiere shortly after 4pm on the same day.  “I’m Dreaming of No One But You” will then enter normal rotation on The Modern Block.

Leona Augustine’s song has a fascinating back story. The sheet music sat forgotten for decades until her grandson, Jacob Luecke, discovered it in a collection of old family papers in the Spring of 2020.

I encourage you to read the press release below as well as visiting: www.leonasdream.com or facebook.com/leonasdream to learn more about this interesting project.  It's quite apparent that Jacob put a lot of effort into making his grandmother's dream come true so please consider getting a copy of the song for yourself.

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Forgotten World War II love song finally makes its recorded debut on January 15, 2021:

In 1942, a young woman wrote a love song. It was called “I’m Dreaming of No One But You” and was inspired by her future husband who had just left home for World War II. 

The song caught the attention of a famous Hollywood composer, who helped write the music. “I’m Dreaming of No One But You” was published, but never recorded. Over the years, the song was nearly forgotten. But now, nearly 80 years later, the song has been professionally recorded for the first time. The effort included contributions from musicians around the world.

“I’m Dreaming of No One But You” was written by Leona Augustine. She wrote the song as a young woman living on a Missouri farm. The original sheet music was composed by Bob Carleton, who had a memorable hit song in “Ja-Da” and later wrote songs for movies.

The song sat forgotten for decades until Leona Augustine’s grandson, Jacob Luecke, recently discovered the sheet music in a collection of old family papers. In the spring of 2020, he set out to record the song in a big band style similar to what was popular during the time of its writing. He ended up working with musicians from nine different countries to bring the song to life.

Jacob Luecke: “Grandma Leona died in 1984, when I was just two years old — so I never really knew much about her. It was amazing to discover that she was a songwriter, which is my hobby too. The first time I played the song, I could tell it was special,” said Jacob Luecke. “I’m excited to be able to share grandma Leona’s talent with the world. I am grateful to the many incredible musicians who contributed to this recording. I hope everyone enjoys listening to it!” 

The song will be released on January 15, 2021, on what would have been Leona Augustine’s 106th birthday. It will be available on all major streaming services.

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Podcast: Episode 44

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Monroe, Pied Pipers and Oats - 

Episode 44 features tracks from Vaughn Monroe, Artie Shaw, The Pied Pipers and others.  We will also listen to a great version of Tuxedo Junction by Harry James.  Ronnaldo reads a listener's review and we learn who is the Giant of the Cereals.

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