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HEPCAT (noun)slang term from the 1940's meaning "a hip, cool, person that liked Swing and Jazz Music." Also: a stylish or fashionable person

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The Circus Around Harry James

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Harry James was one of the most popular trumpet players and bandleaders of the Big Band Era.  He was constantly performing, recording and touring.  You can say his life was a bit of a circus!  But Harry was no stranger to a good circus, he spent his childhood travelling with them. 

Born to circus performer parents, James spent the majority of his youth on the road traveling with the Mighty Haag Circus. His father Everette was the circus bandmaster and the featured trumpet player.  His mother Myrtle was a trapeze artist and horse rider.  It has been reported in the past that she kept performing her high-wire routines until a month before Harry was born. 

Harry himself performed with the circus working as a contortionist when he was only 4 years old.  By the age of 5, he was a featured drummer and by age 9, he was trained by his father to play trumpet.  All of us fans of Harry's trumpet playing should be thankful that his father steered him away from the drums and to the trumpet.  It's also said that his father was a strict taskmaster. so it's no surprise that Harry developed his disciplined approach to his playing.  By the age of 12, he took over leadership of the second band in the Christy Brothers Circus, for which his family was then working. 

There's no question that Harry's childhood in the circus molded him into the great trumpet player and bandleader that he was.  But it came at a cost.  Harry James never got close to people.  Many of the members of his bands have commented later that they really didn't get to know him.  

James’ stunted personality most likely stemmed from the loneliness and insecurity of a childhood spent on the road with the circus. Starting at a young age, Harry needed an audience to feel special, important and loved. Without it, he believed he really wasn’t worth much. According Helen Forrest, who sang in Harry's bands for years, “He was at peace and he knew he was loved when he was playing the trumpet."

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Podcast: Episode 45

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Mercer, Miller and The Revers-o-scope - 

Episode 45 includes some great songs from Johnny Mercer, Frank Sinatra, Liz Tilton and Tony Pastor.  Ronnaldo also unpacks an audio clip from 1944 which, in his opinion, is simply a ridiculous masterpiece.

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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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