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Podcast: Episode 34

The Big Band and Swing Podcast

The Big Band and Swing Podcast -  Episode 34: Anthony, Mundy and Shore, I'll Buy a Chevy

Hello there people! In this episode of the Big Band and Swing Podcast, Ronnaldo plays music by Ray Anthony, Jimmy Mundy, Wilbert Baranco, Jimmy Lunceford, Red Norvo and more.  Dinah Shore also recommends to See the USA in Your Chevrolet. 

Listen to The Big Band and Swing Podcast

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Command Performance

Bob Hope on Command Performance

Command Performance was a radio program produced exclusively for the U.S. troops and aired between 1942 and 1949. The program was broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Network (AFRS) and transmitted by shortwave to the troops overseas, it was not broadcast over domestic U.S. radio stations.  Most of the episodes were recorded before a live studio audience in the Vine Street Playhouse in Hollywood, California.

The basic theme of the program was that soldiers would send in requests for a particular performer or program to appear. They also suggested unusual ideas for music, sketches, or sounds from home on the program, for example: "Ann Miller tap dancing in military boots"; "a sigh from Carole Landis"; "foghorns on San Francisco Bay"; "Errol Flynn taking a shower"; "a slot machine delivering the jackpot" and "Bing Crosby mixing a bourbon and soda for Bob Hope". Top performers of the day appeared, including Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Fred Allen, Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland and The Andrews Sisters.

The first Command Performance was broadcast on March 1, 1942, almost exactly three months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Its success paved the way for the creation of the Armed Forces Radio Service in May 1942. Time magazine described Command Performance as being, "the best wartime program in America".  I'd have to agree with them.  It's ironic and a shame that very few listeners in the United States ever heard it because of it's exclusive distribution to the U.S. Troops around the world.  Variety Magazine also observed that “sometimes the language on these shows is just a little more robust than is passed by standard broadcasting stations. Jack Benny, as we recall, last Sunday night encouraged our fighting men to ‘give ’em hell.'”  Oh, that salty language of Jack Benny.  :)


Watch a behind the scenes film about the AFRS Radio Show: "Command Performance"

The main reason that the show wasn't broadcast on domestic U.S. radio stations was that performers volunteered their talents for the program. In 1943, Tune In magazine estimated if "Presented by a commercial sponsor, Command Performance would have a weekly talent cost of $50,000."  Another reason was that performing and production unions waived their rules for the war effort on the condition that the shows were only broadcast to service personnel.

An episode of Command Performance generally ran for 30 minutes with the exception of holiday specials.  The program featured some great musical performances and entertainment that can only be found on these shows.

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Bunny Berigan

Bunny Berigan - Radio Recordings: 1938 - 
This recording features the songs: "Kiss Me Again", "Back In Your Own Backyard", "Whistle While You Work" and "Devil's Holiday" from a Live Radio Performance that took place in 1938.  The audio has been cleaned up and this is a fantastic performance by Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra.

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Judy Garland

Judy Garland on Swing City Radio

Judy Garland is remembered by most as an Award Winning Actress and for starring roles in classic films like The Wizard of Oz and A Star is Born.  But, she was also a very popular and influential vocalist during the Big Band Era singing with some of the biggest names of the time.  She made many record-breaking concert appearances and released eight studio albums.

Judy Garland was born as Frances Ethel Gumm in 1922.  Great name, huh?  Surprised that it was changed as she got older. :)   She began performing in vaudeville at a very young age.  Her history as an actress is well documented.  Her role as Dorothy Gale in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" cemented her as a movie icon of the Golden Age of Movies.

Listen to a young Judy Garland sing "Stompin' at the Savoy" with Bob Crosby and His Orchestra from 1936

Garland, of course, had many musical soundtrack hits to her credit but also had many hits for Decca Records during the 1930's and 1940's.  She later recorded for both the Columbia and Capitol labels as well.  Judy made many recordings with orchestras led by Bob Crosby (at the young age of 13), Harry Sosnik, Victor Young, Bobby Sherwood and David Rose to name a few.  Judy also shared the microphone in duets with such names as Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer and the Merry Macs.

You can hear many Judy Garland songs right here on Swing City Radio. 

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Sammy Kaye

Picture of Sammy Kaye

Sammy Kaye was a memorable name of the Big Band Era whose catchy tag line, "Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye", became one of the most famous of the of that time.  His signature tune was "Harbor Lights".  Kaye could play both saxophone and clarinet, but for some reason he never featured himself as a soloist on either one.

He made a large number of records for many different labels. Kaye was also a hit on the radio because of his radio-friendly "Sweet" style and sound. He was famous for an audience participation gimmick called "So You Want to Lead a Band?" where audience members would be called onto stage in an attempt to lead the band.  He just wasn't a good bandleader, he had a great grasp of marketing and band promotion.  I'm not sure if any other band leader from the era even came close to Sammy Kaye as far as his creative promotions and branding.


Listen to "Don't Fence Me In" - Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye

His band members included a few big names including Ralph Flanagan and Don Cornell. All the members of the band sometimes sang backing vocals in various combination as the "Kaydets". His musicians were always competent, but because of his radio-friendly style, reviewers felt the band was unoriginal.

Though the music critics were hard on Sammy Kaye, this didn't keep him off the charts, and it didn't stop him from being one of the bigger names of the Big Band Era.

You can hear many of Sammy Kaye's songs right here, on Swing City Radio.

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