Ray Anthony Turns 100!

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Swing City Radio would like to wish Ray Anthony a Happy 100th Birthday. To celebrate the talent of this great trumpet player and bandleader, I've posted a performance of Mr. Anthony's Boogie from the early 1950's.  Such a great song by one of the last true living links to the Big Band Era. Enjoy!

Watch: Ray Anthony perform "Mr. Anthony's Boogie".

You can hear the great music of Ray Anthony right here on Swing City Radio.

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Liz Tilton

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Liz Tilton was the younger sister of famed Benny Goodman vocalist, Martha Tilton.  She never enjoyed the popularity achieved by her older sister, but Liz managed to put together a pretty good career in her own right.

Her career started in 1938 with Kenny Baker's band while she was still in high school.  She was also featured by Buddy Rodgers before joining Ray Noble and His Orchestra in 1940.

In early 1941 she left Noble's band to join on with Bob Crosby's outfit.  This move greatly increased Tilton's exposure.  Shortly after World War II broke out, Liz was featured on many AFRS Programs and performed at many USO shows.

By the mid 1940's, Liz Tilton had created a bit of name for herself and was no longer just known as Martha's kid sister.  She joined up with Jan Garber and His Orchestra for a couple of years and and also enjoyed a mildly successful solo career. 

Listen to: "Shoo Shoo Baby" sung by Liz Tilton with Jan Garber's Orchestra in 1944.

Note: Liz was billed by her full name, Elizabeth Tilton on many recordings as well.

You can hear the beautiful voice of Liz Tilton right here on Swing City Radio.

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Podcast: Show 95 - Swing and The Johnny Thing

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Swing and The Johnny Thing - Show 95 - 

Features vintage Big Band music by Ozzie Nelson, Bob Crosby, Duke Ellington and more.  Ronnaldo plays clips from a 1946 educational film titled "Johnny Learns His Manners" and also answers listener mail.

* All music in this podcast are Creative Commons.  Artists are credited within the podcast.

Listen to: Swing and The Johnny Thing (Show 95)
Podcast Episode

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Shorty Sherock

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Shorty Sherock will always be known more as a great sideman.  In the 1930's, he was a sought out trumpeter playing for the orchestras of Ben Pollack, Jimmy Dorsey and Bob Crosby.  The 1940's saw Sherock spend time in the bands of Gene Krupa, Tommy Dorsey, Raymond Scott, Bud Freeman, Alvino Rey and Horace Heidt.  As you can see, Shorty Sherock's finger prints (or I should say, trumpet playing) are all over the Big Band Era.

In 1945, he decided to lead his own band.  Shorty Sherock and His Orchestra were a talented unit but unfortunately they didn't last long.  They disband in 1946.  But luckily, there was a Radio Remote that was recorded of one of their performances from the Glen Island Casino.  It was a great show that took place on August 7, 1945 and the sound quality was great.  Some of the songs featured were: "Lame Brain", "Four Bones" and "I Miss Your Kiss".  You can hear those songs along with others from that performance right here on Swing City Radio.

Listen to: "Lame Brain" by Shorty Sherock

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