Cherokee Soundie

Cherokee Soundie

One of Charlie Barnet's biggest hits was "Cherokee."  Check out this great Soundie from 1950 featuring Charlie and His Orchestra.  To learn more about the history of Soundies take a look at his article we posted a few months ago.  Watch the video below and enjoy!


...and of course you can hear Charlie Barnet right here on Swing City Radio.

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Swing City Radio Mug

Swing City Radio Mug

So I got my new Swing City Radio Mug today!  Very exciting! (I need a life, haha.)  It's the same mug that we feature in our Swing City Radio Swag Store.  Looking forward to drinking gallons of coffee from this mug.  Here's a direct link to the mug in our store.

The mug looks great and the station logo really "pops" on this mug.  The other impressive thing is how it was shipped.  Look at the pictures below.  See how secure the packaging is?  I've ordered mugs from other places over the years and many times they've arrived broken.  So I was quite pleased to see that there was care taken when packing this mug.

Swing City Radio Mug Swing City Radio Mug

Here are some photos of the front and back of the mug.  The picture on the right is a little blurry but I'm sure you get the point.

Swing City Radio Mug  Swing City Radio Mug

Don't forget to check out our Swag page for other items!

Swing City Radio: Playing Your Big Band and Swing Music Favorites from the 1930's, 40's and Today! - Big Band Radio Station Broadcasting Online from King of Prussia, PA.

This Week on Live at 5


This week we have some great Big Band performances on Live at 5 including:

Monday (03/30): Joan Brooks: Live on Columbia Presents... - June 7, 1944

Tuesday (03/31): Bob Crosby with Eileen Barton: Live on the Air #1

Wednesday (04/01): Ralph Flanagan: Live from Hollywood Palladium

Thursday (04/02): Russ Morgan: Live from the Trocidaro - Jan 18, 1945

Friday (04/03): Live from The College Inn - Mar 27, 1945

Please keep in mind, some of the recordings featured on the show are almost 100 years old. Time has been spent trying to clean up some the audio, but the quality at times, on some of these recordings can be a little sketchy.  There may be some audio garbles, a brief volume drop or two and some pops, but they shouldn't take away from the enjoyment of the recording.  That being said, the content of these shows are classic, so if you need to adjust your volume a bit, I hope you'll find that it's worth it.

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Podcast: Episode 4

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Listen to The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Episode 4: Contrasts and The Count


We listen to some great Big Band music including songs from Charlie Spivak, Jimmy Dorsey and Count Basie. We also enjoy a radio performance by Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra which was recorded at the Blackhawk Hotel in 1940.

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Hal Kemp

Hal Kemp Album Cover

Hal Kemp was an alto saxophonist, clarinetist and bandleader who passed away at the height of The Big Band Era. He was also an excellent composer and arranger whose songs features a distinctive sound and feel. 

 In 1927, Kemp formed his own orchestra, which at various times featured Bunny Berigan, Skinnay Ennis and John Scott Trotter, and the band became a popular jazz orchestra in the late 1920s.

In the 1930s,  Kemp's band became better known for more soothing "sweet" dance music which was gaining popularity during the gloom and doom of The Great Depression. From 1932 to 1934, they performed at the Blackhawk Restaurant in Chicago, and appeared regularly on radio broadcasts. They became well-known nationally, and eventually signed with Brunswick Records.

Kemp and his orchestra had a number of hit records, including "The Music Goes 'Round And Around", "Shuffle Off to Buffalo", "In the Middle of a Kiss", "This Year's Kisses" and "Lullaby Of Broadway".  In 1937, Kemp left Brunswick Records and signed with Victor Records.

Hal Kemp died in California in 1940, aged 36, following a road accident. His car was hit by an oncoming truck, and he died in hospital from pneumonia two days later. Hal's Birthday would have been today, he was born March 27th, 1904.

You can hear the many hits of Hal Kemp right here on Swing City Radio.

Swing City Radio: Playing Your Big Band and Swing Music Favorites from the 1930's, 40's and Today! - Big Band Radio Station Broadcasting Online from King of Prussia, PA.

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