Happy Birthday: Buddy Clark

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Today we celebrate the birthday of a true crooner - Buddy Clark.  Buddy was born on July 26th, 1912 in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

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

Big Band Birthdays - July 26: Buddy Clark




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The Jingle Maker

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Raymond Scott is best known for his classic recordings of songs like "Powerhouse", "Twilight in Turkey" and so many more.  Personally, he is one of my favorite artists from the Era.

Throughout the 1950's and well into the 60's, while other bandleaders were fading into the past, Raymond Scott pursued another of his many passions, the commercial jingle. 

During a span of roughly 15 years, Scott and his then wife, Dorothy Collins, recorded dozens and dozens of commercial jingles for products like Listerine, Sprite, Hamm's Beer, Tareyton Cigarettes, Vicks Medicated Cough Drops, and many others!

I'm telling you, the more I learn about Raymond Scott over the years, the more he just simply amazes me with his creativity and versatility.  I've included a couple of samples below for you to enjoy.

By the way, I found a very funny line in one of the descriptions describing the collection of these recorded jingles.  It simply states, "Products may contain soy, wheat, dairy, or Mel Tormé." - Enjoy!


Listen to: RCA Victor TV - "New Sensations in Sound"


Listen to: "When You Shop at a Food Town Store"

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Watch the Soundie: Tampico

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Today's Soundie features Stan Kenton and His Orchestra. "Tampico" was a Top 10 Hit for the band and just happened to be the first Kenton song to feature the vocals of June Christy.  Christy later commented, "She had been disappointed that her first recording with Kenton was 'Tampico', but was fortunate that it was a hit and established her right away."

The Soundie was released to the Panoram Nation in November of 1945.  The song pokes fun at the Mexican city of Tampico suggesting it had become more Americanized than the United States itself.  There are many lines of the song that point out that most of the "Mexican" souvenirs which could be bought in Tampico had been ironically manufactured in the U.S. 

Also, I just have to add that June Christy is by far, my favorite Kenton vocalist. Enjoy!

Watch: "Tampico" by Stan Kenton with June Christy on vocals.

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Happy Birthday: Bob Eberly

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Today on Big Band Birthdays we celebrate the birthday of the talented and popular male vocalist of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra - Bob Eberly.  Robert was born on July 24th, 1916 in Mechanicville, New York.

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

Big Band Birthdays - July 24: Bob Eberly


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Podcast: Episode 71

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Linda and the Dipsy Doodle - 

Episode 71 includes some music from Benny Carter, Anson Weeks, Ray Noble and more.  Ronnaldo plays tracks from old AFRS Radio Shows including Command Performance, Jubilee and One Night Stand.  But hey, he always does that.

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