Podcast: Show 90 - Swing and Kitchen Safety

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Swing and Kitchen Safety - Show 90 - 

Ronnaldo plays some vintage recordings by Johnny Otis, Don Redman and Les Brown.  We also listen to some very important clips about Kitchen Safety.

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

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Soundie: "The Singing Telegram Song"

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Today's Soundie is called "The Singing Telegram Song".  This was filmed in June of 1941 and features Johnny Downs on vocals along with Will Osbourne and His Orchestra.  Will and the band don't make an appearance in this one.

This is just a classic, simple story told through song.  An older, rich gentleman hires a singer (Downs) to deliver a message of love to a beautiful blonde bombshell (played by Etheldreda Leopold).  I could tell you the ending, but I don't want to ruin it for you.

The song itself is a catchy one and Johnny Downs does a good job with the vocals.  As a child, Downs was a member of "The Little Rascals" and would go on to have a decent career as an entertainer.

After viewing this, the biggest question I have is ... Did that older gentleman get a refund?

Enjoy! 

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Lillian Lane

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You may not recognize the name Lillian Lane, but during her career she managed to lend her voice to some of the biggest bands of the era. Lillian appeared on the scene as a solo vocalist with Claude Thornhill's Orchestra in 1941, she was also a member of the "Snowflakes" vocal group which featured with Thornhill.

In late 1942, Lane moved on to replace Anita Boyer in Jerry Wald's Orchestra, but then only months later, settled in with George Olsen's band for about a year.  By July of 1944, Lane had joined Gene Krupa's band and recorded many sides with them.  She was replaced by Anita O'Day in 1945 and Lillian found her way into the bands of Randy Brooks and Artie Shaw.

1946 was the year that Lane joined up with Tex Beneke and his Glenn Miller "ghost band".  She received increased attention with Beneke and in early 1947, she joined the ranks of Benny Goodman's Orchestra and scored a hit with the song "I Want To Be Loved".

From 1948 on, she recorded mostly as a solo artist and would show up in the liner notes of many reformed orchestras and tribute bands.  As you can see, Lillian rarely settled into a band for longer than a year.  Was it because she didn't have the "staying power" of some of the other featured female vocalists of the time, or was it because of her talent, that she was always being lured away to join the next big name orchestra?  You can decided that.

Listen to: Benny Goodman's "I Want To Be Loved" featuring Lillian Lane on vocals.

You can hear the beautiful voice of Lillian Lane right here on Swing City Radio.

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Dorothy Collins

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Canadian born Dorothy Collins started singing on local radio stations at a young age.  She was recruited by Raymond Scott in 1942 as a featured vocalist for his band at the age of 15.  From that point on, Collins became a bit of a protégée of Raymond Scott's and years later, his wife.

Her vocal pitch, phrasing, and delivery were top notch and in the late 1940's and early 50's began to receive national attention from her great performances on the CBS radio show  "Lucky Strike's Your Hit Parade."  You can hear Dorothy's voice in many of those early Lucky Strike commercial spots as a spokeswoman for the company. In fact, she became known as "The Sweetheart of Lucky Strike."

When "Your Hit Parade" made the jump to television Dorothy also made the transition. Collins was truly a fantastic and versatile performer.  Her television credits also included The Steve Allen Show, The Bell Telephone Hour, and The Hollywood Palace.

As I stated above, Collins eventually went on to marry Raymond Scott in 1952 and they remained married into the mid 1960's.

"Singing in the Rain" performed by Dorothy Collins & Raymond Scott Quintet in 1955

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Soundie: "Boardwalk Boogie"

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Today's Soundie features Will Bradley and His Orchestra performing "Boardwalk Boogie."  Such a great song.  The Soundie itself was filmed in 1941, and filmed quite well capturing a great band in it's prime as well as some very good dancing. While watching this you can feel the raw energy that defined the Will Bradley Orchestra.

There are some big names that appear in this clip including: Ray McKinley, Freddie Slack, Peanuts Hucko and, of course, Will Bradley himself.  This song was originally titled "This Little Icky Went to Town" but was later changed to "Boardwalk Boogie" for this Soundie.

Enjoy!

Watch: "Boardwalk Boogie" by Will Bradley and His Orchestra

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