Another New Year's Eve

New Years Eve

It's New Year's Eve yet again (they seem to come quicker and quicker every year, don't they?) and we are about to begin a new decade.  I hope that everyone that is going out tonight has a blast but please, please be safe.  Don't be drinking and driving. :)

Happy New Year's Eve and Looking Forward to Playing Your Favorite Music in 2020!

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Worldwide Love of Swing City Radio

Audience Map

It's been exciting to see Swing City Radio quickly grow into a popular Big Band and Swing radio station in the United States this year.  I'm so thankful for our listening audience.  Something that took me off guard was the growth of our international audience.  German listeners, especially in cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Cologne, were our largest audience outside of the United States.  Spain, Switzerland, France, Argentina and Poland also showed very surprising numbers of Big Band and Swing lovers that tuned into Swing City Radio during 2019.

Let's make 2020 the Year of Swing!  It makes me so happy to know that the love of 1930's and 1940's Big Band and Swing Music still has a worldwide appeal.

Thank you for listening to Swing City Radio!

Vielen Dank für das Hören von Swing City Radio!

¡Gracias por escuchar Swing City Radio!

Merci d'avoir écouté Swing City Radio!

Ďakujeme, že ste počuli Swing City Radio!

Dziękujemy za słuchanie Swing City Radio!

Grazie per aver ascoltato Swing City Radio!

Swing City Radioをお聴きいただきありがとうございます!

I used Google Translate to write those thank you messages.  So don't be mad at me if the translation is wrong. Haha. :)

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Big Band Jam Session

Swing City Logo

A fantastic jam session of "Honeysuckle Rose" featuring some of the icons of the Big Band Era including:  Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Ziggy Elman, Ed McKinney, Illinois Jacquet and Les Paul!  It was recorded live for the program "Command Performance" on September 30, 1944.


It starts off a little scattered as all of the musicians find their groove within the song, then features some nice solos.  It now showing on our Youtube Channel.  Enjoy!

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I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo


Benny Goodman on Swing City Radio

I've Got a Gal In Kalamazoo by Benny Goodman?

Everyone remembers the Glenn Miller version of "I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo."  And rightfully so!  The song was a mega-hit for Glenn Miller and His Orchestra and appeared in the movie "Orchestra Wives."  But did you know that Benny Goodman recorded a version of the song as well?  You can hear this version of the song right here on Swing City Radio but I've included a video below so you can enjoy it right now!


The vocals on the song are handled by Dick Haymes and was one of a handful of titles sung by  Haymes at his only  recording session with the Benny Goodman band.  Their version was recorded in June of 1942.  Enjoy!

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Merry Christmas 2019

Swing City Radio wishes you a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you out there in radio land.  I trust you've been enjoying the Big Band Christmas music we've been playing over the last month.  The holidays can sometimes lead to a lot of stress, so my hopes are that some of you were able to take some time to relax, kick back and enjoy the music we play here on Swing City Radio.

2019 has been a great year for the station.  We've only been broadcasting since October and the station is picking up new listeners every day.  I personally want to thank you all for listening.  This coming year should be an exciting year for Swing City Radio.  So please spread the word about the cool Big Band / Swing radio station that you found on the internet.  Getting your friends and family listening is the greatest Christmas gift you can give to us.  :)

Thanks again! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and I hope you all have a great 2020.

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Royal Crown Revue

Royal Crown Revue

Royal Crown Revue was a Los Angeles based Swing band formed in 1989. They are credited with starting the swing revival movement of the 1990's.

The band was founded by Mark Stern, Eddie Nichols and Mando Dorame out of their love of Rockabilly, Punk, Jazz, Blues, Soul and other styles of roots music.

Hollywood has helped spread the word about Royal Crown Revue.  After filming The Mask, they began a residency at The Derby, which gained worldwide recognition due mainly to the club's inclusion in the film Swingers. Although the band's music was an instrumental part of The Derby's swing scene, a conflict in their Warner Brothers contract prevented Royal Crown Revue from appearing in the movie.

You can hear Royal Crown Revue right here on Swing City Radio.

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The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra

The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra

There are some great dance bands out today carrying the "torch" for the iconic Big Bands that you hear on Swing City Radio.  One band that has truly nailed down the sound of the 1930's and 40's is a talented band out of New York City, The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra!  We are currently featuring their Christmas song "Over the River and Through the Wood" in our Christmas music rotation.  The song can be found on their album: Underneath the Mistletoe.  You can listen to or purchase the song right now at: glenncrytzer.com/music

The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra is a New York City based band led by Butler, Pennsylvania born, Glenn Crytzer.  Other members include: Sam Hoyt, Jason Prover, Mike Davis, Rob Edwards, Jim Fryer, Joe McDonough, Jay Ratman, Dennis Lichtman, Dan Block, Matt Koza, Ricky Alexander, Bryan Reeder, Ian Hutchison and Andrew Millar.  This extremely talented group of musicians specializes in the authentic performance of big band and dance band music from the 1930's and 40's as well as new original music composed and arranged in the classic styles of this period. They were voted Best Group in the 2017 NYC Fans Decide Jazz Poll which was sponsored by Hot House Magazine.

Some of The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra's music has even appeared in a variety of TV programs and films by Disney, MGM, ABC, and more.

To learn more about The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra be sure to check out their website at: GCOswing.com as well as their Facebook Fan Page at: facebook.com/GlennCrytzerMusic and be sure to listen for their Christmas song "Over the River and Through the Wood" playing now on Swing City Radio.

For those of you out there that think things like "They just don't make music like they used to!" Then I STRONGLY encourage you to listen to The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra songs found at: glenncrytzer.com/music.  You won't be disappointed.

Of course, you can also hear The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra right here on Swing City Radio.

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Chrissy & The Get Go's

Chrissy & The Get Go's - Santa's Sleighin' It

I'm sure that you've noticed that we have been sprinkling in some Christmas Songs into our playlist since Thanksgiving.  Most of the songs you've been hearing are classic holiday standards recorded in the 1930's and 40's but we've also been featuring new Christmas Songs to mix things up a bit.  One of those songs is "Santa's Sleighin' It" by Chrissy & The Get Go's.  The band is based in Nashville, Tennessee and led by singer/songwriter Chrissy Blazier.  Chrissy's strong vocal talents are backed by a talented group of fine musicians including Chris Rodriguez, Mike Kyle, Boh Cooper and Bobby Blazier.

"Santa's Sleighin' It" is a good, old fashioned, Christmas song that has a catchy hook and a fun, bouncy feel to it.  You can hear the song right here on Swing City Radio or you can listen right now by visiting the band's Soundcloud Page: Listen to "Santa's Sleighin' It"

You can also learn more about Chrissy & The Get Go's by visiting their Facebook page: facebook.com/chrissyblazier

Rumor has it that Chrissy is a former Las Vegas headliner! So be sure to read more about her and the band on their fan page and keep listening to Swing City Radio to hear "Santa's Sleighin' It."

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Swing City Radio wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!  We are so thankful for all of you that have been listening to the station for the last couple months.  If you like what you are hearing, then please let your friends and family know.

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Christmas Music

Big Band and Swing Christmas Music

Starting on Thanksgiving Day, Swing City Radio will be playing Christmas songs by your favorite Big Band and Swing artists along with some other Christmas standards.  We will be scattering them in throughout the day mixed in with our normal programming.  (About one or two songs per hour.)

We will also be featuring some Christmas songs from some new, unsigned Big Band artists that we are very excited about.  I plan on featuring some articles about them so you can learn more about the artists and their music.

I'll keep you posted about any plans we may have for Christmas Day and New Years Eve.

I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving and thanks for continuing to listen and supporting the station.  Maybe you can have the station playing in the background as you have your Thanksgiving dinner?  It's my understanding that Big Band and Swing music helps the body digest food better.  Just kidding! :)

Enjoy the holiday and be safe!

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Earl Burtnett

Earl Burtnett

Earl Burtnett (1896–1936) was a bandleader, songwriter and pianist.  Burtlett was popular in the 1920's and 1930's.

In 1918 he joined Art Hickman's band as lead arranger and writer for the orchestra.  He penned some successful songs for Hickman including "Sleep", "Leave Me With A Smile", "Mandalay", and "If I Should Lose You".

In 1929, he took over as band leader on Hickman's retirement. His band then had a residency at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, and recorded for Brunswick Records backing the Biltmore Trio. They played across the country in the early and mid 1930's, with periods at both the Rice Hotel in Houston, and later at the Drake Hotel and other venues in Chicago, where their concerts were often broadcast on WGN radio.

Burtnett recorded for Columbia from 1926 through 1928 when he signed with Brunswick again and recorded prolifically through mid-1931.

On Christmas Eve, 1935, Burtnett underwent an emergency appendectomy in Chicago. However, peritonitis set in after the operation, and he died on January 2, 1936 at the age of 39.  He unfortunately passed away right as swing music was starting to take hold in the United States.  One can only imagine the great music he would have created.

You can hear Earl Burtnett right here on Swing City Radio.

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The Sunday Morning Swing


So how do you spend your Sunday mornings?  Do lounge around in pajamas sipping a delicious cup of coffee?  Maybe it's the one time in the week where you can sit down and have a relaxing breakfast with your family or spend some peaceful moments before going to church.

We all spend our precious Sunday Mornings in different ways.  Consider making The Sunday Morning Swing a new part of your routine.  Ease through your morning with the relaxing, smooth sounds of the Big Bands.  The Sunday Morning Swing features the softer Big Band favorites from the 1930's and 40's.  Let's make Big Band Music on Sunday mornings a tradition.  The show is even better with a great cup of coffee.

By the way, I like my coffee strong and bold.  No cream or sugar for this guy.  :)

Listen every Sunday Morning from 8am EST to 11am EST.

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Vaughn Monroe

Vaughn Monroe

Vaughn Monroe (1911–1973) was a singer, trumpeter and band leader. He rose to popularity in the 1940's and maintained that popularity throughout the 1950's.

In 1940, Monroe formed his first band in Boston and became its main singer. He was signed to the Bluebird label of RCA Victor.

Monroe recorded extensively until 1956, and his signature tune was "Racing With the Moon". It sold more than one million copies and Monroe was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.  Among his other hits were "In the Still of the Night", "There I Go", "There I've Said It Again", "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow", "Ballerina", "Melody Time" and "Riders in the Sky."

Monroe's orchestra had a number of excellent musicians. They focused mainly on romantic ballads in the studio, these songs became the hits for them.  When live, the band had a fiercely swinging side only occasionally captured on record. In ballrooms, Monroe often reserved the final set of the evening for unrestrained, swinging music.  I need to find some of those sets and put them on the air.

Listen to Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra on Swing City Radio.

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Erskine Hawkins

Erskine Hawkins

Erskine Hawkins (1914–1993) was a trumpeter, band leader and composer from Birmingham, Alabama. He is most remembered for composing the song "Tuxedo Junction" with saxophonist Bill Johnson. The song became a huge hit during World War II. Erskine's version made it as high as No. 7 on the national charts while Glenn Miller's version became a #1 Hit Song.

During 1936 through 1938, he recorded for Vocalion Records as "Erskine Hawkins and his 'Bama State Collegians". He later signed with RCA Victor Records and began recording on their Bluebird label as "Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra".

In the late 1930s Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra were one of the house bands at the Savoy Ballroom. They alternated with Chick Webb's band. They often used Tuxedo Junction as their sign-off song before the next band would take the stage.  Hawkins also engaged in battles of the bands with such bandleaders as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and Lionel Hampton.

In the mid 1940's, he was transferred to the main RCA Victor label, recording many of his greatest hits for both labels during the 40's.

Listen to Erskine Hawkins right here on Swing City Radio.

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Veterans: Thank You

Veteran's Day

Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it… it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.

Swing City Radio thanks the American Veterans who have helped keep this incredible country free.



Swing Street Box Set

Swing Street Album Cover

I was out again this weekend searching the used record stores. As I was digging deep in a dusty ol' corner of one of the stores and I found this gem.  "Swing Street" is a 4 LP compilation of some great music.  The set was originally released in 1962.  I'm really looking forward to digitizing these LP's and getting them up on the station for your enjoyment.

You can look forward to hearing tracks from Eddie Condon And His Orchestra, Wingy Manone And His Orchestra, Red Allen, Louis Prima, John Kirby, Mildred Bailey and many, many more.

The artwork on the cover is fantastic and the booklet inside looks like it's filled with some great info.  (Haven't read it yet.  Just scanned through.)

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is considered a swing revival band from Southern California. Their biggest singles include "Go Daddy-O", "You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)", and "Mr. Pinstripe Suit".

After playing in punk and alternative rock bands during the 1980's, Scotty Morris founded Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with Kurt Sodergren in Ventura, California.

So how did they pick the name Big Bad Voodoo Daddy?  Well, the story is that Scotty Morris met blues guitar legend Albert Collins after one of Collins' concerts. Scotty Morris, being a big Albert Collins fan asked Albert to sign a poster he had brought with him. "He signed my poster 'To Scotty, the big bad voodoo daddy'," Morris explains. "I thought it was the coolest name I ever heard on one of the coolest musical nights I ever had. So when it came time to name this band, I didn't really have a choice. I felt like it was handed down to me."

The band has concentrated on the swing of the 1940's and 1950's, playing clubs and lounges in their early years.

The band launched two CDs, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Watchu' Want for Christmas? under their own label before getting their big break when their songs "You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)", "I Wan'na Be Like You" and "Go Daddy-O" were featured in the soundtrack of the 1996 comedy-drama Swingers.

At that point, they were signed by Interscope Records. While with Interscope, the band released Americana Deluxe, This Beautiful Life, and Save My Soul. The band has continued their tours, performances and album releases.  Thanks for continuing to carry the torch of Swing guys!

You can hear Big Bad Voodoo Daddy right here on Swing City Radio.

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Benny Goodman: The Golden Age of Swing

Picture of Benny Goodman: The Golden Age of Swing

So as you can imagine, I spend a lot of time digging through the used record stores looking for great Big Band and Swing music to play on the station.  I found a great Benny Goodman collection during the summer entitled "The Golden Age of Swing."  I know, I know, it's November as I'm writing this and I just admitted I bought this in the summer.  Let's just say I was busy getting the radio station set up for all of you in radio land.

As I was working on the website today I decided to put this on the turntable and give it a spin, and WOW!, what a great recording.  This 5 record set was released in 1956 and claims to be a limited edition.  The collection captures Benny's career up until that date and features songs by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, his Trio and his Quartet.

I was lucky enough to find this in fantastic condition and if I remember correctly, spent only $2 for it.  The cover and booklet show very little wear and tear, the vinyl is clear and looks and sounds like it was barely played.  I'm sure I'll be digitizing many of these tracks soon so you all can get a listen.

Picture of The Golden Age of Swing Booklet

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Happy Halloween


Swing City Radio wants to wish our listening audience a Happy Halloween.  Have fun and stay safe!

I can't believe that tomorrow is going to be November already!  This year is just flying by.

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Leo Reisman

Leo Reisman

Leo Reisman (1897–1961) led a band in the 1920's and 1930's.  He was also a violinist. He became famous for having over 80 hits on the popular charts during his career.  Reisman started recording in 1921.  Geez, that's almost 100 years ago.

Leo Reisman recorded for Columbia exclusively through most of the 20's and then bounced back and forth between Victor and Brunswick.  In the 30's Reisman became known for recording many lesser-known Broadway songs, some of which were recorded by no other band. Due to his popularity, he was always one of the prominent bands and he recorded prolifically.

Reisman also had the habit of featuring composers and Broadway performers as band vocalists, including names like Harold Arlen and Fred Astaire.  A notable recording from this era was "Happy Days Are Here Again."

Overall, his most popular hits were his #1 recordings of "Night and Day," "The Continental," and "Cheek to Cheek."

Reisman's Orchestra was primarily a dance orchestra; he was not a fan of jazz music, but some of his early recordings were a bit improvisational and "hot".

Eddy Duchin was a member of Leo Reisman's orchestra; it was Reisman who gave Duchin his big break.  Mitch Miller was also a member of his Orchestra for a time.

Leo Reisman died in 1961, at the age of 64.

You can hear Leo Reisman right here on Swing City Radio.

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Rosie the Riveter


I stumbled upon this quick, but very informative, video that focuses on Rosie the Riveter.  Enjoy!



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Squirrel Nut Zippers

Squirrel Nut Zippers

Squirrel Nut Zippers is a Swing/Jazz band formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by James "Jimbo" Mathus, Tom Maxwell, Katharine Whalen, Chris Phillips, Don Raleigh and Ken Mosher.

The band's music is a mix of 1930s–era swing, blues, jazz and other styles. They found commercial success during the swing revival of the late 1990's with their 1996 single "Hell". During the late 1990's Squirrel Nut Zippers released many albums but none of them ever reached the popularity of "Hot" which featured their single.  After a hiatus of several years, the original band members reunited and performed in 2007, playing in the U.S. and Canada.

"Nut Zippers" is a southern term for a variety of old bootleg moonshine. The band's name comes from a newspaper story about an intoxicated man who climbed a tree and refused to come down even after police arrived. The headline was "Squirrel Nut Zipper." It is also the name of a Squirrel nut caramel candy dating back to 1890.

This is a very talented band and I should note, in this author's opinion, Katherine Whalen was a highly under-rated member of this band.  Her vocals on song's such as "Put a Lid on It" and others had the flavor and feel of some classic Billie Holiday studio performances.  But that's just my humble opinion.

You can hear Squirrel Nut Zippers right here on Swing City Radio.

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Jerry Gray

Jerry Gray

Jerry Gray (1915–1976) is widely known for his arrangement work during the Big Band and Swing era. He also led a successful band later in his career. Jerry's name will forever be linked to two of the most famous bandleaders of all time, Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller. Gray wrote many of Miller's arrangements during the late 1930's and early 1940's.

In 1936 Gray joined Artie Shaw's Orchestra as lead violinist. There, he studied musical arrangement under Shaw and became a staff arranger for the band a year later. During his time with Artie Shaw he wrote and arranged some of the band's most popular arrangements, including "Carioca", "Any Old Time", and the Shaw classic "Begin the Beguine."

In November 1939, Shaw suddenly broke up his band and moved to Mexico. (Gotta love Artie Shaw!) Story has it that Glenn Miller called Gray the very next day, and offered him a job arranging for his band. This was a difficult decision for Gray because under Artie Shaw he enjoyed a lot of musical latitude where Glenn Miller was often more strict with his arrangers and featured a more commercial sound and framework.  But, thankfully, Jerry Gray joined up with Miller found that he was allowed more of the freedom then expected. He appreciated that, and the musical relationship that resulted between Gray and Miller was historic.

With Gray in the mix as an arranger and composer the Glenn Miller Orchestra produced many of the most recognizable and memorable recordings of the Big Band and Swing Era. He arrangements included "Elmer's Tune", "Moonlight Cocktail", "Perfidia", and "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and many others, while his compositions included "Sun Valley Jump", "The Man in the Moon", "Caribbean Clipper", "Pennsylvania 6-5000" and his most famous song, "A String of Pearls". And folks, that's the short list. So many of Gray's pieces became best-sellers that he has been described as more responsible for the band's success than Miller himself, although publicly, Gray always described the relationship as mutually beneficial.

At this time in history World War II was at full focus in America and the rest of the world.
Gray was again jobless when Miller broke up his band in 1942 to enter the Army Air Forces. Captain Miller used his connections and clout to have Gray posted in his unit; and in early 1943, Gray rejoined his old boss. There, he became became chief arranger for the "Band of the Training Command", better known today as the Glenn Miller Army Air Forces Orchestra.

It fell to Gray to conduct the orchestra's first concert in Paris after Miller's airplane disappeared over the English Channel. When the men returned to the U.S. in 1945, Gray assumed full leadership of the AAF Orchestra until its final performance in November of that year.

Gray was passed over for the job of leading the postwar Glenn Miller Orchestra, reportedly because the Miller Estate felt he did not have the pop-star qualities they wanted in a new leader. Instead, they  hired Tex Beneke whose talents as vocalist and lead tenor sax player in Miller's civilian band provided a much more colorful front for the band. In 1945, Grey was an arranger for the Tex Beneke - Glenn Miller Orchestra.

In 1949 Jerry Gray expressed frustration with musicians which he felt were cashing in on the Miller name even though their connections with the band were thin or non-existent. (This didn't include Beneke. They continued to have a good relationship.) He later accepted a request from Decca Records to lead his own Miller-esque orchestra. The result was what he called "Jerry Gray and the Band of Today", an orchestra featuring his old Miller hits along with new songs. For a number of years the Gray and Beneke bands co-existed, each staffed by many former Miller musicians plus other well-known performers.

Listening to the Gray and Beneke orchestras provides an interesting contrast. Gray was arguably closer in spirit to the Miller legacy but never quite achieved the same level of popularity because he was less of a showman than Beneke.  (The Miller Estate was right after all.) But, overall, with all the artists that joined in post-war rush to capitalize on the Miller name, it was Jerry Grey that was responsible for upholding the flavor and integrity of the Miller style.  In my humble opinion, history and Big Band fans alike should be thankful to Jerry Gray for that.

In 1953 he and Henry Mancini worked on The Glenn Miller Story, a movie about Glenn Miller's life. In addition to leading his dance band he wrote and arranged for singers such as Vic Damone and other projects.  The 1960's saw Gray finally settle down in Dallas, where he conducted the house band at the Fairmont Hotel.

You can hear many of Jerry Gray's songs here on Swing City Radio, with, of course, the vast amount of Glenn Miller songs he was responsible for arranging.

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The Speakeasy Three

The Speakeasy Three

Based in Brighton, England, The Speakeasy Three does a great version of Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher." They released their single early this year and I included a promo video below.

I tried to find out more about the trio but only found their Facebook Page.  Here's the highlights from the About Section of their fan page:

Three Bad-Ass Babes Singing Their Little Hearts Out!

Ladies and Gentlemen! Prepare to swing, sway, sizzle and swoon! The Speakeasy Three are rolling out their show-stopping, room-swinging, after dark agenda for your delight.

Influences:
Influences on the sound, style and personality of the group include The Andrews Sisters, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Josephine Baker, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf...

Like I said, not much info, but they do a good version of the song and have a good sound to them.  Check them out.



You can hear "The Speakeasy Three" on Swing City Radio's - Modern Swing rotation.

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Claude Thornhill

Claude Thornhill

Claude Thornhill (1908–1965) was the leader of the Claude Thornhill Orchestra and a talented pianist, arranger and composer. He penned the standards "Snowfall" and "I Wish I Had You".

Claude was recognized as an extraordinary talent from early on and by his mid-teens, along with Danny Polo, he was already in the scene touring. The early part of his career is linked with Artie Shaw.  Thornhill and Shaw started their professional careers together at the Golden Pheasant in Cleveland, Ohio, with the Austin Wylie Orchestra. They later went to New York together in 1931.  By the mid 1930's he was playing with big names like Glenn Miller, Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Ray Noble, and Billie Holiday.

In 1939 he founded the Claude Thornhill Orchestra. Danny Polo, a musician he played with in his younger years, was his lead clarinet player. Although the Thornhill band was a sophisticated dance band, it became known for its superior jazz musicians.  Thornhill encouraged the musicians to develop cool-sounding tones. This approach and sound later influenced Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool which was modeled in part on Thornhill's sound and unconventional instrumentation.

The band's most successful records were "Snowfall", "A Sunday Kind of Love", and "Love for Love".

Thornhill was playing at the Paramount Theater in New York for $10,000 a week in 1942 (that was a boatload of money in 1942!) when he decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy. As chief musician with the Navy, he performed shows across the Pacific.

In 1946, he was discharged from the Navy and reunited his ensemble. Danny Polo and Gerry Mulligan returned with new members, Red Rodney and Lee Konitz, which provided a new energy that took them through the next 10 years or so. In the mid 1950's, Thornhill was briefly Tony Bennett's musical director.

Thornhill died of a heart attack in New Jersey, at the age of 56.

You can hear Claude Thornhill's music on Swing City Radio.

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Swing City Radio's: Live at 5


Every weekday at around 5 pm we will be playing an old live radio remote featuring an icon from the Big Band era. These remotes were aired by the top stations of the day and the content is amazing. Most Big Band and Swing fans should find these both interesting and entertaining.

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.

You'll hear a different remote each day featuring artists such as: Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and Louis Armstrong just name a few.

I hope you tune into Swing City Radio's "Live at 5!" I think you'll really enjoy it.

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Xavier Cugat

Xavier Cugat

Xavier Cugat (1900–1990) was raised in Cuba and was a leading figure in the spread of Latin music.  In New York City he was the leader of the resident orchestra at the Waldorf–Astoria before and after World War II.

In the 1920s, he led a band that played often at the Cocoanut Grove, a club in Los Angeles. When Charlie Chaplin, Xavier's friend, visited the club to dance the tango, Cugat decided to add tangos to the band's performances. The tangos really took off and seeing how popular the dance was becoming, Cugat convinced the owner to hire dancers to give tango lessons. In 1928 he turned his music show into the film "Xavier Cugat and His Gigolos."

In 1931, Cugat took his band to New York to become the resident band for the Waldorf–Astoria hotel. For sixteen years, he led the Waldorf–Astoria Orchestra, shuttling between New York and Los Angeles for most of the next 30 years. The reason for the constant travel to California was that he worked for the Los Angeles Times as a cartoonist. His caricatures were syndicated to newspapers throughout the country.

One of his performance trademarks was to hold a chihuahua while he waved his baton with the other arm, but Cugat's career wasn't all about gimmicks, in 1943 he scored a hit with his song "Brazil" and Xavier played a leading role in the spread of Latin music within the big band community.  Many big names came through Cugat's band including Dinah Shore, Desi Arnaz, Yma Sumac and Abbe Lane.

Not music related by noteworthy, Xavier Cugat also had some high profile relationships including marriages to Abbe Lane and Charo.

Listen to Xavier Cugat on Swing City Radio.

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The 3 o'clock Modern Block

Modern Swing Block

Every weekday at 3 pm and 3 am, Swing City Radio will feature a 30 minute block of Modern Swing Songs.

So what do I mean when I say Modern Swing?  Well, we'll be playing Artists, Bands and Songs that are classified as Swing Revival, Retro Swing and Vintage Jazz.  I'm not big on trying to put everything in a category so I'm just sticking with Modern Swing.  When you get down to it, we are going play some great songs, from some talented artists that were released much more recently than the 1940's.

Some of the artists you'll hear are Squirrel Nut Zippers, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra, Swingadelic, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Brian Setzer Orchestra and many more.

We will also be sprinkling modern tracks throughout the day as part of our normal programming.  Hope you enjoy.

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Charlie Barnet

Charlie Barnet

Charlie Barnet was a popular bandleader and saxophonist who started recording in the 1930's but really didn't hit his stride until the 1940's.  Some of his well known recordings were "Skyliner", "Cherokee", "The Wrong Idea", "Scotch and Soda", "In a Mizz", and "Southland Shuffle".

Barnet came from an affluent family which wanted him to pursue a career as a lawyer but Charlie was drawn to music.

As I stated above, Charlie Barnet's music career went into full gear in the early 40's.  He released his hit "Cherokee" and at this time also released his "Redskin Rhumba" (which is one of my personal favorites by him.)

He was one of the first bandleaders to integrate his band. He was an outspoken admirer of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Ellington recorded the Charlie Barnet composition "In a Mizz".

Barnet's band was a notorious party band where drinking and vandalism were a common occurrence. The structure of his band was quite different from some of the other popular bands of the time. Other band leaders, Glenn Miller for example, enforced strict standards of dress and behavior, Barnet was more interested in having fun, according to his autobiography The Swinging Years.

In 1949 he retired, apparently because he had lost interest in music. He was able to retire when he chose because he was one of the few heirs in a very wealthy family. A non- musical but interesting fact was that Charlie got married eleven times.

Charlie was defiantly cut from a different cloth but I encourage you to listen to his music and catch his music here on Swing City Radio.

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Soundies on our Youtube

Soundies

Just wanted to let you all know that we are putting together a very nice collection of Soundies on our Youtube Channel.  Decades before MTV, these were the "music videos" of the day.  They were short films featuring our favorite Big Band and Swing artists.  I've included this snippet from Wikipedia about Soundies because they covered it quite well:

"Soundies were short musical films, produced between 1940 and 1947, each containing a song, dance, and/or band or orchestral number. Produced professionally on 35mm black-and-white film, like theatrical motion pictures, they were printed in the more portable and economical 16mm gauge.

The films were shown in a coin-operated "movie jukebox" called the Panoram, manufactured by the Mills Novelty Company of Chicago. Each Panoram housed a 16mm RCA film projector, with eight Soundies films threaded in an endless-loop arrangement. A system of mirrors flashed the image from the lower half of the cabinet onto a front-facing screen in the top half. Each film cost 10 cents to play, and there was no choice of song; the patron saw whatever film was next in the queue. Panorams could be found in public amusement centers, nightclubs, taverns, restaurants, and factory lounges, and the films were changed weekly. The completed Soundies were generally made available within a few weeks of their filming, by the Soundies Distributing Corporation of America."

So now that you know a little more about Soundies check them out on our Youtube Channel.  I've included a sample below.  Enjoy!



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Charlie Spivak

Charlie Spivak

Charlie Spivak (1905?–1982) had a great band in the 40's and is best known for his trumpet playing.  The reason for the question mark after his birth is that his birth date is in debate.  Some place his birth in New Haven, CT in 1905 and other place it in the Ukraine in 1907.  What is clear is that Charlie Spivak was a fantastic musician.

He started playing the instrument at 10 years old, and as a teenager played a short time Johnny Cavallaro's Band and then moved on to play with Paul Specht's Band for about six years.

It was in the early 1930's where Charlie's career started to take flight.  He spent 3 years with Ben Pollack, a year with the Dorsey Brothers and then another year with Ray Noble's Band. He played side by side with many of the future icons of the Big Band Era. By the mid 30's he was serving as a studio musician for names like Glenn Miller, Raymond Scott, Jack Teagarden and Bob Crosby.

In 1940 Charlie Spivak formed his own band with the financial backing and encouragement of his friend Glenn Miller.  After some initial failures Charlie found success through most of the 40's.

Spivak was known for the sweet tone of his trumpet and his lead parts. Charlie became known as "The Man Who Plays The Sweetest Trumpet In The World".  Not a bad nickname to have, huh.

You can hear the Charlie Spivak Orchestra right here on Swing City Radio. "My Devotion", "It's Been a Long Time" and "Stardreams" are just a few of the tracks you can hear by him.  And that's not counting the countless songs he shows up on as a session player.

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Swing Is Now OUR Thing!

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We are proud to announce that on October 15, 2019 we have officially changed our radio station to a total Big Band and Swing format.  Our primary focus will be playing your favorites from the 1930's and 40's but we will also be mixing in Swing Roots from the 1920's, some Dixieland, some Ragtime, a little Bebop as well as playing Swing music from today.

I'd like to personally thank our listeners of Theme City Radio and I hope you stick around to give our new format a try.  My heart has always pointed towards a radio station with a Big Band/Swing format and I'm finally listening to it. :)

We are VERY excited to "Bring the Swing" here on Swing City Radio!  Please, bear with us over the next week or so as we change all of our branding, expand our Big Band and Swing playlists, create articles and content for our website and Youtube Channel and develop original programming.

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Listening To Swing City Radio on iTunes

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Since the station launch, I've had some listeners ask me how they can listen to Swing City Radio on iTunes.  Well, iTunes Radio has closed off their directory to new stations, but there is still a way to listen to Swing City Radio on iTunes.  The video below shows how you can add the station.  It's a very easy process and the video walks you through every step.

Our station stream is: http://streaming.live365.com/a03438


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Listening to Swing City Radio on iTunes: The video below shows how you can add the station. It's a very easy process and the video walks you through every step. Swing City Radio - Playing Your Big Band and Swing Music Favorites!

Glenn Miller

Glenn Miller Album Cover

I LOVE Glenn Miller.  There are many big bands that I truly enjoy listening to but for some reason, Miller has always been my favorite.  If I could, I would make a station that just played Glenn's music 24/7 and I'm sure it would have a following. :)

For those of you that are new to big band music, here is a brief, factual synopsis of Glenn Miller's career provided by Wikipedia:

Glenn Miller (1904–1944) was a trombonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1942, leading one of the best-known big bands. 

Miller's recordings include "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "A String of Pearls", "At Last", "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo", "American Patrol", "Tuxedo Junction", "Elmer's Tune", "Little Brown Jug" and many, many more. In just four years Glenn Miller scored 16 number-one records and 69 top ten hits.  That's more than Elvis Presley (38 top 10s) and the Beatles (33 top 10s) did in their careers.

While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France during World War II, Miller's aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel.  Glenn Miller died at the young age of 40!

All these years after Glenn's death, the band still continues to tour.  Nick Hilscher, now leads the band and he has done a fantastic job keeping the "Miller Sound" alive and well. Believe it or not, they play over 300 dates a year! I personally had a chance to see them perform in the summer of 2019 and was totally blown away.

Glenn Miller can be heard on our shows Swing City: After Dark and The Saturday Night Swing.  We play all of his hits, live recordings and dig deep into his vast catalog as well.

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Fletcher Henderson

Fletcher Henderson

Fletcher Henderson (1897–1952) was an pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer. He was arguably one of the most important artists in the development of big band and swing music. Henderson's influence was huge. He helped bridge the gap between the Dixieland era and the Swing era. 

In 1924, a 23 year old Louis Armstrong joined the band. Quickly after that the band became known as the best African-American band in New York. Although Armstrong played in the band for only a year, his influence on the band and the big band genre can not be ignored.

Armstrong wasn't the only big name to play in Henderson's band. The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra was filled with incredible talent, including, of course, Fletcher himself. Names that most big band fans know and love such as Coleman Hawkins, Henry "Red" Allen, Benny Carter, Doc Cheatham, Roy Eldridge and many more.

In addition to arrangements for his band, Henderson wrote arrangements for Teddy Hill, Isham Jones and most importantly, Benny Goodman

In 1935, Goodman's Orchestra was selected as a house band for the NBC radio program Let's Dance. Since Goodman needed new songs every week for the show, he began to purchase some from Henderson. Many of Goodman's hits were played by Henderson and his own band in the 1920's and early 1930's.

In 1939, Henderson disbanded his band and joined up with Benny Goodman's band. He served as pianist and arranger and staff arranger. 

He re-formed bands of his own a few times in the 1940's but Henderson suffered a stroke in 1950.  Fletcher survived the stoke but the resulting partial paralysis ended his days as a pianist. In 1952, Henderson sadly passed away at the age of 55. 

You can hear plenty of Fletcher Henderson's songs on our shows Swing City: After Dark and The Saturday Night Swing including the songs: Sugar Foot Stomp, My Pretty Girl, Money Blues and many others.

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Ralph Flanagan

Ralph Flanagan

Ralph Flanagan, born as Ralph Elias Flenniken (1914–1995), was a leader of his own successful band but early in his career served as a pianist, composer and arranger for the bands of Hal McIntyre, Sammy Kaye, Blue Barron, Charlie Barnet, and Alvino Rey.

A few years after returning from World War II 1949 formed his own orchestra which is credited with re-popularizing the Glenn Miller "sound," and which made many records, among them "Singing Winds", "Rag Mop" and "Hot Toddy." The Ralph Flanagan band was managed by Herb Hendler at RCA. Hendler is credited for encouraging Flanagan to adopt the Miller sound that led to his success. 

You can hear Ralph Flanagan on Swing City: After Dark and The Saturday Night Swing.  Hot Toddy, Swing to 45 and Don't Cry Joe are some of his favorites that we spin here.  

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Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert

Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert

In late 1937, Benny Goodman's publicist suggested that Goodman and his band play Carnegie Hall in New York City. The sold-out concert was held on the evening of January 16, 1938. It is regarded as one of the most significant concerts in jazz history.  Jazz had finally been accepted by mainstream audiences. 

Recordings of the concert were made. In 1950, Goodman's sister-in-law found the recordings in Benny's apartment and brought them to Benny's attention. Goodman took the newly discovered recording to Columbia, and a selection was issued on LP as "The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert." It's been re-released many times over the years.

You can hear many selections from this album on Swing City Radio. 

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Tex Beneke

Tex Beneke

Tex Beneke (1914 – 2000) was a saxophonist, singer, and bandleader. His career is associated a lot with Glenn Miller and other musicians and singers who worked with Miller. His personal band is also associated with the careers of Eydie Gormé and Henry Mancini. It's Tex we hear soloing on Glenn Miller Orchestra's song "In The Mood" and it's his vocals we hear on Miller's recording of "Chattanooga Choo Choo".

Beneke started playing saxophone when he was nine, going from soprano to alto to tenor saxophones and then staying with the latter. His first professional work was with bandleader Ben Young in 1935, but it was when he joined the Glenn Miller Orchestra three years later that his career took off. Glenn Miller immediately made Beneke his primary tenor sax soloist and Beneke played all but a few of the tenor solos on all of the records and personal appearances made by the Glenn Miller Orchestra until it disbanded in 1942.

Tex led two bands in the navy and kept in touch with Glenn Miller while they were both serving in the military.  Beneke made it clear that he wanted to come back to Miller after the war and learn more about leading a band before being leading his own band. That never happened due to Miller's death overseas.

By 1945, Beneke felt ready to lead his own orchestra and you can hear his music on Swing City: After Dark and The Saturday Night Swing.  Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop, Give Me Five Minutes More and A Girl in Calico are just a few Tex Beneke songs you can hear on our station.

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Deep in the Heart of Texas

Deep in the Heart of Texas - Banned by BBC in 1942

In 1942, the BBC banned the song "Deep in the Heart of Texas" from the British airwaves during working hours on the grounds that its infectious melody might cause British wartime factory-hands to neglect their tools while they clapped in time with the song. "Wartime" meaning World War II of course.

But that's not the only amazing fact about the song...

Also in 1942, there were no fewer than five versions of the song in the Billboard charts on our side of the Atlantic Ocean. Alvino Rey and His Orchestra, Ted Weems and His Orchestra, The Merry Macs, Bing Crosby and Horace Heidt's Musical Knights all topped the charts that year with their own versions of the song.

You can hear "Deep in the Heart of Texas" by Alvino Rey and his Orchestra on Swing City Radio. (Nope, it hasn't been banned here!)

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Chick Webb

Chick Webb
Chick Webb (1905-1939) was a drummer and band leader is 1920's and 30's.

From childhood, he suffered from tuberculosis of the spine, leaving him with short stature and a badly deformed spine; which caused him to appear hunchbacked.  At the age of 17 Webb moved to New York City and by 1926 was leading his own band in Harlem. Chick Webb became one of the best-regarded bandleaders and drummers of the new "swing" style that was developing throughout the 30's.

Chick Webb and His Orchestra performed at a very high level of energy and that can be heard in both their live and studio recordings.

In 1935, he began featuring a young Ella Fitzgerald (still a teenager) as a vocalist. Together Chick and Ella would electrify the Swing Era of jazz with hits such as "A-Tisket a Tasket" which you can hear on Swing City: After Dark and on The Sunday Morning Swing.

Listen to Chick Webb's music on Swing City Radio.

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Programming Schedule

Show Schedule
Updated 02/16/20

Check out the Programming Schedule above for days and times of your favorite programs. (Click on image to enlarge.)

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Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa was a Big Band drummer, band leader and composer known for his energetic style and showmanship.  In 1934, he joined Benny Goodman's band, where his drum work made him a national celebrity. His tom-tom interludes on the hit "Sing, Sing, Sing" were the first extended drum solos to be recorded commercially.  Conflicts with Goodman prompted him to leave the group and form his own orchestra shortly after the Carnegie Hall concert in January 1938.

Krupa is considered "the founding father of the modern drumset."  In collaboration with the Slingerland drum and Zildjian cymbal manufacturers, he was a major force in defining the standard band drummer's kit.

You can hear Gene Krupa songs like "Let Me Off Uptown" and "High On A Windy Hill" on Swing City: After Dark on Swing City Radio.

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Ina Ray Hutton

Ina Ray Hutton

Ina Ray Hutton was born as Odessa Cowen in March of 1916.  As a child she was very talented performer and even performed on Broadway before she was 18.

In 1934, she was approached by a vaudeville agent to lead an all-girl orchestra, the Melodears.  As part of the group's formation, she asked her to change her name, which she did.  The group included trumpet player Frances Klein, Canadian pianist Ruth Lowe Sandler, saxophonist Jane Cullum, guitarist Marian Gange, trumpeter Mardell "Owen" Winstead and trombonist Alyse Wells during its existence. Hutton and her Melodears were one of the first all-girl bands to be filmed for Paramount shorts. (See video below) The group disbanded in 1939.

You can hear her songs Five O'Clock Whistle, Cabin in the Sky and How About Tomorrow Night on Swing City Radio.

In 1940 she led an all-male orchestra. The group recorded on the Elite and Okeh labels and was disbanded in 1949. She retired from music in 1968 and died on February 19th in 1984, aged 67.

Check out Ina Ray Hutton and other Big Band artists every night on Swing City: After Dark.




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