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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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Tar Paper Stomp

Wingy Manone

"Tar Paper Stomp" is a 1930 recording by bandleader and jazz trumpeter Wingy Manone. The instrumental featured a riff that was later used in the song "In the Mood" and is considered the origins of that classic big band hit.

Wingy Manone recorded "Tar Paper Stomp", also known as "Wingy's Stomp" or "Wingy's Blues", on August 28, 1930 in Richmond, Indiana. It was released on September 19, 1930 as a 78 rpm single on Champion Records credited to Barbeque Joe and his Hot Dogs. The recording was re-released in 1937 as a Decca 78 rpm single credited to Wingy Mannone & His Orchestra. Notice the extra "n" in his name.  I'm not sure if that was done intentionally or if it was a misprint by the label.

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We've included a video of the song below so you can check out the similarities of the songs and riffs for yourself.

You can hear "Tar Paper Stomp" on Swing City: After Dark which plays only on Swing City Radio.

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Louis Jordan

Louis Jordan


Louis Jordan (1908–1975) was a musician, songwriter and bandleader who was popular from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. Known as "The King of the Jukebox", his highest profile came towards the end of the swing era.

Jordan was a talented singer with great comedic flair, some of his songs are simply hilarious but always catchy and memorable. He fronted his own band for more than twenty years and he duetted with some of the biggest solo singing stars of his time, including Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong to name just a few. 

Louis played all forms of the saxophone but specialized in the alto. He also played the piano and clarinet. A productive songwriter, he wrote or co-wrote many songs that are considered classics of 20th-century popular music.

Jordan began his career in big-band swing jazz in the 1930s, but he became known as one of the leading innovators of jump blues, a swinging, up-tempo, dance-oriented hybrid of jazz, blues and boogie-woogie. As his style developed into the 1940's, it strongly emphasized the rhythm section of piano, bass and drums, and after the mid-40s, this mix included a electric guitar. Jordan's band also pioneered the use of the electronic organ.

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With his Tympany Five bands, Louis Jordan mapped out the main parameters of the classic R&B, urban blues and early rock-and-roll genres with a series of highly influential 78-rpm discs.

Jordan ranks as one of the most successful African-American recording artists in history. Jordan regularly topped the R&B charts and was one of the first black recording artists to achieve significant crossover in popularity with the mainstream (predominantly white) American audience, having simultaneous Top Ten hits on the pop charts on several occasions.

You can hear some of Louis Jordan's hits on Swing City - After Dark including: G.I. Jive, Saturday Night Fish Fry, Five Guys Named Moe and Is You Is or Is You A'int My Baby.

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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.

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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 11/13/19

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 (1909 – 1973) 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.

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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.

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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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Tommy Dorsey

Tommy Dorsey

Tommy Dorsey (1905 – 1956) was a trombonist, composer, conductor and bandleader of the big band era. He was known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing" because of his smooth-toned trombone playing. Tommy's technical skill on the trombone was amazing!  He was the younger brother of bandleader Jimmy Dorsey. After Tommy broke away from his brother in the mid-1930s, he led an extremely popular and highly successful band from the late 1930s into the 1950s. 

Tommy Dorsey is best remembered for standards such as "Opus One", "Song of India", "Marie", and his biggest hit single, "I'll Never Smile Again".  All of those songs are in heavy rotation on Swing City: After Dark and The Saturday Night Swing.

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Music Added: Jerry Gray

Jerry Gray

We just added some more great songs from Jerry Gray and His Orchestra to our Swing City playlists.  Song titles include: "Crazy, She Calls Me", "Desert Serenade", "Lady Be Good", "Night and Day", "That Lucky Old Sun" and "Unforgettable".

Be sure to check them out on Swing City: After Dark, The Saturday Night Swing and The Sunday Morning Swing.

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Harry James

Harry James


Harry James (1916 – 1983) was an amazing swing musician who is best known as a trumpet-playing band leader who led Harry James & His Orchestra from 1939 to 1946. He broke up his band for a short period in 1947 but shortly after he reorganized and was active again with his band from then until his death in 1983. He was especially known among musicians for his technical proficiency as well as his tone, and was influential on new trumpet players from the late 1930s into the 1940s.

"Back Beat Boogie", "Velvet Moon" and "I Don't Want To Walk Without You" are just a few of his songs that we play on Swing City: After Dark and The Saturday Night Swing.

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James' band was the first high-profile orchestra to feature vocalist Frank Sinatra. James wanted to change Sinatra's name to 'Frankie Satin', but the singer refused.  The James band's featured female vocalist was Helen Forrest, and his later band included drummer Buddy Rich and bassist Thurman Teague. Johnny MacAfee was featured on the sax and vocals, and Corky Corcoran was a young sax prodigy.



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