Leap Year Birthdays

Jimmy DorseyDinah Shore

Two noteworthy artists from the Big Band Era that had rare February 29th birthdays were Jimmy Dorsey and Dinah Shore.

Famous band leader Jimmy Dorsey was born on this day in 1904.  Vocalist Dinah Shore, who also later became a huge television personality, was born in 1916.  A rare Happy Birthday goes out to these two great performers.

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Glenn Miller Month

Glenn Miller

The month of March is "Glenn Miller Month" on Swing City Radio.  We will be playing Glenn Miller songs every hour and diving deeper into his vast catalog of music.  The first week of Glenn Miller Month we will feature only Live Glenn Miller Performance on Live at 5.  I will also be posting some of my favorite Glenn Miller albums that I own up on the website along with articles and videos about the life of Glenn Miller.

Swing City Radio celebrates the March 1st birthday of Glenn Miller, a true icon of the Big Band Era.

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Show your support for your favorite Big Band and Swing Radio Station by ordering a Swing City Radio T-Shirt.  These T-Shirts are great!  Lots of different styles too.  Check them out!  Just click on the picture or links directly below.

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Charlie Spivak Soundie

Charlie Spivak

Here is a video of Charlie Spivak and His Orchestra performing "Hop, Skip and Jump."  This was released as a Soundie in the early 1940's.  Soundies were the original music videos, decades before MTV was even an idea.  But as you can see the formula for a music video has never seemed to change.  The band is featured doing some silly things while playing and of course there's beautiful women dancing along with the music.

Check out the goofy expression Charlie has in parts of the video.  He just didn't look too comfortable with the whole process. (Picture Below)

Also, wanted to give out a Happy Birthday to Charlie who would have turned the ripe old age of 115 on February 17th.  Spivak passed away in 1982.


Charlie Spivak

You can hear Charlie Spivak right here on Swing City Radio!

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George T. Simon

George Simon

The Big Band Era was filled with colorful personalities, constant drama and most of all, incredible music.  George Simon (1912–2001), covered all of it as the editor-in-chief of Metronome (the most influential magazine to cover the Swing scene) from 1939 to 1955.  The books he later wrote about the era are, in my opinion, the best books that cover the era.

Simon was probably the most influential jazz commentator during the swing era. Thanks to his inside connections with the jazz world, he was able to report information about bands and their personnel with great accuracy.

He was also an early drummer in the Glenn Miller Orchestra. George later became known for being the most comprehensive writer and resource on Glenn Miller and his band.

George Simon's brother was Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of the American publishing house Simon & Schuster.  One of his nieces, Carly Simon, later became a chart topping singer-songwriter.

I highly recommend reading his books to get a true feel for the era and it's music.  Here are three of them that I have in my collection: "The Big Bands" (1968), "Simon Says: The Sights and Sounds of the Big Band Era" (1971) and "Glenn Miller and His Orchestra" (1974).

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Happy Birthday Wingy

Picture of Wingy Manone

A happy birthday goes out to trumpeter and bandleader Wingy Manone.  Wingy was born Joseph Manone on February 13th, 1900.  Some of his more famous recordings included "Tar Paper Stomp", "Nickel in the Slot" and "Tailgate Ramble".

His nickname "Wingy" came from the fact that he lost his right arm in a streetcar accident in 1910.  He was only 10 years old.  He used a prosthesis arm so naturally that his disability was not even noticed by the public.

His song "Tar Paper Stomp" will always be remembered for his famous riff that was later used by Glenn Miller as the foundation riff for his mega hit "In the Mood."

Manone was a highly sought out musician who was frequently recruited for recording sessions. He even played on some early Benny Goodman records.  He also fronted various pickup groups under pseudonyms like "The Cellar Boys" and "Barbecue Joe and His Hot Dogs."

Wingy passed away in 1984 at the age of 84.

You can hear many of Wingy Manone's songs right here on Swing City Radio.

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Twice Blessed Dance Scene

Twice Blessed

Watch a great dance scene from the 1945 movie "Twice Blessed".  Twice Blessed was a comedy starring Preston Foster, Gail Patrick, and The Wilde Twins, Lee and Lyn Wilde.  More about the film below the video. Enjoy!


The plot of this film is that there are two identical twins (The Wilde Sisters) who have been split up since their parents divorce. Each envies the life style of the other so they decide to switch families for a day or two.  Hmmm...seems like Hollywood like this plot line and story and has used it many times over the years, huh.  The movie poster says it all!  "They're Babes in Arms Dancing, Romancing with the Joy of Life!" - I'm pretty sure if I was walking past that movie poster in 1945, I would have done a quick U-Turn into the theater.  

Twice Blessed Poster

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Ina Ray Hutton: Girl Time

Ina Ray Hutton

Watch Ina Ray Hutton lead one of her "All Girl" Orchestras in the short film "Girl Time."  I believe this is from 1947.  There is also a bunch of variety acts featured in this video as well. Enjoy.


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Swing City Radio plays artists and performers from the Big Band and Swing Era of the 1930's and 1940's and Modern Swing artists from today.  We are constantly enhancing our playlists to keep our programming fresh, enjoyable and entertaining for our Big Band and Swing listening audience.  (You are the best audience in the world by the way!)

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