History of the Song: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree"

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"Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me)" was a chart topping song that was made famous by Glenn Miller and by the Andrews Sisters. Its lyrics are the words of two young lovers who pledge their fidelity while one of them is away serving in World War II. I've included the recordings of both versions at the bottom of this article.

The song was originally titled "Anywhere the Bluebird Goes" and later changed to the name we know today.  The music was written by Sam Stept.  He based the melody off of an old English Folk song from 1833 titled "Long, Long Ago" by Thomas Bayly.  Stept updated the music to a more bouncier tempo.

The lyrics of the song were written by Lew Brown and Charles Tobias. "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me)" debuted in the 1939 Broadway musical Yokel Boy. After the United States entered the World War II in late December of 1941, Brown and Tobias changed the lyrics slightly, with the chorus ending with "...till I come marching home".

In February of 1942, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded the song. This record spent thirteen weeks on the Billboard charts.  In May that same year, the song was featured in the film "Private Buckaroo" as a performed by the Andrews Sisters with the Harry James Orchestra. The Andrews Sisters then later released the song on Decca Records.

There has been many recordings of this song over the years made by so many different artists.  Kay Kyser, for instance, topped the charts with his recording for a time. 

Listen to: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" by The Andrews Sisters

Listen to: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra

An Interesting Note:
Notice how carefully every word is enunciated in the Glenn Miller version of the song.  As Tex Beneke, once pointed out, Miller was quite strict about not slurring the lyrics.  "Don't sing, 'Don-si-tunder the yapple tree'" Miller would warn.  "Sing, 'Don't sit under the apple tree.'"  Yes, Miller was quite the perfectionist.

You can hear the many versions of "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me)" right here on Swing City Radio.

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Happy Birthday: Helen Forrest

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April 12th marks the birthday of famed female vocalist Helen Forrest.  Helen was born on April 12, 1917 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Big Band Birthdays - April 12: Helen Forrest


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Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong

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Louis Armstrong was not only a great trumpeter, vocalist and composer, he was also among the most influential figures in Jazz history.  He had a career that spanned over 50 years and continued to release relevant music up to his death in 1971.

In the early 1920's, Armstrong got his break playing with Joe "King" Oliver in Chicago.  He began to make a name for himself and he also met and married his second wife, Lil Hardin, who was the pianist for King Oliver.  Hardin would play a big part in Louis' early success.

Louis Armstrong's reputation soon found its way to Fletcher Henderson.  Armstrong left Oliver's band in 1924 and soon received an invitation to go to New York City to play with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra.  Armstrong's time with Henderson's band was short lived, but it produced some fantastic music.  In 1925, Armstrong returned to Chicago largely at the insistence of Lil, who wanted to expand his career.  In publicity pieces, much to Louis' dislike, she billed him as "The World's Greatest Trumpet Player". For a time he was a member of the Lil Hardin Armstrong Band and working for his wife.

Louis and Lil separated in the late 1920's and Armstrong returned to New York City and bounced from gig to gig.  Armstrong was also singing much more. His rich, gravelly voice was instantly recognizable.  New advancements in microphone technology also helped.  While in New York, Armstrong continued to develop his famous on-stage charisma and a following.

Armstrong went on to record a lot of sides in the 1930's.  When his career was over, it's surprising to note that Armstrong had nineteen Top Ten Hits.  That's amazing to me that he had only had nineteen.  His playing and singing was so influential and so unique, one would think that he would have scored more.


Listen to: "Star Dust" by Louis Armstrong

Louis was very successful in the 1940's.  Swing and Jazz went through a nostalgia period where there was a widespread revival of interest in the traditional jazz of the 1920's.  Armstrong started to tour excessively at that point.  During the next 30 years, Armstrong played more than 300 performances a year.

By the 1950s, Louis Armstrong was considered a national musical icon, due in part, by his appearances on radio and in film and television, in addition to his concerts.  He spent the rest of his career and life playing, composing, recording and making appearances.  

Armstrong died of a heart attack in July of 1971 at the age of 69.  His influence on the development of jazz is almost immeasurable. 

You can hear the Swing Era music of Louis Armstrong here on Swing City Radio

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Watch: Louis Prima - Swing Cats Jamboree

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Louis Prima left quite a mark on the Swing Era.  When most people think of Prima, they think of his hits from the mid 1940's or the years that Keely Smith spent with his band.  Those we great years for Prima's band, but Louis had been releasing great material and putting on some great performance throughout the 1930's as well. 

This 1939 short film called "Swing Cats Jamboree" is an excellent example of that.  Louis Prima and his quintet play quite a few songs in this spirited little film.  Songs include: "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" and "You're an Education".  The set ends with an upbeat version of "Loch Lomond".

Enjoy! 

Watch Video of: Louis Prima - Swing Cats Jamboree

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Podcast: Episode 56

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - The Saturday Night Swing Club and More - 

Episode 56 features songs from Vaughn Monroe, Bob Chester, The Andrews Sisters, Hal McIntyre and many more. We also hear some tracks from an old radio show called The Saturday Night Swing Club.

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Happy Birthday: Billie Holiday

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Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the most recognizable voices of the Big Band era, Billie Holiday.  She was born on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Big Band Birthdays - April 7: Billie Holiday

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The Ink Spots

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The Ink Spots were a Vocal group who gained world wide fame in the 1930s and 1940s. They had a unique musical style and landed over 30 hits on the US Pop Charts with 18 of them on the top 10 during the 1940's. 

The Ink Spots formed in 1934 in Indianapolis. The original line-up included Charlie Fuqua, Deek Watson, Jerry Daniels and Orville Jones.  They achieved so initial success when touring the United Kingdom with Jack Hylton's Orchestra.  Their early record releases were not commercially successful but they were steadily gaining a following.

In 1936, Daniels was replaced by Bill Kenny. When Kenny added his unusual high tenor ballad singing style with the rest of The Ink Spots, the result was almost magical. This was when things really started to happen for the vocal group and this lineup is considered by most to be their "classic" lineup.  

In January of 1939, the band recorded "If I Didn't Care."  This ballad became one of their biggest hits and has sold over 19 million copies through the years. It was also their first of many, many recordings to reach the US Pop Charts.

Listen to: "If I Didn't Care" by The Ink Spots

In 1943, singer and guitarist Fuqua was drafted into the US Army and Jones died in October of 1944, after collapsing on stage in New York City.  This started a merry-go-round of line-up changes within the band that lasted until their break up in 1954. 

An interesting note: Since the Ink Spots broke up in 1954, there have been over 100 vocal groups calling themselves "The Ink Spots" without any rights to the name, and without any original members of the group. These groups often have claimed to be "2nd generation" or "3rd generation" Ink Spots.

You can hear many of The Ink Spots ballads right here on Swing City Radio.

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Soundie: Jukebox Saturday Night

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In this video, The Modernaires do a great job with Glenn Miller's classic, "Jukebox Saturday Night".  The Modernaires in this 1944 Soundie are Tommy Morgan, Hal Dickinson, Fran Scott, and Ralph Brewster. Dickinson and Brewster were members of the Modernaires with Glenn Miller.  The female vocalist in this Soundie is Harriet Clark.  Clark sang with Sonny Dunham and Charlie Barnet at different points of her career and did a fantastic job standing in for Paula Kelly.  Paula Kelly was pregnant at the time this was filmed.  

In my opinion, this is a fantastic cover of the song.  Harriet Clark is a very good vocalist and I wish she would have made more recordings.  Ralph Brewster is also an amazing singer and a true talent.  The song is just as upbeat and fun as the original and the filming for this Soundie was done well.  In 1944, The Modernaires were still associated with Glenn Miller who was in the military leading the Army Air Force Band at that time.

Watch: The Modernaires perform "Jukebox Saturday Night"

Note: There are also rumors that Harry James was on set and provided the famous Trumpet solo for this recording. I have not been able to confirm that, and I doubt that it's him.

So, when you get a chance check out this entertaining video and maybe have a Soda Pop Rickey while watching.  Enjoy!

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Happy Birthday: Doris Day

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Happy Birthday to big band vocalist Doris Day.  Doris was born on April 3, 1922 in Cincinnati, OH.

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Big Band Birthdays - April 3: Doris Day


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Podcast: Episode 55

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - In the Mood for Contrasts - 

Episode 55 includes music from Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Johnny Mercer, Valaida Snow and much more. We also learn how to make your bath a real pleasure.

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Happy Birthday: Red Norvo

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Today we celebrate the birthday of one of swings best vibraphonists, Red Norvo.  Red was born on March 31st of 1908 in Beardstown, Illinois.

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Big Band Birthdays - March 31: Red Norvo


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Viola Smith

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Viola Smith was one of the first professional female drummers and gained notoriety as the "female Gene Krupa" and the "fastest girl drummer."  She was an inspiration to many female musicians and a true talent.  Smith died in October of 2020 at the age of 107.

In 1938, Viola and her sister Mildred started the Coquettes, an all-female orchestra.  They eventually altered their name to Frances Carroll and the Coquettes when Carroll joined as the lead vocalist.  Regardless of the name change, Viola Smith and her drums were the true draw for this band. 

Take a moment to watch this video from 1940 directly below featuring Frances Carroll and the Coquettes.  Viola Smith was truly a fantastic drummer.

Watch: Frances Carroll and the Coquettes from 1940

1942 was a big year for Viola Smith.  The Coquettes had split up and she moved on and joined Phil Spitalny's Hour of Charm Orchestra, another commercially-successful all-girl orchestra.  She also wrote a famous article for Down Beat magazine that year titled "Give Girl Musicians a Break!". In the article she stated that woman musicians could play just as well as men.  She argued, "In these times of national emergency, many of the star instrumentalists of the big name bands are being drafted. Instead of replacing them with what may be mediocre talent, why not let some of the great girl musicians of the country take their place?"

Throughout her long career, Smith spent time with NBC Symphony Orchestra, The Hour of Charm, The Kit Kat Band and eventually led her own band Viola and her Seventeen Drums.  As recent as November 2019, it was reported that she occasionally still drummed with bands near her home in Costa Mesa, California, as one of the oldest living mainstream musicians. How incredible is that! At 107 years old, still drumming.  I haven't seen any footage of these performances and I'm sure they were more of a novelty, but it's still very, very, impressive.

In October of 2020, when Viola Smith passed, Big Band and Swing lost one of it's last true links to it's glory days.

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Watch: "What To Do On A Date."

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Meet Nick.  Nick has a bit of a "thing" for Kay.  He'd like to ask her out on a date, but what would he say?  What if Kay says "No"?  ...and even scarier, what if she says "Yes".  What would they do, where would he take her?

Well, all of these nerve-racking questions are answered in this short Educational film from 1950.  Be sure to catch Nick's phone call to Kay at about the 2 minute mark.  In my humble opinion, it's an award winning performance and I'm surprised this film wasn't at least considered for an Oscar.  

The Scavenger Sale scene is simply a "hoot" as well.  Enjoy!

Watch the Short Film: "What To Do On A Date" from 1950

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Happy Birthday: Paul Whiteman

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Today marks the birthday of the legendary Paul Whiteman.  Paul was born on March 28th, 1890 in Denver, Colorado.

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Big Band Birthdays - March 28: Paul Whiteman


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Happy Birthday: Hal Kemp

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Today marks the birthday of bandleader Hal Kemp.  Hal was born on March 27th, 1904 in Marion, Alabama.

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Big Band Birthdays - March 27: Hal Kemp


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Podcast: Episode 54

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Saturday is a Blue Ribbon Night - 

Episode 54 features songs from The Andrews Sisters, Frances Carroll and The Coquettes, The International Sweethearts of Rhythm and more. Ronnaldo discusses the passing of both Viola Smith and Helen Jones Woods in 2020.

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Happy Birthday: Frankie Carle

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Today we celebrate the birthday of "The Wizard of the Keyboard", pianist Frankie Carle.  Frankie was born on March 25, 1903 in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Big Band Birthdays - March 25: Frankie Carle


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Tony Pastor

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Tony Pastor had such a recognizable voice.  You don't hear many people ask, "Is that Tony Pastor singing?"  You just know it's him.  Pastor played a great saxophone but he also featured that gravelly voice that helped him and his band stand out.

Pastor broke onto the scene in the late 1920's playing for some of the bigger bands of the time including the bands of Irving Aaronson and Austin Wylie.  In the 1930's he played with Smith Ballew, Vincent Lopez and his long time friend Artie Shaw.  It was with Shaw's band where Pastor really came into his own.

In late 1939, Artie Shaw abruptly left his own band and Tony Pastor was talked into taking over as the leader of the orchestra.  Pastor retooled the remnants of Artie Shaw's old band into his own creation and led that band from 1940 into the mid 1950's.  The band had some fine musicians and also featured the vocals of Rosemary and Betty Clooney Sisters along with his own.  Helped with a lot of exposure on radio, Pastor scored quite a few hits.


Listen to "One Meatball" by Tony Pastor

In the late 1950's, Pastor gave up the band to lead smaller combos at several Las Vegas casinos and lounges, featuring his young sons Guy and Tony Jr. on vocals. He was forced to retire due to health problems in early 1968 and died the following year.

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Video: Would You Do This?

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So have you ever cleaned your old vinyl records with wood glue?  I've been so tempted to try it.  There's many videos on Youtube showing a few different methods in case you'd like to try for yourself.  I recommend that you start with a record that doesn't mean too much to you for practice.  Don't start with your rare Live Glenn Miller Album.  Also, you may want to consider watching a few different video just to compare methods.

I've read in the comments of many videos that Elmer's Glue does not work very good. Supposedly, it flakes a lot when removing.  Also, be careful to not mess up your turntable. If you are braver than me and decide to try this, send me an email and let me know how it went.  Have fun!

Watch Video:  Cleaning Vinyl Records With Wood Glue

Not one of my better articles. I just thought that some of you out there that still have record collections, like myself, might find this interesting.  😀

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Happy Birthday: Ozzie Nelson

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Today marks the birthday of bandleader and actor Ozzie Nelson.  Ozzie was born on March 20th, 1906 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Big Band Birthdays - March 20: Ozzie Nelson


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Happy Birthday: Bob Chester

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Today marks the birthday of bandleader and saxophonist Bob Chester.  Bob was born March 20th 1908.

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Big Band Birthdays - March 20: Bob Chester


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Podcast: Episode 53

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Who's Buzz Adlam? - 

Episode 53 includes music from Bunny Berigan, Jan Savitt, Duke Ellington and Bobby Sherwood.

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Happy Birthday: Sam Donahue

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Today we celebrate the birthday of saxophonist and trumpeter Sam Donahue.  Sam was born on March 18, 1918 in Detroit, Michigan.

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Big Band Birthdays - March 18: Sam Donahue


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Happy Birthday: Nat King Cole

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Today we celebrate the birthday of vocalist and pianist Nat King Cole.  Nat was born on March 17th, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Big Band Birthdays - March 17: Nat King Cole


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Happy Birthday: Harry James

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Today marks the Birthday of the trumpet great - Harry James.  Harry was born on March 15th, 1916 in Albany, Georgia.

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Big Band Birthdays - March 15: Harry James


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Tommy Dorsey

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Tommy Dorsey was known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing." He was also among the most influential bandleaders of The Big Band Era.  The smooth-toned trombone player was also the younger brother of Jimmy Dorsey.  The Dorsey Brothers led a band together in the 1930's but never really got along with each other.  In fact, it was quite well known that they were constantly fighting and having issues.  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. He is best remembered for the songs "Opus One", "Song of India", "Marie", "On Treasure Island", and his biggest hit single, "I'll Never Smile Again".

I've always wondered how much of the success that both Dorsey Brothers experienced was a direct result of their constant drive to "show up" the other brother.


Listen to "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

Tommy Dorsey had a quite impressive run of 286 charted hits.  His bands were a revolving door of incredible talent.  Just some of the names associated with Tommy's band were Bunny Berigan, Ziggy Elman, Buddy DeFranco and Buddy Rich.  He also featured some high profile singers including Jack Leonard, Edythe Wright, Jo Stafford, Dick Haymes, Connie Haines, Connee Boswell and some guy named Frank Sinatra.  I'm leaving a lot of musicians and singers off this list simply because the list would be so long. It should be noted that Tommy had a bit of a reputation for raiding other bands for talent.

Tommy also had the reputation of being a perfectionist and that sometimes led to some tense recording sessions.  He was also known to hold a grudge.  In 1938, Tommy loaned Glenn Miller money to launch his own band. Dorsey saw the loan more as an investment and later felt entitled to a percentage of Miller's income after Glenn's band became a success. Well, Miller balked at this, so Tommy got even by sponsoring a new band led by Bob Chester, and hiring arrangers who deliberately copied Miller's style and sound. Now that's holding onto a grudge.
  
As time went on, Glenn and Tommy reconciled their differences.  He also managed to patch things up a with his brother as well.  Tommy sadly passed away in November of 1956 at the young age of 51.  Big Band music had lost a true icon.

You can hear the music of the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing" right here on Swing City Radio.

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Watch: Hawaiian War Chant

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I can never get enough of old film footage that captures our favorite Big Bands in action.  This is a clip of Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra jammin' out to Hawaiian War Chant.  This clip is from the 1942 motion picture entitled "Ship Ahoy".

Take a look at a young Buddy Rich pounding away at the drums.  It's so great to be able to watch him in action.  The Youtuber that put this video together did a very good job restoring the footage and the overall sound.  Check it out!

One last thing, I'm pretty sure that the "special effect" in the opening part of the film which makes it appear like Buddy Rich and his drum set are floating onto the set caused many of the 1940's audience to experience vertigo.  But that's just my theory. 😁  Enjoy!


Watch - "Hawaiian War Chant" by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

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Happy Birthday: Les Brown

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Today, we celebrate the birthday of bandleader, Les Brown.  Les was born on March 14th, 1912 in Reinerton, Pennsylvania.

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

Big Band Birthdays - March 14: Les Brown


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Happy Birthday: Sammy Kaye

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Today we celebrate the Birthday of bandleader Sammy Kaye.  Sammy was born on March 13th, 1910 in Lakewood, Ohio.

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Big Band Birthdays - March 13: Sammy Kaye


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Happy Birthday: Ina Ray Hutton

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Today marks the birthday of bandleader, vocalist and entertainer - Ina Ray Hutton.  Ina Ray was born on March 13th, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Big Band Birthdays - March 13: Ina Ray Hutton


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Podcast: Episode 52

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - My Favorite Object - 

Episode 52 features songs from The Boswell Sisters, Jimmie Lunceford, Cab Calloway and more.  Ronnaldo thanks the newest Hepcats for their support.

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Happy Birthday: Marion Hutton

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Today marks the birthday of vocalist Marion Hutton.  She was born on March 10, 1919 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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Big Band Birthdays - March 10: Marion Hutton


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It simply means becoming a supporter for the Radio Station and the Podcast through my Patreon Page.  My goal is to become listener supported and not have to rely on Commercial Advertising to cover the expenses of the station and the podcast.  There's no pressure - no guilt - just asking you to consider it.  

It only takes a pledge of $3 a month to become a Hepcat.  That's about the cost of a cup of coffee a month.  You can learn more by viewing the video below or by visiting supportswing.com.

Thank you so much and keep listening!


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Podcast: Episode 51

The Big Band and Swing Podcast

The Big Band and Swing Podcast - The Bandleader Factory - 

Episode 51 features music from former members of the great Ben Pollock Orchestras from the 1920's and 1930's. These talented musicians later became the iconic bandleaders of the 1940's.

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