Happy Birthday: Ray Anthony

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Ray Anthony is a gifted Trumpeter, Songwriter and Bandleader who was born on January 20th, 1922 in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania.  Happy Birthday Ray!

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

Big Band Birthdays - January 20: Ray Anthony

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Happy Birthday: Ray Eberle

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January 19th marks the birthday of vocalist Ray Eberle.  Ray was born January 19, 1919 in Mechanicville, New York.  Happy Birthday Raymond!

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Big Band Birthdays - January 19: Ray Eberle


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Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

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Glenn Miller fans are no strangers to the famous Miller Medleys.  The majority of them followed the fun format of "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue".  So, what's the story behind those classic compilations?

At the end of 1939, Paul Whiteman and his band ended their run on the Chesterfield Cigarettes radio series that was broadcast on CBS.  Glenn Miller and His Orchestra were chosen to take his place.  For the first 13 weeks of the new series Glenn Miller would also be joined up with The Andrews Sisters.

These shows were scheduled to be 15 minutes long.  The challenge the show producers faced over the first three months of the series was fitting in as much Miller Music as possible while providing time for at least one song for The Andrews Sisters.  Miller also demanded that his own vocalists Marion Hutton, Ray Eberle and Tex Beneke be featured on all of the programs. The solution: "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue" medleys that were performed during the joint broadcasts with The Andrews Sisters.

The medleys really caught on and soon became a staple in Glenn Miller's live performances. Glenn continued the format until he broke up the band to join the military in the Fall of 1942.  While in the military, the format was used again by Glenn Miller and the Army Air Forces Band for the famous "I Sustain the Wings" broadcasts in 1943 and 1944.  He also used the medleys during various BBC broadcasts as well.


Some Great Examples of Glenn Miller Medleys

I believe there are over seventy different recorded "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue" medleys floating around out there scattered throughout various record releases and old radio remotes.

You can hear many of these medleys right here on Swing City Radio.

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Forgotten World War II Song Finally Released

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On Friday, January 15th, 2021, the song “I’m Dreaming of No One But You” written by Leona Augustine, will finally make it's recorded debut.  Swing City Radio will be premiering the song a little after 12pm (Noon) EST on Friday the 15th.  We will replay the premiere shortly after 4pm on the same day.  “I’m Dreaming of No One But You” will then enter normal rotation on The Modern Block.

Leona Augustine’s song has a fascinating back story. The sheet music sat forgotten for decades until her grandson, Jacob Luecke, discovered it in a collection of old family papers in the Spring of 2020.

I encourage you to read the press release below as well as visiting: www.leonasdream.com or facebook.com/leonasdream to learn more about this interesting project.  It's quite apparent that Jacob put a lot of effort into making his grandmother's dream come true so please consider getting a copy of the song for yourself.

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Forgotten World War II love song finally makes its recorded debut on January 15, 2021:

In 1942, a young woman wrote a love song. It was called “I’m Dreaming of No One But You” and was inspired by her future husband who had just left home for World War II. 

The song caught the attention of a famous Hollywood composer, who helped write the music. “I’m Dreaming of No One But You” was published, but never recorded. Over the years, the song was nearly forgotten. But now, nearly 80 years later, the song has been professionally recorded for the first time. The effort included contributions from musicians around the world.

“I’m Dreaming of No One But You” was written by Leona Augustine. She wrote the song as a young woman living on a Missouri farm. The original sheet music was composed by Bob Carleton, who had a memorable hit song in “Ja-Da” and later wrote songs for movies.

The song sat forgotten for decades until Leona Augustine’s grandson, Jacob Luecke, recently discovered the sheet music in a collection of old family papers. In the spring of 2020, he set out to record the song in a big band style similar to what was popular during the time of its writing. He ended up working with musicians from nine different countries to bring the song to life.

Jacob Luecke: “Grandma Leona died in 1984, when I was just two years old — so I never really knew much about her. It was amazing to discover that she was a songwriter, which is my hobby too. The first time I played the song, I could tell it was special,” said Jacob Luecke. “I’m excited to be able to share grandma Leona’s talent with the world. I am grateful to the many incredible musicians who contributed to this recording. I hope everyone enjoys listening to it!” 

The song will be released on January 15, 2021, on what would have been Leona Augustine’s 106th birthday. It will be available on all major streaming services.

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Podcast: Episode 44

The Big Band and Swing Podcast

The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Monroe, Pied Pipers and Oats - 

Episode 44 features tracks from Vaughn Monroe, Artie Shaw, The Pied Pipers and others.  We will also listen to a great version of Tuxedo Junction by Harry James.  Ronnaldo reads a listener's review and we learn who is the Giant of the Cereals.

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Happy Birthday: Gene Krupa

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Gene Krupa, one of the top drummers of The Big Band Era, was born on January 15th, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois. Happy Birthday Gene!

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Big Band Birthdays - January 15: Gene Krupa


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Happy Birthday: Trummy Young

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Trombonist and vocalist Trummy Young was born on January 12th, 1912 in Savannah Georgia.  Happy Birthday Trummy!

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Big Band Birthdays - January 12: Trummy Young


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The Many Talents of Dona Drake

Dona Drake

Dona Drake was a talented singer, bandleader, dancer and film actress in the 1930's and 40s.  Along with her many talents, Dona also compiled quite a collection of stage names through her career.

Born as Eunice Westmoreland in November of 1914, Dona performed under the following aliases:
  • Dona Drake
  • Una Novella
  • Rita Novella
  • Rita Rio
  • Una Velon
  • Una Villon
  • Rita Shaw

For the majority of her musical endeavors she used the names Rita Rio and Dona Drake, so throughout rest of this article I will refer to her by using one of those two names.  Confused yet? 😃

She began using the name Rita Rio in 1935, when she was featured at the Paradise Cabaret on Broadway. Besides singing and dancing, she sometimes played piano, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, drums and occasionally led the orchestra. In 1936, she and another woman formed an all-girl orchestra as a publicity stunt entitled “Rita Rio and her Rhythm Girls.”

The bands she led in the late 1930's and early 1940's are hard for me to critique.  The band's line-up always seemed to be in flux. Some recordings are really impressive while others seem very stiff and unoriginal.  Now remember,  I'm talking about the band.  Rita Rio herself was a talented, beautiful, firecracker.  Her stage presence was top shelf and she truly had a gift when it came to combining her musical and acting experience into her performances. 


At some point in the early 1940's she settled on the stage name Dona Drake and toured the United States as "Dona Drake and her Girl Band".  During this time she was also starting to receive more offers from Hollywood and began her transition from bandleader to film actress.



Dona Drake was truly a great talent and I'm going to make it a point to check out some of her many film appearances. 

The Many Looks of Dona Drake...

If you think Dona Drake had a lot of aliases, well here's some news for you, she had even more looks.  Do a Google Images search, you'll be amazed.  Here's just a few:


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Happy Birthday: Dick Jurgens

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Dick Jurgens, Bandleader and Composer, was born in Sacramento, California on January 9, 1910.  Happy Birthday Dick!

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Big Band Birthdays - January 9: Dick Jurgens


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Podcast: Episode 43

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Kaye, Wain and Eckstine - 

Episode 43 features tracks from Earl "Fatha" Hines, Sammy Kaye, Bea Wain, Billy Eckstine and many more.  If you've been cold this winter, I've got an old ad just for you.

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Happy Birthday: Red Allen

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Trumpeter and vocalist Red Allen was born January 7, 1908 in New Orleans.  Happy Birthday Red!

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Big Band Birthdays - January 7: Red Allen


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Watch: Artie Shaw in 1939

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Artie Shaw truly put together some great bands through the years.  He had such a keen eye for talent.  Check out this clip from 1939 of Artie Shaw and His Orchestra performing "Jeepers Creepers".   Buddy Rich is beating on the drums and Tony Pastor handles the vocals on this one.

Watch: Artie Shaw and His Orchestra from 1939

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Happy Birthday: Maxene Andrews

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Maxene Andrews, member of the famous Andrews Sisters, was born January 3, 1916.  Happy Birthday Maxene!

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Big Band Birthdays - January 3: Maxene Andrews


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Xavier Cugat

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Xavier Cugat  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.


Listen to Xavier Cugat's version of "Begin the Beguine"

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.

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The NYE Party was a Hoot!

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I just wanted to say a quick Thank You to all of you that tuned in for the Ronnaldo Live! New Years Eve Party.  It was so much fun playing your song requests, ringing in 2021 and just having fun on the air.  I'm so blessed to have an audience that is so passionate about Big Band music.  I have to admit though, I'm a much better podcaster and radio programmer than I am as a disc jockey.  Heck, the last time I was on the air for a four-hour stint had to be back in the early 90's.  But, it was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoyed it too.

A fun little thing we were doing on the air was building a list of Buzz Words and Catch Phrases that defined 2020.  Here's the final list of words and phrases that were texted in by you along with ones that I added:

- Maskne
- Flatten the Curve
- The 'Rona
- Doomscrolling
- The Bubble
- Social Distancing
- Blursday
- K-shaped recovery
- Contact tracing
- Essential workers and Frontline workers
- P.P.E.
- Remote learning
- Super-spreader
- Virtual happy hour
- Zoombombing
- Cancel Culture
- Uncertain Times

Happy 2021 Everyone!

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Podcast: Collection of Big Band Favorites - Part 2

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast -  Collection of Big Band Favorites - Part 2 - 

Hey there People of Swing! I'm going to be taking a small break during the holidays but I DID NOT want to leave you empty handed. So I've put together a collection of songs from past episodes that I really enjoyed cleaning up and playing just for you. Peggy Lee, Harry James and The Andrews sisters are just a few of the artists you'll hear in this episode. Enjoy the music and see you soon!

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After Dark: Every Night at 8pm


After Dark features the Swingin' Sounds from all of your favorite Big Bands.   The show will now be on Every Night starting at 8pm (EST).

After Dark plays Your Favorite Classic Hits and Forgotten Tracks from the 1930s, 40's and 50's.  You'll hear Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, The Andrew Sisters, and many other icons from the Big Band Era.  You just might hear some old classic commercials too!



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