Happy Birthday: Buddy Clark

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Today we celebrate the birthday of a true crooner - Buddy Clark.  Buddy was born on July 26th, 1912 in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

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Big Band Birthdays - July 26: Buddy Clark




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The Jingle Maker

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Raymond Scott is best known for his classic recordings of songs like "Powerhouse", "Twilight in Turkey" and so many more.  Personally, he is one of my favorite artists from the Era.

Throughout the 1950's and well into the 60's, while other bandleaders were fading into the past, Raymond Scott pursued another of his many passions, the commercial jingle. 

During a span of roughly 15 years, Scott and his then wife, Dorothy Collins, recorded dozens and dozens of commercial jingles for products like Listerine, Sprite, Hamm's Beer, Tareyton Cigarettes, Vicks Medicated Cough Drops, and many others!

I'm telling you, the more I learn about Raymond Scott over the years, the more he just simply amazes me with his creativity and versatility.  I've included a couple of samples below for you to enjoy.

By the way, I found a very funny line in one of the descriptions describing the collection of these recorded jingles.  It simply states, "Products may contain soy, wheat, dairy, or Mel Tormé." - Enjoy!


Listen to: RCA Victor TV - "New Sensations in Sound"


Listen to: "When You Shop at a Food Town Store"

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Watch the Soundie: Tampico

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Today's Soundie features Stan Kenton and His Orchestra. "Tampico" was a Top 10 Hit for the band and just happened to be the first Kenton song to feature the vocals of June Christy.  Christy later commented, "She had been disappointed that her first recording with Kenton was 'Tampico', but was fortunate that it was a hit and established her right away."

The Soundie was released to the Panoram Nation in November of 1945.  The song pokes fun at the Mexican city of Tampico suggesting it had become more Americanized than the United States itself.  There are many lines of the song that point out that most of the "Mexican" souvenirs which could be bought in Tampico had been ironically manufactured in the U.S. 

Also, I just have to add that June Christy is by far, my favorite Kenton vocalist. Enjoy!

Watch: "Tampico" by Stan Kenton with June Christy on vocals.

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Happy Birthday: Bob Eberly

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Today on Big Band Birthdays we celebrate the birthday of the talented and popular male vocalist of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra - Bob Eberly.  Robert was born on July 24th, 1916 in Mechanicville, New York.

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Big Band Birthdays - July 24: Bob Eberly


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Podcast: Episode 71

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Linda and the Dipsy Doodle - 

Episode 71 includes some music from Benny Carter, Anson Weeks, Ray Noble and more.  Ronnaldo plays tracks from old AFRS Radio Shows including Command Performance, Jubilee and One Night Stand.  But hey, he always does that.

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Happy Birthday: Kay Starr

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Today we celebrate the birthday of a great female vocalist of the 1940's and 50's - Kay Starr.  Kay was born on July 21st, 1922 in Dougherty, Oklahoma.

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Big Band Birthdays - July 21: Kay Starr




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Wild Bill Davison: That's A Plenty

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Awhile back, I was performing my monthly ritual of browsing the local used record shops looking for music to feature on the station.  Truth be told, many times I come back empty handed.  That's just how it goes.  However, on that particular quest, I did find a good bunch of interesting records.  

One of those records was "That's a Plenty" by Wild Bill Davison.  For those of you that are unfamiliar with Davison, he was a fantastic cornet player that started out in the 1920's but didn't start to make an impact until the early 40's.  He is best known for his work with bandleader Eddie Condon, but still managed to do many projects of his own.  Davison also had a reputation for heavy drinking and womanizing, hence the nickname "Wild Bill."

This album features many great musicians including Pee Wee Russell and Eddie Condon.  Davison plays both the cornet and trumpet on different tracks on this album.  If you like your Big Band music more on the Dixieland side, then you'll enjoy this record.  


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Stringy: The Talking Guitar

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Alvino Rey was a decent bandleader, but he is best know for his work on the Talking Pedal Steel Guitar and his visionary work in electronics.  I'd also add that it's quite impressive that he landed himself a King Sister too.  :)

When Ray was only 15 years old he had built himself his very own Electrical Guitar Amplifier.  In 1930, Rey became the first guitarist to electrify the guitar, so the guitar could be heard in a band performance setting.  He even helped develop a prototype pickup for Gibson Guitar in 1935.  Let's just say that Alvino knew knew a thing or two when it came to electronics.

That brings us to Stringy The Talking Guitar.   In 1939, Rey had figured out how to use a carbon throat microphone to modulate his electrified pedal steel guitar sound, in a unique way.  During a performance, his wife Luise (the King Sister who I referred to above) would wear the mic and stand behind the curtain and sing along with Rey's guitar lines. It was called a "singing guitar" and that is what gave Stringy his strange voice.  This setup is credited as the first-known talk-box.  What's a talk-box?  Just think Peter Frampton in the 1970's.  He loved using that thing.

Check out this video of Rey and "Stringy" performing "St. Louis Blues" in 1944.  I'm quite sure Luise is somewhere behind the curtain.  Also, please don't hold me responsible if "Stringy" shows up somewhere in your dreams.  Enjoy!


Watch: Alvino Rey and Stringy performing "St. Louis Blues" in 1944.

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Podcast: Episode 70

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Tonight is Your Lucky Night - 

Episode 70 features vintage recordings from Erskine Hawkins, Boyd Raeburn and Harry James. We also learn a little bit about Lucky Lager.

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Freddie Slack

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Freddie Slack was simply one of the best boogie-woogie pianists of The Big Band Era.  His piano playing in classics like "Beat Me Daddy (Eight to the Bar)", "Scrub Me Mama With a Boogie Beat" and "Down the Road a Piece" are great examples of Daddy Slack's talent.

He started playing drums and xylophone as a young boy, then as a young teen he moved on to playing the piano.  When he was 17, Freddie moved with his parents to Chicago and soon found himself surrounded by some of the great talent of the time.  There he worked hard at perfecting the boogie-woogie style of piano playing he loved so much.  Eventually, he moved out to LA and joined Ben Pollack's band for a bit before moving on to play with Jimmy Dorsey.

In 1939, he joined up with Will Bradley and Ray McKinley in The Will Bradley Orchestra.  This is where his career really took off.  Freddie's piano playing was at the forefront of many of Bradley's hits.


Listen to the piano playing of Freddie Slack in "Beat Me Daddy (Eight to the Bar)"

In 1942, Slack formed his own band and he did quite well as a bandleader.  He even scored a few hits of his own including his recordings of Cow Cow Boogie which featured a young Ella Mae Morris on vocals and his version of a song he helped write in his Bradley days - "Strange Cargo".

Freddie slack continued to release tracks throughout the 1940's and into the early 50's.  In Aug of 1965, Slack was sadly found dead in his bedroom from undetermined causes.

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Soundie: The Cat Can't Dance

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Today's Soundie features the beautiful singer and dancer Mabel Lee performing a song called The Cat Can't Dance.  Mabel is backed by Deryck Sampson and His Band in this one.  It's a very catchy song.

Mabel Lee was known as "The Queen of The Soundies".  She was featured in about fifteen Soundies and appeared as an extra in many others.  Wikipedia states that she appeared in over one hundred Soundies.  I'm not sure where they got those numbers but I don't think that is correct.  Regardless of the exact number, she was in a boatload of them.

Lee was an established dancer and entertainer with a good voice.  When watching her clips it's not hard to notice the amount of skin she would show.  Soundies were not subjected to Hollywood censorship rules back then. 

It's true that Mabel Lee was one sexy performer, but she was also an amazing talent.  Enjoy!


Watch: Mabel Lee in "The Cat Can't Dance"

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Happy Birthday: Cootie Williams

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Today marks the Birthday of fantastic trumpet player - Cootie Williams.  Cootie was born on July 10th, 1911 in Mobile, Alabama.

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Big Band Birthdays - July 10: Cootie Williams


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Podcast: Episode 69

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Music and Pictures From The Sky - 

Episode 69 includes some great vintage music from Jimmy Dorsey, Ray McKinley, The Dinning Sisters and more.  Ronnaldo also discusses the differences between Snader Telescriptions and Soundies.

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Happy Birthday: Louis Jordan

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Today we celebrate the birthday of The King of the Jukebox - Louis Jordan.  Louis was born on July 8th, 1908 in Brinkley, Arkansas.

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The Cafe Rouge

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The Cafe Rouge itself was in the Hotel Pennsylvania in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.  During the height of The Big Band Era it was one of the hottest places to be, and to play.  So many bands performed there including Count Basie, Woody Herman, The Dorsey Brothers, Duke Ellington, The Andrews Sisters and Glenn Miller. The bandstand was a very nice size for an inside venue and the dance floor was simply huge.  Can you just imagine that floor just packed with jitterbugs dancing all night long?  Everyone loved the place! Glenn Miller enjoyed playing there so much that he even recorded a song about it.  Pennslvania 6-5000 was actually the phone number of the Hotel Pennsylvania.

A large amount of tables surrounded the dance floor.  You could sit and have a meal or just enjoy a bunch of drinks.  The ceiling was 22 feet from the floor and was the main reason the Cafe Rouge had such great acoustics. That feature alone made the venue such a great place to perform simply because the music would sound so darn good. 

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 The NBC Radio Network had a remote connection set up so they could broadcast shows live on the radio.  This is where many of those fantastic live recordings I play on The Big Band and Swing Podcast, come from.  Remember, the sound equipment at that time wasn't like it is today.  There were just a few microphones strategically placed here and there to capture the audio portion of the performances.  So a place like The Cafe Rouge, that just naturally sounded good, had good reverb, was the perfect type of place to broadcast shows.

If this topic interests you, I will be taking podcast listeners back in time to visit the famous Cafe Rouge.  I will also play a few great performances that took place there as well.  All of that goodness can be found on The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Episode 72.  That episode is scheduled for release on July 30th, so if you have a chance, be sure to check it out!

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Soundie: Juke Box Joe's

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Today's Soundie features the vocals of Carol Adams with music provided by Wingy Manone.  Wingy and His band do not appear on screen in this Soundie but his trumpet playing is unmistakable.

This Soundie was released in February of 1944 and takes place in a local malt shop.  As the music picks up, the Jitterbugs just can't help themselves and that's when the dancing starts.

The beautiful, Carol Adams handles the vocals in this number.  She was known mainly for her work as an actress and was regarded as one of the best tap dance stars in the early 1940's.  Enjoy!


Watch: Carol Adams a Soundie called "Juke Box Joe's"

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Happy Birthday: Jerry Gray

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Today we celebrate the birthday of violinist, arranger, composer and bandleader - Jerry Gray.  Jerry was born on July 3rd 1915 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Podcast: Episode 68

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - A Frolic and a Jam - 

Episode 68 features recordings from Bing Crosby, Ralph Flanagan and Duke Ellington. We also listen to some more tracks from the Saturday Night Swing Club.

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Happy Birthday: Alvino Rey

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Today we celebrate the birthday of bandleader and guitarist - Alvino Rey.  Alvino Rey was born on July 1st, 1908 in Oakland, California.

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Big Band Birthdays - July 1: Alvino Rey


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Update on The Hepcat Challenge

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Can you believe that 2021 is almost half over?  Where does the time go?  Well, I thought the halfway point of the year would be a good time to remind all of you on how YOU can help support Swing City Radio and The Big Band and Swing Podcast.  I also wanted to provide you with an update on the The Hepcat Challenge for 2021.

The most popular way to help support the radio station and podcast is by becoming a Hepcat.  It's easy.  It's safe.  And it's affordable!  For as little as $3 a month you can become a Hepcat and provide the much needed financial support for Swing City Radio and The Big Band and Swing Podcast.

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When you become a Hepcat you will receive Full Access to all types of Bonus Content and Podcast Extras. I'm excited to announce that starting July 1st, I will be featuring a new show called "Big Band On Demand" which will be an exclusive show just for Hepcats.  I will also be adding Show Notes for The Big Band and Swing Podcast which will include artists, song titles and other material from past episodes.  The Show Notes should be done by the end of this summer and will be for Hepcats only.

Update on this year's Hepcat Challenge:


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As you can see, I need your help.  We have some ground to make up to reach this year's goal.  But, I really think we can do it.  So please visit SupportSwing.com and just consider becoming a Hepcat and supporting the station and podcast.  No pressure!  Just asking you to consider it.

Thank you so much for your time and as always, enjoy Swing City Radio!


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Boyd Raeburn

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Boyd Raeburn is known for his creative and complex band he led in the mid-1940's.  Musicians and critics loved his work, but the public wasn't as excited simply because most of his music wasn't "danceable".  Raeburn's music was more geared for the listener and not the dancer.

It's almost ironic that Raeburn went down this Progressive Jazz path like some other greats of the era including Woody Herman and Stan Kenton.  Because Raeburn entered the scene playing in some VERY commercial, mickey-mouse style bands through the 1930's.  Somewhere along the line his music matured into a much different direction.  

Raeburn is most know for his band that pushed musical boundaries from 1944 to 1947.  His Orchestra's arrangements would sometimes have a classical music "feel" to them and this helped attract many talented musicians to play in the band.  But, like I said earlier, the general public just wasn't ready.  He and the band still managed to build a very nice following that sustained him throughout his career.

Listen to: Tonsillectomy by Boyd Raeburn

In 1946, Raeburn married the band's beautiful vocalist Ginny Powell.  She had also provided some great vocals for Harry James and Gene Krupa through the years.  The couple left the music scene by the mid-1950's and remained married until Powell's death in 1959.  Raeburn moved on to run a furniture store in New Orleans and passed away in 1966 of a heart attack.

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Some Johnny Long Soundies

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Johnny Long and His Orchestra are responsible for eighteen Soundies throughout their career.  Today's clip features three of them in a row. The songs performed are: "It's A Sin to Tell a Lie" (1946), "It Must Be Jelly 'cause Jam Don't Shake Like That" (1946) and "In Old Shanty Town" (1943). They are all shown in their original reverse image and the sound quality is excellent.

A few notes on Johnny Long:
Johnny Long led a pretty good orchestra starting in the mid-1930's and really hit their high point in the early and mid-1940's.  Long was a an established violinist and that's not shown in these Soundies.  He started playing at the age of six, but injured two fingers on his left hand when he was bitten by a pig. He then learned to use his right hand to play the violin, and continued to do so until his death.

In my opinion, he had one of the worst slogan/nicknames in the Big Band Era.  Johnny Long was known as "The Man Who's Long on Music." Pretty tacky for a band that performed some great music.

If you were wondering, the woman dancing in "It Must Be Jelly..." is Doris York.  Enjoy!

Watch: Three Soundies by Johnny Long and His Orchestra.

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Podcast: Episode 67

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - The Hungry Count is Jealous - 

Episode 67 includes recordings from Vaughn Monroe, Charlie Barnet, Raymond Scott and more.  This episode is as exciting as a circus and a three day rodeo wrapped up into one!

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Happy Birthday: Ben Pollack

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Today we are celebrating the birthday of drummer and bandleader - the Father of Swing himself, Ben Pollack.  Ben was born on June 22nd, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois.  Happy Birthday Ben!

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Hudson-DeLange Orchestra

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The Hudson-DeLange Orchestra was a formed around the basic concept that Will Hudson and Eddie DeLange wrote some very good music together. The band was only around for a few years, but the music they made was excellent.  Hudson would normally compose the music and DeLange would pen the lyrics.  In fact, before creating a band together, the two co-authored "Moonglow" which went on to become a standard of the Big Band era.

In the mid 1930's, DeLange decided to form an orchestra.  He soon figured out that he would need a much deeper catalog to draw from so DeLange offered Hudson a partnership in his new band in exchange for his arranging abilities.  Hudson accepted and the Hudson-DeLange Orchestra was born.

In their limited time together, the Hudson-DeLange Orchestra managed to record a good amount of music for the Brunswick label.  Some of them became hits and many others resurfaced later covered by other big names from the era.  It was decided that DeLange lead the band while Hudson stayed behind the scenes. They played over 200 live dates throughout the Eastern portion of the United States over a two year span.

Listen to: "Definition of Swing" by Hudson-DeLange Orchestra

In early 1938, the band decided to call it quits.  Hudson continued to tour with a group under his own name.  When he later entered the military for World War II, he did some arranging for Glenn Miller's AAF Orchestra.  DeLange, also went on to form his own band and recorded a lot of sides for the Bluebird label.  He suffered from an early death in 1949. 

Even though The Hudson-DeLange Orchestra was around for only a very short time, the band did make it's mark on the era.  You can listen Hudson and DeLange right here on Swing City Radio.

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The Dinning Sisters: Soundies and Snaders

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The Dinning Sisters were Capitol Records answer to the The Andrews Sisters who recorded for the Decca Label.  The trio consisted of Lucille Dinning, Jean Dinning and Ginger Dinning. Lucille left the group in 1946 to be replaced by Jayne Bundesen who stayed until 1952.

I chose to feature "Pig Foot Pete" by The Dinning Sisters because it was one of those rare songs that were made into both a Soundie and a Snader Telescription.  The Soundie from the 1940's includes the original line up and the Snader Telescription from the 1950's was recorded with Jayne Bundesen in place of Lucille.

It's interesting to see both side by side to view the comparisons and difference between Soundies and Snader Telescriptions.  Plus, it's a good song and easy to listen to twice. 😀  Take notice of the different production styles and presentation. Enjoy!

Watch: Soundie from the 1940's featuring "Pig Foot Pete" by The Dinning Sisters


Watch: Snader Telescription from the 1950's featuring "Pig Foot Pete" by The Dinning Sisters

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Happy Birthday: Guy Lombardo

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Today we celebrate the birthday of violinist and bandleader, Guy Lombardo.  Lombardo was born June 19, 1902 in London, Ontario, Canada.  Happy Birthday Guy!

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Big Band Birthdays - June 19: Guy Lombardo


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Happy Birthday: Kay Kyser

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Today we celebrate the birthday of bandleader and radio personality Kay Kyser.  Kay was born James Kern Kyser on June 18, 1905 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.  Happy Birthday Kay!

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Big Band Birthdays - June 18: Kay Kyser


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Podcast: Episode 66

The Big Band and Swing Podcast

The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Maybe I Need More Coffee - 

Episode 66 features music from Les Brown, Glenn Miller, Dinah Shore and no, I don't have that high energy delivery of Ernie Bubbles Whitman.

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Happy Birthday: Ray McKinley

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Today is the birthday of drummer, singer and bandleader, Ray McKinley.  Ray was born June 18th, 1910 in Fort Worth, Texas.  Happy Birthday Ray!

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

Big Band Birthdays - June 18: Ray McKinley


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Guy Lombardo

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Canadian born bandleader, Guy Lombardo, led the highly successful Royal Canadians for decades.  They were commonly billed as playing "the sweetest music this side of Heaven."  Personally, their music was a little too "sweet" for my taste, but there is simply no denying the popularity Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians enjoyed for a half century.  It's estimated that they sold somewhere between 100 and 300 million records during their careers.

Lombardo was also known as "Mr. New Year's Eve".  In 1929, his Orchestra provided the music for radio's first nationwide New Year's Eve broadcast which popularized the song "Auld Lang Syne" as a staple of the yearly celebration.  Lombardo's performances on radio, and later television, became a large part of New Year's traditions across North America for almost 50 years.  It wasn't until the mid 1970's that the popularity of his New Year's specials began to wane largely to the rise of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" which attracted younger viewers.  

I guess I should have held this post off until New Year's Eve, huh?  Oh well.

Listen to Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians perform  "Auld Lang Syne"

Believe it or not, Lombardo was also an important figure in Hydroplane Racing.  Lombardo just didn't race speed boats as some weekend hobby or mid-life crisis. He was the reigning U.S. national champion from 1946 to 1949.  Before his retirement from the Hydroplane Racing in the late 1950s, he had won every major trophy in the field.  When you listen to his sweet and mellow style of music, it's almost hard to imagine Lombardo traveling across the water at speeds of over 200 miles per hour.

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You can hear many songs by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians right here on Swing City Radio.

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Snader Telescriptions

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If you are a regular listener to "The Big Band and Swing Podcast" you are quite familiar with Soundies.  I enjoy playing the audio tracks from those great little films because they captured some fantastic footage from the Big Band Era.  Another outlet that provided that type of historical footage was Snader Telescriptions.  These "films" were recorded about a decade after Soundies and are frequently lumped in under the category "Soundies".  I've been guilty of that as well.  So I guess it's time to set the record straight.

Snader Telescriptions were produced in the early 1950's and they were made for Television broadcast.

Soundies were filmed in the early to mid 1940's and distributed through a national network of Panorams which were a type of visual jukebox.

They were both produced in a similar manner so it's easy to be confused.  They were made on extremely low budgets but they featured some great artist and performers of the day.  I've included a very informative short video documentary below that chronicles the history behind Snader Telescriptions.  It's really quite good.  Also, if you want to dig deeper about Snader Telescriptions, there is a fantastic article about the subject found on the Peggy Lee Discography website written by Iván Santiago-Mercado.  Click here to read that article.

When you get down to it, each provides some very entertaining footage of the music we love!  Here's that documentary I mentioned:

Watch: Short Video Documentary about Snader Telescriptions

Remember, you can hear the audio tracks of some of this great footage on "The Big Band and Swing Podcast."

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Podcast: Episode 65

The Big Band and Swing Podcast

The Big Band and Swing Podcast - "A Little Jive is Good", said Martha - 

Episode 65 includes recordings from Ella Fitzgerald, The Ink Spots, Larry Clinton and more.  Ronnaldo thanks some new Hepcats for supporting the podcast.

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Happy Birthday: Judy Garland

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Today we celebrate the birthday of a vocalist that had a turbulent, tragic but very successful career in entertainment, Judy Garland.  Judy was born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10th, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  Happy Birthday Judy!

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

Big Band Birthdays - June 10: Judy Garland


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Happy Birthday: Glen Gray

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Today we celebrate the birthday of saxophonist and bandleader, Glen Gray.  Gray was born Glen Gray Knoblauch on June 7th of 1900 in Roanoke, Illinois.  Happy Birthday Glen!

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

Big Band Birthdays - June 7: Glen Gray


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Happy Birthday: Jimmie Lunceford

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Today we celebrate the birthday of a great alto sax player and fantastic bandleader, Jimmie Lunceford.  Jimmie was born James Melvin Lunceford on June 6th, 1902 in Fulton, Mississippi.  Happy Birthday Jimmie!

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

Big Band Birthdays - June 6: Jimmie Lunceford


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A Milestone for the Podcast

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This weekend "The Big Band and Swing Podcast" reached the milestone of 50,000 All Time Downloads.  The podcast was launched in March of 2020 and since then the audience just continues to grow and grow. At last count, listeners have tuned in from over 90 different countries to listen to Big Band music. How cool is that! A big thank you to all of you that have been listening every week.

For those of you unfamiliar with the podcast: "The Big Band and Swing Podcast" focuses on the music, artists and history of the Big Band Era of the 1930's and 1940's.  You will hear both classic and forgotten Big Band recordings and performances rescued from Old Time Radio Broadcasts, Soundies, V-Discs and other AFRS archives. 

When you get down to it, if you are a fan of The Big Bands and the history surrounding the Swing Era, then I encourage you to check out the podcast.  I think you'll really enjoy it.  You can listen to episodes here, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Thank you for listening,
~ Ronnaldo 

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