Tommy Tucker


Gerald Duppler, better known under his stage name of Tommy Tucker, led a semi-popular orchestra for a little over 25 years.  Tucker opened each live performance with his signature "tic-toc, tic-toc, it's Tommy Tucker time." Personally, I felt that tic-toc was a little annoying as a signature, but to each their own.

In 1933, Tommy Tucker and His Band found themselves based in California, in fact, at the time of his first recordings in 1933 the band was known as Tommy Tucker and His Californians.  In 1935, they formally switched over to Tommy Tucker and His Orchestra and later they sometimes were billed as Tommy Tucker Time.  The music they played was very much on the "sweet" side of the musical spectrum.  Tommy Tucker and His Orchestra are best remembered for their biggest hit, "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" but for me, my favorite by them is a song called "The Man That Comes Around".  The Soundie that was later filmed for the song is hilarious.

Listen to "The Man That Comes Around" by Tommy Tucker Time

Tucker received a lot of airplay on the radio in the 1940's. Overall, Tommy Tucker's music was just fun to listen to. The band didn't feature many big names but did include Hal Dennis on piano.  Eydie Gorme actually sang with the band for awhile. 

Tucker eventually retired and became a professor in music at Monmouth College in New Jersey.

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Watch: Jumpin' Jive

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Here is a clip featuring Cab Calloway and His Orchestra performing his hit "Jumpin' Jive".  This performance is from the movie "Stormy Weather" which was released in 1943.  Cab and the band put on a great show in this one, but the true stars of this clip are the Nicholas Brothers.  They were such amazing dancers.

Stormy Weather is filled with some great music including songs by Fats Waller, Lena Horne and of course, Cab Calloway.

Enjoy!


Watch: Cab Calloway perform his hit "Jumpin' Jive"


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Happy Birthday: Benny Goodman

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Today we are celebrating the birthday of The King of Swing, Benny Goodman.  Benny was born Benjamin David Goodman on May 30, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Big Band Birthdays - May 30: Benny Goodman


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Podcast: Episode 63

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Upbeat Music from the War Years - 

Episode 63 includes recordings from Johnny Mercer, Bea Wain, Glenn Miller and more.  An upbeat way to recognize Memorial Day.

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Happy Birthday: Andy Kirk

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May 28th marks the birthday of a saxophonist that led one heck of a band in the 1930's and 40's, Andy Kirk.  Andy was born Andrew Dewey Kirk on May 28, 1898 in Newport, Kentucky.

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Big Band Birthdays - May 28: Andy Kirk


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Happy Birthday: Peggy Lee

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Today we are going to celebrate the birthday of the beautiful, sophisticated and very talented vocalist, Peggy Lee.  Peggy was born Norma Deloris Egstrom on May 26, 1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota.

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Happy Birthday: Artie Shaw

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Today we celebrate the birthday one of the finest players of the clarinet, Artie Shaw.  Artie was born Authur Jacob Arshawsky on May 23, 1910 in New York City.

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Big Band Birthdays - May 23: Artie Shaw


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Vincent Lopez

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Vincent Lopez was one of America's most popular bandleaders in the late 1920's, the 30's, and would remarkably retain that status through the 1940's.  Born of Portuguese immigrant parents in Brooklyn, New York, he was leading his own band in New York City by 1917.  In late 1921, his band began broadcasting on the new medium of entertainment of the time, radio.  This helped Lopez achieve huge success.

Lopez would go on to record countless songs, many of them hits.  He also had some future Big Band Greats pass through his band including:  Artie Shaw, Xavier Cugat, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller.  And speaking of Glenn Miller, long time Miller vocalist Marion Hutton along with her sister Betty Hutton were members of Lopez's band for a time.

Listen to Vincent Lopez and his huge hit "Nola"

Lopez's flamboyant style of piano playing influenced such later musicians as Eddy Duchin and Liberace.  In 1941 Lopez's Orchestra began a residency at the Taft Hotel in Manhattan that would last 20 years.  Very impressive!

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Slap That Bass: The Advocats Big Band

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"Slap That Bass" is a new single by The Advocats Big Band and can be found on their album "In Full Swing".  Swing City Radio has added the song into it's regular rotation on The Modern Block which airs every weekday at 3:00pm (EST) and 3:00am (EST) for our International Listeners.

The Advocats Big Band are based in Toronto, Canada and have been together since 1991. The band was originally assembled by a group of young lawyers to perform at a Toronto fundraiser.  Hence the name The Advocats, which in my opinion, is a fantastic name!

The bands current line-up consists of the following members: Pam Fong, Daniel Koelsch, Dave Coules, Jonathan Bakan, Michael Lewis, Richard Raum, Ron Parker, Brian Kai, J.P. Brown, Jeff Fong, Don Beaupre, Jason Stephens, Rick Blechta, Leon Racine, Tom Melville, John Collin and Nina Richmond.

You can learn more about The Advocats Big Band and listen to samplings of their music by visiting their website at: advocatsbigband.com.   

... and be sure to listen to The Modern Block to hear "Slap That Bass".

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Pinterest and Youtube

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So, I'm not the biggest fan of Social Media overall.  I'm quite sure that if the station had a presence on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, that word may get out to a wider audience.  But, I'm not a user of those platforms, it's just a personal preference, and I'll leave it to you, the listeners, to spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.  That being said, I totally understand the importance Facebook and Twitter play in many people's lives and how they keep you connected with family and friends.  Please feel free to repost articles that you like from SwingCityRadio.com on your pages when you find them interesting.  At the end of every article you'll find little buttons that make sharing easy. Remember: "Sharing is Caring."  😀

Now, two platforms I do enjoy are Pinterest and Youtube. If you haven't checked out the Pinterest page in awhile you may want to give it a looksie.  Over the last year and a half, a lot of content has found it's way on there and it has become an impressive collection of images.  The Youtube Channel is also a lot of fun.  Most of the past podcasts are on there to listen to and I've been trying to add more and more Soundies when I can.

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Podcast: Episode 62

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Dusting Off The Panoram - 

Episode 62 features the audio portions from Soundies by Tony Pastor, Billy Eckstine, Buddy Clark and more. Ronnaldo also plays tracks from Jan Savitt and The Andrews Sisters.

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Happy Birthday: Horace Heidt

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May 21st marks the birthday of bandleader and pianist, Horace Heidt.  Horace was born on May 21, 1901 in Alameda, California

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Big Band Birthdays - May 21: Horace Heidt


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Happy Birthday: Fats Waller

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Today is the birthday of pianist, composer, vocalist and all around entertainer, Fats Waller.  Fats was born Thomas Wright Waller on May 21, 1904 in New York City, New York.

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Big Band Birthdays - May 21: Fats Waller


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Dave Barbour

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Dave Barbour, at one point in his career, chose love over music.  While working as a guitarist for the Benny Goodman Orchestra, he and Peggy Lee fell in love.  Peggy Lee was the female lead for Goodman's band at the time and he had a strict rule: "No band members should fraternize with the girl singer." Well, Dave married Peggy, Benny fired Dave, Peggy left the band and the world moved on.

Barbour started off his career as a banjo player.  He played in the bands of some big names including Adrian Rollini and Wingy Manone.  Around 1935, Dave switched over to the guitar and was quite good.  He immediately found work with Red Norvo's band but also stayed very busy as a studio musician working with the likes of Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller and Raymond Scott to name only a few.

In the early 1940's, Barbour joined Benny Goodman's Orchestra and that is where he met Miss Peggy Lee.  After they left the band Dave was still finding a lot of work, but Peggy was quite content on staying home and being Mrs. Barbour.  Dave is credited for motivating and inspiring his wife into resuming her music career telling her that "she had too much talent to stay at home and someday she might regret it."


Watch: "Why Don't You Do Right" by Dave Barbour and Peggy Lee

Eventually, Barbour went on to be Peggy's co-writer, accompanist, and bandleader.  Together, they recorded and wrote a lot of fantastic music.  Barbour also performed without Peggy at times and his band was a real top-notch outfit.  Unfortunately, the couple divorced in 1951 and Barbour left the music industry and acted in a few Hollywood movies. 

Dave Barbour passed away in 1965 of a hemorrhaged ulcer.  He was only 53.

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Soundie: Jam Session

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Today's Soundie is called Jam Session and is led by the legendary Duke Ellington. As the band arrives one by one to the Harlem Cats Café, they just can't resist joining in on a rendition of "C-Jam Blues".  Some of the other iconic musicians included in this Soundie from 1942 are: Barney Bigard, Sonny Greer, Ray Nance, Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton, Rex Stewart, and Ben Webster.  Enjoy!


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Happy Birthday: Woody Herman

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Today we celebrate the birthday of clarinetist and famed bandleader, Woody Herman.  Woody was born Woodrow Charles Herman on May 16, 1913 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Big Band Birthdays - May 16: Woody Herman


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Podcast: Episode 61

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - A Beautiful Mornin’ from Tackyville - 

Episode 61 includes music from Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and more.  We also learn some informative tips on what to do on a date.

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Happy Birthday: Maxine Sullivan

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Today we celebrate the birthday of vocalist Maxine Sullivan.  Maxine was born Marietta Williams on May 13th, 1911 in Homestead, Pennsylvania.

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Big Band Birthdays - May 13: Maxine Sullivan


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Casa Loma Orchestra

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The Casa Loma Orchestra was one of the top Dance Bands in the early to mid 1930's.  The band was active from the late 1920's to 1947 and then re-emerged in 1957.  The Casa Loma Orchestra had a few leaders over the years but the most notable was saxophonist, Glen Gray.

The band originally assembled under the name The Orange Blossoms in Detroit, Michigan.  By the time of their first recordings in 1929, they had changed their name to The Casa Loma Orchestra.

The business model and structure of this band was much different than most others.  Almost all other bands at this time had a "leader" for whom everyone worked. Casa Loma operated as a collective group.  In 1930, the Casa Loma Orchestra was incorporated in New York with the members becoming owners, shareholders, and board members.  The band members were hired on the grounds of musical competence and would have to follow a strict code of conduct and financial rules.  Members who broke the rules could be summoned before the "board", have their contract bought out, and be ejected from the band.

The band was led by a person that was hand-picked by the band itself.  Casa Loma's first bandleader was violinist Hank Biagini.  In 1937, the band overwhelmingly voted in favor of Glen Grey leading the orchestra, and Gray finally accepted the job.

Watch: The Casa Loma Orchestra in 1942.  This short film also includes some
fine dancing from famed lindy hoppers Jewel McGowan and Dean Collins.

The Casa Loma Orchestra released A LOT of music during their run in the 1930's and 40's.  They scored a boatload of hits and enjoyed a long run on radio including extended stints on Camel Caravan.

After 1947, the Casa Loma band had ceased touring, and Glen Gray retired. The later recordings on Capitol Records, beginning with Casa Loma in Hi-Fi in 1956 and continuing through the Sounds of the Great Bands series, were done with Gray leading a group of studio musicians in Hollywood. Several of the Casa Loma alumni would occasionally be featured as well. In all, some 14 high-fidelity and stereo recordings were made for Capitol Records under the name of Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra before Gray's death in 1963.

... and speaking of Casa Loma alumni, a few of the names that passed through the band over the years included: Pee Wee Hunt, Sonny Dunham, Kenny Sargent and Horace Henderson.  Keep in mind, the band maintained a stable collection of personnel that didn't change much because of the member ownership structure they had in place.

Interesting Note: In 1943, Eugenie Baird became "the first girl vocalist ever featured" with the Casa Loma Orchestra.  

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Watch: "Perfidia" and "In the Mood"

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So how did some of the members of the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra spend their past year in quarantine?  This video sheds some light on that question.

Watch The Moonlight Serenaders (the vocal group within the Glenn Miller Orchestra) perform a fun rendition of "Perfidia" over web cam from their homes around the country.

Watch: "Perfidia" performed by the The Moonlight Serenaders 
of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

The band has since left their homes and have starting touring again.  For dates, locations and ticket information, check out their website at: glennmillerorchestra.com.  They put on a fantastic show and Nick Hilscher does such a great job leading the band!

Let's watch one more by the band.  This is "In The Mood".  Just imagine how hard it would be to fit all of these moving parts together online.

Watch: "In The Mood" performed by the The Glenn Miller Orchestra.

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Happy Birthday: Red Nichols

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May 8th marks the birthday of bandleader Red Nichols.  He was born Ernest Loring Nichols on May 8, 1905 in Ogden, Utah.

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Big Band Birthdays - May 8: Red Nichols


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Podcast: Episode 60

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Static and Clicks from Kalamazoo - 

Episode 60 features songs by Louis Jordan, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and more. Ronnaldo discusses cleaning up old audio and welcomes new Hepcats.

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Happy Birthday: Bing Crosby

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Birthday wishes go out to one of the most popular and influential stars of the 20th Century, Bing Crosby. Bing was born Harry Lillis Crosby Jr on May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington.

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Big Band Birthdays - May 3: Bing Crosby


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Bobby Sherwood

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Bobby Sherwood led a very good band that did quite well in the 1940's and had a career that spanned more than half a century.  He is best known for his work on the trumpet and guitar but Sherwood was a unique talent because he could play almost every instrument in the band, and play them well. Sherwood may not be remembered as a big name of the Swing Era, but he was very respected in the music business and released some very good records.

Bobby started his career at the age of 12 playing banjo in his parents' band.  During his teens, Sherwood spent his time teaching himself how to play multiple instruments and became a well rounded musician.  When he was 22 years old, he replaced Eddie Lang as the guitarist for Bing Crosby in 1933 and remained with Crosby until he left in the early 40's to form his own band.  He also did some arranging for Jimmy Dorsey and Artie Shaw during this time.

Throughout the 1940's, Sherwood released great recordings and even landed a few hits. He was also doing a lot of radio work including leading the house band for Eddie Cantor's radio program and as a regular on the Hillman Hour.  In the mid-1940s, he hosted his own radio program, "The Bobby Sherwood Orchestra". 

He did some acting in Hollywood for a bit, but for the most part, the latter part of his career was spent working as a disc jockey. Sherwood was still very involved in music and playing until his death in 1981.


Listen to: "The Elks' Parade" by Bobby Sherwood and His Orchestra.

Interesting Notes:  

Sherwood married Dorothy Virginia Gumm, the sister of Judy Garland, and worked as a bandleader for Judy Garland during sessions at Decca Records.

His sons Billy and Michael are both musicians.  Billy Sherwood definitely followed in his father's footsteps being able to play multiple instruments extremely well and is a heck of a singer.  The brothers have been big names in the Progressive Rock scene since the late 1980's and Billy is currently a member of Yes.  (I was a HUGE Yes fan growing up and still love and follow them today!)

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Soundie: Hollywood Boogie

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Today's Soundie comes courtesy of Thelma White and Her All Girl Orchestra.  The title is known to some as "Choo Choo" but the official name of this piece is "Hollywood Boogie".  This song really swings and it's fun to watch Thelma wiggle and glide across the stage very much like Ina Ray Hutton.

White was known more as an actress.  She was in many good films but is known mostly for her role in the cult classic film "Reefer Madness".  During World War II, White joined United Servicemen Overseas, a government program that provided entertainment for the American troops, and performed as the leader of this all female swing band.

Watch: "Hollywood Boogie" by Thelma White and Her All Girl Orchestra

Thelma White and Her All Girl Orchestra filmed a few Soundies and did many tours to support and entertain the American troops.  Unfortunately, during one of those tours to Alaska, she contracted a crippling disease while in the Aleutian Islands. Thelma was bedridden for five years and was told she never would walk again. Although she partially recovered and appeared in a few late 1940s films, her career was pretty much over.

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