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!

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

Big Band Birthdays - June 22: Ben Pollack


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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.

Raeburn's music should never be overlooked and you can hear many of his tracks right here on Swing City Radio.

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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

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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!

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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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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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Irene Daye

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Irene Daye had one of the more memorable voices of the Big Band Era.  She got her start at the age of 17 with Jan Murphy's band while still attending high school.  She eventually left school and joined Mal Hallett's outfit for a short time before entering the limelight with Gene Krupa's Orchestra.

Daye sang for Krupa from 1938 to 1941 and added her vocals to over 60 songs.  Her biggest hit was "Drum Boogie" which was recorded in the last session she did with Krupa's Orchestra.  She left shortly after to marry Corky Cornelius from the Casa Loma Orchestra and briefly retired from music to focus on family life and raising her daughter.

Listen to Irene Daye's vocals in "Drum Boogie" by Gene Krupa.

In late 1943, Cornelius died suddenly of kidney failure and Irene Daye decided to resume her singing career. In 1944, Daye landed with another big name from the era, Charlie Spivak.  She sang with Charlie Spivak's Orchestra for about six years then married Charlie in 1950.  She later retired from performing and focused on managing her husband's band until her death in 1971.

You can hear many of the songs Irene sang right here on Swing City Radio. 

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Soundies: Got To Be This Or That

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This week's Soundie is "Got To Be This Or That" performed by Emil Coleman and His Orchestra with June Barton handling the vocals.

June Barton wasn't one of the biggest name female vocalists of the era, but she did spend some time in the bands of Ted Weems, Jan Garber and Xavier Cugat.

Emil Coleman was the leader of one of the most popular dance bands of the 1920's and even had a few hits in the early 30's.  By the time this Soundie was filmed in the early 1940's, Coleman's popularity had faded.

Watch the Soundie: "Got To Be This Or That"

To sum this Soundie up, these weren't marquee names of the time, but still an entertaining performance of this classic song.  Also, take note that the film is shown in reverse.  The key giveaway is the logo on the drum set.  The original Soundies were put on film in a reversed image due to the functionality of the Panoram machine that would play the Soundies.  A system of mirrors flashed the image from the lower half of the cabinet where the projector was onto a front-facing screen in the top half.  The images would appear normal to viewers after passing through the series of mirrors.

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Podcast: Episode 64

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - A Double Dose of Bandleader Blondes - 

Episode 64 features music from Ina Ray Hutton, John Kirby, Artie Shaw and more.  We also learn a little bit about vocalist and actress, Thelma White.

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