Playlist: Jubilee

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This month, I will be adding at least 4 to 5 dozen performances from the show "Jubilee" to the Swing City Radio playlist. These performances, in my opinion, are among the best that Old Time Radio has to offer.  They are filled with raw energy and are very well done.  

Over time, I will be adding as many "Jubilee" songs as I can.  Unfortunately, many of the original recordings that still exist may take some work to clean up.  As always, I'll see what I can do to improve the audio.

Some of the tracks I'll be adding to Swing City Radio this month are performances from names like Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and Benny Carter.  You will also be able to hear some fantastic tracks from names you might not instantly recognize. Wilbert Baranco, Elmer Fain and Jimmy Mundy are just a few names that come to mind.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the show "Jubilee":

"Jubilee" was an AFRS radio program that was broadcast to servicemen via Armed Forces Radio from 1942 to 1953. "Jubilee" was conceived, at least in part, as a morale-building service for African American troops stationed overseas. The wartime host was Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman.  The man had a true gift as an announcer.

Most of the shows were recorded before live audiences in Los Angeles. The series later emerged as an important piece of black heritage. Its War Department status exempted the performing artists from the union-mandated recording bans of 1942-43 and many of the shows contain unique performances.

Great stuff!  Be sure to check these tracks out on Swing City Radio starting this month.

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