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Remembering the big bands, the Swing Era....

A Lazy Summer Saturday Night

by Jack FortesHo hum, its a lazy summer Saturday night - guess Ill listen to goodol Lawrence Welk. Whats this the newspaper TV schedule ...

Big Band Venues - Roseland Ballroom, New York

For nearly a century New York's Roseland Ballroom has meant music and dancing. The ballroom traces its origins to a Broadway dance hall ...

Tommy Dorsey: The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing

by George SpinkTommy and Jimmy Dorsey grew up in the coal mining area of Shenandoah, Pa. Their father worked in the mines, taught music, ...

Glenn Miller and the 'Memphis Belle' in England

by Len HartOne of America's most famous bombing aircraft during World War II was the Memphis Belle. She is remembered as much for her ...

Prohibition Blues

by Len HartWith the crash of the stock market in 1929, the American Dream turned nightmare, ushering in an era defined and remembered by ...

And the winner is! Johnny Mercer!

by Spencer 'Wolf' SmarttThis Time the Dream's On Me by Glenn Miller with Ray EberleBlues in the Night by Jo Stafford, Johnny ...

I'm Old-Fashioned

by George SpinkLen Hart's article about At Last, my favorite song from the time I began collecting records in 1949 when I was nine, ...

Beyonce Knowles and Etta James Together 'At Last'

by Len HartA needless controversy. Both Beyonce Knowles and Etta James have recorded great versions of --At Last --a standard since the ...

The Men Behind the Music - Bill Finegan

Bill Finegan wasnt an arranger who spent years working his way up the ladder he all but started at the top. His early years paralleled ...

Kay Kyser - The Ol' Professor of Swing! America's Forgotten Superstar

By Steven BeasleyBack in 1939 Kay Kyser and his orchestra were riding high. Their radio show, Kay Kyser's College of Musical Knowledge, ...

Cab Calloway: Minnie the Moocher from the Blues Brothers

by Len Hart'Minnie the Moocher' by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra sold over a million copies in 1931. It is remembered for 'scat singing', ...

Big Band Hangar Dances

This article was prepared by Palomar Member Jack Fortes.Last November, there was a big band hangar dance in DeLand, Florida, and I was ...