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Tbig band era... WWII Music was a big inspiration for family at home and loved ones fighting overseas. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by the Andrews Sisters, "Sentimental Journey" by Les Brown and his band, and "I'll Be Seeing You" by Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra
The Fabulous Glenn Miller Super smooth swing from the biggest big band ever. The Fabulous Glenn Miller and his orchestra.
Glen Miller was one of the most popular musicians of his time. Moreover, he was extremely patriotic and took his personal definition of "duty" very seriously. He used his power to create a successful military band on his terms. Then, just as he finally convinced the military to send his band to places where it could truly boost morale, he disappeared. Rumors circulated almost immediately, but Miller's fate remains a mystery.
The story of Count Basie is very much the story of the great jazz band that he led for close to 50 years (1935-1984), an orchestra with a distinctive sound, anchored by a subtle but propulsive beat, buoyed by crisp ensemble work, and graced with superb soloists (indeed, a catalogue of featured players would read like a Who's Who of jazz). But perhaps the most startling aspect of the band's achievement was its 50-year survival in a culture that has experienced so many changes in musical fashion, and especially its survival after the mid-1960s when jazz lost much of its audience to rock music and disco
Harvey Lee Basie was a coachman and caretaker, and Lilly Ann Childs Basie was a laundress, taking in washing and ironing. A brother, James, died when William was a young boy. The family always owned a piano, and his mother paid twenty-five cents a lesson to Miss Vandevere for William to study with her
At the age of 16 Artie went to Cleveland, where he remained for three years, the last two working with Austin Wylie, then Cleveland's top band leader, for whom Shaw took over all the arranging and rehearsing chores. In 1927 Artie heard several "race" records, the kind then being made solely for distribution in black (or "colored," as they were then known) districts. After listening entranced to Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five playing Savoy Blues, West End Blues, and other now-classic Louis Armstrong records from the late 1920's,
from 1939 until the end of the 1940s, Doris Day was one of the hottest, sultriest swing band vocalists in music. That body of work -- which contains at least one unabashed classic early-'40s recording, "Sentimental Journey" -- is one of the most impressive in the fields of swing and popular jazz, and deserves to be heard far more than it is.Sentimental Journey" also became especially popular among American soldiers stationed overseas during World War II.
White Christmas a song of peace and yearning for "the ones we used to know," was released to a war-torn public during the darkest days of World War II. By the end of the War it had become the biggest-selling single of all time. Bing's recording hit the charts on Oct. 3, 1942, and rose to #1 on Oct. 31, where it stayed for an amazing 11 weeks. In the following years Bing's recording hit the top top30 pop charts another 16 times, even topping the charts again in 1945 and January of '47. The song remains Bing's best-selling recording, and the best-selling Christmas single of all-time
Vera became the most popular British singer during the war hosting a BBC radio program, Sincerely Yours. Her morale-building ballads were extremely popular with servicemen.She appeared in an armed forces stage revue and toured Burma in 1944.She also made three wartime films. "We'll meet again"1942, Rhythm Serenade (1943) and One Exciting Night (1944). After the war ended, she retired, only to return to show business in 1947,touring and hosting a new radio program.Her record label, Decca, promoted her in the U.S. during the musicians' strike of 1948 and she garnered a U.S. Top Ten hit with ''You Can't Be True, Dear.''She became the first British artist o hit number one on the U.S. chart with ''Auf Wiedersehn Sweetheart'' in 1952 In 1954, she scored her first and only British number one with ''My Son, My Son.'' She continued performing through the seventies,cutting back on public appearances during the eighties. In 1976, she was made Dame Vera Lynn