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Do you listen to swing era music?
Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, December 19, 2021 12:07 PM

If you listen to the big band sounds of the 30s and 40s, who is your favorite female band singer of the swing era? Mine is Helen Forrest. She had quite a melodic soft beautiful voice that is just a pleasure to hear.

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Posted by Pawel on Sunday, December 19, 2021 4:24 PM

Hello!

some 25 years ago I fell in love with the sound of Glenn Miller's band...

As for the female singers I'd probably have to say Andrews sisters...

And check this out - this lady just ripped my a** off:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5c_XZaArH4

Swing On!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, December 19, 2021 4:31 PM

Pawel

Hello!

some 25 years ago I fell in love with the sound of Glenn Miller's band...

As for the female singers I'd probably have to say Andrews sisters...

And check this out - this lady just ripped my a** off:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5c_XZaArH4

Swing On!

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Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, December 19, 2021 4:55 PM

I do listen to Swing Era music once in a while when I'm building or editing photos. All the greats: Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman. Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa on drums are awesome. I also enjoy Western Swing from the 1940's, like Bob Willis and his Texas Playboys and Spade Cooley. Spike Jones might sneak in there sometimes too.

Of course, Viola Davis proves that drummers are a special breed.

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Posted by EdGrune on Sunday, December 19, 2021 5:46 PM

Asleep at the Wheel is one of my favorites.   They have cast themselves as the re-incarnation of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys

https://youtu.be/SXeSUHqHzBs

I have seen them in person at least a half a dozen times,  from venues as large as the FT Worth Botanic Garden to the Arlington (TX) Music Hall.    My favorite was when the city of Mansfield (TX) got them to play at the street fair as part of the Pickle Festival

They have a trilogy of Bob Wills albums.   Their latest album is Half a Hundred Years recounting their career

https://youtu.be/Sebj3vl5p0I

They do nod to classic jazz.   Check out Choo Choo Boogie where they drop into Thelonius Monk's 'Straight, No Chaser' for a few bars.

https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/how-band-hippies-potheads-kept-western-swing-alive/

 

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Posted by disastermaster on Sunday, December 19, 2021 7:23 PM

Completely and totally love the music from that era!

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Posted by ikar01 on Monday, December 20, 2021 7:04 AM

I listen to it sometimes during building too.  I also made copies of the Liberty records my Father saved from destruction back during the war.

I'd have to stick with the Andrews Sisters.  They even did a movie or two with Abbott and Costello so how can you go wrong?  Rosemary Clooney wasn't bad either.

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Posted by rocketman2000 on Monday, December 20, 2021 9:05 AM

Vera Lynn.  I especially loved "White Cliffs of Dover."  That was really popular during the war years.

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, December 20, 2021 9:29 AM

Pawel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5c_XZaArH4 Swing On! Paweł

Sounds like the music from Tom and Jerry... Propeller

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Posted by fox on Monday, December 20, 2021 12:39 PM

Usually have a mix of all types of music on while building. Swing, Pop, Classical, Opera, Jaz, Country Western. Love it all. Probably because I was raised in an Italian house in the 40's & 50's, I grew up hearing opera that my grandfather brought over from Italy (1 sided 78's that I wish I still had). Then my mother sent me to Combs Conservatory in Phila. to study Classical music. Don't care for most of the newer music from after the 70's. I understand it but don't care for it. Sorry, don't mean to offend anyone.

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, December 20, 2021 1:23 PM

Another type of music I enjoy while at the bench is Epic from Two Steps From Hell.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, December 20, 2021 1:35 PM

fox

Usually have a mix of all types of music on while building. Swing, Pop, Classical, Opera, Jaz, Country Western. Love it all. Probably because I was raised in an Italian house in the 40's & 50's, I grew up hearing opera that my grandfather brought over from Italy (1 sided 78's that I wish I still had). Then my mother sent me to Combs Conservatory in Phila. to study Classical music. Don't care for most of the newer music from after the 70's. I understand it but don't care for it. Sorry, don't mean to offend anyone.

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My dad loved to hear opera. He had tons of opera Lps and listened to them for hours.

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Posted by DooeyPyle67 on Monday, December 20, 2021 5:09 PM

disastermaster

Completely and totally love the music from that era!

 

 

Sets the mood when building WW2 era aircrafts. I love listening to Sing Sing SIng and watching swing dance on YouTube. Been wanting to find Swing Kids on DVD but haven't had a chance.

If my knees weren't so sore, I'd love to take up swing dancing lessons. 

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Posted by fox on Monday, December 20, 2021 7:09 PM

When my grandfather came home from the barber shop he owned, the Victrola (something else I wish I still had) was cranked up and the opera came on. No one dared touch it.

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Posted by freem on Monday, December 20, 2021 8:37 PM

I remember a Victrola my parents had. Don't know what happened to it.

Love big bands, Glenn Miller would have to be my tops.  Sirius 40's Junction on when I am driving home from work.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, December 20, 2021 9:08 PM

I enjoy listening to swing music. Had plenty of exposure to it between my parents and my wife's step father being a big band leader. Now and again I'll listen to my swing playlist while working on a project to put me in the proper frame of mind.

As far as favorite female vocalists from that era goes, I'm quite partial to Peggy Lee. 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, December 31, 2021 3:43 AM

Love it. My grandfather had his own band in the 30s and early 40s before being shipped off to England in '42 courtesy of the Army Air Corp. They were the house band at the Tavern where he met my grandmother, who worked there.  It's my understanding at one point he even played drums for Perry Como and possibly Jimmy Dorsey's band.

Regarding female singers, I'd have to make that a second on Peggy Lee, especially while with Benny Goodman. Martha Tilton a close second. 

 

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Posted by Strongeagle on Friday, December 31, 2021 11:48 AM

plasticjunkie

If you listen to the big band sounds of the 30s and 40s, who is your favorite female band singer of the swing era? Mine is Helen Forrest. She had quite a melodic soft beautiful voice that is just a pleasure to hear.

 

I love it.  As I came across this thread I was listening to Jo Stafford singing Blue Moon.

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, January 10, 2022 11:10 AM

I do appreciate it and it does sound good, I just don't listen to it unless it's in a movie or something. I am younger than probably most members here. I was born in the 60's and grew up in the 70's. So I am firmly entrenced in rock music. 60's-80's for me pretty much all I listen too. Anything after that I don't like and the earlier stuff is pretty good, but not my preferred style. I am an audiofile and listen to music whenever I can, especially while I'm building.

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Posted by ikar01 on Monday, January 10, 2022 8:04 PM

My Father woiuld sit at the kitchen table and read his paper while listening to his music from WWII and eat at the same time with a cigar in his Air Transport Command ash tray, all at the same time.

It took some time before I started to listen to a couple songs from then but it helped watching the Abbot and Costello movies from the war years and a bit beyond.

I didn't pay much attention to the music of the 50s and only picked up on a few, but what would you expect, I was born during the Koreaan War. I also never got into the Monroe thing either, I didn't consider her a very good actress.

It was in tyhe 60s that I really started to pay attention to the music on my transistor radio and burned up a lot of batteries in the process.  Meanwhile the 40s music was sneaking its influence in and then the 70s hit and I was drafted and overseas listening to the canned shows from A.F.R.T.S. who would play all types of music shows twice a day before scrapping the records. 

Now I have a collection of a lot of different types of musicincluding show tunes (don't laugh), and classical.  That started when my kid started playing in his school band and my brother in law took us to a PDQ Bach concert south of here.  It sounds strange but think of Weird Al as a lost member of the Bach family and what might happen.  There was music of a whole new type, some with only the mouth peices, a piece where it was decided that the percussion section was not getting enough play time but the rest of the orchestra eventuall throwing in its own songs.  Think of concert casting where there were refs and anyone could be put into a penality box.  The music professor was quite creative.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 11:09 PM

I don't, but I like it.

I like Hot Club.

 

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Posted by Space Ranger on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 11:21 PM

Love it! I played tenor sax in high school band, and we played a lot of swing music. This was back in the early '60s, and the entire student body and faculty loved it. Nowadays I listen to more folk and bluegrass music than anything else, and play guitar and 5-string banjo, but I occasionally tune in to the Junction channel on Sirius. Without a doubt my favorite swing era band would have to be Glenn Miller's.

A former boss was commander and conductor of the USAF band, and I have some of their hard-to-find CDs with some great swing-era arrangements. I also got to hear the band perform as Miller's, complete with period USAAF uniforms.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 7:24 AM

Hmm;

      The Andrews Sisters and who could forget Kate Smith, specially her heartfelt " God Bless America". That music was a standard in our German-Sicilian household. Along with Frank S.and others.

     Because of them, "Family" I took Music lessons. Piano, Accordian and Trumpet. Settled on a Classical Acoustic Guitar though.  Grandfather(Sicilian) had a rule though. At least one night we had to listen to Mario Lanza and Enrico Caruso!

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, January 13, 2022 5:30 PM

Space Ranger
USAAF

that's really cool.

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Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, January 13, 2022 10:55 PM

Ever hear of the Air Force Band Good Timers?

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Saturday, January 15, 2022 11:29 AM

Mom would play some of the big bands and singers from the era 55-60 years ago.  The vinyl is long gone of course.

The mention of Spike Jones brought back the memory of a high school math teacher I had in about 68-69.  He had a console stereo/turntable in the classroom.  Once in awhile, after be gave us our work, he'd put on an album.  Always will remember,  Dinner music for people not very hungry. Was one of the favorites of the class, sure made the class go faster.  Today that would get a teacher fired on the spot. Went looking and ordered a copy on CD.

In some ways the younger generations have missed out on some of the better things in life.  Of course I'm almost 69, and can't stand anything much past 1980, and rap/hip-hop drives me up a wall after about 5 seconds.

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Posted by ikar01 on Saturday, January 15, 2022 1:50 PM

Yhat's why I have my own collection of music on CDs.  I even transferred my 8=tracks and tapes onto discs.

There's only a couple music stations I would bother listeneng to.

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Saturday, January 15, 2022 1:59 PM

Yeah, when I'm out in the Equinox, no CD player.  I have a classic rock station on (60's-70's).  In the Cherokee with a CD player either classic rock, same vintage, or select country.  Tony Keith, Lynn Anderson, Joe Diffe and others in the same vein.  Some folk from Peter, Paul and Mary, Mama' s and Papa's, some Irish folk.... Unicorn is a favorite.  Some classical lately as my lady listened to it..she was a musician.

Looking at the above, I seem to have an eclectic streak.

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