Big Band Remotes From The 40′s

Popular radio during the 1930s and throughout the 1940s included live coast-to-coast radio transmissions of “big bands”, or dance bands. These live remotes were held mostly in hotels, ballrooms, restaurants and clubs. During the war years, it was expanded to include military bases and defense plants.

For your listening pleasure, we bring you:

Gene Krupa (pictured to the right) and his Orchestra live from the Hotel Astor in New York City, 08/15 1945

Duke Ellington live from Union College in Schenectady New York, 11/06 1948

Glenn Miller live from Glen Island Casino, New York 07/20 1939

(click on any title below, to listen) 

 NOTE – 04/26/2013 On the list to fix! [mp3player width=650 height=200 config=fmp_jw_widget_config.xml playlist=bandremotes.xml]

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2 Comments

  1. January 18, 2011, 7:56 am   /  Reply

    I love Gene Krupa! The first time I saw him was in the Barbara Stanwyck/Gary Cooper flick, Ball of Fire. What a talented guy.
    LOVE your site!

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    January 18, 2011, 5:45 pm   /  Reply

    Yeah! You have got to love a movie with Barbara Stanwyck playing the role of "Sugarpuss O'Shea" .. or Gene Krupa playing the matchsticks on a matchbox at the end of the Drum Boogie song. Wow!, great stuff huh?  

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