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April 19, 2011
2:46 am
NatureElf
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So who are your favorites? I love to listen to the big band/swing radio station on my interent radio.

April 19, 2011
3:18 am
FlorrieMay
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Glenn Miller of course! There was never any contest as far as I was concerned. He was and still is the Master of Swing. I have his records and still play them now and it's unfortunate that he died when he did.

April 20, 2011
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I am a huge Glen Miller fan. I have a 3 CD set that has some secret recordings from during the war. I have pretty much worn it out I played it so much.

April 20, 2011
7:39 pm
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I think Glenn Miller is my favorite of the era, too.  He had a popular 'with the people' vibe going.  The Dorseys, Benny Goodman, and others had their place, but I admit to listening to Glenn's songs more than the others.

April 21, 2011
9:24 am
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I want to get some Glenn Miller recordings. I read a book on him and it sounds like part of the reason that he had such a great band was because his musicians were in the army and they were able to rehearse much more than they could have if they were in a civilian band. I think it was for financial reasons. 

Does anyone know the details of that? I'm not sure if it was a musician's union issue involving paid rehearsals or not.

April 23, 2011
10:48 am
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My dad loved to listen to Glenn Miller records, I was not alive during the war but I came to love his music because my dad played it so often when I was young.

April 24, 2011
8:40 am
Taggart
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I discovered the music of Fats Waller when I saw the play "Ain't Misbehavin'". I don't think he ever had a band as large as Miller's but I was especially interested in his stride piano technique, and his arrangements for smaller combos.

April 24, 2011
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I love any of them. I listen to them on XM radio which we have in the car and on the internet. We have the 30's and 40's radio on all the time we're in the car for the most part. I love sattelite radio!

April 24, 2011
5:50 pm
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The only big band I'm really familiar with is Gelnn Miller's, but I also like Benny Goodman and Cab Calloway! There are also some pretty good modern big bands that I enjoy listening to, like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. :D

April 25, 2011
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Taggart
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I have a few recordings of Duke Ellington and I especially like his compositions. I assume he wrote many of his repertoire, like Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me and Take The A Train?

In any case, I also love his arrangements.

April 27, 2011
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Taggart said:

I have a few recordings of Duke Ellington and I especially like his compositions. I assume he wrote many of his repertoire, like Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me and Take The A Train?

In any case, I also love his arrangements.


 

Duke Ellington was great.  Loved that music so much.

April 30, 2011
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Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and of course Glenn Miller… my favourite is Moonlight Serenade.

May 7, 2011
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Have an unusual story to share about the big bands which included Glenn Miller.  My Grandfather was an electroplater.  Whenever any of the big bands played in the NY area, they requested that my Grandfather plate and polish his instruments!  He got to meet some of the band members over the years, and to me, I always felt that when they played, a bit of my Grandfather was there too!

May 9, 2011
6:26 pm
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Zootsuit said:

Have an unusual story to share about the big bands which included Glenn Miller.  My Grandfather was an electroplater.  Whenever any of the big bands played in the NY area, they requested that my Grandfather plate and polish his instruments!  He got to meet some of the band members over the years, and to me, I always felt that when they played, a bit of my Grandfather was there too!


 

What a rich experience that must have been!  What a thrill and what an honor!  Do you have any photographs of your grandfather with the big band greats?  That would be a priceless keepsake, indeed!

May 9, 2011
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Glenn Miller is a favorite, as are the Dorseys, Les Brown and His Band of Renown, Benny Goodman, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong and His Orchestra…and so many others.  It's quite difficult to choose a favorite, as they each had their own signature style.   However, it seems that Glenn Miller claims ownership of the standard for that classic, righteous big band sound, and rightfully so…he was absolutely amazing.

May 10, 2011
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Jazzy Dame, I wish someone had taken a picture, but there were none taken that I know of.  So I we had second best, and that was to sit and listen to my Grandfather retell the stories.  He came home late many nights when the Big Bands came to town.  He wanted to make sure the job was done just right, so he did each instrument himself.  

May 10, 2011
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Zootsuit said:

Jazzy Dame, I wish someone had taken a picture, but there were none taken that I know of.  So I we had second best, and that was to sit and listen to my Grandfather retell the stories.  He came home late many nights when the Big Bands came to town.  He wanted to make sure the job was done just right, so he did each instrument himself.  


 

Zootsuit, you are so incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to sit with your Grandfather and listen to his recollections and memories…what a blessing, indeed!  I'm sure that he took great pride in his work, and likely developed a close bond with the musicians in the band.  Thank you for sharing! 

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