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Glenn Miller

No Moonlight, No Serenade

by Rich Conaty

The timeline for "The Big Broadcast" is mid-1920s to mid-30s. It can go back one hundred years or more, depending on requests and birthday tributes, but rarely gets beyond the late 1930s. That can create problems when somebody like Benny Goodman is being saluted, or, as tonight, Jimmy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. Most of the big names of the Swing Era got their start as sidemen in the 1920s, but public recognition didn't come for another decade or more.