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No Moonlight, No Serenade

by Rich Conaty
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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. Their early work deserves to be honored, even if it means stopping the chronologies "early." With that preamble, you should still listen tonight for the 1920s work of Dorsey and Miller, along with vocalists Mildred Bailey, Frank Munn and Elisabeth Welch, plus hot trumpet man Sterling Bose.

 

The featured musical selection won't be heard until next Sunday. It's a goofy notion for a song, "If You Don't Want to be Sweethearts (I Don't Want to be Friends)." written by Irving Kahal (who's birthday is being observed) and Sammy Fain. The vocalist is Kenneth Sargent. His birthday is March 3rd.

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