Vocalist Bea Wain dies at 100

Bea Wain, former lead vocalist with Larry Clinton’s Orchestra and wife of famed radio announcer Andre Baruch, has died at her home in in Beverly Hills, California. The singer died at the age of 100 of congestive heart failure, according to her daughter, Bonnie Barnes. Wain was born in New York and began her singing … Continue reading Vocalist Bea Wain dies at 100

Gatsby Summer Afternoon Takes Attendees ‘Back In Time’

It feels like a giant time machine. For one afternoon each second Sunday in September, the lawn of an historic estate near San Francisco is transformed into Long Island, New York in the 1920’s. While it seems like a page right out of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famed 1925 novel, “The Great Gatsby”, it is in … Continue reading Gatsby Summer Afternoon Takes Attendees ‘Back In Time’

The Man With A Drum- Buddy Rich

He was a man with an explosive temper. He had no ability to read music. His tirades were infamous among the musicians who played with him. And yet, he is considered one of the most talented and prolific musicians of the 20th century, and is most cited as ‘inspiration’ for successful drummers today. Billed as … Continue reading The Man With A Drum- Buddy Rich

Swing Street Welcomes Fred Hall’s ‘Swing Thing’

Swing Street Radio is pleased to announce the latest addition to our weekly line up of great big band programming, Fred Hall’s ‘Swing Thing’. Each week, Fred takes you “behind the scenes in swing” on ‘Swing Thing’. Fred conducted his first interview with Helen Forrest in 1945 and subsequently recorded hundreds of artist interviews. He … Continue reading Swing Street Welcomes Fred Hall’s ‘Swing Thing’

Dorsey Brothers Vocalist Harry Prime

Big Band vocalist Harry Prime, who recorded such hits as “Until” with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, has passed away from natural causes at his home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Prime was 97. During the 1940’s and 1950’s, Harry Prime sang with many prominent big band orchestras, including Tommy Dorsey, Randy Brooks, Jack Fina, and the … Continue reading Dorsey Brothers Vocalist Harry Prime

Lena Horne: The Lady & Her Music

American Jazz Singer. Film Actress. Dancer. Civil Rights Activist. Those are just a few of the titles attributed to the late Lena Horne. Born in Brooklyn, New York in June of 1917, by the age of sixteen she was hired as a chorus girl at Harlem’s Cotton Club, performing with Adelaide Hall in ‘Cotton Club … Continue reading Lena Horne: The Lady & Her Music

Benny Goodman: ‘The King of Swing’

The year was 1935. An enthusiastic crowd of young dancers gathered at the famous Palomar Ballroom on Vermont Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Two nights before, the young band and its leader, Benjamin “Benny” Goodman, had played to a sold-out crowd in Oakland’s McFadden Ballroom. In the Bay Area, Goodman … Continue reading Benny Goodman: ‘The King of Swing’

The ‘Queen of Jazz’ At One Hundred

Ella Fitzgerald had an exceptional vocal range that earned her titles like ‘The Queen of Jazz’, ‘The First Lady of Song’ and ‘Lady Ella’. She was held in high esteem by her fans all over the world at the peak of the Swing and Big Band era. Numerous times did she face discrimination because of … Continue reading The ‘Queen of Jazz’ At One Hundred

Paul Whiteman – The ‘King of Jazz’

Known to millions in the ’20s & ’30s as “The King of Jazz”, Paul Whiteman was a pioneer of early Jazz music and discovered some of the most talented vocalists and musicians of the Big Band era. Born in Denver, Colorado in March of 1890, his mother was a former opera singer, and his father … Continue reading Paul Whiteman – The ‘King of Jazz’

The Glenn Miller Big Band That Failed

The year was 1935. Arranger and trombone player Glenn Miller had already experienced success in his musical career, and he was about to embark on his first “solo” career as a band leader. The Iowa native had entered the University of Colorado in 1923, but was an academic disappointment as he spent more time playing … Continue reading The Glenn Miller Big Band That Failed