If you were to think about the big band era of the 1930s, the names Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmy Lunceford would immediately spring to mind. And why not? These titans of swing entertained millions worldwide with their tremendous music that remains iconic to this day. Sing Sing Sing, Moonlight Serenade, I’m Getting Sentimental Over You, and Nightmare are eminent, even in today’s vapid wasteland of mundane music.
But if you were to travel across the pond, you would discover jazz heavyweights that do not earn as much admiration as their American cousins. The British dance band era of the 1920s and 1930s was the golden age of that nation’s historic music scene, filling the dance halls, ballrooms, and radios with gaiety and rhythm. Thanks to vinyl records and YouTube, these tunes will live forever.
So, who were these band leaders and singers from the ...
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