Pop Chronicles Interviews #160 - George T. Simon

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  1. Current book project (selected writings from Metronome, "Simon Says"); interviewing bandleaders; time as drummer with Glenn Miller band; more on Glenn Miller (upcoming book on Miller); strictness of Miller with his band; accuracy of movie The Glenn Miller Story; development of Miller sound 0:07:32
  2. Definition of big band era; Art Hickman's band as first big band; Paul Whiteman; transition to swing era; Casa Loma Band; Benny Goodman; famous bands of late 1930s, AFM recording ban; bands for listening versus dancing; postwar cultural shifts 0:04:07
  3. Expansion of big bands, reasons addition of strings around 1942-43; swing resurgence and sweet bands playing swing; Hal Kemp; Sammy Kaye; gimmick bands; Kay Kyser; Horace Heidt 0:04:39
  4. Context and reasons for start of swing era; role of radio and need for airtime; generation gap in reception of swing; Simon's own musical background 0:03:17
  5. First and second bands: Tommy Dorsey's bands and personnel; Benny Goodman's bands and Fletcher Henderson's influence; Claude Thornhill; Artie Shaw's three bands; more on Tommy Dorsey; Jimmy Dorsey; important vocalists of the 1940s; evolution of big band vocal style; major singers 0:11:42
  6. Mildred Bailey; Nan Wynn and Dinah Shore; Lena Horne; Freddy Martin and his band; Frankie Carle; Harry James and the addition of strings 0:04:31
  7. Harry James continued; Helen Forrest; Guy Lombardo; 1938 Carnegie Hall concert and Benny Goodman; Bill Savory's recordings; Russ Morgan 0:04:59
  8. Stan Kenton and Woody Herman; Eddie Howard; Glenn Miller imitators; Les Brown; Duke Ellington; getting some interviewees to speak frankly; Count Basie 0:05:50
  9. Changes in Grammy jazz group classifications; Sy Oliver's band 0:01:18


Recording of John Gilliland interviewing author and critic George T. Simon for the Pop Chronicles radio program series.

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Gilliland, John October 26, 1971.


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Recording of John Gilliland interviewing author and critic George T. Simon for the Pop Chronicles radio program series.

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1 recording (47 min., 54 sec.)


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John Gilliland's Pop Chronicles

Conceptualized in 1967 after attending the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, John Gilliland's "The Pop Chronicles" traces the history of popular music from the 1950's through the 1960's. Mr. Gilliland wrote, narrated and produced these 55 hours of broadcasting first airing at KRLA Pasadena, California. in February 1969. The pop music history is told by an interleaving of Mr. Gilliland's narration, music, and comments from the interviews of the people directly involved in the music scene of the day.

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  • October 26, 1971

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  • June 11, 2020, 4:07 p.m.

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  • June 15, 2020, 12:12 p.m.

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Gilliland, John. Pop Chronicles Interviews #160 - George T. Simon, audio recording, October 26, 1971; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1692062/: accessed June 21, 2024), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.

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