Pop Chronicles Interviews #160 - George T. Simon
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- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Harry James continued; Helen Forrest; Guy Lombardo; 1938 Carnegie Hall concert and Benny Goodman; Bill Savory's recordings; Russ Morgan 0:04:59
- 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
- Changes in Grammy jazz group classifications; Sy Oliver's band 0:01:18
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Pop Chronicles Interviews #160 - George T. Simon, audio recording, October 26, 1971; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1692062/: accessed March 20, 2023), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.