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The Big Broadcast

Out in the Cold Again

by Rich Conaty

I wonder sometimes about the relationships behind the records I play. Tonight there are birthday salutes to Ella Fitzgerald, clarinetist Jimmie Noone and composer & pianist Rube Bloom. Ella started with the Chick Webb Orchestra, and the band gave Fitzgerald her signature hit, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket." When Webb passed in 1939, Ella fronted the band for a few years before going solo. Jimmie Noone was based at Chicago's Apex Club beginning in 1926. The personnel for his small band was comparatively stable, which suggests he treated his sidemen well...and had steady gigs.

Little Spanish Dancer

by Rich Conaty

So, the image hasn't anything to do with the subject of this post, but it's never a bad time to promote the latest "Big Broadcast" collection. I was hoping to find the sheet music to "Little Spanish Dancer," or a nice shot of Sam Browne, who'll be singing it here (and tonight). No luck. At least nothing sufficiently pixel dense to post.

The $99,000 Answer

by Rich Conaty

As someone who "brives a dus" during the week, I identify with Ralph Kramden, both as a fellow holder of a CDL and an amateur musicologist. After being stumped by "Swanee River," Kramden is led offstage babbling a series of songwriters. When the MC says, "I'll Be Seeing You," Ralph knows to blurt, "Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain!" Mr. Kahal, who was born March 5, 1903, will be saluted on tonight's "Big Broadcast." Here's another one he wrote with Sammy Fain (and Addy Britt).