The Big Bands and Other OTR Music






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Connie and Hank Hinkel.
Most authorities feel the Big Band Era thrived from 1935 to 1945. This time period was the peak of interest in the Big Bands. However, Hank feels the Big Band Era started in 1925 and lasted to about 1955. The first 10 years (1925-1935) were the formative years where bands experimented with music and exposed the public to this form of entertainment. The second 10 years (1935-1945) were when the public desired this form of entertainment. The last 10 years (1945-1955) saw the decline in interest and the demise of many bands.

Glenn Miller had the most famous of the military service bands. When he heard of "known" musicians that had been inducted into the service, he would request to have them transferred to his Army Air Force Orchestra. Glenn Miller probably had the biggest dance band there was populated with the best musicians available in the service.

After the war ended in 1945 and the GIs came home, the focus was on marriage, raising families and buying homes. They did not have much money to spend on entertainment. Slowly the singers emerged and the bands started to decline. Some of the big name bands held on through the years, but many of the lessor known and other big name bands dropped out of sight.

During the late 40's and early 50's, some new bands emerged and were commercially successful, especially among the college crowd but the ERA had passed and the BANDS were never to be a BIG item they once were.


Here is a list of many of the Big Bands, for those of you that remember their music as fondly as do Connie and Hank. If there is a button after the band name, click on it for a short MP3; musical memento.
(Analog music clips courtesy of Crabapple Sound)

  • Abe Lyman
  • Abe Most
  • Ace Brigode
  • Adrian Rollini
  • Al Donahue
  • Al Goodman
  • Al Kavelin
  • Al King
  • Al Trace
  • Alvino Rey
  • Andy Kirk
  • Anson Weeks
  • Archie Bleyer
  • Art Hickman
  • Art Jarrett
  • Art Kassel
  • Art Landry
  • Art Mooney
  • Artie Shaw

  • Barney Rapp
  • Ben Bernie
  • Ben Pollack
  • Ben Selvin
  • Benny Carter
  • Benny Goodman
  • Benny Strong
  • Bernie Cummins
  • Bert Lown
  • Billy Butterfield
  • Billy Eckstine
  • Billy May
  • Bix Beiderbecke
  • Blue Barron
  • Blue Steele
  • Bob Astor
  • Bob Chester
  • Bob Crosby
  • Bob Strong
  • Bob Zurke
  • Bobby Byrne
  • Bobby Hackett
  • Bobby Sherwood
  • Boyd Raeburn
  • Boyd Sentner
  • Buddy Bair
  • Buddy Moreno
  • Buddy Morrow
  • Buddy Rich
  • Buddy Rogers
  • Bunny Berigan

  • Cab Calloway
  • Carl Hoff
  • Carl Ravazza
  • Carlos Molina
  • Carmen Cavallaro
  • Charlie Agnew
  • Charlie Barnett
  • Charlie Spivak
  • Chick Webb
  • Chico Marx
  • Chu Berry
  • Chuck Foster
  • Claude Hopkins
  • Claude Thornhill
  • Clyde Lucas
  • Clyde McCoy
  • Coleman Hawkins
  • Coon-Sanders
  • Cootie Williams
  • Count Basie

  • Dean Hudson
  • Del Campo
  • Del Courtney
  • Desi Arnaz
  • Dick Jurgens
  • Dick Kuhn
  • Dick LaSalle
  • Dick McDonough
  • Dick Messner
  • Dick Stabile
  • Dolly Dawn
  • Don Bestor
  • Don Glasser
  • Don Redmond
  • Duke Ellington
  • Earl Burtnett
  • Earl Hines
  • Eddie Condon
  • Eddie DeLange
  • Eddie Duchin
  • Eddie Fitzpatrick
  • Eddie Heywood
  • Eddie Howard
  • Eddie Le Baron
  • Eddie Miller
  • Eddie Oliver
  • Eddie Stone
  • Eddy Duchin
  • Eddy Howard
  • Elliot Lawrence
  • Emery Deutsch
  • Emil Coleman
  • Enoch Light
  • Enric Madriguera
  • Erskine Hawkins
  • Everett Hoagland

  • Fats Waller
  • Fletcher Henderson
  • Francis Craig
  • Frank Dailey
  • Frankie Carle
  • Frankie Masters
  • Frankie Trumbauer
  • Freddie Martin
  • Freddie Rich
  • Freddy Slack

  • Garwood Van
  • Gay Claridge
  • Gene Austin
  • Gene Kardos
  • Gene Krupa
  • George Auld
  • George Hall
  • George Hamilton
  • George Olsen
  • George Paxton
  • George Sterney
  • Gerald Wilson
  • Glen Gray
  • Glenn Miller
  • Glenn Miller AAF
  • Gray Gordon
  • Griff Williams
  • Gus Arnheim
  • Gus Bivona
  • Guy Lombardo

  • Hal Derwin
  • Hal Kemp
  • Hal McIntyre
  • Hal McKusick
  • Harlan Leonard
  • Harry James
  • Harry Owens
  • Harry Reser
  • Henry Busse
  • Henry Jerome
  • Henry King
  • Henry Levine
  • Herb Miller
  • Herbie Fields
  • Horace Heidt

  • Ina Ray Hutton
  • Irving Aaronson
  • Isham Jones
  • Jack Fina
  • Jack Jenney
  • Jack Teagarden
  • Jan Garber
  • Jan Savitt
  • Jay McShann
  • Jean Goldkette
  • Jerry Wald
  • Jimmie Grier
  • Jimmie Noone
  • Jimmy Dorsey
  • Jimmy Joy
  • Jimmy Lunceford
  • Joe Haymes
  • Joe Marsala
  • Joe Reichman
  • Joe Sullivan
  • Joe Venuti
  • John Kirby
  • Johnny Catron
  • Johnny "Scat" Davis
  • Johnny Green
  • Johnny Hodges
  • Johnny Long
  • Johnny Messner

  • Kay Kyser
  • King Guion

  • Larry Clinton
  • Larry Elgart
  • Larry Fotine
  • Larry Funk
  • Lawrence Welk
  • Lee Castle
  • Leighton Noble
  • Lennie Hayton
  • Lenny Herman
  • Leo Reisman
  • Les Brown
  • Les Elgart
  • Les Hite
  • Lester Lanin
  • Lionel Hampton
  • Little Jack Little
  • Lou Breese
  • Lou Bring
  • Louis Prima
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Louis Jordan
  • Lucky Millinder
  • Luis Russell

  • Mal Hallett
  • Mark Warnow
  • Matty Malneck
  • Maynard Ferguson
  • McFarland Twins
  • Memo Bernabei
  • Mezz Mezzrow
  • Mike Riley
  • Mildred Bailey
  • Mitchell Ayres
  • Muggsy Spanier

  • Nat Brandwynne
  • Neil Bondshu
  • Noble Sissle

  • Opie Cates
  • Orrin Tucker
  • Orville Knapp
  • Ozzie Nelson

  • Paul Ash
  • Paul Martel
  • Paul Specht
  • Paul Whiteman
  • Phil Harris
  • Phil Napoleon
  • Phil Spitalny
  • Ralph Flanagan
  • Ramon Raquello
  • Ran Wilde
  • Randy Brooks
  • Ray Anthony
  • Ray Block
  • Ray Herbeck
  • Ray McKinley
  • Ray Miller
  • Ray Noble
  • Ray Pearl
  • Ray Sinatra
  • Raymond Paige
  • Raymond Scott
  • Red Allen
  • Red Nichols
  • Red Norvo
  • Richard Himber
  • Riley-Farley
  • Rita Rio
  • Roger Wolfe Kahn
  • Ronnie Kemper
  • Ruby Newman
  • Rudy Vallee
  • Russ Morgan

  • Sam Donahue
  • Sam Lanin
  • Sammy Kaye
  • Sauter-Finegan
  • Shep Fields
  • Shorty Sherock
  • Si Zentner
  • Skeets Tolbert
  • Skinnay Ennis
  • Smith Ballew
  • Sonny Burke
  • Sonny Dunham
  • Spike Jones
  • Spud Murphy
  • Srger Ellis
  • Stan Kenton
  • Sterling Young
  • Stuff Smith
  • Sweethearts Of Rhythm
  • Sy Oliver

  • Ted Fio Rito
  • Ted Lewis
  • Ted Straeter
  • Ted Weems
  • Teddy Hill
  • Teddy Powell
  • Teddy Wilson
  • Tex Beneke
  • Three Suns
  • Tiny Bradshaw
  • Tiny Hill
  • Tom Gerun
  • Tommy Carlyn
  • Tommy Dorsey
  • Tommy Tucker
  • Tony Pastor
  • Tony Trini
  • Turk Murphy

  • Van Alexander
  • Vaughn Monroe
  • Victor Young
  • Vincent Lopez

  • Walter Page
  • Wayne King
  • Will Bradley
  • Will Hudson
  • Will Osborne
  • Willard Alexander
  • Willard Robison
  • Willie Bryant
  • Woody Herman

  • Xavier Cugat

  • Ziggy Elman


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