Satire; a swing show that
lampooned the classics (1940-52)
"Good evening, lovers of fine music. Welcome
to the no-doubt world-famous Chamber Music Society
of Lower Basin Street, and another concert dedicated
to the perpetuation of the three B's - barrelhouse,
boogie-woogie, and the blues."
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Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street was
molded in the essence that it would be verbally satirical,
but when the music started, it produced one of the
best swing music on the air. To add more humor to
the show, the announcer was Milton Cross, the long-lasting
announcer to the sallow-faced Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. Milton would pile on long-haired grandeur
upon the commonest distributor of rhythm and blues.
The show served as the launching pad for the venerable
Dinah Shore and included appearances by artists such as Eddie Condon. Milton Cross
once said that "she starts a fire by rubbing
two notes together," which explains the nickname
"the one-woman torchlight parade." With
star-studded power like this, Chamber Music Society
of Lower Basin Street guarantees a swingin' good