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The All Star Parade of Bands

Most musicians, especially jazz musicians, perform better in front of an audience, particularly one that is dancing. The solution was the remote broadcast.

All Star Parade of Bands

26 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 16 hours, 16 min)
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Sarah VaughanAll Star Parade of Bands
Music and radio seems like a natural combination, but getting the two to work and play well together was actually quite a feat. The early broadcast equipment simply could not carry the fidelity that musicians felt their art deserved, and home radio sets weren't much better.

Technology would improve quickly, especially as radio became a commercial success. Music was still rather difficult. Recorded music, recorded anything, for broadcast was rare, partially due to network policy but also because of the limitations of recording equipment.

Music was broadcast live from the studio, which imposed its own limitations. When Big Band Jazz became popular, broadcast studios had to be large enough for the group to assemble and perform, even though most studios were little more than sound tight caves.

Carmen McCrae 1953

Most musicians, especially jazz musicians, perform better in front of an audience, particularly one that is dancing. The solution was the remote broadcast. The network would provide an announcer and an engineer, and the show would be transmitted back to the studio for broadcast, usually via telephone lines.

By the 1950s, recording technology made the remote broadcast less of a necessity, but the shows were still popular with both performers and audiences. NBC, in cooperation with the United Federation of Musicians, began broadcasting The All Star Parade of Bands during mid Fifties as an advertising vehicle for the Treasury Departments Savings Bond Program.

Savings Bonds were created during the Great Depression with the dual purpose of raising capital for the government and providing savers with a very safe investment option. Savings Bonds became Defense Bond and War Bonds to fund the War Effort, but returned to their status as Savings Bonds in peacetime. They were a great investment, offering "$4 for every $3 invested", not to mention that they were backed by "the full faith and credit of the U.S. government".

The All Star Parade of Bands came from Jazz venues across the country, used several different announcers, and featured some of the biggest acts in Jazz. Artists who appeared included the Dorsey brothers, Tommy and Jimmy, Les Brown and His Band of Renown, Satchmo himself Louis Armstrong, Stan Kenton, Louis Jordan, Bobby Troupe and Julie London, Carmen McCrae, Count Basie, the Teddy Wilson Trio and Sarah Vaughn.

Since announcers and venues changed constantly throughout the run of The All Star Parade of Bands, each program has its own flavor, the only real constant are the entertaining plugs for the Savings Bond Program, and of course the marvelous music.

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    The All Star Parade of Bands Series offers an interesting overview of the mid-fifties popular styles and bands that preceded rock 'n' roll - even though Louis Jordan, of course, can be seen as one of its founders. Stan Kenton and Count Basie are represented, as well as lesser known artists such as the hilarious Frances Faye. Highly recommended. Eddy Determeyer, Groningen, The Netherlands

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    Thank you so much for sending us the instructions on downloading the CD we ordered. My wife figured it out after I had spent nearly an hour trying with no success. (Youth has it's advantages. She's two years younger than I am. 66) Once we (she) got it downloaded she moved it over to iTunes and I was ready to go. I've included some of the commercials mixed in with my playlist and I think it's going to work just fine. Our car club has a show in downtown Brookhaven on March 5 and I'm the announcer / D.J. I'm excited to see how the crowd reacts to the commercials. It should be fun. Anyway, thanks for the product and the help.

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    26 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 16 hours, 16 min
    26 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 16 hours, 16 min
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    1. 26 shows - total playtime 16 hours 16 minutes
    2. All Star Parade Bands 530609 Ray Anthony.mp3
    3. All Star Parade Bands 530619 Tommy Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.mp3
    4. All Star Parade Bands 530627 Stan Kenton.mp3
    5. All Star Parade Bands 530912 SauterFinegan.mp3
    6. All Star Parade Bands 530928 Ralph Marterie His Orchestra.mp3
    7. All Star Parade Bands 531012 Les Brown.mp3
    8. All Star Parade Bands 531123 Ray Anthony.mp3
    9. All Star Parade Bands 540924 Woody Herman.mp3
    10. All Star Parade Bands 550507 Louis Armstrong.mp3
    11. All Star Parade Bands 550528 Louis Armstrong.mp3
    12. All Star Parade Bands 550604 Erroll Garner Trio.mp3
    13. All Star Parade Bands 550613 Matt Dennis Trio.mp3
    14. All Star Parade Bands 550711 Stan Kenton.mp3
    15. All Star Parade Bands 551130 Xavier Cugat.mp3
    16. All Star Parade Bands 560109 Count Basie.mp3
    17. All Star Parade Bands 560130 Count Basie, Joe Williams.mp3
    18. All Star Parade Bands 560213 Bobby Troup Trio Julie London.mp3
    19. All Star Parade Bands 560305 Frances Faye.mp3
    20. All Star Parade Bands 560312 Carmen McRae.mp3
    21. All Star Parade Bands 560521 Sarah Vaughan.mp3
    22. All Star Parade Bands 560528 Count Basie.mp3
    23. All Star Parade Bands 560604 Stan Kenton.mp3
    24. All Star Parade Bands 560709 Louis Jordan.mp3
    25. All Star Parade Bands 560723 Tal Farlow Marian McPartland.mp3
    26. All Star Parade Of Bands 530814 Eddie Sauter-Bill Finnegan.mp3
    27. All Star Parade Of Bands 541231 New Years Eve Special.mp3
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    26 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 16 hours, 16 min
    26 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 16 hours, 16 min
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    1. 26 shows - total playtime 16 hours 16 minutes
    2. All Star Parade Bands 530609 Ray Anthony.mp3
    3. All Star Parade Bands 530619 Tommy Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.mp3
    4. All Star Parade Bands 530627 Stan Kenton.mp3
    5. All Star Parade Bands 530912 SauterFinegan.mp3
    6. All Star Parade Bands 530928 Ralph Marterie His Orchestra.mp3
    7. All Star Parade Bands 531012 Les Brown.mp3
    8. All Star Parade Bands 531123 Ray Anthony.mp3
    9. All Star Parade Bands 540924 Woody Herman.mp3
    10. All Star Parade Bands 550507 Louis Armstrong.mp3
    11. All Star Parade Bands 550528 Louis Armstrong.mp3
    12. All Star Parade Bands 550604 Erroll Garner Trio.mp3
    13. All Star Parade Bands 550613 Matt Dennis Trio.mp3
    14. All Star Parade Bands 550711 Stan Kenton.mp3
    15. All Star Parade Bands 551130 Xavier Cugat.mp3
    16. All Star Parade Bands 560109 Count Basie.mp3
    17. All Star Parade Bands 560130 Count Basie, Joe Williams.mp3
    18. All Star Parade Bands 560213 Bobby Troup Trio Julie London.mp3
    19. All Star Parade Bands 560305 Frances Faye.mp3
    20. All Star Parade Bands 560312 Carmen McRae.mp3
    21. All Star Parade Bands 560521 Sarah Vaughan.mp3
    22. All Star Parade Bands 560528 Count Basie.mp3
    23. All Star Parade Bands 560604 Stan Kenton.mp3
    24. All Star Parade Bands 560709 Louis Jordan.mp3
    25. All Star Parade Bands 560723 Tal Farlow Marian McPartland.mp3
    26. All Star Parade Of Bands 530814 Eddie Sauter-Bill Finnegan.mp3
    27. All Star Parade Of Bands 541231 New Years Eve Special.mp3
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    26 recordings on 13 Audio CDs. Total playtime 12 hours, 18 min
    26 recordings on 13 Audio CDs
    total playtime 12 hours, 18 min

    All Star Parade of Bands Disc A001

    1. All Star Parade Bands 530609 Ray Anthony
    2. All Star Parade Bands 530619 Tommy Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

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    All Star Parade of Bands Disc A002

    1. All Star Parade Bands 530627 Stan Kenton
    2. All Star Parade Of Bands 530814 Eddie Sauter-Bill Finnegan

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    All Star Parade of Bands Disc A003

    1. All Star Parade Bands 530912 SauterFinegan
    2. All Star Parade Bands 530928 Ralph Marterie His Orchestra

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    All Star Parade of Bands Disc A004

    1. All Star Parade Bands 531012 Les Brown
    2. All Star Parade Bands 531123 Ray Anthony

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    All Star Parade of Bands Disc A005

    1. All Star Parade Bands 540924 Woody Herman
    2. All Star Parade Bands 550507 Louis Armstrong

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    All Star Parade of Bands Disc A006

    1. All Star Parade Bands 550528 Louis Armstrong
    2. All Star Parade Bands 550604 Erroll Garner Trio

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    All Star Parade of Bands Disc A007

    1. All Star Parade Bands 550613 Matt Dennis Trio
    2. All Star Parade Bands 550711 Stan Kenton

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    All Star Parade of Bands Disc A008

    1. All Star Parade Bands 551130 Xavier Cugat
    2. All Star Parade Bands 560109 Count Basie

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    All Star Parade of Bands Disc A009

    1. All Star Parade Bands 560130 Count Basie, Joe Williams
    2. All Star Parade Bands 560213 Bobby Troup Trio Julie London

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    All Star Parade of Bands Disc A010

    1. All Star Parade Bands 560305 Frances Faye
    2. All Star Parade Bands 560312 Carmen McRae

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    All Star Parade of Bands Disc A011

    1. All Star Parade Bands 560521 Sarah Vaughan
    2. All Star Parade Bands 560528 Count Basie

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    All Star Parade of Bands Disc A012

    1. All Star Parade Bands 560604 Stan Kenton
    2. All Star Parade Bands 560709 Louis Jordan

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    All Star Parade of Bands Disc A013

    1. All Star Parade Bands 560723 Tal Farlow Marian McPartland

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