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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.

23 old time radio show recordings
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"Sarah Vaughan"



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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.

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.

Carmen McCrae 1953By 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, 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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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    23 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 11 hours, 18 min
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      23 shows - total playtime 11 hours 18 minutes
      1. All Star Parade Bands 530609 Ray Anthony.mp3
      2. All Star Parade Bands 530619 Tommy Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.mp3
      3. All Star Parade Bands 530627 Stan Kenton.mp3
      4. All Star Parade Bands 530912 SauterFinegan.mp3
      5. All Star Parade Bands 530928 Ralph Marterie His Orchestra.mp3
      6. All Star Parade Bands 531012 Les Brown.mp3
      7. All Star Parade Bands 531123 Ray Anthony.mp3
      8. All Star Parade Bands 540924 Woody Herman.mp3
      9. All Star Parade Bands 550507 Louis Armstrong.mp3
      10. All Star Parade Bands 550528 Louis Armstrong.mp3
      11. All Star Parade Bands 550604 Erroll Garner Trio.mp3
      12. All Star Parade Bands 550613 Matt Dennis Trio.mp3
      13. All Star Parade Bands 550711 Stan Kenton.mp3
      14. All Star Parade Bands 551130 Xavier Cugat.mp3
      15. All Star Parade Bands 560109 Count Basie.mp3
      16. All Star Parade Bands 560213 Bobby Troup Trio Julie London.mp3
      17. All Star Parade Bands 560305 Frances Faye.mp3
      18. All Star Parade Bands 560312 Carmen McRae.mp3
      19. All Star Parade Bands 560521 Sarah Vaughan.mp3
      20. All Star Parade Bands 560528 Count Basie.mp3
      21. All Star Parade Bands 560604 Stan Kenton.mp3
      22. All Star Parade Bands 560709 Louis Jordan.mp3
      23. All Star Parade Bands 560723 Tal Farlow Marian McPartland.mp3
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    23 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 11 hours, 18 min
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      23 shows - total playtime 11 hours 18 minutes
      1. All Star Parade Bands 530609 Ray Anthony.mp3
      2. All Star Parade Bands 530619 Tommy Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.mp3
      3. All Star Parade Bands 530627 Stan Kenton.mp3
      4. All Star Parade Bands 530912 SauterFinegan.mp3
      5. All Star Parade Bands 530928 Ralph Marterie His Orchestra.mp3
      6. All Star Parade Bands 531012 Les Brown.mp3
      7. All Star Parade Bands 531123 Ray Anthony.mp3
      8. All Star Parade Bands 540924 Woody Herman.mp3
      9. All Star Parade Bands 550507 Louis Armstrong.mp3
      10. All Star Parade Bands 550528 Louis Armstrong.mp3
      11. All Star Parade Bands 550604 Erroll Garner Trio.mp3
      12. All Star Parade Bands 550613 Matt Dennis Trio.mp3
      13. All Star Parade Bands 550711 Stan Kenton.mp3
      14. All Star Parade Bands 551130 Xavier Cugat.mp3
      15. All Star Parade Bands 560109 Count Basie.mp3
      16. All Star Parade Bands 560213 Bobby Troup Trio Julie London.mp3
      17. All Star Parade Bands 560305 Frances Faye.mp3
      18. All Star Parade Bands 560312 Carmen McRae.mp3
      19. All Star Parade Bands 560521 Sarah Vaughan.mp3
      20. All Star Parade Bands 560528 Count Basie.mp3
      21. All Star Parade Bands 560604 Stan Kenton.mp3
      22. All Star Parade Bands 560709 Louis Jordan.mp3
      23. All Star Parade Bands 560723 Tal Farlow Marian McPartland.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    23 recordings on 12 Audio CDs
    total playtime 11 hours, 18 min

    Disc A001

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

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    Disc A002

    1. All Star Parade Bands 530627 Stan Kenton
    2. All Star Parade Bands 530912 SauterFinegan

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    Disc A003

    1. All Star Parade Bands 530928 Ralph Marterie His Orchestra
    2. All Star Parade Bands 531012 Les Brown

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    Disc A004

    1. All Star Parade Bands 531123 Ray Anthony
    2. All Star Parade Bands 540924 Woody Herman

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    Disc A005

    1. All Star Parade Bands 550507 Louis Armstrong
    2. All Star Parade Bands 550528 Louis Armstrong

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    Disc A006

    1. All Star Parade Bands 550604 Erroll Garner Trio
    2. All Star Parade Bands 550613 Matt Dennis Trio

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    Disc A007

    1. All Star Parade Bands 550711 Stan Kenton
    2. All Star Parade Bands 551130 Xavier Cugat

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    Disc A008

    1. All Star Parade Bands 560109 Count Basie
    2. All Star Parade Bands 560213 Bobby Troup Trio Julie London

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    Disc A009

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

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    Disc A010

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

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    Disc A011

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

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    Disc A012

    1. All Star Parade Bands 560723 Tal Farlow Marian McPartland

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