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The Camel Caravan

Big Band Show for Saturday night with swing era favorite Benny Goodman.

20 old time radio show recordings
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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Camel CaravanCamel Cigarettes brought us three great shows in the late 30s, the radio version of Blondie on Monday nights, on Tuesday The Dixieland Music Shop with Bob Crosby and Johnny Mercer, and on Saturday nights "the King of Swing" Benny Goodman on The Camel Caravan.

Benny GoodmanR.J. Reynolds Tobacco explored many different avenues to promote their first packaged cigarettes, Camels, which were introduced in 1913. The Camel Caravan was launched in late 1933 as a vehicle for Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra. Gray was a successful saxophonist and big band leader; after retiring from touring, he went back into the studio for Capitol Records to recreate the Big Band sound on stereophonic disks.

The foundations of what would become "Swing" were laid in the big band jazz of the 20s and early 30s. Based on the improvisational rhythms born in New Orleans, which became part of the Harlem nightclub sound, "Swing Jazz" was a phenomenon waiting to happen. Audiences, especially white audiences, had accepted the styling of "Sweet Jazz", but hadn't quite realized they were ready for the strong rhythms and groove of the very danceable Swing.

Benny Goodman had made a number of recordings with his and other bands, and had some success in a late-night slot on NBC's Let's Dance. What Goodman hadn't realized was that late-night in New York was prime-time on the other coast, and he had a large following in California. When sponsor troubles canceled Let's Dance, Goodman took his band on the road for what started out as a less than successful US tour.Benny Goodman They were surprised by their reception in Oakland on Aug 19, 1935, when kids started dancing in the aisles. The next night was another flop in Pismo Beach, but a three week engagement at the Palomar Ballroom in LA started on the 21st. Here, the West Coast following of Let's Dance along with a good deal of local airplay of Goodman records had the audience primed to see the Goodman band in person. During the Palomar Ballroom engagement, kids in the audience began doing a dance called "The Jitterbug", and the Swing era was born.

Goodman would broadcast from Chicago during 1935-36 as "the Rajah of Rhythm", but in June of 1936 he moved the band to Hollywood to star in Camel Caravan while filming The Big Broadcast of 1937 for Paramount.

With Goodman behind the wheel, the Caravan became a sort of Swing Club with the band leader as club president. The shows were weekly club meetings with plenty of hot tunes from the Benny Goodman Quintet and other groups, including vocalists Martha Tilton and Mildred Bailey. Benny Goodman stayed with the Caravan on the radio network until 1939, and also did a Camel Caravan show on the rival network, sometimes called The Camel Hot Club. In summer of 1939 the radio network program was taken over by Bob Crosby.

Camel Caravan

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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.



    20 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 9 hours, 9 min
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      20 shows - total playtime 9 hours 9 minutes
      1. Camel Caravan 360000 With Casa Loma Orchestra.mp3
      2. Camel Caravan 380830.mp3
      3. Camel Caravan 380906.mp3
      4. Camel Caravan 380913.mp3
      5. Camel Caravan 380920.mp3
      6. Camel Caravan 380927.mp3
      7. Camel Caravan 390103.mp3
      8. Camel Caravan 390110.mp3
      9. Camel Caravan 390207.mp3
      10. Camel Caravan 390214.mp3
      11. Camel Caravan 390307.mp3
      12. Camel Caravan 390314.mp3
      13. Camel Caravan 390404 Louise Guest Quintones.mp3
      14. Camel Caravan 390411 Honeysuckle Rose Benny Goodman.mp3
      15. Camel Caravan 390502.mp3
      16. Camel Caravan 390509.mp3
      17. Camel Caravan 391004 Pick A Rib.mp3
      18. Camel Caravan 391014.mp3
      19. Camel Caravan 391028 Back Home In Old Indiana.mp3
      20. Camel Caravan 391118 Scatterbrain.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    20 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 9 hours, 9 min
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      20 shows - total playtime 9 hours 9 minutes
      1. Camel Caravan 360000 With Casa Loma Orchestra.mp3
      2. Camel Caravan 380830.mp3
      3. Camel Caravan 380906.mp3
      4. Camel Caravan 380913.mp3
      5. Camel Caravan 380920.mp3
      6. Camel Caravan 380927.mp3
      7. Camel Caravan 390103.mp3
      8. Camel Caravan 390110.mp3
      9. Camel Caravan 390207.mp3
      10. Camel Caravan 390214.mp3
      11. Camel Caravan 390307.mp3
      12. Camel Caravan 390314.mp3
      13. Camel Caravan 390404 Louise Guest Quintones.mp3
      14. Camel Caravan 390411 Honeysuckle Rose Benny Goodman.mp3
      15. Camel Caravan 390502.mp3
      16. Camel Caravan 390509.mp3
      17. Camel Caravan 391004 Pick A Rib.mp3
      18. Camel Caravan 391014.mp3
      19. Camel Caravan 391028 Back Home In Old Indiana.mp3
      20. Camel Caravan 391118 Scatterbrain.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



    20 recordings on 10 Audio CDs
    total playtime 9 hours, 9 min

    Disc A001

    1. Camel Caravan 360000 With Casa Loma Orchestra
    2. Camel Caravan 380830

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    Disc A002

    1. Camel Caravan 380906
    2. Camel Caravan 380913

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    Disc A003

    1. Camel Caravan 380920
    2. Camel Caravan 380927

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    Disc A004

    1. Camel Caravan 390103
    2. Camel Caravan 390110

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    Disc A005

    1. Camel Caravan 390207
    2. Camel Caravan 390214

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    Disc A006

    1. Camel Caravan 390307
    2. Camel Caravan 390314

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    Disc A007

    1. Camel Caravan 390404 Louise Guest Quintones
    2. Camel Caravan 390411 Honeysuckle Rose Benny Goodman

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    Disc A008

    1. Camel Caravan 390502
    2. Camel Caravan 390509

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    Disc A009

    1. Camel Caravan 391004 Pick A Rib
    2. Camel Caravan 391014

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    Disc A010

    1. Camel Caravan 391028 Back Home In Old Indiana
    2. Camel Caravan 391118 Scatterbrain

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