My lovely niece messaged me on Facebook asking me what kind of music her Dad would prefer. His birthday is this week, and she is putting together some music for him. The problem is that I don’t know what he likes.
My brother was born in 1928, and I suppose that the music of his generation was Big Band music with all its shades, jazz, to blues, to boring. When I worked at a radio station, I played some of the music from that generation with bands like Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, and others. I found it fascinating, and much of it was really good. A lot of really good and creative music was made in that era, and there are still lots of fans of that music.
The Glenn Miller Story is a good movie that is well worth watching, and tells a lot about the the era. It is available on Amazon.com in dvd format.
One of the artists I distinctly remember is Buddy Rich, the fastest drummer in the world. That was the claim, and it may still be true. Below is a sample of Buddy Rich’s work.
The Big Band era produced a genre all its own. Enjoy.