“The Star Spangled Radio Hour” will go back to “swing school” this week. For our first program in September we focus our Glenn Miller Archive big band library to feature two of the most legitimately jazz oriented bandleaders of the era.
Leading off and for their premiere appearance on our program are Freddie Slack and his Orchestra. You will remember Freddie Slack as the pianist with Will Bradley and Ray McKinley and such favorites as “Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar” or with his own band and Ella Mae Morse on the first Capitol Records best seller “Cow Cow Boogie.”
Freddie joins us from Frank Dailey’s Meadowbrook in Cedar Grove, New Jersey with an AFRS One Night Stand from an auspicious date for the Glenn Miller community, December 15, 1944. Speaking of Miller, following Freddie Slack this week are M1C Sam Donahue and the United States Navy Dance Band of the Allied Liberation Forces with some of their fascinating arrangements, including “LST Party.”
This is one of the AFRS Downbeat programs that Sam and the Band made after returning home from the ETO. Before joining the Navy, Sam Donahue and his new band joined Miller, Hal McIntyre, Charlie Spivak and Claude Thornhill as being managed by Don Haynes, who would himself soon enter the service and ultimately become Miller’s executive officer overseas.
So get ready for some great sounds to blast from your speakers courtesy of superb Karl Pearson audio restorations Saturday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m. MDT (GMT-6) on KEZW Studio 1430, Denver, Colorado, America’s #1 Adult Standards Station, online at www.kezw.com and www.studio1430.com.