As we cruise through the "dog days" of summer the "Star Spangled Radio Hour" is preparing for a lively late August and Labor Day weekend salute to the end of World War II in 1945.
Per Dennis M. Spragg; "But before then, we pause this week for a pair of requests by our host Rick Crandall for our 168th program to air Saturday, August 24. The selections could not be more polar opposites in personality and style but both bring fabulous music for the enjoyment of our listeners. We span the era with selections from 1945 and 1939 displaying two great bands at the peak of their popularity. Opening up the program will be Les Brown and his Band of Renown featuring Doris Marie Kappelhof (Doris Day). Les had a hunch about Doris and convinced her mother to allow the future movie superstar to join the band. It appears the hunch worked out. The Band of Renown joins us from the Hollywood Palladium in September 1945."
If Les Brown was a pleasant, reliable, steady and polite presence on radio and television for decades, how do we describe Artie Shaw? He was brilliant, talented, erratic and unpredictable, perhaps --- as well as maybe a bit cranky. Musically he may have been unmatched.
In August 1939 after making "Dancing Co-Ed" in Hollywood and before opening at the Café Rouge in New York, Artie and his band appeared up on the Summer Roof Terrace of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Boston. This is where the SSRH will drop in on the "Shaw man" as crazy announcer Freddie Cole introduces him before Artie himself speaks.
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