Glenn Miller
Live at Carnegie Hall: 1938 Complete
Summit Ridge Drive
Harry James

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When swing became popular and the big-band craze first landed in the '30s, not every American -- nor every fan of music -- was ready for the hard-swinging style led by Fletcher Henderson and Benny Goodman. The sweet bands, often derided and unfairly compared to those swing bands also active during the 1930s and '40s, came out of a different tradition entirely. Though similarly influenced by jazz maestros from Duke Ellington to Louis Armstrong, the sound of the sweet band was simply an outgrowth from the society orchestra of the 1910s and '20s. Based mostly in New York, hundreds of society bands fanned out across the metropolis each weekend, playing easily recognizable versions of the hits-of-the-day for light dances and debutante balls. The major early sweet bands, Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians and Les Brown & His Band of Renown, paved the way for the most popular band of the World War II era, the Glenn Miller Orchestra. And even after large orchestras became unfeasible after the war, the sound of the sweet bands lived on for decades via The Lawrence Welk Show and various big-band tours.

Sweet Bands Artists Highlights

Glenn Miller
Glenn Miller
Harry James
Harry James
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Jimmy Dorsey
Jimmy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey
Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman

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Sweet Bands Album Highlights

Live at Carnegie Hall: 1938 Complete
Benny Goodman
Live at Carnegie Hall: ...
Summit Ridge Drive
Artie Shaw
Summit Ridge Drive
The Complete Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (1938-1942)
Glenn Miller / The Glenn ...
The Complete Glenn Miller ...
Begin the Beguine: Classic Jazz
Artie Shaw
Begin the Beguine: Classic ...
Platinum Glenn Miller
Glenn Miller
Platinum Glenn Miller
Contrasts [Decca]
Jimmy Dorsey / Jimmy ...
Contrasts [Decca]

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Sweet Bands Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Sing, Sing, Sing Benny Goodman
That Old Feeling Artie Shaw
Rug Cutter's Swing The Glenn Miller Orchestra
In the Mood The Glenn Miller Orchestra
John Silver Jimmy Dorsey
Marie Tommy Dorsey / Frank Sinatra
String of Pearls The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Moten Swing Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
Goody Goody Benny Goodman
Bugle Call Rag Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

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