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December 30, 2011


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A Happy, mightily Swingin' New Year 2012 to you, dear Marc!

My routine will be (as always), playing my favorite New Year's LP, which is "The New Year's Radio Dancing Party 1945/46" with really ALL jazz stars of the times:

Louis Armstrong, Harry James, Artie Shaw, (who featured not his clarinet, but "Little Jazz" Roy Eldridge!), Les Brown, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Freddy Martin, Louis Prima, Stan Kenton etc. ... and last but not least Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians, playing his traditional old-year's-end hymn "For Auld Lang Syne", announced enthusiastically as a "big P.S.":


One uninterrupted hour of mostly swinging music from coast to coast, starting on December, the 31st 1945 on 11:00 p.m. and ending exactly at 0:03 a.m. on January 1st, 1946.

Most of the above bands disbanded during 1946. -- So, this LP represents the end of an era, and they all gave their musically best to entertain us, respectively the folks from 1945.

Happy New Year!

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