I know, we should be thinking about spring. But let's go back today to New Year's Eve—not this past December but year-ends of yore, when big bands entertained adult couples out on the town. The following are rare radio broadcasts of Count Basie, Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington from 1963 and 1964, when the bands were at still swinging just before the rock revolution. Click and listen as you work or read. Best of all, the sound quality is fantastic. A big thanks to John Cooper...
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra—11:15 p.m., December 31, 1963, from Basin Street West in Los Angeles. Go here.
Count Basie and his Orchestra—1:30 a.m., January 1, 1964, from Basin Street East in New York. Go here.
Count Basie and his Orchestra—6:30 p.m., December 31, 1964, from the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles. Go here.
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra—10:30 p.m., December 31, 1964, from Basin Street East in New York. Go here.