Monthly Archives: December 2011

Those Memorable Big Band Theme Songs

The most important song for every classic big band was its theme song. Heard at the open and close of live performances and radio broadcasts, themes established a band’s distinct musical character and identity. The best band themes were richly … Continue reading

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Where Have I Heard That Song Before?

Every few years some band or singer is accused of stealing a song. In 2009 guitarist Joe Satriani sued Coldplay, claiming the band plagiarized his song “If I Could Fly” for their hit single “Viva La Vida.” Coldplay denied the … Continue reading

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Glenn Miller Meets the Andrews Sisters

The biggest musical icons of World War Two are certainly Glenn Miller and the Andrews Sisters. Even people with little familiarity or interest in music of the era are at least aware of Miller’s “In the Mood” and the Andrews … Continue reading

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