December 8, 2021

Blues and Rhythm Show 337 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, December 7, 2021 (10:00 to 12:00 noon)

World War 2 a period when many far-reaching social and economic changes were taking place and set in motion while normal daily life and business was disrupted for most parts of society. For the music industry, the effects of the mobilization of men, women and resources along with the wartime economy were profound. Musicians were called up to serve or volunteered, shortages of materials had an impact on touring and making records. For much of the war period, as well, the American Federation of Musicians struck against the record companies which they blamed for taking jobs away from live performers. What was known as the Petrillo Ban was in effect between much of 1942 through 1944 until the companies variously settled with the union over compensation. Our feature is made up of recordings made in the years 1942 to mid-1945. In the charts for these years there continued to be a lot of big band jazz recordings and blues and swing from smaller groups. We look at sides from the blues side, mostly. Some of these sides might be characterized as proto-R&B, before R&B was recognized as a distinct genre, which you might say it had become by the year 1947. We’ve drawn from Boulevard Vintage’s, The R&B Years 1942-1945 sets for this feature. Also on the program Blues from Memphis and Houston, and a touch of Soul.

On the Show:

Lucky Millinder Orchestra – Fenton Robinson – Bobby Bland – Paul James Band – Little Frankie Lee – Steve Hill – Roy Dunn – Earl Hines Orchestra with Billy Eckstine – Andy Kirk Orchestra with June Richmond – Louis Jordan – Tiny Bradshaw – Lil Green – Bettye LaVette – Garden State Choir – and others.

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