image ©1969 by The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.

and many others

1936 to 1945 was the peak, and for years afterwards, people kept asking
“Will the big bands ever come back?”

By creatively blending his profession with his passion,
photo by Roger Williams

Music Librarian Christopher Popa
offers an online answer:


The Big Bands Are Back in a New and Exciting Way!


About Christopher Popa   updated Jun 2014 

Biographical Sketches

Booking a Name Band Now   revised Jun 2014

Collector's Checklists   added Aug 2014: COLLECTOR'S CHECKLISTS: Alvino Rey 33s;
   added Jul 2014: COLLECTOR'S CHECKLISTS: Van Alexander 33s; Charlie Barnet 33s; Blue 
   Barron 33s; Larry Clinton 33s; Al Cooper's Savoy Sultans / Panama Francis and The Savoy 
   Sultans 33s; Warren Covington 33s; The Dorsey Brothers 33s; Les and Larry Elgart 33s; Ralph 
   Flanagan 33s; Phil Harris 33s; Lester Lanin 33s; Syd Lawrence 33s; Johnny Long 33s; Ray 
   McKinley 33s; Buddy Morrow 33s; Sy Oliver 33s; Tony Pastor 33s; Boyd Raeburn 33s; 
   Sauter-Finegan 33s; Artie Shaw 33s; Bobby Sherwood 33s; Freddie Slack 33s; Dick Stabile 
   33s; Orrin Tucker 33s; Tommy Tucker 33s; Ted Weems 33s; Tony Pastor 78s; Freddie 
   Slack 78s; Jun 2014: COLLECTOR'S CHECKLISTS: Tex Beneke 33s; Ziggy Elman 33s; Shep 
   Fields 33s; Jack Fina 33s; Jerry Gray 33s; Tiny Hill 33s; Si Zentner 33s; Griff Williams 33s; Bob 
   Zurke 33s; Tex Beneke 78s; Will Bradley 78s; Ziggy Elman 78s; Shep Fields 78s; Jack Fina 78s; 
   Jerry Gray 78s; Spike Jones 78s; Ray McKinley 78s; Glenn Miller 78s; Vaughn Monroe 78s; Artie
   Shaw 78s; Griff Williams 78s; Bob Zurke 78s; added Jan 2014: 8-TRACK TAPES; DVDs

Image Galleries

Monthly News (2004- )   added March 2015 BIG BAND NEWS; added February 2015 BIG BAND
   NEWS; added January 2015 BIG BAND NEWS

Popa Family Collection   added May 2014: WGN RADIO, 1955-1987 (SELECTION)

Ready Reference   revised Jun 2014: THEME SONGS; added Jun 2014: BILLBOARD POLLS;
   May 2014: GRAMMY AWARDS

Research Topics   added Aug 2014: IN THEIR OWN WORDS: REMARKS ABOUT EACH OTHER;
   expanded Jul 2014: THE BEAUTIFUL VOICE OF BOB GRABEAU; revised Jun 2014: BIG BANDS AT
   DISNEYLAND; added May 2014: RECORD SALES (INCLUDING GOLD RECORDS); revised May 2014

Social Media

Special Collections and Archives   added Jun 2014: BILLY MAY; May 2014: TOMMY DORSEY 

Various Additional Resources

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