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:

BIGBANDLIBRARY.COM

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

TABLE OF CONTENTS

About Christopher Popa   updated Jun 2014

Biographical Sketches

Booking a Name Band Now   revised Jun 2014

Collector's Checklists   added Jul 2014: COLLECTOR'S CHECKLISTS: Van Alexander 33s;
  Blue Barron 33s; Larry Clinton 33s; The Dorsey Brothers 33s; Phil Harris 33s; Lester Lanin 33s; Syd
  Lawrence 33s; Johnny Long 33s; Ray McKinley 33s; Tony Pastor 33s; Sauter-Finegan 33s; Artie
  Saw 33s; Bobby Sherwood 33s; Freddie Slack 33s; Dick Stabile 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 Jul 2014 BIG BAND NEWS; Jun 2014 BIG BAND NEWS;
  updated May 2014 BIG BAND NEWS with Necrology

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   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 THE READER'S DIGEST SESSIONS

Social Media

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

Various Additional Resources


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- CHRISTOPHER POPA


They were legends who made timeless music that continues to appeal to many people.

TOMMY DORSEY- BENNY GOODMAN - GLENN MILLER - ARTIE SHAW