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   now in preparation: COLLECTOR'S CHECKLISTS: LPs; added
Image Galleries

Monthly News (2004- )   added Oct 2015 BIG BAND NEWS; added Sep 2015 BIG BAND
   NEWS; added Aug 2015 BIG BAND NEWS; added July 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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They were legends who made timeless music that continues to appeal to many people.