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Big Band Music and Bandleaders

The classic big bands and swing bands of the 30s, 40s and 50s, their bandleaders, and all their best websites!

What Is Swing Music?
A basic guide to Swing music, its best and most popular artists, singers, and songs, and a history of how the style fits into other areas of popular music. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.

Profile: Dean Martin
Dean Martin's boozy playboy persona and velvet croon made him the smoothest cat in the Rat Pack, and also ensured him lots of enduring hits like "Sway," "That's Amore," and "Everybody Loves Somebody." This Dean Martin profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the 20th century, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

Profile: Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra was the original teen idol, the original pop icon, and one of the finest singers in 20th century music with hits like "Fly Me To The Moon," "The Way You Look Tonight," and "New York, New York." This Frank Sinatra profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the 20th century, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

Louis Jordan
The world's greatest jump blues artist, Jordan practically defined the postwar period with hits like "Caldonia" and "Saturday Night Fish Fry."

Profile: Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett personified the "bel canto" style of Italian-American pop music in the Fifties and Sixties with classics like "Rags To Riches" and "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." This Tony Bennett profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the 20th century, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

Louis Jordan: Number Ones
Your oldies.about.com Guide's review: the new single-CD collection of this jump-blues and swing pioneer's Number One records, hugs R&B hits that paved the way for rock and roll!

American Idol 2009: Rat Pack Standards Night
Heard a song on American Idol's Rat Pack Standards and wondered what the original was like, who performed it first (or had the biggest hit with it), and where you can buy it? Wonder no more... this list from your Oldies guide at About.com will tell you all you need to know.

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