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Chris ValentiJan EberlePeggy KingDon KennedyDavid Miller
Chris Valenti,  Jan Eberle,  Perky Peggy King,  Don Kennedy,  David Miller
Ronnie AllenJeff KarpinskiHarry and EdnaGlenn Robison
 Ronnie Allen,   Jeff Karpinski,   Harry and Edna,   Glenn Robison


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 Best Big Band Blogs

On this page you will find blogs on the Big Bands and on everything musical from the 1930's and 1940's. If you are a fan of any blog of this nature that you feel should be included on this page, then please email us the link. Our staff will investigate making sure it is appropriate before including it. Info@WYYR.com  


Richard Grudens' Big Band Blog

One of the the first and original Big Band blogs that keeps you up to date regarding everything Big Band. Richard has also authored more books on The Big Bands than anyone else!


Here's Richard along with a photo of himself with Bob Hope.

Here is a program we produced on 6/7/12 that runs just over 2 hours that covers most of Richard Gruden's books. It not only features most of his big band accomplishments but also a lot of the music we love. Enjoy listening to this special programming while exploring his blog and web sites: 

Richard Grudens worked his way up from a studio page at NBC studios in New York to writing for the news shows of H.V. Kaltenborn, John Cameron Swayze, News of the World, and the "Today" show. Feature writing for Long Island P.M. Magazine led him to his first book "The Best Damn Trumpet Player - Memories of the Big Band Era. For more info about his personal incite on The Big Bands, all of his Big Band books including his Big Band celebrity interviews, more than anyone else.

Enjoy his website: RichardGrudens.com

And Richard Gruden's Big Band Blog


Bill Cwiklo's Blogs

Bill Cwiklo

Photo by John Gilhooley

Bill Cwiklo is the author of the blog entries on Russ Columbo and Carole Lombard. Born in Wisconsin and educated at Georgetown University, the University of Dijon, France and at American University, Bill is now a consultant in the area of complex litigation and information management systems. His interest in popular music and film started as a child. His parents gave him a radio and a late night Canadian radio station woke him up to the then under appreciated beauty of pre-rock popular music. His mother, a stalwart Russ Columbo fan, brought the tragedy of this great artist to his attention. His research on Mr. Columbo's life and work as well as his interest in cinema have been avid interests ever since.

Bill Cwiklo's blogs are very detailed as he uses movies and everything else at his disposal to make his points. Enjoy two very entertaining and uniquely fact filled blogs involving two of the biggest stars to ever come out of Hollywood...

Russ Columbo & Carole Lombard

Russ ColumboCarole Lombard

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