February 27, 2011

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Ray Anthony in 1953 - before the advent of rock n' roll he was IT.


Over to the Hollywood Palladium tonight for live date by Ray Anthony and his Orchestra.

Big bands were certainly not up to the same level of adoration as the smaller combo's had in the post-World War 2 period, mostly because larger venues were becoming more scarce, the expense of touring and maintaining a large band and the changing Jazz scene made the Big Band a rapidly fading attraction, but they were still the backbone of our musical society as this live broadcast from June of 1953 proves.

Here is Ray Anthony, one of the most popular bands of the early 1950's as he was recorded live at the legendary Hollywood Palladium, one of the few venues of its kind still standing.

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