The Million Sellers — The Roaring 20’s

in Monthly Programme, Radio Riel Main

by rieladmin on Thursday, 6 December, 2012

The Roaring 20’s, the time of Babe Ruth and the historic flight of the Spirit of St Louis was seen against a backdrop of a massive shift in the musical tastes of the United States and the United Kingdom away from the old style Vaudeville Alley small groups of the late 1890’s and into the very early forming era of the original Big Band sound.

Before Swing Band music, there was Jazz.  Before Jazz there was the original Violin and Guitar experiment bands upon which the foundations of the Jazz era finally emerged.  By the end of the decade of the 20’s the Big Band sound had been hammered down and shaped by such acts as Duke Ellington and the new wave of loose Swing style Jazz started to take precedence.

This, the final Millions Sellers show of 2012 looks back at the beginning.  It looks back at a time when there was no true music chart system, to a time when the bands of the era had to work, and work hard to make a name for themselves.  This is the decade of the 20’s, the decade which would shape the music scene and ultimately the music industry until well into the final years of Beatlemania in the 60’s.  The songs in this 2 hour set are not recognized by the RIAA or the Billboard as “official” Million Sellers, but the Billboard has given credence to the main top tunes of the era as selling more than a million copies of sheet music alone judging by early sales records of the three main distributors of sheet music of the era, all three of which merged into the Billboard company by the end of the 1950’s.

Together with the broadcast, residents within Second Life can listen in live as well by going to Radio Riel’s “Clarendon” in the City State of New Babbage.

Million Sellers at The Clarendon in New Babbage —


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