The Million Sellers — The Roaring 20’s

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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