Bands of the Past

Introduction:So many bands have come and gone through the last decades. Some of the bands that remained popular for a long time had uniqueness about them. Here are some of the bands of the past.

  • 01

    Herb Alpert

    Herb Alpert brought out the volume of the trumpet in most of his arrangements that he played. His band continued to make records and provide live entertainment to a multitude of people. One of the unusual things about Herb Alpert is that almost all of his songs might have had words, but were not always sung with the instruments. Herb Alpert was known as Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Band. Herb Alpert's accomplishments stood out when he was the one and only person to reach the top 100 music list with a vocal and an instrumental at the same time. Consider listening to "This Girl's In Love With You" to enjoy This band.

  • 02

    Tommy Dorsey

    Tommy Dorsey's band was and still is famous for the smooth music arrangements. Tommy Dorsey and his brother Jimmy both played instruments in bands and then separated to form their own. Jimmy continued to play in other bands, but Tommy Dorsey became so popular there was not enough time to do much more than his own arranging, composing and playing instruments. Tommy began practicing with his father at an early age, but then switched instruments. Tommy Dorsey was not known for his solos, but was known for the smooth tones that were produced by the Tommy Dorsey Band. As a conductor, Tommy also played his instrument. Listen to one of the many songs of the 30 and 40's and 50's by Tommy Dorsey.

  • 03

    Glen Miller Band

    If you have not heard anything the Glen Miller Band produced, you are totally missing out on some really good sounding tunes of the 1940's era. Well into the 1950's Glen Miller wowed the listening public. Go listen to some of the fancy and well done tunes on Youtube and enjoy some really refined great sounding music. Glen Miller was more a dance band, but a whole lot of listening was and is still done with Glen Miller pieces. You might just find Glen Miller under orchestras instead of bands since that is how people referred to the society of the music back then.

  • 04

    Benny Goodman

    You would have to search back into the late 1930's to find Benny Goodman's band or orchestra. Benny Goodman was actually playing in cultured band environments when he was 16 years old. This is the man who is certainly known as the King of Swing. Benny Goodman was an accomplished clarinetist and his solos brought tears to listeners in Central Park in New York and Carnegie Hall also in the big apple.Benny Goodman spent most of his life leading a band, performing and writing songs as well. This was a true easy to listen to performer. Goodman did jazz and lively dance music arrangements. Returning to Carnegie Hall in an effort to resurface, he rose to the top again.

  • 05

    Nelson Riddle

    Nelson Riddle was a famous arranger, band leader, composer and orchestra band leader for many of the most well known singers in the 1940 to 1980. It was not uncommon to hear Nelson Riddle's name with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and so many other singers. Nelson Riddle was easily adapted to great listening music genres of Traditional pop, big band and jazz. Nelson Riddle had lapses in his intended career of a musical nature because of the service in the Merchant Marines and being drafted. He composed and directed for Doris Day and some radio programs.







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