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The Big Band Era: When Music was Music is a book that introduces the reader in PART 1 to the “History of the Big Band Era.” It continues into PART 2, covering the private lives and professional careers of more than 150 bandleaders, complete with photos of each of them. These bandleaders include the most famous among the hundreds of them who made our lives enjoyable as we danced to their music at ballrooms or night clubs or listened to them on radio, watched them later on TV, or attended their performances at theaters like the Paramount in New York City. Among the early standard bearers was Pul Whiteman, who set the stage for the greats who followed, with whom we, today, are more familiar. They include such legendary bandleaders as Benny Goodman, the Dorsey brothers, Glenn Miller, Harry James, Duke Ellington, and a host of others about whom I’m sure you want to learn more, and they are all in this book for you to digest and enjoy. PART 3 is titled the “Showcase of the Pioneers in the History of Music.” It is here where a few of the greatest composers, arrangers, and lyricists of the Era, led by Irving Berlin, are given much deserved space. PART 3 also gives credit to the pioneer disk jockeys of the Big Band Era. Finally, also in PART 3, we pay tribute with Special Recognition to personalities who warrant honorable mention for their achievements and for the influence they wielded during the Big Band Era.