Hal Kemp and His Orchestra
Celebrating the Golden Age of Popular Music

Welcome to Solid! Keeping alive the memory of popular music from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, and Lawrence Brown The rise of commericial radio, the explosive growth of phonograph records, and the advent of talking pictures all had a profound impact on the way people listened to music in the 1920s. For the first time, artists could reach mass audiences, and popular culture in the modern sense was born. Jazz became a national obsession, and dance orchestras dominated, trends that remained in place until shortly after WWII. Join us as we celebrate this wonderful age with words, music and pictures.

What's New

  • Hour of Charm

    The most successful and commercial of the all-girl orchestras, Phil Spitalny's "Hour of Charm" set the standard by which audiences and critics alike judged female bands during the 1930s and 1940s. Sweet and sophisticated, they rarely threatened to swing. Expensive gowns and glamorous make-up… Read More

  • International Sweethearts of Rhythm

    Perhaps the most celebrated of the all-girl orchestras, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm remained virtually unknown to white audience until the mid-1980s. During their heydey in the 1940s, though, they played to packed houses along the black theater circuit and attracted significant… Read More

Notes from Solid!

Progress Report
August 2, 2015

This week, aside from the addition of the Hour of Charm, major updates have been written for singers Eugenie Baird and Mildred Bailey. We've also updated label and discographical information for artists starting with "A" and added a few images as well as more videos and recordings.

Plans are in the works to set up Twitter and Facebook accounts for Solid! Updates and additions will be announced on both, and it will give you another way to contact us. An RSS feed is also planned so that you can always get the latest additions when they happen.

All this will take a bit of time, however. There's also still a lot of work to do on the site itself, so pardon us if updates and additions are a bit slow for the next couple of months while we get things all put together.

Updated Website
July 20, 2015

We've recently rebuilt our website from the ground up. We're still fiddling with it, so please pardon any random design changes while we do. Also note that internal page links have changed. Old links will no longer work, so please update any that you have. Sorry for the inconvenience, but the breakage was necessary for growth.

Also, after several years of laying dormant, information on the site is being updated and added. We're also adding music, radio and even video to our pages so that you can listen to artists and hear a sample of their work, though that will take a bit of time to completely roll out. We hope you like our new format. The design is based on 1940 magazine and print styles, modernized slightly.

Moving everything from the old site to the new one is a major chore, so forgive us while we finish unpacking. Artist information has all been transferred, but images haven't been. New images will need to be created, and that may take a while. We'll keep you updated.