Did You Know?
Glenn Miller's number one hit ''Elmer's Tune'' was written by a mortician. Elmer Albrecht worked next door to Chicago's Aragon Ballroom and received permission to use one of their pianos on his lunch hours. Bandleader Dick Jurgens liked one of the melodies he heard Albrecht play and arranged it for his orchestra. Lyricist Sammy Gallop added words.
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Solid! is an online encyclopedia of big band music and classic jazz. Here you can find information on artists who were active during the most important years of the jazz and dance band eras, from the 1910s to the 1960s. Browse through our index above or use the search function to your left to learn more about your favorite performers or to discover new and interesting artists. Solid! has been compiled by a professional historian. All information is checked for accuracy as far as sources allow. We hope you find this web site a valuable resource. Solid! is dedicated to the wonderful musicians and vocalists who populate its pages.
Best remembered for his risque Vegas act of the 1950s, Louis Prima was the ultimate showman. Loud, boisterous, and completely out front, his mix of rhythm and blues, big band music, Italian novelty tunes, and Dixieland made him one of the hottest performers of his era. Born and raised in New Orleans, Prima studied violin as a child. He took up . . . Read More
Best remembered for his theme song, ''Sugar Blues,'' trumpet player Clyde McCoy's career spanned almost seven decades. McCoy's range of techniques was wide. He could make his trumpet talk and cough in ways which few other artists could equal, and his distinctive ''wah-wah'' sound thrilled audiences around the country, turning him . . . Read More
Jimmie Lunceford led what many consider to be the best swing orchestra of the 1930s. Flashy and talented, Lunceford's band was without a doubt the most entertaining of its day. No one who saw it in performance could ignore the group's infectious attitude and enthusiastic presence. Many of the era's top bandleaders openly borrowed . . . Read More