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Paul Whiteman

Paul Whiteman was composer and bandleader who became known as the “King of Jazz.” His orchestra was one of the most popular dance bands in the 1920s and 1930s. The band’s recordings were very successful. Whiteman’s notoriety was mainly in the 1920s and 1930s, but he was still popular and of such high reputation enough to attract sponsors to radio programs through the 1940s. It was Whiteman who gave Bing Crosby his start, and he also commissioned George Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue. * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby emerged in the 1960s. Digitizing his collection of reel tapes and discs is the effort of a wide range of North American volunteers, and includes assistance of some international collectors. The groups supporting this effort with their funds, time, technology and skills are the Old Time Radio Researchers and a small group of transcription disc preservationists who refer to themselves as the "The Knights of the Turning Table."

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.


Paul Whiteman Hour 461013 Bing Crosby Salute


Paul Whiteman Hour 461027 1st song is Swanee


Paul Whiteman Presents 430613 Guest is Burns & Allen


Paul Whiteman Presents 430718 Guest is Lou Holtz


Paul Whiteman Presents 430801 Guest is Bert Lahr


Paul Whiteman Presents 430815 Guest is Jimmy Durante


Paul Whiteman Presents 430822 Guests are William Gaxton - Victor Moore


Paul Whiteman Presents 430829 Guest is Ed Gardner