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Swing Ladies Swing

Series produced by KUOW

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Interviews with female singing stars of the 1940s and 50s.

Music is one of the most powerful cultural connections that exists. Music has a profoundly lasting, visceral quality that has promotes understanding and links generations. This series features unique interviews with the top echelon of female vocalists from the 1940s and 1950s who bring to us a window on popular culture of that time through music, and bring that understanding into the present. The popular music of that period resonates both loudly and subtly into contemporary times, and has proved to be a wellspring of enthusiasm for listeners of all ages. Instantly recognizeable, this is the music that truly was, and continues to be, the soundtrack of our lives. In a rare set of interviews, these singing stars, now mostly in their 80s, share their personal stories about the development of that soundtrack.


6 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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An interview with 1930's singing star Bea Wain charts her career through her music.

  • Added: Jul 23, 2007
  • Length: 50:03
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2006 Interview with 1950's pop singer Keely Smith

Bought by Marfa Public Radio and WUAL


  • Added: Jan 03, 2007
  • Length: 22:59
  • Purchases: 2
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An interview charting the career of 1940s-50s singing star through her famous music

Bought by WUAL


  • Added: Apr 27, 2006
  • Length: 23:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Interview with 1940s-50s singing star Kay Starr

Bought by WUAL and KAWC


  • Added: Apr 27, 2006
  • Length: 23:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Interview with 1940s-50s singing star Margaret Whiting

Bought by WUAL


  • Added: Apr 27, 2006
  • Length: 21:14
  • Purchases: 1
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Interview with 1940s-50s singing star Margaret Whiting

Bought by WUAL


  • Added: Apr 27, 2006
  • Length: 21:34
  • Purchases: 1