Category Archives: Music

The Ballroom, The Matinee, and the Modernaires

A  feature, “The Milkman’s Modernaires” was published on this site in December, 2012.  Now, with new text, photos and audio added about the group and the “Make Believe Ballroom,”  the time seemed right for a rehearing.


Charlie Barnet Orch. with the Modern-Aires

Tommy Dorsey Clambake Seven

Charley Barnet Orch. – Stay Up Stan, The All-Night Record Man

Les Brown, The Modernaires  – Milkman’s Matinee

Glenn Miller, The Modernaires -Make Believe Ballroom Time





Spike Jones “Der Fuehrer’s Face” (excerpt)

William B. Williams – Glenn Miller

Glenn Miller Day-June 5, 1945 (2nd hour)

VE-Day celebration, Times Square                       photo:




“. . .we interrupt this program . . .

“This Land” — Woodie Guthrie (sample)

“Reuben James” — Woodie Guthrie (sample)

More of “. . .we interrupt this program . . .” in our next report. ECB

At The Start Of Things VI




WNEW 1130


start of things V pt 1 helen forrest


start of thing V pt 2 dinah

Dinah Shore, “Skylark,” 1942 (:35)

start of things V sinatra

start of thing V roy ross merle pitt


start of thing V jazz greats big bands revised 2

start of things V-program list


Turning The Tables

start of t hings IV-to sugar blues

sugar blues to glenn miller

milkman's matinee to stay up stan

matinee TIME LIFE

Credits/Sources. A few among many

LIFE magazine-Milkman’s Matinee

TIME magazine-Milkman’s Matinee

Clyde McCoy-Sugar

Stay Up Stan The All Night Record Man-Charlie Barnet

Hauptmann Trial

WNEW early days