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Make Believe Ballroom

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The Make Believe Ballroom carries on the tradition of past hosts Martin Block, Al Jarvis, William B Williams, and Steve Allen by carrying the greatest hits of the 1930s, 1940s, and the first few years of the 1950s.

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Make Believe Ball Room - 11/23/20 Edition

November 22nd, 2020

58:09

On this weeks edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM – a visit from the past, some clues to a famous female vocalist, one bandleader's loss is …

Make Believe Ball Room - 11/16/20 Edition

November 16th, 2020

57:59

On this edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM a great Helen O’Connell quote, jazz, swing and hillbilly all rolled into one, Tiny, Shorty and Big, the …

Make Believe Ball Room - 11/9/20 Edition

November 10th, 2020

58:01

On this week’s show – Name a big band era hit that became a famous celebrity’s theme song, Dolly Dawn and Her Dawn Patrol, well-known bandleaders who …

Make Believe Ball Room - 11/2/20 Edition

November 3rd, 2020

58:01

On this weeks MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM Jeff Bressler features two regal names, a great depression musical sales item, Frank Sinatra has the kids …

Make Believe Ball Room - 10/26/20 Edition

October 26th, 2020

58:01

A wonderful MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM this week on public and community radio stations across the US and UK as we look at a marvelous big band era French …

Make Believe Ball Room - 10/19/20 Edition

October 19th, 2020

58:01

On this weeks edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM heard on public and community radio stations around the country: a Benny Goodman Band members universal achievement, the musical history of a famous telephone number, a …

Make Believe Ball Room - 10/12/20 Edition

October 12th, 2020

58:01

On this weeks MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM over Public Broadcasting and Community Radio stations across the county we feature Gene Krupa, Anita O’Day and Ray Eldridge along with a little boogie with Will Bradley, Freddie Slack …

Make Believe Ball Room - 10/5/20 Edition

October 5th, 2020

58:01

On this weeks MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM Louis Armstrong and his small band the Hot Five, Larry Clinton and his Orchestra, in addition to Cab Calloway we can’t forget his famous sibling, the Chairman of the Board with a …

Make Believe Ball Room - 9/28/20 Edition

September 28th, 2020

58:01

A wonderful MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM this week as we visit Harry James and his lucky number, Les Brown and His Band of Renown seven decades of music, a …

Make Believe Ball Room -9/21/20 Edition

September 21st, 2020

58:10

On this weeks edition of the Make Believe Ballroom - The story of a song title, a look at big band era fate, the saleries of black band musicians, the great trumpet sideman Johnny Best, the history of Soundies along …

Make Believe Ball Room - 9/14/20 Edition

September 14th, 2020

58:01

On this weeks MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM, some wonderful small group swing, a hot Charlie Barnet tale, “V-Discs, the great arranger Vic Shoen plus more …

Make Believe Ball Room - 9/7/20 Edition

September 6th, 2020

58:02

On this edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM, we look at Big Band era stars whose careers extended into the 50s and beyond, interviews and music of Tex Beneke and Margret Whiting and a historic recording by "Illinois" …

Make Believe Ball Room - 8/31/20 Edition

August 29th, 2020

58:01

Join us in the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM. On this week’s show
Jess Stacy’s Monumental Solo.
The Andrews Sisters 13 Weeks with Glenn Miller.
Red Norvo, the …

Make Believe Ball Room - 8/24/20 Edition

August 21st, 2020

57:44

On this edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM. Is it Eberle or Eberly? Bille Holiday’s tenuous relationship with Artie Shaw. Along the way wonderful …

Make Believe Ball Room - 8/17/20 Edition

August 16th, 2020

57:53

From the Crystal Studio in the Make Believe Ballroom a fun and fast hour this week. Great vintage interviews serve as companions to the music of …

Make Believe Ball Room - 8/12/20 Edition

August 12th, 2020

58:11

From the Crystal Studio of the Make Believe Ballroom some great reminiscences, history and stories wrapped around the classic music of Glenn Miller, Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Ray Anthony Kay Kyser, Ish …

Make Believe Ball Room - 8/3/20 Edition

August 2nd, 2020

58:06

From the Crystal Studio of the Make Believe Ballroom some great reminiscences, history and stories wrapped around the classic music of Glen Miller, Ivy Benson, the Modernaires, Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, Vera Lynn, …

Make Believe Ballroom - 7/27/20 Edition

July 27th, 2020

58:01

On this weeks edition of MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM songs and stories featuring the De Marco Sisters and a nickname given to a star, how the song Linda got its name, how the song Beyond the Sea changed from an ode to the sea …

Make Believe Ballroom - 7/20/2020 Edition

July 20th, 2020

58:01

This week featuring great stories, reminiscences, and music featuring, the King Sisters, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante, Kate Smith, Frank Sinatra, Pearl Bailey, Count Basie,, Jack Teagarden, Billy Mills, Benny Carter, the …

Make Believe Ballroom - 7/14/20 Edition

July 14th, 2020

58:15

Hi folks, I’m jeff Bressler, turning on the lights of the Make Believe Ballroom and welcoming you into the Crystal Studio for another program of the …

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