– New Year’s Eve – 1957 – NBC Radio – All Star Parade of Bands – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
There was a time New Years Eve meant a world-wide sweep of all the notable Jazz dives, and a live session from each over network radio. This one, an hour’s worth of the over 6 hour extravaganza, bounced from New York to Chicago and featured The Teddy Wilson Trio, The lately-overlooked and sadly underrated Eddie Heywood Trio in New York and Duke Ellington’s Famous Orchestra, ringing in the New Year from Chicago. Of course Heywood, at the time was riding the crest of a huge popularity wave, via his mega-hit Canadian Sunset that crossed over from Jazz to Pop and just kept going.
A wild and lively batch of sets, all performed live on December 31, 1957 and broadcast as part of the All-Star Parade of Bands series over NBC Radio.
Toasting in the New Year doesn’t get too much better than that.
Of course, if you were one of the growing audience of people watching it all on TV, you were probably celebrating it in black and white with Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians, peering at the festivities from Times Square.
No matter what, it was still New Year’s eve and you were still celebrating.
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