From Crooning To Cartoons – ‘Handsome’ Harry Babbitt

Although our mental image of a big band era crooner is of a suave, velvet-voiced charmer who could purr into the microphone while the ladies swooned, it wasn't always like that. Harry Babbitt, who could certainly fill the bill as a traditional crooner - his boss, bandleader Kay Kyser, usually introduced him as 'Handsome Harry' … Continue reading From Crooning To Cartoons – ‘Handsome’ Harry Babbitt

She Was Known As ‘Gorgeous’ Georgia Carroll

As I've said before, during the big band era the bandleaders were the superstars of their day, and just like today's big-name musical performers they often matched up romantically with glamorous actresses. In fact, Artie Shaw almost single-handedly conquered Hollywood, but today we're talking about the lady who charmed bandleader Kay Kyser. Actress/model/singer Georgia Carroll … Continue reading She Was Known As ‘Gorgeous’ Georgia Carroll