‘Tame’ Big Band

CVA 1184-1710 - [Poster advertising the Wayne King Show on radio station C.K.W.X. presented by the B.A. Oil Company dealers] 1940-48 Jack Lindsay photo. Note: This is a cropped version of the original photo (by the author).

CVA 1184-1710 – [Poster advertising the Wayne King Show on radio station C.K.W.X. presented by the B.A. Oil Company dealers] 1940-48 Jack Lindsay photo. Note: This is a cropped version of the original photo (by the author).

I have been a big fan of the ‘big band’ music genre for many years (when friends were wild about KISS in the 1970s, I was nuts for Benny Goodman), but Wayne King was not a band leader with whose work I was familiar. In fact, he was so unknown to me that when I first saw this image, I assumed that King was a local broadcaster on Vancouver’s CKWX radio. Nope. He was an American bandleader who recorded his broadcasts in the U.S. by electrical transcription. King’s musical stylings (he became popularly known as “the waltz king” were a little too tame for me; his sound was similar to that of Guy Lombardo’s. If you are curious, there are several tunes of King’s available for listening or free download at archive.org.

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