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America Swings has had some of the most talented entertainers as guests and the stellar roster continues to grow. Where available, the artist's web site or other sources of online information are linked from the names. If you wish to contact us about a specific show, please refer to the number in the column to the right (e.g., #AS00062)...

GUEST ARCHIVE FOR 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002
2004 Guests
Andy Williams
It's the Holiday Season and our guest is easily one of America's greatest Pop/Mor singers. His highly rated variety program on NBC-TV was one the best ever and nothing got America into the Holiday spirit more than our guests Network Christmas Specials. Andy Williams is with us via phone from Branson, Missouri! We'll be right back with -- Mr. Williams, after these brief messages on America Swings™.
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Al Martino
We have on the phone today an Internationally famous singer born in Philadelphia. Combining numerous international hits, personal charisma and a unique vocal style, Al Martino is one of the great Italian-American pop crooners. We'll be right back with --Al Martino, after these brief messages on America Swings™.
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Dick Nash
Our guest this week is an in-demand studio musician here in Los Angeles. Dick Nash has been called upon to recreate on his trombone, swing era solos (particularly those of Tommy Dorsey). Dick worked with the big bands of Billy May, Sam Donahue, Freddy Martin, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Glen Gray and Tex Beneke. He is the brother of Ted Nash (tenor saxophone) and father of Ted Nash another talented saxophonist. We'll be right back with swing trombonist, Dick Nash, after these brief messages here on America Swings.
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Midlife Crisis Band
In 1985 a group of friends in Los Angeles found themselves staring at midlife, that time when men buy sports cars or chase aerobics instructors, and women resort to face lifts and tarot cards. But these guys-a business executive, a teacher, two writers, a waiter, a hairstylist and an actor-confronted midlife with "Rock & Roll". Arming themselves with electric guitars, they formed a band. Instead of pouting they partied. Playing first for family and friends in garages and at holiday gatherings, they graduated to dance clubs and concert halls. When Midlife Crisis wails, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction", dance floors fill and stay filled, prompting ABC News to label them "L.A.'s Hottest Party Band". We'll be right back with Stu Wolpert and Fast Freddy Rapillo of MidLife Crisis right after these brief messages.
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Joe Croyle
Mel Torme was a man of many talents: singer, songwriter ("The Christmas Song) arranger, pianist, drummer, dramatic actor and author. Mel, the velvet fog reached the pinnacle of his career in the 70s and 80s as one of the world most honored jazz singers. Today, on America swings our guest is singer Joe Croyle. Joe and I will be doing a Tribute to the Late Great Mel Torme after these brief messages on America Swings™.
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Harry James / Stephanie Monaco
Trumpet star Harry James was born on March 15, 1916 in Albany, Georgia. He was one of the most outstanding instrumentalists of the swing era, employing a virtuoso playing style that made his trumpet work instantly identifiable. He was also the most popular trumpet playing bandleader of the big band era. He continued to lead his band until just before his death in 1983. In studio we have female vocalist, Stephenie Monico, who sang with Harry during two periods of his distinguished career. We'll be right back with Stephenie Monico right after these brief messages on America Swings™.
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Kae Butterfield
Our guest today is the personification of big things come in small packages. This pint-sized brown-eyed girl CAN belt out show tunes like Ethel Merman or Judy Garland and at the same time make everyone in the audience smile. KAE Butterfield is with us in studio! We'll be right back with Ms. Butterfield, after these brief messages on America Swings™.
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Frank Sinatra / Mahlon Clark
Frank Sinatra was arguably the most important popular music figure of the 20th Century. He was rivaled only by Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley and the Beatles. Today Mahlon Clark, one of Frank's studio musicians, and I are going to review the Essence of Frank Sinatra along with two of his most famous and talented arrangers, Nelson Riddle and Don Costa. We'll be right back with the Essence of Frank Sinatra, after these brief messages on America Swings™.
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Dick Curtis
Horace Heidt was one of the most successful band leaders of the later '30s and early '40s. From 1937 until 1945, Heidt and his orchestra enjoyed more than 50 hit records, and were virtually permanent fixtures on the radio. Additionally, his band was a virtual farm team for future major players in popular music, and even future jazz players of note passed through the lineup of Heidt's orchestra. Today, we have on the phone, DICK CURTIS, who toured with Horace during the 50's. We'll be right back with DICK CURTIS.
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Freda Payne
The exciting Freda Payne is with us in studio! She is best known for her monster hit BAND OF GOLD. She is multi-talented and has had a varied career. She has performed in musicals, acted in movies and was briefly the host of her own talk show. We'll be right back with FREDA PAYNE.
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Herb Jeffries
Our guest today in the tradition of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers is star of the silver screen, a singing cowboy hero. Singing and Movie Star Herb Jeffries is with us on the phone! He recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to honor his 93rd birthday. We will be right back with legendary Herb Jeffries!
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Glen Miller / Zeke Zarchy
Glenn Miller was probably the most beloved of the Bandleaders of the Golden Age of American Big Band Music. We have Trumpeter Zeke Zarchy, one of Glenn's sidemen with us. Also in studio is Zeke's great friend, Clarinetist, Mahlon Clark.
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Alys Swan
They say that nothing is greater than Faith, Hope, Love and Charity. This week we will be talking with a member of Hollywood's Famous Motion Picture Mothers, who think Charity is the greatest virtue of all. We'll be right back with -- Singer, Actress, Alys Swan, after these brief messages on America Swings™.
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Howlett Smith
Our guest today has delighted and amazed countless music lovers with his exceptional artistic skills as a pianist, singer, composer, whistler, choir director and humorist. He is also a member of the El Camino College Faculty in their applied music program. We'll be right back with --Howlett Smith, after these brief messages on America Swings™.
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Ron Anthony
One of the most requested guitar players in the business, a multi-talented musician, composer, and teacher who worked with the legendary vocalist Frank Sinatra from 1986-1995 is with us in studio! We'll be right back with -- Ron Anthony, after these brief messages on America Swings™.
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Claudia Wells
We have with us today in studio, not only the most beautiful actress in Hollywood but also an expert in DeLoreans, you will remember this young lady as Jennifer Parker from the hit movie "Back to the Future"! We'll be right back with -- Claudia Wells, after these brief messages on America Swings™
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Shirley Jones

Part 1 (Encore)
We are truly honored to have the "First Lady of Song" and an Academy Award Winner with us in studio! She is "America's Ultimate Lady!" Not only is she a wonderful actress, but boy can she sing! We'll be right back with -- Shirley Jones!

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Part 2 (Encore)
We are truly honored to have the "First Lady of Song" and an Academy Award Winner with us in studio! She is "America's Ultimate Lady!" Not only is she a wonderful actress, but boy can she sing! We'll be right back with -- Shirley Jones!
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Sally Kellerman
One of my favorites of America's music, who is also a terrific leading lady on screen and television, is with us in studio! We'll be right back with Best Supporting Actress Nominee -- Sally Kellerman.
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The Modernaires / Paula Kelly Jr.
One of the most popular recording vocal groups during the Big Band Era was Paula Kelly and the Modernaires. With Hits like "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "Moonlight Cocktail" and "Kalamazoo" the Modernaires achieved great popularity singing with Glenn Miller leader of the most universally beloved of all big bands. We'll be right back with - Paula Kelly Jr. and Bill Tracy, after these brief messages on America Swings™.
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The Original Modernaires
One of the most popular recording vocal groups during the Big Band Era was Paula Kelly and the Modernaires. With Hits like "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "Moonlight Cocktail" and "Kalamazoo" the Modernaires achieved great popularity singing with Glenn Miller leader of the most universally beloved of all big bands. We'll be right back with - Paula Kelly Jr. and Bill Tracy, after these brief messages on America Swings™.
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Gogi Grant
Our guest star today was voted Most Popular Female Vocalist by Billboard and Cash Box Magazines in 1956 after her 2-million seller, "The Wayward Wind" which replaced Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" as the number one song in the nation. We'll be right back with Gogi Grant, after these brief messages on America Swings™.
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Perry Botkin Jr.

Part 1
In the words of Eugene Chadbourne, "Forget Eric Calpton, Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins or Chuck Berry, the most frequently heard guitarist is none of the above". Perry Botkin is not a household name but a household sound. We'll be right back with our guest Perry Botkin Jr., after these brief messages on America Swings™.

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Part 2
Where back this week with the multi-talented Perry Botkin Junior. So far he has scored more than 50 different television shows and won a Grammy for "Nadias Theme" and an Oscar Nomination for "Bless the Beasts and Children" We'll be right back with, Bunny Botkin, after these brief messages on America Swings™.
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Pete Candoli
Our guest today is considered one of the (7) all-time outstanding jazz trumpet players. His association with top big bands reads like a "Who's Who" of Jazz. He has been featured with Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Les Brown, Count Basie, Freddy Slack, Charlie Barnett, Horace Heidt to name a few. In fact, he has played with over 27 of the top name bands.
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Wink Martindale
In the history of TV game shows, no name is more synonymous with "host" than our guest today. Guiding 19 broadcast network, national cable and syndicated TV games, he has hosted more game shows than anyone except Bill Cullen.
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Peter Marshall
"The popular host, since the mid-'60s, of The Hollywood Squares game show is with us in studio! Today's guest is not only a legitimate actor being born into a well known show biz family but he is now one of the best big band singers around. We'll be right back with --Peter Marshall, after these brief messages on America Swings™.
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Jimmie Haskell
Our in studio guest is a composer of 63 movies (31 theatrical and 32 for tv) 445 tv episodes. He has received 4 Emmy nominations, one Emmy and 3 Grammies. He has worked with stars the likes of Sheryl Crow, K.D.Lang, Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Michael Jackson just to name a few. We'll be right back with Composer-Music Producer-Arranger-Conductor, Jimmy Haskell, right after these brief messages from our sponsors.
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Marl Young
Lucille Ball - whose career in front of the camera spanned five decades - served as a pioneer for female comedians, as well as for the television industry itself. Named TV Guide's "Biggest TV Star of All Time," Ball was only one of two women to successfully star in three separate long-running sitcoms in successive decades. In studio with us today is a man who was Lucy's music director and friend. We'll be right back with our talented guest, Marl Young, right after these brief messages.
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Mike Pecheco
If YOU like percussion like Bongos, Conga, Cymbals, Timbales and Drums that make a lot of noise your going to love our in studio guest. During his 60 year career, he has played with Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton. Buddy Lee, Buddy Rich and Rico Guerrero. We'll be right back with World Class Percussionist Mike Pacheco right after these brief messages.
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Lyle (Spud) Murphy
One of the greatest arrangers for Swing Era bands, including Benny Goodman and Glen Grey, is with us in studio! He not only made a sort of one-man industry turning out stock arrangements for dance bands and the movies but he also invented a 12-tone system for composing that did not depend on the one used by classical composers. We will be right back with our quest -Lyle "Spud" Murphy-after these brief messages!
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Jane Russel
One of the silver screens top stars is with us in studio! She got her start in Hollywood in a film that was pulled from view before many people saw it. The film was THE OUTLAW! We'll be right back with dark-haired matinee idol-Jane Russell!
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Mike Price
All my listerners know that big band swing music is still listened to and revered in the United States but did you know that it is still very popular around the world even in Japan? We'll be right back with big band leader and trumpet player Mike Price to discuss the popularity of big band jazz music in Japan.
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Adrienne Barbeau
Recently our guest today signed autographs at the Super Mega Show at the Crowne Plaza in Secaucus, New Jersey. This is what a fan emailed her. "Adrienne I enjoy your work on Carnivale. I have been a fan since Swamp Thing. You are one of God's best creations!" ….We'll be right back with Broadway and Hollywood star, Adrienne Barbeau, right after these brief commercial messages!
#AS00028
King Sisters / Marilyn King
Our guest today is the baby sister of an show Biz dynasty-The King Family, which was created by her father-William King Driggs. We'll be right back with singer extraordinaire-Marilyn King.
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Alvino Rey / Marilyn King
Recently America lost a true National Treasure! Alvino Rey, real name Alvin McBurney, was one of the First important electric Guitarists: he played with my father, Horace Heidt, 1934-1939. Alvino's band featured, the King Sisters (vocals), Skeets Herfurt (Alto Sax), Buddy Cole (piano), and arranger Frank De Vol. We be right back with Marilyn King (the youngest King sister) to discuss the Life and Times of Alvino Rey.
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Mimi (Hatton) Cabanné
Many people think that Lawrence Welk had the original Champagne Lady. Actually, Horace Heidt had the first Champagne or Musical Knight Princess and she is in studio with us. We'll be right back with our special guest Mimi Cabanne!
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Kathy Rubbicco
We are fortunate to have with us in studio, one of the greatest music director, conductor, composer and pianist! We'll be right back with - Kathy Rubbicco!
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Jack Feierman
Another one of today's great American trumpet players/conductor/arranger is with us in studio! He also has played trumpet for the "Chairman of the Board," Frank Sinatra, and conducted Sinatra's orchestra, and also for Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme'. We'll be right back with -- the exceptionally talented - JACK FEIERMAN!
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Walt Johnson

Part 1
We've decided to do a series on great trumpet players and studio musicians who have worked in Hollywood since the '50's. This week the spotlight is on one of the best trumpet players in America today, who has worked with stars such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, and Lionel Hampton, and he is with us in studio! We'll be right back with -- Walt Johnson!

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Part 2
We are fortunate to have back with us in studio, one of the greatest trumpet players in America today! We'll be right back with -- WALT JOHNSON!
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Tom Dreesen
Imagine being the opening for the "Chairman of the Board," Frank Sinatra, and his "Pack!" We will be back with one of America's greatest comedians, Tom Dreesen, right after these messages.
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Peter Ford
Most of you will remember the great "Movie Stars," Glenn Ford and Eleanor Powell! Tonight, we are fortunate to have with us, their son, Peter Ford, a well-established talk show host and a reputable actor in his own right! Right after these messages, we will be back with Peter Ford!
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Louis Mitchell

Part 1
One of the great trumpet players of big band music on radio, television and in live performance is with us by telephone for this show! He performed with my Dad's band in the '50's and was Dad's contractor. We'll be right back with -- Louis Mitchell!

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Part 2
We're continuing our interview with one of the great trumpet players of big band music on radio, television and in live performance by telephone! He not only performed with my Dad's band in the '50's, but was also Dad's contractor. We'll be right back with -- Louis Mitchell!
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Fred Travelena
Good Morning, Friends. Well, get ready to laugh today because our guest is an extraordinary impressionist, comedian and singer and most recently a songwriter. Known to all as "Mr. Everybody", we will visit with the amazingly funny, Fred Travalena!! So sit tight and we will return right after these commercial messages.
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Henry Cuesta
Today our guest is an artist supreme in wind instruments! We will be talking with the much-sought-after, multi-talented, Henry Cuesta, right after these messages.
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Page Cavanaugh
One of my all-time favorites, a VERY talented pianist/vocalist, is with us tonight! We will be back with one of America's National Treasures, Page Cavanaugh, right after these messages.
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Gloria DeHaven
There is nothing like a musical, especially the Hollywood musical! We have in studio today, one of Hollywood's most glamorous musical stars. We will be talking with the beautiful Gloria DeHaven right after these messages.
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Shirley Jones

Part 1
We are truly honored to have the "First Lady of Song" and an Academy Award Winner with us in studio! She is "America's Ultimate Lady!" Not only is she a wonderful actress, but boy can she sing! We'll be right back with -- Shirley Jones!

#AS00011
Part 2
We are truly honored to have the "First Lady of Song" and an Academy Award Winner with us in studio! She is "America's Ultimate Lady!" Not only is she a wonderful actress, but boy can she sing! We'll be right back with -- Shirley Jones!
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