Chuck Cecil is a radio broadcaster and longtime host of the program “The Swingin’ Years,” a “Best of” radio show for “Big Band” music. In this interview, Cecil speaks with Our Ventura TV host, Lyn Fairly, about his life and the jazz music he is so closely associated with.
Cecil discusses some of his early days, including his collection of records, becoming a World War II Navy pilot and his radio show, “The Swingin’ Years.”
He also mentions attending the opening of the Hollywood Palladium to see Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra.
“The Swingin’ Years” perpetuates the memory of swing music, popularized by such acts as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. The program focuses primarily on Swing, but also included many of the popular ballads of the era that topped the record charts from 1935 to 1955, that Cecil calls “The Swingin’ Years.”
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