Make Believe Ballroom

Series produced by Jeff Bressler

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The Make Believe Ballroom is a one hour program that features the music of the 1930s, 1940s and also occasionally delves into the early 1950s. The program is carrying the torch for past hosts Martin Block, Al Jarvis, William B Williams and Steve Allen.

The Make Believe Ballroom is a one hour program that features the music of the 1930s, 1940s and also occasionally delves into the early 1950s. The program is carrying the torch for past hosts Martin Block, Al Garvis, William B Williams and Steve Allen.

The show features the playing of songs, with notes on the history of the piece. The program also has a taped vintage interview with a significant musician, composer, arranger or producer from the era.


47 Pieces

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On this week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM - A band that the senior set listened to, listener emails, songs from some legendary British bandleaders.

  • Added: Jul 26, 2021
  • Length: 58:02
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This week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM looks at the origin of song names, songs that sound the same, movie and Broadway musicals, and songs from the l...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2021
  • Length: 58:01
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On this week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM. A look at a famous tuxedo, a heroic WWII bandleader, Sinatra's long-lost cousin, a famous bandleader meets a ...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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This week's BALLROOM takes a look at the unique Metronome All-Star Band

  • Added: Jun 23, 2021
  • Length: 58:03
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This week's BALLROOM looks at the Downbeat Magazine's favorite performers from 1936-1945

  • Added: Jun 23, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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This week's edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM features a look at some of the Big Band theme songs from the era.

  • Added: Jun 07, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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On this edition of the MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM, we look at some bandleaders of the era who were popular but somewhat forgotten today.

  • Added: May 24, 2021
  • Length: 58:01
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On today's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM we look at the origins of Gold Records, the Your Hit Parade, and Billboard weekly song charts plus a trivia contes...

  • Added: May 03, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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Join Jeff Bressler for another trip down memory lane to visit the musicians, their music, and wonderful stories.

  • Added: Apr 26, 2021
  • Length: 57:57
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Join Jeff Bressler for another trip down memory lane to visit the musicians, their music, and wonderful stories.

  • Added: Apr 26, 2021
  • Length: 58:01
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A sequel, by popular demand, to a show the Make Believe Ballroom did on VDISC, the records distributed to the troops during WWII.

  • Added: Apr 12, 2021
  • Length: 58:01
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This week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM features a special program about SOUNDIES. MTV did not invent the concepts of music videos. They were wildly popu...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2021
  • Length: 58:01
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An hour of some great favorites of the 30s and 40s with some wonderful stories about the records we play.

  • Added: Mar 15, 2021
  • Length: 58:19
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An hour of some great favorites of the 30s and 40s with a look at one of the early founders of the Make Believe Ballroom.

  • Added: Mar 08, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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An hour of some great favorites of the 30s and 40s with a look at Benny Goodman's clarinet teacher and some of his star pupils.

  • Added: Mar 01, 2021
  • Length: 58:02
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After several episodes of specials and tribute shows this week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM is back with our usual potpourri of grand music and stories ...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2021
  • Length: 57:57
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This week's show pays tribute to Jimmy Durante who would have celebrated his 127th birthday in February of 2021.

  • Added: Feb 15, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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This week, a very special 86th Anniversary Edition of the Make Believe Ballroom. Join Jeff Bressler as he takes us back to present the history of t...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2021
  • Length: 58:18
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Join Jeff Bressler for this week's MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM as he pays tribute to RCA Victor's budget label, Bluebird records.

  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 58:04
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This week the program features records that highlight some of the great crooners, vocalists, and vocal groups of the 1930s and 1940s.

  • Added: Jan 25, 2021
  • Length: 58:10