Remembering The Scranton Sirens Previous Broadcasts

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 -- 10:00 PM

This program celebrates the exceptional, yet little-known, musical legacy of one of the most significant "territory" dance bands in American musical history - the Scranton Sirens. During its 10-year existence (1918-1928), the Scranton Sirens commanded huge crowds at many of the major dance emporiums throughout the United States. Most importantly, the band introduced future Big Band-era innovators Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Russ Morgan and Bill Challis. Narrated by singer and guitarist Leon Redbone, the Emmy-winning documentary features archival performance clips, interviews with music scholars, reminiscences from the last surviving group member, and faithful renditions of original Sirens' recordings.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 11, 2014 -- 4:00 AM
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