[78-L] The Petrillo we loved to hate

Michael Biel mbiel at mbiel.com.invalid
Thu Sep 22 11:04:55 PDT 2016

The first article was pure bull crap.  Imagine thinking that killing off
the big bands in favor of the vocal soloist was beneficial to
musicians!!!!  Those funds for live concerts were a scam, and it was
discussed in the press at the time.  But there is a lot of good info in
both articles, and I need to find those books!

Mike Biel   mbiel at mbiel.com  

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Subject: Re: [78-L] The Petrillo we loved to hate
From: Julian Vein <julianvein at blueyonder.co.uk.invalid>
Date: Thu, September 22, 2016 12:04 pm
To: 78-L Mail List <78-l at klickitat.78online.com>

On 20/09/16 01:48, Rodger Holtin wrote:
> Petrillo's Big Ban Era
> Some of you will find this as fascinating as I did. Reading stuff like
> George T. Simon's big band books, and almost any other books or articles on
> the big bands, one would conclude that James Caesar Petrillo was a first
> class jerk and his strikes in 1942 and 1948 were simply foolish.
> With that as backdrop, I went looking for articles that would share all the
> positive things that came about as a result of Petrillo's strike against the
> record companies.
> Rodger
What neither article mentions is that there were exceptions to the first

ban (vocalists singing 'a cappella', harmonica players who weren't 
considered to be musicians).

 Julian Vein
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