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Soundies documentary to air on PBS

Soundies documentary to air on PBS

Before there were music videos or even televisions, music lovers had to locate a panoram, or "movie jukebox," to see their favorite artists perform.

PBS will air Soundies: A Musical History in March as part of its pledge drive. Included is archival footage of Duke Ellington and his orchestra playing "Hot Chocolate" with dance troupe Arthur White's Lindy Hoppers as well as Cab Calloway and his orchestra performing "Blow Top Blues." Hosted by out performer Michael Feinstein, the program also includes interviews with some of the most famous musical and cultural figures in the United States, including Wynton Marsalis, Les Paul, George Duke, Hugh Hefner, and Leonard Maltin.

"Ever since I was a kid I've loved what we now call American popular standards," Feinstein said in a press release. "My parents played them around the house, and it was music that resonated with me at an early age. I think the soundies are so compelling because you see amazing performances from the past that are unique and special and deserve to be preserved. It's why I'm very excited to be a part of this project."

Check local listings for broadcast times. (The Advocate)

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