Count Basie and the Alan Copeland Singers (and a lot about Freddie Green)

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Count Basie with the Alan Copeland Singers:
Basie swingin’ Voices singin’

Now here’s a strange one. Imagine the whitest vocal group you could think of, doing an album with the very un-white Count Basie (1904-1984), Freddie Green, and a few more well-known sidemen. The album, recorded in 1966, was called Basie Swingin’ Voices Singin’, on the ABC-Paramount label.

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The American Postwar Car Sellers Market (1945-1949) and the Death of the Independents

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In late 1945, soon after the official surrender documents were signed by Japan and the allies, thereby ending the Second World War, the federal agencies responsible for managing critical resources authorized the manufacture of passenger cars for the first time since January, 1942

With many popular items under severe rationing during the war, bank accounts of GIs and their families were, if not bulging in cash, were certainly in a much better state than during the dark days of the Great Depression, something that was still very much in the minds of the American people.

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