was asking "what is swing music?". the Breakfast Club and Don McNeill
were featuring world cruises and fantasy. The "rug dance" (when Don
asked housewives to pick up a throw rug and dance to Walter Blaufuss' music) reached
new heights of popularity.
These were the musicians of 1935: George Kayser, Carl Fasshauer, Al Spiegel and
Bill Short (strings); Bill Krenz (piano); Harold Kooden, Bob Strong and Ted Wheeler
(reeds); Eddie Ballantine, Ernesto Arrigoni and Carol Martin (brass); Jack Rose
(guitar) and Sam Baum (drums).
Other familiar names were Gale Page, "Doctor" Pratt, The King's Jesters,
Hollywood Hi-Hatters, Rangers, Mary Steele, Three Flats, Sylvia Clark and the
Doring Sisters. Edna O'Dell became the first regular girl vocalist.
In December, Tommy McNeill made his radio debut at the age of 14 months.