Join Mike Plaskett, from radio's Rhythm Sweet & Hot, for music of some of the most influential woman of early swing. Who taught the great Cab Calloway on how to put a little pep into his act? (Cab’s sister, Blanche Calloway.) What songstress pioneered the art of performing her own background harmonies? (Patti Page.) Which singer was the first African American woman to be featured with a major white swing band? (June Richmond.) Which female singer sang, danced and played the trumpet like Louis Armstrong? (Valaida Snow) Who had to sneak out of the country to marry her beloved? (Lena Horne.).
Listen to Mike Plaskett with co-host Dale Abraham for Rhythm Sweet & Hot on 90.5 FM, WESA, an NPR station, every Saturday from 6:00-8:00 p.m.