Big Band Vocalists on WXXI-TV

Big Band Vocalists on WXXI-TV

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 8:00pm

Legendary singer-actress Doris Day, who began her career singing with orchestras in the 1940s, performs her Oscar-nominated hit “It's Magic.”

Credit: Courtesy of TJL Productions

Relive the big-band era with the “crooners” and “canaries” of the 1940s.

Big Band Vocalists, airing Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m., and again on Wednesday, March 7 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011), features the greatest vocalists of the period when they started their careers performing with orchestras and dance bands. Among the legendary artists and timeless hits included in the rare, vintage footage are Louis Armstrong, Perry Como, Doris Day, Helen Forest with the Harry James Orchestra, Peggy Lee with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting, Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and many more favorites from the World War II era. Nick Clooney and Peter Marshall host.