We have put together clips with Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway,
Les Hite and his orchestra and June Richmond, Fats Waller and Bessie Smith
from our DVD "Gospel and Musical Soundies"
What is Soundies?
From 1940 to 1946, "soundies" (short musical films) were produced.
"Soundies" can be considered the precursors to music videos,
and were designed to be played on coin-operated 16mm rear
projection machines like jukeboxes.
They called Panorams and were located in nightclubs,
diners, roadhouses, bars, restaurants and other public places.
Besides musical numbers representing many different
musical styles; swing, big band, jazz, blues, gospel and more...