Page 255. " crude version of one of the old-time, big-band numbers - "One O'Clock Jump" or "String of Pearls" "

"One O'Clock Jump", written in 1937 by Count Basie, is a 12-bar blues instrumental. It was a popular jazz standard for all top swing bands, and was used as the theme song of the Count Basie Orchestra: they closed each of their concerts with a rendition of it for the next 50 years.

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"String of Pearls" was written and arranged by Jerry Gray and performed by Glenn Miller. In 1941, the piece was No.1 for two weeks on the Billboard Best Sellers Chart.

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Page 255. " That whole big-band swing period was a thing I missed out on. "

Big Band is a type of musical ensemble which became popular during the 1930s and 1940s, known as the Swing Era.

Until 1936, Swing music had almost no mass audience and was frequently ridiculed. But after 1935, big bands gained popularity and defined swing music as a distinctive style.

 

   

Page 256. " at least I remember writing 'Artie Shaw' "
Artie Shaw (1910-2004) was an American clarinetist, bandleader and composer who specialised in jazz, swing and big-band music. He formed a big band in the late 1930s which became one of the most popular bands of the swing era, but in 1951 he quit the music business to write both fiction and non-fiction.

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Page 256. " the only times I ever really jitterbugged were with another girl "

Jitterbug refers to various types of swing dances including the Lindy Hop and the Jive.

 

Page 256. " We'd play Glenn Miller records "

Glenn Miller was a 20th century American jazz musician and bandleader who featured primarily in the swing era and was one of the best selling recording artists in the early 1940's. During World War II, Miller was travelling to France to entertain the American troops, when his plane disappeared over the English Channel due to bad weather; Miller has never been found.

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Page 260. " the chromework of his Pontiac "

Pontiac was a brand of automobile, founded in 1899, sold in the U.S, Canada and Mexico by General Motors.

The brand was phased out in 2010, as a result of GM's bankruptcy and restructuring.

Page 267. " in its point-of-sale display at Lord and Taylor's "

Lord and Taylor Flagship Store, NY
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Lord and Taylor is the oldest upscale department store chain in the U.S.

Founded in 1826 and based in New York City, it comprises 46 stores across the United States.

Page 270. " a smooth Viennese waltz done with many violins "

Viennese Waltz is a type of ballroom dance, the first to be performed in the closed hold position. It is a rotary dance, as the dancers constantly turn to their right or left; these steps are combined with non-rotating steps that are used to switch the direction of rotation. The Viennese Waltz has just three different moves, but is a very fast dance.

Page 274. " as well as to ludicrous minor interludes ("That's All, Folks!") "

"That's All, Folks!" is the signature farewell line from Porky Pig at the end of each Looney Tunes cartoon. Porky Pig bursts through a bass drum and, due to his stutter, the phrase becomes "Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-... That's all, folks."