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Do you want to listen to some wonderful background music while you read, or surf the net, or to you need some unique background music for your next party? Select a performer and sit back and listen to some of the world's greatest music, courtesy of Jimbo Berkey. Click on any performer and relax to the music and musicians that changed our world. You will not be interrupted by advertising or anything else. Just pure, outstanding early public domain music, from Thomas Edison wax cylinders to 78rpm swingin' jazz and pop records.

The years from 1900 till 1950 saw the greatest evolution in music that this world has ever seen. For five hundred years previous, the European Masters ruled the music world. Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and others were the stars of music. But the first half of the twentieth century saw music transition from classical through Blues, Jazz, Ragtime, Big Band, Swing and the birth of Rock and Roll. The performers below are in no particular order, to encourage you to try not only your favorites, but also to explore the performers that you are not familiar with. If you are only looking for a familiar music style you will find it here, but I would encourage you to be adventurous and sample music from performers that is new and different to you.

Glenn Miller
Listen to the music of Harry James and his Music Makers
Johannes Brahms
Listen to the music of Harry James and his Music Makers
Listen to the music of Kay Kyser and His Orchestra
Bing Crosby
Beethoven
Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians
Cleveland Symphony Orchestra
Listen to Billy Cotton and His Orchestra
Listen to the music of Kay Starr
Billy Jones and Ernest Hare, The Happiness Boys
Lil Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Al Jolson
Betty Hutton
Dennis Day
Ada Jones
The Andrew Sisters
Peggy Lee
Nat King Cole
Danny Kaye
Artie Shaw
The Dorsey Brothers
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
The Music of Xavier Cougat
The Music of Count Basie
The Music of Alice Faye
The Music of Bill Monroe
Nat Shilkret
Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra
Arturo Toscanini
Listen to the music of Perry Como
Listen to the music of Lee Morse
Listen to the music of Fats Waller
Listen to the music of Billie Holiday
Chick Webb
Fanny Brice sings torch songs
The George Hall Orchestra with Dolly Dawn
Belle Baker
Betty Grable sings
Listen to the singing of Josephine Baker
Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
Listen to the music of Abe Lyman and His California Band
Listen to the songs of Anne Shelton
Listen to the music of Stuart Hamblen
Listen to the Music of Ted Lewis and His Band
Benny Bell music
Listen to the music of Ginny Simms
Listen to the music of James Melton
Listen to the guitar music of Django Reinhardt
Listen to the songs of Arthur Godfrey
Listen to the music of Bunny Berigan
Hank Williams and Mother's Best Flour
Listen to the music of Maurice Chevalier
Listen to Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
Listen to the music of the Fontane Sisters
Listen to Deanna Durbin singing
Harry Roy and His Mayfair Hotel Orchestra
Listen to the music of The Mills Brothers
Listen to Enrico Caruso
Listen to ragtime piano with Johnny Maddox
Listen to the McGuire Sisters
Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra
Bix Beiderbecke
Whispering Jack Smith
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Jack Teagarden's Dixieland Jazz Orchestra
Hit of the Week records
Bert Ambrose and His Orchestra
Listen to the music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Listen to the music of Grandpa Jones
Listen to Joe Venuti and His Orchestra
Listen to the singing of Bebe Daniels
Listen to the Sweetheart of Swing, Martha Tilton
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