This collection of interviews adapted from Fred Hall's syndicated radio show, "Swing Thing," functions as an oral history of the golden age of swing. Read one after another, the pieces give a sense of the interconnectedness of this small world, as all the performers refer to each other's work. The subjects are Bob Crosby, Dick Haymes, Jo Stafford and Paul Weston, Woody Herman, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Wild Bill Davison, Peggy Lee, Artie Shaw, Jimmy Van Heusen and Maxene Andrews. A final chapter is a compilation of comments from people who worked with Glenn Miller, whom, the author laments, "I was not lucky enough to have interviewed."
Hall clearly is interested in career beginnings and the definition of individual styles. Maxene Andrews says of the early days of the Andrews Sisters with the Ted Mack band: "The only thing that the Andrews Sisters could copy from the Boswell Sisters were their arrangements, because we sang loud and we moved a lot. Harmony groups never moved, but we never could contain ourselves. When we heard music, we had to bounce with the time. . . . I used to sit on the bandstand and I would listen to the three trumpets, and I would say to my sisters: 'That's the way we should sing, like those three trumpets sound.' "