Clyde McCoy is one of the local musicians featured on our
All Aboard! Join us as we take a “Sentimental Journey” through
the 1940’s with Joseph Rubin directing a 15-piece Big Band
Orchestra. We’ll be traveling back to the heyday of the era with
tunes from Glenn Miller, Ted Lewis, Benny Goodman, and our own
famous bandleader and trumpeter, Clyde McCoy.
Clyde McCoy started his musical career at the age of nine on
the trombone in our hometown. He later mastered his golden
trumpet and developed a unique, muted “wah-wah” style which
was widely copied, but never equaled. In 1930, he introduced
his theme song, Sugar Blues. That record sold over a million
copies. McCoy never forgot his Portsmouth roots and returned to
perform here no less than six times between 1933 and 1942.
You won’t want to miss this exciting “living history” concert
celebrating the centennial of Clyde McCoy’s first band