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Title: Bruce T. Kaji Interview I
Narrator: Bruce T. Kaji
Interviewer: Martha Nakagawa
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: July 28, 2010
Densho ID: denshovh-kbruce-01-0014

BK: Well, I was at, I was going up to the music center to practice. Nothing to do in camp. I was involved with the school orchestra and all, so had a lot of things to practice. And there was a fella, older fellow, Bill Wakatsuki, who was one of the leaders up there at the music center, older fella, and he was a singer. He had wonderful operatic voice. But he also was into music. And he says one, one time we were up there with everybody that was practicing music, he says he wanted to form a band. He says... so he got us together and we were talkin' about it, and he says, "But we have to have a name." And he says, "Anybody have any ideas?" And I suggested, there was a record that had just come out, and I had heard it. It's "No Name Jive." So I says, "How about Jive?" He says, "Oh, that's new music." And somebody says, "How about something," he said, "that has a lot of punch to it?" And somebody says, "How about Bombers?" You know, they were bombing London. Well, so he says, "Oh, that's good. Jive Bombers," he says. This is, that's the name that clicked, so from then on it was the Jive Bombers.

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