During the 1930s Freddy Nagel operated a society orchestra in the Northwestern part of the United States. In the early 1940s Nagel reorganized his band and began to feature swing music. He also expanded his territory into the Midwest. In 1947 Nagel had a short-lived sustaining radio show on ABC, live from the Empire Room of the Palmer House in Chicago. Vocalists were Dick Baldwin and Jane Easton. Nagel also recorded eight songs on Vitacoustic, a new label which went under the following year. Only six were released. Vocalists were Patti Page, Jimmy Jett, and Ted Travers. By 1950 Nagel had given up on the band business. Other vocalists who appeared with Freddy Nagel include Lorraine Benson, Ken Jackson, Bob Locken, and Allen Overend.