"According to Web sites, big band music attracted a large following in the 1930s and 1940s. Abe Lyman, Rudy Vallee and Vincent Lopez were popular artists in the genre."One can understand that a young general assignment reporter may not have a lot of specific knowledge of music history to draw upon when writing a piece like this. However, that doesn't excuse publishing unsourced information of extremely dubious accuracy.
Yes, Lyman, Vallee and Lopez all were active during the period in question, but citing them as "popular artists in the genre" without mentioning, say, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey or the many other better-known bands of the era is like leaving the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Beach Boys out of a history of rock music so as to devote more space to Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Archies and the Surfaris. And since when is "according to Web sites," considered adequate sourcing for a newspaper published by a major media conglomerate? Does the Press-Record not employ any editors at all?