Did your parents like big band?
They did but frankly they collected about a dozen records (supermarket giveaways or specials). It was more the case of my aunts and uncles who did and passed on the love of that sound and style.
My interest in music was/is unusually broad and wide and went back as far as the '20s jazz and popular. I started purchasing and listening to folk, pop and rock from the late-'50s onward. I'm an audiophile so I still have a turntable, have 100s of LPs and CDs.
I learned an instrument (clarinet) as a child and when puberty hit, the lessons stopped. My love of all kinds of music blossomed. I loved to sing and imitate singers. Bing was one of those imitated as well as Elvis, Roy Orbison.
Once I recorded my singing voice on my brothers tape recorder, shockingly I heard what others heard. then it was singing in the car or shower or under the affluence of incohol.
Oh yeah, I know about WAF, WAVES, etc. I was enlisted in the Air Force for a few years back in 1970-1975.