Say, who WAS this guy?!?!
Every week as part of our Friday night films we watch a Vitaphone musical short and this guy's popped up three times that I know of (all on the "Warner Bros. Big Band, Jazz, & Swing Short Subject Collection") and we've been knocked out by all three.
Anybody know and like this guy's music?
Here's an example of one of his hit numbers:
One of my favorites.
We've talked about him before, most recently a few months ago when one of his former lead singers, Bea Wain, passed away.
I believe he started as an orchestrator, and developed a hard-charging brassy style that was very typical of the late thirties (and of Warner Bros, for that matter.) He was also big in the "swingin' the classics" genre.
A lot of his records are still available.
"Let 'er Go", with Miss Wain, is one of his most energetic performances IMO. It was one of a series of studio recordings made on transcription discs, and the sound quality is excellent. (You may enjoy the lyrics, also.)