Larry Clinton and his Orchestra

Laughing Gravy
Balcony Gang, Foist Class
Laughing Gravy
Balcony Gang, Foist Class
Joined: 4:44 AM - Sep 01, 2005

5:48 PM - Oct 07, 2018 #1

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:

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Frank Hale
Balcony Gang, Foist Class
Frank Hale
Balcony Gang, Foist Class
Joined: 2:02 AM - Oct 07, 2005

7:37 PM - Oct 07, 2018 #2

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.)

 
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