Month: December 2016

“Snowfall” (1941) Claude Thornhill

“Snowfall” Composed and arranged by Claude Thornhill. Recorded for Columbia by Claude Thornhill and His Orchestra on May 21, 1941 in New York. Claude Thornhill, piano, directing: Conrad Gozzo, first trumpet; Lyle F. “Rusty” Dedrick, Bob Sprentall, trumpets; Tasso Harris and Bob Jenney, trombones; Irving H. “Fazola” Prestopnik, Dale Brown, Ted Goddard, George Paulsen, John […]

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“White Christmas” (1967) Barbra Streisand

“White Christmas” Composed by Irving Berlin. Recorded by Barbra Streisand for Columbia in September 1967 in Los Angeles. The story: Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” was used in the 1942 Paramount film, Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Actually, the song was probably written in 1940 (or possibly before), while Berlin was staying at La […]

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“Jingle Bells” (1941) Glenn Miller

“Jingle Bells” Composed by J.S. Pierpont; arranged by Bill Finegan and Glenn Miller. Recorded live on the CBS “Moonlight Serenade Chesterfield Time with Glenn Miller” radio show on December 24, 1941. Glenn Miller, first trombone, directing: Dale “Mickey” McMickle, first trumpet; John Best, Billy May, Bobby Hackett, trumpets; Jimmy Priddy, Paul Tanner, Frankie D’Annolfo, trombones; […]

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“Let It Snow” (1945) Woody Herman

“Let It Snow” Composed by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne; arranged by Neal Hefti. Recorded by Woody Herman and His Orchestra for Columbia on December 10, 1945 in New York City. Woody Herman, vocal, directing: Walter J. “Pete” Candoli, first trumpet; Irving Lewis, Milton M. “Shorty” Rogers, Saul “Sonny” Berman, trumpets; Bill Harris, Ed Kiefer. […]

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“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” (1946) Les Brown

“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” Composed by Irving Berlin; arranged by Skip Martin. Recorded by Les Brown and His Orchestra for Columbia on September 16, 1946 in Hollywood. Les Brown, directing: Don Paladino, Al Muller, Bob Higgins, Jimmy Zito and Ray Linn, trumpets; Don Boyd, Ray Klein, Dick Gould, Warren “Stumpy” Brown, trombones; […]

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On the Air with the Great Bands (1940) Tommy Dorsey–“Hallelujah!”

Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra live over the NBC radio network, June 1, 1940 Astor (Hotel) Roof, New York City. “Hallelujah!” Composed by Vincent Youmans; Arranged by Sy Oliver. Tommy Dorsey, first and solo trombone; directing: Bunny Berigan, Ray Linn, Jimmy Blake, Leon Debrow, trumpets; George Arus, Les Jenkins, Lowell Martin, trombones; Hymie Shertzer, Freddie […]

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