Various Artists | Radio & Recording Rarities, Volume 32

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Radio & Recording Rarities, Volume 32

by Various Artists

Rare radio and recording performances by popular vocalists and big bands of the 1930s.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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1. Home Dick Webster with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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2. I Promise You Dick Webster with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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3. When You Press Your Lips To Mine Dick Webster with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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4. Bon Voyage To Your Ship Of Dreams Donald Novis with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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5. Love Letters In The Sand Donald Novis with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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6. Love Me Donald Novis with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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7. Music In The Moonlight Donald Novis with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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8. Stardust Donald Novis with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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9. The Little Old Church In The Valley Donald Novis with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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10. Where The Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day Donald Novis with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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11. Down Among the Sleepy Pines Jean Schock and Three Ambassadors with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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12. By The Sycamore Tree Loyce Whiteman with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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13. Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone) Loyce Whiteman and Donald Novis with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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14. I Idolize My Baby's Eyes Loyce Whiteman with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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15. I'm Sorry Dear Loyce Whiteman with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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16. Rain On The Roof Loyce Whiteman with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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17. Tell Tale Loyce Whiteman with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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18. I Don't Suppose Loyce Whiteman with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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19. You Could Have Been The One, Baby Loyce Whiteman with Jimmie Grier Orchestra
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20. Alexander's Ragtime Band Jimmie Grier and His Orchestra
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JIMMIE GRIER AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Musically gifted, Jimmie played alto and tenor sax, clarinet, bassoon, a bit of violin, and guitar as well - but it was his work as an arranger that made his mark in popular music. His inventive charts for the Gus Arnheim orchestra were a key to that group's success.

In early 1932, when Arnheim took advantage of his Grove publicity to make some money on the road, Jimmie Grier formed his own band and took over for his former boss. Friendly and gregarious, Grier fronted a colorful and extremely music band that reflected his relaxed personality.

Grier's orchestra featured outstanding vocalists like Dick Webster, a musical trio known as The Three Cheers, and Grove holdovers Donald Novis, Loyce Whiteman and Harry Barris.

HARRY BARRIS: A member of the Rhythm Boys, along with Bing Crosby, Harry sang with the Gus Arnheim and Jimmie Greer orchestras.

LOYCE WHITEMAN: Unrelated to popular band leader Paul Whiteman, Loyce fronted as girl singer for the Gus Arnheim and Jimmie Grier Orchestras, and later married co-singer Harry Barris. The pair had a daughter, Marti Barris, who was a singer and recording artist in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

THE COCOANUT GROVE: These recordings are from 1930s transcription recordings of live broadcasts from The Cocoanut Grove ballroom in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California; a hot spot for movie stars of the day.

The lavish club, part of the massive 23-acre resort, was decorated in Moroccan style and featured full-sized palm trees allegedly salvaged from Valentino's "The Sheik" film set. Additionally, it's "night sky" was filled with stars, thanks to 1,000 small light bulbs in the ceiling.


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