Various Artists | Radio & Recording Rarities, Volume 33

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Radio & Recording Rarities, Volume 33

by Various Artists

Rare radio and recording performances by popular vocalists and big bands of the 1930s.
Genre: Easy Listening: Crooners/Vocals
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1. Just Temporarily Blue
Jimmie Grier and His Orchestra
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2. Music In My Fingers
Jimmie Grier and His Orchestra
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3. Parade Of The Puppets
Jimmie Grier and His Orchestra
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4. Sugar
Jimmie Grier and His Orchestra
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5. Sweet Georgia Brown
Jimmie Grier and His Orchestra
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6. Sweet Sue, Just You
Jimmie Grier and His Orchestra
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7. Oh, Oh Marie
Three Ambassadors with Phil Harris Orchestra
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8. Seven Little Steps To Heaven
Three Ambassadors with Phil Harris Orchestra
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9. Suzanne
Three Ambassadors with Phil Harris Orchestra
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10. From A.M. to P.M.
Three Rhythm Kings with Phil Harris Orchestra
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11. How Deep Is The Ocean
Jack Smith with Phil Harris Orchestra
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12. 'Til Tomorrow
Jack Smith with Phil Harris Orchestra
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13. A Boy and a Girl Were Dancing
Jeffrey Gill with Phil Harris Orchestra
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14. A Million Dreams
Jeffrey Gill with Phil Harris Orchestra
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15. Love Me Tonight
Jimmy Newell with Phil Harris Orchestra
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16. Sweethearts Forever
Jimmy Newell with Phil Harris Orchestra
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17. As Long As Love Lives On
Leah Ray with Phil Harris Orchestra
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18. Long About Sundown
Leah Ray with Phil Harris Orchestra
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19. Make Me Yours
Leah Ray with Phil Harris Orchestra
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20. Music, Music Everywhere
Leah Ray with Phil Harris Orchestra
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21. Rock-a-Bye Moon
Lee Norton with Phil Harris Orchestra
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22. Goofus
Phil Harris and His Orchestra
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Album Notes
PHIL HARRIS: Thought probably best remembered for starring with his wife Alice Faye on radio together and on Jack Benny's radio program (or his turn as "Baloo" singing "Bare Necessities" in The Jungle Book animated film), Phil began as a successful and popular bandleader.

Phil came from a musical family, including a father who played piano for the Ringling Bros. Circus. AS a teen, Harris and four high school classmates formed a jazz band called The Dixieland Syncopators. His outgoing personality seemed to be destined for show business and in 1928, he teamed with Carol Lofner to form an orchestra. They spent three years at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

Harris formed his own orchestra for the Cocoanut Grove engagement in 1932, bringing some of his Harris/Loftner arrangements and hiring vocalists Jimmy Newell and 17-year-old beauty Leah Ray, from Norfolk, Virginia. In a nod to her heritage, Harris frequently referred to Leah as "the dimples from Dixie."

At the Grove, the Three Ambassadors remained the house trio, but Harris also introduced The Three Rhythm Kings additionally.

In 1934, Harris went on to an extended East Coast tour and then moved on to became famous in radio, television and film.

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.

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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