December 10, 2011
Freddy Martin, 1906-1983, was a saxophone player who put together his own band during the early 1930s. He may not be as well remembered as some of his contemporaries but he went on to a very successful career.
“Symphony,” or “Symphony 1945” as it was sometimes called, was recorded just after the end of World War II and spent two weeks as the number one song in the United States beginning Jan. 5, 1946.
It was a nostalgic piece that got the mood of the country and world just right. One of the lost gems of the era.
August 31, 2011
Dickey Lee has had three phases to his career. He is best remembered as a pop singer who produced such songs of anguish as “Patches” and “Laurie” during the early to mid-1960s. He would go on to become a country artist who charted 29 singles.
What people forget was he started as a rockabilly artist on the legendary Sun label, which was the home of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee lewis and others.
He signed with the label during 1957 and I’m sort of amazed he had a release issued as a 78. I am assuming it was also issued as a 45 as 78’s were on the way out at the time.
“Good Lovin'” did not receive any chart action and his time with Sun was brief. Still, it was a part of some of the best music of his career.
June 28, 2011
1941 was an outstanding year for Jimmy Dorsey, if not for the world. He had five number one hits which totalled 19 weeks at the top of the charts.
His biggest hit was “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)” which ascended to the number one position on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Singles Chart on March 29, 1941. It would spend ten weeks on top of the charts.
He would have 11 number one hits during his career. He almost made it 12, as “So Rare” reached number two and stayed there for four weeks during 1957, shortly before his death from cancer.
June 26, 2011
“Frenesi” by Artie Shaw was the number one song in The United States for three months and “Amapolo” by Jimmy Dorsey topped the charts for ten weeks. Right in the middle came Glenn Miller, whose “Song Of The Volga Boatmen” was number one for seven days.
Glenn Miller was one of the superstars of the big band era until his death during 1944.
“Song Of The Volga Boatmen” was an old Russian folk song that dates back to at least 1866. Miller took it in a jazz direction to make it one of the most unique interpretations in its 150 year plus, existance.