Stars Fell on Alabama

Stars Fell on Alabama

by Richard Himber
     
 

Living Era proudly presents a posthumous portrait of sweet bandleader Richard Himber, a fixture at various New York hotels and over the airwaves during the '30s. This excellent compilation rescues from obscurity 27 recordings cut between 1933 and 1941 for the Vocalion, "Victor" and Decca labels. Himber played the violin; his orchestra contained a striking number of…  See more details below

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Living Era proudly presents a posthumous portrait of sweet bandleader Richard Himber, a fixture at various New York hotels and over the airwaves during the '30s. This excellent compilation rescues from obscurity 27 recordings cut between 1933 and 1941 for the Vocalion, "Victor" and Decca labels. Himber played the violin; his orchestra contained a striking number of talented musicians, some of them destined for careers as leaders in their own right. Familiar names include trumpeters Bunny Berigan and Blue Barron, clarinetists Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, trombonists Jerry Colonna and Tommy Dorsey and vibraphonist Adrian Rollini. Vocalists heard on this collection are Joey Nash, Stuart Allen, Libby Holman and Mary Martin. This was a sweet band with moderate jazz overtones. Highlights include lovely renditions of Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" and "Prelude to a Kiss"; and most intriguingly a theme by Polish composer Ignaz Paderewski, reworked by Raymond Scott and retitled "Minuet in Jazz." Living Era has given the world a delightful tribute to a relatively overlooked master of pleasantly polite musical entertainment.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2004
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625544022
catalogNumber:
5440

Tracks

  1. Stars Fell on Alabama
  2. It Isn't Fair
  3. Smoke Rings
  4. Sophisticated Lady
  5. Gather Lip Rouge While You May
  6. Love Thy Neighbour
  7. Avalon
  8. You and the Night and the Music
  9. Footloose and Fancy Free
  10. Broadway Rhythm
  11. If I Should Lose You
  12. You Hit the Spot
  13. Just One of Those Things
  14. Cling to Me
  15. I'd Rather Lead a Band
  16. Tormented
  17. I've Got a Heavy Date
  18. Midnight Blue
  19. Me and the Moon
  20. In the Chapel in the Moonlight
  21. There's a Gold Mine in the Sky
  22. Sail Along, Silv'ry Moon
  23. Minuet in Jazz
  24. Day After Day
  25. Prelude to a Kiss
  26. Do It Again!
  27. Falling in Love With You

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Himber   Primary Artist,Violin
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Artie Shaw   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Adrian Rollini   Celeste,Vibes
Blue Barron   Trombone
Jerry Colonna   Trombone
Godfrey Hirsch   Vibes
Mary Martin   Vocals
Jimmy Roselli   Trumpet
Stuart Allen   Vocals
Jess Carneol   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
David Levy   Piano
John McGee   Trumpet
Lou Raderman   Violin
Milt Yaner   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Paul Ricci   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Melvin "Red" Solomon   Trumpet
Pete Pumiglio   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jack Kimmel   Bass
Sid Stoneburn   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Frank Victor   Guitar
Ruby Weinstein   Trumpet
Libby Holman   Vocals
Lloyd Turner   Trombone
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
Haig Stephens   Bass
Ernie Capozzi   Guitar
Harry Patent   Bass
Samuel Persoff   Violin
Walter Mercurio   Trombone
Nat Levine   Drums
Irving Zir   Violin
Jack Lacy   Trombone
John Dilliard   Trumpet
John Sadola   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Yascha Zayde   Violin
Sam Amoroso   Harp
Herman Wolfson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Joey Nash   Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Ignace Jan Paderewski   Composer
Billy Hill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Bud Green   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Charles F. Kenny   Composer
Nick Kenny   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Raymond Scott   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Gene Gifford   Composer
Richard Himber   Composer
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Mark Ranshaw   Cover Art
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Lou Handman   Composer
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Frank Perkins   Composer
Harry Tobias   Composer
Sylvester Sprigato   Composer
Percy Wenrich   Composer
Joe Burke   Composer
Paul F. Roth   Liner Notes

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