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Complete Recordings
     

The Complete Recordings

by Peg LaCentra
 
Peg LaCentra was a radio actress who could also sing pretty well. Largely forgotten today, she achieved her greatest recognition when she was the vocalist with Artie Shaw's first commercially unsuccessful band and for a couple months in 1937 with his second orchestra (before it made it big). Other than three inferior numbers with pianist

Overview

Peg LaCentra was a radio actress who could also sing pretty well. Largely forgotten today, she achieved her greatest recognition when she was the vocalist with Artie Shaw's first commercially unsuccessful band and for a couple months in 1937 with his second orchestra (before it made it big). Other than three inferior numbers with pianist Jerry Sears' combo, all of her recordings are on this two-CD set. Fully 33 of the 45 selections are with Artie Shaw's band, including her regular dates and radio transcription sessions. Most of these performances did not sell too well and only "Afraid to Dream" is a bit familiar. In addition, LaCentra is heard on one earlier number apiece with the orchestras of Victor Young (featuring trombonist Jack Teagarden) and Johnny Green, the three better songs with Sears, the soundtrack of a short with Al Cooper's combo, four songs from radio appearances, and two numbers that she dubbed for actress Ida Lupino for the 1946 film The Man I Love. Other than the latter, all of the music is from 1934 and 1936-1939. LaCentra had a deep voice and often sounds like a society rather than jazz singer, but she swung in her own way. If she had pursued jazz or a film career, she would probably be known today, but instead she worked on the radio, had small parts in movies, and did not sing very much after 1939. This two-fer is perfectly done and contains Peg LaCentra's complete musical legacy.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
Label:
Baldwin Street Music
UPC:
0776127185325
catalogNumber:
312
Rank:
144496

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Performance Credits

Peg LaCentra   Primary Artist
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Joe Venuti   Violin
Lee Castle   Trumpet
Carl Kress   Guitar
Buddy Morrow   Trombone
Tony Pastor   Tenor Saxophone
Viola   Guitar
George Wettling   Drums
George Arus   Trombone
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Perry Botkin   Guitar
Burness   Piano
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Walter Edelstein   Violin
Larry Gomar   Drums
Jerry Gray   Violin
Jack Lacey   Trombone
Cliff Leeman   Drums
Mike Michaels   Trombone
Fred Petry   Tenor Saxophone
Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Harry Rodgers   Trombone
Paul Ricci   Clarinet,Trumpet
Sam Weiss   Drums
Sterling Bose   Trumpet
Frank Guarente   Trumpet
Sam Rosenblum   Violin
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet
Tony Gottuso   Guitar
Harry Freeman   Alto Saxophone
Chester Hazlett   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jules Rubin   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Schumann   Cello
Malcolm Crain   Trumpet
Ben Ginsberg   Bass
Herb Quigley   Drums
John Beat   Trumpet
Tom Dicarlo   Trumpet
Lou Kosloff   Violin
Samuel Persoff   Viola
Art Masters   Alto Saxophone
Angie Rattiner   Trumpet
Jerry Sears   Piano
Gene Stultz   Guitar
Joe Meresco   Piano
Ben Plotkin   Violin
Matt Hayes   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Artie Shaw   Arranger
Lance Martin   Art Direction,Cover Design
David Hinbest   Executive Producer
Ted Takashi Ono   Producer,Liner Notes

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