Alive and Kickin': Big Band Sounds at M-G-M

Alive and Kickin': Big Band Sounds at M-G-M


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Alive and Kickin': Big Band Sounds at M-G-M

During the 1940s, the big swing bands were often used in Hollywood films for cameo appearances or as props; quite often, the bandleaders appeared in small acting roles. This 1997 Rhino CD has 23 performances originally recorded for films. In a few cases, the music has been greatly expanded with the inclusion of sections not used in the movies. Such orchestras as those led by Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Harry James, Tex Beneke, Artie Shaw, Bob Crosby and Kay Kyser are among those represented, often interacting with showbiz personalities and singers. Although not strictly a jazz set (some of the numbers are closer to pure nostalgia), there are excellent versions of such tunes as "Opus One," "One O'Clock Jump," "Hawaiian Chant," "Star Eyes" and "Trumpet Blues and Cantabile."

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/1997
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227272128
catalogNumber: 72721


  1. Opus One
  2. Irresistible You
  3. One O'Clock Jump
  4. I Cried for You
  5. I Fell in Love with the Leader of the Band
  6. Chattanooga Choo Choo
  7. Hawaiian War Chant
  8. I'm Yours
  9. Love on a Greyhound Bus
  10. I Like to Recognize the Tune
  11. Song of India
  12. Star Eyes
  13. Do I Love You?
  14. The Donkey Serenade
  15. In a Little Spanish Town
  16. I Should Care
  17. Shorter Than Me
  18. Blue Skies
  19. At Sundown
  20. Alive and Kickin'
  21. Mississippi Dreamboat
  22. Lord and Lady Gate
  23. Trumpet Blues and Cantabile

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pied Pipers   Track Performer
Frank Sinatra   Track Performer
Kay Kyser   Track Performer
Helen Forrest   Track Performer
Helen O'Connell   Track Performer
Nancy Walker   Track Performer
Sully Mason   Track Performer
Virginia O'Brien   Track Performer
Bob Allen   Track Performer
Gloria DeHaven   Track Performer
Bob Eberly   Track Performer
Marilyn Maxwell   Track Performer
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Bob Crosby & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Tex Beneke & His Orchestra   Track Performer
June Allyson   Track Performer
Harry James & His Musicmakers   Track Performer
Jack Matthias   fender rhodes
MGM Studio Chorus   Track Performer
Bob Allen   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Calvin Jackson   Orchestration
Sy Oliver   Arranger,Orchestration
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Jerry Gray   Arranger,Orchestration
Hugo Winterhalter   Arranger,Orchestration
Doug Schwartz   Engineer
Axel Stordahl   Arranger
George Feltenstein   Producer
Bradley Flanagan   Producer
Kay Thompson   Arranger
Art Mooney   Arranger,Orchestration
Ted Duncan   Orchestration
George Duning   Orchestration
Leo Arnaud   Arranger,Orchestration
Wally Heglin   Arranger,Orchestration
Jack Matthias   Arranger
Prince Leleiohoku   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer

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