Friday, January 04, 2013

Swinging in the New Year

Want to start the New Year in a swinging fashion? Then why not plan on joining Claire and I sometime this January for any of the numerous "When Swing Was King" presentations we'll be giving in area nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

We would love to have you along for the party. And so would the activities directors of the places we go. But, most important, your presence would really add to the enjoyment of the residents there.

So, come on. Check the schedule (there's a few evening performances too) and make your plans.

And so you won't be taken completely by surprise (there are always some), here's the latest "When Swing Was King" song list. It's a whole new program and in the songs, the photos and the accompanying commentary, there are some real treasures.

1) Glenn Miller Orchestra (Ray Eberle, vocals)
"The Nearness of You" 

2) Bob Crosby Orchestra (Judy Garland, vocals)
"Stompin' at the Savoy" 

3) The Ink Spots
"I'll Get By"

4) Benny Goodman Orchestra
"Let's Dance"

5) Chick Webb Orchestra (Ella Fitzgerald & Charlie Linton, vocals)
"There's Frost on the Moon" 

6) Charlie Barnet Orchestra (Ray Eberle, vocals)
"Night Clow" (The title is right.)

7) Artie Shaw Orchestra (Helen Forrest, vocals)
"All the Things You Are" 

 8) Charlie Spivak Orchestra
"Serenade In Blue" 
9) Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
"Chinatown, My Chinatown" 

10) Gordon MacRae (with Shirley Jones)

11) Les Brown Orchestra (Doris Day, vocals)
"Sentimental Journey" 

12) Harry James Orchestra
"Deep Purple"

13) Desi Arnaz Orchestra
"The Lady in Red"