Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Big Band Years: Sentimental Journey

If you're a fan of swing and the tunes from the amazing Big Band era, Rhode Island PBS airs a show Thursday, June 12 at 8 p.m. you won't want to miss. Simply titled, The Big Band Years, the show takes you on that "Sentimental Journey," while the collection of music on the accompanying 4-CD set will blow you away.

My Music returns to the era of the legendary orchestras, great singers and song standards in The Big Band Years, drawing upon the most beloved melodies that kept the home fires burning and soldiers’ hearts alive during World War II and then kick-started the Baby Boom. This show brings together the original hit makers and legends that define the GI generation’s memories. Peter Marshall (of the legendary Hollywood Squares) hosts this event, which for the first time mixes vintage live, rare, and unreleased footage from the Big Band era.

Here is the track list for that 4-CD set:

Those Sentimental Years – Disc One
In The Mood - Glenn Miller & His Army Air Force Band
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra; Tony Pastor, Vocal
To Each His Own - Eddy Howard & His Orchestra; Eddy Howard & Trio, Vocals
Deep Purple - Helen Forrest
Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
Where Or When - Harry James & His Orchestra; Helen Ward, Vocal
Blue Tango - Ray Anthony & His Orchestra
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Freddy Martin & His Orchestra
It’s Only A Paper Moon - Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra; Johnny Williams, Vocal
Green Eyes - Helen O’Connell
A String Of Pearls - Glenn Miller & His Army Air Force Band
I’ll Be Seeing You - Kate Smith
So Rare - Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra; Arthur Malvin Singers, Vocals
Dream - Freddy Martin & His Orchestra; Artie Wayne, Vocal
When The Saints Go Marching In - Louis Armstrong
Tuxedo Junction - Glenn Miller & His Army Air Force Band
Amapola - Helen O’Connell
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea - Helen Forrest
That Old Black Magic - Margaret Whiting
As Time Goes By - Jo Stafford & The Pied Pipers

Those Sentimental Years – Disc Two
Juke Box Saturday Night - Glenn Miller & His Army Air Force Band; Bobby Nichols & The Crew Chiefs, Vocals
Skylark - Harry James & His Orchestra; Helen Forrest, Vocal
I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire - Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra; Harriet Nelson, Vocal
What Is This Thing Called Love? - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
Who’s Sorry Now? - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra; Liza Morrow, Vocal
It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) - Les Brown & His Orchestra; June Christy, Vocal
At The Woodchopper’s Ball - Woody Herman & His Orchestra
One O’Clock Jump - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Let’s Fall In Love - Bob Crosby & His Orchestra; Polly Bergen, Vocal
Tangerine - Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra; Claire Hogan & Kenny Martin, Vocals
Kaye’s Melody - Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra
Ebb Tide - Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra
Deep In A Dream - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra; Helen Forrest, Vocal
I Wanna Be Loved - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
G.I. Jive - Woody Herman & His Orchestra; Woody Herman, Vocal
Heart And Soul - Blue Barron & His Orchestra; Russ Carlyle, Vocal
Oh, Lady, Be Good! - Count Basie & His Orchestra Featuring Artie Shaw, Clarinet
September Song - Les Brown & His Orchestra; Jo Ann Greer, Vocal
And The Angels Sing - Harry James & His Orchestra
Tiger Rag - Bob Crosby & His Orchestra Featuring The Bobcats

Those Sentimental Years -- Disc Three
Sentimental Journey - Doris Day with Les Brown & His Orchestra
All Or Nothing At All - Frank Sinatra with Harry James & His Orchestra
These Foolish Things - Dick Haymes
All The Things You Are - Ray Eberle
Embraceable You - Helen O’Connell
Blue Moon - Jo Stafford
There’ll Be A Hot Time In The Town Of Berlin Tonight - Ray McKinley with Glenn Miller & His Army Air Force Band
Bewitched - Merv Griffin with Freddy Martin & His Orchestra
I Only Have Eyes For You - Kay Starr
I’ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time - Helen Forrest with Harry James & His Orchestra
All I Do Is Dream Of You - Dinah Shore with Glenn Miller & His Army Air Force Band
I’ve Got The World On A String - Peggy Lee
Stardust - Frank Sinatra with Harry James & His Orchestra
I Can’t Help It - Doris Day with Les Brown & His Orchestra
Moonlight Serenade - Ray Eberle
I Remember You - Helen O’Connell
Music, Music, Music - Kenny Gardner with Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra
It Might As Well Be Spring - Margaret Whiting
To Each His Own - Eddy Howard
You’ll Never Know - Dick Haymes

The Only Big Band CD You’ll Ever Need -- Disc Four
Chattanooga Choo Choo - Glenn Miller
Stompin' At The Savoy - Benny Goodman
Take The "A" Train - Duke Ellington
Four Brothers - Woody Herman
Tempo And Swing - Lionel Hampton = Toledo Blade
Begin The Beguine - Artie Shaw
Song Of India - Tommy Dorsey
In The Mood - Glenn Miller
Margie - Cab Calloway
Bill's Mill - Count Basie = Swingin’ the Blues
King Porter Stomp - Benny Goodman
Ya Gotta Try - Buddy Rich
It Don't Mean A Thing - Duke Ellington
Variety Stomp - Fletcher Henderson
Cherokee - Charlie Barnet
(I've Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo - Glenn Miller
I'm In The Mood For Love - Tommy Dorsey
Frenesi - Artie Shaw
Tuxedo Junction - Erskine Hawkins
Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman