domingo, 28 de junho de 2009

Ray Anthony - I Remember Glenn Miller

01. Tuxedo Junction
02. Moonlight Serenade
03. Chattanooga Choo Choo (Vocal by Tommy Mercer & The Skyliners)
04. At Last
05. Little Brown Jug
06. Serenade In Blue
07. Sunrise Serenade
08. In The Mood
09. I Know Why (Vocal by Tommy Mercer & The Skyliners)
10. Volga Boatman
11. Elmer's Tune (Vocal by Marcie Miller & The Skyliners)
12. Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider
13. Stardust
14. Harlem Nocturne
15. Tenderly
16. Man With A Horn

I Remember Glenn Miller

Ray Anthony (born Raymond Antonini on January 20, 1922 in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania) is an American bandleader, trumpeter, songwriter and actor.

As a child Anthony moved with his family to Cleveland, Ohio, where he began studying the trumpet with his father. He played in Glenn Miller's band from 1940-1941 and appeared in the Glenn Miller movie Sun Valley Serenade in 1941 before joining the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war he formed his own group. The Ray Anthony Orchestra became very popular in the early 1950s, with recordings that included Anthony's classic dance songs "The Bunny Hop" and the "Hokey Pokey," as well as the theme music from Dragnet. He had a no.2 chart hit with a remake of the Glenn Miller classic "At Last" in 1952.

From 1953-1954 Anthony was the musical director on the television series TV's Top Tunes, and he also appeared as himself in the 1955 film Daddy Long Legs. In 1955 Anthony married sex symbol actress Mamie Van Doren and began expanding his own acting career. He starred in a short-lived television 1956-1957 variety show, The Ray Anthony Show. Anthony also appeared in several films during the late 1950s, including The Five Pennies (where he portrayed Jimmy Dorsey), and Van Doren's movies High School Confidential as "Bix" and Girls Town. In the 1959-1960 television season, he guest starred in the episode "Operation Ramrod" of David Hedison's espionage series Five Fingers on NBC.

Anthony and Van Doren divorced in 1961, and Anthony's brief film career ended at about the same time. However, he continued his musical career and had another hit record with the theme from Peter Gunn, which reached #8 on Billboard's Pop chart. Among his pianists was Allen "Puddler" Harris, a native of Franklin Parish, Louisiana, who had been a member of the original Ricky Nelson band and the very talented Kellie Green, who also played the vibraphone.

Anthony was considered one of the most modern of the big band leaders. In the lyrics to "Opus One", which imagine a number of players performing the song, he is cited along with Les Brown and his Band of Renown:

If Mr. Les Brown can make it renowned
And Ray Anthony could rock it for me

Anthony and his band were also featured in the movie The Girl Can't Help It and treated as one more of the many rockers in the line-up, but also shown in performances with Mansfield that are essential to the plot.

Ray Anthony's compositions include "Thurderbird", "Bunny Hop", "Trumpet Boogie", "Big Band Boogie", and "Mr. Anthony's Boogie".

Anthony has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

As of 2006 Anthony is still active as a bandleader and musician.

Anthony has a close friendship with Hugh Hefner, which has resulted in him appearing in numerous episodes of The Girls Next Door.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)

"I'll never forget, in late 1940, getting the word that Glenn Miller would audition me. He always tried out likely prospects on the job, and so I rushed downtown to New York's Hotel Pennsylvania where the Miller band was playing the Cafe Rouge. In My excitement, I even hurtled the bandstand to get to the trumpet chair-causing a considerable loss of dignity all around.

"But there was good reason for my enthusiasm. For one thing, I was a spirited kid, only eighteen years old. And for another, Glenn Miller's band was the most popular in the world. My years with him turned out to be the best education anyone could have in playing popular music.

"That's why I have such a warm feeling for this record. The arrangements in it are brand new, but the songs are the ones I've always liked most - because they're magical reminders of some really wonderful times.

"At that audition, for example, the first number they threw at me was 'Tuxedo Junction', which I'd heard but never played before. Of course, I'll always remember that tune's infectious dancing mood, which the Billy May arrangement in this album captures so well.

The affection that everyone had for Glenn Miller and his music was quite remarkable. Now that the young dancers of decades later are rediscovering the Miller story, I'm glad that I can show my personal admiration and respect for him with this album. He was a really fine teacher and leader, and that's how I remember him."

(Ray Anthony from the original liner notes)

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