sexta-feira, 25 de setembro de 2009

Harry James and his Orchestra - One Night Stand

  1. Ultra
  2. Blues from "An American in Paris"
  3. Mam Bongo
  4. Memphis Blues
  5. The Flight of the Bumble Bee
  6. There They Go
  7. Jackpot Blues
  8. You Go To My Head
  9. Don't Stop
  10. Feet Draggin' Blues
  11. Back Beat Boogie
One Night Stand

Harry Haag James (March 15, 1916 – July 5, 1983) was an American musician and bandleader, and a well-known trumpet virtuoso. James was one of the most outstanding instrumentalists of the swing era, employing a bravura playing style that made his trumpet work instantly identifiable. He was also one of the most-popular bandleaders of the first half of the 1940s, and he continued to lead his band until just before his death, 40 years later.

He was born in Albany, Georgia, the son of a bandleader of a traveling circus. By the age of 10 he was taking trumpet lessons from his father, who placed him on a strict daily practice schedule. Each day, James was given one page to learn from the Arban's book and was not allowed to pursue any other pastime until he had learned that particular page.

In 1931 the family settled in Beaumont, Texas, where James began playing with local dance bands.

He joined the nationally popular Ben Pollack in 1935 but at the start of 1937, left Pollack to join Benny Goodman's orchestra, where he stayed through 1938.

In February 1939 James debuted his own big band in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His hit "You Made Me Love You" was in the Top 10 during the week of December 7, 1941. He toured with the band into the 1980s.

His was the first "name band" to employ vocalist Frank Sinatra, in 1939. He wanted to change Sinatra's name to 'Frankie Satin' but Sinatra refused. His later band included drummer Buddy Rich.

He played trumpet in the 1950 film Young Man with a Horn, dubbing Kirk Douglas. James's recording of "I'm Beginning to See the Light" appears in the motion picture My Dog Skip (2000). His music is also featured in the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters. James recorded many popular records and appeared in many Hollywood movies.

He was second only to Glenn Miller as the most successful recording artist of 1942.

James was married three times. In May 1935, he wed singer Louise Tobin, with whom he had two children and they remained married until 1943. That same year he married the actress, Betty Grable, and this second marriage lasted until 1965. He married Las Vegas showgirl, Joan Boyd in 1968; they were divorced in March 1970. Contrary to what some websites have listed, James did not marry a fourth time. He had five children (two by Tobin, two by Grable, one by Boyd) and (as of his death) 16 grandchildren.

James owned several thoroughbred racehorses that won races such as the California Breeders' Champion Stakes (1951) and the San Vicente Stakes (1954). He was also a founding investor in the Atlantic City Race Course. His knowledge of horse racing was demonstrated during a 1959 appearance on The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour entitled "Lucy Wins A Racehorse."

In 1983, James was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, but he continued to work, playing his last professional job on June 26, 1983, in Los Angeles, California, just nine days before his death in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frank Sinatra gave the eulogy at the Bunkers Eden Vale Memorial Park in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2 comentários:

  1. Real nice blog and great music. Thanks for Harry James...and especially for not putting your logo on the album art.

  2. Hi..Any chance of a re-upload of this album. It has expired. Thank you, Dorian.


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