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Offering for sale on DVD-R a very rare
and terrific program hosted by MERV GRIFFIN .
It aired in 1990 and is a tribute to the leading musical
personages of the 1930’s and 40’s. It is a two hour
feast of Big-Bands and their vocalists! There is a mix
of vintage film and some ‘live’ programs.
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‘ECHOES OF THE BIG BANDS’
** DVD's TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 123 minutes **

Track 1
It opens with Count Basie and his orchestra featuring
vocacalists JOE WILLIAMS with ‘Every Day I Have the Blue’
then HELEN HUGHES’ ‘He’s Yours, He’s Mine’.
*Historic clips from GLENN MILLER and His Orchestra
follow and then JOHNNY DESMOND, once a vocalist with Miller’s
Army Air Force Band, sings a medley of the
well known Miller repertoire.
ARTIE SHAW is next with a classic rendition
of his famed ‘Concerto for Clarinet’.
The legendary CAB CALLOWAY comes along and
treats us to ‘Get Happy’ and ‘Blues In the Night’
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Track 2
*DUKE ELLINGTON Orch. and vocalist HERB JEFFRIES
offer ‘Jump For Joy’ and ‘Flamingo’.
*GENE KRUPA with ANITA O’DAY and the trumpet of
ROY ELDRIDGE go upbeat with ‘Uptown Rhythm’.
*LARRY CLINTON and Orch play his biggest hit
‘Dipsy Doodle’ then BEA WAIN (now 96 years young) interprets the
Debussy derived melody ‘My Reverie’ and ‘Deep Purple’.
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The next segment finds us in the company of the
brothers DORSEY. Jimmy’s lead singers BOB EBERLE
and HELEN O’CONNEL deliver ‘Green Eyes’
and ‘All Of Me’. TOMMY and the Pied Pipers liven up
the proceedings with ‘Chicago’ and ‘Sunny Side Of the Street’.
Song stylist CONNIE HAYNES then asks ‘What Is This
Thing Called Love?’ and follows with ‘You Made Me
Love You’. JACK LEONARD who was later replaced by
Frank Sinatra repeats his biggie, ‘Marie’.
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Merv chats us up along the way with anecdotal tales
that provide the show’s easy flow, recalls a few of his own hits
and so we don’t forget mentions ‘I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch Of
Cocoanuts’ and ’ There’s A Bluebird On Your Windowsill’.!
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The King of Swing BENNY GOODMAN and his quartet is here to
thrill with ‘Indiana’. We find Red Norvo on vibes. HARRY JAMES is represented by the superb
HELEN FORREST who vocalizes ‘I’ve Heard That Song Before’.
‘I Had the Craziest Dream’ and ‘I’m Beginning To See the Light’.
Crooner DICK HAYMES, in a 1978 performance, sings ’That’s
For Me’, ‘ It Might As Well Be Spring’ (both from ‘State Fair’.
They then duet the standard ‘It Had To Be You’.
Adding a slightly wilder touch, WOODY HERMAN and his herd
blast into ‘Baby I’ve Got News For You’.
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Track 3
The festivities continue with segments from an earlier special
titled ‘G.I.Jive’ (1980) with host VAN JOHNSON and which mostly features the vocalists of the WW2 era and on to Broadway.
We are first joined by the prolific HILDEGARDE seated
at the piano, and who helps us recall her special
songs: ‘The Last Time I Saw Paris’, ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’,
‘Lili Marlene’ and ‘Darling Je vous aime beaucoup’.
Truly a class act…
Hearthrob ANDY RUSSELL , not to be outdone, gets his
moments with ‘With A Song In My Heart’, ‘Besame Mucho’,
‘What A Difference A Day Makes’ , ‘I Can’t Begin to
Tell You’ and ‘Amor’.
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As GI’s returned home, jazz clubs offering the ‘new’ music, got
their attention. ROY ELDRIGE and his hot combo with star vocalist
MAXINE SULLIVAN certainly drew attention. Great songs like
‘Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams’ , ‘I’ve Got the World On A String’,
‘Harlem Butterfly’,’ Loch Lomond’ delight.
Track 4
About this time, the bright
lights of Broadway drew the crowds and the ‘biggie’ was
OKLAHOMA. JOHN RAITT provides us with a sampler as he
enthusiastically delivers the title song, then ‘If I Loved you’.
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There is only one song left to close this tribute and which
best represents the entire WW2 era. That is KATE SMITH’S
memorable performance of ‘God Bless America’ from
the film ‘This Is The Army’.
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Sound and picture quality rate 7.5- 8 of 10.
If this material in the least interests you, you would
certainly be in your glory with this outstanding DVD!
There are some vintage B&W clips but
most of this program is live and in color .
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