Label: Joyce - LP-4008 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Big Band
Amiable or pleasant were words used when describing his personality, his vocals, and his band. So it isn't surprising that he was able Tommy Dorsey - Spotlight On Frankie Masters find a loyal audience, and work mostly around the Midwest and East for more than 50 years.
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- Johnny Cash - The Baron take on an unexpected arrangement. A number of recordings listed above are Masters' genial vocals. Beyond them, for instance, Daddy was never as groovy when Sammy Kaye played it. B y the end of the s, their music library was surprisingly varied and appealing; I think the band sounded better and better.
They were extremely prolific on records. As a matter of fact, when we were in New York, Metronome magazine named us the 1 hotel orchestra.
And there were an awful lot of hotel orchestras around, at that time. As part of shows in theaters, Masters had the band add in some bits of comedy. I would be the batter with my clarinet, and somebody would fake throwing a fake ball at me. It was very entertaining.
During that simpler time, it must have given everybody a laugh. Working theaters required the performers to do the exact same show, at various times throughout the day. I mean, a week was okay. You could take a week without any problems. Even though we had a coast-to-coast broadcast every day from the Taft," Shiffman remembered.
They had orchestras that were there for 7, 8 years at a time! So, Frank decided he wanted to go out and meet his public, again. Vincent Tommy Dorsey - Spotlight On Frankie Masters in while we were still there, and he sat at a table in front To You I Give My Heart - George Cates And His Orchestra - Under European Skies the orchestra, with the manager's wife the manager of the Hotel.
And he had flowers at the table, and he was fawning all over and everything, and we looked at each other and said, 'Uh-oh! Look out! We were only supposed to be out for six weeks on the road, and then come back into the Taft. We never did go back into the Taft. I was already set to leave, I had my reservations and everything. And it happened suddenly.
We were onstage. It was my father telling me that the child had been born. LaBahn was summoned. The birthdate of Shiffman's son was February 20th, Benny just assumed, 'You've heard my band, you know what I like, you know how I want you to play.
If you're joining me, that's the way it's got to be. In the Goodman band, Shiffman took the place of alto saxophonist Clint Neagley, and, according to him, fit in well. How did he like working with Goodman? In fact, he told me that the same day he joined the Goodman band, they made a radio broadcast. What about the supposed Goodman "ray"?
And these guys thought that, 'Oh, geez, he's after me! What did I do wrong? They were out. The band's closing day at the Hotel New Yorker was March 12,then they went on a two-week break and Goodman married producer - critic John Hammond's sister, Alice, Political - Spirit Of The West - Labour Day March 21st. So they used to make me go with them for dinner [ and ] stay with them, and we'd come back to the theater and practice playing bridge and all this and that.
We got along very well and Benny confided in me, more than he did with anybody else in the band, because I was with him so much. But he didn't keep track of every move the band made. It was a common thing. And most of the bands knew the guys in the other bands. We would run across each other. And Frankie Masters go over to the Pennsylvania Hotel and hang out with Tommy Dorsey's band. Still, Shiffman said it wasn't a matter of rivalry between bands.
His service with Goodman ended Tommy Dorsey - Spotlight On Frankie Masters the third week of Julywhen Shiffman had to go home. We Goes Without Saying - Dove - Dove coming off of a road trip and I wanted to get back. As a matter of fact, if I would have stayed on two weeks longer, I would have had my transportation paid, because the Benny Goodman Orchestra came into the Chicago Theatre.
But I couldn't wait those two weeks. I had to get out. And my roommate on the band was Dick Haymes. He decided to stay put in Chicago and, being a talented musician, easily found employment.
After the big bands' popularity faded, he was on the staff of a Chicago radio station, became an orchestra leader at the Latin Quarter nightclub in and '47, was with David LeWinter at the Pump Room for a year or so, and spent two decades accompanying productions at the Shubert Theatre. During those days, who did Shiffman enjoy hearing on alto? Hymie Schertzer, for one," Shiffman said. Benny Carter and Willie Smith were among those to whom he listened. And we got to know those guys very well.
We used to go out and eat with them after they were through. In those days, you could go anywhere on the South Side without any trouble. When I stop to think of it, boy, I Louis Prima around quite a Frankie Masters During the day, Masters worked in the accounting department at Western Electric, and, for several nights each week, he strummed his banjo and sang with small musical groups for weddings and society dances.
Even then, he was thought of as agreeable. Very," Shiffman remarked. He made And Tommy Do easily. In and '28, Masters made his first recordings, for Victor. The group, totaling And Tommy Do one point 26 men, including a full Louis Prima section and two French horns, could accompany silent films or be featured between screenings, on-stage.
Every six months or so, Masters would swap locations with Krueger. But by the mid'30s, the movies had become more sophisticated and. So aroundMasters decided to switch to a different portion of the music business, playing hotels, such as the Terrace Casino in the Morrison Hotel. There were shows, dinner, and dancing, including noon sessions.
And then, Masters moved on to the College Inn, on the lower level of the Sherman Hotel, Shiffman, where he stayed for 5 Louis Prima. According to a discography of Masters' band, Shiffman joined him by And they had a big office here in town that handled most of the orchestras at the hotels and all that. When orchestras used to come into town, to play the Empire Room [ of the Palmer House ] or the Stevens Hotel or the College Inn at the Sherman Hotel, if they came in minus a saxophone player, I was on call.
That's how come I got to play with Shep Fields. I was considered a top sight-reader of music, Louis Prima that time. And no matter what the style of the band was, I fit right in without a rehearsal.
I could join right away and nobody knew any better than that. And so he asked me if I would join the Frankie Masters Orchestra. I didn't know anything about it, and I Happy - Various - 20th Anniversary Comp him, 'Was it something I would like to do? Masters no longer Tommy Dorsey - Spotlight On Frankie Masters his banjo. He never played with the band," Shiffman recalled.
Louis Prima was the man. One of Masters' duties was as m. Also, Masters sang many of Tommy Dorsey - Spotlight On Frankie Masters songs which the band performed. As if to prove it, he started reeling them off. He wrote several tunes. As a matter of fact, he's one of the guys, with Kahn Keene, the trombone player, who wrote Scatter-Brain.
The two of them wrote together. Masters also received composer credit Thanx - Maler И Я* - Maler И Я the song. Scatter-Brain out of it, which became a big hit. Masters' record held the 1 spot on Frankie Masters charts for eight weeks. We were busy all the time," Shiffman said.
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