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Monday, September 22, 2014

They're Playing Our Song - Billy Butterfield And His Orchestra

My Ideal
They're Playing Our Song
Billy Butterfield And His Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1441

From the back cover: On My Ideal Dottie does a hauntingly beautiful vocal and the reeds all play clarinet behind her, a nice innovation.

In '46 Billy was striking out on his own with a good sized band of fifteen pieces, playing around the Middle West. In '48 he abandoned this and came to New York to spend a few years at Nick's with the stalwart there. In '51 he started up a big band around New York playing many dates. But '51 was more eventful for him that that, for he and Dottie Smith were married that year. They now live just a short hop from us (Mary Morse, Rutgers University) over on North Shore, Long Island, that short hop of two rivers, and 250 assorted bridges, tunnels and clover leaf traffic traps.

Cover photo: Wendy Hilty

Trumpet and leader: Billy Butterfield
Trumpets: Bernie Glow, Tony Faso, Jimmy Nottingham
Trombone: Lou McGarity, Cutty Cutshall
Saxes: Boomie Richman, Danny Bank, Toots Mondello, Nick Caiazza
Clarinet: Hank D' Amico
Bass: Jack Lesberg
Piano: Mickey Carrano
Vocal: Dottie Smith (Butterfield)

Goodbye Blues
Time On My Hands
All The Things You Are
It's All Right With Me
The Folks Who Live On The Hill
Again And Again And Again
Singin' The Blues
I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
Stormy Weather
Harlem Nocturne
The Song Is You

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