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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sing A Song Of Goodman - The Randy Van Horne Singers

Sing A Song Of Goodman
The Randy Van Horne Singers
MGM Records E3720

This set is available from online vendors, so I will not be posting a sample. Above is the original cover art which does not illustrate the vendor's material.

An excellent group harmony set. Horne's inventive, jazzy arrangements helps create cross-over appeal to those who enjoy jazz, swing as well as vocal harmony.

From the back cover: Randy van Horne, leader of the great swing choir heard in this recording, was born in El Paso, Texas in 1924. In 1949, he organized the first of his singing groups, a quintet dubbed "The Encores," which racked up a handsome record of success in niteries and on TV. You might remember that the group also recorded with Billy May. Randy began experimenting with the idea of swing choir like that heard in this recording when he organized a chorus made up of volunteers who would be willing to go through the rigors of long rehearsals, and the trail-and-error of the first few of Randy's unusual, swingin' arrangements. Things began to jell nicely and Randy was able to shape the group into a professional body, now much in demand.

Let's Dance
Slipped Blue
Stompin' At The Savoy
And The Angels Sing
Air Mail Special
King Porter Stomp
Soft Winds
Down South Camp Meetin'
A Smooth One
Mission To Moscow
Sing, Sing, Sing

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