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Friday, November 2, 2018

On With The Dance - Meyer Davis

On With The Dance
Meyer Davis
Arranged by Elliott Jacoby
Produced by Sid Feller
Cover Design by Bob Crozier
Cover Photography by Alan Fontaine
ABC Paramount
ABC-197
1958

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover and jacket notes excerpt.

From the back cover: One of the more humorous incidents concerns the time when Meyer Davis was selected as the only American band leader to play for the King and Queen of England during their visit to the United States in 1939. This was, of course, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, parents of the present-reigning Queen. The occasion was the official reception at the Administration Building of the New York World's Fair. Mr. Davis, vacationing in Newport at the time, consented to return for the event, with plans to return to Newport directly afterward. Accordingly, he phoned one of his musician to pick up his formal attire at the Davis apartment and bring it to the affair, since Mr. Davis' plans were to proceed right to the Administration Building from the airport. Unbeknownst to the maestro and the musician, however, American and British authorities had set up an airtight "screening" of all guests, issuing special passes for clearance. The musician picked up Mr. Davis' clothing and, having no pass, was stopped from entering the grounds. Waiting backstage was Mr. Davis, decked out in vacation garb of sport coat and slacks, with the time drawing nearer for his appearance on the bandstand. Finally, in desperation, the maestro hurriedly assembled a complete "costume" from various members of the orchestra – a coat from one, patent leather shoes from another, the trousers form a third (!), and so on. As would be expected, the musician who contributed the trousers did not play in the orchestra that day. But the band played on... – Natt Hale

Medley
Rosalie
It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow
Runnin' Wild
So In Love
Varsity Drag

Medley
It's A Lovely Day Today
No Other Love
Alexander's Ragtime Band
You're Just In Love 

Medley
April In Portugal
Everything I've Got
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
On The Street Where You Live
The Darktown Stutters Ball
Fidgety Feet 

Medley
The Best Things In Life Are Free
September Song
Lovely To Look At
Emperor Waltz
Waltz Of The Flowers
I Yi Yi Yi Yi
Aurora
South Rampart Street Parade

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