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Friday, April 26, 2024

A Saluted To The Fabulous Dorseys - Buddy Morrow



A Salute To The Fabulous Dorseys
Featuring Buddy Morrow and His Orchestra
Mercury Records MG 20204

From the back cover: In all of musicdom one predominant trait stands out above all the rest. That is individuality. A band or vocalist develops a style and form there forward, that style is their own. Others may come up to copy it, but they never succeed. The only other time that music done by that particular band can come into prominence is when done in the manner of a salute or a tribute. Mercury takes great pleasure in presenting this Long-Playing album, "A Salute To The Fabulous Dorseys", as done by Buddy Morrow – a man graduated from the ranks of the Dorsey bands, and probably the best authority outside of the Dorseys on what music it was they made famous, and why.

As a youngster, Buddy Morrow dreamed of the day when he would be playing trombone in a leading dance band, and eventually heading up his own unit. Both these dreams came true, including one that came to him at a later date. His other ambition was to play with another trombonist, Tommy Dorsey. Not only did Buddy become one of the Dorsey sidemen, but later he also joined the band of Jimmy Dorsey, and in both, he played an active part in the making of such famous hits as those included on this Long-Playing album. You'll hear such Tommy Dorsey made-famous hits as "Oh Look At Me Now", "There Are Such Thing," "Marcheta," "Once In A While," "This Love Of Mine," "You're A Sweetheart," "I'll Never Smile Again," and "Sunnyside Of The Street". Included you will hear these famous Jimmy Dorsey hits: "Amapola," "The Breeze And I," "Marie Elena," and "Green Eyes." Not only do these hits represent the hit tunes of the Dorsey brothers, but they also represent the top hit tunes of an era when dance bands reigned supreme.

Despite having such a rich musical background stemming from the days prior to World War II, Buddy Morrow still remains America's newest, youngest, and most popular trombonist. His brilliant rise to fame is an inspiration to all aspirants of musical recognition. Buddy started his career at the age of 12 when he received his first trombone as a birthday gift from his parents. His aptitude became apparent almost immediately, and one year later, at the age of 13, he debuted professionally. At 15 he was featured with the Yale Collegians at eh then fabulous salary of $35 per week. His big break came while he was attending classes at the renowned Juilliard School of Music finishing up a scholarship award. It was there that he was heard by Paul Whiteman who immediately asked Buddy to join his band. Following his stay with Whiteman, Buddy also did short stints with such other famous units as Eddie Duchin's orchestra, Artie Shaw, and Vincent Lopez, as well as being highly sought after to play trombone on recording dates and radio programs.

After his discharge from the Navy following World War II, Buddy decided to form his own band and used as his "modus operandi" the following bit of philosophy – "Never try to educate the public from the bandstand, instead play the type of music they want to hear." Evidently Morrow's sage analysis worked, for not only was he chosen the nation's most promising band in a disk jockey poll, but his newly released records were receiving national acclaim. In fact, even before the band was formed, Morrow had a signed contract to play the famous Palladium Ballroom in Hollywood. Such hits as his own as "Night Train," and "Rose, Rose I Love You" soon made him the most sought after dance band in the land. Today, the Buddy Morrow band is no longer a coming thing, or even one of the best bands of the day, for disk jockeys across the country are saying that this will be one of the great bands of all time.

Buddy Morrow has always played clean, listenable, and danceable music, and has always remembered the men he studied under. This album you are about to hear, marks a milestone in not only Buddy Morrow's musical career, but in music itself. Here is a tribute, paid from the depth of his heart, from Buddy Morrow, to two former bosses. Two bosses to whom Buddy feels he owes much of his present day success for the way in which they impressed him with the values and pleasures of music both inwardly and how they affect a nation. Listen now and enjoy the invaluable treasures contained in "A Salute To The Fabulous Dorseys".

Green Eyes
There Are Such Things
This Love Of Mine
Maria Elena
On The Sunnyside Of The Street
I'll Never Smile Again
Oh Look At Me Now
Once In A While
You're A Sweetheart
The Breeze And I

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