It’s Local 518 Thursday on WEXT! October 28th
It’s Local 518 Thursday! Links are included for the artist/band and song featured on the WEXT Radio Local 518 Show so Nippertown readers can find out more about them, and support by listening to & purchasing the songs. A version of the following is posted on the Local 518 Facebook page. Miss the show? Listen to it and previous ones at the WEXT Radio Local 518 Show webpage.
Tonight at 11:00pm on WEXT Radio, feeling a bit jazzy. Which makes the playlist shorter with no loss in quality…
The Attic Classic: Of the two Eberle brothers from Mechanicville that were singers during the big band era, for this Attic Classic I feature a song with Bob Eberly. I’ll highlight a song by Ray Eberle, the younger of the two, on a future Local 518 show.
Bob Eberly – who changed the spelling of his last name when he began singing professionally – was hired by the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra in 1935 after winning an amateur hour contest on Fred Allen’s radio show. Shortly after, Tommy Dorsey left to form his own group; Bob stayed on with Jimmy Dorsey’s. In the early 1940s the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra scored a string of Billboard hits featuring Eberly and Helen O’Connell.
The pair teamed up regularly on records; Eberly would have the opening chorus and then, after an instrumental break, O’Connell would take a hotter chorus.
The Attic Classic, “Tangerine,” has become a jazz standard, and is an example of that pairing. The song was a hit single in 1942 on Decca Records; the version you get to hear is from the original Decca recordings compilation titled ‘Contrasts‘ which came out in 1993.
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