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Raymond Scott - Pgm 140
Now a bit of a rarity on the blog. Despite the interest in the career of band leader Raymond Scott in recent years, one aspect of his career hasn’t really circulated among OTR collectors, a fifteen minute weekly show he did during the War years for CBS. In this post an Armed Forces Radio Service version of one of those programs.
Originally heard the afternoon of August 3, 1944 on CBS, the first song on the show is “Amore”. We also hear vocalist Dorothy Collins with “Straighten Up and Fly Right” and “It’s a Crying Shame”, and a new Scott tune “The Moccasin Glide”. The show appears to be uncirculated among OTR collectors.
What really strikes me about hearing Raymond Scott’s orchestra in this period is how much some of the arrangements sound like they would have been done for Glenn Miller. The arrangements and orchestra are quite good, but not necessarily distinctive in the same way that Scott’s quartet recordings or other works might be.
This program was dubbed direct to digital from an original Armed Forces Radio 16” vinyl transcription; the date is from the matrix. A tip of the hat to blog listener William Harris for his donation of the disc to the collection!
Our show was transferred direct from a vinyl 16” Armed Forces Radio transcription. The date of the show is from the matrix. I’ll be posting a few more of these in coming weeks.
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