Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Larry Clinton

August 17, 1909 – May 2, 1985
Bandleader, arranger and composer of the 1930s and 40s. His fame first come as excellent arranger, then as composer of swing music, and finally as leader of a top band of the 1930s. He was noted for his ability to adapt classics to popular music as ballads or swing numbers. His first stint as a bandleader was from 1937 to 1941, and he recorded a string of hits for Victor Records. Band boasted impeccable musicianship, good jazzmen featured. The band recorded 214 sides for RCA Victor and Bluebird.
The band's biggest asset was singer Bea Wain, considered to be one of the very best vocalists of the era. However, she parted company with Clinton in 1939 to go sol and was replaced by Mary Dugan. She, in turn, was followed by Helen Southern and Peggy Mann. Other vocalists that appeared with the band included Terry Allen, Carol Bruce and Ford Leary. The Larry Clinton Orchestra's introduction theme was Dipsey Doodle and its closing theme was Study In Brown. Ironically, he was unable to record Dipsey Doodle because Tommy Dorsey had already recorded it for RCA Victor. 
Upon the outbreak of World War II he joined the United States Army Air Forces. A rated pilot, he rose to the rank of captain, was stationed with the Air Transport Command in Calcutta and China during Hump airlift, and was a flight instructor with the 1343rd Base Unit.
In the late 1940s he again led band but never regained former popularity. In the 1950s he owned publishing and record business. In the mid-1950s, he re-recorded his most popular numbers in stereo for RCA Victor.  He died in 1985 in Tucson, Arizona, at the age of 75.
Feeling Like A Dream   1940

Dodging The Dean   1938

Isn't It Time To Fall In Love   1941

Ten Mile Hop   1940

Play List 1937 - 1939

Dipsy Doodle Radio Transcription

Deep Purple   1939

Film Clip

Heart and Soul Paramount film clip 1939 Bea Wain

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