Category Archives: Harry James

ETERNAL REPOST: IT HAPPENED 70 YEARS AGO: D-DAY ∽ JUNE 6, 1944

The President of the United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama, who has visited Germany five years ago, was in Normandy the next morning, for celebrating the day which helped to end World War II in Europe, then 65 years … Continue reading

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HAPPY 90th ANNIVERSARY, DORIS DAY !!!

You can be sure, dear swingin’ Lady: We all love you, and you will be remembered forever as one of the greatest chanteuses of the 20th Century. You may not be aware of it, but your vocal artistry inspired us … Continue reading

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Happily Swingin’ 51st Birthday to … ME ;)

Hi there, swingin’ folks – Feel invited to listen to “my” song once more. Cheers! Yours truly, Brew – A big P.S. comes from Ol’ Blue Eyes, Mr. Francis Albert a.k.a. Frank Sinatra:   “September Song” (Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson) … Continue reading

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Repost: Another Springstrumental ∽ HARRY JAMES & “SPRING CAN REALLY HANG YOU UP THE MOST” ∽ ‘Live’ in Las Vegas, Spring, 1964

Isn’t this a lovely interpretation of the fabulous bitter sweet Spring ballad? Here it is, as played by Harry James, live in Las Vegas: Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most. Harry used almost no vibrato, no schmaltz at … Continue reading

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PALMS OF PARADISE, or: HARRY JAMES’ VERY SPECIAL EXOTICISMS ;)

Today is Palm Sunday, at least for Christians. This offers me the opportunity to play one of Harry James’ forgotten ballads with a slightly syrupy vocal by Fran Heines: Palms Of Paradise, recorded for Varsity on February 12, 1940 (Varsity … Continue reading

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FEBRUARY’s SEASONAL SOUND REVISITED: HARRY JAMES & HIS MUSIC MAKERS with ‘CEPT FEBRUARY WHICH HAS 28 – 1949

This little weekend-post shall serve as an invitation to visit my monthly “Seasonal Sound” widget on the right column of this swingin’ blog (below the search box). Here we go again with February and Harry James & His Music Makers … Continue reading

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SOMETHING HEARTWARMING FOR THE COLD FEBRUARY: HARRY JAMES & HIS MUSIC MAKERS – “MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME” & MORE – ‘ROUND 1946

This is track #5 on side 2 of one of my favorite Harry James LP’s: HARRY JAMES & HIS ORCHESTRA – THE UNCOLLECTED – VOL. 1 – 1943-46 The album contains not only greatly swingin’ instrumentals like the posted “My … Continue reading

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