Category Archives: Archive

The Ballroom, The Matinee, and the Modernaires

A  feature, “The Milkman’s Modernaires” was published on this site in December, 2012.  Now, with new text, photos and audio added about the group and the “Make Believe Ballroom,”  the time seemed right for a rehearing.

 

Charlie Barnet Orch. with the Modern-Aires

Tommy Dorsey Clambake Seven

Charley Barnet Orch. – Stay Up Stan, The All-Night Record Man

Les Brown, The Modernaires  – Milkman’s Matinee

Glenn Miller, The Modernaires -Make Believe Ballroom Time

 

 

At The Start Of Things VI

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Miller and Block

Miller and Block 1 revised

Miller and Block 2 revised

 

Miller and Block conclusion revised

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Read about and hear Martin Block

Glenn Miller role in Wartime Entertainment

Glenn Miller Orchestra –Moonlight Serenade 

 

 

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Happy Birthday Jooolie! It’s #84

Happy Birthday, Julius LaRosa.

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Bill Diehl, seen above with Julie in a late 90’s conversation, sent word today(1/2/14) by phone that Julie, on his 84th birthday, is recovering from a fractured ankle. “Otherwise,” says Julie, “I’m in OK health.” Says Bill, “I reminded him that my wife, Lorry, met his wife, Rory, back in the 1950’s when Rory was Perry Como’s secretary, and Lorry was president of the Perry Como fan club in New York.(and Julie was Perry’s summer TV replacement.) Julie recalled that when he told Como that he was engaged to Rory and gave her a ring and they’d soon be married, Julie quoted Perry as saying, ‘you (bleep), now you’ve taken my wonderful secretary.’ Julie and Rory have been married 57 years”

Rosemary Meyer Feeding Wedding Cake to Her Husband

Visit Julie’s Page

LaRosa at piano

Mimi Sings Our Song

Bill Diehl (a WNEW alum) writes:
A couple of months ago I interviewed Mimi Hines for a feature I was doing for ABC News Radio. She had recently turned 80 and on July 19 did a special 80th birthday show at “54 Below,” the Broadway nightclub. Mimi, who used to perform with Phil Ford, who’s gone now,(they made their debut in 1958 on the Tonight Show with Jack Paar) had fond memories of WNEW and those wonderful station breaks. So with a little help from her pianist Russ Kassoff, she performed one of the jingles for me.

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from PLAYBILL — Hines made her Broadway debut when she replaced Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl, performing the lead role for 18 months. Since that time she has starred in several national tours, recorded numerous albums, and returned to Broadway as Miss Lynch in the Tommy Tune production of Grease!. Hines was also seen in the York Theatre Company’s production of 70, Girls, 70, part of its “Musicals in Mufti” series, as well as the City Center Encores! production of Follies.
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Civil Rights Jazz

As a jazz DJ/journalist, Chris      Albertson arrived  in New York in 1960  from Philadelphia radio stations WCAU and WHAT-FM.  While employed as WNEW’s Continuity Director, he was also producing  jazz recordings   and working nights as a volunteer at leftist, avante garde WBAI-FM. He left WNEW in 1964 to work at WBAI full time, eventually becoming General Manager.

From his WNEW files, he sent us captioned website photos from a 1963 special event MC’d by William B. Williams at  the North Stamford, Conn. home of Jackie Robinson.  Albertson was there to record the event. 

On his website, Albertson wrote, “I made a stop at one of my favorite blogs, Villes Ville and learned the sad news that Joya Sherrill left us on June 28, 2010. You may recall that Joya sang with Duke Ellington’s Orchestra off and on between 1942 and 1959. I took this photo of her in 1963, at a summer afternoon lawn party thrown by Jackie Robinson and his wife as a benefit to raise bail money for SNCC. (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee).

Many performers were there, including Quincy Jones and Billy Taylor, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, and the Ellington Alumni Orchestra, led by Mercer Ellington. . . I was there with William B. Williams and a WNEW crew. “

 

 “Here are  more photos from that afternoon. Willie B was the MC and you’ll spot our host behind him.”

 

More later from Chris Albertson’s Klavan and Finch file.  His web biography:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Albertson