Fran Warren – Transitioning from the Big Band Era to become a Pop music staple in the 1950’s.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: As Long As I’m Dreaming – Claude Thornhill Orch with Fran Warren 1947
Jumping back into Big Band territory, after an extended hiatus (for no good reason). Tonight it’s the legendary Fran Warren with the equally legendary Claude Thornhill in a 1947 track cut for the Lang-Worth Transcription company, As Long As I’m Dreaming.
Fran Warren made several sides for the Thornhill aggregation before heading into solo territory in 1948. Her most famous song during this period was the 1947 hit, A Sunday Kind Of Love.After leaving the Thornhill band she wound up on several labels, including RCA Victor and MGM and had a string of hits during the early 1950’s.
These sessions cut for Lang-Worth are interesting as they didn’t get that much circulation at the time (being for radio programming and all, and not for commercial release) and often feature music that wasn’t recorded in any other form.
Always something new to discover or look at what you might have missed or overlooked.
Ernest Bloch – considered one of the Avant-Garde American Composers in the early 20th Century.
Click on the link here for Audio player: Bloch- Concerto Grosso – 1931
A few years ago, when I first put this piece up on Newstalgia, a lot of readers expressed happiness over its inclusion, but weren’t too thrilled about the sound of the recording. Truth was, at the time the audio player I was using at my old site wasn’t very good – it was great for speeches and spoken word, but it blew chunks as far as music was concerned.
Several of you have written asking if it were possible to re-post a lot of the old 78’s I had originally put up on the old site and this weekend it’s one of them.
The Concerto Grosso for Strings and Piano by early 20th Century American composer Ernest Bloch, in what was the world premier recording for RCA-Victor in 1931, featuring the Curtis Institute Ensemble conducted by Louis Bailly.
Not a big seller in its day, and never seeing the light of reissue as far as I know, but with the seemingly millions of small labels and on-line fans, you can never be sure, this may very well be (aside from the earlier post on Newstalgia) the only available recording of this piece. And with the new player, hopefully it will get a few new fans.