George T. Simon's The Big Bands

1967 RCA Victor


Boxed set of three albums (record 1: Columbia, record 2: Decca, record 3: RCA Victor) released as a companion to George T. Simon's "The Big Bands" book (1967 MacMillan Company), a history of the Big Band era with a foreword by Frank Sinatra.

FS Track:

Record 3, Side 1:
2. I'll Never Smile Again - with The Pied Pipers and Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra


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Notes By Sinatra

[From the companion book's foreword:]

Whether you were an instrumentalist or a vocalist, working in a band was an important part of growing up, musically and as a human being. It was a career builder, a seat of learning, a sort of cross-country college that taught you about collaboration, brotherhood and sharing rough times. When it comes to professional experience, there's nothing to beat those one-nighter tours, when you rotate between five places around the clock–the bus, your hotel room, the greasy-spoon restaurant, the dressing room (if any) and the bandstand. Then back on the bus to the next night's gig, maybe four hundred miles away or more.

"I've said this many times, but it can never be said too often: a singer can learn, should learn, by listening to musicians. My greatest teacher was not a vocal coach, not the work of other singers, but the way Tommy Dorsey breathed and phrased on the trombone.

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