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    This thread is intended as a companion to accompany "Historic Popular Vocalists - 1910 - 1949", however the focal point each day will centre on a featured individual vocalist and will showcase the recordings which charted within a particular year by that performer running sequentially by year each day beginning in 1933 and ending in 1963 with the focus exclusively within that 30 year period.

    Photographs and biographical information will accompany links to the original recordings.

    As the thread progresses through the years from 1933 to 1963 it will gradually transition to one in which multiple artists with single chart listings within a particular year are then featured.

    Commentary on any and all aspects are welcomed, however -

    I respectfully request that you refrain from posting videos within this particular thread.

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    Bing Crosby - 1933


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    Bing Crosby - "The Shadow Waltz" -

    Highest chart position for the year 1933 - # 1


    Music by Harry Warren with lyrics by Al Dubin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcOa64gJApg


    Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians with Bing Crosby -

    "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me" -


    Highest chart position for the year 1933 - # 1


    Music by Harry Warren with lyrics by Al Dubin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Demzgvmtz8


    Bing Crosby - "Just An Echo In The Valley" -

    Highest chart position for the year 1933 - # 2


    Music by Harry M. Woods with lyrics by Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP1ouv2SAiQ


    Harold Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer, comedian and actor.

    The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954.
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    Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra - 1934


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    Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra - "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"

    Vocal refrain by Bob Lawrence


    Highest chart position for the year 1934 - # 1

    Music by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Otto Harbach

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb_8NBfdlNc


    Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra - "Wagon Wheels"

    Vocal refrain by Bob Lawrence


    Highest cChart position for the year 1934 - # 1

    Written by Billy Hill and Peter DeRose

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpWtGB8MTMQ


    Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra - "If I Love Again"

    Vocal refrain by Bob Lawrence


    Highest chart position for the year 1934 - # 16

    Music by Ben Oakland with lyrics by Jack Murray

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WTt-NgbSok



    Paul Samuel Whiteman (March 28, 1890 – December 29, 1967) was an American bandleader, composer, orchestral director, and violist.

    As the leader of one of the most popular dance bands in the United States during the 1920s and early 1930s, Paul Whiteman produced recordings that were immensely successful, and press notices often referred to him as the "King of Jazz".
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    Fred Astaire - 1935


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    Fred Astaire - "Cheek To Cheek"

    Highest chart position for the year 1935 - # 1

    Written by Irving Berlin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvLNN6NQnrI


    Fred Astaire - "Top Hat, White Tie And Tails"

    Highest chart position for the year 1935 - # 2

    Written by Irving Berlin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqSJN6fEPhQ


    Fred Astaire - "Isn’t This A Lovely Day?"

    Highest chart position for the year 1935 - # 3

    Written by Irving Berlin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk55L6H4GRA


    Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, and television presenter. He is widely considered the most influential dancer in the history of film.

    His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years. He starred in more than 10 Broadway and West End musicals, made 31 musical films, four television specials, and issued numerous recordings. As a dancer, his most outstanding traits were his uncanny sense of rhythm, his perfectionism, and his innovation. His most memorable dancing partnership was with Ginger Rogers, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals.

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    Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra - 1936


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    Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra - "Alone"

    Vocal refrain by Cliff Weston


    Highest chart position for the year 1936 - # 1

    Music by Nacio Herb Brown with lyrics by Arthur Freed

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLWXhj1CMho


    Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra - "No Regrets"

    Vocal refrain by Jack Leonard


    Highest chart position for the year 1936 - # 4

    Written by Harry Tobias and Roy Ingraham

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4BD_i0tq0U


    Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra - "You"

    Vocal refrain by Edythe Wright


    Highest chart position for the year 1936 - # 1

    Written by Harold Adamson and Walter Donaldson

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBKSlPgTHoM


    Thomas Francis Dorsey Jr. (November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956) was an American jazz trombonist, composer, conductor and bandleader of the big band era. He was known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing" because of his smooth-toned trombone playing. His theme song was I'm Getting Sentimental Over You.


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    Cliff Weston was a vocalist and trumpeter. While with Tommy Dorsey, Weston recorded two big vocal hits: the seasonal classic, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” with Edyth Wright (1935) and “Alone” (1936) which topped the charts that year.


    Jack Leonard - (February 10, 1913 - June 17, 1988) - One of the top male vocalists of the late 1930's, Jack Leonard was rivaled only by Bing Crosby in popularity. He was singing in Bert Block’s orchestra in 1935 when Tommy Dorsey hired him away. Dorsey also took trumpeter Joe Bauer and arranger Axel Stordahl, then known as Odd Stordahl. Together the men formed a vocal group call the Three Esquires. It was as a soloist, though, that Leonard would achieve stardom, singing on such classics as “Marie,” “All the Things You Are,” “Our Love,” and “Indian Summer.”

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    Edythe Wright (August 16, 1916[1] – October 27, 1965) was an American singer who performed from 1935 to 1939 with the band led by Tommy Dorsey.


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    Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra - 1937


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    Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra - "That Old Feeling"

    Vocal refrain by Bob Goday


    Highest chart position for the year 1937 - # 1

    Music by Sammy Fain with lyrics by Lew Brown

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03MVaVjQ9vw


    Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra - "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down"

    Vocal refrain by Bob Goday


    Highest chart position for the year 1937 - # 1

    Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXz9kYfgmjA


    Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra - "Thanks for the Memory"

    Vocal refrain by Bob Goday


    Highest chart position for the year 1937 - # 1

    Written by Ralph Rainger with lyrics by Leo Robin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTuCyB_exy8


    Shep Fields (born Saul Feldman, September 12, 1910 – February 23, 1981) was an American bandleader who led the "Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm" orchestra during the Big Band era of the 1930s. He was the originator of the unique jazz band sound known as "Rippling Rhythm". During the course of a musical career which spanned over three decades he recorded over three hundred records and remained popular with audiences from the 1930s into the 1950s.

    Though Shep Fields will always best be remembered for his “Rippling Rhythm,” he also lead one of the most critically-​acclaimed sweet orchestras of his day.

    The orchestra signed to RCA’s Bluebird label and produced a string of successful hits throughout the late 1930s and early 1940s. Vocalists were Clare Nunn, Phyliss Kenny, Hal Derwin, Charles Chester, Jerry Stewart, and Bob Goday.

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    Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra - 1934


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    (Pictured: Bob Lawrence)


    Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra - "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"

    Vocal refrain by Bob Lawrence


    Highest chart position for the year 1934 - # 1

    Music by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Otto Harbach

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb_8NBfdlNc


    Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra - "Wagon Wheels"

    Vocal refrain by Bob Lawrence


    Highest cChart position for the year 1934 - # 1

    Written by Billy Hill and Peter DeRose

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpWtGB8MTMQ


    Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra - "If I Love Again"

    Vocal refrain by Bob Lawrence


    Highest chart position for the year 1934 - # 16

    Music by Ben Oakland with lyrics by Jack Murray

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WTt-NgbSok



    Paul Samuel Whiteman (March 28, 1890 – December 29, 1967) was an American bandleader, composer, orchestral director, and violist.

    As the leader of one of the most popular dance bands in the United States during the 1920s and early 1930s, Paul Whiteman produced recordings that were immensely successful, and press notices often referred to him as the "King of Jazz".
    Thanks for this -- great stuff! Whiteman and his orchestra were closely connected to George Gershwin and Ferde Grofe, performing premieres of some of their best-known compositions. The Harmonie Ensemble/New York conducted by Steven Richman is a current exponent of the original Whiteman Orchestra versions of Gershwin and Grofe compositions. I highly recommend their 2006 CD "Symphonic Jazz" (Bridge 9212).

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    Artie Shaw and His Orchestra - 1938


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    Artie Shaw and His Orchestra - "They Say"

    Vocal refrain by Helen Forrest


    Highest chart position for the year 1938 - # 1

    Written by Edward Heyman, Paul Mann, and Stephan Weiss

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7afh7qy2xCQ



    Artie Shaw and His Orchestra - "Deep In A Dream"

    Vocal refrain by Helen Forrest


    Highest chart position for the year 1938 - # 3

    Written by Eddie DeLange & Jimmy Van Heusen

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVu_wCRM1TQ


    Artie Shaw and His Orchestra - "I Have Eyes"

    Vocal refrain by Helen Forrest


    Highest chart position for the year 1938 - # 10

    Written by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyL1vvopTkM

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    Artie Shaw and His Orchestra - "Begin the Beguine"

    Highest chart position for the year 1938 - # 1

    Written by Cole Porter

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK2mhzXf9AA


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    Artie Shaw (born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky; May 23, 1910 – December 30, 2004) was an American clarinetist, composer, bandleader and actor.

    Widely regarded as "one of jazz's finest clarinetists", Shaw led one of the United States' most popular big bands in the late 1930s through the early 1940s. Though he had numerous hit records, he was perhaps best known for his 1938 recording of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine". Before the release of "Beguine", Shaw and his fledgling band had languished in relative obscurity for over two years and, after its release, he became a major pop artist within short order. The record eventually became one of the era's defining recordings. Musically restless, Shaw was also an early proponent of what became known much later as Third Stream music, which blended elements of classical and jazz forms and traditions.


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    Helen Forrest (born Helen Fogel, April 12, 1917 – July 11, 1999) was an American singer of traditional pop and swing music. She served as the "girl singer" for three of the most popular big bands of the Swing Era (Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and Harry James), thereby earning a reputation as "the voice of the name bands."

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    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - 1939


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    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - "Blue Orchids"

    Vocal refrain by Ray Eberle


    Highest chart position for the year 1939 - # 1

    Written by Hoagy Carmichael

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEXU9xydFXY


    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - "Moon Love"

    Vocal refrain by Ray Eberle


    Highest chart position for the year 1939 - # 1

    Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with lyrics by Andre Kostelanetz, Mack David, and Mack Davis

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07Lj7nWOQMY


    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - "Over The Rainbow"

    Vocal refrain by Ray Eberle


    Highest chart position for the year 1939 - # 1

    Music by Harold Arlen with lyrics by E.Y. Harburg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mrm82xfT44


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    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - "In The Mood"

    Highest chart position for the year 1939 - # 1

    Written by Joe Garland

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXWBxHv3oaY


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    Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – disappeared December 15, 1944) was an American big-band trombonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1942, leading one of the best-known big bands.


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    Raymond Eberle (January 19, 1919 – August 25, 1979) was a vocalist during the Big Band Era, making his name with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. His elder brother, Bob Eberly, sang with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.

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    Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra - 1940



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    Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra - "I'll Never Smile Again"

    Vocal refrain by Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers


    Highest chart position for the year 1940 - # 1

    Written by Ruth Lowe

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pusdvcy-DLw


    Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra - "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)" -

    Vocal refrain by Frank Sinatra


    Highest chart position for the year 1940 - # 3

    Written by by Nelson Cogane, Sammy Mysels and Dick Robertson

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY94ajSH66w


    Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra - "Our Love Affair"

    Vocal refrain by Frank Sinatra


    Highest chart position for the year 1940 - # 5

    Music by Roger Edens with lyrics by Arthur Freed

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qP1C0w_J-c


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    Thomas Francis Dorsey Jr. (November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956) was an American jazz trombonist, composer, conductor and bandleader of the big band era. He was known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing" because of his smooth-toned trombone playing.


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    Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century.

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    This thread is on hiatus with a return date to be determined...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    This thread is on hiatus with a return date to be determined...

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    I sure loved the types of songs Bing Crosby would tackle in the early days - especially his white guy scatting.

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    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - 1941


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    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - "Chattanooga Choo-Choo"

    Vocal refrain by Tex Beneke and the Modernaires


    Highest chart position for the year 1941 - # 1

    Music by Harry Warren with lyrics by Mack Gordon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=towd-TeGMVY


    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - "Elmer's Tune"

    Vocal refrain by Ray Eberle and the Modernaires


    Highest chart position for the year 1941 - # 1

    Written by Elmer Albrecht, Dick Jurgens and Sammy Gallop

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmAoLjFEAi8


    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - "You And I"

    Vocal refrain by Ray Eberle


    Highest chart position for the year 1941 - # 1

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkYKyGMcJUQ


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    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - "Song of the Volga Boatmen"

    Highest chart position for the year 1941 - # 1

    Based on a traditional Russian folk tune

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFC5_zuTpO8


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    Gordon Lee "Tex" Beneke (February 12, 1914 – May 30, 2000 was an American saxophonist, singer, and bandleader. His career is a history of associations with bandleader Glenn Miller and former musicians and singers who worked with Miller.


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    Raymond Eberle (January 19, 1919 – August 25, 1979) was a vocalist during the Big Band Era, making his name with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. His elder brother, Bob Eberly, sang with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.


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    The Modernaires were an American vocal group, best known for performing in the 1940s alongside Glenn Miller.
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    Those Big Band vocal groups were top notch.

    I've directed and music directed a few shows with songs that utilize the unique style of harmonic arrangements. Stunning to hear them performed well live.
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    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - 1942


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    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - "(I've Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo"

    Vocal refrain by Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton, and The Modernaires


    Highest chart position for the year 1942 - # 1

    Written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW49uTN102M


    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)"

    Vocal refrain by Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke, and the Modernaires


    Highest chart position for the year 1942 - # 1

    Music by Sam H. Stept with lyrics by Lew Brown and Charles Tobias

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSPHfbHy2Bw


    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - "Moonlight Cocktail"

    Vocal refrain by Ray Eberle and the Modernaires


    Highest chart position for the year 1942 - # 1

    Music by Luckey Roberts with lyrics by Kim Gannon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4x3eSBmovc


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    Bonus Instrumental Selection -

    Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - "A String of Pearls" - Instrumental Version

    Highest chart position for the year 1942 - # 1

    Music by Jerry Gray

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Prj-PKDPGZw


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    Marion Hutton (born Marion Thornburg; March 10, 1919 – January 10, 1987) was an American singer and actress. She is best remembered for her singing with the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1938–1942. She was the sister of actress and singer Betty Hutton.

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    Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra -1943

    Frank Sinatra with Harry James and His Orchestra - 1943

    Frank Sinatra - 1943



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    Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra - "In The Blue of Evening"

    Vocal refrain by Frank Sinatra


    Highest chart position for the year 1943 - # 1

    Written by Al D'Artega and Tom Adair

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m27MhMAihLA


    Frank Sinatra with Harry James and His Orchestra - "All Or Nothing At All"

    Highest chart position for the year 1943 - # 2

    Music by Arthur Altman with lyrics by Jack Lawrence

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QpMycB7oNA


    Frank Sinatra - "You'll Never Know"

    Highest chart position for the year 1943 - # 2

    Music by Harry Warren with lyrics by Mack Gordon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXJK6c1vwa4


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    Frank Sinatra left as vocalist with Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra and signed with Columbia Records as a solo artist on June 1, 1943 during the 1942–44 musicians' strike.

    Frank Sinatra recorded his version of "You'll Never Know" at his first recording session at Columbia as a solo artist. (He had recorded at Columbia in 1939 as a member of Harry James’s band.) It was arranged and conducted by Alec Wilder with the Bobby Tucker Singers providing accompaniment. Sinatra’s version charted for 16 weeks starting July 24 and spent two weeks at number 2.

    As the strike extended into 1943, record companies bypassed the striking musicians by recording their popular vocalists singing with vocal groups filling the backup role normally filled by orchestras. Columbia, which had signed Sinatra on June 1, 1943, was keen to issue records featuring their new star; the company therefore hired Axel Stordahl as arranger and conductor for several sessions with a vocal group called the Bobby Tucker Singers. These first sessions were on June 7, June 22, August 5, and November 10, 1943. Of the nine songs recorded during these sessions, seven charted on the best–selling list.

    Several months passed before any effects of the strike were noticed. At first, the record companies hoped to call the union's bluff by releasing new recordings from their unissued stockpiles, but the strike lasted much longer than anticipated and eventually the supply of unissued recordings was exhausted. The companies also reissued long deleted recordings from their back catalogs, including some from as far back as the dawn of the electrical recording era in 1925.

    One reissue that was especially successful was Columbia’s release of Harry James’ "All or Nothing at All", recorded in August 1939 and released when James' new vocalist, Frank Sinatra, was still largely unknown. The original release carried the usual credit, "Vocal Chorus by Frank Sinatra" in small type. It sold around five thousand copies. When Columbia reissued the record in 1943 with the now famous Sinatra given top billing, and "with Harry James and his Orchestra" in small type below, the record was on the best–selling list for 18 weeks and reached number 2 on June 2, 1943

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