The Modernaires

Genres: Drama Movies Vocals
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Decades: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s


Originally called the Three Weary Willies, this vocal trio was formed in 1935 at Lafayette High School in Buffalo, New York, USA. Comprising Hal Dickinson (lead and second tenor), Bill Conway (baritone) and Chuck Goldstein (first tenor), they became residents on local radio station WGR. They became Don Juan And Two And Three when they moved to New York, where they began to feature on CBS radio. At this point Ralph Brewster joined as first tenor and Goldstein moved to baritone while Conway took over as bass. After a brief time with Ray Noble in 1939 they switched allegiance to Glenn Miller’s new outfit (Miller had been trombonist with Noble during the trio’s residency with Noble). They became the Modernaires, and their debut release, ‘Perfidia’, was as backing to Miller’s singer Paula Kelly. A number 11 hit, it presaged a further 10 chart records in 1941, the most popular of which included ‘The Booglie Wooglie Piggy’ (with Tex...

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