Personnel: Glenn Miller (spoken vocals, trombone); The Andrews Sisters, Ray Eberle, Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke (vocals); Vincent J. Abato, Ernesto Caceres (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, clarinet); Harold W. McIntyre, Wilbur Schwartz (alto saxophone, clarinet); Albert A. Klink (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet); Clyde Hurley, Legh Knowles, Reginald McMickle, John McClanian Best, Jr. (trumpet); Paul Tanner, Alex Mastandrea, Frank J. D'Annolfo, Thomas Mack, Howard Gibeling, James Priddy (trombone); John C. MacGregor (piano); Richard Fisher (guitar); Rowland Bundock (bass); Maurice Purtill (drums).
Recorded between 1939 & 1940. Includes liner notes by Edward F. Polic.
Personnel: Glenn Miller (trombone); Gordon L. Beneke (vocals, clarinet, tenor saxophone); LaVerne Andrews, Raymond G. Eberle, Marion Hutton, Maxene Andrews, Patty Andrews (vocals); Richard Fisher (guitar); Ernie Caceres (clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Hal McIntyre, Wilbur Schwartz (clarinet, alto saxophone); Al Klink (bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Clyde L. Hurley Jr., R.D. McMickle, John McClanian Best Jr. (trumpet); Alex Mastandrea, Frank D'Annolfo, Howard Gibeling, Paul Tanner (trombone); John C. MacGregor (piano).
Audio Remasterer: Jay Newland.
Liner Note Authors: Edward F. Polic; John Snyder.
Recording information: New York, NY (12/1939-03/1940).
Photographer: Edward F. Polic.
Arrangers: Jerry Gray; Bill Finegan.
Although Glenn Miller & His Orchestra get first billing on this two-CD set, 25 of the 35 selections are features for the Andrews Sisters. The music is taken from the earliest Glenn Miller Chesterfield Broadcasts, shows that had the always-cheerful Andrews Sisters as the regular guests. After March 1940, it was decided that Miller (whose band had become the most popular in the country) was too much of a big name to have to share his show with anyone. But before that happened, Miller's band often accompanied the Andrews Sisters, who are heard in prime form on such numbers as "Begin the Beguine," "Bei Mir Bust Du Schon," "Beer Barrel Polka," "Say 'Si Si,'" and "South of the Border." Of the ten Miller songs, four have vocals by Ray Eberle, Tex Beneke, and/or Marion Hutton, with the only instrumentals being "In the Mood," "Tuxedo Junction," "One O'Clock Jump," "Little Brown Jug," "Runnin' Wild," and "Farewell Blues." Clyde Hurley has some hot trumpet solos along the way, but this set is primarily recommended to fans of the Andrews Sisters. ~ Scott Yanow