The Modernaires Complete Modernaires With Paula Kelly On Columbia (1949-1950), Volume 4

Complete Modernaires With Paula Kelly On Columbia
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  • Compiled & Produced By: Dan Rivard
  • Digital Audio Restoration: Ken Robertson
  • Liner Notes: Al Fichera
  • Photos courtesy of Tom Sheils
  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Collectables Records

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As the Modernaires entered into the final years of their Columbia Records' contract, they were encouraged to collaborate with other artists on the label by A&R head Mitch Miller. Previously, the group had worked with the likes of Doris Day, Buddy Clark and Bob Crosby. Highlights of this release include five tracks with Frank Sinatra, and "Dig-Dig-Dig For Your Dinner" (on which they're backed by Les Brown & His Band Of Renown).


  • 1.The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend
  • 2.Senora
  • 3.My Friend Irma
  • 4.On Accounta Because I Love You
  • 5.Wishing Star
  • 6.Love Happy
  • 7.The Old Master Painter (With Frank Sinatra)
  • 8.Why Remind Me (With Frank Sinatra)
  • 9.Sorry (With Frank Sinatra)
  • 10.The Glooby Game (Parts 1-4)
  • 11.(There's Something About A) Home Town Band
  • 12.The Yodel Blues
  • 13.The Big Movie Show
  • 14.Kisses and Tears (With Jane Russell & Frank Sinatra)
  • 15.When The Sun Goes Down (With Frank Sinatra)
  • 16.Down The Lane
  • 17.Rubber Knuckle Sam (Leader Of The Washboard Band)
  • 18.Java Jive
  • 19.Schenectady (S-Key-Neck-T-A-D-Y)
  • 20.Dig-Dig-Dig For Your Dinner

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Liner Note Author: Al Fichera.
As the Modernaires' star faded in the late '40s, their label, Columbia Records, used them increasingly to accompany other artists. Performances with Dinah Shore, Doris Day, and others have turned up on previous volumes of Collectables' four-disc chronicle of the group's Columbia recordings. On this final volume, a quarter of the 20 tracks find them backing Frank Sinatra. Sinatra was also declining in popularity, but his 1949 pairings with the Modernaires resulted in the Top 20 hit "The Old Master Painter" and the Top 40 entry "Sorry," included here. In February 1950, he returned to the studio with the Modernaires, bringing along Jane Russell for a version of "Kisses and Tears," a song from their upcoming film, Double Dynamite. The single's chances couldn't have been helped by the delay in the movie's release; it didn't appear until the end of 1951. Sinatra and the Modernaires blended well together, no surprise since the singer had much experience doing the same thing with the Pied Pipers back in his days with Tommy Dorsey. On their own, the Modernaires handled a lot of light fare in the waning days of their Columbia contract, including the humorous theme from the movie My Friend Irma, a tribute to "Schenectady (S-Key-Neck-T-A-D-Y)" that recalled their hit with Glenn Miller, "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo," and the four-part "The Glooby Game," a children's recording originally issued as a double 78. It wasn't the best material they'd ever been offered, but they did their best to put it across. ~ William Ruhlmann
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