A brief history of Stan Kenton's musical career from taxi-dance gigs to his successful big band orchestra.

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A protracted depiction of musician Stan Kenton's career to date is presented. A pianist, he started performing in a small three piece combo specializing in dance music, they who played venues such as taxi dance halls. He realized that making a name in the business meant writing special arrangements, which he began to do in 1941, with singer June Christy providing vocals for his band. The band's success led to a country-wide tour of one night stops, playing at a variety of venue types. The next step in the band's climb to success was playing in concert halls, where Jerry Gale added the extra dimension of dancing to the music. Written by Huggo

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6 February 1947 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)
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I Been Down in Texas
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Written by Joe Greene and John Criner
Performed by June Christy and Gene Howard (vocals), with Stan Kenton and His Orchestra
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1 January 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (1948)

*** (out of 4)

Warner produced all sorts of "(Fill in Artist Name) and His Orchestra" shorts in their day but this one here is somewhat different as we not only get music but the history behind the music. This short takes a look at the career of Stan Kenton, who started playing at minor dances before building his music up into one of the biggest bands of his day. This shot does a pretty good job at giving us this brief history but the main thing here is the music. This is the first short I've seen from the series that gave us a history lesson and I must admit that it was a nice touch. We get several nice tunes including "If I Could Be With You", "Somebody Loves Me" and "Kenton Blues", his breakout number. The best song is the rocking "I Been Down to Texas" with vocals by Gene Howard. Fans of the old days of jazz will certainly want to check this film out when it pops up on Turner Classic Movies.


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