Artie Shaw and his big band do four numbers, a lyric "Alone Together," "Jeepers Creepers" with vocals by Tony Pastor, "Deep Purple" sung by Helen Forrest, and a swinging "Lady Be Good." Shaw leads the band and gets in a few licks on his clarinet. The cinematography and editing include arty angled shots of the band and, for "Lady Be Good," double exposure of the band superimposed on a dance floor of young people. Written by
TCM's salute to the life and art of Johnny Mercer was the basis for it showing this particular short subject which featured Artie Shaw and his swing band of the time doing four numbers, two of which were current hits.
Jeepers Creepers came out that year with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Also new out that year was Deep Purple by Mitchell Parish and Peter DeRose. This was not a song curiously enough identified with Shaw, the big hit for Deep Purple came from rival orchestra leader Larry Clinton. Clinton's record with vocal by Bea Wain is the standard although Shaw at the time had one of the best big band singers ever in Helen Forrest and she does a beautiful job.
Artie and the orchestra also do instrumentals of Lady Be Good and Alone Together featuring him of course on the clarinet. Lovers of the big band era can't go wrong with this short subject.
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