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TEX BENEKE - S'WONDERFUL (SEPIA 1081)

1. Stardust 3:28
2. Sentimental Music Vocal By Gregg Lawrence 3:12
3. Palladium Patrol 3:09
4. The Yodel Waltz Vocals By Gwen Bari Trio & Tex Beneke 2:31
5. Down In Nashville, Tennessee Vocal By Tex Beneke 2:35
6. 'S Wonderful 3:12
7. My Love An' My Mule Vocals By Tex Beneke & The Crew Chiefs 2:45
8. Tennessee Central Vocals By Tex Beneke & The Crew Chiefs 2:44
9. Blue Moon 3:09
10. Diga Diga Doo 2:52
11. The Day Isn't Long Enough Vocal By Bill Raymond 2:53
12. The Chesapeake And Ohio Vocal By Tex Beneke 2:51
13. Unforgettable Vocal By Ray Eberle 2:59
14. One Of These Days Vocal By Ray Eberle 2:34
15. You Blew Out The Flame Vocal By Tex Beneke 2:57
16. Dancer's Delight 3:04
17. The Santa Claus Parade Vocals By Tex Beneke & The Mood Four 2:09
18. A Root'n Toot'n Santa Claus Vocals By Tex Beneke & Mood Four 2:54
19. Singin' In The Rain Vocals By Tex Beneke & The Crew Chiefs 3:02
20. The Wedding Of The Painted Doll 3:12
21. Chattanooga Choo Choo Vocal By Tex Beneke 2:25
22. Danny's Hideaway Vocal By Tex Beneke 2:36
23. Mister Peepers 2:24
24. Cimarron Vocal By Betsy Gay 2:21
25. Lisbon Antigua 2:46
26. Moritat (Theme From "Threepenny Opera") 2:07
27. Lullaby Of Birdland 2:49

Title: 'S Wonderful
Artist: Tex Beneke & His Orchestra & Some Vocals
Catalogue No: SEPIA 1081
Barcode: 5055122110811
Release Date: 6 November 2006

After Glenn Miller disappeared over the English Channel in 1944 his Army Air Force orchestra continued on with their tour of duty in Europe before returning to America and disbanding. The Miller estate decided that the orchestra should continue and invited tenor sax stylist and vocalist Tex Beneke, who had been a featured attraction and key member of Miller's pre-war civilian band, as leader. The newly formed orchestra was a success with a radio series, bookings across the nation and a lucrative recording contract but as the decade progressed Beneke was keen to move on from the Miller sound and get established under his own name so in 1950 Beneke and the Miller estate parted company.

Our collection here starts off with a rare version of Stardust - The LP issue of this title wrongly included a recording from an earlier date and subsequent CD issues have featured a transcription version of the Hoagy Carmichael standard, which means our Stardust is making its debut on CD. Early in 1951 Beneke signed with MGM and the sides recorded for the label demonstrated what a well disciplined personnel Beneke was fronting at the time. The cheerful vocals by Beneke in Down In Nashville, Tennessee and titles with train associations such as Tennessee Central were part of the band's popular repertoire but it is the instrumentals Palladium Patrol, 'S Wonderful, Blue Moon (never issued in America on a 78 single) and Diga Diga Doo which show the band nearer to Herman or Kenton than Miller.

When "The Glenn Miller Story" was filmed in 1953, Beneke was unjustly forgotten. However he made some commercial recordings of music featured in the film, one title being the old favourite Chattanooga Choo Choo. By the mid 1950s Beneke was touring less with a regular band, using local musicians wherever he appeared and for the final three selections he is joined by some of New York's top session players covering commercial pops of the period. Along with Stardust and the tracks recorded for Coral we have gathered here for the first time on one CD, all the issued MGM titles, thus filling a void in the recorded legacy of Tex Beneke and his Orchestra.

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