Alvino Rey - Swingin Fling

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Alvino Rey - Swingin Fling

Alvino Rey - Swingin Fling
Mp3-192 | genre: Swing / Big Band | | 48 Mb

Swing Era bandleader, pedal steel guitarist

He was born Alvin McBurney in Oakland, Calif., on July 1, 1908, and grew up in Cleveland. As a teenager he experimented with amplifying acoustic instruments, beginning with a banjo he received as a birthday present. His professional career as a banjoist began in 1927, and the following year he began playing electric guitar in Phil Spitalny's Orchestra. He studied guitar with vaudeville performer Roy Smeck, and took on the name Alvino Rey to capitalize on the late-20s craze for Latin music (never mind the incongruency of a steel guitar in swing or Latin bands at the time). Later jobs came with the bands of Russ Morgan and Freddy Martin.

From 1934 to 1940 Ray worked with Horace Heidt and His Musical Knights. There he met his future wife, Luise King, who sang in the band with three of her six sisters. In 1939 Rey began leading his own orchestra, quitting Heidt's band a year later and taking along the King Sisters. For three years Rey's group was the house band for Mutual Broadcasting. In 1942 Rey scored a national hit with a cover of the western tune "Deep in the Heart of Texas", an unlikely smash by an unlikely performer. "I Said No" and "Strip Polka" also hit the Top Ten.

Among the players who came through the Alvino Rey Orchestra's ranks were Johnny Mandel, Skeets Herfurt, Neil Hefti, Dave Tough, Mel Lewis, Don Lamond, and 3/4 of Woody Herman's future "Four Brothers" sax section: Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, and Herbie Steward. Highlighting the Rey organization were a steady stream of excellent arrangers including Mandel, Herfurt, Nelson Riddle, George Handy, Billy May, Ray Conniff, and Frank DeVol.

In 1943 the musicians' union instituted its infamous recording ban, causing the breakup of Rey's group and many others. Rey served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to '46, when he assembled a new orchestra. The new band immediately scored another big hit with a cover of hipster Slim Gaillard's "Cement Mixer (Putti-Putti)". After 1950 Rey continued to lead smaller groups. In 1965 he reunited with the King Sisters as part of their "King Family Show" television program, which ran on ABC until 1969. One of Rey's groups made regular appearances at Disneyland and elsewhere into the 1980s.

Track List

I Love Paris
How High the Moon
A Swingin' Fling
Night Train
I Didn't Know About You
Isn't it Romantic?
Speak Low
Rock Gently
Little White Lies
Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise

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Alvino Rey - Swingin Fling