Live At The EdgewaterDuring the 1950’s, Madison, Wisonsin’s Edgewater Hotel played host to America’s most celebrated big bands, and as many as 2,500 dancers, who ‘moved’ to their favorite music! Owing to the foresight of the Edgewater’s Augic Faulkner, these unreleased recordings have been preserved for musical history. Three notable sets showcasing Tex Beneke, Stan Kenton and Ralph Flanagan, have been restored for this collection.

Gordon Lee “Tex” Beneke had served as vocalist and saxophonist with Glen Miller’s band, one of teh most original and popular of the swing era. Following Miller’s tragic death in December, 1944, Beneke was chosen by Miller’s widow to lead a reformulated Glenn Miller Orchestra that retained Glenn’s sound. The group scored several hits over the next five years. However, Beneke felt restricted by merely emulating Miller’s familiar reed-centered sound and he left the band in 1950 to form one of his own, which remained popular for decades. The performance heard here, a July4, 1952, set at the Edgewater, reveals Tex’s band retaining much of the Miller mood and sound.

The best of the “Big Bands” is represented by this legendary, vintage release from our archives. Never before released, these live restored recordings will take you back to the beautiful Edgewater Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin. They capture an era in its waning days, and the crowds that embraced this music:

Woody Herman and His Third Herd`s appearance of July 12,1950
Jimmy Dorsey`s Orchestra on August 4, 1952.
Produced By: Jim Berkenstadt.
Selections include:

01 Intro- In the Mood
02 Pennies from Heaven
03 Moonglow
04 Somebody Loves Me
05 Tenderly
06 Tex Beneke Interview- Anytime
07 Night and Day
08 Charmaine
09 Intro
10 What’s New-
11 When Your Lover Has Gone
12 Spring Is Here
13 Young Blood
14 Theme and Variations
15 The Intermission Riff
16 Artistry in Rhythm
17 Intro- You for Me and Me for You
18 Too Young
19 Dancing in the Dark
20 Come On-A My House
21 Penthouse Serenade (When We’re Alone)
22 Wang Wang Blues
23 While You Danced
24 The Winky Dink

Runtime: a total of 40 minutes 55 seconds
[Format: MP3 Digital Download]

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