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Let’s Have a Dance Party!

OK—The ARChive of Contemporary Music Sizzlin’ Summer Sale is over. It was the biggest and best ARC sale of all time. Several thousand fabulous LPs and CDs were purchased and are now being enjoyed by our equally fabulous customers and supporters.

What are you going to do with all those records that you bought? Why not have a dance party!! That’s what bandleader Buddy Morrow suggested you do on his late fifties LP Let’s Have a Dance Party! that is now in the ARC window.

We couldn’t agree more.

Buddy Morrow was essentially a swing-era big band trombonist. He played in the orchestras led by each Dorsey brother, Tommy and Jimmy and also the one led by Artie Shaw. During the fifties he worked as a studio musician and made a series of records for RCA Victor and Mercury under his own name. After he had a hit with his trombonized version of Jimmy Forrest’s “Night Train,” he would occasionally cover R&B songs (“One Mint Julep,” “I Don’t Know,” “Rib Joint”) that were not as good and greasy as the originals, but some of them (mostly the instrumentals) have their moments and work as twist numbers.

During the sixties, Morrow played in the “Tonight Show” band and in 1977, he took over leadership of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra—a franchise that continued operation after it’s namesake died in 1956. Morrow did that until he died in 2010.

So what do you say? You shopped at the ARC sale; you have plenty of records; now throw a dance party! Don’t forget to invite the ARChive staff!!!

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