« PhotoStory 6: Dizzy Gillespie | Main | "Jimmy Forrest, Basie and Me" »

August 25, 2009


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Boyd Raeburn: Summer 1945:


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Ed Leimbacher

As a possible supplement to Mr. McKusick's memories, I have an IAJRC record which identifies the band broadcasting from Palace Hotel in mid-July 1945 as including Roberta James, vocalist for two months who also filled in at the piano between Biss's departure and Handy's return (no mention of Barbara Cox), plus Carl Berg trumpet, Rodney Roberts trombone, and Stuart Anderson tenor sax--with all others as identified by Hal (a couple of names spelled slightly different). I have no idea if these names solve the "unclears," however.

Bert Hellsten

Barbara Cox was Dave Allyn's wife, who stood in as vocalist for a short period after Johnny Bothwell, Hal's predecessor, had run off to New York with the previous one. Ginnie Powell from Harry James Band, and who became Raeburn's wife then took over and remained in all future re-incarnations of the band.

The comments to this entry are closed.


  • Marc Myers writes on music and the arts for The Wall Street Journal. He is author of "Why Jazz Happened" (Univ. of California Press). Founded in 2007, JazzWax is a Jazz Journalists Association's "Blog of the Year" winner.
Marc Myers Mug (resized)

Contact me

Jazz Book!

  • Click cover to order

Search JazzWax

  • JazzWax

Subscribe Free

Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields
Correct invalid entries

JazzWax Interviewed

WSJ Articles

JazzWax Interviews

Audio Note

  • Audio clips that appear below JazzWax posts support editorial content that links readers directly to Amazon and other third-party music retailers.

Marc Myers on Video

JATP Programs