Boyd Raeburn: Summer 1945 - JazzWax

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August 25, 2009


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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.

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