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January 19, 2011


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Bruce Armstrong

And let's not forget the classic "He Beeped When He Should have Bopped" from Dizzy's late-40s big band. It was a female vocalist on the original recording but Dizzy himself did the vocal on other versions. There are several current videos on YouTube that show Dizzy performing it with the band.

Steve Provizer

"Bebop Spoken Here," was co-written by the great Milton DeLugg-eventually of Gong Show fame.


Not to forget Frank Rosolino, Herbie Fields, and maybe Doug Mettome, "Lemondrop"

"Hey Pete Let's Eat Mo' Meat" is scraping the bottom of the barrel, Marc.

Jery Rowan

Marc, the photo of the ‘bop city’ marquee reminded me of one of my favorites sightings. It was in Baltimore back in the late ‘50s and the sign read: ONE NIGHT ONLY. STAN KENTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA FEATURING THE LOVELY KAI WINDING.

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