Glenn Miller's Band Of The AAF - The Arrangers: Norman Leyden - CD
When Captain Glenn Miller unveiled his new service orchestra in 1943, it was immediately evident that this was going to be much more than a copy of his
civilian band in uniform. Gone was the standard dance band format - in its place a mighty concert orchestra of majestic proportions with a repertoire to
match. This CD focuses on the major contribution made by composer, arranger, musician M/Sgt, Norman Leyden. He was the last of the three principal arrangers to join the Miller organisation, having previously been the conductor of an all-service band for the big Broadway stage show 'Winged Victory'.
The charts he created were to include many that have become Miller favourites, including 'Going My Way', 'I'll Be Seeing You' and 'Long Ago and Far Away'.
The latter was nominated by the much-missed British broadcaster Alan Dell as the arrangement that best epitomised the sound and style of the Glenn Miller
Army Air Force Band. Seldom were big band singers better furnished. The gorgeously scored accompaniments that flowed from Norman Leyden's creative pen were not simply 'backings' but mini master classes on how to showcase an orchestra, its vocalists and their collective strengths.
Tracklisting: Glenn Miller’s Army Air Forces Band: 1. I Sustain The Wings (Opening Theme) / 2. Now I Know - vocal: Johnny Desmond / 3. I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night - vocal: Johnny Desmond / 4. Long Ago And Far Away - vocal: Johnny Desmond / 5. Time Alone Will Tell - vocal: Bob Carroll / 6. Going My Way - vocal: Johnny Desmond. Glenn Miller's American Band Of The AEF (AAF Band's name in Europe): 7. All I Do Is Dream Of You - vocal: Dinah Shore / 8. Sweet Lorraine - vocal: Artie Malvin / 9. Where Or When - vocal: Artie Malvin / 10. I'm Thru With Love - vocal: Johnny Desmond / 11. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year - Strings With Wings / 12. I'll Be Seeing You - vocal: Johnny Desmond / 13. You, Fascinating You - vocal: Johnny Desmond / 14. I Dream Of You - vocal: Johnny Desmond / 15. Some Other Time - vocal: Johnny Desmond / 16. Embraceable You - vocal: Johnny Desmond. Tex Beneke and The Glenn Miller Orchestra (Civilian version of the AAF Band): 17. Night And Day - vocal: Garry Stevens / 18. Memories Of You - Strings With Wings / 19. Over The Rainbow - Strings With Wings / 20. I'll Remember April - vocal: Glenn Douglas.
Johnny Desmond with Norman Leyden’s Orchestra (including ex-AAF Band musicians): 21. My Heart Stood Still / 22. I'll Walk Alone / 23. Time On My Hands