Ralph Flanagan and His Orchestra: Flanagan’s Boogie


Although he’d been active on the music scene – pianist, arranger, composer – for several years Ralph Flanagan left it until 1949 before forming a full orchestra. In 1946 he had issued four 78s as a tribute to Glenn Miller and utilising ex-Miller alumni – Bobby Hackett, Trigger Alpert etc – and the band he eventually formed – and which is heard here – drew on the Miller sound, i.e. the clarinet-over-saxes blend.

Although Al Porcino, Billy Butterfield and Al Klink appear on isolated tracks the personnel – supplemented by vocalist Harry Prime and The Singing Winds – is largely undistinguished but overall this should please nostalgics.

Various players directed by Flanagan (p, arr).
Sounds of Yesteryear 2095