Friday, March 20, 2015

YOU ARE PERFECTION, YOU’RE MY IDEA
OF ANGELS SINGING THE “AVE MARIA”

Fast forward 24 years from today’s earlier post and we get one of the swing era’s last blasts at the pop charts, where Jimmy Dorsey’s 1956 Fraternity recording of “So Rare” made it to the number 2 spot. Jimmy passed away on June 12 just as “So Rare” was making its biggest impact. As swing era music and its musicians continued to fade into pop music obscurity, the new fangled “Rock ’n’ Roll” was ready to take swing’s place on the airwaves. A couple of years after the success of “So Rare,” Fraternity issued Bobby Bare’s “All American Boy” and by the early sixties they had a hit with Lonnie Mack’s “Memphis.”



Jimmy Dorsey • So Rare • 1957

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Fraternity Records ad from Big Band Library.

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