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Music Monday: Harry James and His Orchestra

Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.


Every Monday share one or two songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

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This week I'm spotlighting a couple of my favorite Harry James and His Orchestra songs.  I know I've mentioned this bandleader and topnotch trumpet player on my blog before, but that was from 1939 when Frank Sinatra sang with him before moving on to work with Tommy Dorsey.  I just happened to stumble upon a 78 rpm record at a local Goodwill store that features "Flatbush Flanagan" an instrumental number on one side and "I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)" on the other which features vocals by Dick Haymes (who replaced Frank Sinatra and who also later worked with Tommy Dorsey as well).  Harry James originally released both of these songs in 1941, but they also gained more popularity later in the '40s as well after being rereleased.  Harry James is one of my favorites and I have several of his albums on vinyl (these two are the only ones that are on a 78) that I've picked up at antique shops or thrift stores.  I always find myself going back and listening to these two songs the most, though.


  1. I really like both of these songs. Thanks for mentioning them. :-)

  2. Do you have an old-timely record player? Or do you collect the records and then listen to the songs on YouTube/Spotify/iTunes? I am "into" the big band music, too.

    1. Yay! I'm glad you like the genre too, Anne! I have two record players actually but both are pretty new. One is made to look like an old radio/ record player - I can play 33s, 45s, and 78s on it plus cds, cassettes, and the radio - and the other can play and convert 33s and 45s to mp3 format so you can upload it to your iTunes library or whatever. You can find all kinds of records at thrift stores and antique shops! :). But yeah, I like finding things on iTunes and YouTube too.

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