Friday, January 18, 2008

78s fRom HeLL: Raymond Scott and his Orchestra on MGM in 1947 & 1948

Bandleader, composer and inventor Raymond Scott had risen to prominence and acclaim by the late 1930's, and remained busy for decades.

Following World War II he left radio and toured the US with a new line-up in his orchestra.

In the course of just the next few years he would compose scores for films and Broadway shows, establish Manhattan Research, his electronics corporation, and patent a couple of 'electro-mechanical music inventions'.

By 1947, when the first of these 78s was released, Scott had a new nationally broadcast radio show, and had embarked on another tour with yet another new orchestra line-up.





Listen to:
Raymond Scott and his Orchestra -
Tired Teddy Bear

(MGM 78, 1947)

(click for audio)









This MGM recording of 'Huckleberry Duck' was a new version of one he'd done with his
'New Orchestra' on Columbia back in 1940.
The melody was among the Scott repertoire that had been adapted for inclusion in various Warner Bros. cartoons.

Listen to:
Raymond Scott and his Orchestra - Huckleberry Duck
(MGM 78, 1947)

(click for audio)








Listen to:
Raymond Scott and his Orchestra -
Jackrabbit

(MGM 78, 1948)

(click for audio)



1948 and '49 would find Scott composing more scores and inventing more 'gadgets', including his first electronic music synthesizer.
He also established his own label,
Master Records, and formed his 3rd incarnation of the Raymond Scott Quintette.

By the end of '49, he became the bandleader on CBS' 'Your Hit Parade' program, a position which would soon take him from radio to television heading into the 1950's.

(Bio information via the Scott 'timeline' at The Official Raymond Scott Website.)

- See also: This and all my previous Raymond Scott posts gathered together on one page.

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