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    W. Herman : A different twist to a famous twinkling theme...


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    Woodrow C. Herman (1913-1987) was a jazz clarinetist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called "The Herd," he was one of the most popular of the 1930s and '40s bandleaders. His bands basically played jazz and blues, often verging into rather experimental fare for the eras in which the bands were playing. As a child he worked as a singer in vaudeville, then became a professional saxophone player at age 15. He joined the Tom Gerun band and his first recorded vocals were "Lonesome Me" and "My Heart's At Ease". Herman also performed with the Harry Sosnick orchestra and Gus Arnheim and Isham Jones. Jones wanted to live off the residuals of his songs. Herman saw the chance to lead Isham Jones' former band, which later was renamed after his own name. Despite trumphant success, he was forced to disband the orchestra in 1946. This was his only financially successful band; he left it to spend more time with his wife and family. After the war, however he would organize new successful bands and remain active till the 1980's, actually almost till his death. This superb recording, on which the bandleader also performs the vocal, was made in 1937.