This CD consists of two "Jubilee" broadcasts from 1944 recorded by the Armed Forces Radio Service to entertain the U.S. military overseas in W.W.II. These Jubilee broadcasts feature the top instrumental and vocal acts in the U.S. in the 1940's, in this case Andy Kirk's prominent big band, the Clouds of Joy, pop singers Bob Crosby and June Richmond, the vocal group Delta Rhythm Boys, and the dixieland band the Bob Cats. The jubilee shows also present crowd-pleasing entertainer Scat Man Crothers and a couple of comedy/novelty acts, as well as an unidentified guitarist who is thought to be jazz-star Les Paul.
ANDY KIRK AND HIS CLOUDS OF JOY Harry Lawson, Art Capehart, Fats Navarro, Howard McGhee, trumpets; Joe Baird, Wayman Richardson, Bob Murray, trombones; Reuben Phillips, Ben Smith, alto sax; John Harrington,CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)clarinet & tenor sax; Jimmy Forrest, J. D. King, tenor sax; Eddie Loving, baritone sax; Johnny Young, piano; Booker Collins, string bass; Ben Thigpen, drums. JUNE RICHMONDCHAR(13) + CHAR(10)June Richmond, vocal, acc. by Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy. THE AFRS TRIOCHAR(13) + CHAR(10)Piano; probably Les Paul, guitar; string bass. COMEDY SKITCHAR(13) + CHAR(10)Bob Crosby, Ernest "Bubbles" Whitman. BOB CROSBYCHAR(13) + CHAR(10)Bob Crosby, vocal, acc. by The AFRS Trio. SCAT MAN CROTHERS AND HIS ORCHESTRA Benjamin Sherman "Scat Man" Crothers, drums & vocal, fronting unidentified small band: trumpet, alto sax, piano, string bass; ensemble vocal. CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)DELTA RHYTHM BOYSCHAR(13) + CHAR(10)Vocal quartet: Carl Jones, Traverse Crawford, tenor; Kelsey Pharr, baritone; Lee Gaines, bass, acc. by piano, guitar, string bass, drums. THE BOB CATSCHAR(13) + CHAR(10)Bob Goodrich, trumpet; Elmer Smithers, trombone; Matty Matlock, clarinet; Eddie Miller, tenor sax; Stan Wrightsman, piano; Nappy Lamare, guitar; Artie Shapiro, string bass; Nick Fatool, drums. Andy Kirk & His Clouds of Joy, June Richmond, Bob Crosby, Delta Rhythm Boys, Scat Man Crothers, The Bob CatsCHAR(13) + CHAR(10)CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)