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Aug 1943 & Dec 15 1944 Broadcasts
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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One Of The Classic Sounds Of The War Years
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Freddie Slack was known as a "boogie-woogie pianist" almost right from his first association with Johnny Tobin in 1927, through his years with Ben Pollack from 1931 to 1936, Jimmy Dorzey from 1936 to 1939, and Will Bradley in 1940, where he can be heard on the now-classic Beat Me Daddy [Eight To The Bar] with drummer/vocalist Ray McKinley.
In 1942 he formed his own band and, with female vocalist Ella Mae Morse, had two hits that year for Capitol with Cow-Cow Boogie [# 9 and featured in the Abbott & Costello film Ride 'Em Cowboy], and Mr. Five By Five [# 10 from the Ritz Brothers movie Behind The Eight Ball].
The following year vocalist Margaret Whiting joined him in time to put That Old Black Magic into the # 10 slot in March, followed a couple of months later by the instrumental Riffette - both songs emanating from the Crosby-Hope film Star-Spangled Rhythm. Later that summer Ella Mae Morse did the vocals on Get On Board, Little Chillun [# 19], which Trini Lopez would reprise some 23 years later as I'm Comin' Home, Cindy.
Early in 1944 Margaret Whiting warbled Silver Wings In The Moonlight [# 19], and again this was followed by an instrumental hit that November when Cuban Sugar Mill made it to # 11. In July 1945 yet another female vocalist, Liza Morrow, took A Kiss Goodnight to # 12, and his final hit came in 1946 when Morse returned to lend her voice, along with Don Raye, to the boogie-woogie classic The House Of Blue Lights [# 8 and what would turn out to be the best among his nine charted hits.
Never quite as renowned as contemporaries like the Dorseys and Miller, Freddie Slack nevertheless had a very distinctive sound, and what we need now is for someone like Bear of Germany or Rhino to put together a proper compilation of his hits, along with their B-sides.
In the meantime, these selections from his 1943/44 radio broadcasts, beautifully transferred to CD, are an excellent source for those seeking to experience the sound of the big-band offerings of that period, or for any of his original fans simply wanting to hear once more his happy arrangements in a "live" setting."