V-Disc Armed Forces Program
 

It's The Talk of the Town ~ V-Disc version 1944Perry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

~ featured by Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Music by Jerry Livingston and lyrics by Marty Symes with Al J. Neiburg, 1933 
Joy Music
 
V-Disc Recording
 
At the beginning of World War II, the War department, through the Army Services Forces Special Services Division, distributed thousands of shellac phonograph records (V DISCS) to Army Forces throughout the world. Shortly after the Army's program started, the U.S. Navy became involved in the program, appointing E.P. DiGiannantonio to run the Navy, Marine and Coast Guard programs.
 
V-Disc Record Number A-189-A
Serial No. VP 479 D4TC 42-1
 
Recorded circa mid January, 1944
CBS Radio Broadcast, New York City
Perry Como - vocal refrain with clarinet solo
with Paul Baron Orchestra ( not confirmed )
Recording Time 3:30
 
Trumpets: Charles "Billy" Butterfield, David "Roy" Eldridge, Gordon "Chris"
Griffin, Yank Lawson (John Lausen), Jimmy Maxwell and Charlie Shavers.
 
Trombones: Will Bradley (Wilbur Schwichtenberg) and Ward Stillaway;
later James "Trummy" Young.
 
Saxes: Ernesto "Ernie" Cacares, Nick Caiazza, Henry "Hank" D'Amico and Paul Rizzi.
 
Piano: Teddy Wilson; occasionally Phil Moore and Mary Lou Williams
 
Guitar: Remo Palmieri; later Tommy Kay.
 
Bass: Al Hall; occasionally Billy Taylor.
 
Drums: Gordon "Specs" Powell.
 
Vibraphone: Red Norvo (Kenneth Norville)
 
Harp: Elaine Vito
 
Arrangements: Clyde Hart, Paul Link, Phil Moore, Walter Morrant, Eddie Sauter,
Johnny Thompson, Alec Wilder and Julian Work.
 
In December 1944, Perry Como began a long association with the Liggett and Meyers Tobacco Company and its "Chesterfield Supper Club" series on NBC Radio ( Monday to Friday, 7:00-7:15 P.M. ). During the V-Disc years, accompanying orchestras included those of Ted Steele, Lloyd Shaffer, Carl Kress and Mitchell Ayres. Ted Steele's Orchestra accompanied Perry on the Chesterfield broadcasts from December 11, 1944, through to July 27, 1945.

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