Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fred Waring, et al: Little Orley stories

A couple of standouts from the wave of kid's records that accompanied the Baby Boom.

Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians had a radio program.  The bass player, Hugh Brannum (pictured), turned out to be a gifted storyteller, whose tales of a little boy named Orley-- accompanied by orchestra and sound effects-- became a popular feature on the program (and are still available today).

Our first piece this afternoon, Little Orley and the Bubblegum (3:08) is worth some study, for the way it combines story, orchestra and sound effects into a pretty compelling vignette-- it'd be an amazing bit to do live.

The second is a seasonal offering for Halloween, Little Orley and the Haunted House (3:19).