Gus Arnheim / Gus Arnheim & His Orchestra

In Hollywood

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Once upon a time, Gus Arnheim (1897-1955) led a hugely popular society dance band based at the club Cocoanut Grove within the swank Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Founded in cahoots with Abe Lyman in 1927, the band soon billed as Gus Arnheim's Cocoanut Grove Orchestra toured every corner of the continental United States as well as Britain and mainland Europe. Released in 2006, Renovation's double-disc In Hollywood stands as one of the few existing monuments to Arnheim's early successes. Arnheim is best remembered for having employed the Three Rhythm Boys, an ex-Paul Whiteman vocal group consisting of Harry Barris, Mildred Bailey's brother Alton Rinker, and rising star Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby. Tapping into the years 1928-1933, In Hollywood features no less than 23 vocalists, the most famous being Crosby, Joan Crawford, and Eddie Cantor. Instrumentalists who also sing include violinist Russ Columbo, saxophonist Fred MacMurray, and banjoist Ed Landry, brother of bandleader Art Landry. The handsomely nostalgic playlist includes three Arnheim originals ("Sweet and Lovely," "I'm Gonna Get You," and "It Must Be True") as well as such timeless yet dated delights as "Let's Fall in Love," "Back in Your Own Backyard," and "Singin' in the Rain."

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Russ Columbo
2:54
2
feat: Russ Columbo
2:57
3 3:18
4
feat: Bing Crosby
3:05
5
feat: Craig Leitch
3:21
6
feat: Bing Crosby
3:06
7 3:04
8 2:42
9 2:43
10 3:14
11 3:01
12
feat: Bobby Burns
2:38
13 2:56
14
feat: Bing Crosby
3:30
15 3:41
16
feat: Bing Crosby
3:13
17
feat: Bing Crosby
2:58
18
feat: Buster Dees
3:27
19
feat: Bing Crosby
3:32
20
feat: Bing Crosby
2:55
21 3:02
22
feat: Bing Crosby
3:41
23
feat: Bing Crosby
2:34
24
feat: Donald Novis
3:09
25 3:26

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Donald Novis
3:26
2
feat: Donald Novis
3:36
3
feat: Eddie Cantor
2:51
4
feat: Donald Novis
3:36
5 2:51
6 2:55
7 3:13
8
2:52
9
2:48
10
feat: Meri Bell
3:19
11
feat: Buddy Clark
3:33
12
feat: Meri Bell
3:35
13
feat: Art Fleming
3:10
14
feat: Meri Bell
3:23
15
2:39
16
3:19
17
feat: Bing Crosby
3:00
18
feat: Meri Bell
3:02
19
feat: Bing Crosby
3:11
20
feat: Shirley Ross
2:54
21
feat: Bing Crosby
3:11
22 2:56
23
feat: Buster Dees
3:06
24
feat: Meri Bell
2:40
25
feat: Buster Dees
3:20
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