The Modernaires

The Complete Modernaires on Columbia, Vol. 4 (1949-1950)

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As the Modernaires' star faded in the late '40s, their label, Columbia Records, used them increasingly to accompany other artists. Performances with Dinah Shore, Doris Day, and others have turned up on previous volumes of Collectables' four-disc chronicle of the group's Columbia recordings. On this final volume, a quarter of the 20 tracks find them backing Frank Sinatra. Sinatra was also declining in popularity, but his 1949 pairings with the Modernaires resulted in the Top 20 hit "The Old Master Painter" and the Top 40 entry "Sorry," included here. In February 1950, he returned to the studio with the Modernaires, bringing along Jane Russell for a version of "Kisses and Tears," a song from their upcoming film, Double Dynamite. The single's chances couldn't have been helped by the delay in the movie's release; it didn't appear until the end of 1951. Sinatra and the Modernaires blended well together, no surprise since the singer had much experience doing the same thing with the Pied Pipers back in his days with Tommy Dorsey. On their own, the Modernaires handled a lot of light fare in the waning days of their Columbia contract, including the humorous theme from the movie My Friend Irma, a tribute to "Schenectady (S-Key-Neck-T-A-D-Y)" that recalled their hit with Glenn Miller, "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo," and the four-part "The Glooby Game," a children's recording originally issued as a double 78. It wasn't the best material they'd ever been offered, but they did their best to put it across.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:53
2 2:54
3 2:55
4 2:36
5
3:15
6 2:53
7 2:25
8 3:12
9 3:03
10 13:26
11 2:35
12 2:46
13 3:00
14 2:49
15 3:04
16
2:31
17 2:36
18 2:35
19 2:39
20 3:14
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