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Pop-oriented and "sweet" band cuts from the Billy May Orchestra, which enjoyed prominence in the early '50s before May sold the band to Ray Anthony in 1954. This anthology includes songs with Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Jeri Southern, plus George Shearing.


Born: 10 November 1916 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

The last of the great arrangers who wrote regularly for Frank Sinatra, Billy May had several varied careers in and out of jazz. His first notable gig was as an arranger/trumpeter with Charlie Barnet (1938-1940), for whom he wrote the wah-wah-ing hit arrangement of Ray Noble's "Cherokee." Later, he worked in the same capacities for Glenn Miller (1940-1942) and Les Brown (1942) before settling into staff jobs, first at NBC studios, then at Capitol Records, where he led his own studio big band from...
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