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The Board of Directors & Annual Report

The Mills Brothers & Count Basie

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Album Review

Although they were contemporaries dating back to the 1930s, the Mills Brothers and Count Basie's band did not perform together on record until the late 1960s, when they cut these two albums in less than a year. Both are characteristic efforts combining songs associated with each group of artist with recent hits by others. Of course, the remakes of songs like "(Up A) Lazy River" and "The Glow-Worm" work better than "Gentle on My Mind" (mistakenly credited to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II instead of John Hartford!) and, yes, "I Dig Rock and Roll Music." As usual, it's the supposedly timely material that sounds dated, while the old favorites remain timeless. Nevertheless, this is an excellent match-up that should have been tried earlier and more often.

Biography

Formed: 1924 in Piqua, OH

Genre: Jazz

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

An astonishing vocal group that grew into one of the longest-lasting oldies acts in American popular music, the Mills Brothers quickly moved from novelty wonders to pop successes and continued amazing audiences for decades. Originally billed as "Four Boys and a Guitar," the group's early records came complete with a note assuring listeners that the only musical instrument they were hearing was a guitar. The caution was understandable, since the Mills Brothers were so proficient at re-creating trumpets,...
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