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Album Review

Collectables' Very Best Of Lucky Millinder is slightly inferior compared to the chronological volumes on the Classics label as it lacks any recognizable hits. Still, this is an enjoyable collection highlighting 24 tracks recorded for the King label in the '50s, including "Silent George," "Who Said Shorty Wasn't Coming Back," "Mr. Trumpet Man," "Ow!," and "I'm Waiting Just for You." Unfortunately, Millinder's only other R&B charted hit of the era, "I'll Never Be Free" has been omitted here.


Born: August 9, 1900 in Anniston, AL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

Lucky Millinder was essentially a frontman, an occasional singer who conducted several impressive big bands. Millinder grew up in Chicago, worked as a dancer, and became a bandleader in 1931, using his original name of Lucius Venable, which he soon changed. He freelanced until 1934 when he took over leadership of the Mills Blue Rhythm Band, staying into 1938. In 1940, he formed his own orchestra, which worked at the Savoy Ballroom. Most notable among his sidemen was his star attraction, singer/guitarist...
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