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The Modernaires

Modernaires

Mixed Vintage Quartet from Buffalo, NY

When one thinks or speaks of "The Modernaires", immediately you relate to their classic 1941-1942 association with "American's Number One Dance Band," Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. Yet, superb as each and every one of their Miller performances were, "The Modernaires", had already existed, performed and recorded for several years prior and would continue to do so for more than half a century after their sensational 19-month stint with that legendary leader.

Talent springs from all over, and in the early 1930's, Buffalo, New York was the wellspring for a trio of young men who liked to sing. Harold Dickinson (lead and second tenor), Bill Conway (baritone) and Chuck Goldstein (first tenor) were three Lafayette High School students from the wintry city of Buffalo. In 1935 as Glenn Miller Rehersal a trio, they called the group the "The Three Weary Willies", performing at high school functions and then on WGR local radio.

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People Like You And Me

People Like You And Me

The Glenn Miller Orchestra with The Modernaires from 1942


Hit Me Again

Hit Me Again

This song told the story of kids having fun when cash is in short supply, making a coke last all night and listening to their favorite hits. Both versions feature parody clips of the current generation's popular artists. The Glenn Miller version lampoons Harry James and The Ink Spots, for example, and the one by Nino & The Ebb Tides parodies The Monotones and The Silhouettes.


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