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Duchess & Her Dukes - Funny Man

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The Duchess and her Dukes are one of the most exciting bands on the swing and jive scene today. With svelte songstress Debra Noelle playing the Duchess, this 7- piece band is attractive to the eye as well as the ear! They have built up a repertoire which ranges from the jazz divas of Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Peggy Lee to the earthy blues of Etta James and Little Esther. There's plenty of good-time fun too, with the Andrews Sisters, Pearl Bailey and Louis Jordan contributing material to the mix. The band leavens the recipe with instrumentals from Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Lester Young and other classic swingers. This energetic "retro-swing" provides the fuel for jitterbugs.

1.   Good Rockin' Daddy

2.   Shout Sister Shout

3.   Funny Man

4.   How Weird Is That?

5.   MacPherson Is Rehearsin' To Swing

6.   Till My Baby Comes Back To Me

7.   Nobody's Business

8.   'Cos I Know You

9.   One Monkey

10. Tico Tico

11. Reelin' & Rockin'

12. T'aint Whatcha Say

13. Daddy-O

14. You Really Got Me Goin' Now

15. I Just Wanna Make Love To You

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Gale Robbins Tribute (03:15)
Here is a famous standard by the lovely Gale Robbins. Little known singer/actress Gale Robbins was a knockout-looking blue-eyed redhead who made a slight dent in post-war Hollywood. Born in Mitchell, Indiana (some say Chicago, Illinois) in 1921 (some say 1924), Gale had a natural flair for music and appeared in glee clubs and church choirs in the early days. She started out in entertainment as a model, but her singing talents soon took over. Signed by a talent agency, she teamed with some male singers for a swing band and called themselves "The Duchess and Her Dukes". She went on to work with some of the top radio and live big bands of that era. 20th Century-Fox caught sight of this looker and quickly signed her up, her first film being the pleasant time-filler "In the Meantime, Darling" (1944). A popular cheesecake pin-up, Gale appeared on the cover of "Yank, The Army Weekly" in 1944 and toured with Bob Hope in Europe the next year. Gale's better known film work includes "Race Street" (1948), "The Barkleys of Broadway" (1949), "Three Little Words" (1950), "The Fuller Brush Girl" (1950) and "Calamity Jane" (1953). She hosted the "Hollywood House" TV program in 1949 and appeared on "The Colgate Comedy Hour" in 1951. In the late 1950's the gal with the smooth and sexy vocal style put out an easy-listening album ("I'm a Dreamer") for the Vik Label. After her last film "Quantrill's Raiders" (1958) and some additional TV parts, Gale decided to phase her career out to focus full-time on raising her family. When her husband was tragically killed in a building accident, Gale decided to make a comeback of sorts. Besides appearing in nightclubs, she was glimpsed in the film "Stand Up and Be Counted" (1972) and appeared on stage in Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company" in 1975. She died of lung cancer in 1980. Enjoy Gale Robbins' glamour and charming singing!
  • Gale Robbins Tribute
    Here is a famous standard by the lovely Gale Robbins. Little ...

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Pelican Records
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4-Page/Panel 1/1 Professionally Printed
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Black Ink on White Disc
Standard Jewel Case with Black Tray & No Shrink-Wrap
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Professionally Replicated
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