Ten New Bands Court Dancers
by Rocky Clark, Swing Edition
Earlier this summer, we devoted a column to the sorry state of the “name band” business and received a number of interesting observations from readers-which, somehow or other, led to the Dixie-vs.-Bop controversy that has enlivened our “Swing Edition” in recent weeks. Inasmuch as we’re starting our vacation next week, we’ll have to wind up the subject for the time being in today’s column.
First of all, the current issue of “Billboard” discloses that, despite the tough sledding the band business has undergone in the past couple of years, no less than ten new bands are in the process of formation this summer. Some are being formed by ex-bandleaders, including Sonny Dunham, Sy Oliver, Buddy Morrow, Lee Castle, Buddy Rich and King Guion.
Others include Maynard Ferguson and Shorty Rogers, trumpet stars of the Stan Kenton aggregation; Dan Terry, trumpeter who worked with a teen-agers band a few seasons ago and Mr. and Mrs. Neal Hefti (former trumpeter-arranger and vocalist, respectively, with Woody Herman). The Heftis are to be given a Coral Records buildup. Mrs. Hefti is the former Frances Wayne. . . .