Butch Stone

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Vocalist and sax­o­phone player Butch Stone sang with Van Alexanders or­ches­tra from 1938 into the early 1940s. He also recorded with Duke Daly in 1940. When Alexander gave up his band full-time, he brought Stone along with him to Larry Clintons or­ches­tra as part of a pack­age deal. Stone was singing with Clinton when Les Brown heard him per­form My Feet’s Too Big” at Loew’s State Theater in New York. After Clinton joined the Air Force in late 1941, Brown of­fered Stone a job. A nat­ural show­man, he was im­mensely pop­u­lar with au­di­ences and crit­ics alike.

In September 1945, Stone an­nounced that he was start­ing his own band some­time af­ter the start of the fol­low­ing year. It never came to be. Stone stayed with Brown un­til the band­leader dis­solved the or­ches­tra in late 1946. In early 1947, he recorded solo on the Advance la­bel be­fore join­ing Brown’s newly re­formed band in April when it opened at the Hollywood Palladium, one of only two mem­bers from the 1946 lineup to re­turn.

In late 1947, Stone left Brown to form his own or­ches­tra, record­ing sev­eral sides on the Majestic la­bel that year and on Modern in 1948. Not find­ing much suc­cess, he re­turned to Brown in early 1949, where he re­mained into the 1970s, ap­pear­ing with the group in 1949 and 1957 Universal shorts.

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  • The Jumpin' Jive
    Van Alexander (Butch Stone), Bluebird (1939)
  • Rockin' Chair
    Larry Clinton (Peggy Mann, Butch Stone), Victor (1939)
  • Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief
    Les Brown (Butch Stone), Columbia (1946)
  • The Best Man
    Les Brown (Butch Stone), Columbia (1946)

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  • One Night Stand: Les Brown
    September 4, 1945 (AFRS) 29:01

Sources

  1. Simon, George T. The Big Bands. 4th ed. New York: Schirmer, 1981.
  2. The Online Discographical Project. Accessed 22 Aug. 2015.
  3. “Butch Stone.” IMDb. Accessed 22 Aug. 2015.
  4. “Vaudeville Reviews: Earle, Philadelphia.” Billboard 22 Apr. 1944: 27.
  5. “Vaudeville Reviews: Strand, New York.” Billboard 28 Oct. 1944: 26.
  6. “Butch Stone Set To Go On His Own Jan. 1.” Billboard 6 Oct. 1945: 16.
  7. “Record Reviews.” Billboard 29 Mar. 1947: 30.
  8. “On the Stand: Les Brown.” Billboard 5 Apr. 1947: 20.
  9. “Record Reviews.” Billboard 25 Oct. 1947: 135.
  10. “Milwaukee's Continental Drops Acts.” Billboard 20 Dec. 1947: 38.
  11. “Advanced Record Releases.” Billboard 6 Mar. 1948: 32.
  12. “Advanced Record Releases.” Billboard 25 Sep. 1948: 34.
  13. “Record Reviews.” Billboard 11 Jun. 1949: 32.
  14. “Les Brown Is Bound for Expo '74.” The Spokesman-Review [Spokane, WA] 13 Oct. 1974: 15.