Butch Stone

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Vocalist and saxophone player Butch Stone sang with Van Alexander’s 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 Clinton’s 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.

Music

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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.