Mildred Bailey: The Weekend of a Private Secretary
The Weekend of a Private Secretary
Red Norvo Orchestra
The Incomparable Mildred Bailey (Columbia/Legacy)
Zeke Zarchy, Barney Zudecoff, Jimmy Blake (trumpets), Wes Hein (trombone), Hank D’Amico, Leonard Goldstein (clarinets, alto saxes), Charles Lamphere, Jerry Jerome (clarinets, tenor saxes), Bill Miller (piano), Allen Hanlon (guitar), Pete Peterson (bass), George Wettling (drums).
Composed by Johnny Mercer & Bernie Hanighen; arranged by Eddie Sauter.
Recorded: New York, February 10, 1938
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
This novelty song depicts a shy clerk who comes alive on a weekend trip to Havana. Mildred Bailey seems to get a kick out of telling the story. Red Norvo plays the maracas as well as the 'phone, and the band members join in on the chorus. Everybody has a rollicking good time.
Reviewer: Sue Russell