Les Brown: I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm


I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm


Les Brown (leader)


Sentimental Journey With Les Brown (Vocalion 1947)

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Les Brown (leader),

Jimmy Zito, Don Paladino, Al Muller, Ray Linn (trumpets), Don Boyd, Ray Klein, Dick Gould, Clyde ‘Stumpy’ Brown (trombones), Steve Madrick, Mark Douglas (alto saxes), Ted Nash, Eddie Scherr (tenor saxes), Butch Stone (baritone sax), Tony Rizzi (guitar), Geoff Clarkson (piano), Bob Leininger (bass), Dick Shanahan (drums)


Composed by Irving Berlin. Arranged by Lloyd ‘Skip’ Martin


Recorded: Hollywood, September 16, 1946


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Les Brown had been in the band business since he led his Duke Blue Devils in 1936. When the band returned to Duke University, Brown remained in New York and free-lanced as an arranger. He returned to band leading in 1938 and led a good band that had the great fortune of having Doris Day as vocalist before and after World War II. The band got better and better throughout the 1940s, and eventually became the back-up band for Bob Hope’s radio show. This instrumental version of the Berlin standard was heard on one of Hope’s shows, and the audience reaction was strong enough for Brown’s record label, Columbia Records, to ask Brown to record it. “Look in your vault,” was Brown’s reaction. Sure enough, Brown had recorded it, but it had never been released. Skip Martin’s infectious treatment is still heard all over the world, and was one of the last big band instrumental hits. Brown recorded this arrangement several times over the years, but the original is still the classic version.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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