In April, 2004, Carl and Bob started talking about a D-Day 60th Anniversary "live" remote broadcast from the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant as a tribute to all service personnel. The band has been playing for dancing at the 57th on the first Sunday of each month since July of 2002, and it was a way for us to link back to the past - a "LIVE REMOTE", just like the bands in the 1940's - while also honoring our heroes of yesterday and today.
Bob and Carl had both been listening to WMLB in Atlanta - AM 1160 - because they play a lot of big-band swing and music of the 1940's as part of their format. Bob contacted the station and a meeting was arranged with Brig Newman, Al Hardee and Bob Lipscombe from WMLB and Bob Bailey, Carl Nalls and Arden Moser from the Atlanta Blue Notes.
After many hours of discussions, hundreds of phone calls, voice-mails and agonizing details, the plan came together on June 6, 2004. We would like to thank Charles Youngs and Bo Wegmann of WSB Radio in Atlanta for their invaluable assistance in the technical production tasks. The telephone connection to the fax line at the 57th was provided by John (57th Manager) by laying a temporary line around the building, cutting a hole under the window at the bar, and running the line to the far side where all of the electronic gear was located. The on-site audio equipment was provided by MPI Productions (Arden Moser - 4th Trumpet in the band).
|At 7:05 PM, Al gave the band the cue and The Atlanta Blue Notes Orchestra was "live by remote" on AM 1160 with Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade" - theme song of the band.|
|Al Hardee from WMLB - AM 1160 - introduced the show for the radio and the live audience and the band kicked into "Take the "A" Train" - Billy Strayhorn's great composition for the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
Next, Kathy Vollmer came to the microphone to sing Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael's great ballad "Skylark".
The band followed with Glenn Miller's 1942 hit "String of Pearls".
|Dennis Pennington joined the band to sing a tune from the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra when Frank Sinatra was just a kid singer - "I Should Care".|
For all of the Latin dancers, the band kicked into a Cha-Cha by Sammy Nestico, the long-time arranger for the Count Basie Orchestra and "Carefree".
Next, Kathy Vollmer returned to the microphone to sing the Johnny Mercer tune "Tangerine" and it was time for a commercial.
|After a short pause for a commercial break, the band played a great Dave Barduhn arrangement of one of the most recorded ballads of all time - "Star Dust".
Dennis Pennington returned to the microphone to sing the Russ Morgan tune from 1944 - "You're Nobody 'Till Sombody Loves You".
For the dancers, the band played a waltz by Burt Bacharach from 1963 - "Wives and Lovers".
Kathy Vollmer came back to the microphone to sing a Dave Wolpe arrangement of "Teach Me Tonight".
|The band followed with a new swinging arrangement of "Bye Bye Blackbird".
Dennis Pennington joined the band again to sing the Frank Sinatra version of "I've Got You Under My Skin".
As the hour wound down, The Atlanta Blue Notes Orchestra played the great Sammy Nestico composition "Doin' Basie's Thing" as the broadcast faded away.
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