Montag, Januar 29, 2007
Bobby Byrne - Dance Discotheque Vol. 2 (1966)
Bobby Byrne joined the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra at age 16, then became trombone soloist in Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra following their split in 1935. Byrne formed his own band in 1940. He stayed busy playing in several studio orchestras as well, playing with Pearl Bailey, Cannonball Adderly, Cootie Williams, Charlie Barnet, Urbie Green and Lionel Hampton between 1952 and 1960. By the late 60´s, he was no longer an active player but an executive for Command Records, so this is one of his last albums he made as a musician.
Here you can get a great version of "Mr. Tambourine Man". If you´ve always wondered, why there´s no tambourine in the Bob Dylan´s song, and no tambourine in The Byrds´ version, you should try Byrne´s version. The other´s have simply forgotten it. Or they just didn´t want one in it: "Hey, Mr. Dylan, wouldn´t it be nice to have a tambourine on this song?" - "No. I don´t think so." Actually he had his point. "Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me..." Have YOU ever PLAYED a song on a tambourine? Go ahead and try it. It´s not easy, but many songs sound the same, when they are played on a tambourine only. But the correct line, which I suggested to Mr. Dylan when I met him in Roskilde, Denmark once, got rejected by him: "Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, would you please get a Big Band and accompany a song for me..." I wonder why, because that is exactly what Bobby Byrne did in 1966. He must have heard my plea before, and you get a massive tambourine sound here...