- Sep 19, 2008
From: Ron Smolen
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 1:52 PM
Subject: Bill Finegan R I P
The biggest hit for the Sauter-Finegan Band was 'Doodletown Fifers' which became a hit recording in the very late 1940's.
I've highlighted the above for the local chicagoland - non musicians... who will remember this song as
the theme for the Local 1960's TV program.. B J and Dirty Dragon
----------------------------------Composer, arranger, and co-leader of the Sauter-Finegan Big Band, Bill Finegan, died June 4th, 2008 in a Bridgeport, Connecticut hospital.He was born April 3rd, 1917.He was an accomplished arranger for Glenn Miller and was also the mentor and teacher of Nelson Riddle.Bill Continued to arrange right up until his death, undertaking a huge project last year for the Gotham Wind Symphony.The biggest hit for the Sauter-Finegan Band was 'Doodletown Fifers' which became a hit recording in the very late 1940's. The Sauter-Finegan band, which incorporated a Tuba in its rhythm section was one of the best of the 'later' big bands and often used unique musical instruments and sounds to transport the listener into a world of great Big Band Music.Bill Flannigan, famed guitarist and vocalist with The Guy Lombardo Orchestra, once said that when the Sauter-Finegan band came to New York City, he couldn't wait to go and see them. He said they had a great band and he always admired the innovative sounds they could achieve. 'It wasn't really for dancing,' he said 'but it was great for listening.'The band was often referred to as 'The Original Doodletown Fifers.' They were indeed.Bill Finegan was 91.
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