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2852008: Bill Finegan of Sauter-Finegan dies., 6/3/2014, 12:00 am

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  • MusicOfTheStars@yahoogroups.com
    Jun 2, 2014
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      Title: 2008: Bill Finegan of Sauter-Finegan dies.
      Date: Tuesday June 3, 2014
      Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time - Dublin / Edinburgh / Lisbon / London
      Notes: Bill Finegan, Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey arranger and leader of a big band with Eddie Sauter famed for skill, daring and odd instruments, dies at 91 of pneumonia. He arranged Little Brown Jug and virtually everything Miller recorded in 1938 and 1939, later becoming a regular arranger for Dorsey. When the swing era faded, he started working with Sauter, who had arranged for Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw and others. Sauter died in 1981. In forming the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, the two envisioned an innovative kind of music, defiant of convention but still inspired by musical traditions, especially classical ones. Wit was implicit, with unexpected instruments including the piccolo, flute, oboe, bass clarinet, harp, English horn, recorder, tuba, glockenspiel, tympani, kazoo, xylophone and a marimba. In Troika from Prokofievs Lieutenant Kije suite, Finegan conveyed distant horses hooves by beating out the rhythm on his chest. At S-F's peak 21 musicians played 77 instruments. William James Finegan was born in Newark on April 3, 1917, played trumpet in high school, won an amateur competition, then toured with his high school jazz band. Dorsey liked Finegans arrangement of Lonesome Road and recommended him to Miller, who hired him in 1938. Finegan studied with Stefan Wolpe and at the Paris Conservatory. Sauter was in a sanitarium recovering from tuberculosis. They mutually deplored the state of popular music and decided to team up, promising pop music that is danceable, listenable and lookable, renouncing the too convenient rationalization to dub the public as moronic. They got a contract from RCA Victor for some singles, recruited outstanding musicians, There were no first, second or third chairs; every musician was given equal prominence. DJs, desperate for fresh sounds, loved the band. Time magazine called it the most original band heard in the U.S. for years. In 1958 Sauter-Finegan gave it up. Everything went wrong but the music, Finegan said.
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