Under a Blanket of Blue


links to pages of this feature:

  • page 1: selected recordings, 1933-1947 (this page)
  • page 2: selected recordings, 1947-1963
  • page 3: list of selected recordings, 1933-1963


Under a Blanket of Blue (m. Jerry Livingston*, w. Al J. Neiburg and Marty Symes) — 1933 standard


(above) The Casa Loma Orchestra, Atlantic City, 1933

Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, vocal: Kenny Sargent —  issued in 1933 on the 10-inch 78 rpm single Brunswick 6584, b/w “Love Is the Thing,” both sides recorded on 26 May 1933 — The same matrix number (Brunswick 13392) was, according to 78discography.com, reissued c.1938-1939 on Vocalion 4713, c/w “It’s the Talk of the Town”



Connie Boswell with orchestra directed by Victor Young — recorded in New York on 10 June 1933; issued on the 78 rpm 10-inch single Brunswick Records 6603, as the B-side of “The River’s Takin’ Care of Me”


According to GuyMcAfee.com, “I Cover the Waterfront” and “I Couldn’t Tell Them What To Do” were also recorded during the 10 June 1933 session, and featured personnel during the session included Tommy Dorsey (trombone), Jimmy Dorsey (clarinet), and Stan King (drums).


Don Bestor and his Orchestra, vocal: Florence Case — recorded on 15 June 1933; issued on Victor 24345, as the B-side of “Hold Your Man” (m. Nacio Herb Brown, w. Arthur Freed)


Elmer Feldkamp and his Orchestra — recorded in June 1933; issued on Crown 3510, c/w “Morning, Noon and Night”



Roy Fox and his Band (At the Kit-Kat Restaurant, London), vocal: Peggy Dell — issued in 1933 on (UK) Decca F.3632, as the B-side of “There’s a Cabin in the Pines” (Billy Hill); according to RateYourMusic.com, the two sides were recorded on 3-4 August 1933

Thanks to visitor Paul Kenna who, in a 14 April 2018 comment, identified the vocalist for the recording.


Joe Loss & the Harlem Band-at the Kit-Cat Restaurant in London-1932-33

In the group photo above, taken, I gather, at the Kit-Cat Restaurant, the band being led by Joe Loss is referred to at my source as the Harlem Band. The same source says that Joe Loss & the Harlem Band was “the back up band for Roy Fox and his Kit Kat Orchestra.”

Joe Loss and his Band (at the Kit-Cat Restaurant, London), vocal: Jimmy Mesene (Messini) — recorded in London, England, 19 September 1933; issued on (UK) Edison Bell Winner 5594, b/w “Isn’t It Heavenly?”

personnel, from the Jimmy and Joe Loss Discography at http://henrybebop.co.uk/discojl.htm:

Bert Collier (tp), Eddie Pratt, Danny Miller (cl, as), Arthur Birkby (ts), Harry Kahn (p, ac), Jimmy Messini (g, voc), Reggie Richmond (b), Jock Greenwood (d)



Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans, vocal: Harry Bentley — recorded in London, 9 October 1933; issued on the single (UK) Columbia Records CB 666

Carroll Gibbons: (p, dir) Bill Shakespeare, Billy Higgs: (t) Arthur Fenoulhet: (t, tb) Paul Fenoulhet: (tb, arranger) Sam Acres: (tb) George Melanchrinc: (cl, as, vn) Laurie Payne: (cl, as, bar) George Smith: (ts) Ben Frankel: (vn) Harry Sherman: (g) Jack Evetts: (string bass) Rudy Starita: (d) Harry Bentley: (v)


The Southern Sisters — recorded in London on 10 October 1933; issued on the single (UK) Decca F.3690, c/w “Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia”

presently unavailable


layton& johnstone-1

Layton & Johnstone — issued in December 1933 on the 78 rpm single (UK) Columbia DB 1253, b/w “Blue Moments (Without You Dear)”


Paramount 6247 piano roll, played by Larry Arden — 1933


Maxine Gray with orchestra directed by David Rose — radio transcription; from the 27 June 1940 episode of the California Melodies program

selected links:


Glenn Miller and his Orchestra — from the 19 December 1940 episode of the Chesterfield Cigarettes “Moonlight Serenade” radio series

From a pdf file of the Chesterfield “Moonlight Serenade” Medleys section of the Glenn Miller Archive at the American Music Research Center of the University of Colorado Boulder:

Glenn Miller and his Orchestra appeared on the “Moonlight Serenade” commercial radio series for sponsor Liggett and Myers‟ Chesterfield Cigarette brand from December 27, 1939 to September 24, 1942. Glenn Miller succeeded Paul Whiteman with what was a half-hour weekly program broadcast on Wednesday evenings over the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). Following the December 27, 1939 program, the series was changed to fifteen minute format that aired Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings thereafter.

The song was performed as the fourth and last song in a medley consisting of the following: Sweet Leilani, Faithful to You (vocal: Ray Eberle), Smoke Rings, and Under a Blanket of Blue.



Coleman Hawkins Quintet — recorded in NYC on 17 October 1944; issued on the 78 rpm single Mercury 1098, b/w “China Boy” (B-side recorded by Herbie Haymer’s Orchestra)

Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone
Buck Clayton – trumpet
Teddy Wilson – piano
Slam Stewart – bass
Denzil Best – drums


Dale Evans — in the 1945 musical western film Bells of Rosarita


Barry Wood and The Melody Maids, with orchestra directed by Henry Sylvern — radio transcription; from, according to the video provider, a 1946 episode of The Barry Wood Show


Woody Herman with orchestra; vocal Woody Herman — recorded in Los Angeles, CA, on 7 May 1947; released in October 1947 on the 4 x 10-inch disc set Eight Shades of Blue, Columbia CL-147


The same track was evidently reissued on the 1955 album Twelve Shades of Blue, Columbia CL 683


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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul Kenna
    Apr 14, 2018 @ 14:42:22

    The vocalist on the Roy Fox version is Peggy Dell rather than Sid Buckman and is my favourite amongst the wonderful collection of renditions of this standard on your site. Many thanks for putting it together.

    Liked by 1 person


    • doc
      Apr 15, 2018 @ 01:33:17


      Thanks for correcting my error regarding the vocalist. It looks like I’d trusted the information given by the video provider.: )




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